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Interview with Jeffery, Serena and Gary

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Jeffery: Two hot meals a day; breakfast and lunch. One bagged meal for dinner at 4pm.
Serena: we received 3 meals per day.
Gary: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Jeffery: Excellent. From what i have heard fellow inmates say about any other institution they've been to our food was amazing. Even the guards and other staff would eat certain meals. The meal i ate on my first day, which happened to be Thanksgiving, was well above average. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls with real butter and cranberry sauce. Not what i expected at all.
Serena: as ive said before the food in el dorado county is good for jail food compared to san francisco county jail. the food had a lot of variety and appeared to be home cooked and not institutional and the soups and think actually had flavor and vegetables and things like that.
Gary: Well, this was the biggest fear for me. I have my Bachelor's degree from Le Cordon Bleu, so food to me is very important. I was beyond scared when I got there, thinking it was going to be 'slop'. If i was to rate it as opposed to other jails and what I've heard out there, Lake Tahoe gets at least an 8 or even 9. To rate it for the real world, I would still give it a solid 6.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Jeffery: My favorite meal hands down was the biscuits and gravy they served every friday. Sometimes when the kitchen accidentally had too many trays of it during my stay in the worker pod, we would enjoy two or even three helpings.
Serena: the soups were very good, i liked the turkey vegetable soup. breakfast was the worst meal but it wasnt too bad.
Gary: Enchiladas were by far the best thing we got in there on "Mexican Monday"...we also got things like Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Burgers, Pasta, Mac & Cheese with Ham, it's safe to say that LUNCH is the best meal you'll get in there. Breakfast was on the same menu weekly: Monday-Oatmeal Tuesday-Pancakes Wednesday-Cream of Wheat Thursday-Cold Cereal Friday-Oatmeal Saturday-Chicken & Waffles Dinners in there sucked though! Sandwiches with "Must-GO" soup. Working in the kitchen, I never ate what the inmates had to eat for dinner. But it would be shit like peanut butter (NO jelly), bologna, turkey, ham, pastrami, sometimes we would make them grilled cheese/pastrami. Here is the key: KITCHEN WORKER! You literally get WHATEVER you want to eat. Most breakfast's, I would make a 3 egg omelet with fresh veggies and sausage/bacon, lunch was usually a big garden salad with grilled chicken and Italian dressing, dinners was usually whatever the inmates had for lunch, I would just eat it instead of a sandwich. lol.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Jeffery: Commissary was a rip off but you really cant price shop in jail so people with good families or people with money on their books would go crazy and buy like 30 candy bars or 50 top ramen soups. My beef was with the price of paper products and pencils.
Serena: there were no snacks outside of regular meals. commissary was pretty expensive, over a dollar twenty five for a candy bar. to get it you filled out a scantron form and then received your commissary like a few days later.
Gary: There is commissary. It's a total rip off though! My suggestion, get enough $$ for commissary to get your coffee and some LIGHT snacks, but don't over indulge. I saw some guys in there ordering $75 a week (max) and eating it all. One dude I heard was in H pod, he gained 75lbs in 3 months. HORRIBLE!!!!

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