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December 12, 2005

Chile Pepper

There is a restaurant here in Yuma that everyone has been addicted to at one time or another. When I lived here 3 years ago, it was a weekly, sometimes daily routine! Rolled Tacos, delicious salsa, bean and cheese burritos (if you like beans), carne asada burritos...good stuff.

People from Phoenix, Tuscon and Sierra Vista are sure to stop by Chile Pepper and pick up food to take home. It's quite possibly an addiction. You can see some reviews here.

Customers who ate at Chile Pepper between May 25th and June 2nd of this year were exposed to Hepatitis A due to an infected employee.

...Officials estimated between 6,000 and 8,000 persons could have been exposed to the infection and said anyone who ate or drank at Chile Pepper, 1030 W. 24th St., between May 25 and June 2, may have been exposed....

...Regarding the restaurant, despite repeated statements by public health officials that the restaurant remains a safe place to patronize and has a good record, business at Chile Pepper is down considerably.

John Gutierrez, whose family owns the restaurant and two others in the area, said: "It's probably (down) by 80 percent."

The restaurant typically serves 1,200 to 2,000 people per day.

I wasn't here for this...but I heard about it from everyone. When I got back to Yuma, one of the first places I stopped was Chile Pepper. I was warned...but hey, shit happens.

Then, a few weeks ago, some of my employees ordered from there to find a worm in their salsa.

My employees called the health department and someone met them at the restaurant. The manager gave my employees their money back and said they were sorry but that they couldn't help it that the worms came in with the chili's they use for the salsa.

And that was it....

So needless to say, my employees have been showing EVERYONE these pictures.

Well, Saturday, I had a serious craving for some Chile Pepper. No one would join me. When I was teased, I joked that I needed some time off so I was going to eat Chile Pepper. I went and ordered my tacos and brought them to work. I dissected the tacos and investigated the salsa for worms or any other weird things...

This brings us to today. Where I am blogging after being at the hospital for 3 hours with food poisoning. Misery is all I can say! I've never had it before and don't wish it upon my worst enemy. Terrible stomach pains like someone was stabbing me, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dizziness. Ugh!!

So, after a shot in the ass, and some drugs, I am not bent over into the bathtub or stuck to the toilet.

So I would say this was strike three for Chile Pepper! Not just that, I got my days off....but I'm not sure it was quite worth it!

Posted by Sissy at December 12, 2005 12:08 AM | TrackBack

You're not a quick learner are you? :)

Actually if their food was that good, I'd probably still go back. I'm kind of stupid that way.

Posted by: Contagion at December 12, 2005 08:49 AM

OMG! I almost hurled at the picture of the worm - I can't believe you went back there!! You are going to get a stern talking to in Vegas missy!! YUCK! Please don't ever eat there again. It's making me sick just thinking about it.

Posted by: Napster at December 12, 2005 01:54 PM

Maybe it was a tequlia worm? If the food is excellent I would probably go back, too. I'm crazy that way. Now I want Mexican food....

Posted by: Jody Halsted at December 12, 2005 02:17 PM

Yikes... I'd be done with that place too!

Posted by: Princess Cat at December 12, 2005 04:51 PM

Yep, I'm not eating there!

Posted by: oddybobo at December 12, 2005 06:37 PM

You couldn't make up a story like that!!!!

Posted by: Amy at December 12, 2005 10:20 PM

And you won't eat condiments?.........

Posted by: Tammi at December 13, 2005 06:49 AM

And I bet your employees are rubbing it in to no end! I guess you better learn to cook Mexican and make it at home. Hope you are feeling better!

Posted by: Susan at December 13, 2005 05:05 PM

I just look at that & think, "as long as it's thoroughly cooked, it should be both safe and fairly tasty".

Posted by: Harvey at December 13, 2005 06:02 PM

GADS! That beats Taco Hell. I got food poisoning once, don't remember what I ate, but I remember the butt shot and hugging a toilet for days.

I also got group-A-streptoccus not too long ago, not sure how that happened either. That one took over a year to heal from, and I am still not right.

So I would certainly say, shit happens, but you have to pick yourself up afterwords. Though I would have to say that those restaurant owners (and health dept.) should get a clue.


Posted by: lco at December 15, 2005 09:45 AM

Ooooh.... poor Sissy! That sounds decidedly unpleasant. Remind me not to go to Chile Pepper when I go visit you in Yuma. :D

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