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April 20, 2009

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan eats at Miss Shirley's

MissShirleysKing.jpgI hear that His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan ate at Miss Shirley's in the Inner Harbor yesterday. I haven't been able to get any details on just what he ate yet.

I suppose he was just passing through Baltimore; he meets with President Obama tomorrow at the White House.

This tidbit raises so many questions. I wonder how he ended up at Miss Shirley's?

Did he say he wanted to go to the National Aquarium and then try a real American breakfast? Who took him? Did the restaurant give him the best seat in the house?

If I find out more, I'll let you know.

(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:59 PM | | Comments (16)


I bet he had the stuffed French toast.

Or the eggs Sunni side up

or the Gaza Strip Steak

I wonder if they're going to have a black and white glossy autographed photo of him on the wall now. That would be sweeeeeet!

I heard he went shopping at Turban Chic in Fells Point after breakfast.

Some of these comments - the "turban chic" and "Gaza Strip steak" - are racially offensive and should be removed. I'm surprised the blog author approved them. Shame.

Elizabeth has generally given us enough rope to look like idiots when we're being idiots.

The two comments mentioned weren't particularly funny to me (the Gaza Strip doesn't have much to do with Jordan and I don't think of turbans and Jordan, either), but I enjoyed the Sunni side up eggs.

I would welcome the comments of any Jordanians reading, though.

I just thought they were silly puns. I'm not sure there are any Jordanians reading the blog, but does anyone else want to weigh in? EL

"Gaza Strip steak" and "turban chic" have absolutely nothing to do with anybody's race. Move along...

Julie, you are confusing light-hearted jabbing of an unelected monarch with racism. He is a political leader, not a racial one, at least in my mind. It's okay to mock the dotty old German woman who rules England with her giant hand bag and divine rights transmitted from her pasty white God, but not another silly relic of a repressive tribal regime? Now that's racist.

BTW hereditary monarchies are by defintion both anti-democratic and racially based and deserve to be taunted in a free society.

In the name of freedom I hope this comment gets censored.

Yes a Jordanian has found your great blog!
As a Jordanian, who is a citizen of the world, I must say that the political system we have in Jordan, is the only reason why Jordan proudly exists as it is today. His Majesty the King will be the first leader from the Mideast region to meet President Obama at the White House. I urge you to read on the life of King Hussein, and how he left his hospital bed to help push for a peace agreement between Palestinians and ISraelis, and news on Jordan's current positions.

Jordanian policy based on the Islamic principle of the middle path has kept us equidistant from everyone and close to everyone.

As for the turbin joke, its only a joke, and Arabs have equally questionable jokes about other races! its ok if you find it funny!!

As for the reason the King's sighting, a bike ride in the sun!

If anyone has any question regarding specifics I would be more than happy to reply.


What a sorry state of affairs when ANY humor is deemed offensive. These were puns. No more, no less.
Get a life!

Britain is a free society and one of the oldest democracies in the world and peacefully co-exists with a Queen who functions as a symbolic head of state with little actual powers.

Jordan is not a full-fledged democracy, but its people aren't complaining and based on my travels there, I hardly felt any less 'free' than I do in the US.

Each to its own.

That said, I enjoyed the lame attempts at humor, even if the other poster is correct about the gaza strip steak having little to do with Jordan (Gaza is on the Mediterranean coast, while it's the West Bank that used to be part of the old Transjordan).

Sunni side up is probably the funniest.

I'm Jordanian from Amman and I'm reading this and I just wanna tell you all to chill....

We have a sense of humor and a little light hearted humor is O.K. U Don't need to go into the whole racially, culturally, ethnically analysis....

and oh BTW, the King does like to eat :)


BB, anyone who likes to eat is welcome here.

Salam and peace to all who grace this blog,

wa `Alaykum As-Salaam.

This country was founded as a republic, not a democracy. If you go back and read some of the discussions about keeping the riff raff out by having an appointed senate and an electoral college, you might be shocked at the lack of democratic feeling among the founding fathers.

Having said that, I think all leaders need to be gently joked at, elected or unelected. Isn't that why they are there?

No need for racial comments guys. Appreciate removing them.

About this blog
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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