Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Waiter, I think there's a caterpillar in my salad

I had a horrifying experience at Whole Foods over the weekend. I headed there this past Friday for the "Organic Spring" 5X7 for sample-palooza and some grocery shopping. I was happy to see that there were multiple vegetarian samples (but sadly, lots of beer and champagne samples - two things I don't drink). I started out with an "ok" vegetable pasta salad. I'm not generally a fan of pasta salad, and I think it can be challenging to make a noodley salad that will wow me using a handful of ingredients. Another vegetarian friendly station was goat cheese and honey on a mini-toast. I'd never thought to pair honey and goat cheese together, but the flavor was great. (just not so great an hour later on my 5 mile run) The station that looked like it had the best option was the salad station, made out of mixed greens, walnuts, 365 balsamic vinaigrette dressing, apples, and apparently, caterpillars.

That's right. I said caterpillars. After I'd taken a few bites of my salad, I noticed something that didn't look like it belonged in my salad. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was a caterpillar, and after the wave of nausea passed, I walked back over to the sample station to let the sample hander-outer know. Guess what his response was?

"That sucks. At least you didn't eat it. This stuff comes pre-washed so that shouldn't have happened."

As he was telling me this, he continued to hand out salad samples. Ick ick ick. I thought he would have least feigned some concern or would have pretended like he was going to throw away the salad.

So gross. Maybe it's a good thing that I'll be out of town this weekend and won't be able to go to the 5X7. I think my stomach needs a break.

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