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.

Whole Fish: Wondering what that funny yellow fruit is that's been popping up on trees all over Houston? It's loquat time! Bryan explains all you need to know about this underappreciated fruit and even offers a recipe for loquat-cardamom preserves.

Foodie Houston: Jodie investigates BRC Gastropub for herself in the aptly named blog post "New Cock On The Block." Among her favorites were the daily pies; she was lucky enough to try the tempting-sounding Butterscotch Meringue Pie on the day she visited.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Bruce caught Houston's latest non-taco taco truck, Oh My! Pocket Pies, and found their updated takes on school lunch classics -- Sloppy Joe pies and Salisbury Steak pies -- among the best offerings.

Dude, You Going To Eat That?: Dr. Ricky knows how to get our attention: "Foie gras of the sea"? Yes, please! If you've never had monkfish liver (also called ankimo, read Dr. Ricky's treatise on the subject and then go experience it for yourself.

Cook's Tour: It's good to see a mobile food vendor like Melange Creperie get the attention and praise it deserves. The latest round of adoration comes from Alison Cook at the Chron, who thought that she'd completely given up on crepes before trying Buffalo Sean's creations.

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