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Review: 'Bistro' is a dolled-up diner

Original post made on Jan 10, 2014

I don't know whether to be appalled or charmed by American Girl, which has bestowed its newest and only Bay Area store on Stanford Shopping Center. On the one hand, American Girl's sweet storytelling serves only one purpose, and it isn't spiritual. It's about moving product. On the other hand, little girls are happy there.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

The reviewer may be unable to decide, but I vote a very firm "Appalled." Can someone explain the point of this "bistro", other than one more cynical attempt at exploiting a sad aspect of our girl-culture to rake in the bucks?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I've driven past this place w/out realizing it had food. So, um, you order a meal for your doll, pay for it, and it goes to waste? Or you order food for your doll, eat it and she doesn't get any? How does this work? What, for cryin' out loud, is the etiquette for feeding your doll and yourself in public?


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Posted by confused, to say the least
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

This is the strangest "dining out" review I've ever read. I might be able to discover what this restaurant (bistro????) is all about if I looked at their web site, but I don't think I have the stomach for it. Himmel mentions the American Girl goal of "empowering" girls. What does this frou frou Princess Palace have to do with that? And look at the photos -- PINK PINK PALE PINK. My stomach turns, my head whirls, my heart sinks. What does pink girlie girlie surroundings and princess cakes have to do with empowerment? And what century do we live in?


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