The one defining characteristic of Pret a Manger is that it's safe: its coffee isn't that strong, its food isn't that bad, its pink lemonade isn't that sour — all that benign safety came crashing down today when a Wall Street Journal employee allegedly found a frog in one of their signature salads. Here's the amphibian find from Journal editor Kathryn Lurie:
What the ... how the... huh? Living in New York, you kind of get used to the shock of whatever being found in fast food. And as gross as it, most New Yorkers have learned to live with the fact that there's a chance their food may or may not be prepared in the vicinity of pests like rats or roaches. But frogs? Huh?
Lurie's colleague's amphibian-riddled salad isn't actually the first time a frog has made an appearance in prepared food. As a trend, the first frog in a salad went viral in 2006 when one was allegedly found in a pack of Florette bagged salad. A Costco shopper found a frog in her salad in November of 2011. In October 2012, another frog was found in a salad purchased at Walmart. And this past June, a woman found a frog in her Fresh Express salad bag from Target.
No solid explanation of how a frog got into these pre-packaged salads was found, but the companies were pretty apologetic about serving unwanted amphibians. That brings us back to Pret. Pret, unlike a big chain store like Target or a fast food emporium like McDonald's, prides itself on making its food fresh every day in house. "All of our salads are made fresh in each shop's kitchen throughout the day. All you need to do is add the dressing," reads Pret's website. The possibility that someone over looked a grown frog in a salad makes it a bit more disconcerting, and tarnishes some of Pret's claims. Pret's official and very active (they interact with customers, some of whom have the tiniest of gripes — far tinier than a frog) Twitter account in the US so far hasn't tweeted about the frog.