Let them Eat Cupcakes
If you think those are Americans lining up to scarf down cupcakes, you’re very much mistaken.
They’re Arabs. And they’re not in America.
The cupcakes have been baked by Fadi Jaber at his successful bakery in Amman, Jordan called Sugar Daddy’s. Jaber visted the New York City, got one taste of the vanilla cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery, quit his job at Unilever, went to culinary school to learn how to bake them, and the rest is history.
Writing about Fadi, the New York Times reports: “Cupcake shops have become as ubiquitous as hot dog stands in some American cities, and have spread to Rome; Istanbul; Berlin; Seoul, South Korea; and Sydney, Australia.”
If you’re a Russophile, we’d like to hear you tell us a similar story about a foreigner who visited Russia, was overwhelmed with the deliciousness of a Russian food item, and rearranged his life as the result of his inspiration to build a successful business in his home country selling that food item. We’d be particuarly interested if they came from a part of the world that is famous for despising Russians.
Actually though, we’d be happy just hearing about Russia’s version of the cupcake, discovered or not — because as far as we know, there isn’t one. As far as we know, if you walk into a Russian bakery you’ll be confronted with an array of unappetizing slop that makes it seem Russians aren’t really too interested in sweet things. That is, if you can find a bakery. You’ll find in fact a far wider selection of vodkas in your local kiosk, which will also have vastly superior packaged foreign pastries on offer. And you can say the same for virtually any other food item that could fairly be considered “Russian.”
Indeed, it’s virtually impossible to find anyone who upon returning from a trip to Russia recalls vividly some exciting experience with food, much less a passionate or inspirational one. That’s the difference between America and Russia: America inspires people, even in countries thought of as being its enemies. Russia doesn’t. Russia just makes more enemies.
And the reason for that is really quite simple. Russia’s don’t have a clue, and they don’t care to get one. They’re full of hatred and jealousy for other people who do, and who are therefore far more successul and happy. They’ve allowed their cuisine to wallow in failure and deterioration for decade upon decade, while they themselves wallow in denial and rationalization. Meanwhile, America reforms, innovates and improves. And its leaves Russia in its dust, with an average wage and per capita GDP ten times greater than Russia has.