This Week in Deliciousness

Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've finally settled our lawsuit against Beck for heeding his advice to "get crazy with the Cheez Whiz." Ah, those were crazier, dumber times.

We started the week off well enough with the first step on what promises to be an epic journey through Robb Walsh's100 favorite Houston dishes. Soon after that, however, came the tragedy: Mai's Restaurant burned down. TWiD and all of our hard-drinking friends are simply devastated. Where will we go now for 3 a.m. Vietnamese meatballs with vermicelli? Please hurry back, Mai's. Without you around, we may have to cut back on our drinking, and no one wants a sober TWiD. We're boring as hell.

Ironically enough, Brennan's, which burned down in 2008, was resurrected this week to an eager welcome. Also scorching palates and punishing livers was Ryan Rouse's whiskey class, which explored the many nuances of TWiD's favorite liquor. We got some dumplings at Dim Sum King to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the Shameless Chef ham-fistedly botched a king cake to mock Mardi Gras. Seriously, look at that thing. He may as well have spit on a Louisiana flag.

We enjoyed several courses at Courses, and even learned of the ultimate stuffed cabbage. Some of you brash idiots who gave up meat for Lent can try whatever the hell this is, or you can simply have a cheese fight. Cheese Fight kind of sounds like a band Spongebob Squarepants would be in.

You say to-may-to, we say... we also say to-may-to. In fact, we've never even heard of anyone who actualy says to-mah-to, and suspect George Gershwin was just a big ol' liar. It's startling investigative revelations like that that get us all the accolades. Katharine Shilcutt totally bit on the Shameless Chef's style when she put together a box cake recipe, except that recipe actually turned out amazing due to Katharine possessing a basic kitchen competence the Shameless Chef sorely lacks. Not kidding, that was some good-ass cake.

There's a pizzeria taqueria near the University of Houston which TWiD will definitely sample when we return there next fall, when we'll most likely still be trying to wrap our heads around the concept of "too much salt." As for our latest foray into the late night scene, a lot of commenters seem to disagree with how our writer went about his business. And if there's anything we take seriously, it's the opinions of a bunch of cranky anonymous turds on the Internet who hate everything, especially themselves. Ha ha! Ahh, deliberate antagonism. The rest of you are cool, it's just a few bad apples, and we don't have to let 'em spoil the bunch. Let's leave the drama behind and go hit a happy hour.

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John Seaborn Gray