Have you ever had exceptionally good hospital food ??

@Sissygrl (10915)
Canada
March 10, 2008 10:16pm CST
As many of you know, i will soon be taking a short trip to the hospital, and i am not to eat before i go.. I may be there up to four days, i'm hoping for one overnight stay and then i can go home.. This is my first trip to this hospital, My question is, as the heading asks, have you ever had good hospital food or is it all pretty much the same in every hospital, bland and blagh ?
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@miller1978 (1104)
• United States
11 Mar 08
When I went in to have my son back in September of 2007 they had actually changed dietitians since the last time I had been there (almost 3 years previous to this one). Anyhow to get back on track, I was surprised on my visit the last time to the hospital. The food was delicious and didn't need any extra flavoring (butter, salt, and pepper) and it was cooked to the right consistencies. The final night I was there they actually served me and my boyfriend a steak dinner for 2 on a beautifully set table in my room with a glass bottle of grape juice. It was very yummy and wonderful to have such great service. When I got the survey in the mail they definitely got good remarks back from me.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
11 Mar 08
WHOA!! that is amazing, but i see you live in the states, so you really did PAY For you meal or at least your insurance did huh ? lol. last time i was in was me c section for my first daughter and they served me that liquid diet for the first day and it was water chicken broth, tea, and juice. BLARGH!! lol. 3 times a day!!
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• United States
11 Mar 08
Yeah I live in the states and my insurance did cover all my meals plus one which I reserved for my boyfriend since he stayed with me in the evenings after he got off work.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
lol no sorry miller, i was trying to be sarcastic.. like.. if you didnt' have insurance.. then .. you would have PAID a LOT of money to the hospital and if i were you i'd EXPECT to get fed that way if i'm paying more for a bed in a hospital then a stay ina luxury hotel! haha. Sorry we dont pay for healthcare here.. so i guess i tend to take it for granted.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
Hi Sissygrl, I just got out of hospital last week as I just had my baby girl. I was there for three nights. I did not mind the food. For breakfast I had porridge or choice of other cereals and a bread roll. Lunch time I had yummy salad sandwiches, or roast and a dessert such as cheesecake. Was not too fond of the dinner while I was there one night it was like a beef stew, the other night was ok, cottage pie. I also like it how they offered tea/coffee and biscuits a few times a day. So hopefully your hospital food will not be too bad, I was quite happy with mine. All the best in hospital, not quite sure what you are going in for, hope it is nothing too serious.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
I'm going in for a c section to have a little girl as well! hehe its my second section, so i at least know what to expect. i'm glad that you enjoyed your meals there the best you could! and congrats on the bundle of joy ;)
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
12 Mar 08
That's right, I remember you saying that in one of my discussions. So sorry I forgot, you talk to so many people on here. Congratulations, what date are you going in for your c section? Hope everything goes well for you, can't wait to hear the news about you new baby. :)) REst up lots before then.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
11 Mar 08
Hello Sissygrl!:-) My wife was in hospital for 6 days last year for the same reason, then she had to be readmitted again for 2 days. The only good thing about it was arrival of our son and the hospital food! Haha! They used to serve a fish and a vegetable dish as main course both steamed and added with butter, some sweet dish, extra butter for bread and fruits. My wife didn't like all of those things and I am a person who doesn't like to waste food, LOL! So, whatever she left, I consumed cheerfully! After all, someone had to take the burden of not letting them go to waste bin! So, I never hesitated to offer my services. Though it was no where near, in taste, what our own traditional foods are like, but it was great in a way that I don't know, and I did like it very much. In fact, hospital food gave me some very good ideas about cooking, though I could never make like that!:-) I wish you best of luck for your experience, the eating one that is! And, oh yes, about the other whole thing too!:-)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
11 Mar 08
Isn’t “again” redundant with “readmitted” in the first paragraph!? But no, we went two times!
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@x7heavens (365)
• Singapore
11 Mar 08
Firstly, would like to wish you best of health. Hospital food? Well, I have been to hospital mostly for childbirth for around 7 times for my 7 kids. The food there, as you have guessed is bland , no matter what hospital I was warded. Am not complaining, but the rice was hard, the vege lifeless, meat definitely not tender. No, unfortunately I have never tasted exceptionally good food before.
@AICIRT81 (847)
• United States
11 Mar 08
The hospital food by me is Yucky too! When I had my son, I had no restrictions on my diet and was actually allowed to order more than the standard diet for a "nursing mother diet" but the food was not worth eating.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I have only been in the hospital once and most of the time, I was on a liquid diet (broth, jello). I have never heard of good hospital food. I thought that was a contradiction of terms.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
11 Mar 08
I had the same. but i did n't eat the jello EW. :P
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
11 Mar 08
It's been a long time since I was in the hospital but I think for the most part it's pretty much the same...kinda crappy. But it's nice to have someone what will bring you something good to eat when you are craving something special! LOL
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I've yet to find any that was really worth eating. I've heard they sell the good stuff in the caffeteria but it never makes it upstairs. It's a good thing my family brought in dinner most of the time.
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
11 Mar 08
So far I have never found good hospital food for my liking and mention. Not that I am a fussy individual or exceptional taste bud. I just find that the kitchen still has room for improvement. However, I am blessed to have loved ones and friends during my stay in the hospital. Many a times they will bring my favourites during their visits from their homes and/or local eateries.
