Crown City Cook | Dear Dinic’s

roast pork topped with misery

Dear Dinic’s,

For the love of god, I don’t understand you! How can an entire city of people, three separate food based television networks and a myriad of celebrities be so very very very VERY wrong?

Your roasted pork is a thing of beauty, it deserves all of the acclaim it has earned over the years… but that is where the buck stops. How the hell did you turn Broccoli Rabe mixed with sharp provolone cheese into a condiment cultural icon? Do the people of Philadelphia truly like the gritty taste of bitter and tube socks? Or is it more like no one wants to speak up because they risk being ostracized out of town for turning against the Adam Richman vetted establishment? The question haunts me still to this day.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe my Maryland blood did something to my taste buds to make the combination of Rabe and Prov taste like a mouthful of stagnant, overwhelming sadness. Or maybe all of the Natty Boh I’ve consumed since the age of “21” has finally tainted me, rendering my tongue a swill washed sausage of its former self. I may never know. Unfortunately, I will never agree with the masses on this one. The next time I visit Philly, I will be more than happy to pay my respects to your delicious pork, but so help me god if I see one piece of green and white on my sandwich, I will lose control like an Eagles fan after a super bowl victory.

Love,

The Crown City Cook

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One Shot | It’s Ma’am

The Newest Podcast from the Best in Baltimore!

An episode the legendary duo, Rob Lee and Dann D., discuss horrid things like Tree Crocodiles. 
Red & White

On a very special One Shot, Rob Lee, Dann D and Just Greg come together to discuss a myriad of topics that include but not limited to a noted shitty person, R Kelly and Surviving R Kelly, Korean horror movies, the Super Ma’am meme and random anime that you should check out. Greg tells a story about Rob’s dad, Rob discusses seeing Mother and Dann learns disturbing news about Ray Charles. 

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Your mouth will water when you read the latest installment of Crown City Cook.  Crown City Cook is a blog from noted foodie & epicurean ranter, Dann D, reviews some of his favorite restaurants and breaks down some of the latest food-related news.

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Crown City Cook | Foraged. Review

Duck Confit

As the restaurant world continues to grow and make room for new voices, we continue to dig deeper, asking ourselves how we can possibly compete. When honest creativity is found on every plate, it is easy to overlook true genius. That is why I felt compelled to take this message beyond my normal Instagram post to tell you, Foraged. is one of those places that must be recognized for its sheer brilliance.

I hate repeating myself, but this is one of those times where it bears repeating: the word phenomenal doesn’t even begin to describe the culinary experience found at Foraged. Billed as the hyper-seasonal eatery, Chef Amendola and crew are serving farm-to-table meals that push beyond the concept. True to their name, all of the ingredients are locally sourced from the farm and the forest. This might scare those of you with random food allergies, but one look at the menu will tell you all you need to know about the love and care put into food that’s meant for everyone.

Before I even set foot in the door, I had already decided my first foraged meal would include duck, oysters and bone marrow. I’ve had all three of these things before, often and in different formats. What I wasn’t prepared for was the velvet like breading of the perfectly fried oysters, the buttery smoothness of the bone marrow against the crunchy bits of herb crumbs and bird beak peppers, and the Michelin Star worthy duck confit. After two bites of the duck, I looked up at my friend who was kind enough to join me for dinner and said:

“This is the duck equivalent of a Ribeye steak.”

We shared the plate, agreeing it was the best duck we’d ever eaten.

The wild card of the night would go to the kewl ranch pig ears that tasted like warm fatty pieces of jerky.

I could go on to tell you about the assortment of condiments that accompanied our meal and how they paired with the overall course. I could also tell you about the bright ambiance and esthetic of the small dining room. I could do all of this and more, but you would end up reading a dissertation. I implore you, go there! Make a reservation and do it soon, because the change of season will bring a brand new menu. A menu full of unique possibilities and absolute flavor… but a menu that’s vacant of the greatest god damn duck you will ever eat in your entire life!

Unofficially Black | Unofficial Truth

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Welcome the latest episode of Unofficially Black, your source for the latest in hip-hop – 21 Savage News, pop culture and current events. Remember there’s no step one in being black.

Once again we’re black with a new episode and we have A LOT to talk about. From the poor Superbowl, 21 Savage or Ye Olde 21 Savage‘s arrest and the 6ix9ine’s settlement.

We also discuss the Grammy’s well the mess that has occurred before the event has begun. Be sure to listen to our previous episodes and explore our site as well.

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We’ll have some major news coming up as well.

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Emo Kid Dance Party | Eleven Years Later

Emo

At this point, it’s hard to recall when this idea first started. The year was 2009, that much I do remember. I was deep into comic books, computers and dance music for some odd reason. Originally, Emo Kid Dance Party was meant to be self-produced dance music that sounded sort of like DeadMau5 and The Faint started a side project together. I’ve carried this concept around with me now for a decade and while it is far from that original dream concocted in a dimly lit basement, filled with smoke and the white noise of people talking over one another, I am still immensely proud to share this, the latest incarnation, that sounds sort of like Kay Slay and DJ Clue started Vagrant Records only to break up and form separate indy labels with neither showing clear direction. Here’s hoping you enjoy it.

Featured on this mixtape:

Midtown, Save Ferris, Nightmare of You, Placebo, Incubus, MSTRKRFT, No Doubt, The Chainsmokers and Alkaline Trio

(All songs written and owned by the bands that created them)

Edited by Rob Revenue

Executive Produced by Princess Vespa

Arranged and recorded at Dead Dream Studios in Baltimore, Md.

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