The owners of a New York City restaurant are just a little bit shocked that horse-meat is not a big hit with their customers. M. Wells Dinette has pulled horse meat off the menu of the cafe they just opened at an art museum. (You know, where you'd think the diners would be a little more open-minded!)
Horse meat is off the menu at the Dinette, and it is not likely to return. We took it off because it upset so many people, which truly surprised us. That is not the effect we look for in our food, so away it goes.
Really? You were surprised? Heck, I could've told you as much myself. If there's anything Americans hate -- besides being told what to do and seeing the flag burn -- it's eating horsies.
Maybe it's all those little girls pinning pictures of ponies to their bedroom walls, maybe it's the legacy of Mr. Ed the talking horse, but people just get emotional about those animals. Not only do we not think they sound delicious, we think it's practically immoral to eat a horse.
Personally, I'd be okay with trying horse-meat maybe once. But it still sort of gives me the creeps. I kind of feel like it would almost be like eating human -- which is totally illogical and probably something I should talk over with my therapist because horses are not people.
Will we ever change? Apparently they eat horse-meat in Canada. (BLAME CANADA!) And at a big food festival in Brooklyn M. Wells sold 5,000 foie gras and horse-meat bologna sandwiches. Then again, that particular food festival was kind of just one giant dare. But in general, I think it'll take an apocalypse before Americans find their appetite for horse-meat.
Would you ever try horse-meat?
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