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This Week in Food Blogs: Summer Calls for Snow Cones, Galveston Trips & Pie

CultureMap Houston: It's that time of year when the heat settles in and we all start looking for ways to cool off. If you're not close to a pool and a jug of ice water doesn't do it for you, then a snow cone should do the trick. CultureMap Houston's Kate Bentsen lists five places for you to get your iced treat fix this summer. Top your snow cone with gummy bears at MAM's House of Ice in the Heights, or opt for an exotic flavor like Lime-Thai Basil or Vietnamese Coffee at Yeti Sunshine's trailer.

Adventures in a New(ish) City: As many Houstonians head to Galveston for beach trips and vacations, they'll all be searching for the perfect places to eat. Kim had dinner at Olympia The Grill at Pier 21 and enjoyed classic Greek dishes like grape leaves and a Southern interpretation of falafel.

Bon Appetit: Summer and Thanksgiving have one thing in common: Pie. It seems that during both seasons, Americans make a lot of pie. Bon Appetit lists the six common mistakes while making the fruity desserts and how you can avoid them. Don't waste those sweet seasonal fruits by making a crappy pie. But, of course, if it doesn't turn out well, a scoop of vanilla ice cream can make it all better.

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Zagat Houston: Gingerbread cookies shouldn't be reserved for the colder months. There's always a good time to have a soft spice cookie, and Marcy de Luna says the gingerbread men at French Gourmet Bakery on Westheimer are not only cute, but exactly what you should pair with a cup of coffee.

Gastronaut: We all know that the wait to get into Coltivare can be a bit long at dinner time, but Katharine Shilcutt suggests the best time to visit the new Italian restaurant from Revival Market's Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber is during lunch. This service only occurs on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and features five pizzas, a variety of salads and options not available during dinner, like a cheeseburger and a chicken sandwich.

Hank On Food: The Capital Grille now serves a variety of new waygu burgers. Hank visited the location in CityCentre to try these menu additions. Joining the current wagyu burger offerings are the Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger, the Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger and the Oscar-Style Wagyu Burger, which was Hank's favorite. This surf-and-turf burger features lump crab meat topped with a Bearnaise sauce sitting on a wagyu beef patty. Hank suggests pairing it with a Belgian Witbier or a glass of Malbec. Throw in some truffle fries to send this meal over-the-top.

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