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Who cooks the blintzes at the Carnegie Deli?

Yakov, supporting immigration for ethnic cooks, writes in a comment:

Can a Mexican make a blintz right?

I decided to poll my readers to see what they think.

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And in case you want the actual correct answer, here is a Daily News article about a white Jewish reporter who works a day in the kitchen at the Carnegie Deli (which is owned by Sandy Levine) so he can write a story about it. Take note of the names of the other people who work in the kitchen.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 31, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Posted in Immigration

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  1. I was suggesting work visas, but coming to think about it a good Indian cook is what America needs. So yeah, maybe immigration.


    March 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    • This has been debated often at Sailer. It is absolutely, 100% NOT NECESSARY to have Mexicans cooking Mexican food, Chinese cooking Chinese, etc. White people can cook all these foods, and generally speaking will do it better than 95% of the ethnics who do it now.

      Mexican food is just slops that any marginally talented chef can put together. Indian, Thai, Chinese… none of this takes special magical immigrant skillz. Japanese and French, which of course can be learned as well, benefit from chefs trained in those traditions. But the vast majority of take out food joints can and should be staffed by Americans. Black people used to do a lot of these jobs (short order cook, which is all that job is) and should be doing a lot of them now, but they don’t because immigration.


      March 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      • Robots should be doing the cooking.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      • Not blacks, oh no! Jessie Jackson used to spit into white people’s food. I’m not going to place that employees them. No way. And they cannot make good food. What’s African cuisine? You think they can make Thai or Chinese or Japanese? Maybe they can barbecue, but that’s it! Mexicans are probably also spitting and the Chinese? Who knows. Indians are sneaky and could urinate too, damn! I’m still gonna eat the dosai, because at the end of the day it’s all chemicals and molecules and atoms, when you kinda brake it down. So it probably doesn’t really matter if they spit. What matters is that they should make good food, which Indians can, but blacks can’t.


        March 31, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      • I agree with Peterike that anyone can learn to make authentic ethnic food. I’d never eat at a place with foreign workers anyway. Third world has huge rates of nasty diseases. I don’t want them handling my food. I also prefer the privacy of eating at home. Something is wrong with people who want to eat in a room full of strangers.


        March 31, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      • Most likely there’d be a few high end ethnic restaurants for the wealthy, and chains like Taco Bell and Panda Express for regular folk.

        There’s not that much inherent market demand from Americans for exotic cuisine. Most of the demand is from immigrants themselves, who open these places, and then some Americans try it and it gets overhyped.

        Most Americans would not be flocking to start up labor intensive take out joints and manage black employees. There’d just be some corporations running ethnic themed chains serving clean, efficient, Americanized versions of the cuisine. The corporations would also have the resources to automate and use robots.


        March 31, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      • “Mexican food is just slops that any marginally talented chef can put together. ”

        Apparently you’ve never eaten the good stuff. Mexican food in Mexico is often amazing, especially in cities like Puebla and Mexico city, and very sophisticated. Of course, expecting illiterate Oaxacan peasants to recreate that food in America without the proper ingredients is probably a stretch.

        Peter Akuleyev

        April 1, 2016 at 5:16 am

      • @destructure

        You are a hermit. At a restaurant you can easily meet your friends, make new friends and have interesting encounters. What strangers? The staff knows your ways. Last time a went to Pongal I bumped into Jewish friends and had a discussion with some guy that was eating across the room. You have human contact in a restaurant. And why not if this is your nature?


        April 1, 2016 at 5:43 am

      • It’s funny Yakov mentions blacks spitting on White people’s food, when secular and slightly religious Jew foodie owners, are the most adamant, when it comes to employing blacks as token representatives.


        April 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

      • I haven’t seen that at all. At the true Orthodox kosher places, all the workers are Jewish. And the food tastes horrible. Jews can’t cook.

      • The problem is that the story is a complete fantasy. Jesse Jackson is a congenital liar. Blacks made the best cooks down south, and I’m old enough to remember when they made decent short-order cooks in diners.

        The alt-right attitude towards blacks is no better than the SJW attitudes towards them.


        April 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      • Katz’s Delicatessen has black workers. So do a few Kosher bakeries/bagel shops.


        April 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    • As of 2010 there are 3.5 Million South Asians in America. That’s more than enough population to produce good chefs. Indian restaurant owners want to import Indian chefs from India because they work cheap and are easy to control.

      Frankly America has enough immigrants from all over the world so that you can find good food from all over the world in most major cities.


