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Getting Etnic Restaurants to serve the real thing to "stoopid americans"

Barbara S | Oct 12, 199902:13 PM     14

Fred T. made an interesting point in a thread (mostly about Pearson's BBQ) on the Outer Boroughs board, concerning enthic restaurants that may balk at revealing the secrets of their cuisine to the uninitiated, or those unlucky enough to be born outside the tribe. He noted he'd had great food when he went in to Xenon with a native speaker. Not all of us have the good luck to have contacts in the community - let alone know a good mechanic - wow. I've been reading with great appreciation the tutorials on ordering Korean food, and was wondering if any language coaches would be willing to provide us a few key phrases in Korean, or Greek, or name-your-fav-ethinc cuisine, that would get one past the "no American will like our food" attitude? Something along the lines of, "Gracious host, please excuse me, a humble American with only these few words to convey how much I truly wish to eat your excellent food and can we have that table by the window?"

Just a thought.

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