This Week in Food Blogs: Top-Notch Airline Food & an Upgraded Banh Mi Sandwich

LA Times: You might not have to bring a Subway sandwich or Starbucks frappuccino on your flights anymore. The LA Times writes in this post that several airlines are adding tastier and more improved food options to lure passengers to choose them over others. Virgin America offers its first-class passengers a selection of hors d'oeuvres, such as olive and mozzarella cheese skewers and warm mixed nuts; the airline will add a signature ice cream flavor soon, too. United Airlines also serves gluten-free items like sandwiches, salads and snack bars.

Eat More Burgers: I was recently referred to this Houston-based blog on which author Russell Weil writes about burgers in our great city. This week, he took a trip to Cottonwood, where he had never ordered a burger. He chose The Squirrel Master Burger, a spicy and over-the-top poblano-stuffed burger topped with a jalapeño, fried egg, Pepper Jack cheese and bacon. His only criticism was that he wished the bun had offered a slight contrast in flavor to the burger patty and toppings, but that didn't sway him from savoring every last bite. Side note: Eatmoreburgers.com takes you to Chick-fil-A's website, so be sure to include the dashes between eat more burgers (www.eat-more-burgers.com) to read this blog.

Gastronaut: Leave it to Michael's Cookie Jar to create a special chocolate chip cookie in honor of the Houston Rodeo. Michael's plain chocolate chip cookies are moist, tender and oh so chocolatey, but his new Bronco Buster Cookie takes things to a new level. He combines chocolate chips with bacon and chipotle powder to make this spicy, sweet and savory treat. Even though others believe that chocolatey treats made with bacon are not as inventive or exciting as they were a few years ago, Katharine Shilcutt writes that this cookie is "one that makes me appreciate bacon much more so than usual."

Adventures in a New(ish) City: Kim hasn't blogged in a couple of weeks, but she's back with a post about her first dining experience at Beaver's Ice House. She took her friend from New York City to Beaver's, where they enjoyed classic Texan dishes -- Chicken Fried (Beaver) Steak and the Smoker Sampler with a variety of barbecue meats: pork ribs, beef brisket, sausage and Carolina vinegar pulled pork.

Houston Food Truck Reviews: Ever had duck pâté on your banh mi? Try the Lemongrass Grilled Pork Banh Mi from the Les Ba'get food truck. This crispy baguette is loaded with slices of tender, juicy grilled pork, a truffle aioli, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon, cilantro and duck pâté. David Sarkozi describes it as "a pretty rich and luxurious sandwich."

The Pancake Princess: After enjoying a hot bowl of tomatoes, scrambled eggs and greens at a local Chinese restaurant, Erika decided to re-create this soup, which she pairs with a miso avocado bowl with buckwheat noodles. Each of these dishes can be made in its own pot and they are perfect for any Chinese food cravings, or when you just want something to warm up (and fill up) your stomach.

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