This Week in Food Blogs: Wasted Water and the Battlesong of Christie Rafanan
Houston Chronicle: If you're wondering whether or not the Eatsie Boys will have beer from their own 8th Wonder Brewery when their Montrose cafe opens later this year, wonder no more: The answer is a firm no, thanks to bizarre and outdated TABC laws. Ronnie Crocker tackles the messy task of explaining why over at the Chronicle.
Photo by Michael Shum, courtesy of our Flickr pool Pirjan at Cafe Pita +, Houston's best (only?) Bosnian restaurant.
Steph Stradley: Fellow Chron writer Steph Stradley -- who normally blogs about the Houston Texans -- tackled a task of her own this week. Stradley created her own list of Houston's 100 Best Restaurants, a challenge inspired by Alison Cook's recent list.
CultureMap: Voluntary water rationing in restaurants has been popular in places like Austin for years, but it's just catching on here. Marene Gustin reports on the move by Mimi Del Grande -- wife of Robert -- to limit wasted table water at the restaurants in the large Schiller-Del Grande Restaurant Group.
Eater Houston: In other restaurant group news, Charles Clark -- chef/owner of Houston powerhouse trifecta Ibiza, Brasserie 19 and Coppa -- recently addressed news of his DWI arrest after first denying the incident to Eater Houston.
Zester Daily: Writing for Zester Daily, Robb Walsh asks a very Texan question in wondering why more fine-dining restaurants don't amp up the heat in their dishes, even as more upscale restaurants are influenced by such spice-saturated cuisines as Korean and Indian.
Weapons Grade: In defense of the often underappreciated servers who go unrecognized in restaurants where the chefs are the stars, Justin Vann pens a "battlesong" to Oxheart's one-and-only server, Christie Rafanan:
I have been trying write about my experiences at Oxheart unsuccessfully for months now. This is because I don't ever feel like I can do it justice. The experience is mind altering. Earth shattering. Life changing. I have written and deleted over 20 pages. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to fully articulate it. There is one thing I can say though: Christie Rafanan deserves more recognition.
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