This Week in Food Blogs: Old Favorites and Private Parties

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Tag Sale Tastes is back from holiday break with a new Retro Dining post. This one is on Star Pizza, an old Houston favorite. Even after all these years, the $9.25 lunch buffet is still one of the best lunch deals in town. Blog post bonus: there's some funny commentary on Etsy, the post office and elves.

Speaking of returns, Food-Surf-Wine is back also and features a chef set to make his own return. Chef Randy Rucker and his business partner Eoghan Dillman were retained for a company holiday party and, in the words of this blogger, they "killed it." The menu sounds mouthwatering. Here are just some of the courses: pickled and smoked quail eggs with dried and shredded duck; Blue crab salad with smoked mayo, pickled mustard seed, black garlic and sour cabbage; and whole roasted Redfish with chickweek persillade and turnips. If that doesn't get your imagination and tastebuds ready for Rucker and Dillman's upcoming restaurant, Bramble, I don't know what will.

Congratulations to New York-based food writer Andie Mitchell of "Can You Stay For Dinner?" blog. Her weight loss memoir, It Was Me All Along has been published. The moral of the story is that while weight loss is important, it doesn't solve every problem, especially when unhealthy relationships are the core issues. Read more about the book and where to buy it here.

January weather means that I scream and you scream for--soup. The Bev Cooks blog has a roundup of 18 soup recipes. That will more than tide us over until the end of March.

If you need an excuse to drop by Anvil Bar & Refuge for a cocktail, here you go. Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt has an overview of some of the work performed to revitalize the interior.

What does LaviDalida of Brunch and Conversation find when she visits Underbelly, the restaurant of Beard-award winning chef Chris Shepherd? Does it meet expectations or is it all hype? Drop by her blog and see for yourself.

That's it for "This Week In Food Blogs." If you know an awesome blog that you think we should be featuring, send us an email. See you next week!

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