If you haven't made your own spring rolls before, you're missing out on some serious fun. Nancy of "Tag Sale Tastes" shared a DIY guide to Polynesian-style summer noodle rolls (a.k.a. spring rolls) to help give you some ideas. She recommends Yakisoba noodles alongside pork tenderloin, pineapple, lettuce, carrots and peanut dipping sauce. Have a picky eater at home? Put out all kinds of fillings and let that picky eater make himself a perfect spring roll with whatever he'd like.
Did you miss National French Fry Day last week? Catch up with the fry favorites of Hank on Food. His local picks include the battered chicken-fried fries from State Fare and the truffle farm fries from Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers, while his favorite franchise fries are from Whataburger (don't you dare skip the spicy ketchup) and Raising Cane's, best enjoyed with a hearty helping of Cane's Sauce. He's also got categories for loaded fries (as in, BB's loaded shoestring fries) and poutine (bless you, Bernie's Burger Bus).
It's almost time again for Houston Restaurant Weeks, which kicks off on August 1. During Houston Restaurant Weeks, also called HRW, participating eateries offer special menus and give a portion of the proceeds from those meals to the Houston Food Bank. Some restaurants have already announced their HRW menus, and Kim of "Adventures in a New(ish) City" recently previewed the Houston Restaurant Week offerings at Sal y Pimienta, 818 Town & Country in CityCentre. Between the cream of corn and provolone empanadas to the house-made cannelloni with spinach and pomodoro sauce, Kim loved the HRW menu – and, at just $35, the price is hard to beat.
Daniel Vaughn of the Texas Monthly "TMBBQ" blog did some serious snooping into authentic, top-notch Texas potato salad this week, and he came up with an ideal potato salad recipe with the help of Cornel Marton, owner of Axtell BBQ near Waco. The secrets include mashing the potatoes a bit as well as using dill pickles and, surprisingly, a few finely chopped hardboiled eggs to smooth out the potato salad, all of which will take your barbecue side-dish game to the next level.
Ramen has become a go-to dish for many Houstonians, and Lindy of "Patty and David Said" is happy to report that Ninja Ramen, 4219 Washington, has not only begun serving lunch but is just as satisfying during the midday hours as it is at night. She says that Ninja imports and pulls the ramen noodles itself, and the meat is stewed for eight hours before the ramen is served, which leads to a product that Lindy enjoys more than any other ramen in Houston.
Finally, for a quick bonus mention: National Daiquiri Day is today, July 19, so why not enjoy a cool Flor de Caña pineapple daiquiri? Urban Swank has a recipe to help you make one just perfectly and celebrate this holiday the right way.
That's it for this week's look at some of Houston's best food blogs! Did we miss one? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about your favorite blogs.