      March 31, 2016 at 5:31 pm

  2. The blitzes have to be both good and authentic, are they?


    March 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    • Compared to the frozen blitzes they sell at the supermarket?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 31, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      • Why don’t you compare it to dog food? Compared to authentic ethnic standard, obviously.


        March 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  3. Latinos not only make blintzes, and other deli items at wherever. They knead pizza dough, roll your sushi, and stuff your falafel sandwiches, where the average ethnic person associated with the respective culinary delight might not be able to make competently.


    March 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    • There goes JS again. With his perpetual adoration of the chile munchers. As if we don’t already know he is one. LOL


      March 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      • I had a hunch that you will respond to my love affair of Latinos.

        Who’s fault is it when the SWPL owner of an organic and gluten free pizzeria, decides to cut costs by not hiring White servers, and gets a few short brown men for piecemeal wages?

        This is the gist of America’s problem. Only the disenfranchised complain.


        April 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

      • is js that jorge vidal guy?


        April 3, 2016 at 12:48 am

      • No, they are different commenters.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 3, 2016 at 1:29 am

  4. Blintzkrieg!


    March 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm

  5. Mexicans make Chinese and Japanese food all the time. Maybe Jewish food is different…


    March 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    • Would not surprise me if the cooks at Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village were Mexican.

      Sgt. Joe Friday

      March 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm

  6. I had no idea what these blintzes were. I’m such a goy.


    March 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  7. That was the easiest question ever.


    March 31, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  8. I guessed right. The cooks at b&h dairy are also Latino. The Jewish original owners sold the restaurant to an Egyptian Muslim and his Catholic wife a while back.


    March 31, 2016 at 6:06 pm

  9. I’m from a whitebread socal suburb, but the only blintz I ever had was made by a Mexican owner of a Greek restaurant in Montana.

    Who knows if he did it right but it was damn good.

    Mrs Stitch

    March 31, 2016 at 6:54 pm

  10. I’m a lot like Trump: I shoot off my mouth and start thinking later. I guess I’d never thought too much about this issue and you mates are right, except for dosai. That can only be made by an Indian. But I agree that it doesn’t make sense to let in cooks so that we should have dosai. I would just have to manage without it. It’s not worth messing up the country for. (I think the last sentence is weird, but I’m gonna leave because you are smart cookies and get my drift).

    You mates, should go to ‘Pongal’ for dosai. It’s excellent. They don’t have a bar, which is bad. Bring cash to help the guys out, they love cash. Lexington and 28th.


    March 31, 2016 at 7:10 pm

  11. What amazes me most is you got 150+ votes. I always assumed I was one of a dozen, maybe two dozen losers who read your blog. I feel like a cool, popular person now.

    slithy toves

    March 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    • Holy! I have 175 readers willing to take a silly poll. Imagine how many more I have?

      It’s comforting to know that nearly all of my readers are aware that Jewish deli food is actually cooked by Latinos. And I presume that the people who said “WASPs” were just intentionally trolling.

  12. None of you should be eating out, unless it is Appleby’s or the McDonald’s dollar menu. Big chain restaurants have clean kitchens and food that is handled in a sanitary way so you won;t be getting a tape worm.

    Seriously, learn to cook. Even cheap restaurants are getting pricey.


    March 31, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    • It’s easier to learn to make money then to learn to cook.


      April 1, 2016 at 5:35 am

      • Yakov,

        You know what lays you on your ass?

        E. Coli…and pin worms.

        Try making money with that.

        Seriously…make a roast. Easiest and tastiest thing in the world.


        April 2, 2016 at 12:49 am

  13. Ok, I’m from flyover country. What exactly is a blintz?

    Jokah Macpherson

    March 31, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    • They are like crepes, but greasier.

      You can probably find them in the frozen food section of the supermarket, with instructions to heat them in a frying pan. They won’t taste quite as good as Carnegie Deli blintzes, but you will get the idea.

      Buy the cheese blintzes to start with, they are the most common.

    • A blintz is Polish/Ukrainian/Russian food that American Ashkenazi Jews have convinced themselves is “Jewish”. It’s a crepe stuffed, usually, with tvorog, which is an Eastern European take on cottage cheese. Other “Jewish” foods that are actually just normal Eastern European fare include latkes (potato pancakes), pickled herring, cheesecake, pickles, chicken soup, and borscht. All those dishes are done much better in Poland than in New York. Ashkenazi Jewish food that I have never seen in Eastern Europe includes bagels and knishes, although both supposedly originated in Poland. Pastrami supposedly comes from Romania, but the New York version is 100x times better.

