Australian man kicked out of a bar because of his mullet

Hockey player Wayne Gretzky had an amazing mullet while playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s.

This has nothing to do with food safety but does raise the question of priorities in some Australian bars.

According to a man says he got kicked out of the Print Hall rooftop bar in Perth because he has a mullet.

Talking to The West Australian, David Hoogland said, “I’m not in a gang, I don’t have tattoos all over me, I’m just an everyday person.”

No, he has just proudly worn a mullet for the past ten years. Hoogland had been at the bar for half an hour before he was asked to leave “because of his hair.” The bar has as yet declined to comment on the matter.

According to one mullet-bearer, in Australia “some venues [believe] people with mullets or rat’s tails were more likely to become drunk and rowdy on a night out.” 

Toronto restaurant fined maximum $20K for heavy cockroach problem

Oh Scarberia, suburb of Toronto, home to Mike Myers and some of the Barenaked Ladies. Why do your restaurants suck?

A takeout restaurant in Scarborough was fined $20,000 – the maximum penalty – after pleading guilty to four food-safety violations, including a "heavy" cockroach infestation.

The guilty plea last Friday by Chandra’s Takeout Restaurant and Catering, at 201 Markham Rd., related to problems that closed it Aug. 24 to Aug. 28. It has since reopened and passed full inspections on Aug. 28 and Nov. 6.

The restaurant was fined $5,000 for each of four infractions: not controlling a pest/insect infestation; failing to protect food from contamination; not having a certified food handler; and for obstructing Toronto Public Health’s red closure sign while the restaurant was shut down in August.

BBQ safely with Douglas Powell

Look, I’m goofy. Probably the Brantford, Ontario, water, cause hometown pal Wayne Gretzky sure looked goofy on The Young and the Restless in 1981.

I don’t want to be on video. But if that’s what it takes to get the message out about how to safely grill burgers this holiday weekend, then why not.

As I wrote the N.Y. Times today in response to their July 1, 2009 piece, The Perfect Burger and All Its Parts, Chef Seamus Mullen’s recommendation to use any thin piece of metal into the side of a burger, and “if it’s barely warm to the lips, it’s rare. If it’s like bath water, it’s medium rare” only demonstrates the divide between food safety and food pornography.

The only thin piece of metal that should be stuck into the side of a hamburger is a tip-sensitive digital thermometer.

Color is a lousy indicator of burger safety, as is the taste of metal sticks. Rather than putting E. coli O157:H7 on precious testing lips – stick a thermometer in.

Tennis star Federer’s weakness might have been an illness

"I thought I had mono when I was a teenager but it turns out I was just really bored."

One of my favorite lines from Wayne’s World, if only because it was so apt: I had mononucleosis when I was 17, and would sleep for hours on end, but maybe I was just really bored.

That probably doesn’t apply to Roger Federer, 26.

Last month, after falling ill for the third time in six weeks, he had extensive tests in his native Switzerland and in Dubai, where he lives part time. According to Federer, the conclusion was that he had contracted mononucleosis.

Federer had already said he experienced food poisoning before the Australian Open, which he said disrupted his preparation for that tournament.

But Federer, who complained of feeling sluggish during the Open, said it appeared that the mononucleosis was the more serious issue.

Mike Myers can empathize.