This edition of our weekly food blog round-up is brunch-heavy, with a few recipes to help get your day started, a review of a go-to brunch eatery and a dish that includes a hearty helping of chorizo.
First up is a recipe for protein-packed pancakes from Erika of the Pancake Princess blog; unlike many protein-filled baked goods, these flapjacks keep their fluff. The protein comes from Sunwarrior powder, which Erika swears by for its vanilla flavor and distinctive lack of chalkiness, as well as a dash of peanut butter and some banana. She recommends chocolate pieces, syrup, more nut butter and a seed mixture to top them off.
If you're in the mood for a more decadent breakfast, check out Claire's entry for the Quaker Oats Bring Your Best Bowl challenge on the Petite Professional blog. The recipe contest requires that entries use five ingredients or less to make the best bowl of oatmeal possible, and we think that Claire's looks pretty perfect. She uses a soft-boiled egg, crispy bacon, truffle oil and fresh green onions to create a rich oatmeal with a variety of textures and flavors.
Of course, there are always those times when you can't quite bring yourself to slave in the kitchen first thing in the morning. Fountain View Cafe, 1842 Fountain View, is a good option for those days, according to Anastasia of the It's Not Hou It's Me blog. In her words, the cafe won't "start throwing spiced rose petals onto your migas," but it's perfect for "when you're on a budget and don't want to drop $14 on a craft cocktail spritzed with rosewater." Fountain View serves up affordable, well-made homestyle breakfast options and opens at 8 a.m. on weekends so that you can have brunch at, well, breakfast time.
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This recipe from Bev of Bev Cooks would either do well as a side dish to a lighter entrée, such as pasta or fish, or could stand alone as its own meal. However you decide to eat it, this Spanish chorizo with collards and white beans sounds positively dreamy — and pretty healthy, too. Bev adds in a white wine and stock pan sauce to smooth everything out, and she recommends serving it with a spinach and strawberry salad and toasted ciabatta bread.
Are you searching for a new go-to happy hour? Kim of Adventures in a New(ish) City recommends that you try KA Sushi at 1901 North Shepherd in The Heights. Standouts from the happy hour menu include the peach greentini (which is a minty, peachy cocktail), the chile-oil-covered spicy edamame and the soy-glazed shishito peppers, and Kim's favorites from the dinner menu include the green tea soba noodles with poached egg and the miso eggplant, which was perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The sushi was very well-received by Kim's non-vegetarian friends, and she enjoyed the sweet potato roll almost as much as the eggplant.
Finally, finish your evening on a high note at one (or more) of the seven hottest new Houston bars, according to Robin Sussman of Zagat. Some of these newcomers opened to a whirlwind of excitement, such as Eight Row Flint at 1039 Yale, while others have crept onto the scene a bit more quietly, such as the reincarnation of Owl Bar, 2221 West Alabama. Check out Sussman's list for drink recommendations and insider tips to help you navigate each bar like a regular.
That's it for this week's highlights from Houston's food bloggers! Is there a blog you absolutely adore that we've never featured? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about it.