I don't know what the Chamber of Commerce will think of the Baltimore segment—or the city fathers of the other cities [Detroit and Buffalo] we're visiting on what we're referring to privately as the "Rust Belt" show, but I can tell you that I am already a big fan of pit beef, the wonders of "lake trout" (neither trout—nor from a lake as it turns out), and the heavy but wonderful, vodka soaked charms of Detroit Polish food and Macedonian pastries. And I wonder what my Russian friend and sidekick, Zamir is making of all this, the bombed out, half deserted inner cities, the abandoned Ford plant, the funny, tough-as-nails hard working people we're meeting whose jobs are either gone or under threat. I told Zamir I'd show him America and that's what I'm doing.
There is—in spite of it all—a fierce pride, a toughness—and a uniquely American sense of dark humor, shared by everybody we've met, that's given me an uncharacteristic sense of optimism.
OK...so it sounds like he understands at least one part of the city. I'm sure it'll be a great show. And I know I shouldn't really complain until I see it, but I will anyway. How come Cleveland got the quirky, artsy, foodie edit, while Baltimore gets the "The Wire is real" edit?
I fear that this won't much help Baltimore get on the map as a city with an inspiring food scene.