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School lunches

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by impolyt_one, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    When I was growing up in America, this is what I ate everyday (this is exactly what I ate actually, apparently they serve the same thing as 20 years ago) - it's to the point that I get occasional cravings for weird square slices of pizza sometimes. Cost $1.25, 20 years ago. I'd imagine it might be up to $1.50 or $1.75 by now easily, if not $2.

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    This is some fancy private school in Japan. Yes, that is a fucking lobster in that pic. I think they pay the same $1-2 for this stuff.
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  2. NaTionS

    NaTionS Well-Known Member

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    I remember there was a blog of a English teacher in Japan or something that had pics of the daily school lunches. Those Japanese kids eat pretty well.

    My little brother is in 4th grade and his school lunches are $2.75 iirc.
     
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    Three healthy meals a day..
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    ...usually 6-7 yuan each. No Manchester tart or spotted dick here though.
     
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    great thread. i stopped eating lunch after entering junior high up to uni
     
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    I was a favorite of the lunch ladies and always received extra servings.
     
  6. Davidko19

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    SQUARE PIZZA!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Nil

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    The lunches at my school looked exactly like those. This is why I brought a bagged lunch. Even at a tender young age I knew the food blew.
     
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    I ate frozen dinner for 2 years
     
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    I did not attend a school with a cafeteria until I entered high school in Grade 9. My mother brown bagged me a sandwich and a fruit but I soon started to eat the cafeteria food without her knowledge (she was/is a control freak). The favorite item for most folks was a "double double." That would be a double order of the big beef steak french fries with a double portion of gravy on top of them. This is cute because it echos the most common order at a Tim Horton's, but a double double there means double cream, double sugar.
     
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    I remember the incredibly greasy rectangular pizzas we had in high school. Tasted pretty bad and required paper towels to soak up the grease that settled on top of the pie. Disgusting.
     
  12. impolyt_one

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    I went to like 5 or 6 different elementary schools in America (moved around a helluva lot when I was a kid) and the pizza is generally square everywhere obviously, but only greasy in some locales. In some schools it's frozen and reheated and just 'moist' for a lack of a better descriptor, and in some school districts it's half red colored oil, half cardboard. Most places were bad, but Minneapolis public schools got the square pizza down, nice balance of cardboard, red colored sauce, stringy cheese, lots of red oil. The schools I went to for middle school and high school did absolutely nothing well, and turned me off seafood forever, I have a hard time with fish and seafood now. Got a fish burger that was frozen inside but dripping with golden brown oil one day, and it stunk like shit, so that was basically the end of seafood for me, 20 years ago.
     
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    I know SField went to some poncy schools in the day, curious to hear what he ate. I know some of his schooling was in England, so I want to know if they went beyond the spaghetti toast and potatoes on potatoes at his school, or what.
     
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    ^ Bubble and squeak.
     
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    Yeah, I remember those lunches. I used to call them "toxic waste," which was pretty freakin' witty when I was 7. Earliest cost I can recall was 85 cents...you certainly get what you pay for.
     
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    No school lunch thread is complete without a mention of the salisbury steak. Possibly the worst item offered.

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    The best picture I could find of the type of meat and gravy I remember seeing.
     
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    In UK it was a lot of curries, fish pie, eggs and toast, cottage pie, and sunday lunch was a roast and then we'd have high tea. Rest of the days afternoon tea a bit earlier.

    And schools in CT and NYC weren't that fancy... standard american cafeteria fare with salad/sandwich bar option. Definitely nicer than what most kids get but not special like what children in certain hoods in Paris or Tokyo get for lunch. What you posted is similar to what some french kids get every day.
     
  19. impolyt_one

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    Yeah I actually saw a documentary recently about French school cafeteria chefs making food for the day, they went down to the markets as restaurateurs and bought boxes of stuff, were cooking things properly, etc. It was awesome and I was jealous.
    I do think the amount of knife work in even the fancy Tokyo private school lunches is commendable, even if it's not fancy or even clean - it's just the mere fact that 300 kids each get 3 turned and glace'd potatoes and carrots each, 3 trimmed green beans, a mound of molded rice with their hamburger steak, and nobody questions this, and the meals still cost $1 a piece.

    I remember a few of the menu items from my school lunches and all were just fucking gross, it was salisbury steak as above, chicken a la king, fish burgers, hamburgers (steamed?) hot dogs, square pizza, nothing on the plate was green, and K-12 wasn't allowed to have anything more than spoons for silverware sometime starting around 1995 due to 'gang activity' - so kids were eating canned corn with their hands and shit, it was a prison and a zoo and special ed rolled into one. We had to carry mesh bookbags and run through metal detectors too, and this was quite awhile ago, long before the N'Sync days.
     
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    I don't know if I've had one of these before or if I can just pretty well imagine the taste by looking at the photo, and I know these are fucking gross as well. I believe the whole premise is cold, uncooked pizza, right?
     

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