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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Amuse Bouche Vendor Finds New Amusements

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

click to enlarge The Celibi-Ariners in Paris: They've sort of moved on. - MURAT CELEBI-ARINER/MISSION LOC@L
  • Murat Celebi-Ariner/Mission Loc@l
  • The Celibi-Ariners in Paris: They've sort of moved on.

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Plus ça change. In late 2009 the city's card-table street-food scene glowed under the lights of TV crews, and stopping the deportation of Amuse Bouche street vendor Murat Celebi-Ariner became the Mission's cause célèbre. Yesterday Mission Loc@l's Octavio Lopez Raygoza filed a followup on Celebi-Ariner and his wife, Pelin, a U.S. citizen who followed her husband to Paris after ICE booted him. (Funny story ― Celebi-Ariner overstayed his temporary visa, then procrastinated on his green card application.)

But in the same way S.F. street diners have moved on from apartment-baked muffins and chai from pump pots to chef-grade food from trucks, the Celebi-Ariners seem to have moved on from the whole incident. They have 4-month-old kid, Murat works in a comic book store, Pelin teaches English, and ― well ― Parisians don't really get street food. Mission Loc@l:

"French culture is different," said Murat. French people are not accustomed to buying their food on the streets, he said, and usually eat at home.
And anyway:
The former vendor thinks French authorities are less lenient about food permits and street vendors. "They would give you a ticket right away."
Dang. Now what'll we do with that "street food is not terrorism" T-shirt?

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