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Old August 1 2014, 07:35 PM   #16
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Re: Food cubes in TOS

His source is non-canon Memory Beta, so it was a book or comic book.
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Old August 1 2014, 09:01 PM   #17
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Those Space Food Sticks were awesome!

We used to love those.

They looked like dog turds, and IMHO didn't taste a whole lot better. Chacun à son goût.
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Old August 1 2014, 09:11 PM   #18
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I think they would taste like MREs.
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Old August 1 2014, 09:14 PM   #19
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Re: Food cubes in TOS

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His source is non-canon Memory Beta, so it was a book or comic book.
Sure, but obviously we're never going to get an ONSCREEN explanation for this, so might as well...
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Old August 1 2014, 09:28 PM   #20
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His source is non-canon Memory Beta, so it was a book or comic book.
Sure, but obviously we're never going to get an ONSCREEN explanation for this, so might as well...
Where is our resident band of sages who can divine the "Original Creator's" intent when we need them?

It is interesting how Enterprise kind of screwed with our heads when it came to food. On that show starships had supplies of real food. By TOS' era they had synthesizers, so you had the ability to create food, but you also had these weird block looking things, which could have been delicious but did not look very appetizing, and then we have the TNG era that goes back to showing delicious looking "real" food that was replicated.
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Old August 1 2014, 09:31 PM   #21
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Re: Food cubes in TOS

Didn't we actually see real food being eaten on occasion? Such as Rand bringing a plate to Kirk's quarters, containing salad that was 'prescribed' by McCoy? And Kirk's chicken sandwich and coffee in the Tribbles ep.

IIRC, we only saw the Food Cubes at diplomatic functions. So it's entirely in line with the explanation I gave earlier, I should think.
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Old August 1 2014, 09:39 PM   #22
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Image searching "Star Trek food cubes" shows them being used in a variety of settings, including on EXO-III the android planet and in the private quarters of a crew member.
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Old August 1 2014, 10:26 PM   #23
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I was told they were dyed melon
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Old August 1 2014, 10:37 PM   #24
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And Kirk's chicken sandwich and coffee in the Tribbles ep.
Kirk's chicken sandwich was probably a marginally tastier synthesized product than Dr. Floyd's chicken sandwich on the moon bus in 2001.
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Didn't we actually see real food being eaten on occasion? Such as Rand bringing a plate to Kirk's quarters, containing salad that was 'prescribed' by McCoy? And Kirk's chicken sandwich and coffee in the Tribbles ep.
And chicken soup for the Air Force sergeant!

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I was told they were dyed melon
I wonder if they were actually supposed to be some kind of fruit in-universe, too? IIRC, in "Journey to Babel" the copper aliens put them in their drinks, which seems a strange thing to do if they were supposed to be the 23rd century equivalent of tofu cubes or something.
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Old August 2 2014, 04:18 AM   #26
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By my childhood ('70s) they had dropped the space food stick thing and were just Pillsbury protein sticks. I liked the chocolate ones.

Here they are for purchase: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/walk-the...ce-food-sticks

And an image of how they looked in '70s: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GBU04Zjklg...sfsticks21.jpg
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Re: Food cubes in TOS

We learn a bit more about these food selectors/synthesizers in the book The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry:

"The primary hull’s eighth deck level contains four major facilities: a large recreation area, the main food preparation area (similar to the galley aboard our ships today), ship’s laundry, and a rather exotic entertainment center….From the central food preparation area, the [food] selection is transferred via a small turbo lift that connects the several dining and recreation areas scattered throughout the ship."
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Old August 2 2014, 11:09 AM   #28
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Re: Food cubes in TOS

I posted this in another thread, but then discovered that this one might actually be a better place for it, since it's food-related. Anyhow, here it is.

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For instance, in Feek61's photo, I am again reminded about those ubiquitous coffee cups...
Are they painted styrofoam, with a strip of black border tape around the top edge? That seems like an awful lot of work for a mere cup. And they did it consistently throughout the series, I believe.
Why not just a cup? I don't mean one with 'no coffee, no workee' on it or anything, but just plain, simple, handled cups?


I think Wink of an Eye is the only episode in which the cups played a role in the plot.



Does anyone know anything about these cups? Does anyone care?

(When did people start drinking coffee, anyway? I'm just thinking how long-lived a habit it would be if in Star Trek's time, they're still doing it.)
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Old August 2 2014, 05:37 PM   #29
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The food synthesizers produced ice cream in "And the Children Shall Lead". So, they could make more than just colored cubes.
Wasn't there some line in Charlie x where Kirk wanted the food to taste almost like turkey...ornthenchef called and told him that there were turkeys ? My memory is a bit vague on this one
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The food synthesizers produced ice cream in "And the Children Shall Lead". So, they could make more than just colored cubes.
Wasn't there some line in Charlie x where Kirk wanted the food to taste almost like turkey...ornthenchef called and told him that there were turkeys ? My memory is a bit vague on this one
Yes. From the transcript, relevant lines.

KIRK: On Earth today, it's Thanksgiving. If the crew has to eat synthetic meat loaf, I want it to look like turkey. Charlie.

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CHEF [OC]: Captain Kirk from ship's Galley.
KIRK: Kirk here.
CHEF [OC]: Sir, I put meat loaf in the ovens. There's turkeys in there now. Real turkeys.
KIRK: Chief, have you been
(Charlie laughs and leaves.)
I don't know what to make of it exactly. I'm not sure if they are giving us a glimpse inside how the food synthesizers normally operate, or if oven-cooked food was provided only for special occasions, or if the idea of ovens was something that was retconned away later on.
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