Saturday, March 26, 2011

Boston Market

I had a very good experience at Boston Market in Toluca Lake on Riverside. It was one of those nights were I was tired, hungry and not exactly thinking clearly. I ordered the rotisserie chicken thinking it would be fine and then the potatoes and corn I also thought would be safe, but I forgot to say "No cornbread,. I'm allergic." They dished up my sides and I was able to just take the cornbread off the tray without contamination. Then they cut up my chicken on the same board they cut everything else and I thought, "that's probably not a good thing but I'll risk it." As he was putting the chicken on the tray, he dropped a piece and I looked around to see where he dropped it. He saw me looking and said not to worry it landed right back with the chicken and I said, "I just wanted to make sure it didn't fall in any gravy, I'm allergic to gluten." He said oh, "You're allergic to gluten? Let me get a new cutting board and knife and cut you a new piece, this was cut on the same board as the brisket." I was shocked, I said, "Thank you so much. that's awesome." I did have to ask him to put the new chicken on a new plate, but I was shocked by his knowledge and willingness to help, especially since I was not being as diligent and vigilant as I should have been. I asked him how he knew what to do and told him many chain restaurants are not like that, people are not trained and give you attitude when you make special requests. He said he work for a general manager in Pasadena who had a daughter who was gluten free and he trained everyone how to serve someone with a gluten allergy. I thought that was awesome and I wish more people would be trained that well and be so willing to act on that training.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Something to think about

So in watching the news clips of Japan they were showing a clip of one of the survivor camps or shelters for all the people that lost their homes. In the clip they happened to show them handing out sandwiches to the survivors. My first thought was, "OH CRAP, what am I going to do if LA gets hit by an earthquake? I can't eat a sandwich" I guess that's kind of selfish thinking, but really I probably should be preparing an emergency kit with food for me. My boyfriend and I have had discussions about this since we saw the clip together and his opinion is that if I'm in that type of situation and have to go to a shelter, then I just have to eat what's given to me and suffer the consequences. Then my thought was, "Are you crazy? Not only is there going to be little food, but there probably won't be any toilets or decent place to go the bathroom, I'm better off just not eating than getting sick." Really does anyone really want to be stuck with diarrhea on top of being stuck in a huge disaster with little food, no showers, no clean clothes and no bathroom? Things to think about. I really do need to pack myself an emergency kit at least for the car. The minute the ground starts shaking I'm hopping in the car and heading straight back to Connecticut if I can get out.