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.

Great Food Houston: Our own Ruthie Johnson asks a very timely question over at her personal food blog: Is Houston ready for a permanent Just 8 Project? The waiting list for the month-long dinner series was in the hundreds, due in large part to the talent involved and the highly affordable price of $45 per person. By contrast, an equally talented group of young chefs -- with an equally sophisticated and stunning menu -- recently charged $175 per person for a "Lazy Summer Repast" and had a difficult time selling all the tickets. Personally, I believe that if the price is right, Houstonians will happily embrace high-art, multi-course dining on a permanent basis. It's just a matter of finding a price point that works for patrons as well as the kitchen.

Houston Foodie: Chris Reid transplants a post from 29-95 back onto his own blog, where it's good to see some activity after a quiet period, taking a look at Bihari kabab in his typically studious yet compelling manner. You'll leave the post both well-informed and hungry, which is always a good way to leave a food blog.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: After helping organize last week's Battle Peking Duck, Dr. Ricky set out to investigate other means of preparing duck in Chinatown and stumbled across this interesting, multi-textural combination at FuFu Restaurant: duck loaf cooked with taro.

Dirty Kitchen Adventures: If you moved away from Houston, what are the restaurants you'd miss the most? That's the topic Jen has been tackling on her blog these last few months. The latest entry? The Breakfast Klub.

Beer, TX: In preparation for his yearly pilgrimage to the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado, Ronnie Crocker finds some interesting and heartening news for craft beer connoisseurs: U.S. craft beer exports to foreign markets have tripled since 2003.

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