An Angeleno Paradox?
Over on The Morning News, The Food Section.com's Josh Friedland hosted a round-table of French food bloggers to discuss veracity of the new book, "French Women Don't Get Fat," and, ironically, Los Angeles was mentioned more than once to illustrate bad habits in the entire US.One blogger, Requia Badr, said "We walk quite a lot compared maybe to some cities in the U.S. I remember the day I was walking on Third Street in Los Angeles and three different cars stopped and the drivers asked “What happened? Are you OK?” This couldn’t occur in France because we are accustomed to walking. If I take my own example, when I can avoid taking the bus or the metro I do it, and anyway, even taking the metro, we walk a lot from a line to another."
Well, it's true that Angelenos don't walk down sidewalks much, how does the same woman explain away the prevelant stereotype that Angelenos are gym-rats. They don't walk down sidewalks because they are too busy running to the gym.
When giving an anecdote about the large sizes of American food portions, Badr shared, "French women are able to enjoy wine, cheese, pastries, and chocolate, and they don’t get fat, but it’s mainly due to the fact that we eat and drink in small quantities.
I remember the last time I traveled to Los Angeles. We had a breakfast in a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, and a friend ordered for us a French pastry (just to taste the French pastries cooked by an American chef), an almond croissant. I was really amazed by the size of the croissant and I was unable to finish it! I think in France, the same piece will be called a “GIANT” almond croissant!"
When did Angeleno pastries become representative of the entire pastry population of the United States?