Congratulations! You made it through yet another soul-killing Monday with at least a few shreds of your dignity and sanity still intact. You deserve some links.
First, my own links from the Houston Press:
- Depart From Me! I Never Knew You, Eaters of Bacon: An article about Joel Osteen’s decision to preach his personal diet to his congregation at Lakewood Church, in which I am accused of being “condescending,” “ignorant,” “offensive,” disrespectful, hateful, controversial and perhaps anti-Semitic. We all know that only the first six of those are true. 27 comments and counting!
- Taking Stock of Galveston’s Restaurants: Surveying the restaurant situation on the island five months after Hurricane Ike. Bonus: pretty pictures!
- Spring Is Here at MAX’s Wine Dive: Serious food porn lies ahead.
- Monica Pope Is Plum Crazy: Free cooking classes, taught by the cuisine queen of Houston using fresh, local ingredients? Sign me up.
- Avery Cask-Conditioned Ale at the Petrol Station: It gets oddly and worryingly poetic towards the end. I feel like the IPA is going to take out a restraining order against me any day now.
- Bawitda-Brew: They’re making Kid Rock brand beer. You can kill yourself out of a desperate lack of hope for future generations now.
And now links from around town:
- Flavors of the Fifth at Burt’s Meat Market and Cajun Foods: Robb Walsh’s fascinating culinary tour of Houston’s Fifth Ward. Even better when read with John Nova Lomax’s four-part series on the music of the Fifth Ward.
- First Look at Grimaldi’s in Houston: Misha at Tasty Bits beats Robb to the punch, although we’re still awaiting the latter’s upcoming comparison to the original Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn.
- Culinary Schadenfreude Comes to Houston: J.C. Reid penned this insightful article about how the recession is affecting restaurants negatively, but with positive result for their customers. Bonus points for usage of one of my favorite German compound words aside from Zusammensetzung itself.
- Bacon Burnout? Try Pastrami: Robb and I are no longer friends as a result of his suggestion that anyone could ever tire of bacon. …okay, that’s not true.
- Genomakese: Dr. Ricky makes up a new word, which he’s dubbed the “future of molecular gastronomy.”
- 2009 Mutt Strut Bleg: Sponsor fellow food-lover Cory of I’ve Got the Munchies and his teammates at Cork Cafe as he runs the 2009 Mutt Strut race to support the Houston SPCA.
- Enjoying a Bedford Adventure: Alison Cook’s review of Robert Gadsby’s newest venture, Bedford. Best line? “It’s not all riotous clown cars here and thank goodness for that.”
- Cullen’s Upscale American Grille: H Town Chowdown reviews the Clear Lake restaurant and after a disappointing meal, can conclude only that “at least they’re American.”
Bún bò Huế at Pho Danh: Food in Houston experiments with a Vietnamese soup that challenges pho for dominance and — according to Anonymous Eater — wins. I have to try this stuff.
Good Food, Friendly Faces Revive a Battered Bolivar Community: The Chronicle does a nice writeup on the much-anticipated reopening of Stingaree, the popular restaurant in Crystal Beach.
- Whole Fish: Bryan Caswell — head chef at REEF and owner of Little Big’s — now has his own blog, Whole Fish, where he mostly discusses fresh Gulf seafood. It is a seriously interesting read; highly recommended.
Okay, don’t fill up on just links. You’re going to spoil your dinner. G’night, y’all!