Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods America, took a culinary tour of Baltimore and beyond last summer, visiting Lexington Market, Korean restaurants, an urban garden, and one of the city's last arabbers. The episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.
Meanwhile on ABC-TV, Ravens Jacoby Jones and skater Dorothy Hamill keep the spotlight on Baltimore on Dancing with the Stars as they perform sometime during tonight's 8-10 p.m. show.
Will you be a channel switcher or TiVo one of them? What a good problem to have.
As Jacoby and Dorothy battle it out in DWTS's first elimination round, Andrew Zimmern will be giving us a taste of our environs. I had a chance to meet Andrew in June at the Korean restaurant Nam Kang on Maryland Avenue, where he sampled the restaurant's octopus bibimbap, pictured, and other dishes.
He also headed to Ellicott City to continue his eating foray at Shin Chon Garden Restaurant, where his local emissary Henry Hong joined him at the table, pictured top, Andrew, left, with Henry.
After acting as Zimmern's tour guide, Henry, a freelance contributor to Baltimore magazine, wrote an article for our March issue about the area's Korean restaurants. He also included a helpful guide on Korean foods.
While Andrew was in town, he also stopped by JM Clayton Seafood, a crab processing plant, in Cambridge, to pick crabs. He then paired up with chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen to harvest sorrel at the city's Five Seeds Farm to prepare a meal.
The affable TV personality also found time to stop by Angie's Soul Food in Lexington Market, Hollins Market, and Chaps Charcoal Restaurant among other places.
It will be interesting to see how the city is portrayed in tonight's show. I'm expecting a positive look.
During his visit, Andrew told me he wants to let viewers know that Baltimore is "not just the commercial chain restaurants [at the Inner Harbor]."
He also said, "Baltimore is trending. . . . What's going on here is fantastic."
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