Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

CultureMap: The anticipation for Phoenicia's opening downtown builds by the day. If you just can't take the wait any longer, check out CultureMap's exclusive photos of the new grocery store/market in the bottom floor of One Park Place.

Eater Houston: Samba Grille, winner of our 2011 Best of Houston® award for Best Steakhouse, has a new head honcho: Chef David Guerrero. Eater Houston has some info on the new chef, as well as interesting details on Guerrero's struggle with a brain tumor that destroyed his sense of taste, which he had to relearn from scratch.

Hank On Food: Nothing makes me happier than seeing that a restaurant to which we've given glowing reviews in the past is still going strong. Professor Hank visited BB's Beef & Hot Dog -- winner of this year's Best of Houston® award for Best Hot Dog -- and gave the food and service straight As across the board.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: In a quest to try something new, Bruce stumbled upon the tacos al vapor at Tacos La Joya. He was disappointed to find that the tacos didn't quite live up to his expectations, but I hear good things about the tacos al vapor at Tacorrey. Now to help with Bruce's second question: Where to find tacos a la plancha in Houston?

Cheap Eats in Houston: Learn and liquor yourself up on the cheap this coming week with this excellent roundup of tasting classes from Cheap Eats. Most events are free, and feature everything single malt Scotch tastings downtown to wine tastings in Spring.

Alaska Dispatch: Last but not least, a bizarre bit of news from the "upper 48," where the editor of the Anchorage Press was fired over a restaurant review. The crime? Reviewing new restaurant The Slippery Salmon 12 days before its three month anniversary.

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