My Daily Journal in Federal Prison

Day 130

Best Lunch Ever.  Best Meal Ever.  (Relative to all other prison meals, I should clarify.)  God bless the Mexicans and their national holidays.  Due to the ever present misinformation rife in the Joint, I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the purpose of the actual celebration — I’ve heard everything from Cinco De Mayo (huh??…isn’t that in May?), the Mexican New Year (what???), the Mexican Revolution (plausible), and Mexican Independence Day (a possibility).  Unfortunately, I can’t just hop on the Internet and quickly determine the answer.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, our meal was Mexican in flavor, and contained ingredients that I never thought I’d taste again while behind bars.  On the menu: a quarter baked Mexican-spiced chicken (cooked perfectly so that all of the meat fell immediately clear of the bone), a wonderful pork soup with traces of hominy, a small scoop of pico de gallo (tomato, onion, green pepper, and CILANTRO), steamed rice, a large flour tortilla, homemade salsa roja with fresh jalapenos, and for desert?  A massive cluster of fresh, fried cinnamon-sprinkled churros.

Yum.  Even the Debby Downers that must describe each and every meal, whether warranted or not, as “cold garbage” and “some bullshit” lauded this meal with heaps of praise.

The only event that would ultimately send my post-meal spirits crashing was the news that the prison’s surprisingly delectable pancakes have been STRICKEN from the Fall Brunch Menu.  Boo.

*Institution Movie:  “Tyler Perry‘s Madea’s Big Happy Family”

*Lunch: Mexican Baked Chicken, Pork & Hominy Soup, Pico de Gallo, Flour Tortilla, and Churros.

*Dinner:  2 Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Mixed Veggies, and Lentil Soup.


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