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I admit that this post will be unique. Strange and curious even. I hesitated doing it but I thought they serve food, a lot of food to a whole bunch of people. And; their food is complained about more than any joint I can think of.

I’m talking about hospital food. I was scheduled for a minor surgical procedure at Community North Cardiac and Vascular Hospital at 8075 North Shadeland Avenue. I figured that since I would be staying at least overnight and likely eating breakfast,lunch and dinner there I figured I might as well write about it.

My surgery was finished about 10:30 AM. So I was ready for lunch by 11:00.

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The chicken noodle soup was okay. It had a whole bunch of noodles, copious chunks of chicken and the obligatory waffle cut carrots. It even had a few peas tossed in for good measure. The broth was rather weak and it had virtually no seasoning. That is the problem with cardiac hospital food. Salt is not an option. In addition they hold the line on carbohydrate consumption.

For my entre I decided to double down on the fowl by ordering chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat.

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chicken salad sandwich

chicken salad sandwich

Actually the chicken salad was pretty tasty. Your standard mayo variety but pretty tasty. The lettuce and tomato were fresh which is always a bonus. After lunch I was moved from a day bed to an actual room in the cardiac ward. It had a window. That way I could see the beautiful day I was missing.

This particular hospital offers daily specials for lunch and dinner. The special is what I had for dinner. Crunchy baked fish with corn. I added a side of mashed potatoes and a roll to balance out the plate.

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Again the fish was pretty good. It had a nice and crunchy panko breading with a pretty good fake butter flavor. The corn was your typical canned product. The potatoes were decent as well. I don’t think they were of the flaked instant variety, but I could be mistaken.

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Breakfast. They say it is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know about that but I do know that when you are stuck in a hospital breakfast is the marker that reaffirms the start of another day. When the new day is your last day than breakfast takes on a whole different light. As you can see from the picture my breakfast was an omelet with an English muffin. I added diced peppers and cheese. Actually the omelet was nicely done. The peppers were fine diced and probably came from a bag frozen so they didn’t bring much flavor. The cheese was processed so it melted well and gave it more expansion than a natural cheese would. Again it was pretty good.

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No breakfast would be complete without fruit. In this case a fruit cup. The melon and strawberries were ripe and naturally sweet. The pineapple was a little bit pithy but all in all it was passable.

I realize nobody is going to go out of their way to get into a hospital just to eat. But since I was there and I had to eat I thought I might as well write about. That’s what I do. But should you have to go to Community North you won’t starve. But rest assured that were I staying more than one night I sure would be expecting my visitors to smuggle in some vittles.

8 responses

  1. Benson! Firstly I’m so sorry to hear you were in hospital, and hope that all went really well–obviously well enough for you to eat and be released, right?
    Regardless, I wish you healthier days.
    And a quick note on hospital food. My brother is a chef–trained at the CIA, has worked in a good chunk of swanky joints as well as the odd dive or two. For the last dozen years he’s been the chef at a private hospital and wholly loves working at making patients crazy (in a good way) over his cooking. In fact, several years ago, he started a massive community garden for the hospital where he could use all the produce for the patients. I admire him like nobody else.
    Of course, he still keeps up his fine cooking skills with all things butter and wine related by cooking private parties for the board of directors and investors. He’s a marvel. Wish you could have been residing at his establishment.
    Here’s to your recovery!

    July 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    • Wow. That is great to hear. I am UNLV Culinary trained but I appreciate any form of cooking. Your brother’s resume sounds familiar. I doubt if I will ever be at such a hospital as your brother cooks but I can appreciate and applaud what he does. I debated about this whole post. Pat and friends convinced me I should. I know most folks think that hospital grub is a fate worse than death, but if people realized how difficult it was to feed several hundred peeps 3 squares a day they might understand. I am sure some folks will say I stepped in it with this post but…Oh well.

      July 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  2. Oh, I’m glad that you are okay. I don’t have much experience with hospital food; only once when I had my baby, and I don’t recall that. But I have seen plenty of grubby beige hospital food when visiting others. You’d think the best thing for patients would be all organic, vitamin-packed organic foods, but I bet that would cost too darn much since an aspirin is $40 a pop. Glad your omelet was tasty and that you are back home!

    July 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  3. Oh, and I couldn’t see any pics before the chicken salad….

    July 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    • What can I say? I checked on another computer and the post appeared as I had published. Prior to the sandwich pic there was a brief intro and a pic of chicken noodle soup. I had the idea to write about hospital food the last time I was there. But that was while medicated. Pat and a couple of other people told me I should go ahead. So…

      July 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

  4. Your style is very unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.
    I apprecfiate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bolok mark this page.

    August 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

    • Why thanks. I am glad you dropped by. I hope I can maintain that. unique quality

      August 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

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