The Tampa Tribune’s food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcast and believes that everything crunchy is good.
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Banana Bourbon Caramel Cheesecake, Boiled Crawfish, Mussels & Clams [This Week’s Weekend Eats]
Posted May 8, 2012 by Jeff Houck
Updated May 8, 2012 at 01:10 PM
You guys don’t make it easy.
Every week I ask for readers, friends, followers, disciples, apostles, playas, haters, nay I say anyone, to send me photos of their best food consumed on the weekend.
And every week they get more and more delicious looking.
Like that special little assemblage of food above.
That one was sent by my Twitter friend @Bralio, who, as the photo clearly shows, enjoyed a plate of roasted balsamic pear and walnut balsamic salad at Chill restaurant on St. Pete Beach.
That’s not to say that there weren’t extremely worthy contenders. I received not one but TWO crawfish, corn and potato boils. There was caramel cheesecake, for goodness sake. It’s just that Bralio’s dish made me lean my head to the side and think, “Oooh, I haven’t seen THAT before.”
I also said, “GET ME TO CHILL RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT.”
For his tasty submission - which, in retrospect, sounds much dirtier than I had planned - Bralio will receive this lovely parting gift:
Cindy Pawlcyn’s new book, “Cindy’s Supper Club; Meals From Around The World to Share With Family And Friends.”
You may know Cindy from her appearance on “Top Chef Masters,” as well as being one hellaciously great Napa Valley chef.
What was the other competition this week?
@Nel_Bringsjord - Vichysoisse vol au vent, fruits de mer avec poulet, chocolate biscuits. @cafeLargo
@fsutoby - Delicious Peanut Butter Banana shake from Steak and Shake. SO good
@otmdish - Salt cod fritters w lamb sausage ragu & curry aioli—that’s one dish (at Recette). Oddly works.
For delicious pics which will make your eyes drool, check out this week’s Gallery of Noms (click on each photo to get a description):