Here's another example -- this time a letter from an LA reader attacking my New York provincialism.
In your 9/27/06 Slate article, 253 "A Dumpling Manifesto, 253" you write, 253 "your best bet [for finding good dumplings] is to seek out tiny shops serving northern-style dumplings.... 253 [They are c]ommon in New York and slowly sprouting up across America..." -- as if New York City were the Dumpling Capital of North America, 253 determinedly pushing its culinary influence out into the hinterlands like tendrils of kudzu. I gather you have never visited the Los Angeles metropolitan area (or, 253 as some call it, 253 the "Queen City of Asia"), 253 specifically Chinatown -- the Empress Pavilion, 253 for example -- or virtually anywhere in Monterey Park. 253 I suggest you contact Jonathan Gold, 253 food writer for the L.A. 253 Weekly, 253 for some suggestions as to where to find the best dumplings not only in Los Angeles, 253 but in the United States. 253 New York indeed; the provincialism of its inhabitants never ceases to amaze me.Fair point, 253 though having been to LA I'm not sure New York has a complete monopoly on provincialism.
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