Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Foodie Houston: We can't disagree with Jodie's statement that "Chris Shepherd Rocks." It's a universal truth, along with gravity and lost socks in the dryer and bread always landing buttered-side down. Read along as Jodie describes Chef Shepherd's latest Farm-To-Table dinner at Catalan (complete with photos).

Cook's Tour: Alison Cook at the Chron takes a question that's been battered around on Twitter lately to her blog: Can the restaurant service in Houston be too friendly at times?

Whole Fish: We love triggerfish, especially prepared in a crudo or ceviche. In fact, it was our favorite dish at a recent 13-course meal at Yelapa. But Bryan Caswell shows us why not everyone loves this homely-looking fish.

Houston Foodie: Baytown might be home to the world's largest strawberry shortcake, but Chris finds out -- sadly -- that it's not home to any good tacos. Luckily, he does find some other good culinary surprises there.

Tasty Bits: Because there can never be enough mouthwatering food photography around these parts, we'll leave you today with Misha's roundup of his favorite food photos from 2009. Included are shots from local restaurants like Rainbow Lodge, VOICE and Burns' BBQ as well as national and international joints that make us completely jealous (albeit in a loving way).

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