This Week In Food Blogs: High Marks for Main Kitchen

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During this week, where Houston has hit near-freezing temperatures night after night, a tray full of barbeque ribs looks very friendly indeed. But who wants to stand out in the cold and mind the grill or smoker?

Manuel de la Mora of "Where's My Gravy" comes to the rescue with his detailed instructions on making a tray full of barbequed ribs in the oven. Step-by-step photos are provided as well and it comes just in time for all those holiday potlucks on the horizon.

When Nishta, the Blue Jean Gourmet, writes a post, it often goes more than recipe-deep. This time, she delves into topics like family, literature and music. Check out her gorgeous photo of the Butternut Squash Carbonara she prepared, along with the recipe she adapted from Bon Appetit.

Dalida Anthony of Brunch and Conversation made it over to an event at Byzantino on West Gray, and it looks like it was a lot of fun. It was a Greek feast of hummus, pita, Bougiourdi (a Greek fondue), souvlaki and more. Attendees finished off with a shot of Mastika, a liquor derived from the mastic tree. It sounds odd, but it's a strangely enjoyable digestif.

This is a bit of a late entry, but we wanted to make sure you knew about Laura Green's roundup of sushi places in The Woodlands from November 7 at "Bread and Bottle." Green had emailed us, but it was too late to include it in last week's post. It has value, though. Masa's Sushi & Robata Bar at 4775 W Panther Creek Drive scores high marks, while other sushi joints in the area have varying levels of issues both in food and atmosphere.

Over at Zagat Houston, Marcy de Luna has a list of "5 Hot New Bakeries In Houston." The food porn photos alone make the post worth the visit. The timing is good, too, as many of us will be scrambling to find a party-worthy dessert in the coming weeks. Making the list are Common Bond (not really new, but definitely hot), Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop, Oui Desserts, Tout Suite and Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop. Go check it out.

The CocoDijon blog has nothing but good adjectives about Main Kitchen in the new JW Marriott hotel downtown, except for "loud." High marks were given for service. As for the dishes, the Kale & Fig Salad, Chicken Salad and Guajillo Short Rib Tacos were deemed very good; perfect, in the case of the tacos.

That's it for this week. If you have a Houston food blog you want to share or have made a post you'd like to submit for consideration for next week, click the author's name at the top of the page and send an email.

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