Wednesday, May 30, 2007

      ( 6:14 AM ) teahouse
Here's a Can of Whoop Ass

Do you know what I dislike?

People who are originally from a certain country, and refuse to eat any food but the food from their own country.

Case in point: I went out with some friends over the weekend. They're from a European country that's famous for its good food. They immigrated to the United States about 5 years ago.

And yet, every time they go out to eat, it has to be food from their country.

This country shall remain nameless, for anonymity. This country is famous for its sauce, its pasta, its pork products, its wine.

Ok, this country is Italy. Screw the anonymity.

So back to these people. They won't eat anything but Italian food. And it has to be authentic. Yes, they sniff and look down their noses at our "pizza" and our "calzones" and our "marinara" sauce.

They spend hours going all over New York looking for "real" prosciutto. They wax nostalgic about how the water in Parma is better; that's what makes the bread superior.

Anyway, everytime I go out to eat with this people, it has to be Italian. Keeping in mind that we all live in New York City - home of some of the best food in the world, from all over the world.

They say things like, "We hate Chinese food" and "Sushi is disgusting..how could you eat that?" and "The Americans cannot make the mortadella worth anything!"

Yes, we have to go to Italian restaurants. And there are only 2 or 3 in the City that meet with these people's approval. We tried one place one time, and it was vetoed because one of these people insisted it wasn't authentic because he swear he'd seen a "Mexican" walk into the kitchen door.

Here is the resolution that THB has made: THB is no longer tolerating this kind of behavior. She loves Italian food, but this is ridiculous.

THB is eliminating the negativity in her life, and going out to eat with friends who appreciate trying new foods and appreciate living in the United States, which is a melting pot of many cultures and many foods.

And when these friends invite THB out to dinner in the future, THB will nicely suggest something other than Italian food. And if this is not good enough for them, THB will politely refuse the dinner invitation.

It begins today.



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