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Washington Post: How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy

You've very welcome. Credit to this old Chowhound post, which was where I learned of it:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7598...

12 minutes ago
small h in Food Media & News

Washington Post: How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy

Leaving aside the fact that I care not a whit about your view of my view, I'll simply point out that in the very same episode of Fresh Off the Boat in which Eddie is shamed by his white classmates for his Chinese lunch, he and his brothers are similarly horrified by the tuna casserole and mac & cheese served to them by a neighbor. The author of the article conveniently ignores this and other examples of reciprocal cross-cultural culinary suspicion, making it seem as if it travels only in one direction. But it doesn't, and to acknowledge that might have made for a more interesting (and certainly more balanced) read. Like this one:

http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s...

40 minutes ago
small h in Food Media & News

Washington Post: How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy

I came away from this article wondering what the hell the author wants. If we* embrace the foods her family cooks, we've "reduced staples of (her) culture to fleeting fetishes" and committed the sin of "cultural appropriation"**. But if we reject those foods, we're troglodytes who sneer at “Chinese grossness.” OMG WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE HER HAPPY???

I speak as a Jew-girl, unambiguously pale of flesh, who's eaten ptcha (by accident), tongue (on purpose, but not for decades), cholent (ditto) and gefilte fish (frequently, recently, and enthusiastically). Is there a place for me in the ignorant-white-people column? Some other column? Any column at all?

* and by "we" I mean the monolithic "white people" she references, who don't exist, but whatever.

** gag me with a spoon. yes, a spoon! I.am.so.white.

Mrs Ziggy Wants Crabs

I had a pretty good experience at Red & Gold Boil on St. Marks.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002727

I've also been to The Boil, which I didn't like as much (although it certainly wasn't bad). And I'm a big fan of Congee Village's Crab Pot in Country Style, which is a whole 'nother thing, of course. And excellent.

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan

Reporting Health Code Violations =/= Mentioning that Health Code Violations have been Reported

Then we're generally in agreement, which was not apparent in your first reply to me.

Sep 02, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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Burrata

I prefer burrata served cooler than room temperature, but not fridge-cold - cellar temperature, I guess. Somewhere between so cold that you can't taste it properly and so warm that the texture gets weird.

Sep 01, 2015
small h in Cheese

Reporting Health Code Violations =/= Mentioning that Health Code Violations have been Reported

If you've read even one of my posts on this thread, then you must know that I'm for more speech, not less. I'd be the last person to advocate for disallowing reviews because they're "just one persons (sic) opinion." If that's even what you're suggesting. I'm not quite sure, nor can I fathom why you decided to chime in more than a year after the incident which prompted my OP.

Sep 01, 2015
small h in Site Talk

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

That's a fair point. The Riverdale Diner is a block away, and you could get breakfast-type stuff there. But I would give it only a lukewarm recommendation.

Aug 26, 2015
small h in Manhattan

It's MASCARPONE!

I hope the new artesian foods do well.

Aug 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

<Wasn't Jiminy in Pinnochio?>

Yes. Dumbo's sidekick was Timothy Q. Mouse. No crickets in Dumbo, as far as I know.

Aug 24, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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Former Captain Reveals the Down-N-Dirty Secrets of Working at Eleven Madison Park

I enjoyed the piece (although I can see why the "regulars" would not), but is it about Eleven Madison Park? The former captain refers to a four course menu, which I don't think EMP offers. Maybe they did in the past?

ETA Yep, further research shows that they did. Disregard!

Aug 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Sasha Petraske, Dead at 42

Oh, no! That's horrible. What a loss.

Aug 21, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Police raid home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle

<He's likely to get an entirely different, if well-deserved, kind of footlong in prison.>

Congratulations. You've sunk to the level of the execrable New York Post.

http://www.thewrap.com/ny-post-sparks...

No matter how outraged and disgusted you are, joking about prison rape is never okay.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I wasn't going to post this because I certainly still hear it (from my spousal equivalent), but that goes for 95% of this thread. And it's food related. Has two forms:

Don't chew your cabbage twice. (I heard you the first time.)
I don't chew my cabbage twice. (Don't make me repeat myself.)

Aug 21, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

On a recent visit, I was very impressed with the clay pot shrimp and the sauteed pea shoots. The shrimp (from Georgia, says the menu, lest you think they are from Vietnam OMG) were big and springy and fresh, in a spicy, funky pepper paste with some soft grape tomatoes. The pea shoots were super-sized, almost as big around as broccoli rabe, which gave them a nice substantial crunch that held up to the fierce hit of fish sauce with which they'd been assaulted (not that I'm complaining). And I was very taken with the rice, although I don't usually have much to say about rice one way or the other. I also had the papaya salad, which was crisper and...more recently assembled?...than at your standard Vietnamese pho-slinger. But it wasn't otherwise notable.

Service was terrific, but I was with regulars, so that might have been why.

Aug 19, 2015
small h in Outer Boroughs

best downtown happy hour?

