I just ate Chinese. Plenty of Jews, but I noticed for the first year that there were Hindus.
"the Seattle PI wrote an “article”"
Ari, thank you for mentioning the PI several times in your 'article'. 'Brad Wong' is the name we list as the reporter whenever the entire staff here at the PI collaborates on an 'article'.
Note to the Stranger: in the future, please mention Judaism in every one of your bland 'articles'.
I, for one, will be happy when this whole ridiculous episode in Seattle cultural relations blows over.
Happy New Year!
Ari, if you head on over to the House of Hong I understand they make a special dumpling that has a filling mixed from red bean paste and essence of Get Over It. You should try, you might like.
Chinese food on Christmas is my favorite Jewish tradition. PI = STUPID.
The Christmas tree thing should not blow over, it should be remembered bc Seattle will start to look like the mid-west if that stuff happens again.
Last I checked, Jews aren't the only people who don't celebrate Christmas. Why single them out?
Is there a local Jewish eatery that we need to go to?
And I am snipped, so that should be a plus somehow.
Doesn't count for Chinese food.
Right on the corner, try the Shanghai - always excellent. Love the eggplant and those long green beans. Any one of the chicken dishes.
Where's Shoshana when you really need her?
I have eaten in Chinese restaurants on Christmas many times in far more interesting cities than this one, before I was a boring old married person, and I occasionally pretended to myself that I was Jewish while doing so.
If you've managed to escape to the west coast, I don't see the point of eating Chinese when there is a Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, or Filipino restaurant on almost every corner.
It's true - my Jewish mother told me that her family often went out for Chinese food on Christmas Day in New York (or at least Brooklyn) when she was a kid.
Double-super guilty detail - she apologizedly mentioned that the colloqualism at the time - in the dreadful but not intentionally hateful language of late '40's/early '50's - was going out for "Chinks" on X-Mas, but it was said in a way that sort of made you think they both felt oppressed by the fact that Christmas pretty much shut everything down for everyone who wasn't a WASP (or at least a Catholic).
Some stereotypes are true. I can't speak for other Jewish families, but Chinese is *traditional*. Thai was where we went for my Zede's birthday (he flirted with the waitresses shamelessly), Korean is what we ate when we visited my grandfather's cousin, but Chinese was where we went for Christmas - either dim sum or dinner, depending on our schedules. One year, in Los Angeles' Chinatown, we were seated next to a large Chinese family that was enjoying a roast turkey (among other dishes). Our watering mouths must have been apparent - the table had the restaurant staff send over a plate of sliced turkey to us. Sweet!
above - class act by any standard on any day
of course, they had the whole turkey, lot of spare food
GOSH, YOU'RE SO VERY FUCKING OPPRESSED.
i'm so confused by this. not mentioning jews? last night my friends went out and celebrated our Very Jewish Christmas as we do every year. take in a flick and then off to a chinese restaurant to eat. this is how our families all celebrated when we were growing up. and how our parents' families celebrated, too.
WTF? Why is Chinese food singled out? A lot of people, of varying religious beliefs, go to all kinds of restaurants on Christmas Day - every year I work at my brother's restaurant schlepping six courses of french haute cuisine. Last night, we did 80 dinners - I can guarantee the diners weren't all jews.
Strangely, more than half our patrons on Christmas Eve were Asian, though. It was such a compartitive outlyer that, sociologically, I wonder what about the significance.
Didn't Eli Sanders just do a piece in the Stranger about the general obliviousness of Seattle to all things Jewish? That's why. (I'm not Jewish, but I am Jew-ISH - my maternal grandfather was a Polish Jew, but I didn't even know what a Jew WAS until I was nine years old: that's just how things are sometimes on the (west)coast of oblivion).
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