This Is Just Nacho Day – Mexican Restaurant Infects 200 With Norovirus

This Is Just Nacho Day - Mexican Restaurant Infects 200 With Norovirus

I Am Norovirus

Last week Margarita’s Restaurant in Holland Michigan sickened at least 200 people with Norovirus infections.  The outbreak started on Thursday of last week and by the end of this week the illnesses had been linked to the restaurant.

Symptoms of Norovirus infection, which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low-grade fever and chills usually appear about 24-48 hours after exposure and last a day or two.
Lauren Mast shared her story with MLive:

 

“The food tasted really good – I didn’t think anything was wrong with the food,” Mast said. …

 

“I’m not mad about it. I don’t blame it on them,” she said of the restaurant. “They probably just forgot to wash their hands or something.”

Local ABC affiliate WZZM 13 spoke with owner Alonzo Salinas, who said the restaurant remained closed last weekend for a thorough cleaning:

“It’s very emotionally draining just because we’re a family owned, family operated restaurant that has worked really hard at gaining the respect of our community,” said owner Alonzo Salinas. “My hopes would be that we could still continue to maintain that integrity of being one of the best Mexican restaurants here in Holland.”

Man Accidentally Shoots Lady Friend at Hooters, Gets Himself Arrested

Man Accidentally Shoots Lady Friend at Hooters, Gets Himself Arrested

Genius

Christopher E. Bohn was recently enjoying all that Hooters in Chantilly, Virginia had to offer.  Unfortunately on Saturday afternoon he decided that it was the best time and place to reload his pistol.  Also unfortunately, he accidentally shot his 22-year old lady friend in the ankle.

“The victim was at a restaurant with friends when one of them, Christopher E. Bohn, 36, of Manassas, reloaded his handgun and accidentally fired; striking the victim. She was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured,” police said in a news release.

Bohn was arrested and charged with willfully discharging firearms in a public place, police said.

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

100 Meter Sprinter

It’s time for the Olympics.  In that vein, stylist Sarah Parker and photographer Michael Bodiam, have put together a short series depicting the typical meal for several types of athletes.  Or at least those suggested by Olympian nutritionist Dan Benardo.  Each 2000 plus calorie meal has been recreated in tiny format – each component meticulously arranged.

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

Gymnast

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

Hammer Thrower

The Meals of Olympic Athletes Recreated in Photo

Triathlete

Ice Cream Consumption Infographic – Long Beach, CA Ranks In At #1

We recently took a day trip out to some of the islands around Seattle.  On our way we stopped at Snow Goose Produce, a gorgeous farm stand that promised “immodest” ice cream cones.  Who the hell can resist that?  Immodest is an understatement.  Obscenely large is a better descriptor, but immodest probably gets more people in the door.  For a few bucks you’ll be doing arm presses trying to get that fresh waffle cone into your fat face.  Oh, and they hand-roll their own waffle cones.  Evil.  Pure Evil.

On that (somewhat related) note, here’s some other ice cream information for your consumption.  To be honest I’d have to imagine this isn’t totally scientific.  Actually I imagine scientists would scoff and mock this study, but it’s interesting and a neat useless-information-for-the-summer kind of thing, so here it is.  Utilizing the total number of credit card transactions at ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, data aggregation company Bundle has compiled a list of the top ten cities in America as far as ice cream consumption is concerned.  Good information if you’re about to open up an ice cream shop.  Just for fun, otherwise.

Not so surprisingly, eternally sunny Long Beach, CA comes in first place for most ice cream consumed (well money spent at least) across the nation.  Long Beach dwellers get 268% more ice cream and spend 1061%(!) more on frozen treats than the average American.  That’s a solid 5 times more than any other city in the US.  Fort Worth, TX spend residents spend 225% above average, and folks in Columbus, OH shell out 200% above average.

There’s a lot of data to be parsed out here.  DC is high on the list – they eat 85% more ice cream than the national average and at 92% more than the average American, D.C. tops the list as the state that eats ice cream most frequently.

As usual, click on the image below for a larger version you can actually read.

Ice Cream Consumption Infographic - Long Beach, CA Ranks In At #1

Sarah Palin Weighs In On Chick-fil-A: Gives A Solid ‘Cluck You’ To Marriage Equality

Sarah Palin Weighs In On Chick-fil-A: Gives A Solid 'Cluck You' To Marriage Equality

It seems Monday has become Chick-fil-A news day.  Sarah Palin has decided to weigh in on the Chick-fil-A “Guilty as charged” debate.  She posted a tweet and Facebook photo showing her support for what she called “a great business.”

She popped the following message up on Twitter and Facebook:

Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business. http://t.co/sFGXVBrq

Palin also posted a photo to her Facebook page, giving a thumbs up as she and her husband hold Chick-fil-A bags.

The now highly politicized controversy began when Chick-fil-A COO and President Dan Cathy recently answered a question about his franchise’s “support of the traditional family.”

“Well, guilty as charged,” Cathy said.

Everyone one from Senators, late night TV show hosts, mayors and representatives from large metropolitan areas, to the usual sprawling arguments on Facebook and Twitter have felt the need to join the fray on one side or another.

Chick-Fil-A Vice President Of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, Dies

Chick-Fil-A Vice President Of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, DiesChick-fil-A can’t seem to keep itself out of the news as of late.  Whatever else is going on, some sad news for the corporate family as the VP of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, died of a heart attack on Friday morning, Columbus Georgia’s WRBL News 3 reports.  The company confirmed the report in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning.

 

Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years. For many of you in the media, he was the spokesperson for Chick-fil-A. He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Mr. Perry had been dealing with the recent backlash surrounding Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy reply – “Well, guilty as charged,” when asked if his company had an established position against marriage equality.  There have been protests outside of stores, politicians threatening to ban the company from cities (most notably Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco), and negative media attention from the likes of The Daily Show, The Onion, and most recently The Colbert Report.

While we here strongly disagree with Chick-fil-A’s policies and political beliefs, we don’t like to hear news of anyone passing away.