This Week in Food Blogs: A Fried Chicken Roundup

Categories: Leftovers

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The Korean-style fried chicken at Dak & Bop (1801 Binz) is among those featured in Zagat Houston's roundup.

Tag Sale Tastes wins the creativity prize for its pun-filled, divinely-inspired recipe for shepherd's pie. That's right: it's inspired by a poster of the most famous Shepherd of all. Is it sacrilege or sagacity? Only you can decide. Either way, the end result is likely to be tasty.

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This Week in Food Blogs: A Halal Blog in Houston

Categories: Leftovers

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The blue neon-lit environment at The Blue Fish can make it difficult to read the menu, but the Coco Dijon blog finds the sushi to be just fine.

Did you know there's a blog that focuses on halal food in the Houston area? It's called "Zain's Halal Reviews." Zain is a college student and his current post is about Zato Thai & Sushi at 421 Sawdust in The Woodlands. He gives it high marks for speedy service, but finds the Pad Thai to be lacking as compared to Anothai. Thanks to Kim of "Adventures In A New-ish City" for listing this on her blogroll. We're happy to add it to the rotation.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Old Favorites and Private Parties

Categories: Leftovers

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it's important to not forget about perennial favorites, like Star Pizza.

Tag Sale Tastes is back from holiday break with a new Retro Dining post. This one is on Star Pizza, an old Houston favorite. Even after all these years, the $9.25 lunch buffet is still one of the best lunch deals in town. Blog post bonus: there's some funny commentary on Etsy, the post office and elves.

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This Week in Food Blogs: A Fresh New Year of Dining

Categories: Leftovers

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Coco Dijon tries the bar bites at Woodbar, including this dish of asparagus, mushroom confit and curry butter. How did it rate? Find out at the link below!

Welcome to the new year! Houston's bloggers must be tired of making food at home for the holidays, because they're eating out in force already.

CocoDijon is back with an all-new set of adjectives, this time for Woodbar (3939 Montrose), the new bar adjacent to Canopy restaurant. These positive overall, with high marks for the bar bites menu and perfect marks for service.

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This Week in Food Blogs: The Year in Scandals

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We raise a toast to you, Houston food bloggers. Happy New Year!

If you're hosting New Year's Eve at your place tonight, the Sugar and Cloth blog has a simple Prosecco-berry punch recipe you might want to give a spin. There's an equally simple do-it-yourself idea for making brass tags for your guests' glasses. If guests can keep up with their glasses, they won't keep using additional clean ones, making for less mess for you to clean up at the end of the night. It's a win-win for everybody. This blog's photos are consistently lovely, too.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Make Charles Dickens's Eggnog

Categories: Leftovers

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Aw yeah, it's eggnog time!

Just in time for Christmas, Emily Wallace at Garden & Gun posts Mississippi author Eudora Welty's recipe for eggnog. Welty, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for The Optimist's Daughter, got the recipe from her mother, who in turn attributed the recipe to Charles Dickens. Was it really Dickens' recipe? It's hard to say, but regardless, the recipe dates back to the 1800s and uses plenty of bourbon. Note that this also uses raw eggs, so if you have concerns about salmonella, you'll want to use pasteurized eggs.

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

Categories: Leftovers

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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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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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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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