Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

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Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Weapons Grade: Justin implores restaurants, bars and alcohol purveyors across the city: "Please do more Beer vs. Wine dinners. Please." More dinners won't answer the question of which beverage pairs better with food on the whole, but they will definitely make for some enlightening and fascinating arguments on the topic.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Excited about seeing a store called MexAfrican Foods on Bissonnet, Bruce stopped in only to come away somewhat disappointed: There were no Mexican-African fusion items for sale. But at least the akara and puff puff he found were good.

CultureMap: Looking for a place to cool off and wind down after work? Marcy has a list of the best weekday happy hours in town right now. Margarita Mondays at TQLA should be on your must-try list.

City of Ate: Wondering where to get the best Texas peaches this year? Our sister blog in Dallas points you toward Terrell, where the tiny town missed most of the bad weather that pummeled the northeastern part of the state this year.

29-95: Brisket, breakfast tacos and food trucks: three of Houston's [current] favorite things. And according to Paul Galvani, all three can be found in one place at Plantation BBQ, a new food truck in Richmond.



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Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

I apologize if I am coming off as whining or complaining.  This was not my intent, but I am tired of logging into this blog every Wednesday morning and seeing good food blogs (like mine and and several others) often passed over for larger outlets and food blogging friends.  I don't think it's right, but that's just my opinion.  What are the reasons for this? I have no idea.  Shilcutt has had plenty of time to respond to some of these comments and chooses not to. I can only speak for myself...I work hard on my blog, and am fortunate enough to have the help of 10 other gracious individuals who are as passionate about food writing as I am.  We update the blog every day...with quality material.  And we certainly don't do it for publicity or popularity or money (none involved).  There, I said my peace...now let me go get a box of Kleenex.  Out.  

Erewhan
Erewhan

You come across as a 'glass half-empty' kind of guy. As you yourself might say....

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

What's with all the whining?

Wyatt
Wyatt

No kidding, valid, constructive points about expanding the scope of this blog review are one thing. But this comments sound like they're coming from kids who didn't get invited to someone's birthday party.

Wyatt
Wyatt

This, these

Drunk, sober

It's a fine line, people

Houston for life
Houston for life

Forgot to write that Culturemap doesn't disclose restaurant reports that are affiliated with its investors. Comical really that their lack of disclosing those things are common knowledge but what's not common knowledge is the conflict if interests not disclosed.

I'm not hating on EOW at all. I applauded them for telling the unhyped story of EL REAL. I just wish they'd show their readers that there are local bloggers giving detailed accounts of known and unknown restaurants in Houston.

Houston for life
Houston for life

I didn't see whining but just two bloggers calling attention to Eating Our Words to an obvious showing of favoritism or so it seems. Then again, the people who comment on this site are a bunch if whiners myself included. That's what a comment section is for to comment, good or bad.

It's hypocritical of EOW to purport local establishments, the food, and anything.with a local homegrown angle but do the opposite by reporting the same blogs or "media publications disguised as blogs". There's plenty of local blogs that get no love here and are updated frequently like The Mighty Rib, Devour Houston, and Cherries Jubilee for examples.

This is almost as shady as Culturemap's exclusive restaurant related reports but never disclosing the conflict of interest that most of those restaurants like Mai's Wine Dive, III Forks, Hotel ZaZa are represented by the same pr firm that handles their pr and events.

SirRon
SirRon

Move along. Nothing to see here.

CheapEats InHouston
CheapEats InHouston

Cheap Eats in Houston may be not have reviews of places to eat off the beaten path (at least not yet) to garner a mention on Sampler Plate, but for one person running the blog, the amount of detailed information provided almost daily is pretty darn good and useful. In fact, the happy hours Culturemap mentioned this week as highlighted here, were mentioned weeks ago on Cheap Eats in Houston:

http://cheapeatsinhouston.blog...

http://cheapeatsinhouston.blog...

http://cheapeatsinhouston.blog...

Houston for life
Houston for life

Dam that's messed up. I'm with you. If they're going to list Culturemap for their listing but you wrote about the same thing weeks before Culturemap, that doesn't seem right. Keep doing you. I visit your blog and it's informative.

Yo Houston Press! Why list media publications like 2995.com and Culturemap in this section every other week? Wouldn't this space be served better if you told of other Houston food blogs? You do realize there are more than what you all keep telling about each week. These forgotten blogs get no love but are updated with fantastic content weekly.

Stop jocking the same people and introduce your readers to lesser known blog. That is what Sampler Plate is about.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Correction Houston for life...Just put your last sentence in past tense and you're dead on.

Count on this...if Robb Walsh farts, expect a mention on Sampler Platter. 

Houston for life
Houston for life

True, true. Damn shame really. A blog that's all about homegrown restaurants and foods but not all about homegrown Bloggers.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

No surprise, another week of The Mighty Rib getting snubbed.

Here are just a few of the highlights from this past week: We reviewed the popular food truck Eatsie Boys:  http://themightyrib.com/?p=265...

We also posted another fabulous recipe from a local restaurant (Creamed spinach from Strip House): http://themightyrib.com/?p=263...

And we checked out the Artful Sips class at Cork Soakers: http://themightyrib.com/?p=261...

SirRon
SirRon

Kevin, I'd quit if I were you. :)

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

You know I can't. Plus, when my beer guy quits, you know you're on deck.

SirRon
SirRon

Expect a post of my Top 5 Top 5 Lists in your inbox by next month. (picture me calling my shot before taking one out of Minute Maid's right center field right now)

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

SirRon, if there is an area of food/wine/beer/coffee I am missing and you can write about it, a monthly article is all yours.  Batter up!

SirRon
SirRon

If I had a nickle for everyone that has me slotted as their #2, I'd know what to put in the 2nd half of this sentence.

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