Are You Sure You Want To Eat In A Restaurant These Days?

Some food inspectors have discovered a lot of filthy conditions in restaurants recently, and the findings are raising questions about whether eating out is really as safe as it seems.

In the image above, I would not eat the dish being prepared by that chef if I knew that he was handling the food without wearing protective gloves …

I can tell you that the idea of getting food poisoning is not very appealing to me and I have had a couple of friends hospitalized from it lately — all because they ate something at a fast food restaurant that was unsafely stored or badly prepared.

I still do not trust restaurant cooks and servers and waiters and waitresses to properly wash their hands after using the bathrooms and there is no way for customers to watch them and make sure they do. I understand that it is illegal to install security cameras in bathrooms so who is to know when some lazy-assed jerk forgets or simply refuses to follow the safety rules when working with food that other people will consume?

While restaurants are required to post inspection stickers near their front door, it doesn’t mean all of them are clean, according to Lori Freeman, chief executive officer for the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Some of the dirty conditions that have been uncovered in recent years include rodent feces, sewage backing up on a kitchen floor, and expired food. These violations have caused many people to lose their faith in restaurants and have led to a number of restaurant closures across the country.

Where I live, one hugely-popular family-style buffet restaurant was actually forced to shut down forever after food inspectors discovered (More than once) that they had a habit of storing their uncooked hamburger patties outside the restaurant, on racks sitting very close to the restaurant waste disposal dumpster. This made the local news.

Roaches and unsanitary food-contact surfaces have been a common concern for a number of South Florida restaurants, but a number of other issues are also being found at restaurants throughout the state. In fact, last week, a Papa John’s restaurant in Miami-Dade County was shut down because of roaches and clean utensils or equipment being stored in a dirty container.

When I was a younger man, I worked in a fast food hamburger joint where rats would scamper across the kitchen floor at the busiest time of the day and where the long-haired “Old Timer” grill cook never seemed to wash her hands or to wear a hair net and actually smoked cigarettes while flipping the burgers.

Dirty mugs and glasses have also been a problem in some restaurants, with some inspectors saying that people should be mindful of where they put their mugs and glasses when they set them down on a table or plate. The reason for this is that if your hands are dirty and you put your mug down on a dish or on a counter, then you’re likely to transfer bacteria from your hands onto the glass.

Another thing about seating arrangements at restaurants: I personally always wipe off my table when eating in a restaurant. I carry sanitary wipes especially for the purpose. I also wipe off the utensils because it is hard to imagine what kind of crud they might have been washed in before arriving at your table or how long it was before they got wiped dry, or if they just sat out and dried on their own — or how dirty the rag they got wiped with was — I worked in one of these places once and I am here to tell you that many of them will cut corners wherever they can get away with it.

Dirty plates, utensils, mugs, glasses and all that kind of stuff can contaminate the food that you’re eating, making it more likely to make you sick. There are a number of ways to avoid this, but one is to make sure your mugs and glasses are cleaned before you use them. Like I said, I carry my own methods of doing this whenever I go out. I get a lot of stares from other patrons but it is my health I am protecting and I don’t give a shit what onlookers might think.

In addition, be aware that some of the most dangerous violations can come from the way food is held and kept cold. For example, if the temperature of chicken salad is below 60 degrees, this could cause it to grow bacteria and make you sick.

My friend, Jim and I, got a bad case of some kind of food poisoning after eating a chicken casserole at a church banquet. This tantalizing-looking casserole had been sitting in a heated room, on a long table, for God only knows how long before we ate some of it … I should have known when I noticed that the food was not barely like warm that it had been there some hours before we dug into it.

If your meal isn’t cooked properly, it can also lead to problems. This is why some restaurants have been shut down for this, and it’s important to make sure your food is cooked in a clean environment, says Kristin Clay, director of the Virginia Department of Health. Of course, you can never tell the cleanliness of a kitchen restaurant because you are generally not allowed to enter them — and even if the dining area of the establishment looks sterile as a hospital operating room, you have no idea of what that kitchen looks like.

Other common problems with restaurants include improperly cleaned dishes, ice machines and fridges. These can all be a sign of a problem in the restaurant and should be taken care of immediately, but again, the patrons are going to be clueless as to the sanitization of these things.

