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.

CultureMap: In advance of Thursday night's Star Chefs gala, Sarah Rufca talks to the site's editor, Will Blunt, about why it took so long to come to Houston and why he expected so little of our city prior to visiting.

Hungry In Houston: I can't imagine having "too much" crawfish or "leftover" crawfish -- crazy talk!! -- but I'm inclined to leave some behind from my next meal after seeing this amazing recipe from Hungry In Houston for crawfish salad. Wasabi? Dijon mustard? Cayenne pepper? I'm all in.

I Love Flavor: If you like Austin's Hilah Cooking!, you'll enjoy Houston's own Jenny Kelly. Her latest cooking video was for Monday's Steak & a BJ Day, but there are several others to choose from on her new site.

29-95: Alison Cook takes her own first look at Ava Kitchen and finds that the young restaurant tries hard. Almost too hard: "Even the unclad tabletops have a glamorous zinc sheen--which an eager waiter hastened to claim had begun to acquire a patina. History has its own urgent rhythms in Houston."

Houston Food Adventures: It's been a while since Phaedra's updated her blog, so perhaps this will spur her on. Check out this entry from October on the great lunch buffet at Flor de Cuba, a treat of a Cuban restaurant in northwest Houston. It even won our Best Cuban Restaurant award last year.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Finally, if you ever have a friend who tells you they "don't like curry," ask them which kind. And when they have no response for you, send them to Dr. Ricky's informative little post on the subject.

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