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Tracie P's fabu birthday picnic, glam dinner & end-of-the-night smooch

On Saturday, the Parzen family celebrated Tracie P’s birthday.

Maybe because we’ve been eating out a lot lately and finding a babysitter can often be a challenge, offers to take her out to dinner of her choice had been rebuffed this year, although that changed (as you’ll see below). 553 more words

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Octopus panna cotta

From the department of “nice work if you can get it”…

I just had to share this image of “Octopus Panna Cotta” from a work dinner last night at… 220 more words

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Does pizza cause cancer? Italy's big pizza kerfuffle

Above: the last pizza I ate in Italy in Lecce in October 2013, a “napoletana” with salt-cured anchovies and capers.

Every Italian food and wine blog that I follow posted yesterday on a controversy sparked by a Sunday evening news program aired by RAI 3, one of Italy’s three national television networks. 284 more words

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Date night Houston with Tracie P, fantastic conch ceviche & groovy Bourgogne blanc

It’s not easy finding “alone” time for parents with small children like us.

But now that we’re settled into our new lives in Houston, the stars occasionally align for a baby sitter and a date night. 433 more words

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Cult BBQ with J.C. Reid, leading 'cue commentator & connoisseur

Above: BBQ waits for no one at Cork Screw BBQ in Spring, Texas, where the line begins to form at 8 a.m. for an 11 a.m. 565 more words

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Chef Grant Gordon, rising culinary star in Houston, dies at 28

Image via Houston Press.

Today, the Houston restaurant community mourns the loss of one of its most promising and beloved stars, Grant Gordon, who died on Monday night. 450 more words

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