It pays, in my opinion, to do some research before going out to eat these days. I always look up eating places on a site where customer reviews of the establishments can be found and I have found most of these reviews to be fairly accurate.

Some of these problems can be solved by simply making sure all staff have proper training, But others may require more drastic measures, like having a worker fired or the business closed.

It is also vital to ensure that the restaurant is a licensed establishment. This means that the business is inspected regularly by a qualified professional and has been checked for safety and cleanliness. This brings me to another item for a short discussion — food trucks and food concession stands at fairs, carnivals and other such places. I have gotten sick a number of times after eating a sandwich from a food truck. I have to be awfully damned hungry before I take the chance with them these days.

While some of the most serious violations can seem scary, the good news is that a number of these restaurants have been removed from the list after receiving a failing rating during an inspection. In the end, most of them will have their inspections corrected and can return to serving customers once the problems are fixed.

But in the end, it is the customer’s responsibility to check things out, to ask others who have eaten in such places, and to do a little snooping wherever possible .. especially in the bathrooms. I have found, in my own experience, that the condition of the restaurant bathroom is a good indication about the cleanliness of the rest of the place.

I am making a vegetable sandwich for lunch

Vegetable Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients: -2 slices of whole-wheat bread -1 tablespoon of olive oil -1/4 cup of sliced cucumber -1/4 cup of sliced red bell pepper -1/4 cup of sliced red onion -2 tablespoons of hummus -1/4 cup of shredded lettuce -Salt and pepper to taste Instructions:

1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.

2. Add the cucumber, bell pepper, and onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until vegetables are softened.

3. Toast the bread slices in the toaster.

4. Spread the hummus on both slices of toast. 5. Top with the sautéed vegetables, shredded lettuce, salt, and pepper.

6. Serve and enjoy!

I have made this one on several occasions and I thought you all might enjoy it too.

Deadly Super Bugs Could Kill Millions In The Next Few Years

Before you even read another word of this post, read and understand my medical disclaimer which you can find right here ….

“Super Bugs!” It is a term that we are going to hear more and more about as time moves on according to some experts. So what is a superbug, anyway?

Superbugs are bacteria or other microorganisms that have developed a resistance to antibiotics.

They are also referred to as drug-resistant organisms.

Superbugs can cause serious infections that are difficult or impossible to treat. Examples of superbugs include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), and multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

Are Covid 19 and its variants superbugs?

No, COVID-19 and its variants are not classified as superbugs. Superbugs are bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, which are medications used to treat bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus and is not affected by antibiotics.

So superbugs are bacterial rather than viruses. Alright then, how do human beings become infected by superbugs?

1. Unhygienic practices: Poor handwashing, not cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, not washing food properly, and not disposing of waste properly can all contribute to the spread of superbugs.

I am sure there are plenty of people who stare at me like I might be crazy when they see me wiping down the table in my booth at restaurants or when they see me wiping my silverware. Other than that, I still make sure to wash my hands after every physical contact with another human being whether I think they are free of disease or what. In my opinion, there is nothing nastier than a human being.

2. Uncontrolled use of antibiotics: Overuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. 3.

Poor sanitation: Poor sanitation can increase the risk of spreading superbugs from person to person.

Thus, the need for a thorough hand wash after every bathroom trip or every hug or handshake.

4. Contaminated food: Eating food that is contaminated with superbugs can lead to infection.

5. Contaminated water: Drinking water that is contaminated with superbugs can lead to infection.

6. Animal contact: Animals can pass superbugs to humans through contact.

7. Inadequate healthcare: Poor healthcare practices, such as not following proper sterilization procedures or not using gloves, can lead to the spread of superbugs.

8. Unsafe medical procedures: Unsafe medical procedures, such as using contaminated medical equipment or instruments, can lead to the spread of superbugs. There was this dentist once at the VA Medical Center who infected dozens of patients with HIV because he practiced poor sanitation in his practice.

9. Exposure to infected individuals: Coming in contact with someone who is infected with a superbug can lead to infection. Of course, it is impossible to know who is infected and who is not but I will discuss this a little further in this article.

How do Industry and Business contribute to the spread of superbugs?

