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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

PABU’s reopening party and all are invited

They’re back, they’re back – PABU Izakaya is back after emergency repairs to the interior.  PABU’s reopening party, as with all their events, are fun and done with panache.  PABU invites the public to join the re-opening party celebration  on Friday, March 7th – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

At the reopening event, guests will enjoy music from local DJ Jay Gray, savor new menu items and explore PABU’s extensive beverage options.  The event will offer guests the first taste of PABU’s new spring cocktails, in addition to a full beverage menu, a sake station and various specials. Cost per person is $30 (excludes tax & gratuity)  Cash bar.  

Get all the details and watch the video HERE.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Academy Awards Party – recipes inspired by Oscars’ Best Picture nominees

What to fix for your Oscars party whether a large soiree to an intimate dinner. If you are anything like me, you want to make the menu cohesive with the nominated movies –it is a great way to be creative, try new recipes and show off your culinary savvy.

The nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards are diverse as they come from New Jersey in the early 80’s to Somalia’s Gulf of Aden and up, up and away into space.  Whether you are fixing a whole meal or noshes for your Oscar Party, I have pulled together a collection of recipes that reflect the Oscars’ Best Picture nominees.  

Read the full story and get the recipes HERE.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fells Point’s Fat Tuesday cooking challenge – come taste.

If you have ever had the joy of visiting New Orleans you always remember the food from Gumbo to Po-Boys, Jambalaya to Muffletas, Beignets to Shrimp Creole and more! Spark you food memories with this Sunday, March 2nd Fells Point’s Fat Tuesday cooking challenge as ten restaurants present their best version of New Orleans cuisine in a fork-to-fork competition.  

Gather at Woody’s Rum Bar and Sláinte Irish Pub & Restaurant from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Doors open at 1:45 p.m.) 

Get all the details, watch the video and slideshow HERE.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

West Anne Arundel County Restaurant Week – make it a staycation

The popularity of Restaurant Weeks continues to grow – we are in the midst of Anne Arundel’s Annapolis Restaurant Week now – Monday, February 24th to Sunday, March 2nd.  Well that leaves out numerous restaurants in other parts of Anne Arundel County.  Anne Arundel’s West County Chamber of Commerce has initiated their own Restaurant Week which will kick off where Annapolis leaves off – Monday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 9th.  

The new area around Arundel Mills Mall has seen great growth including the Maryland Live Casino and the luxurious the Hotel  at Arundel Preserve.  

Check out the slideshow and full story HERE.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ay, chihuahua! Mexican pop-up restaurant at Fork and Wrench restaurant

Put on your sombreros, add Mariachi music to your downloads and get ready for Estafado Cantina. On Monday, February 24 The Fork & Wrench at 2322 Boston Street has guest chef Chad Gauss of the acclaimed Food Market coming in and transforming their restaurant into a “Bad Ass” Mexican inspired cantina for one night only. Guests get to pick and choose from the a la carte menu and enjoy a bevy of Mexican inspired libations.  Seating begins at 6 p.m. - come early for the festivities.

Check out all the details and the menu HERE.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Baltimore’s Restaurant Week is here

A bit later this year, Baltimore City’s Restaurant Week is making an appearance in February tied in with the city’s “Absolutely Febulous” promotions with restaurants, hotels and attractions.  There are many deals to be had at local attractions. Make a staycation out of it get a room, enjoy the museums and dine.  See the city like tourist see us in all our glory.  Absolutely Fabulous kicks off today for attractions and hotels and Restaurant Week starts Sunday, February 16th to Sunday, February 23rd with offerings for lunch at $15, Dinner at $20 or 30 and some locations are offering brunch.

Read the full story and get my picks HERE.


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