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.

Robb Walsh: Just as only you can prevent forest fires, only you can prevent the loss of Galveston Bay oysters. Robb reports on an impending new TCEQ water plan for the area that would more or less spell death for the oyster beds and oysters in these Gulf waters and how you can help prevent that from happening.

Cheap Eats in Houston: If there was a dinner series for this great blog to look into, it would be the gourmet Ghetto Dinners at Grand Prize Bar on certain Monday nights. But there seems to be some beef with the name itself, specifically the word "ghetto," which readers -- and chef Adam Dorris himself -- debate at length in the comments section.

Eat More Heat: James takes a look at the recent UK claim to "the world's hottest pepper" with a wary eye. If you're willing to take Gerald Fowler's word for it that his Naga Viper pepper is the hottest thing since the surface of the sun, read no further. But for an intelligent discussion on why this may not be the case, read on.

Hungry in Houston: Can this new "enhanced juice" from Minute Maid really "help nourish your brain"? Probably not any more than oxygen already does, but at least it tastes good.

Foodie Houston: Yes, this post is from back in November. But I still like Jodie Eisenhardt's list of things she's currently enjoying, and not just because of all the mouthwatering photos. It's a good guide to good eats right here and now.

CultureMap: And speaking of where to eat right now, check out Ruthie Johnson's compact and handy guide to Houston's 10 hottest restaurants of the moment. Agree? Disagree? Either way, it's a conversation starter and a jumping off point for choosing Friday night's date-night dinner.

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