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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.

I'm Never Full: Although she uses Twitter as her main communication tool these days, Jenny Wang still maintains her blog on occasion. And the exciting announcement this week about the upcoming Bivalve (oyster) Throwdown is her latest post. Read all about it and score tickets while you still can.

Tasty Bits: Misha is a Houston-based foodie, but his travels to far-flung regions of the world allow all of us homebodies to live vicariously through his dining experiences. His latest post is an ode to the stellar cured meats of England's The Sportsman and his hopes for the Houston dining scene.

Cleverley's Blog: Another rarely updated blog, but full of good information when it is, Cleverley shares the results of the Zagat's 2010 America's Top Restaurants Survey. Among the interesting tidbits of information: Austin is home to the best dining values in the nation. Really?

Dude, You Going To Eat That? For food lovers of the Alton Brown persuasion (read: foodies who are also into chemistry), Houston's own Dr. Ricky is your man. His latest two posts on raw milk and the supposed health benefits versus its risks are typical of Dr. Ricky's style: heavy on fact and science but never boring.

Lords of the Loop: It's so rare to find a food blog that's abjectly, liquid-shooting-out-your-nose hilarious. And it's even more rare to find one that's local. And that's where the Lords of the Loop come in. Although they talk about drinking and darts a lot more than food, you'll want to add this to your Google Reader.

And on the national scene...

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Culinography: One of our long-time favorite baking blogs, Culinography, celebrates its second birthday with a recipe for chocolate-ancho-cinnamon cake that you'll want to go home and whip up immediately.

From Scratch: Houston is no longer the fattest city in the nation. That humiliating distinction has now been awarded to Huntington, West Virginia, two years in a row. Ella -- from the only food/politics blog we read -- discusses the predicament at From Scratch.

The Zythophile: One of our favorite beer bloggers shares his insights into "sessionability," the much-studied and sought-after characteristic of a beer that keeps patrons coming back to that same brew throughout the night despite the availability of other beers.

The Leftover Queen: Just in time for flu season, the queen of stretching your food dollars has a wonderful chicken soup recipe made with roasted potatoes and carrots (not to mention the perfect stock from roasted chicken bones).

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