      Peter Akuleyev

      April 1, 2016 at 5:27 am

      • A Knish is a food that should never have been invented. Luckily, they have all but disappeared. I don’t remember the last time I saw a knish for sale.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 1, 2016 at 9:22 am

      • The restaurant versions of these foods (which I’m assuming u r basing ur bad opinion on) is usually atrocious. I’ve eaten it a few times and I nearly threw up. My grandmother cooked E. European, and her cooking was delicious, and I’m not saying that cos I’m her granddaughter.

        I’m sure this food is done better in Poland – it’s done better in Polish restaurants in NYC. There used to be a Polish restaurant in the E. 40s that served kasha varnishkes instead of hash browns w/the breakfasts – genius idea. Hash browns are starchy trash, while kasha is nutritious. (BTW, my waittress was a real Polish girl and I’m sure the cooks were Polish, too.)


        April 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      • You guys are in New York. Go to Vasilka.


        April 2, 2016 at 1:02 am

      • Lion, how come you don’t like knishes? I love knishes. They’re great. You’re right that they’re hard to find now. You never see them in stores. I think I’ve only had them from those street vendors, the same carts where you can only find those really cheap, old school hot dogs these days, except for Gray’s Papaya.


        April 2, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      • I never see any knish street vendors any more. They were replaced by Muslim guys selling Halal chicken over rice.

      • I don’t think I’ve seen a dedicated knish vendor who specializes in just knishes. Some of the vendors who sell general stuff like hot dogs, chips, pastries, sodas, etc. also sell knishes.

        Do you seriously not like knishes though? They’re good.

        The best chicken and rice I’ve had is the cart in midtown near MOMA that opens in the evening and always has long lines. The red sauce they have is extremely spicy though. The chicken and rice that the random vendors sell is not very good and not worth getting.


        April 3, 2016 at 2:18 am

      • That’s the famous “Halal Guys” cart and I don’t know why everyone thinks they are worth the long line. Probably just because humans are herd animals like sheep or cattle, they do what the other humans are doing without any higher level thought as to whether it’s really a good idea to be doing that.

      • You’re right that it’s overrated, but I had it when it wasn’t that famous and it was like $6, which was a good deal for the amount of food. There was a line though, but it wasn’t that long. It’s just better than the chicken and rice that the random street vendors sell, which is shit.


        April 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    • This is how you make it right:

      Everyone likes them :


      April 1, 2016 at 7:50 am

  14. Lion, what are the odds Cruz realizes he is being used as a mule by the establishment to erect a contested convention, after which they will discard him and elect a more neocon nominee? What are the odds, if he realizes this, that he will sue for peace with Trump and be Trump’s VP?


    March 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    • Cruz realizes it, and he has a PLAN to win despite that.

      • He will never be respected by the old guard no matter what and his right wing Christian base will shove him away in disgust if he doesn’t concede to Trump. If that little rat keeps up the phony opposition and the inevitable crash he will be set for an early retirement and not on his own terms. He wouldn’t ever be in the public view again.

        Maybe he has hobbies other than politics. The perils of voting for a nerd…….


        April 1, 2016 at 8:44 am

  15. I don’t think I’ve ever had blintzes. I had to look them up on Wiki.

    I do love knishes and latkes though. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had them from an authentic Jewish person though. I’ve had them from Indian street vendors and Hispanic workers at delis.


    March 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

  16. I guessed wrong. I thought most of the chefs/cooks in delis are West Africans.


    March 31, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  17. Here’s a Jewish bakery in NYC that hires pretty Eastern European women and not one worker is non-White.

    There’s a price to everything, as they say.

    Meanwhile, the run in the mill “prole” bakeries in the city, are heavily staffed with squat men hailing from south of the border.


    April 1, 2016 at 1:59 am

    • Right, a niche business catering to rich SWPLs and charges twice the price of other bakeries.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

      • Most small businesses hire only Latinos as help staff, when it comes to non-Whites.

        blacks are pretty much obsolete and undesirable, and only big businesses who have turned America into a 3rd world sinkhole, hire them in large numbers.

        High end niche businesses are exclusively White.


        April 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

      • A lot of those overpriced niche businesses seem to be based entirely on packaging and presentation of mediocre food. They all use similar designs and marketing too, and their packaging, stores, and even websites look similar. The Brooklyn based Mast Brothers chocolate company was caught melting down some other company’s chocolate to make their own bars, while pretending to produce their own.


