Monday, June 24, 2002

Is Nothing Sacred?

From AOL News: Dipping your tortilla chips in the guacamole or salsa at your table at Mexican restaurants may be tempting. But sampling these sauces may also tempt fate and make you a target for Montezuma's revenge. A new report shows many tabletop sauces collected from popular restaurants in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Houston, Texas, were contaminated with E. coli.
Overall, 66% of the sauces from restaurants in Guadalajara and 40% of those from Houston were contaminated with the bacteria, which commonly causes traveler's diarrhea. ..."

Swell. Now I have something new to obsess about.
I know Tex Mex restaurants, and if you ask them to bring you fresh salsa or nuke your existing salsa, someone is going to put in a booger or spit in it back in the kitchen.
Questioning a restaurant's salsa is the same as going to someone's home and asking if they washed their hands or touched their or anyone else's genitalia before they made your dinner.
It's just not done.
If I had to face either a little Montezuma's revenge or the wrath of a Mexican waitress, I'd go with the former. Pepto Bismo can handle E. coli, but nothing can take the chill off a pissed-off waitress.

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