This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Tiki, Tacos and Treats

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This week, we've got a recipe that will help your veggies go down smoothly, a review of a themed bar with an outstanding burger and how to cook your own gaucho-style meat.

While we may not be fans of being anywhere except in bed at 6 a.m., Culture Hunt thinks that Hugs & Donuts, 1901 North Shepherd, is a great place to be, even that early in the morning. She recently shared some behind-the-scenes photos of the doughnuts' creation, plus current favorite flavors that you should definitely check out, like the lemon meringue (best filled doughnut) and maple bacon (best glazed).

Thank goodness for braised, roasted and broiled veggies; there's nothing like throwing a little sausage or bacon into an otherwise completely healthy food. This paprika roasted cauliflower recipe from Blue Jean Gourmet uses the same technique as the bacon-meets-brussels-sprouts phenomenon by adding flavorful sausage to a fairly bland vegetable, plus plenty of spices, toasted nuts, garlic and yellow onion. Broil it all together to lend some crispiness to the cauliflower and you'll have a dish that even picky eaters can't resist.

The folks at Culinary Houston paid a visit to dgn Factory (formerly Dosa Factory) at 5959 Richmond, and they were very happy to have stumbled upon the fast service and fresh crepes inside.  The crepes, or dosas, were well-received and flavorful, and an appetizer of fried cauliflower wrapped in rice dough disappeared quickly. They also tried three dessert options: one similar to carrot cake à la mode, a mango yogurt drink and traditional Indian dough balls, or gulab jamun, each of which really hit the spot. 

Recently-opened Howie's Tiki, 4334 FM 2920 in Spring, got a surprisingly glowing review from the H Town Chow Down blog this week. Mark Voros really hit the nail on the head with the tiki-inspired fare, according to the blogger, who is probably still drooling over the teriyaki burger. He thought it was incredibly well-balanced between sweet and tangy flavors, and its 44 Farms patty was cooked correctly. Also, the house fried rice with Canadian bacon is a good, tiki-appropriate addition to the tropical menu. So, it turns out that you can get a taste of the tropics no matter which way you head on I-45.

Daniel Vaughn of the Texas Monthly BBQ blog went gaucho this week and posted his thoughts on churrasco-style grilling, including several recipes from Evandro Caregnato, culinary director for Texas de Brazil churrascaria, who recently released a new churrasco cookbook. One such recipe is marinated and grilled chicken hearts, which isn't a dish that they serve in the restaurant but is a favorite of actual Brazilian cowboys (or gauchos). He's also shared tips on where to find the specialty meat cuts required to make true gaucho-style meat, as well as plenty of photos of his experiences trying out the recipes in the new cookbook.

Finally, Stoked Tacos & Tequila at 2416 Brazos is opening very, very soon, and Anastasia of It's Not Hou It's Me is among its already very excited fans. She visited during the soft opening and described the fare as authentic Mexican street food with a twist, such as pumpkin seeds and radishes on the fresh guacamole and mashed potato taquitos with pickled veggies. She also described the cocktail game as "strong." So, after April 14, head to Midtown and– you guessed it– get stoked!

That's it for this week's food blog round-up! Did we miss a blog that you adore? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about it.

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