Stuck in D.C. snow, watching hockey, hoping for decent hotel food safety standards
Posted: February 6th, 2010 - 12:05pm by Doug Powell
With record snowfall in Washington, D.C. why not walk 8 blocks to take in the Washington Capitals-Atlanta Thrashers hockey game Friday night?
With the Caps in first place, the mood was festive on the streets outside the Verizon Center as Amy, Sorenne, 17-year-old daughter Braunwynn -- down from Canada for a visit – and I slogged through the slush to the game. Our hair was so wet by the time we arrived that Braunwynn shaped Sorenne’s hair into a fauxhawk that lasted the entire game. There were many comments. Caps won 5-2 to extend their league-leading 13-game winning streak. Braunwynn has retained her hockey knowledge. That Ovechkin kid has prospects. Now if we can only get tickets for Sunday afternoon’s sold-out game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
That slush is now 20 inches of snow outside our hotel. We’re going to be stuck in D.C. for a few extra days. I’m hoping our hotel has better food safety standards than the headquarters hotel for National Football League employees in Fort Lauderdale for tomorrow’s Super Bowl XLIV.
The Sun Sentinel reports that 25 of those NFL employees got sick from some sort of stomach bug, and that earlier this week, inspectors found a dozen critical food-safety violations in the hotel’s restaurant.
The oceanfront Westin Beach Resort also had failed a restaurant inspection in September, and let its license expire in December by not paying a $457 renewal fee, state officials said Friday.
Health officials were quick to say they did not yet know what caused the outbreak, how the guests got it or whether the hotel bore any blame. Samples were still being tested.
Hotel general manager Amaury Piedra said the hotel was cooperating with the investigation. He does not believe the hotel's food was the cause of the illnesses, saying the symptoms match a virus.
Like maybe norovirus, which could be transmitted from a sick employee, especially one serving food?
An inspection on Wednesday found violations such as open food stored in unclean places, employees handling food with bare hands, lack of handwashing and dirty conditions.