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On September 14, 2014, I posted Culinary no-no #393. Here's a big chunk:
From the Subway website:
SUBWAY® is the first restaurant to earn the American Heart Association heart check. Look for the heart check on many oh-so-good SUBWAY FRESH FIT® meals.
That’s quite the endorsement, given so many restaurants are working extra hard to offer more options to health-conscious consumers.
From the AHA website:
“The American Heart Association is working to help kids, families and communities live heart-healthy lives.”
“At the heart of good health is good nutrition.”
So when the AHA certifies certain Subway items are heart-healthy, I believe them.
There are more Subway restaurants than any other chain, with 42,673 in 108 countries. The last time I entered a Subway was in …
Madison, WI. When I was a legislative staffer at the state Capitol, a popular lunch spot was the Subway just off the Capitol Square. I swear the attraction wasn’t the quality of the AHA-certified menu but the price. That’s what drew me less than a handful of times. My last visit to that or any other Subway came many years ago during the noon hour in May...
It was an unusually warm spring day. Madison actually gets to enjoy a spring. And it was a busy day at Subway with people lined up outside the door that was propped wide open. Even if the place was air conditioned, the open door was doing no good.
The air inside was sticky and stale. And flies and even a stray bee or two were flying around and occasionally landing on the meats and veggies.
Back at my desk, like the other few times I bought a Subway sub, I second-guessed myself wondering ‘What was I thinking?’
The bread is chintzy and plainer than plain. Cold cuts and accompaniments are nothing spectacular. Seasonings are ho-hum. The entire sub is incredibly bland.
Plus the “ambience” of that Subway location was anything but appealing. The warm, humid air, the flies, the bees. Makes me think an AHA representative would keel over at the sight of such conditions. And then there were the folks on the other side of the counter. Multiple body piercings with even more tattoos seemed to be the company uniform.
I thanked God when a Quizno’s arrived on the Capitol Square.
About those workers at Subway, yes, they’re just kids, and no, I’m not suggesting they be in tuxedos. But appearance in a food service establishment I consider important.
That young lady is pictured on the Subway website. Funny. Subway chose a wholesome looking, smiling individual who’s not wearing nose rings, ear studs or tattoos.
The dress code is an issue at Starbucks. At the moment, you can have a tattoo if you’re pouring a Salted Caramel Mocha. It just has to be covered up. But Starbucks might reconsider as it attempts to decide, in its own words on Facebook, “the right balance between self-expression and professionalism.”
CNN Money quotes a Starbucks worker in Atlanta, Kristie Williams. "I believe tattoos are a simple form of self-expression and as long as they aren't offensive or explicit, I think we should be able to show off our artwork proudly.” Williams and thousands of others have signed a petition hoping to get Starbucks to change.
I’ve got news for Ms. Williams. Starbucks is not the place for self-expression. It’s not an art gallery or comedy club. Starbucks is not obligated to provide that forum. Starbucks’s workers are to provide services to patrons. Self-expression is for after work, outside of work.
Even so, I fully expect Starbucks to cave. And will the next step to be allow body jewelry?
For decades restaurant customers have deteriorated into unadulterated slobs. Apparently the next trend is to extend that to restaurant employees.
Did I mention how much I love Cousins?