In the immortal words of David Bowie…”I have changed the look of my blog!” No, he really said that. I promise. It was on the original master recording, but his record label thought that “Every time I thought I’d got it made, it seemed the taste was not so sweet…” was the sound Bowie should have been trying to project.

Anyway, you may notice a few changes around here as I put a clean set of clothes on she eats., brush her hair and wash behind her ears (you could grow potatoes in there!). Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Things you miss, things you’re glad to see go, things you’re utterly confused about, things you’d like to see (besides a three-way cage match fight to the death between Rachael Ray, Cat Cora and Sandra Lee), etc.

In the meantime, let me leave you with the song that’s been playing maniacally on repeat as I make all the mind-numbing behind-the-scenes changes that enable this blog to function and look purty.

HINT:  You have to scroll down and click on the red box called “Read More and Comment” to read the rest of the post!

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Sandy’s Market

I’m gonna be honest: my most favorite thing about writing articles for Houstonist is the fact that I get to put in these super-nifty slideshows (that stupid Java-unfriendly WordPress will not allow me to do).

So go and check out today’s slideshow — and article, too, I guess — on Sandy’s Market, the best grocery store-slash-health-food-store-slash-buffet in Houston:

Houstonist Bites: Sandy’s Market

Oh, yellow bell peppers and chickpeas…  How I adore you.

Tuesday Trivia: Part Your Call

After a long absence, we’re back to dueling trivia, folks.  That means one week of actual trivia followed by one week of freeform trivia.  And since last week was actual trivia, that means…today is all about you!

  1. Scholars mostly agree that the idea of the apple as the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden was a Roman Catholic creation, employed to subdue and cast aspersions upon the apple-loving barbaric tribes of Northern Europe.  What fruit would you choose to identify with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?
  2. You’ve been entered in a competitive eating contest and must finish ten pounds of one food/dish in one hour.  The catch?  You choose the food or dish.  What is it?
  3. Salt or sugar: only one for the rest of your life.  Which do you choose?
  4. What food or dish do you miss most from your childhood?
  5. What food or dish do you consider vitally important to pass on to your own children?
  6. BONUS:  If you could grow anything at all in a garden and were assured that it would flourish, but were limited to only five items, which would you choose?

I can’t wait to see y’all’s answers this week!  And be sure to stay tuned next week, when our “actual trivia” will have AN ACTUAL PRIZE.  Like, whoa.

See you then!

The Omnivore’s Hundred

Cleverley posted this to our Houston Chowhounds board this morning, and I simply couldn’t resist…

From British food writer Andrew Wheeler’s blog, Very Good Taste, comes this list of 100 things that — apparently — you should eat before you die.  Here’s how it works:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

There’s not a lot that I won’t eat (so you probably won’t see many strike-throughs).  However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot I haven’t yet had a chance to try.  And I think this list is as good a place as any to start…

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile
  6. Black pudding
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush Continue reading The Omnivore’s Hundred