This Week In Food Blogs: Sharing (Your Mixer) Is Caring

Categories: Leftovers

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Photo by Phaedra Cook
The menu updates at Tony Mandola's seem to be succeeding. According to Culinary Houton, old favorites like Snapper Martha are still great, while new items such as the Decadent Pizza, are pleasing additions.

In the spirit of the season, H-Town Chow Down reveals an act of kindness by a Woodlands pizza parlor owner to a new potential competitor in the area. The new Chicago-style pizzeria, Gino's East (25657 I-45), was almost unable to open when their dough mixer broke down. RC Gallegos, owner of nearby RC's NYC Pizza (501 Sawdust), stepped in and saved the day by lending them his. He additionally connected Gino's to local repairmen so they could get their mixer fixed. It is this kind of cooperation that makes Houstonians fiercely proud of our food community. Besides, we're plenty big enough to support both Chicago-style and New York-style pizza, aren't we gang?


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This Week In Food Blogs: Local Blogger Attacked For Having Deep Thoughts

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What if one of these could be delivered right to your home or office... by drone?
We're in the throes of the holiday season. Just hang in there--we're all going to make it through this. Tag Sale Tastes has a thoughtful gift idea: why not make care packages of goodies? Whether for soldiers, the hospitalized, college students or someone else you care about who's far away, these are sure to be welcome gifts.

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This Week in Food Blogs: What Do Restaurants Do With Leftovers?

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Photo by Camerata at Paulie's
Wine bar Camerata at Paulie's is among the places that made Houstonia's Top 10 Best Bars list.

Diners don't like to think about it, but the truth is that reducing food waste is an important aspect of cost control in the food service industry. The "Where's My Gravy" blog gives us some perspective on, and examples of, how restaurants use leftovers to make another round of good dishes. It's pretty much the same thing as what most of us do at home, just on a bigger scale. There's some good advice from the industry here, too: don't keep leftovers longer than four days.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

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Photo by Ryan Hyde via Flickr Creative Commons
Here's wishing you a happy, moist and succulent Turkey Day. Wait, was that creepy?

Have you still not made your Thanksgiving dining plans? Hank on Food has prepared his own list of recommendations on where you can dine on Thanksgiving Day, including Kiran's (4100 Westheimer) unique melding of traditional dishes with Indian flavors. The Tandoori Turkey sounds really intriguing.

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Can a Bad Valet Ruin a Restaurant Experience?

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Photo by Troy Fields
Getting to here and out again shouldn't have to be that tricky
Whether it be good or bad, does the experience with a restaurant valet belong as part of a review?

That was a question Houston Press Editor-in-chief Margaret Downing and I struggled with after my visits to KUU. In January 2010, former restaurant critic Robb Walsh decided that it did upon going to the now-closed Branchwater Tavern and finding every single space in the parking lot coned off. His answer was to run over one of the cones and go inside anyway, despite the protests of the valet. His response: "Call a tow truck, I'm going in the restaurant."

In this case, though, to adequately describe what happened at KUU would have taken up a lot of precious copy space--words that were better put to use in describing the food. Ultimately, we opted to document the incidents as a supplementary blog post rather than as part of the review itself.

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This Week In Food Blogs: High Marks for Main Kitchen

Categories: Leftovers

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Photo by Phaedra Cook
The guajillo short rib tacos at Main Kitchen got a perfect rating over at the CocoDijon blog.
During this week, where Houston has hit near-freezing temperatures night after night, a tray full of barbeque ribs looks very friendly indeed. But who wants to stand out in the cold and mind the grill or smoker?

Manuel de la Mora of "Where's My Gravy" comes to the rescue with his detailed instructions on making a tray full of barbequed ribs in the oven. Step-by-step photos are provided as well and it comes just in time for all those holiday potlucks on the horizon.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Gearing Up for the Cold Season

Categories: Leftovers

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Romantic Antica Oesteria makes Zagat Houston's list as one of the coziest restaurants in town.

Winter is coming. Well, at least what counts as "winter" here in Houston, which usually consists of blustering winds, rain and perhaps five days of freezing temperatures. Count your blessings. At least we don't have to shovel snow.

Just in time for the cold season is Zagat Houston's list of nine warm and cozy restaurants to take the chill off. The list includes some of Houston's favorite French, Italian and and Southern places.

The Pancake Princess has posted a guest recipe on "A Clean Bake" and her always-stunning photography accompanies it. It's a copycat recipe for Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies. It looks worthy of adding to the holiday baking list and more guilt-free than the norm.


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This Week in Food Blogs: Upscale Burgers and New Barbecue for the Northwest

Categories: Leftovers

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A well-traveled blogger from London visits BCN Taste & Tradition. Does it hold up to expectations?

Russell Weil at "Eat More Burgers" went to Vic & Anthony's on Friday (the only day they're open for lunch) to check out their burgers. They're an affordable luxury at this high-end steakhouse. Although the restaurant has been known to occasionally produce some wicked, over-the-top variants (ghost pepper burger, anyone?), the options available during Russell's visit were very approachable: The Vic, with bacon and cheddar and The Anthony, with blue cheese. Weil's dining partner felt there are a few flaws, but overall the visit sounds like it was a win.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Impostor Lemons and Patio Cocktails

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Photo by Steve Hopson
If limes stay on a tree long enough, they begin to look like lemons.
In the fall, limes that aren't yet harvested can begin to turn yellow and, unless you know better, can look just like lemons. This case of "bait and switch" initially fooled the blogger at Tag Sale Tastes, who subsequently comes up with a riff on an old adage. If life gives you limes, make Pistachio Lime Cake! As a bonus, readers will learn about a Japanese cat sculpture that's not a cat but does have giant--well, you'll see.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Autumn Delights for Dining Out and at Home

Categories: Leftovers

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Has the world gone too far with the pumpkin spice craze? Yeah, probably--not that anyone's stopping anytime soon.

Culturemap Houston: Marlene Gustin says that the whole fall pumpkin craze has gotten out of hand, but this issue is more about pumpkin spice-flavored treats with nary a hint of actual pumpkin. There's also a great roundup of ideas on how to get your pumpkin fix, whether it be toasted pumpkin seeds tossed with melted butter and salt (yum), Saint Arnold's Imperial Pumpkin Stout or desserts at Killen's Steakhouse, Dessert Gallery and Ooh La La. Gustin also links to a handy recipe for a do-it-yourself pumpkin spice mix.

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