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A few interesting meals lately:Sorrel Urban Bistro (2202 West Alabama). Last night was their 2nd night. Very promising. This less-expensive, high-end restaurant features a Danish chef, daily-changing menu, and a farm-to-market concept.Large plates are …

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It has been 12 months, and my standby restaurants have changed. Time for an update.These are are not necessarily Houston’s best restuarants — although some of them are. They are where I eat most often because of the combination of food, drinks, value,…

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“I’m writing a book.I’ve got the page numbers done.”-Steven WrightThis blog is going on hiatus for a while. I am suffering from a dreadful mental condition.Writer’s blockI write for a living. My law practice is writing. I teach a class on writing. I ev…

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It may be a lowly, fast-food dish in Japan, often prepared from a sauce mix. Yet Japanese curry is one of my favorite Japanese dishes — and one of my favorite curries.Its personality differs from the curries of India, Pakistan, and Malaysia. The best …

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Halloween Quiz

On October 30, 2009 By

I’ll get back to curry later today.For now, try this Halloween quiz: Can you guess what this dish is and what Houston restaurant was fearless enough to serve it last weekend?When I was in 5th grade, my school had a haunted house. My job was to prepare …

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Thinking about curriesThis is the time of year for spices. In summer, I avoid spice. It overpowers the garden flavors of summer vegetables and fresh herbs.But when the weather starts to get cold, I hit the spice cabinet.Last weekend, I did my annual sp…

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tiradito

On October 22, 2009 By

popping up everywhereI had never heard of tiradito before summer 2008. Randy Rucker had returned from Peru and served this tilefish tiradito with lemon verbena, fennel blossoms, and kimchee consomme.Since then, tiraditos have been popping up on menus a…

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Reef photos

On October 19, 2009 By

I signed up for the food photography course when I learned it would be at Reef.I’m no photographer. But I couldn’t miss the chance to shoot a few dishes at Reef during the day. At night, Reef may be Houston’s worst restaurant for photos. Something abou…

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More outstanding cappuccino foamWaldo’s foam impressed me with it unruly, cotton-candy texture.Catalina Coffee’s impresses with a different style of foam — tightly focused and dense, with artistic patterns.The whole operation at Catalina Coffee on Was…

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Houston’s new peasant food

On September 26, 2009 By

Vinoteca Poscol surprised me.I expected a trendy tapas / wine bar. I expected a cheaper casual version of Da Marco. I expected what Alison Cook called a “useful restaurant” with modest portions.And I expected more of a crowd.What I found was something …

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