This Week in Food Blogs: Is Houston Diverse Enough?
Lushtastic: Beer blogger Leslie Sprague has a preview of the city's newest craft beer bar from the owners of Liberty Station: Cottonwood. And if Sprague's write-up is any indication, Cottonwood is going to kill it. On the food end, there will be a full menu of burgers and mussels from Cottonwood chef Daniel Ajtai, whom Sprague calls "a dedicated beer nerd." And on the beer end, expect 30 taps with "1-2 nitro taps that will host a stout and an ESB regularly, 12-15 local beers from our favorites like Karbach, Saint Arnold, Southern Star, Buffalo Bayou, and No Label and the rest (another 12-15) will be rotating taps for whatever is available at the time."
Photo by Gary R. Wise Sichuan shrimp at Suzy Wong's World, our weekly pick from the Houston Press Flickr pool.
Dude, You Going to Eat That?: In response to our review last week of Straits, Dr. Ricky takes a bit of exception to our statement that Singaporean cuisine is "as diverse as Houston." He writes: "Singapore represents a dizzying array of multiple ethnicities, with a pulsing continuous work ethic, and people that seem to enjoy eating all the time. To call that cuisine as diverse as Houston may be a bit of a disservice to Singapore - but it's an admirable goal to aim for."
Robb Walsh: On the other end of the diversity argument, Robb Walsh visits two of our favorite Middle Eastern restaurants on the west side -- Al Aseel and Cedars Bakery -- and comes away impressed with both, adding them to the plethora of reasons that Houston deserves to be known affectionately as "Mutt City." He writes: "You'll find the flavors of Iraq, Lebanon and the West Bank in these three humble eateries. There's also a taqueria and a Caribbean food truck on this corner, but I'll get around to those another time."
H-Town Chow Down: The Woodlands may be a long drive for most Houstonians, but it offers something we can't get here in the city: easier access to food trucks. As Albert Nurick reports on new food truck Rockabilly Diner, there's plenty of room to pull up and sit a spell: "At the back of the property is a small seating pavilion, with a pair of picnic tables and a sturdy fan providing a breeze even when Mother Nature isn't cooperative."
Hungry in Houston: Looking for a quick and easy vegan recipe that even non-vegan fans will like? Try these: Easy Baked Vegan Dumplings with Wonton Wrappers. They're even better when served with some ginger-infused soy sauce on the side.
From the Gutt: Lastly this week, wine writer Tom Gutting asks: "How much is that wine in your glass worth?" He notes that while splurging on a high-end bottle of wine can be fun, it's ultimately about drinking what you enjoy -- not impressing others.
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