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Americans don’t like rice?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Last week, a coworker invited me to go out to lunch with him and one of the accountants. I agreed to go, and he started talking about restauraunt options. I told him I didn’t really care where we went. He suggested a cajun place called DATS, which he explained is actually a house that’s been converted into a restaurant (that’s not unusual for downtown Bloomington).
Interrupting himself, he said, “Oh wait, that’s right … you probably don’t like rice.”

“What?” I asked, confused.

“Most Americans don’t like rice.”

I had never heard that theory before. I don’t eat rice with every meal or anything, but I do have it on a fairly regular basis. I think of it as fairly interchangeable with mashed potatoes, and if I’m eating something with sauce, some sauce will probably go on the rice. And of course, I’ve had it in the context of many different ethnic foods.

My coworker pointed out that most American restaurants don’t serve rice; now that I think about it, I suppose that a lot of them don’t, but I don’t think that’s evidence that Americans don’t like rice.

What I want to know is, is this a common stereotype? Do most Americans really not like rice? Or am I correct in thinking that my coworker has an isolated misconception?

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