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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dining Examiner’s Top 10 stories for 2013 and more

Another year has whisked by, and yes, the food pun was intended. This is the year that brought usse.brought us the foodnsteins; like the cronut – a donut and croissant combined creation and the ramen burger, where the rolls are replaced with ramen noodles made into a solid rice cake shape. Look forward to Taco Bell’s Taco Waffle that comes three ways, with sausage, fruit or fried chicken strips – they are in test markets as I type.

Read the full list and see what story made #1 for 2013 - HERE

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Restaurants that are open for brunch New Year’s day in Baltimore

 I’ve put together a list of local restaurants that are open and serving breakfast / brunch on New Year’s day. The offerings differ from place-to-place; a la carte to buffet, from $3 Bloody Mary’s at Captain Larry’s to $10 bottomless Bloody Marys at Myth and Moonshine or eggs every which way to bowls of ramen at Pabu’s pop up event. Still in your pajamas, well keep them on and head to Tavern on the Square and get 20% off your bill.

Check out the entire list of restaurants HERE.

The French Kitchen is now open in the Lord Baltimore Hotel

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season possibly you hadn’t heard the Lord Baltimore Hotel has a new restaurant, The French Kitchen and it is now open for lunch and dinner. It is one of the first spaces open to the public in the current renovation by new owners The Rubell Hotel Group.
The Lord Baltimore Hotel, a landmark hotel since 1928, radiates its old world charm. The French Kitchen is spacious with the high ceilings, tall mullioned windows, mirrored walls and eye-candy antique accoutrements. Just prior to Christmas, the media were invited in to The French Kitchen view the refreshed space and partake of a tasting by created by their Executive Sous Chef Jordan Miller.

Read the full story and watch the slideshow HERE 
 The French Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year Eve’s countdown for the kiddies at Baltimore’s Charmery

Baltimore’s The Charmery, a creative ice cream emporium, is duplicating the excitement of the countdown to New Year’s Eve Ball Drop for the kids who just can’t stay up to midnight.  On December 31st, parents and children are invited to experience the rush of the countdown to 2014 to take place at 8 p.m.  Families will enjoy free glasses of sparkling cider so they all can toast the New Year. 

Called the Kiddie Scoop Ball Drop, owners of the Charmery, the Alima’s, will have a mock ball drop set up so the children can join in on the countdown. So pack the kiddies up, grab the horns, silly hats and 2014 eye glasses and create the family fun. Be sure to be there before the Kiddie Scoop Ball drops at 8 p.m. 

This is a great opportunity for parents and/or family members to create one of those indelible memories for the children. David Alima will be creating a specialty flavor ice cream just for the occasion. The Charmery’s owners David and Laura hope to make this an annual event.  Laura Alima looked up where in the world it would be midnight at 8 p.m. Baltimore time and it seems they would be celebrating somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  

801 W 36th Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

(410) 814-0493

@thecharmery - Twitter

Peanut butter attack puts a woman in jail

A sibling fight over the brother’s dog urinating in their living room escalated to an assault with deadly nuts.  It was around 2 a.m. when the altercation ensued between the Florida brother and sister.  Someone in the house called 911 after the sister flung peanut butter in her brother’s face.  Since no one answered when the 911 operator called back officers were dispatched.

When the officers arrived the brother is said to still have peanut butter running down his face -must have been a cheap brand to run. The brother refused to press charges but the officers, having proof of the attack on  his face still took the sister in custody on a battery charge per a geobeats video.
Makes you stop and wonder is it more deadly with smooth or chunky. Remember, before flinging food at someone that it is a criminal offense. Duck, low flying mashed potatoes. 

Watch video HERE.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Charm City Common at the James Beard House

Charm City Common is the name of the February 24th evening at the renowned James Beard House in New York City. Baltimore’s Executive Chef Cyrus Keefer representing the Fork & Wrench Restaurant will be tantalizing the guests that night with his culinary escapades that showcase his passion for Asian and Italian cuisine.  This is the second time in less than a year that Chef Keefer will be cooking at the James Beard House which is considered one of the culinary pinnacles in any chef’s career.
Check out all the details, menu and video HERE.


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