Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

9. What is the food is like? Do you eat astronaut food?

Carter,

The food is much better than I expected.  They ship in a lot of food from New Zealand (on all of the passenger and cargo flights).  The big event that happened last week was the arrival of “freshies.”  Which means fresh eggs, vegetables, fruits and other foods that cannot be frozen over the winter.  The folks that wintered over have not seen this type of food since December.  They were very excited!

For breakfast, there is different hot and cold cereals, an egg line, meat, pastries, coffee, juices.
Lunch varies every day, but always includes a sandwich bar (this is what I eat).
Dinner also varies and is on a rotation.  Last night I had chicken and mashed potatoes.  The always have a vegetarian option as well.  Fresh bread is always around and the desserts are amazing!! 

Your astronaut food question made me laugh, until I went camping earlier this week.  We did eat astronaut food!  It was the freeze-dried packets that you see at some outdoor stores in MN.  I had Sierra Chicken (mostly because this is the name of my favorite sandwich).  This dinner in a bag did not have much flavor, but it did provide the calories to stand out in the cold. 

Our menu for today is:

Friday, October 8
LUNCH 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Coq au Vin
Coquille St. Jacques
Vegetarian Gumbo

DINNER 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Breakfast for Dinner:
Steak and Eggs
Eggs to Order
Waffle World

MIDRATS 12:00 AM-1:00 AM
Tacos
Beef, Shrimp and Black Bean

FYI — Midrats is lunch for the overnight workers.  The base is open 24 hours a day, so some people work overnight.  They keep the dining hall open for them.

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