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November 22, 2015

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R. Sherman

You will probably not be surprised to find out she's a Mizzou grad.

Wish I'd known that before I sent the "Over my dead body" note to my Alma Mater last week when we received the combination alumni solicitation and suggestion we bring the youngest up for a visit to help him decide to follow in Mom and Dad's footsteps.

Jimmy

You bastards will have to peel my coffee cup from my cold, dead hands.

@mojo

I'm with you there. Our foes shall be steeped in fear.

JuliaM

"...I can say with some confidence that the choice of restaurant isn’t determined by the melanin levels of the people cooking it."

They do say, though, that the melanin levels of those choosing to eat there determine the authentic quotient of the food.

dicentra

All those Italian stringed instruments -- violin, viola, cello, bass -- being played by non-Italians.

AND PLAYING GERMAN MUSIC NO LESS!

Tisk tisk! Must run to China, Korea, and Japan and destroy those orchestras forthwith!

dicentra

Ethnic restaurants adjust their recipes to suit local tastes.

Boy howdy, is that the truth.

Down in Colombia they had hot-dog stands where you could get a frankfurter in a bun loaded with something resembling potato salad only not.

A mere month or so after arriving, we Americans went with out Colombian counterparts to a pizza restaurant, on which the menu item "higos" was listed. We asked the Colombians what an "higo" was and they said "little black thing," so we were jazzed about ordering black olives.

Only to find out later that they were figs. We should have known: the menu also listed cherries and peaches as toppings.

So.

Does that make us even for appropriating all that café de Colombia at Starbucks?

Nemo

Hmmm: there's a restaurant in Islamabad where I encountered saag makhni for the first time - and it was sublime. The restaurant's called Lasagne - apparently they're not above a bit of cultural appropriation of their own! Back in London I Googled looking for something similar and stumbled on a blog of young British Asians debating whether saag or palaak was spinach or mustard leaf - no definitive answer; seems culture is complex and confusing.

And isn't it just a tad incongruous for someone so culturally-correct to be referring to "Indian curry"? As though there's not a world of difference between Kashmiri, Tamil, Bangladeshi, etc...

Matt

Dicentra, you should see the things they put on pizza in Japan...

Bill

Don't you have to be Austrian, preferably Viennese, in order to work with the Weinermobile to avoid the cultural misappropriation of the culinary art this vehicle represents? After all, is the Weiner sausage not originally from Wien (Vienna)?

Vuil

We need a war or famine or depression. Tragic as it would be it is the only way for these SJW assholes to be brought back to reality.

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