This Week In Food Blogs: High Marks for Main Kitchen

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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This Week in Food Blogs: 'tis the Season for Pumpkin Doughnuts

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Gary Adair, owner of Los Tios Mexican Restaurants, hosted a celebration of both the company's 44th anniversary and the tenures of several long-term employees.

Hank On Food: This past Saturday, Hank traveled to the Third Ward and visited with Myrtle Jackson of Not Jus' Donuts. Besides finding a mighty fine sweet potato pie, he gets a lesson in the trials of replicating the recipes of great Southern cooks, many of whom did not actually write them down. Along the way, Hank himself--whether he realized it or not--provides a bit of a lesson in how to be a good parent. Not Jus' Donuts struggled to get back to good working order after Hurricane Ike and, thanks to some help from TLC's "Bakery Boss," seems to be well on their way to a good future.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Take a Whack at the Cronut Recipe

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Green Seed Vegan also makes awesome burgers like this Big Tex with avocado.
Gastronaut: Meatless Mondays don't have to be bland; vegetarian and vegan dishes can easily be filled with flavor and enticing ingredients, like a veggie panini with a side of cauliflower nuggets at Green Seed Vegan. Katharine Shilcutt writes that the cauliflower nuggets "were as good as ever." The veggies were coated in herbs and oven-fried, and a vinegar-based sauce served alongside the cauliflower nuggets not only kicked up the veggies, but also livened up her sandwich.

Zagat Houston: Recently, Zagat Houston polled its readers to find out the ten best restaurants in Houston. Now that the list has been made, Marcy de Luna has suggestions for what to order at these top restaurants. Try the grilled veal porterhouse with porcini mushroom risotto, Trumpet Royal mushroom marmalade and spinach flan at Mark's American Cuisine; obviously don't miss out on the table-side bananas Foster at Brennan's; and make sure to order the seafood curry consisting of your choice of shrimp or scallops in a peanut, sesame seed and coconut sauce at Kiran's.

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This Week in Food Blogs: It's Always Better With a Fried Egg

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Head to Moderno Tacos + Tex Mex for migas at brunch.
Zagat Houston: Marcy de Luna of Zagat Houston has the scoop on four new restaurants serving stellar brunches. You can't miss the Quinoa Johnny Cakes with blueberries, maple syrup and Greek yogurt at True Food Kitchen in the Galleria area. Order the Cereal Crunch French Toast at Tout Suite -- it's a twist on the classic breakfast dish where the bread is coated in "childhood favorite cereal." Try the traditional migas at Moderno Tacos + Tex Mex and savor in the smoked salmon with poached eggs at The Honeymoon.

Gastronaut: After receiving a suggestion to try the BLT topped with a fried egg at Blacksmith, Gastronaut contributor Russell van Kraayenburg just had to order it. The BLT comes with super thick slices of bacon, zippy green tomatoes and crisp lettuce all stuffed between a seeded bun. But, the real star of the sandwich is the fried egg placed on top; once you slice through it, the yolk runs down the sides, creating a moist and delicious sandwich.

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This Week in Food Blogs: Cheese Is Your Friend

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The burgers are good at Sam's Deli Diner, but so are the cheesesteaks.
Gastronaut: Change up your regular cheeseburger order at Sam's Deli Diner and opt for a cheesesteak instead. Katharine Shilcutt writes in this Gastronaut post that the Texas cheesesteak at Sam's is one of the best dishes the diner offers. A hoagie roll is stuffed with lots and lots of roast beef, grilled mushrooms, sauteed onions, mayonnaise, pickled jalapenos and a massive helping of melted Swiss cheese. Just plan on making a mess when you dive into this sandwich.

Zagat Houston: Looking for a spot to dine in downtown Houston? Zagat has a list of the hottest restaurants in this part of town, including staple spots such as Oxheart, The Grove and Irma's, as well as newcomer The Honeymoon. Don't forget that Huynh Restaurant is BYOB.

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This Week In Food Blogs: Go Fried
Chicken-Crazy at The Bird House

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The H-Town StrEATs owners, who just opened a fried chicken place called The Bird House, were robbed at gunpoint on Monday evening.

Culturemap Houston: Eric Sandler posted the lowdown on The Bird House and it's especially worth mentioning now. H-Town StrEATs food truck chefs Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski have opened what's essentially a long-term fried chicken pop-up. It's in the space that normally houses Boil House at 606 East 11th Street in the Heights, which will resume when crawfish season returns. Their food truck, however, was robbed at gunpoint while parked at Beaver's on Monday night. Fortunately, no one was hurt (one of the gunmen actually fired a bullet into the refrigerator) but consider going out and supporting these folks at either The Bird House or the H-Town StrEATs truck. Follow the truck on Twitter to keep up with its current location (once they start taking it out again).

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