24 3 / 2013
05 1 / 2013
I made the mistake of posting on that 20 things about the food world article and my blood pressure’s about to go through the roof.
04 1 / 2013
“Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?) Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.”
One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’.
Real. As. Fuck.
And real talk, I wish there was a Clueless Whitebread Muhfuckas filter on Yelp, because they stay talking stupid shit about places around my way.
Let’s also talk about how if there is a white face in front of these foods, that person can get more money because this is now a “sophisticated version made by whiteys”, but if people are doing their own shit it needs to be cheap like it is back in the country.
Yup. David Chang is a notable, POC exception to this rule. But, then, he DID go to Trinity, so… (I kid, I kid.)
Maybe I should start going to some of these sites and posting shit like “whatever, I had that pasta in Tuscany and it was 1/4 the price and way better!” or “I had that brunch jalapeno cornbread in Alabama for a buck and you’re paying $6 for it in SoHo LOOOOOOL!” Ugh.
Our favorite Thai and Indian Restaurants in Munich are “white tablecloth” places. Yeah, there are cheapie places too that we like, but the food’s a lot better overall at these, not just the surroundings. Although the inverse of that is the beautiful Vietnamese place we went to where the food was expensive and pretty “meh”, and my favorite Vietnamese place here turned out to be the proverbial hole in the wall.
19 10 / 2012
There’s a handful of little girls on Tumblr crying because I brought up Mindy Kaling’s Polanski rape joke on Twitter a few days ago.
Fascinating, because one of them called me a “heffa” who apparently questioned why I feel the need to “chime in on discussions about WOC” and another who tagged my post #White Feminism.
First, I laughed for a good, solid 5 minutes, then I wrote them both and told them since I’m Latina, that issues pertaining to WOC probably pertain to me somewhat.
Then I told them to fuck off and shove their shitty assumptions up their ass.
If there were fewer hypocrites on Tumblr maybe this would’nt even come up…
13 10 / 2012
Misogyny fucks with my digestion. Putting away the Tumblr for the night.
11 9 / 2012
"People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now."
I think everyone who reads this who thinks the boycotters are fuckwits needs to go that restaurant and spend some money there if they’re able to.