Spinach Adventure

by kelly
bagged spinach

bagged spinach,
originally uploaded by jeffturner.

I attended a firm recruiting lunch today. The three female diners at the lunch were a bright Summer Associate candidate from Beijing (who attended University in Hangzhou), another attorney, and myself.

The other attorney ordered a “honey pecan salad,” and we were all surprised, when the salad arrived, to see that it contained spinach leaves (!), among other things.

I thought that the media has been doing its best to scare us all off of spinach for a while. And the caution seems especially justified given that the recent spinach-linked e. coli outbreak claimed a life last week in Manitowac, Wisconsin, just an hour north of here.

I can’t believe the restaurant served spinach!

The attorney bravely ate around the threatening leaves.

I suggested to her that if she takes ill, she may be able to make a worker’s compensation claim.

2 Responses to “Spinach Adventure”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Wow! All the other restaurants have made meals sans spinach around here that I know of. Making some people grumpy bc apparently spinach salad is really popular and the other types of lettuce suck (according to them).

    I certainly wouldnt have eaten it!

  2. Kelly Says:

    I found it so odd, the more I thought about it, that after returning to the office, I called the restaurant to suggest that they recommend a different item the next time that someone orders something with spinach leaves.

    The waitress I spoke with tried to explain to me that the leaves in that salad came from a “mixed greens” bag, not a bag of spinach, and so that it should be safe.

    I’m not so sure about that. Those were definitely spinach leaves mixed in. Just because they came from a mixed bag doesn’t make me feel like sharing the waitress’s optimism.