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, June 27, 2012

Travel Channel's Adam Richman comes to Baltimore and chooses the best crab cake

If you want a discussion to last for weeks ask a group of Baltimoreans who makes the best crab cake? Fried, broiled or sauteed, with or without Old Bay, and saltines, Ritz crackers or panko – are just the top of the crab cake debate iceberg. At 9 p.m. tonight Adam Richman of the Travel Channel’s new show Best Sandwich in America lets the nation know it is Faidley’s. Now I'm sure there will be a discussion here!

Chef Nancy Longo - Pierpoint Restaurant & Adam Richman of Best Sandwich in America
In his new series, Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America divides the USA up in 10 regions and picks three sandwiches from each region, eventually doing a March Madness playoff until it is narrowed down to the best sandwich. Read the complete story HERE

Monday, June 18, 2012

What's hot at the 58th Summer Fancy Food Show

It’s a tough job but someone had to scour miles upon miles of specialty food items from sweets to savory, teas to probiotic drinks, hams: Serrano, prosciutto to good ole Virginia, pates, caviar, and smoked salmon to let you know what’s hot at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

 The NASFT Specialty Summer Fancy Food Show is being held for the 2nd year at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia. The show started off slow with it being Father’s Day but oh so nice for maneuvering the rows and rows of exhibitors in five convention halls.

Read the full story, watch the video HERE

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Partying on Indonesia's tall ship KRI Dewaruci

There is much to write about the private reception on Indonesia’s KRI Dewaruci tall ship which is visiting Baltimore for the Star-Spangled 200 Sailabration. Where to start? The beginning is probably the best.

We were looking for chief medical officer Babgun who was to be our interpreter. In Indonesia, English is taught as a second language and there was no difficulty talking to Chef Kustanto and crew. The Dewaruci, started construction in 1932 but was suspended during World War II and finally completed in 1952. The Dewaruci is home to a crew of 153 including officers and cadets and is not only a goodwill ship for Indonesia but their naval training ship. The Dewaruci is heading to Boston after Sailabration and soon back to Indonesia where the ship will be decommissioned.

Read the complete story, watch the video and check out the slide show HERE

Friday, June 15, 2012

Baltimore food news - what's cooking, what's opening and more

Hot out of the oven is the new Yia Yia’s Bakery Express that will be opening on York Road near Ridgely in the old Mariner Bank Building. Corky Rosier of Yia Yia’s said estimated opening day should be around the end of July. As an express they will be selling single pastries, cookies, simple cakes and bastas (single slices of cake). All bakery items come from their hub on Philadelphia Road at King. A number of desserts are traditionally Greek and Italian. My mouth is watering now for an ├ęclair but enjoy the fruit tarts, cannolis and baklava as well.

Wit & Wisdom
Read all the food gossip and news HERE.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Italian restaurant in Cockeysville

Naples, Italy
Through the Italian grapevine word is out about the opening of Carlo’s Italian Bistro in the Church Lane Shopping Center in Cockeysville. Their chef, Bruno Ferrante, hails from Napoli with stops in Paris, New York and Baltimore’s Little Italy at Di Mimmo’s and Caesar’s Den. Carlo Schiattarella, owner is also a native of Napoli where seafood and tomatoes reign supreme.

Get the full scoop and watch the cooking demo HERE Carlo's Italian Bistro on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Crab & Cruise in Crisfield - pack your mallets

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Heading to Ocean City? Divert your car off Route 50 to Route 13 and head to points south to The Crab & Cruise in Crisfield instead and be sure to pack your favorite crab mallets. Whether you are kicking off your weekend a little early on Friday, June 22nd or heading down on Saturday, June 23rd this is a foodie fun filled weekend. The many events are priced individually or you can take advantage of bundled pricing.

Read more, check out the video HERE

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Save Adam Richman - Man v. Food

Adam Richman, host of Man v. Food which completed the 4th season and final episode this April was about gluttony. Man v. Food was about who could eat the biggest, the most, the Scoville chart hottest food challenges and its host, Adam Richman, is our era glutton personified. One had to wonder how he could consume so much food at one seating and in a real limited time frame. More over you had to think of his health and how he could survive these gargantuan high cholesterol meals and eating challenges.

Read the full story HERE

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Baltimore food trucks battle Washington DC food trucks

A Taste of Two Cities, a mouth to mouth battle coming to South Baltimore at the Westport Waterfront ( on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. as 20 of Baltimore’s food trucks take on 20 Washington D.C.’s food trucks. It will be “the best of times!’

Along with celebrity judges, you, the consumer are invited to come enjoy the great food and also help pick whether Baltimore has the best food trucks versus Washington DC. “A Taste of Two Cities” will feature food and drinks from the top food trucks in the region in addition to live entertainment from local bands.

Go forth, dine and support Baltimore in the battle for food truck supremacy. Baltimore has always felt like a step child to the Washington DC dining scene so show your loyalty. Let’s show DC that hons have taste.

Directions to the event can be found at Additionally, Westport Waterfront is accessible via Baltimore’s Light Rail system by exiting at the Westport Station stop (south of the Hamburg Street stop which serves M&T Bank Stadium).


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