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French School Lunch Compared To American School Lunch, Day 12


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Wow!  Here we are into October already! The month flew along and I am sure now the kids are getting well-adjusted to the school rhythm.  And…part of the school rhythm..eating school lunches.  For the last three weeks we have looked at school lunch menus for Toms River, NJ and Pau, France.  An interesting pattern is being established…quite diverse menus on the French side.  But would the kids eat these unique dishes like Hungarian Goulash and Carrots Vichy, especially 3-5 year old kids who are also in school and eat the school lunch?   And then there is the rotating menu:  In Toms River it is on a two-week schedule with Fridays (like today!) menu being the same; Domino’s Pizza with Italian Ice. I am not sure if Pau follows a rotating menu.  I looked at the menus through five weeks and there hasn’t been any duplications.  Maybe Pau doesn’t use a rotating menu and chooses to adapt their menus based on what is available during the season.  We shall see, we have a couple weeks more to post!  Here is the menus for today, Day 12. 

Toms River, NJ

Choice of 1 main dish, 2 sides and served with a half pint of milk

 Domino’s Pizza or Tossed Salad with Tuna

Peppers with Ranch Dip

Rosati Italian Ice


Pau, France 

Served with slices of baguette and water

Celeriac Salad with Remoulade Sauce

Pieces of Turkey Breast with Louisiana Sauce (2) served with Mashed Potatoes

Chocolate Pudding


(1) see photo and explanations  about this delicious vegetable

 (2) Louisiana sauce is similar to a creole sauce with hot spices, celery and onion


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3 Responses to French School Lunch Compared To American School Lunch, Day 12

  1. Pia October 4, 2010 at 02:49 #

    I can send you the weekly menu of the escola americana of Rio,for sure !
    another thing as well; the time allocated for the children to eat; if too short, how about correct digestion ? how about pleasure ? social side of eating ?
    am i going too far there ? ;o)
    Thank you again Mary for your fabulous work

  2. Pia October 2, 2010 at 15:32 #

    Hi miss !
    Thank you for your posts ! they are really interesting ! food has a massive impact on health and behaviour as well; we know how too much fast sugar can do to us ! short and long terms ! keep informing us ! ! !
    here in Rio at the american school, i have been eating in the kid’s cafeteria, to have a look and a taste, it is interesting. They have the choice between local brasilian food and american food. Lots of fresh fruit juices; seems healthy to me. They have a diatetician working on the menus; i still have a big question mark though : how about healthy ingedients ?
    My point is that, here, in South America, pesticides are massively used; i can find organic; they are madldy expensive and I have been said that you never know if they are really organic; nevermind,this is my local reality.
    My point stays the same, how about the quality of the ingredients ?
    I think it is a step by step process and balanced menus are the first stepping stone not to be missed !
    what do you think ?

    • mbrighton October 3, 2010 at 00:19 #

      Yes, Pia, I agree…balanced menus are very important. Plus also finding ways to offer healthy, balanced menus to children that they like to eat, that are appetizing and are cost efficient! My personal opinion: in the Toms River school district there is not enough fresh food, whereas in the Pau school district some of the food seems to be more geared to adults (for example Hungarian Goulash) and not to the 3-11 year olds that are eating.
      I didnt know that in Brazil the fresh food has a lot of pesitcides on it…that is a concern as kids are still growing and who knows the impact of these chemicals on their brains/bodies. Would love to see one day menu of what they serve in the American school in Rio. Must be interesting!
      Thanks again for your comment…as parents we try to do our best to provide our kids with healthy balanced meals at home. I believe we should also be demanding on what is served outside the home too! (like specifically in school)! Mary

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