- Joined Apr 3, 2008
.... and in the same vein, putting an accent on any random vowel doesn't make you sound French! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gifSorry, but putting feta cheese on your burger does not make it a Greek burger. That's sort of annoying.
I don't mind if someone puts feta on their burger. I think it's a great idea. But to put feta on a burger and then call it a greek burger makes my eyes roll. Geez thanks for simplifying what makes greek food greek. Must be the feta. That's the problem with appropriation - you take something that is a benign staple in another culture and put it into a context that makes sense to you. It is harmelss, but it is also a stereotype and I don't like being stereotyped. I don't even like feta cheese. A burger with feta makes it no more greek than putting soy sauce on my pasta makes it chinese food. Not all food has to be pinned into an ethnic category, especially if just one ingredient from a culture outside your own is in use. Sometimes I really like putting soy sauce on my corn on the cob, I wouldn't say I was making asian corn. Sometimes I dip my fries in mayo, that doesn't mean I'm Belgian.
But in keeping with the narrative here in the thread, why isn't a feta burger greek? I don't mean to be snarky, but If you argue authenticity is overrated, why take offense at calling a burger greek with feta cheese?