1. Poor Hygiene Practices: Poor hygiene practices in food preparation and processing, such as not washing hands and equipment, can spread bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illnesses.

2. Over-Prescribing: Over-prescribing of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, where bacteria become resistant to treatments.

3. Animal Feed: The excessive use of antibiotics in animal feed can lead to antibiotic resistance, which can spread to humans.

4. Poor Sanitation: Poor sanitation in food preparation and processing can lead to contamination, which can spread bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illnesses.

5. Poor Infrastructure: Poor infrastructure can lead to inadequate water supplies and inadequate waste disposal, which can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses.

6. Unsafe Working Conditions: Unsafe working conditions can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses, as well as other illnesses.

7. Unsanitary Conditions in the Workplace: Unsanitary conditions in the workplace can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses.

8. Poor Waste Management: Poor waste management can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses, as well as other illnesses.

9. Poor Pest Control: Poor pest control can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses.

10. Unsafe Food Preparation Practices: Unsafe food preparation practices, such as not washing hands or equipment, can spread bacteria and viruses. There was a case where a restaurant close to where I live was shut down because they were discovered storing their fresh hamburger patties outside near a dumpster, trying to get them thawed out to be cooked and served to customers. Forget the fact the patties were covered with flies in the process.

So what are some of the reasons that superbugs are gaining so much attention these days?

1. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a major global health concern.

2. Superbugs have the potential to cause serious illnesses and even death.

3. The development of new antibiotics is becoming increasingly difficult, making it difficult to treat resistant bacteria.

4. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics have led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

5. The spread of superbugs across the globe has been facilitated by international travel and trade.

6. Superbugs can cause outbreaks of serious illnesses and even death in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

7. The cost of treating people with superbug infections can be high and can strain healthcare systems.

8. Superbugs can contaminate food, leading to food poisoning.

9. Superbugs can cause health problems for animals and the environment.

How Can Common Ordinary People Like You and I Protect Ourselves From Superbugs?

1. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.

2. Avoid touching your face with your hands.

3. Disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and counters regularly.

4. Cook meats, poultry, and seafood thoroughly.

5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

6. Wear a cloth face covering when out in public.

7. Get the flu shot and other recommended vaccines.

8. Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with others.

9. Practice good hygiene when coughing and sneezing.

10. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and drinks.

Is It Possible To Know When You Are In Danger Of Being Infected By A Superbug?

Yes, some signs that you may be at risk of being infected by a superbug include: having a weakened immune system, having frequent and antibiotic-resistant infections, having been exposed to an antibiotic-resistant organism, having had recent surgery, or having contact with someone who is infected with a superbug. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you think you may have been exposed to a superbug.

How Can You Know If You Have Had Contact With an Infected Person?

The only way to know if you have had contact with an infected person is to get tested. If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, you should get tested and self-isolate. If the test is positive, follow your doctor’s advice on how to manage the infection.

Of course, with all the vaccination denial going on out there and with all the people who refuse to wear masks or take their shots, it is dang night impossible to know when you are in the presence of someone who had been infected with a bug that they can pass on to you …and, of course, many people lie about whether they have the bug or not or they lie about having their shots.

Can You Spot An Infected Person By Their Outward Symptoms?

The Medical people tell us, “No. It is not possible to accurately diagnose an infection simply by outward symptoms. In some cases, certain symptoms can be indicative of an infection, but it is impossible to make a reliable diagnosis without further testing. Additionally, an infected person may not have any outward symptoms at all.”

But I am telling you that if I am out somewhere and there are people around, and one or more of them starts to cough and sneeze, then I am going to assume that they have something nasty that I can catch and it is at that point when my mask comes out or I remove myself as far as possible away from that person.

Looking back over this article, I notice that I have repeated some things a number of times but I was always taught that repetition is the best technique for getting points across so I am not going to apologize since I think the subject of this post is so very important.

Had Me A Blue Spell Today

My friend Jimmy was playing old sad love songs from his country music collection today — his “Massive” collection, I should say and as I was listening, my mind went back to days gone by and I started thinking about my wife and my parents … and my dog … and all the good times that will never be again … and I got very sad and began to silently cry. I had to wait until the tears stopped flowing before I could administer my glaucoma drops. Can you say, “Pity Party?” I guess that despite all my exterior bravado, I am still a kind of wimp after all .. because men are not supposed to cry, are they?

