This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Know Your Beef Ribs

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This week, the Pancake Princess (a.k.a. our own Erika Kwee) is back with a recipe for vegan-friendly whole wheat aquafaba pancakes, which, of course, are best served with a hearty helping of pomegranate seeds, blueberries and cherries to top them off. Aquafaba is the starchy water left over from cooking chickpeas and other legumes and a popular vegan alternative to the thickening power of eggs. Kwee warns that aquafaba pancakes have a reputation for becoming gummy, but she's found that with thorough cooking, they're comparably fluffy to standard pancakes.

Zagat's Robin Sussman has a cure for those summertime blues: a guide to avoiding Houston's tourist-trap restaurants that offers helpful tidbits for visitors and natives alike. Do you know which barbecue hot spot serves free beer to waiting customers on weekends? How about the best place for sushi in the Museum District? Spruce up your Houston know-how; you never know when you're going to need it.

We'll take any excuse we can get to eat ice cream during the hot Houston summer, and Alex of Sugar & Cloth has just the excuse we were looking for: easy, three-ingredient strawberry bonbons. They're tiny spheres of strawberry ice cream dipped into melted chocolate, then quickly refrozen – perfect for those summertime fêtes! Bonus points for making strawberry ice cream instead of buying the store-bought variety.

Ever wondered how much good barbecue should reasonably cost? Bryan of "Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt" wants to answer that question for you with a run-down of the different types of beef ribs and about how much each kind should set you back. He also has a list of three local barbecue joints that serve up serious beef rib for your buck, including detailed descriptions of the rubs and other interesting details. For example, Houston's barbecue king serves up a bargain-priced chuck rib meal with two sides. We'll give you three guesses where you can find that!

If brunch is more your cup of tea, Anastasia of "It's Not Hou It's Me" suggests that you pay a visit to Shade, 250 West 19th in The Heights. The recommendation is to make a reservation ahead of time so as to not miss out on the pitchers of blood orange mimosas, made-to-order omelettes and the bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato sandwiches that make Shade such a popular brunch destination. Not only that, but Anastasia really enjoys the chic decor as well for cute get-togethers.

Finally, Ali Miller, R.D. offered up an easy recipe on her blog to help you get more glycine and proline in your diet. These amino acids are important to keep skin and hair healthy and to promote strong bones and all kinds of other good things you want your body to be doing. The recipe is a throwback to your childhood – sour watermelon gummies, done the healthy way with watermelon juice and lime juice instead of the unnatural flavors and dyes you'll find in lots of gummies. Plus, we won't tell anybody if you decide to smuggle these bad boys into the movie theater in lieu of standing in those annoying concession lines. 

That's it for this week's food blog revue! Did we miss your favorite blog? Leave us a comment or send us an email to give us the scoop on whose blog you've been reading lately.

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