I found out via my friend Kit's column in Baltimore Fishbowl that Thai Landing is opening a new location at Belvedere Square. Then, I saw online that a second uptown location of Thai Landing will also be opening soon in The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson.
So, yes, after 30 years in Mt. Vernon, Thai Landing is moving north. I will be happy to try it when they open at Belvedere. I'm guessing Grand Cru will be very helpful in pairing wines with their menu. Win-win!
This week, a few Baltimore restaurants will be featured on a Netflix show called Fresh, Fried & Crispy, hosted by Daym Drops. The Local Oyster's colossal Crab Cake + Fried Soft Crab Sandwich will be one of the highlighted foods. The sandwich was created by Tim Chin (of The Baltimore Foodie Instagram) a while back and a photo of it got millions of internet hits, catching the attention of the show's producers.
There will also be a segment on the Baltimore episode with The Food Market and I'm hoping (since it's about crispy, fried things) they feature the Big 'Ole Mozzarella Sticks because they are incredible.
Other places inside Mount Vernon Marketplace will be featured on the Netflix show, as well. Tune in this Wednesday night on Netflix.
Also, you have to watch High on the Hog on Netflix, too. Some of the best food programming I've seen in years. Episode 3 focused on Thomas Jefferson and I've actually watched twice. A few years ago, I traveled to Monticello and was almost instantly enthralled by the place, the incredible vegetable garden and the deep, deep history of slavery there. So many stories need to be told and this short series (four episodes) is an excellent start.
On a similar subject, one of my favorite cookbooks I've cooked from in a while is Toni Tipton-Martin's "Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking". I loved reading the back stories and vignettes as much as the food I cooked. I also love that Toni is now living in Baltimore! And, she was just awarded the annual award by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. She plans to use the $50,000 prize to fund a mentorship program for women in food journalism.
And, this week, because it's premiering next week at the Tribeca Film Festival, I kept seeing articles online about the new Bourdain documentary. I haven't watched the trailer (and probably won't) but I am definitely interested in seeing it. For me, he was not an idol or anything, idols are not my thing. Tony traveled and ate all over the world and told the stories of the people behind the meal or experience — he was so much more than a travel host. In the end flawed and tragic, I found him to be ceaselessly inspiring.
Here is a little more food and drinks I've been able to enjoy out and about over the last week.
Duxbury MA oysters and a Stern Fern cocktail at Dylan's
Laotian fried chicken, sticky rice and sweet dipping sauce The "Chicken Box" at Mona's Super Noodle
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