School lunches

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  1. Nil

    Nil Senior member

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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.
     


  4. 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.
     


  5. impolyt_one

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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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    No one else had a regular portion of shepherd's pie at their school? Fish and chips?
     


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    Loaded with more preservatives than a taxidermist, regular lunchabables were the shit!!! Only the rich kids had them though.

    They now have hotdog lunchables too. The pizza is pretty nasty though.
     


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  9. impolyt_one

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    When I was in primary school in Australia, we had to bring our own lunches - I was the first child and so my mother experimented by freezing juice boxes and the sweatdown during the day would turn a sandwich intp mush - I ate none of them and they all ended up in people's crawlspaces on my walk home from school.

    I spent like half of my school years in Australia, half in America, most of the time was the Australian winter so hot food was great but it had to be bought - we had a concessions stand (tuck shop) with meat in-hand pies, burgers, sausage rolls, typical Australian food, but we were typical cruel bastards and always made whoever was the newest transfer kid jump the fence at lunch and sprint and buy us fish and chips (which were really good) from the corner chippy for a pooled $3-5. I was an original at the school so thank fuck I never had to risk my juvenile freedom on a fish n chip run, but many guys did, and I thank them. Great memories.
     


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    Of course, being in semi-rural Canada, by the end of my highschool days lunch consisted of a couple of draft beers and a grilled cheese sandwich off the grill at the local pub. God bless Canada :)
     


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    That is sick too. I would've killed (and killed myself) had I been able to have a couple beers after school with a hot snack. Middle America offered me a joint that was probably mixed with heinous shit, and a box of hot pockets somebody's mom generously left for us.
     


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    My Senior year in high school during the warmer months we'd spend a decent amount of our lunches grilling in the parking lot and getting high. Getting your lunch and study hall back-to-back was key to this endeavor.
     


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    Healthy meal...
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    ...healthy students...
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    ...NO hamburgers and french fries here.
     


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    what is that rock like substance on the lower left? a roll?
     


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    Ate public school food in middle america from K-12. Ate a large amount of regrettable things over those years.

    I remember much of what impolyt has pictured/ described for his experience with American fare. I had more fruit like apples, grapes, canned peaches and such offered. Greens things were like canned peas, that I still can't think of eating to this day.

    I think my favorite substitute for food I couldn't bear to put down my throat were PBJ's made from wonder bread, preservative-laden bulk peanut butter, and grape "flavored" jelly. Must have had a few thousand of these through my school years. The best part was the inedible rubbery yellow cheese stick that would come with it. In 3rd grade we'd take the cheese stick mush it up to a ball and see how high it would bounce. No one dared eat the cheese (mine were yellow though).

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    I also remember poor bastardized foods labeled as "Mexican" (poor excuse of Tex-Mex) and enjoying them.
    I present the hexagonal Tostada (Mexican) Pizza.

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    My old favorite, the Taco Salad, it was self-serve so I'd load it to the brim. The grade E meat (yes saw it boxes labeled that backside the cafeteria) woud be so greasy it would soak the entire bottom of taco bowl to mush.

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