My computer hard drive crashed last week. I was going to write about some home made Christmas gifts I’ve made in the past and what I’m planning on doing this year, but I have been so busy messing with my computer that I never got around to writing about it. I did get all my Christmas gifts done since I haven’t had to mess with email or blogging, so I’ll post some photos as soon as my new hard drive comes in.
For my “professional blog,” I recently wrote about restaurants in my area that are serving on Thanksgiving day. It’s a popular topic because a lot of people don’t want to cook for the holidays. I wandered upon Golden Corral’s buffet and they are bragging about having a “Chocolate Wonderfall” (which is a chocolate fountain). According to a friend, they’ve been advertising the heck out of it on TV too. I’ve never seen the ad, but I believe him.
Am I the only one disgusted by this?
I have a chocolate fountain. I’ve used it at a few parties and brought it a dessert function once with some friends at school. I’m not really against chocolate fountains and they can actually be quite healthful. A serving of chocolate covered fruit is better for you than a big old piece of chocolate cake or a cream puff.
I have been to a Golden Corral once. I’m not really a fan of buffets. For one thing, I don’t eat that much and I don’t eat meat, so I never eat my “money’s worth.” The more disgusting issue with buffet service is that I always think of who went to pee and didn’t wash their hands before serving themselves, or who just picked their nose. I’m constantly scanning for someone putting out fresh food or a station that isn’t self-serve. Most of the time, hands don’t touch the actual food. That’s good. I just bring hand sanitizer and wash my hands after touching the utensils.
I know I’m paranoid, but virus shedding kids (admit it, kids are viral vectors this time of year) and their probably equally sick parents serving themselves is bad enough. I can’t imagine what kind of viral load that chocolate fountain has at the end of the night (hopefully they clean it everyday). I can see kids taking a bite and dipping their berry in again, even though it says you’re not supposed to. Maybe licking their finger multiple times and putting it back in. Worse case: putting their mouth under it. Kids don’t know any better, but yuck.
I’ve never seen the actual fountain, so maybe it’s back far enough so kids can’t get to it and you’d have to scoop out a bowl for your kids. It looks like you’d have to dip it with a long skewer, so maybe you couldn’t put your head under it or lick your finger and put it under the flow. I don’t see how they could prevent double dipping. The thought of it doesn’t make me want to visit Golden Corral…ever. It actually made me gag just thinking about it.
Sharing viruses. What a lovely way to spend a lovely holiday in the middle of cold and flu season.