Urban Swank: The ladies of Urban Swank checked out Nara's Korean Grill Room and have the 411 on the restaurant, especially what their favorite menu items are. During their visit they enjoyed a variety of Korean barbecue items such as the rib eye (bulgogi) and pork belly (kurobata samgyup sal). Each meat at Nara is wrapped with a sauce and rice inside a red and white lettuce leaf; they were told to let the meat be the star of the wrap and to not fill the leaf with too much rice.
H-Town Chow Down: This week, guest blogger Kim visited the new Black Walnut Cafe inside Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe. While some people thought the chain soup, salad and sandwich restaurant would not be as good as other locations due to a limited menu at the airport, Kim explains that this location is just as good as (and slightly better than) other Black Walnut Cafes around town. She enjoyed her eggs Benedict and appreciated the thin pancakes.
The Pioneer Woman: Looking for an awesome dip to pair with chips while you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday? Try The Pioneer Woman's queso fundido recipe. Queso fundido is basically melted cheese, a dish made in a skillet with onions, yellow and green bell peppers, sausage, tomatoes and a whole lot of cheese. In fact, the recipe calls for a pound of a combination of Monterey Jack and Mexican queso quesadilla cheese. It's a gooey, melted, cheesy dip!
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Hungry in Houston: Adam Brower is excited to finally have a Pluckers in Houston -- he has been a fan of the wing bar for years. He decided to check out the Houston location after the media hype had diminished. He loves that Pluckers' products taste fresh, especially the sauces. The Fire in the Hole, the hottest sauce available at Pluckers, is his favorite, followed by Bakers Gold, a buffalo spicy honey mustard; Spicy Mandarin; Spicy Ranch; and the Garlic Parmesan.
Huffington Post: Sorry to all of you who request a lemon in your water or tea. You might want to reconsider asking for a wedge after you read this story from the Huffington Post. The article discusses a study from the Journal of Environmental Health that found 70 percent of the tested lemon rinds collected from 21 restaurants in 43 visits produced microbial growth. Another study cited in the article found that half the lemon wedges from restaurants used in the research contained human fecal matter. Yuck!
Zagat Houston: Houston has had some crazy weather over the last few weeks. As you change clothes from shorts and flip-flops to coats and scarves, you're also changing the foods you're eating. So while the weather is slightly icy and frigidly cold, warm up with these Asian soups found at three Houston restaurants. One of Zagat Houston's suggestions is to build your own soup at Mongolian Hot Pot with original broth, lamb shoulder, mushrooms, lotus root and baby bok choy.