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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Nice to know, but...

I'm in Goa for the next couple of days at a resort that can best be described as making the Garden of Eden look threadbare and limited.

I rarely get to take advantage of the facilities when I'm here, but since I arrived early on a Sunday I figured why not check out what's availible.  So, as I was sitting out on the poolside veranda of my room (yes, you read that right) perusing the resort facilities brochure, a little tidbit of information jumped out at me.

In among the mouthwatering description of the six international-themed restaurants, private beach, spa facilities, gyms, organized activities (meditation, yoga, pottery, cricket, volleyball, henna design, cooking classes, etc.), I noticed the following paragraph:

"The resort houses a fully functional laboratory with a professional microbiologist and quality analyst on staff 24/7 who ensure international norms are maintained at all times.  All consumable items are of the utmost international quality and are prepared and served within the highest hygienic standards."

You know, while that is certainly comforting (I mean, who really wants to contend with a raging case of 'Delhi Belly'?), I have to think the folks in marketing could have found an unobtrusive spot in the back of the booklet for that information... alongside, say, the schedule of mosquito fogging and what to do in case of a fire. 

Seriously, I don't ever want to see the words 'microbiologist' and 'Cuisine' on the same page.  I'm just saying.

Posted by David Bogner on January 24, 2010 | Permalink

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Judging by what I've heard about Goa, I would imagine that the lab is there to ensure the purity of consumables other than food and drink. Just a hunch.

Posted by: ADDeRabbi | Jan 24, 2010 2:25:07 PM

Oh, my ghosht. We are having our microbiological laboratory to ensure that too much India does not get into your Indian food.

Posted by: Elisson | Jan 25, 2010 5:51:49 AM

I rediscovered Judaism though a working relationship with a food safety microbiologist - a man whose job it was to design the tools and develop the techniques that are Standard Operating Procedure throughout the modern world.

If you understand medicine to have subsumed, for many, the place of religion, especially with respect to diet, you may understand this paragraph to be the secular counterpart to "our kitchen has an OU certified mashgiach on duty at all times."

Now you are traveling in a country where opulence is adjacent to squalor, and modernity adjacent to the ferality of indigence. Think how reassuring it is to the nice, civilized folk whose verandas share your poolside view to know that their food is prepared according to the minhag of modernity, properly supervised.

Posted by: Rich | Jan 25, 2010 6:48:29 AM

I rediscovered Judaism though a working relationship with a food safety microbiologist - a man whose job it was to design the tools and develop the techniques that are Standard Operating Procedure throughout the modern world.

If you understand medicine to have subsumed, for many, the place of religion, especially with respect to diet, you may understand this paragraph to be the secular counterpart to "our kitchen has an OU certified mashgiach on duty at all times."

Now you are traveling in a country where opulence is adjacent to squalor, and modernity adjacent to the ferality of indigence. Think how reassuring it is to the nice, civilized folk whose verandas share your poolside view to know that their food is prepared according to the minhag of modernity, properly supervised.

Posted by: Rich | Jan 25, 2010 6:48:47 AM

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