Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

Ed. Note: We received incorrect information about John Tesar leaving his restaurant in The Woodlands. It has been corrected below, and an updated blog post about his new venture will be published later this week. We regret the error.

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.

H-Town Chow Down: Kicking off this week's round of local food blog roundups is Albert, who you'll recognize from this week's feature on Houston's best bloggers. He has a shocking bit of news out of The Woodlands: John Tesar has been fired by his investors from has left his eponymous restaurant, Tesar's. The restaurant has been receiving rave reviews, so we can't imagine that it was Tesar's cooking talent that caused this rift. Hopefully, Tesar will stick around and come into the city proper, where his skills would be appreciated by fans who always hated the long drive up north.

Blue Jean Gourmet: Another of our featured bloggers in this week's feature, Nishta's recent post on making a batch of spaghetti carbonara beautifully illustrates what makes her blog so special: storytelling mixed with a cooking lesson, all highlighted by gorgeous photos. Get your hankies out for this one, folks.

Beyond Beltway 8: In a post subtitled "A chill wind blows..." Cory sadly admits that he didn't really find much in the way of good wines at the recent SpringFest in Old Town Spring. Happily, local winery Haak Vineyards was one of the few that had a good showing.

Houston Wok: Have you ever wondered why pork is so popular in Vietnamese cooking, but not beef? David has the answer for you, along with a great recipe for making your own bun thit nuong at home.

The Grub Junkie: Buster is back! Fresh off a detox (that didn't work, but at least he tried), Buster is still trying to eat good grub while keeping it healthy. His first two meals? Low-fat migas and green chile enchiladas.

Barley Vine: And rounding out the posts this week is an excellent blog from Ted on great Irish beers -- that aren't green and aren't Guinness -- with which to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. Erin go bragh!

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