Stephanie discovered an amazing cafe in my area the other day, and when I googled it, one of the first results was A Certain Local Food Blog I Sometimes Like To Hateread.
And so this bingo card was born: things white foodies say about ~ethnic~ restaurants and cafes.
(We didn’t set out for this to be a week of food politics. We just really enjoy food, and also food politics.)
|“I thought the food would be too spicy, but…”||Authenticity!||“Try to overlook the shabby decor…”||“It’s [culture’s] version of [familiar Chinese dish which may or may not have been invented in Australia]”||“You’re meant to share the dishes, but…”|
|“You really expect to be paying these sorts of prices for Western European food…”||There’s an elderly immigrant lady who wants nothing more than to feed white people||Free
|The food is “unassuming”||“We used to think of [gentrifying suburb] as a wasteland but now it’s worth visiting!”|
|“[Culture’s] food is about to become the next big thing.”||Multicultural!||“Isn’t Uber great?”||“The menu calls the dish X, but I think it’s actually Y.”||“Pan-Asian”|
|“I wouldn’t have thought [cuisine] could accommodate vegans, but…”||“And so we’re off to the opening of a new hipster cafe…”||Something something MSG||“It’s so weird how lots of people from the same background live around here…”||“It’s so homey, you picture the owner’s mum in the kitchen!”|