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090 – Blue Plate Special, Food Poisoning!

090 – Blue Plate Special, Food Poisoning!


Eating Out As A Dangerous Act. An Act of Trust. We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you a new segment here at Edacious. Created out of unfortunate circumstances. Mainly me passed out on the bathroom floor, cold tile on my face, trying to figure out how I can take a violent episode of food poisoning and make it a valuable topic for discussion.

I’m an optimistic person. So even in situations as dire as this, I’m spinning my mind cogs. Trying to turn this into something that works. An experience to learn from. Welcome to the very first Blue Plate Special, a semi-regular segment where I rant, either alone or with a co-host, about a specific food topic. Today’s subject? Food poisoning! How does it happen? Why do we never stop to talk about it?

Thousands of folks serve other folks food every day in this country. A process which involves many steps to ensure the consumer doesn’t get sick or even die while enjoying their favorite meal. A complicated process that when successful, goes unnoticed. Restaurants only get accolades when they win awards, or make serious mistakes. In today’s Blue Plate Special I talk about how eating out at your favorite restaurant is, in actuality, a dangerous act, an act of deep trust on the part of the consumer. In purchasing a meal, you must trust that every person involved in that meal, from farm to plate to mouth, did their job and did it well. In this Age of Distraction, it’s an act that has become even more dangerous.

Have you experienced food poisoning? How did you deal with it? Did you tell them or not? Did you give the restaurant another chance? Shun them?  Did you warn others away or chalk it up to a bad day? Let me know! In future episodes, I hope to discuss other less violent but equally volatile topics like tipping, reservations, harassment, even what makes a great pizza. May you never experience what I just did. And if you do, may your bathroom tile be cold, your bed warm, and your applesauce and Gatorade refreshing. Cheers!

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