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Soup Kitchen International

allan evans | Dec 15, 1997 03:25 PM

After finally recovering from bronchitis, I went
and lined up, my first time, for soup at SKI. The
30 minute wait went by smoothly. Six varieties were
offered - no Seafood or Lobster Bisque, as others
had recommended, was available. Goulash,
Mulligatawny, Curried Shrimp and Potato, Black
Bean... to fortify my health I chose Chicken and
Broccoli. I obeyed all the rules and received a
roll and fruit. Now... the soup... bland, watery, a
hint of some spice, which later became unnoticed.
The broccoli was hacked into odd shapes, some too
big for the spoon (one fell to the floor), three or
four tiny pieces of chicken, tender white meat,
well cooked. The broccoli was overcooked, and I
noticed a stray potato chunk and piece of bowtie
pasta. All this for eight dollars. No hint of
caramelized onion or less labor intensive addition
of garlic, just broccoli water, overcooked bits and
the rest thrown in. The roll was definitely not
from the Tom Cat bakery and left the oven last
night, not giving the impression that rolls arrive
hourly. However the grapes and five cherries were
fresh, sweet, well chosen. The soup size ordered
was "LARGE", or a coffee cup to go multiplied by
two. Not worth the wait nor the money.
Now, maybe I ordered the wrong soup? If so, why
would this perfectionist allow such a bland failure
to disgrace his stand? Puzzled, and probably not
inclined to line up again.

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