I Passed the Test…Now Make Way for the Circus Tents!


3BOCAV29AHICAC6JVTFCAU8SYMPCA60KGG5CADBOPE9CA1KSVUACA6LGLURCAKYBHGYCA1FER5KCATLRXFECAGIA5ZBCAEC6HNNCA7PSNOOCAR54UKCCA5C6XYFCA54ENM9CANBT654CAH0T58SCA71SER1      I got my results yesterday from the state of Florida that I passed (with flying colors, I might add!) the Professional Food Safety Manager certification! I now have a certificate and a wallet card stating that my foods won’t make you sick! 😉

Seriously, it’s a great course and in Florida it’s required for every food establishment to have at least one food safety manager on site at all times and all employees have to be certified with a food safety test as well.

I know many of you might think it’s over the top…and I thought that at first too. But with all the problems with food recalls and new viruses all around us today, it’s something that is very much needed. Much of it is common sense, but we all tend to get into habits in the kitchen that sometimes aren’t the best practices, so this really makes you understand how to make your kitchen the safest possible.

So now that’s done and we are STILL waiting for our approval from the city! We are hoping that approval is only a matter of a week or two away and are still on target for opening by the end of September or the first week of October.

circus tent      I haven’t been testing any more recipes right now as we are packing up the house to get ready for the circus tents to come to town…in other words…our termite tenting. Oh yes, another wonderful part of living in Florida…termites! Those wood-chomping bugs love Florida as much as everyone else!

termites      Here in Florida, the only way to really get rid of them is to “tent” the place and believe me, that’s exactly what they do! They completely encase your home with a huge “circus tent” and then let off a gas that kills absolutely EVERYTHING inside the house! It seeps into every nook and cranny, that’s why we have been packing up for the past week.

They tell us it doesn’t get out into the environment, but I wonder about that….If there was any more environmentally friendly way to get rid of these damn termites, believe me, I would use it, but this tenting with gas is the only proven effective way to do it.  If you leave the termites alone and do nothing, they will eat your home right out around you!

In order to be “safe” when they allow you to re-enter your house 48 hours later, you must remove anything that goes in your mouth, on your skin, is encased in plastic, cardboard or paper…in other words…practically every single thing in your house! They do have these “special” bags that you can bag up your stuff and leave it in the house, but the guy doing our house said he doesn’t even trust them, so there was no way I was going to!

We had to cook, give away or throw out everything in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. We had to take all medications, creams, soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, etc. out. All house plants must come out and of course, all pets. If you have a baby mattress or any plastic encased matresses or pillows, they have to come out…the list goes on and on!

Believe it or not, living in a century old wooden home here in Florida, we have to go through this every five years because, just like clockwork, they come back in five years. We are hoping to be living in a NON-WOOD home when the next five years rolls around!

I would love to hear other peoples stories about their battles with termites, so let me know!

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About Chef Anne

Chef Anne and her husband Rob, own The Deli Diva which serves divalicious sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and more at 1st Ave SW, in historic downtown Largo, Florida. Chef Anne is a culinary travel writer and book author. She has written weekly columns for AOL/Huffington Post and Tampa Bay Start, as well as many travel and food related articles for numerous publications. Her books are available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0080K92OW Rob is a talented metal artist, creating commissioned pieces of all types for his clients. From sculptures and garden art, as seen at the deli, to decorative estate iron gates and fences, he does it all. Stop by and try something fabulous dahling! Open M-F 11am to 3pm
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