This Week in Food Blogs: Is That a Jalapeño or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

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When it comes to phallic symbols, one is just not enough at Barnaby's at 2802 White Oak. It's one thing to order and receive a big burrito, which is already rather oblong and cylindrical. Let's add a second one, nestle a rounded scoop of guacamole between them and stick a big jalapeño poking out of the top! The "jalapeñis" has to be seen to be believed. Tag Sale Tastes heads for classier romantic waters after that with a recipe for Spring Mix with Strawberries and Cocoa Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Would you like it smothered, covered, peppered or some other way? Garden and Gun marks the 30th anniversary of those infamous Waffle House hash brown options with a look at the regional ingredient addition requests that got the whole thing started. What did Texans want? Gravy, of course.

Coco Dijon takes a look at a place that gets very little buzz: Paper Co. Café. It's the rebirth of the old Taft Street Coffee that was at the former Ecclesia space before they moved. You can find it at 1100 Elder. One of the most heartwarming aspects is the Chef's Special. Your donation for this dish in excess of the suggested funding goes towards feeding those who cannot afford it.

Kim at Adventures In a New-ish City writes something unusual: she and her dining companions found Pax Americana lacking. It's a good reminder that "true for me" does not mean "true for all." While they loved the cocktail offerings, Kim, who is a vegetarian, didn't feel there were enough options to accommodate her diet. There was also a major ingredient swap with no warning, which isn't cool.

The All Good Beer blog would like you to know that 8th Wonder Brewery is having its second anniversary celebration on March 21 at 3 p.m. Hey, we'd like for you to know that too, so this is really convenient! Ticket information and more is available here.

Laura at BreadnBottle posts about the wonderfully hipster-free Via Emilia at 10700 Kuykendahl in The Woodlands. The unpretentious family-run restaurant serves Northern Italian dishes like Ravioli di Formaggio and Fettuccine al Nero di Seppia (squid ink pasta!). BreadnBottle praises the fresh, homestyle fare.

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