We used to be known as, “The no sprouts people.”
If Amy or I ordered anything, we’d say, no sprouts please.
We fell out of that habit because so much of foodservice in the U.S. has removed raw sprouts from the menu.
But it’s still 1978 in Australia.
With two weeks of school holidays, we decided on a mild road trip north to explore more of the country than the 15km radius we could reach by bicycle (yes, I know it’s not far, but is when hauling a kid in a trailer).
We spent three days at Rainbow Beach, including a day trip to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Our guide had been a chef for over 20 years and said, no more, gotta get back to what he loves, and that was hanging out on the Island.
We saw whales and four different dingoes going for bait from fishers; they didn’t eat any babies but we know a lot more about dingo safety.
Next stop: Hervey Bay, a renowned area for sea scallops and purportedly the best whale watching in Australia.
We arrived tired and went to a restaurant at lunch that had fabulous seafood, but raw sprouts on every dish.
We had forgotten we were the no-sprouts family, although I did have a word with the server on the way out.
Next, Bundaberg, sugar cane and rum capital of Australia, with a slavery past that has now somewhat transformed to a mixture of hippies and bogans.
Amy had looked on-line, and decided where we were going to lunch.
I placed the order, and the server explained all the food was local and naturally sourced. I internally groaned and rolled my eyes.
Then I remembered I needed some tomato sauce – what North Americans would call ketchup – for the kid.
“Oh, you don’t want the aioli?”
“No, wait, can you tell me how the aioli is made? Does it contain raw eggs?”
Oh yeah, everything here is made from scratch, but I’ll check.”
Thirty seconds later, the chef appeared.
“We only use commercial mayonnaise for mayo and aioli. Everything else we make from scratch but not this one.”
Because my brother was one of the 220 that got sick from Salmonella from raw-egg mayo on Melbourne Cup day in Brisbane in 2013. And I’m not putting my business at risk over one decision that is easy to make.
Good on ya.
A table of raw egg related outbreaks in Australia is available at http://barfblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/raw-egg-related-outbreaks-australia-3-3-14.xlsx.