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French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 4

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Welcome to Day 4 for an informal journey comparing school lunch menus in America to France.  If you have read my previous posts during this week, you start to know how each system operates and differs:  in America you have choices between the main meal, which is not the case in France.  And in France, children cannot bring their packed lunches into the cafeteria so if you eat in school you must eat what is on the menu or go hungry.  This is day 4 of looking at both school lunch programs and I continue to be enlightened! I’m getting a bigger picture on what is really served for lunch between the two countries.  This is even more highlighted today, on a Friday, on what is perhaps a “special” day to eat lunch in American schools:  Domino’s Pizza and Rosati’s Italian Ice!  I am sure the kids flock to eat in the cafeteria on those days.  Now, here goes for September 17, 2010.  Enjoy and Bon Appetit! 

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

Green Peppers with Ranch Dip and Rosati Italian Ice


Pau, France

Served with slices of baguette and water

Romaine Lettuce Salad

Ground Veal Patties with Green Pepper Sauce

Slice of Saint Paulin cheese and a Peach

Do you like the French tradition of serving cheese as part of the dessert?  Actually, after a meal a nice slice of cheese tastes wonderful.  And a piece of fruit for dessert, fantastic!  For the American meal, I was impressed to see the tossed salad with tuna on the menu.  It would be interesting to know how many kids took that choice over the pizza.  At our house here in France, we have pizza every Friday evening, (like I think what happens in a lot of American households), so it might turn out to be a redundant choice to serve pizza for dinner when the kids have had it for lunch already. One thing I am sure though, the kids probably really look forward to pizza day.  Do yours? Let me know!

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2 Responses to French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 4

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  1. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - September 17, 2010

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