Friday, September 25, 2009

Let them eat cupcakes!

 For what's going on in the JBlogsphere see Batya's Haveil Havalim.

So everyone is in New York where Kadaffi and Ahmedinijad mock the unity that the 'united' in United Nations was supposed to be about. Nothing is what it was anymore. In other developments from New York, Barak Obama is implementing a new tough policy in which he tells us that it's time to DO something serious. Now. Or else.

But never fear the great New York Times 
has an angle to show you how progress in the piece peace process is a piece of cake. Or cupcake anyway.
It seems a fellow by the name of Fadi Jabar  who was "student at the multinational Aramco school in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia" and a "son of Palestinian refugees"  discovered chocolate chip cookies.One thing led to another and today he runs a successful cupcake emporium 'Sugar Daddy' in Aman, Jordan.

Well, guess what? There are  at least three (count 'em, 3) online cupcake companies in Tel Aviv!!! All this leads the venerable New York Times reporter Anna Louie Sussman to write this piece of wisdom
"Cupcakes have also bridged the most contentious divide of the Middle East."
Well then Bibi Netanyahu could have just stayed home and not bothered with his amazing speech today. He could have been out sampling New York cupcakes instead. 

Shabbat Shalom, have a meaningful fast.
כתיבה וחתימה טובה


Leora said...


Shabbat Shalom.

Risa Tzohar said...

Yeah, that's what the New York Times is writing about the Middle East.

Anonymous said...

We stopped reading teh NYT years ago because they are so irrelevant. That was one heck of a speech BiBi made (and I'm not a fan).Easy fast.

Frugal Dougal said...

Your New York times sounds like our Guardian - so ideologically blinkered it wouldn't recognise the truth if it fell on its head.

I don't know the proper greeting, but I hope you have a productive fast.

Thanks for the link!

Batya said...

Over ten years ago (13 to be exact) when The Bagle House (Beit HaBagel) and Bonkers were battling for bagle eaters in Jerusalem, muffins were very popular. They could be described as cupcakes sans topping.

ps thanks for the link

Anonymous said...

Both - New York times and Guardian - are decent sources IMO. Don't know why one wouldn't like 'em.

Jillian said...

So wait - are you suggesting that because there are bad things happening in the Middle East, it's wrong to highlight some of the more wonderful things?

In that vein, perhaps there should never be fluff pieces on Israel, either, right? Or is it different standards for different peoples?

Risa Tzohar said...

I read the NY Times online 'for old times sake' but sometimes it's so off.
Jillian, fluff is fine and copying American culture in Aman and Tel Aviv is pretty fluffy but what bridge is here? Where is the connection?
Bridging our 'contentious divide' is a serious topic and one that deserves attention. But cupcake sales are unrelated to this.
Cupcakes are nifty and I can only wish everyone 'hearty appetite' but don't trivialize Israel's right to survival by pretending that cupcakes mean anything more than a tasty snack.

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