This Week in Food Blogs: Fluffy Pancakes & Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

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The banana split at Cloud 10 Creamery isn't your typical sundae.
Zagat Houston: Searching for the perfect ice-cold treat to cool off with this summer? Check out Zagat Houston's list of the best ice cream parlors in Houston. Indulge in Cloud10 Creamery's twist on the classic banana split featuring caramelized bananas with vanilla bean, chocolate and Nutella with marshmallow ice cream scoops topped with brown sugar, milk chocolate Magic shell, mixed berry jam, whipped cream, hot fudge sauce and candied pecans. Or stop by Hank's Ice Cream Parlor for a traditional scoop of old-fashioned ice cream.

The Pancake Princess: After attending the Paleo Kitchen cookbook signing (and being completely starstruck by the two authors), Erika Kwee made the blueberry coconut flour pancakes featured in the book. The coconut flour creates fluffy pancakes with crispy, browned edges - just as they should be. If you can't find arrowroot powder, Erika suggests using either a blend of cornstarch and sweet rice flour, or sweet rice flour with brown rice flour - the pancakes won't be paleo-friendly though. Make it a dessert by tossing in chocolate chips instead of blueberries.


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This Week in Food Blogs: Burgers, Burgers & More Burgers

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Pondicheri offers excellent Indian breakfast dishes like the morning thali.
New York Times: The NYT sat down with Lisa Fain, blogger of Homesick Texan, and who is originally from the great city of Houston, but currently lives in New York. Fain recently released her new cookbook, "The Homesick Texan's Family Table," and during her book tour, she made several food stops throughout Texas. She told the New York Times that she always makes a pit-stop at Molina's and Ninfa's on Navigation in Houston, and has come to love new spots like Blacksmith and Pondicheri, where she likes to eat breakfast.

The Pancake Princess: It's too hot outside to turn on the oven and warm up your kitchen. But, like a majority of sweets and treats, the oven is necessary. Or is it? Erika wanted to make a chocolate cake last week, but instead of baking it in the oven, she steamed it, like a chiffon-style Asian cake. She combined mashed banana, almond milk and vanilla extract, then stirred in oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to create the cake. Next, she poured half the batter into ramekins, then sprinkled chocolate chips and covered them with the remaining cake batter. After steaming the cakes for 15 to 20 minutes, the result was a gooey, comforting dessert.

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This Week In Food Blogs: National Food Holidays Are Pointless

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The chicken and waffles at Down House is a fan-favorite brunch dish.
Adventures in a New(ish) City: In the final post about Kim's June weekend with her mom, she writes about their brunch at Down House. They started with Bloody Marys at the bar while they waited for their table, then Kim chose the Gouda sandwich with a fried egg and avocado. Her mom ordered the ever-popular chicken and waffles.

Bon Appetit: If you haven't noticed yet, every day is a national food holiday (sometimes it's two or three). Bon Appetit explained in this article why they don't celebrate national food days. Most holidays are meant to market and promote certain food associations or companies, and others were just made up by random people, like International Beer Day (the first Friday in August) which was started by two guys who love beer.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Cake & Ice Cream Belong Together

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The Mai Tai is a fan-favorite at Lei Low.
Zagat Houston: If you're in search of a new bar to try out this summer, check out Zagat Houston's list of the eight hottest bars in Houston, such as the only tiki bar, Lei Low, featuring tropical drinks like the popular Mai Tai. The Pimlico Irish Pub features Irish beers, whiskey and scotch -- it's also pet-friendly.

Huffington Post Food: Cake and ice cream have always been perfect combinations, but usually as a scoop of vanilla with a slice of chocolate cake, or as a cake frosted in ice cream. Huffington Post's food blog suggests the newest ice cream trend is blending cake with ice cream. There are a few flavors Houstonians can try, such as the Red Velvet Ice Cream from Blue Bell and the Lazy Sunday (vanilla cake batter ice cream with pieces of chocolate and yellow cupcakes) from Ben & Jerry's.


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This Week in Food Blogs: Buttermilk Biscuits & Grilled Oysters

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Look at those huge rubs from Killen's Barbecue.
CultureMap Houston: Marene Gustin loves to indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. She suggests making a tomato and cucumber sandwich with mayonnaise, black pepper and sea salt stuffed between two slices of chewy sourdough bread; pair it with a glass of Duchman Family Winery Vermentino for a refreshing lunch. And if you loved licking a Creamsicle as a child, you'll love an adult version featuring vanilla ice cream topped with vanilla-flavored vodka, Triple Sec and orange juice.