        April 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      • This East Village Pizzeria (with only one guido at higher management) has a full fledged black staff, making pizza and taking orders. The owner is a liberal dumb dumb chef by the name of Michael White.

        I say stay away from them. No guido owned pizza shop has black staff making your food. Furthermore, their black employees (as always) have a resentful/seething anger towards their White patrons.


        April 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      • The best pizza is made by prole Italians. Although at the pizza place across the street, which has really top-quality NYC prole pizza, one of the guys working there looks like he might be Hispanic. I can’t tell.

      • Do you like Grimaldi’s, in Brooklyn, right across the bridge? It’s good. I can’t remember who works there. I think it was Italians and Hispanics. I don’t remember seeing blacks there.

        Di Fara’s in Midwood is made by the same Italian guy who’s been making them there since the 60s. Haven’t been there but they say it’s good.


        April 3, 2016 at 2:26 am

      • Never been.

      • Hispanics working at a pizza shop is almost a de facto scenery. Most people would be unnerved if they saw blacks kneading pizza dough.

        Nicoletta Pizza sucks, given the fact that there are tensions between the non-black staff and the black ones. Of course, stupid liberals are too stupid to realize how this hurts their businesses.


        April 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  18. FOB immigrants are needed some of the time because they are used to doing things the Old Country way. It is true that Americans (or Latino immigrants) can be taught the right recipes, however, what happens in practice is that when American corporations get involved, the managers try to maximize profit by using cheapest ingredients. So the problem is not with Latino immigrant staff, but with native-born MBA’s.

    Example: I am an immigrant from Poland and I can tell that what is is sold as “pierogies” in the US is awful, mostly because these pierogies are stuffed with cheapest ingredients – typically potatoes and a small amount of lowest quality cheese. If you want to buy real pierogies, go to an ethnic Polish grocery (or buy pelmeni, which are similar, from a Russian store), they will be stuffed with a variety of tasty stuffings, e.g. 100% meat.


    April 1, 2016 at 8:05 am

  19. I read an article about this in the NYer a few years ago and they said that most of the workers were Bangladeshi, so I voted Asian. I have eaten in a “Jewish” deli exactly once. They are tourist traps and the food is not authentic.

    A cheese blintz is easy to make. Make a crepe & fill it with a slightly sweet mix of dry cottage cheese, mixed with an egg, and a bit of sugar. Easy-peasy. Or just buy them from the frozen food section. That’s probably where the delis get them.

    Do people think that white Americans can cook authentic French food as well as French-trained French chefs, or is this “whites only” rule for prole ethnic food?


    April 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

  20. I think Jewish food is great and underrated. I love knishes, latkes, motza ball soup, brisket, ruben sandwiches, lox spread and bagels, and various pastries and deserts that I don’t even know the names of. I don’t think I’ve ever been to an actual Jewish restaurant though. I’ve only had them from delis and diners that have Jewish food on their menu.

    I’m surprised nobody has started a Jewish themed casual dining chain. It would be very successful because Judaism is popular among American proles, and it would be at least as good, if not better, than ethnic chains like the Olive Garden and Bennigan’s that proles love.


    April 3, 2016 at 2:41 am

    • There was a chain serving Jewish style food (often called Catskills food) in Phoenix called Chompies. But reality is that Jewish food is NOT very good, which is why there are so few Jewish restaurants (although many gourmet restaurants with Jewish owners and even with Jewish head chefs).

  21. One thing to note is that blacks have a strong odor that could get into the food if they prepare it. They have an odor which I haven’t noticed among Hispanics and other groups. Hispanics and others can smell, but it seems to be from their food and from not washing up or showering. If you eat at like an Indian restaurant, the weird spices and smells can get into you and onto your skin and hair, and you can sort of smell like an Indian afterwards. But with blacks, they seem to have some sort of permanent funky smell regardless of what they eat, and even after showering.


    April 3, 2016 at 2:54 am

  22. Sheesh, and they call me racist. Why is it that Leftists always say ethnic food can only be prepared by foreigners? Have you ever seen recipes? All of you who have a hard-on for authenticity probably erroneously believe Pizza and Chow Mein are foreign delicacies, too. Actually they were made here in America by Entrepreneurs from these countries taking advantage of your massive ignorance of their homelands and domestic ingredients. If you really want food made by foreigners, we have this thing called refrigeration, whereby food can be frozen and delivered to you for great distances with little spoilage involved.

    Joshua Sinistar

    April 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    • There is no way u can refrigerate a dosai.


      April 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

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