This Week in Food Blogs: The Year in Scandals

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If you're hosting New Year's Eve at your place tonight, the Sugar and Cloth blog has a simple Prosecco-berry punch recipe you might want to give a spin. There's an equally simple do-it-yourself idea for making brass tags for your guests' glasses. If guests can keep up with their glasses, they won't keep using additional clean ones, making for less mess for you to clean up at the end of the night. It's a win-win for everybody. This blog's photos are consistently lovely, too.

(No time to make glass tags in time for tonight? Here's an easy, cheap and quick solution: buy new packs of multicolored covered elastic ponytail bands. Wrap different single colors bands around the base of each glass. Use two or three if needed to create unique color combos that guest will remember.)

We got hit with a cold front earlier this week and if you're in Spring or The Woodlands, the BreadnBottle blog has a great list of the best places to get a nice, warm cup of coffee or an espresso drink. Now, that's some timely information. Some, like Gourmet Bakery & Cafe (9950 Woodlands Pkwy) also have pastries that you shouldn't turn down.

Sometimes people get burned out on all the holiday togetherness and just want to spend a little time by themselves. Zagat Houston has a great list of the 5 Best Places To Dine Solo. Top spots include Paulie's (as a bonus, top-notch wine bar Camarata is right next door) and the bar area of Caracol.

Kim at the I Chew and Review blog visits a Houston favorite that frequently shows up on the annual Houston Press "Best of Houston" lists: Himalaya, the Pakistani restaurant at 6652 Southwest Freeway. It's good to see people getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things and she enjoyed most of what she ate, if not the lowbrow atmosphere. Her favorite curry was the Hara Paneer Masala.

Daniel Vaughn made a year end round-up of the biggest newsmakers in barbecue in 2014 at the TM BBQ blog. He seems somewhat cynical about Pearland's own big barbecue newsmaker, Killen's Barbecue. He writes, "Ronnie Killen has done double duty working both the pits and his PR machine to perfection." (Killen's Barbecue was #3 in our own Top 25 Restaurants of 2014 list, by the way.)

Finally, if you're looking for a little spice in your food news, Eric Sandler at Culturemap Houston has rounded up the biggest restaurant scandals of 2014. Remember, just because someone wrote something you didn't like doesn't mean any good will come out of yelling at him or her in the street. You might just see yourself on the news.

That's it for "This Week In Food Blogs" for this year! A very Happy New Year to all of Houston's food bloggers and the people who love them.

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