This Week in Houston Food Blogs: A Poke Pop-Up and Tailor-Made Treats

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This week, we've got some pool-party-perfect recipes, a review of the latest seafood craze and a visit to one of our favorite Indian eateries, plus scoop on some perfect desserts.

"Hot in Houston Now" paid a visit to newly minted Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer in the River Oaks District. The blogger enjoyed the ambience, which includes several small dining rooms for a more intimate feel, but the food, of course, is what really shone. Steak 48 uses fresh ingredients in its innovative dishes, such as braised pork belly over sautéed spinach and fried deviled eggs. Of course, the steak was everything the blogger had hoped for, and the toppings were a must-do. Don't miss the seafood tower, either, which is complete with Alaskan king crab legs and lobster.

It seems like poke, or raw fish salad, is all the rage these days, so it was only a matter of time until one of the bloggers wrote about the trend. Lindy of the "Patty and David Said" blog did just that at a Poke Akua pop-up this week, hosted by Lincoln Bar Houston at 5110 Washington. The bar was slinging hurricanes to go with the poke bowls, and the fare also included stand-out light bites, like wok-smoked edamame with kimchi butter. Lindy enjoyed the poke bowls, too, but the best parts were the edamame and a coconut butter mochi cake with candied seaweed.

Think that nachos are passé? This recipe for Southern-style summer nachos from Garden & Gun's Daily Shot blog just might change your mind. They've got thin-sliced radishes, scallions, yogurt, pickles, jalapeños and two special additions: doctored-up black-eyed peas and green tomato pico de gallo. The former is essentially peas sautéed with onion and half of your spice cabinet, and the latter is exactly what it sounds like. The nachos sound tasty and are also visually appealing, with a wide range of colors and toppings. 

Nancy of "Tag Sale Tastes" visited Himalaya Restaurant, 6652 Southwest Freeway, and Subhlaxmi Grocers, 6606 Southwest Freeway, in the Mahatma Gandhi District this week. She has an unsurprisingly glowing review of the eatery. (It was our 2015 Best Pakistani Restaurant pick!) Among Nancy's favorite dishes are the aloo chana masala, or chickpeas and potatoes in curry sauce, and the chicken kebab platter. Her son favored the chicken tikka masala, but the spicy rocket naan was a true crowd-pleaser. She also enjoyed visiting the grocery, which had a lot of unusual offerings, like aged basmati rice and large bags of whole turmeric. 

Lettuce wraps are a summery dish, so Bev Cooks shared this recipe for Asian-style basil chicken wraps just in time for the really hot season. They're loaded with baby bella mushrooms, water chestnuts, bell pepper, ginger root, orange zest and all kinds of delicious things. Interestingly, Bev suggests cooking with orange juice to add a little extra kick.

Shanna Jones of Urban Swank visited the Sugar Rush Cake Gallery at 3821 Woodvalley this week and was positively blown away by the offerings she found. There are cakes flavored like non-cake desserts, such as a gooey peach cobbler cake, a bread pudding cake and a Dreamsicle cake, plus home-cooked classics like 7-Up pound cake. She swears that the cakes taste just like her grandma had made them.

That's it for this week's look at Houston's food blogs! Did we miss your personal favorite? Leave us a comment or send us an email about it – we're always looking for new blogs to feature!

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