So yesterday was my birthday, but because 90% of my birthday falls on the 16th, and because I worked 7 hours and then had 5 hours of classes until 9:30 last night, I went out for it tonight instead. My gf took me to the spot where we had planned to have our first date, about 10 months ago. (We didn’t end up having our first date there because they were renovating the kitchen, and we had to go down the street to another place.) She thought it would be nice to come full circle, and took me there for my birthday.
So I order this mac/cheese/jalapeno thing that was surprisingly good, a couple of Sam’s Octoberfest (I love those things), and she got a nice hummus dish. For dessert I got a cookie/sundae type deal. I had a cup of water that the bartendress refilled for me a couple times throughout the meal. After I polish off the last of the sundae I’m looking in my cup and see some stuff floating in it. At first I thought I backwashed into the cup…then I realized that it was 5 small fly corpses (possibly fruit flies). The bartendress came over to our table when she saw me & my gf looking at the cup weird, and took it upstairs to the owner of the place who comped our entire meal. She also brought us over a bottle of water. Not too bad I’d say, we still tipped her like 5 bucks, and other than that the meal was free. All I had to do was eat fly feces!
This is actually alot more common as you would think. Allow to me explain.
Fruit Flies are attracted to sugar that has been allowed to sit at room temperature for an extended amount of time. The nozzles on the soda dispensers (water comes out of the Lemonade or Iced Tea dispenser as these are not carbonated) over time will build a sugary residue, which then ferments and attracts flies. These nozzles are removable and should be, per current Serv-Safe Sanitation Certification regulations, removed and soaked in soapy water daily.
Being that this is America, and your average run of the mill server (man or woman) is someone who failed miserably at many things in order to become a server (im probably prejudice because im a chef and hate with every fiber of my being 95% of servers.), daily procedures and closing side work is often over looked. Servers often feel it is more important to get home early and feed there many children, shoot up, and get laid (not necessarily in that order).
Most often these flies are overlooked as they are not as easily seen in dark sodas or drinks with ice. The average American ingests over 1000 insects in restaurants every year because of lazy, undisciplined workers (ill admit kitchen staff are equally responsible for this as they are often busy shooting up, getting laid, and feeding there children at work).
Tips for not eating bugs;
- Get your salad dressing on the side
- Get your drinks with no ice and use a straw (you dont even want to hear what your glass touches between the dishwasher and your mouth)
- Avoid eating at restaurants with questionable staff
Fun fact: For my final in sanitation, I tested the water from the toilet at McDonalds, to the Ice from the soda machine and conducted a germ culture. Wanna guess which is dirtier? Ill give you a hint, You might want to think twice before you yell at your dog for drinking out of the toilet.