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.

Spicy RV: How did we miss out on this sweet-ass gig? Some of our favorite bloggers and Twitterers -- @GunsandTacos, @eatmoreheat, @psedillo and @TexasFood -- are currently barreling west in an RV, headed to the 22nd Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbeque Show in Albequerque. Along the way, the men are stopping at national food landmarks such as Chope's Bar & Cafe in New Mexico and wrestling real-life luchadores in El Paso. We kid you not. Wish them luck and follow along on their adventures...

Houston Foodie: We adore the opening paragraph of Chris's most recent post, "Ode to Octopus":

The first time I ate octopus was in a sun-drenched back alley on the Greek island of Santorini where tourists -- mostly young Americans and Brits -- go to act stupid.

Chris has been bringing a strong Hemingway vibe to his food writing lately, and we love it. Check out the glorious photos, and you'll soon be longing for Santorini too.

Dirty Kitchen Adventures: Jen finds the streets of Bastrop to hold more food-related treasures than one would expect. Sadly, most places were closed on the day she visited, but she managed to find a great sweet shop nevertheless (which is a great reward after a day spent hiking, for sure).

From the Gutt: This is the kind of blog post we love. Tom presents the idea that most people have a misconception about what "dry" white wine truly is, in an easy, well-informed and unpretentious manner. Wine talk doesn't always have to be snooty, but it should definitely be educational.

Greens and Beans: Finally, if you haven't been out to Randy Rucker's newest place in Tomball for yourself, here's the dinner menu for your perusal. If you have been, share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Katharine Shilcutt