If you're willing to spend a few minutes answering questions like "Do you believe that you ever got sick from eating at home?" and "My kitchen shelves and cabinets are clean and free of dust" you can get your own kitchen graded by the Los Angeles Public Health Department.
It was an open secret among our friends in Los Angeles that the best ethnic restaurants were always graded "B" or below. The best Thai food we've ever had in our lives was at a "C" grade restaurant. We just assumed that the health inspectors mandated a strict and culturally American sense of what was healthy, which might be very different from another culture's. Take French and British game cooking, for instance; what health inspector will let a pheasant be hung until its feathers nearly drop out?
So we are rather glad of a "B" rating for our own kitchen. We think it's because we copped to eating eggs "undercooked."
Now we just need a friend in LA to send us a magnet to proudly display on our fridge! Too bad they don't issue "B" magnets - just "A" gradings for home refrigerators.
Does anyone already have one of these LA Health Department grade magnets on their refrigerator?
(Top image: Flickr member dragonarium, used by permission.)