Meet Amy Kim, a graphic designer and food blogger living in New Jersey. Amy is a Korean-American cook who recently reconnected with her rich culinary heritage after her watching her mom, who was temporarily living with her and her husband following the birth of their second child, cook quick, delicious, and healthy Korean meals night after night. When her mom left, Amy swore to herself that she wouldn’t go back to microwaved dinners again, and her blog, Kimchi Mom, became the journal in which she shared her experimentations in the kitchen. I’d say she’s gone a long way from convenience food as she’s now one of my favorite sources to learn to make delicious Korean dishes at home (I especially like her how-to videos, such as this one!). Here’s Baltimore, in her own words.
My Edible City
Baltimore. Otherwise known as Bawlmer, Charm City, B’More, or my favorite, Baltissimo. I moved to Baltimore from New York City not knowing anything about anything and just followed my love. It was a new start in a new city and I was ready for an adventure. We moved there amid its urban renewal and their BELIEVE campaign. It was a city of juxtaposing contrasts. The grit was right around the corner from the grandeur of Old Baltimore and despite all the shiny new buildings, it was still dangerous to walk alone in certain parts of the city at any time of the day. As I got to know the city, grit and all, I described it as Washington D.C.’s quirky cousin. Washington had all the grand limestone buildings, iconic monuments, and at the time, the city was gaining ground as a culinary destination. Despite all that, I preferred Baltimore. I preferred its character, its “charm” if you will, and the realness over the stuffiness of D.C. The Baltimoreans stood by their city. There was nothing pretentious and the food in Baltimore reflected these traits. There was Attman’s Deli on Corned Beef Row at the edge of East Baltimore, Samos in Greektown, and Vaccaro’s in Little Italy. And you can’t forget the Maryland blue crabs and crab cakes. The newer restaurants that were cropping up were only adding to the rich culinary mosaic of Baltimore. My friends and I were always eager to try the new restaurants and were rarely disappointed.
My Favorite Dish
Faidley’s Crab Cakes. If you wanted a little taste of Baltimore, you ventured to Lexington Market on West Lexington and Eutaw Streets. It is located right next to University of Maryland and west of downtown. It was a cavernous warehouse packed with food vendors. The aisles were narrow, but the festive atmosphere was always welcoming. Every booth was emblazoned with neon signs all competing for my attention. There was a lot of shouting and laughter and it was always exciting to be in the middle of it all. Even as an outsider, I felt like a part of the city in this place. We always stopped by Faidley’s for my most favorite crab cakes. So perfect in every way – generous chunks of crabmeat and not a lot of filler, sweetness of the crab was not overwhelmed by the seasonings, and the consistency was not too cakey and not to crumbly. You gotta try one, hon!
- Official site of Baltimore’s Lexington Market
- J.W. Faidley: Award-Winning Crab Cakes & Seafood
- More of Amy’s favorites in Baltimore: Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop, Attman’s Delicatessen, Samos (Greek Restaurant)
- More info about Crab Cakes, a classic Southern dish, and the recipe to make Faidley’s Crab Cakes at home
- Discover the gourmet side of Baltimore! Book a tour with Charm City Food Tours.
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