This Week in Houston Food Blogs: How to Open Wine Without Looking Like a Tool

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Do you know the proper way to open a bottle of wine?
Sommeliers make it look easy, but most of us aren't trained in how to properly open a bottle of wine. This week, the Where's My Gravy blog gives us on overview on several types of corkscrews and some instructions on how to not look like a total wine newb in front of guests. (Also, check out Jeremy Parzen's post from last year for more tips.)

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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Independent Italian Food in Conroe

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CocoDijon visits Table 57 at the fancy H-E-B on Fountainview and deems flavors to range from "good" to "very good."

Listen up. There's non-chain dining in Conroe. No, really, we read about a place called Vero's Italian Kitchen at the "I Chew And Review" blog. However, take heed of the disclaimer from the post:

Now let's have a little chat about expectations. If you come to a place like this and expect it to be Ciao Bello, you know you're in for a disappointment. You're in Conroe. Set your expectations accordingly.

The little counter-service establishment at 1301 West Davis boasts a plate of spaghetti and meatballs for just under $10. It also has "pellet ice," for those of you who are into that -- and several of you are, which is really interesting in and of itself.


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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: A Look at North Italia

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What's behind the red doors of North Italia? Urban Swank goes in and find out.

The Urban Swank ladies visited recently-opened North Italia and discovered a lovely, well-lit dining room. The pastas and dough here are made from scratch daily, resulting in outstanding dishes like Bolognese with tagliatelle and Funghi (mushroom) pizza. They added Italian fennel sausage because--well, why wouldn't you? Unless you're vegetarian, of course, in which case we understand.


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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: High Marks for Peli Peli and Underbelly

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Those deep-fried tamales at Underbelly are pretty darn tasty.
South African restaurant Peli Peli has opened a second location and it's in the Galleria in the former Gigi's Asian Bistro spot. Tag Sale Tastes went in and had a first look at the menu. They tried, among other things, stuffed mushrooms, Carrot Bredie, Chilean Sea Bass (aka Patagonian Toothfish) and the sticky toffee pudding. The dinner was a hit with them.

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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Combination Platters and DIY Chocolate Easter Eggs

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Urban Swank says it's hard to go wrong with Combination Plate No. 6 at Los Tios.

If you know local fried chicken expert Jay Francis, then you've probably also been breathlessly awaiting his list of church-sponsored fried chicken picnics across Texas. (Well, maybe you haven't, but we certainly have.) Air up the tires, check the oil and get ready to go on some delicious road trips.

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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Springtime Is Snow Ice Time

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Green tea snow ice at Nu Cafe

The weather is warming up, which means that cold treats are starting to sound like a good idea again. Tag Sale Tastes takes a trip to Nu Café, which creates beautiful mountains and hills of shaved ice that look like piles of lace. (Kaitlin Steinberg introduced us to the Taiwanese treat last year.) The frozen, airy concoction has a bit of milk but is lighter than ice cream, which means less heaviness and guilt later. There are two locations: 9889 Bellaire and 5901 Westheimer near the Galleria.


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This Week In Houston Food Blogs: Step Up Your Egg Game

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Everything goes better with Dosi's infused soju.

Dalida of Brunch & Conversation went to Dosi to try out a tasting menu. She has a full report, including photos of everything she tried. Some dishes were hits and others weren't to her tastes but all were interesting. The soju was good, too.

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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Shake Off the Cold With Soup or Embrace It With Ice Cream

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Fat Cat Creamery gets mentions in two different Houston food blogs this week.

If you're tired of the gloomy, gray weather, shake off the blues with Zagat Houston's list of soups by Marcy de Luna. The duck soup at Huynh and the oyster and fennel stew at Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette are particularly inspiring choices.

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This Week in Houston Food Blogs:
Fearless Farmers' Market Shopping

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Read Houstonia's guide to Canino Farmers Market and then boldly go forward to fill your basket with beautiful produce.

This hilarious post on drinking in airports by Thrillist is one of the best things they've published in recent weeks. (It's much better than the lame post on the 11 "best" barbecue cities that Houston was somehow left off of. Behind the times much?) The article answers questions like, "Is it okay to drink in the mornings at the airport?" and "Should I order a double?" The answer to the second question, of course, is "Duh! Of course you should!"

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This Week in Food Blogs: Is That a Jalapeño or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

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Someone's about to have their second anniversary party. Got tickets? One of Houston's bloggers has details.

When it comes to phallic symbols, one is just not enough at Barnaby's at 2802 White Oak. It's one thing to order and receive a big burrito, which is already rather oblong and cylindrical. Let's add a second one, nestle a rounded scoop of guacamole between them and stick a big jalapeño poking out of the top! The "jalapeñis" has to be seen to be believed. Tag Sale Tastes heads for classier romantic waters after that with a recipe for Spring Mix with Strawberries and Cocoa Balsamic Vinaigrette.


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