Bagged Cuisine

TRAVEL TIP 102 ["Mmmm! It's Sink Cuisine!," June 27] suggested that readers "fill the sink with hot water and reheat your bagged cuisine." As a former employee of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (Meat and Poultry Hotline) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I assure you this will lead to foodborne illness. First, storing food unrefrigerated is dangerous. Foods kept at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees F. are a hotbed for bacterial growth. Second, USDA guidlines state that leftovers should be reheated to at least 165 degrees F.

For further information, call USDA's Meat and Poultry Hot Line at 1-800-535-4555.

Ann Connor


Thanks to the readers who wrote alerting us to the dangers of bacterial growth in reheated food. Of course, leftover food should be iced or refrigerated--as our reference to "cold" leftovers implied.

Napa Time

JUST WANTED to express my delight in reading Cathleen Miller's "Napa, Uncorked" [June 20], which describes Napa's history in such a way that you see it as earthy and sometimes hilarious--three-dimensional, made by real people. Living in San Francisco, I am a frequent visitor to Napa, but never knew its history. It will make my next glass of wine in Napa taste that much richer.

Camille Charpentier

San Francisco

AFTER READING Cathleen Miller's article, one can only hope she will take her fee and use it as a down payment on a reputable alcohol treatment program. Her repeated references to sobering up or her seemingly perpetual need for a drink bring her judgment into question. Perhaps she would be more comfortable handling something more "lush," like a guide to Brendan Behan's favorite pubs.

Glenn P. Tucker


Hawaii Digs

FOR THE correspondent who asked about accommodations and driving in Hawaii, I offer the following alternative: Pacific Hawaii Bed and Breakfast in Kailua, Hawaii (1-800-999-6026). They can set you up with a room or a studio or even a house, I think, on any of the islands. We had a perfect studio just a few steps from Kailua Beach on Oahu, complete with towels, beach mats and a kitchen with lots of breakfast goodies ($65 per night in 1997). We picked up a rental car at the airport. Since we were not in Honolulu, parking was not a problem.

Carol Wolf


Mo' Motion Sickness

I AM WRITING in reference to the person who has a problem with motion sickness. Ginger has worked for me. Ginger candy is difficult to find in this area, but I found a wholesaler in New York. It's packaged as Sterling Ginger Cuts, packed and distributed by Bader Enterprises of Brooklyn.

Sylvia Dobson

Springdale, Md.

I'D LIKE to put in a word for meclizine. I have a really bad problem with motion sickness. After nearly throwing up on my boss while flying on a business trip, I knew I had to do something. My doctor prescribed meclizine (12.5 mg), which works for 12 hours, doesn't have any side effects, and is also very inexpensive.

Robin Van Mechelen