Friday, June 3, 2005

Penitentiary Food Sampling Gives Taste Of Old Prison Meals

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Prison food back in the day wasn’t that bad. In fact, it was typically better than food being served outside the bars.

That’s according to Sean Kelley, spokesman for the now- closed 170-year-old Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, who says the salted pork and Indian mush served in the 1830s was “better than anything they had on the outside at the time.”

He says the meal, among others served at the prison, was nutritionally balanced and vitamin-enriched – something that was lacking in the non-locked-down 19th century person’s diet.

Visitors to the prison on June 11 and 12 will get a first hand taste of what Kelley is talking about. Food samplings of past prison food will be given out, including the bean soup and frankfurter meal served to inmates in the 1950s.

Kelly expects curious tasters to please their taste buds with most of the meals though he admits the bean soup and frankfurter meal is “not particularly tasty.”

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