The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Croustille Café authentic French bakery opening in Pikesville

If all goes well with construction, permits, inspections, etc., Croustille Café is scheduled to open in the Pikesville Shopping Center by year’s end.  The 3,800 square foot authentic French bakery will be occupying a portion of the former space held by Rite Aid.  The shopping center is located on Pikesville’s main thoroughfare, Reisterstown Road. 

Paris, France is where baker/owner Moshe Mimoun mastered his craft and is bringing his in-house freshly baked breads (can you say baguettes?), Danish, fruit-filled brioche, turnovers, strudel, biscotti, madeleines, tarts and French-styled cookies to his café.  Personally, I’m looking forward to his Gaufres waffles -Flemish waffles, or Gaufres à la Flamande, which are a specialty of northern France and portions of western Belgium. 

The café portion of Croustille will serve breakfast and lunch with a focus on bagels, custom-made salads, sandwiches and in-house made ice cream.

“That section of Reisterstown Road is extremely pedestrian friendly with many businesses and residents located within walking distance, and we envision our bakery and café becoming a central gathering spot for both local residents and businesspeople,” explained Mimoun. “To facilitate lingering, a section of the bakery and café will contain a lounge area to encourage groups of people to gather, socialize and conduct business. There will be booths and also high-top tables to address the needs of different audiences. We believe young people in particular will gravitate to our environment.” 
Mimoun and his family operated several bakeries and supermarkets in France and he intends to instill these traditional cooking and baking principles in this new concept. 

Croustille in French translates to “crunchy” – did I mention real French baguettes, sure I did, but it is worth mentioning again.   

Bienvenue Croustille Café

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

International Chef Nick Malgieri comes to Baltimore area

It isn’t often that a chef of such renown comes to the Baltimore area, and to be teaching a cooking class, but Chef Nick Malgieri will teaching at Basic Kneads, A Culinary School on Friday, December 6th. It will be a night of learning, sipping wine and tasting the holiday inspired recipes prepared.  Students are invited to bring any of the 12 cookbooks by Chef Nick Malgieri for personalized inscriptions. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the master.  Seating is limited.

Learn more about Chef Malgieri and details on this fabulous Holiday cooking class at Dara Cooks at Baltimore Post Examiner. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Big score on retro candy Mallo Cup

Mallo Cups, the combination of milk chocolate with crunchy bits of infused coconut covering a soft, gooey marshmallow center – a childhood favorite that I have rarely seen anymore.  In past visits to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, I found Mallo Cups and scooped up these delicious denizens of the confectionery world. That first bite took me back to my childhood in the ’50s and hanging out at the corner drug store, we called it Docs, where Walbash and Sequoia Avenues converge and met up with Rosedale Road.  Those were days of nickel candies and fountain cokes.

Enjoy the balance of the story at Dara Cooks at Baltimore Post Examiner.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Chef Li leaves popular Grace Garden Restaurant

Since the news broke that Chef Li chef/owner of Grace Garden restaurant was leaving his 14 year old restaurant, Grace Garden has been packed to the brim with devotees of his authentic Chinese cuisine.  Whereas Grace Garden will physically remain, the heart and soul has departed as Chef Li and his wife, Mei takes a respite. After that, Chef Li said, “I may go work at the casino or take a job in a restaurant other than Chinese.”  Where ever he goes, there will be abundant followers.


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