I like Schapiro's, The Leadbelly, Essex Restaurant (when I'm feeling noise-tolerant), and Upstate.

Aug 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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How to eradicate tiny black bugs on my potted cucumbers

Thank you. And thank you.

Aug 17, 2015
small h in Gardening

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

That is a beautiful phrase. The closest thing I know to it is "leanin' time is cleanin' time." A lot less evocative, but I'm pretty sure it means the same thing.

Aug 17, 2015
small h in Not About Food

How to eradicate tiny black bugs on my potted cucumbers

With a heavy heart, I report that my once-thriving cucumber is in hospice care. Despite my liberal applications of neem oil and insecticidal soap, and my many efforts at manual eradication, this stalwart plant is fast succumbing to the ravages of an aphid affliction. A mere three weeks ago, it was a luxurious and leafy thing, producing dozens of flowers and infant fruit. I made cornichons from what I could salvage. The cuke is now clinging to life and fading fast. I am trying to keep it comfortable its last days.

Aug 17, 2015
small h in Gardening

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

<What I'd like to know is, who is the audience?>

There's no shortage of people who are simply thrilled and delighted to read take-downs of New York City, or fancy restaurants, or New York City fancy restaurants - just scroll up! Everyone knows why this is. But there are also people who love to read bad reviews (me). However, there's a difference between a good bad review and a bad bad review. Here's one of my favorite good bad reviews, also written by a Brit about a fancy New York City restaurant, as it happens:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/0...

Gold's looks like an nth generation xerox of Gill's, or perhaps the Mad Libs version of it. Sneering use of the word "whimsy" - check. Pointed dig at the idiots who patronize the place (author excepted, naturally) - check. Complaint about the room, which is somehow both too fancy and not fancy enough - check.

I think Gill is the far superior writer, and since I read his piece first (it's more than a decade old, and it's also about a restaurant that opened not long before he ate there), the Harper's one looks like a lazy paraphrase to me.

Aug 17, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Montreal Bagels

Five years on, I decided to try Mile End again, this time at the Bond Street location. Mile End now serves bagels from Black Seed (a hybrid style, so not purely Of Montreal); thus, I liked them better. They're still a little too sweet for me, and a trifle too cake-y, but they're pretty good. The whitefish was not the kind I'm used to, either, in that it had a lot of celery and wasn't as creamy or salty as the versions from Russ & Daughters or Acme. Fries were decent, and the pickle plate had a lot of variety but wasn't really worth $9. That was true for most of what we had - the prices are about 25% higher than they ought to be. If you charge $11.50 for a sandwich, have the decency to plate it with a pickle spear and a little cup of cole slaw. I don't ask for much.

Aug 16, 2015
small h in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

<I don't really know why someone would travel anywhere and have such a negative attitude to start with.>

Because flailing your tiny arms at a 2000 lb gorilla makes you feel tough, but it carries very little risk. The gorilla, even if it acknowledges you, doesn't see you as a threat. Every time I see one of those "I hate New York there's nothing good there plus everyone is stupid and mean" threads, this is what I hear in my head: "New York is flat chested and probably also a lesbian."

Aug 15, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

Indeed. Generation X got its name from Douglas Coupland's novel* (which got *its* name from Billy Idol's band).

*not that Coupland invented the term, but he did apply it to that particular generation.

Aug 15, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Christos Gyro & Souvlaki, a block west of Broadway at 238th. I've only had their falafel & greek salad (both decent), but the gyros are semi-famous, and a neighborhood favorite.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style...

Aug 15, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Bites on/near Broadway for and end-to-end walk

Beecher's Cheese. Free samples! (They might not really be free, but no one has stopped me yet.)

Aug 14, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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Dinner in Hell's Kitchen...please help

If you found 44X10 too pricey, try Ollie's (stick to the Sichuan stuff), West Bank Cafe, Glass House Tavern. Note that none of them is perfect, though. All are good and comfortable.

http://olliesnyc.com/food-delivery-TW...
http://www.westbankcafe.com/menu.html
http://www.glasshousetavern.com/file/...

Aug 14, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

You can contact them and ask, since you know who they are and how to reach them. That would probably help you figure out some ways to ensure that posts are properly placed from the get go.

Aug 13, 2015
small h in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

The posts aren't mine. I'm staying off the beta site 'til it's fumigated. But I can name names if you like.

Aug 13, 2015
small h in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

<...the one that most likely fit for this case is if the OP created the post on the old site on the wrong board...>

That's not what I'm seeing (and flagging). There's a recent spate of threads that ended up on General Topics but belonged to locations, as opposed to "communities." These were created by experienced posters who would have known where their topics belonged.

Aug 13, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Also, writing about (and hating on) these exact restaurants is not exactly cutting-edge journalism. Brooklyn Fare is the newest establishment she visited, and it opened in 2009. EMP's been around since 1998. So if you want to shoot these giant barrel-dwelling fish yourself, even though many others have beat you to it, it would be a good idea to bring something fresh to the table, in style if not in content. The Harper's piece doesn't.

Aug 13, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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