Midwesterners say Sulzberger missed plenty of vegetarian fare

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Look at it this way: New York Times Correspondent Arthur G. Sulzberger now has plenty of suggestions for places to eat a meatless meal after writing about how hard it is to be a vegetarian in the Midwest. (Sample line: ” ‘There’s no meat,’ the waitress replied helpfully. ‘It’s just pinto beans smashed up with lard.’”) Some said Sulzberger relied on stereotypes, others said he didn’t look hard enough, and several said he seems to have revealed a not-so-shocking truth about the Midwest: It’s not New York.

  • “The author of this article seems to have barely tried to find vegan options here. In reality, they exist in abundance—I’ve been blogging about them for 3.5 years!” wrote Kansas City chef Amber Shea on her blog Almost Vegan. “It’s shoddy reporting, in my eyes, to go to a meat-centric restaurant and then write an article (for the NY Times, no less!) about having to eat a salad.”
  • “Kansas City is not NYC when it comes to food. NYC has incredible options at the drop of the hat. Living in Kansas City is very different…so are the options. I wonder why Mr. Sulzberger went to a BBQ spot for a vegetarian option…..You have to dig a little deeper here to find the gold,” Kate Andrews McConnell wrote on The Kansas City Star’s Facebook page.
  • “I emailed Sulzberger after I read his story,” Sarah Baker Hansen writes in Omaha’s Go magazine. “I pointed out the vegetarian menu at McFosters, and told him that I didn’t think the vegetarian life in Omaha was as barren as his story made it seem. He wrote me back, saying that he didn’t consider McFosters vegetarian because it serves meat. For him, that means it’s ‘just a restaurant with a lot of great vegetarian options.’ (For the record, McFosters serves just eight dishes with chicken, fish or seafood. It’s menu includes more than 50 meatless choices between appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees.)”

The Midwesterners were nicer to Sulzberger than the some of New Yorkers. “Nope, nothing insufferable about writing a whole article in the newspaper your family owns about how miserable you are at being forced to eat iceberg lettuce,” wrote New York magazine’s Noreen Malone.

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  • Anonymous

    It’s not the Midwesterners that are sensitive, it’s the Veg’ns that are pissed off that the article made it seem like it was hard to be Veg’n in the Midwest. It’s not. How did you miss that?

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Midwesterners sure are sensitive, aren’t they?  Such anger and belligerence! What’s with that?

  • Anonymous

    re: ”And though many meals, particularly in small towns, are of the bread-and-water variety, I have stumbled upon some decent restaurants as well: Japanese in Tulsa, Okla.; Indian in Lincoln, Neb.; Ethiopian in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Italian in Minot, N.D.; and, my favorite place to stop on a reporting trip, Thai Spice, just outside Joplin, Mo. ”

    GET ME REWRITE:  ”And though many meals, particularly in small towns, are of the bread-and-water variety, I have stumbled upon some decent restaurants as well: a Japanese place in Tulsa, Okla.; an Indian eatery in Lincoln, Neb.; an Ethiopian restaurant in Sioux Falls, S.D.; an Italian bistro  in Minot, N.D.; and, my favorite place to stop on a reporting trip, a Thai place called Thai Spice, just outside Joplin, Mo. ”

    See the difference? One does not eat Chinese, one eats Chinese food. Grow up, America!

  • Anonymous

    There was one part of AS’s story that seemed a bit unedited to me. That was when he spoke of the several different kinds of ethnic cuisines availbale is his area of the country, but instead of writing the names of the placves, such as “Japanese food at Kansas Sushi” he just said one could “eat Japanese” in that part of the USA, as if “Japanese” was an adjective. He also said the about eating Indian, Chinese, Italian, etc. but would he ever write  about “eating white” or “eating Jewish” or ‘eating Western”? No. Afer living in Asia for 20 years, i notice now how Westerns speak of non-American food wiht just one term,
    like a musem piece, “let’s go out for Chinese”  — Chinese what? — let’s go out for some Japanese — Japanese what? would Americans ever say let’s go out for some Western or let’s go out for some American or British or French? No way, they also say this about Asian cuisines and other non white Western cuiines, as IF they are above and ethnic foods are just a word. It all started with “let’s go out for some Chiense” and that is an insult to Chiense people. AS also insulted Japanese people and Indian people and Chinese tpopek in his piece. at least he did not insult Thai people he acutlaly wrote the name of the Thai place, calling it “Thai Spice”./ GOOd. but the other ethnic places he just said the name of the ethnicity wihout gibving the restaints’s name. That is not racism, but it is close. wake up America./

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QLJK6MRUOQ5WIHSZGQHI7RAR5M Sid

    Yep, universally we think he’s a dullard.  http://vegankc.com/

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