This Week in Food Blogs: A Spicy, Meaty Burger at Hobbit Cafe & Saint Arnold's New Brew

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A Little Leaven: When you take a trip to a different country, or even a different state, you usually find a favorite dish, treat or snack that you can only have when you're in that area. Stacy reminisced about the corn Popsicles she had 15 years ago while on a mission trip in Beijing. Every time she revisits, she gets one of those sweet-savory icy treats. In this blog post, she shares her recipe for transforming corn into grilled corn ice cream.

Gastronaut: Looking for a new burger to try this summer? Take Katharine Shilcutt's advice and try The Hobbit Cafe's new Balrog Burger. In this post, she explains how The Hobbit Cafe has gone from years of vegetarian dishes to serving up some incredible meat-centric sandwiches and burgers (along with a splendid wine list and craft beer list). The Balrog Burger is a double meat burger (one pound to be exact) topped with jalapenos (stuffed and normal), chipotle mayonnaise, mushrooms, avocado slices and bacon. Pair it with a cold beer, then take an afternoon nap.

CultureMap Houston: Saint Arnold Brewing Company has created a special beer, the 20th Anniversary Ale, in honor of it operating for two decades. Eric Sandler explains it is a blend of English and American barley wine with the brewery's house yeast. You can celebrate the anniversary at the brewery featuring Goode Company barbecue on June 7, then on June 9, head to the stores to buy your own case of the special beer.

The Pancake Princess: When Erika traveled to Paris, she fell in love with an apple tarte tatin. In this blog post, she explains how to make a vegan upside down mango banana cake similar to that scrumptious French treat with caramelized fruit. The cake is made from bananas, sugar, olive oil, almond milk, applesauce, wheat flour and ground flax seed, and is topped with warmed mango slices cooked in brown sugar and coconut oil. With a combination of spices (cloves, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg) she creates one heck of a dessert you'll want every day of your life.

Hannah's Gluten Free Adventure: Yes, you can make cookies with avocado. Hannah shares her recipe for chocolate walnut cookies featuring avocados instead of butter. These guaco-choco cookies are not green, but are full of healthy fats. Take a whack at this healthy substitution and see if you can taste the difference.

Zagat Houston: Looking for another place to brunch this summer? Tony Mandola's offers an outstanding brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday featuring a multitude of savory dishes, such as lime butter blackened red snapper or Southern fried chicken, and sweet treats such as blueberry ricotta pancakes. Marcy de Luna says you should sit outside on the patio for a relaxing mid-morning meal.

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