We had macaroni with hamburger and spaghetti sauce for lunch today … (“Johnny Marzetti”) and it was delicious. Marzetti and toasted Italian bread. Yummy!

I discovered something called the “Blue Zone” diet today …. a diet that is supposed to help people live to be a Hundred years old ….I looked into it … I am not sure I could stomach that diet on a daily basis … It is all about grains and fruits and vegetables and tofu and all that kind of stuff that makes up a lot of other eccentric diets … diets like the Mediterranean diet … and a few others. I guess that I am going to remain a traditional American diet lover for the rest of my 120 years. (The Bible says that Humans are designed to live to be at least 120 years old.).

But if you would like to check the “Blue Zone” diet out for yourself, here is a link you might find interesting:

About now I am starting to think about some good old country biscuits and sausage gravy with fried potatoes on the side.

The Internet Can Be Useful Sometimes

Before you read a word of this post, be sure and read and understand the medical disclaimer for this blog. You can read my medical disclaimer by clicking on the following link:

I was watching a movie recently where some guy had told his friends that he was using hand sanitizer in his private areas to stave off the itching and the effects of certain kinds of eczema in these sensitive areas. I thought to myself, “Alright that makes sense to me so I might file that information away for future use if ever I need it.”

Then I decided to check it out on the Internet.

Here is what I discovered about that “Brainy” idea:

“Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which can irritate the delicate tissues of the genital area. It can also dry out the skin and cause irritation and itching. In addition, using hand sanitizer on the genital area can lead to an increased risk of infection, as the alcohol in the sanitizer can kill off beneficial bacteria on the skin.”

That was the consensus of a bunch of Internet geniuses that I looked up for information.

I do not know how accurate the Internet information was but I will tell you this much, “I am not going to put hand sanitizer on private areas for any reason.”

The major scary tale I read was that some of those hand sanitizers contain isopropyl alcohol that can get into your bloodstream and possibly be deadly.

None of that for me, thank you.

Benefits Of Exercise When You Are Feeling Lazy

Read my medical disclaimer before going any further:


1. Improved energy levels: Regular exercise can help you maintain energy levels throughout the day. This can help you stay alert and focused, even when you feel lazy.

2. Improved mental health: Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can be helpful when you’re feeling down or unmotivated.

3. Increased motivation: Exercise can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. It can also help you maintain a positive outlook on life.

4. Improved physical health: Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. 5. Increased self-confidence: Exercise can help you feel more confident in yourself and your abilities. This can be helpful when you’re feeling lazy or unmotivated.


How can one get motivated to exercise when feeling lazy:

1. Make a plan: Make a plan on how you are going to exercise and stick to it. This will give you something to look forward to and will help you stay motivated.

2. Set realistic and achievable goals: Set yourself achievable goals and make sure they are realistic. This will help you stay motivated and focused on achieving them.

3. Change your environment: Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. Try something different, such as walking in a park or swimming at the beach. This will help break up the monotony and give you something to look forward to.

4. Find an exercise buddy: Find someone to exercise with who will motivate and encourage you. Having someone to chat with and who will push you to keep going can be a great motivator. Having a dog can help because most dogs always want to go out walking with their human.

5. Listen to music: Music can be a great motivator when you’re feeling lazy. Put on your favorite tunes and it will help you get moving. 6. Reward yourself: Give yourself something to look forward to after you’ve exercised. This could be a treat or a relaxing activity to reward yourself for all your hard work.

When To Listen To Your Laziness

It might be more than just plain old tiredness or laziness …..It is important to listen to your body when it is telling you that you are tired. If you are feeling tired, it may be a sign that you need to take a break and rest. If your fatigue is impacting your daily life and causing you to be unable to perform tasks at your usual level, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms and find ways to manage your fatigue.

Exercise should be more fun than it is work unless you really like to work and then work and play can be one and the same. It is an individual matter but always remember to train and not to strain.

This phrase is often used as a reminder to take things slow and steady, and not to push yourself too hard. It is also often used to encourage someone to be mindful of their limits and to not overexert themselves. It is always best to take it all slow and easy, being careful not to do too much at the beginning and increasing the effort as time goes by.