You cannot eat at everyone’s house

Photo captions: Holiday Dinner, courtesy of Livekindly

As Thanksgiving passes, many people enjoy sharing photos of their plates and how they made their
dishes. This year, a viral tweet has brought to light a thing that a lot of people have never heard of- a
sick bowl.

The tweet, made by Sarah Turner aka @TheUnmumsyMum, reads “My Kids have just discovered that
the family sick bowl and the cake mix bowl are one and the same. In my defense, this was also the case
when I was growing up … but now I’ve said it out loud, I realize I need to break the cycle. I won’t be
taking any further questions.”

This tweet has since gotten 4264 retweets, 147,000 likes, a lot of confusion from other twitter users on
what a sick bowl even is, and a bunch of people being reminded as to why you shouldn’t eat at
everyone’s house.

While it is a thing during the holiday season to connect with friends and family by visiting and enjoying
meals, everyone cooks their food differently and has different preparation processes, such as
seasonings, cleanliness, and things such as a sick bowl, according to Sarah Turner.

Not everyone who makes food is clean while they are cooking it. There are many people out there who
don’t even wash their produce, meat, or dishes while cleaning, which can cause cross contamination and
lead to foodborne illnesses such as salmonella, staph, or E. coli. Eating at other people’s houses who do
not follow basic cleanliness standards can literally be dangerous for your health.

Besides the actual dangers that eating at other people’s houses can cause, at the end of the day, not
everyone cooks the same, and the way some people cook traditional holiday dishes could be jarring to
somebody else. I mean, do you want to eat macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs in it?

Some people also cook different dishes than what is traditionally served during the holiday season,
which could be good, but also a bit scary, especially if it is something that you are not used to. A nice
thanksgiving chicken over a dry turkey could be a nice change, but most people would probably gag if
they saw chitlins on the table during holiday dinner.

People even season their food differently. Some people end up over seasoning their food, while others
don’t season it much at all.

Even though you cannot eat at everyone’s house, the holiday season can still be enjoyed in the comfort
of your own home, or with trusted people that you are sure cook well and clean their kitchen properly.