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ISO Indian Restaurant for Catering

We're doing elegant dinner party for about 12. The highly recommended Roti (in West Portal) is not available. Any suggestions for great Indian restaurant that could do it?

ISO Houston food blogs

Are there any food bloggers in Houston? And/or where are the best places to get info on foodie events and news?

Anyone been to Ghetto Gourmet?

Went last night and here's what I thought: the concept is great. It's NOT a new one, however, so the copious reiterations of the "quirkiness" and "novelty" of having a chef cook in a home for a group of relative strangers looking for culinary adventure was gratuitous/annoying/innaccurate. The host kept declaring us diners "revolutionaries." Aside from the Burning Man-esque vibe (of which I am obviously not a fan), the experience was interesting and worthwhile (in terms of cost: $40, and things unquantifiable) The appetizer was a delicious toast with artichoke and lemon - more of an amuse given it's single-bite size and the bright flavor that awakened the palate. The salad was similarly complex and satisfying, with goat chesse "ravioli" made of thinly sliced beets. The main course was a white fish cooked in leaf (banana?) with a bergamot oil that is better suited for things not eaten (ie. perfume or soap). But the grain upon which the overly fragranced (but ender-flavored and over-cooked) fish sat was perfectly cooked to retain its texture and held together with something creamy but not overwhelming. It was like a hearty risotto with lemony kick. The dessert was unforgiveable unless your second grader made it, or you are stoned and in search of chocolate - any thing chocolate. Chocolate brownie bites next to a chocate pastry shell (store bought I'm pretty sure) filled with whipped cream.
The food was generous and clearly well-thought out (except for the dessert), and I hesitate to judge the experience given those efforts. On the other hand, I've been to other underground dinners in New York over the years where the food spoke for itself and the hosts didn't need to over-explain the experience. Somehow, belaboring the point that something is "unconventional" renders it less cutting edge, less anti-convention and way too self-conscious. Some other plusses: seeing a fantastic apartment, talking to some interesting people, making out with the cute organizer in town from Nashville (just kidding. really.)

Jun 28, 2006
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Anyone been to Ghetto Gourmet?

Going this eve.....what am I in for?

Jun 28, 2006
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Top dishes at ANGELINI OSTERIA??

The liver is delish. The shaved artichoke salad (maybe a special) was raw (intentionally), which made it a little rough, so it's not for the delicate. Defintely go for the specials - especially the fish. Tiramisu is straightforward and reliable.

Jun 27, 2006
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What do I order at AGO on Melrose?

Recommendations? I have to go there tonight, and want to order well. I eat everything. Except for bad food. So don't recommend things that taste bad.

Jun 27, 2006
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