This week, we've got a review of a top Houston eatery's current seasonal menu, a look at the Houston Fajita Festival, and a couple of grill-oriented recipes for you to try this summer.
Shanna Jones of Urban Swank stopped by MAX's Wine Dive, 214 Fairview, to check out the new spring and summer seasonal menu created by chef Shay Prigmore. She pointed out that many of the seasonal items are gluten free, such as the whole steamed artichoke, and many feature twists on classic dishes, like lobster risotto with chicken-fried lobster. Her favorite dish of the evening by far was the mint-cured wild salmon with crème fraîche, radish, watercress, pickled onion and cucumber, which she says left her as speechless as a killer chocolate dessert usually does.
Have some steak leftovers from your last grilling extravaganza? Nancy of Tag Sale Tastes recommends that you use those to make Thai-style salad with grilled beef slices on top. She enjoys using fresh lemongrass in this salad (although apparently she has a problem with her dogs eating her lemongrass plant), and says that good fish sauce is an absolute must. Don't forget red pepper flakes and Thai chiles, too!
Speaking of grilling– we know you've heard of grilled corn on the cob, but have you made grilled elote yet? Elote is a Mexican and South American street food of corn, sometimes large-kerneled corn, covered with all kinds of seasonings and condiments– and, of course, loads of queso fresco. You'll sometimes see elote served in cups, but this recipe from Bev Cooks is for the corn on the cob version. Elote is becoming a very popular dish and goes well alongside other grilled offerings, even for picky eaters who aren't that into corn. With that much cheese, butter and herbs, who could resist?
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Hank on Food visited the brand-new Fajitas A Go Go, 5404 Kirby, where he enjoyed classic Tex-Mex as well as some more innovative dishes. He started off with grilled Texas quail, which he gave an A++ rating for its juiciness and flavor, as well as the quality of the quail itself. The assorted dips weren't far behind. The main attraction—beef and roasted veggie fajitas—didn't disappoint in the slightest, but the real winner were the wild boar quesadillas, with bold flavor and tortilla wrappings grilled to a satisfying crunch.
While we're on the subject of fajitas, let's talk about the Houston Fajita Festival, which was this past weekend in Humble. If you missed it, don't worry; Gristle & Gossip is prepared to give you the full run-down so that you'll know what to expect next year. Unfortunately, this year's event was a little damp, thanks to the rain, but that didn't stop this blogger from enjoying jalapeño-cucumber lemonade and dance performances in the VIP lounge, as well as live wrestling and beers from sponsor Modelo Especial.
Finally: haven't you earned some dessert? Check out this recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins (or cupcakes) from Guaca-Scuse Me?, and make sure you don't forget the best part–Justin's Peanut Butter Cups right in the middle of those muffins. She tried milk, dark and white chocolate Justin's and found that the dark chocolate works best. The recipe isn't gluten-free, but the peanut butter cups are, so if you're avoiding gluten, you could try a variation on this with your favorite gluten-free chocolate muffin recipe.
That's it for our food blog round-up! Did we forget your favorite blog? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about any great blogs we missed.