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@vera5d (4006)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I think it all depends on the reason you're there and if there are any restrictions on your diet. I've found that hospital food for when you have a baby is quite good - I had HUGE meals, usually enough to save a little bit for later. It was really good both times I was in the hospital with my kids...but I've eaten at the cafeteria for other hospital visits to see family/friends and that was not very good at all - not so much bland, just terrible. My son could eat nothing but jello and popsicles when he had his tonsils out...my husband was given a piece of dry toast after his hernia surgery...man he did not like that! But anything else probably would have made him sick. I hope you have a good exeprience at the hospital, I know this sounds funny, but it is possible to have a good time there, even if you are in pain or recovering or annoyed by a cranky nurse every hour or so. I was lucky to have some very nice nurses my last trip there. Bring some puzzle books or other things to read, maybe a movie if they have vcrs/dvd players, a notebook to write down your meds you take or whatever other stuff they might want to keep track of...maybe a deck of cards or something similiar if you might have company. Hope everything turns out well for you and you get back home & recovered quick!
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
11 Mar 08
When I had my daughter in Seattle- the hospital there had killer food! I had Filet Mignon the day after I had her with a pedicure. Awesome! Loved it there. The regular food I think that steak was special for new moms..was great too. But that is the only hospital I had ever been at that the food was good. All the rest pretty much sucked.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
11 Mar 08
You know, the few times I have been in the hospital, I don't remember it being really bad. Then again when I was in the hospital, I saw food as a means to nourish my body so I could get out asap..lol Plus, my husband was always there practically 24/7, so if I wanted something else, he would get it for me..:)
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
16 Mar 08
I hope mine will go on foot for some good food too if the food is that bad. I think they will make me eat the liquid diet. ERG. at least i like chicken broth.. but its not filling. i need REAL food!
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• United States
17 Mar 08
So you have to be on a liquid diet because of the C-section? I hate liquid diets..
@mummymo (23707)
16 Mar 08
Well sweety the food in my local hospital isn't great but it is edible and not unpleasant! When I had my surgery last year though I was sent to a private hospital in Glasgow and the food was amazing, much better than a lot of restaurants I have eaten in! In fact I had had no appetite in months and the food there brought it back! Hope the food in the hospital you are going to! xxx
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@mummymo (23707)
16 Mar 08
oops I lost the 'is just as good!' at the end of that comment! lol Thanks you for the br sissy! xxx
• United States
11 Mar 08
I had the most amazing Chef Salad at 1 in the morning after I had given birth to my moose. (My 11lb baby) Granted I hadn't eaten since breakfast the day before and they could have given me burnt toast and hot water and I probably would have found it to be the best toast and tea I had ever had. After 13 hours of labor and 52 minutes of pushing I was famished. But the next day and the following day I was highly disappointed in the menu they were serving me so I sent my then SO to get me McDonalds. Better pack a lunch. I have been forced to eat hospital food for days in 3 different hospitals in the past 10 years and they are all poor quality.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
16 Mar 08
11 fu#$ing pounds? lol what were you eating!?!? lol Last ultrasound my babes was 5 lbs, they said probably not more then a 6 pounder, my first was 6lbs2oz, and healthy, seh's still skinny, but healthy and eats well now a day ;)
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Mar 08
hospital food = nasty! - No never have I tasted hospital food that tasted good.
I wish I could tell you something different but in this case I can't. I've been in the hospital several times and not once have I tasted hospital food that tasted good. They don't season it at all because not everyone can have seasonings. I wish they'd separate the two so some of us can have a chance at some decent food.
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Hmmmm, I only think I may have eaten the hospital food once in a blue moon as a child. But when I was in the hospital, mainly my diet then was "Eat NOTHING," "Drink NOTHING" so the only things ordered would be my parents back then, eating the food (not happily). ;o) (I was there as a child with kidney problems, thus the restrictions). Now, my family brings meals to the hospital for me. :o)
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
12 Mar 08
OMG, i love hospital food. i remember when i was younger and when my grandpa would get sick, he would call me to come up to see him so i could eat his lunch and he could order something. and i would come running. i love hospital food
• United States
12 Mar 08
tray of hospital food - hospital food
ummm last time I had hospital food was a year ago when emma was born. I think I had something that was good but I couldnt tell you what it was. Must not have been scrumcious if i cant member it but your right almost everything there taste bland and yucky.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
nooo.. not that i can remember.. and i don't frequent hospitals too so i guess i will not be able to say this from my own perspective. :)
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@Samanthavv (1386)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Yes! I have! When I was seventeen (this was almost three years ago) I had to stay inpatient at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. I was there for two weeks, and as boring as it was, if the food hadn't been so delicious it would have been completely and utterly unbearable. Fortunately for me, though, they had some pretty delicious meals available for me to choose from. And even if it wasn't on the menu you could write it on the menu and they would send it up. One of their best meals was the Grilled Chicken Cesear Salad. And even better, if I didn't feel in the mood for much, I could always ordered a baked pretzel with cheese, the same kind you get at ball games and such! Their food was amazing and they are a great hospital too!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
11 Mar 08
No whenever Ive been in the hospital the food has been either terrible or just okay. I hope you get some good food. Or have someone bring in some food for you.LOL