This Week in Food Blogs: Cobblers, Coffee Ice Cream & Burgers, Oh My!

Adventures in a New(ish) City: Even though she grew up in Houston, her first visit to The Original Ninfa's on Navigation was two weeks ago. Her and her friends started with the queso (of course!), then she ordered the soft corn shrimp tacos with bacon-wrapped shrimp, shredded Jack cheese and cabbage slaw, because anything with bacon is amazing.

Homesick Texan: Cobbler is a staple dessert in Texas, so it's fitting that the Homesick Texan wrote about a strawberry cobbler recipe. After reading that Revival Market now serves strawberry cobbler, she decided to make her own recipe complete with strawberries, and topped with a biscuit crust plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

David Lebovitz: Making risotto can be a difficult task. David Lebovitz learned how to make the perfect risotto from chef Paul Bertolli while working at Chez Panisse. Bertolli told Lebovitz that turkey stock works best, rather than chicken stock, and that you should never let any rice stick to the sides of the pan or to the spatula so that every grain is fully cooked. Try Lebovtiz's risotto recipe featuring bacon, radicchio, and your choice of Pecorino, Asiago or Parmesan cheese.

The Wall Street Journal: Among all the fast food restaurants, McDonald's has always been on top for a quick on-the-go breakfast. But, nowadays, other fast food establishments are promoting their new breakfast menu, causing competition for Mickey D's. The Wall Street Journal explains how items such as the Waffle Taco from Taco Bell, the Belgian Waffle sandwich from White Castle and the new La Boulange pastries and treats from Starbucks have caused morning sales to drop at McDonald's.

Zagat Houston: When the weather heats up, everyone searches for something to cool them down. Why not try the newest ice cream flavor from Fat Cat Creamery? Zagat Houston's Marcy de Luna explains that Fat Cat Creamery partnered with Catalina Coffee and Max Gonzales, owner of Amaya Roasting Company, to create a new flavor, Coffee & Cream; it's a combination of whole milk, heavy cream and brewed Amaya coffee.

Eat-More-Burgers: If you're in Kemah, you should stop by Tookie's Restaurant for the Squealer burger. Russell Weil ordered this Angus beef burger blended with bacon and topped with mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, lettuce and onions after seeing it featured on an episode of "Burger Land" on Travel Channel. He says the burger could have used more bacon in the patty, but he certainly enjoyed his meal while sitting on the patio at this Kemah Bridge restaurant.

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