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Thursday, April 16, 2015





Ian Keenan said...

There's a Bombay Pizza in Voorhees, NJ, and I got the eggplant pizza and the pickled cauliflower once - enjoyed it.. don't think I've tried the potato and cilantro samosa pizza but I may check that out.

I was discussing fusion with someone recently - I heard someone say "fusion is confusion" which may have been Philly Cypriot chef Konstantinos Pitsillides who at least agrees. I agree that the best recipes have been worked on over the course of centuries by successive generations and in Anglo countries with poor food traditions, hot shot chefs play a few tricks to overcharge people who want bland, gimmicky food.

But what can happen is that an ethnic tradition can work with a different kind of starch - baked wrap, etc. Hence the Banh Mi, which comes from French colonization demanding the baguette. The Korean taco is an inevitable product of Koreans moving to California, and I quite like them. Indian pizza is not as much of a natural than the other two, but they're good.

x larry said...

haven't tried the korean taco. i do remember half a block from my first philly apt, 43rd and spruce, there was a pizza shop with a great sauce, something oriental about it, this was 1990 and nothing to do with trendy, just some mom and pop pizza shop catering to penn students and other locals.

Ian Keenan said...

Sounds good.. I don't know that anything in my third paragraph has reached trendy yet. Bombay Pizza Voorhees struggles in a mostly vacant strip mall. The Korean taco is a street cart food mostly though Korean restaurants have become trendy in many places - but the taco is trendy in the sense it's crossed over into young male Caucasian "huh - I hook you up, don't I?" cooks blackboards. I recall last year in a Canadian city, I had to pay a one dollar cover charge to eat a Banh Mi because the glossy, empty restaurant couldn't charge enough, but it was still the best deal for me at the moment, and good.


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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.