Sardines in Medical School

     In my first year of medical school, I ate sardines. I’m not sure why, but my guess is because it was convenient.
     I rented a room from a psychiatrist (good idea at the time) on the Faculty at Albany Med. It was just that … a room, a bed, a window, a desk and a door outside of which was a communal toilet.
     But that’s all I thought I needed. It was grind, grind, and grind… study for hours, afraid to miss something or fail a test and not move on.
     And oh yes, there was something else I needed… food. I was not one to cook, and there was no place to cook anyway.
     On occasion, I went to the Greek Restaurant nearby for
     “One cupsz cuffee, one rust beef samich and smush pudado.”
Otherwise, it was eat in the room.
     One of my favorites was the sardine sandwich. It was easy. Use the key to open the sardinescan, wave off the smell, pour the oil on the Italian bread, spoon out the sardines, open a Coke and that was it. Eat and no study time lost. Food for the brain.
     “What the hell is that smell,” is an oft refrain I heard from outside the door.
     “I’m eating brain food,” I replied. And I liked them, never knowing how really good they were until I had freshly caught ones in Portugal last September..

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:23+00:00 August 29th, 2013|Food, Humor, Ingredients, Soft Drinks|10 Comments


  1. Mike Montigny January 24, 2013 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Evidently the brain food worked very well for
    You!! People do not realize what you have to
    Do to become successful in life. They believe
    It was handed to you on a silver platter.
    As usual, great story and I enjoy sardines as well.

  2. Joan Tomasso Carlone January 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with Mike..Brain food..You are living proof Dr. Ed Love your stories…

  3. Christine Phoenix Green August 29, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I just started eating sardines once a week because Dr. Andrew Weil recommended it as part of a healthy diet! I have chosen King Oscar canned sardines “Mediterranean Style” with olive oil, Herbs of Provence, red bell pepper and black olives…never thought of dipping bread in the oil for part of the meal. We need all the “brain food” we can get, especially as we get into the ages of “forgetting” which apparently has NOT happened to you yet! Good genes and sardines! 🙂

    • Edward Iannuccilli August 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Great choice, Christine. Good for you… and Dr. Weil. And thanks for the comments.

  4. Angela Accetta August 29, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I ate them growing up as well. My Mother loved them and we ate them just as you described….smooshed on an Italan roll. I haven’t eaten them in years. Maybe its time to try them again.

  5. Frank Joly August 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Dr. Ed., funny you should post the sardine story. Went to Seabra market today to buy some rolls. I always check to see if the fresh sardines have arrived. Not yet!

    Love your ability to reminisce, Doc!!

    • Edward Iannuccilli August 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      They may have to be rolls from Crugnale Bakery, Frank, if you want to sop up the oil.

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