Friday, February 17, 2006


Iranians love Danish pastries, but when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery they now have to ask for "Roses of the Prophet Mohammed."Bakeries across the capital were covering up their ads for Danish pastries Thursday after the confectioners' union ordered the name change in retaliation for caricatures of the Muslim prophet published in a Danish newspaper. One of Tehran's most popular bakeries, "Danish Pastries," covered up the word "Danish" on its sign with a black banner emblazoned "Oh Hussein," a reference to a martyred saint of Shiite Islam. The banner is a traditional sign of mourning.
The shop owner declined to comment Thursday.
In Zartosht Street in central Tehran, cake shop owner Mahdi Pedari didn't cover up the word "Danish pastries" on his menu, but put the new name next to it. "I did so just to inform my customers that Rose of Mohammed is the new name for Danish pastries," he said!!!
Iranians love sweets, often bringing candies and pastries to parties. So-called "Danish pastries" are extremely popular.
Some customers took immediately to the new name. But others were less enthusiastic about the protest!


Blogger Rinat said...

Hi Bobby! :)
Thanks for commenting. I guess you found me because of Hussein and I thank both of you for it. I had a nice time with him here and I'm much more cuirous about Iran!
Keep in touch!

Saturday, February 18, 2006 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger Yael K said...

Interesting man on the street report. I'm with the baker who kept the original name on the menu with the addition because if I really was dying to have a uh delicacy-previously-known-as-the-Danish-pastry (this is kinda like "the Artist previously known as Prince") I'd have to known what it was previously known as to order it. heh.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Salaam, Bobby!

This reminds me of the period when the US was very upset with France for not supporting it vis a vis Iraq. Rumor has it that in certain governmental eating establishments, French fries (otherwise known as "chips" pretty much everywhere else) became known as freedom fries. It's kind of scary how political events can invade even the most ridiculous aspects of our lives.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 1:48:00 PM  

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