What's behind the red doors of North Italia? Urban Swank goes in and find out.
What's behind the red doors of North Italia? Urban Swank goes in and find out.
Photo courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts

This Week in Houston Food Blogs: A Look at North Italia

The Urban Swank ladies visited recently-opened North Italia and discovered a lovely, well-lit dining room. The pastas and dough here are made from scratch daily, resulting in outstanding dishes like Bolognese with tagliatelle and Funghi (mushroom) pizza. They added Italian fennel sausage because--well, why wouldn't you? Unless you're vegetarian, of course, in which case we understand.

H-Town Chow Down takes us inside the new Local Pour at 1900 Hughes Landing in The Woodlands. From the photos it appears to be sexier than the one off of West Gray. The back bar looks ginormous. At this location, there are Korean Barbecue Lollipops made of hunks of pork rib and tempura shrimp shooters. The H-Town Chow Down folks also order a burger, because they're always questing for the perfect one.

Well, here is some dangerous knowledge. The Pancake Princess has come up with a recipe for a no-bake, single-serve chocolate-cinnamon roll. That's right. You can make one for yourself and no one will ever know. Just make sure you wash the dishes afterward.

Feeling guilty after that cinnamon roll? Assuage it with this mostly healthy recipe for avocado fries from A Southern Fairytale. These are crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside and full of good fat (or so we've heard). They were created in partnership with the California Avocado Commission for the 2015 California Avocado Season. The ongoing drought there have caused some farmers to give up on avocado farming completely, so lend your support in this delicious way.

Texas Pit Quest's Scott Sandlin with famed Snow's pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz
Texas Pit Quest's Scott Sandlin with famed Snow's pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz
Photo by Richard Danna

Yeah, we've got a lot of great barbecue in Houston but sometimes it's still good to take a road trip and pay homage to some of the Texas legends. That's how Texas Pit Quest spent Easter weekend. They drove with their families to two outstanding institutions: Snow's BBQ and Louie Mueller Barbecue. Who needs a basket full of candy when you can have a belly full of smoked meats? At Snow's they also get a chance to briefly talk with legendary 80-year-old pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz.

Chili Bob visits the new All Bengal Sweets and Restaurant & India Coffee House in Little India. In addition to haleem, he tries some of the desserts: the chom chom, rosgulla and kala jamun. There's also Indian coffee to be had, which you froth by pouring it back and forth from one cup to another.

Well, that's it for This Week In Food Blogs. Today, Houston bloggers took you to the Galleria area, The Woodlands, Little India, the towns of Lexington and Taylor and even into your own kitchen. Pretty cool, right? If you know of another blog you think we should feature, email us or leave a comment below.

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