Tag Archives: Food

Nov. 01.

Something Else Saturday: Revenge of The Hospital Food

ses-hospitalfood-thPlease excuse my absence for the past while. I do have a good excuse though. It involves me and hospital stays, and that leads me on to the horror that is this Something Else Saturday post. Those of you with weak stomachs are advised to stop here. If you think you can manage it though, please do continue.

One of the hassles with staying in the hospital is that they have to feed you. You are given a choice of a couple of different things, but in all honesty, there is very little difference between them. From experience (I’ve written about this kind of thing before) I have a good idea of what can actually be eaten, but it is often a case of eating something because I am hungry, but very rarely is there any form of enjoyment in it. In case you don’t believe me, do have a look at the following:

Cheese Salad

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Cheese Salad, with half a boiled egg, a quarter of a tomato, some raisin celery & apple, and a bit of raw potato salad

There is very little to be happy with in those images. Nothing seems to be balanced, nothing tastes in any way brilliant, and after sharing these images on Facebook and Twitter, it left many people scared for my health and the health of all those in the system. Unfortunately I still have more hospital stays to go, so I am using these couple of weeks to stock up on meals that are actually tasty, before having to brave this again.


Note: No members of catering staff were harmed in the making of this post, but I did often think of beating them with pieces of dry overcooked chicken.

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Apr. 12.

Something Else Saturday: Vita Coco Coconut Water

SES-CoconutThHappy weekend all. To celebrate the weekend, here for Something Else Saturday, we’re going to have a drink. Or rather I’m going to have a drink and you can read about it. That sounds fair. This counts as work, because, well, with a drink this healthy, it has to be work to drink it. Or does it? The drink I’m talking about is Vita Coco Coconut Water.


First things first. Pedantic designer me got a kick out of the package. Yes it may seem a bit cheesy, but when it arrived I was wondering what anyone was doing sending me a wooden crate. Yes, it was just a cardboard box, but I quite liked the idea! Inside were 5 coconuts, and a selection of other tropical fruits, nestled amongst some straw. Okay, they weren’t real coconuts, but close enough. I received 5 single serving (330 ml) size cartons of Vita Coco. 2 plain, 2 with peach & mango, and 1 with pineapple. It said to chill first, so I sat back and waited. Then I realised that it meant the drinks, and not me, so I put them in the fridge and waited a bit longer.


When they were ready, I took out the pineapple one and poured it into a glass. It’s not much to look at, kinda cloudy, but you’re not going to sit and look at it. You’re going to drink it, so I did. The first couple of mouthfuls were… Interesting. Not unpleasant, but certainly something that may take a little getting used to. Fortunately, I got used to it quite quickly, and then found it was like drinking a Pina Colada. A Pina Colada that wont leave me with a headache – excellent!

The peach & mango one was also quite tasty, pleasantly sweet without being overly so. The plain coconut one I felt was a little bit of a let down. It’s still very drinkable, but without the sweetness of the other fruit I felt it was just a little lacking. It could also be that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I was looking forward to the sweetness.

Now for the interesting bit. The drink is significantly more natural and is lower in sugar than a soft drink. Bit of sciency stuff, but have a look at the below table.

Product (330 ml) Ingredients Calories Sugar
Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water Coconut Water, <1% fruit sugar, Vitamin C 59.5 16.5g
Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water
(with peach & mango)
Coconut Water, Mango Puree, Peach Puree, Vitamin C 82.5 19.8g
Coca Cola Carbonated water, sugar, colour (caramel E150d), phosphoric acid, natural flavourings (including caffeine). 139 35g
Sprite Carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, natural lemon-lime flavourings, acidity regulator (sodium citrate), sweetener (steviol glycosides). 92 21.9

I’m not intending the above table to look like bashing Coca Cola. I do enjoy a cold coke or sprite very much! It does show though, that if you are being good, there are options there. It also helps that coconut water is rich in electrolytes and potassium, which help with hydration!

Now, I suppose the bottom line is would I drink them again? The answer is probably yes. I can’t see myself drinking them constantly, but I can see myself drinking them. Knowing there is an option there for when I am trying to behave myself is a definite plus.

Have you tried Vita Coco? What are your thoughts on drinks for when you want to behave yourself? Would you go for plain water, or would you drink something like Vita Coco? Let’s discuss it in the comments!


Note: Samples were provided for review

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Jan. 02.

Food, (Not So) Glorious Food

hospital_room_thHello all! I ended up watching The Terminal last night and had flashbacks to being stuck in hospital for 5 weeks in the run up to Christmas (I only went to the GP for a little while, and ended up stuck in Vincent’s. I could go anywhere in the building, but the outside world was closed)


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Oct. 09.

Review: Skinflint Dublin

Skinflint-Pizza-thumbSo, first of all, an apology. I do enjoy blogging, but recently I have been suffering badly from bloggers block. I try to write when I feel inspired to write, but lately that inspiration just hasn’t been there. I’m going to try writing a couple of posts to see what I can come up with, so if it leads to some nonsensical jabbering, just bare with me.

Now, to business. I make no bones about it. I love food. Give me good food and good company and I’m a happy Robyn. Incidentally, one of my favourite foods is caramel. Give me caramel in any of its forms, on its own, in something, on something (or one) and I’m yours forever. (Use that information how you want) (more…)

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