Zagat Houston: We're halfway through the year, so Marcy de Luna has listed the best things the Zagat Houston crew has eaten over the past six months. Uni-crusted King Crab from Kuu Restaurant was a decadent favorite, while the beef ribs at Killen's Barbecue were so tender, they didn't need any sauce.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Drink Beer & Eat Custard All Summer Long

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Guru Burgers & Crepes have a great selection of beers on tap.
Zagat Houston: Bars and pubs aren't the only places with incredible beer selections. Zagat Houston's Marcy de Luna shares her list of eight restaurants in Houston offering really good beer menus. Down House has 11 taps and one nitrogen tap of local and seasonal craft beers, while Guru Burgers & Crepes has 18 taps of mostly local brews. Of course, you've hit the jackpot when you go to Yard House, which offers more than 100 beers on tap from around the world.

Bon Appetit: And speaking of beer, Bon Appetit's blog suggests that you should drink shandies this summer. Shandies are refreshing with the combination of crisp beer and tart lemonade. But, of course, if you don't like the taste of lemons, you can drink other types of shandies made with grapefruit, like the Schell Shocked Grapefruit Radler from Minnesota.

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Local Versus Global: In the Battle of Where Your Food Comes From, Who's Winning?

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Farm-to-table or airplane-to-table?
This week's cafe review takes a look at Dish Society, a cute new restaurant concept brought to Houston by an Austinite disappointed by the lack of healthy fast-casual restaurants with a sustainable focus. As part of Dish Society's mission, a large portion of the ingredients they use and the drinks they serve are sourced from local purveyors. The idea is to create a farm-to-table restaurant with the same service and prices as a place like Panera or Zo√ęs Kitchen.

On the other end of the spectrum is a restaurant I reviewed several weeks ago: Artisans. When it first opened, chef Jacques Fox says he received a lot of flack from critics who didn't approve of his notion that the best food didn't always--or didn't ever--come from nearby. It's the French haute cuisine idea that food must first and foremost be stunning and incredible, regardless of whether the ingredients are local or seasonal. If Chilean sea bass is the best stuff out there, then by God that's what we're going to serve.

So who's right?

In some ways, both. And in other ways, neither.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Have a Hot Dog This Summer

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The canestri alla funghi is a scrumptious and indulgent dish at Paulie's.
Urban Swank: Paulie's may be known for its incredible spaghetti and sugar cookies, as noted by Joanna O'Leary, but this Houston family-owned restaurant serves up many more tasty dishes you need to try. O'Leary suggests everyone begins their meal with the simple bucatini amatraciana, or an indulgent canestri alla funghi, elbow noodles tossed with crimini and shiitake mushrooms, plus a sage marsala cream sauce. Move on to a panino at lunch, or a ribeye steak served with pesto gnocchi for dinner. Of course, you can't miss out on a beautiful and sweet sugar cookie for dessert.

Gastronaut: Most of the neighborhoods outside of the loop don't have many places to enjoy or purchase craft beer. But, Katharine Shilcutt checked out Hop Scholar Ale House on Rayford Road just outside The Woodlands. Customers can enjoy an array of craft beers from 24 draft lines (ten more are on the way!) while sitting at the L-shaped bar or a picnic table. Hop Scholar does have bar snacks available for guests to munch on while sipping on a cold one, but a kitchen is in the works.


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This Week in Food Blogs: Paella With Rice Krispies & Hot Dogs for Breakfast

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Eleven XI has a new summer menu.
Chewing and Reviewing: Eleven XI has a new summer menu and the folks of Chewing and Reviewing were the first diners to taste the offerings. They tried the Texas Turducken, quail stuffed with braised pork shank, pickled jalapeno and bacon, sitting on top of creamed corn. The couple capped it all off with an Americano and a rice pudding fried pie.

The Monster Lifestyle: Both Americas locations (West Gray and The Woodlands) have revamped the menus and the Food Monsters got to taste some of the new dishes. One of the standout additions includes the paellas. Each paella could feed nearly three people as they have 20 ounces of rice, and rather than a bottom crust (socarrat), each features a crunchy topping made from Rice Krispies sauteed with saffron, smoked paprika, crispy onions and tempura mushrooms.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Summer Calls for Snow Cones, Galveston Trips & Pie

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Grab a snow cone from MAM's House of Ice this summer.
CultureMap Houston: It's that time of year when the heat settles in and we all start looking for ways to cool off. If you're not close to a pool and a jug of ice water doesn't do it for you, then a snow cone should do the trick. CultureMap Houston's Kate Bentsen lists five places for you to get your iced treat fix this summer. Top your snow cone with gummy bears at MAM's House of Ice in the Heights, or opt for an exotic flavor like Lime-Thai Basil or Vietnamese Coffee at Yeti Sunshine's trailer.

Adventures in a New(ish) City: As many Houstonians head to Galveston for beach trips and vacations, they'll all be searching for the perfect places to eat. Kim had dinner at Olympia The Grill at Pier 21 and enjoyed classic Greek dishes like grape leaves and a Southern interpretation of falafel.


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