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  • At least somebody has worst high school lunches than we Americans do. For now.
  • My high school had pretty good food, but why would I eat there when I had perfectly good restaurants to go to?

    /graduated mid-70's
    //a piano lesson for a nebulous time and date would let you go any time
    ///a 35mm SLR camera would let you go any where
    ////large bag of thai stick and a boss 302 mustang gets you there fast
  • As the protests developed and with roads being blocked, police used pepper spray on them

    So the police fed them vegetables?  How Chinese of them!

    /that's so spicy
  • Subby, you... are not wrong.
  • China?

    *reads TFA*

    Yup, China.
  • Marcus Aurelius: My high school had pretty good food, but why would I eat there when I had perfectly good restaurants to go to?

    /graduated mid-70's
    //a piano lesson for a nebulous time and date would let you go any time
    ///a 35mm SLR camera would let you go any where
    ////large bag of thai stick and a boss 302 mustang gets you there fast


    We had a hamburger stand (little hole in the wall type place, not a chain like McD's or BK) down the street from our high school in the 70's. It got a lot of business. Still there, too. Dunno if it's the same owners or not, but still has the same name. Drove past it last time I visited my brother. (ah, memories..)  This was out in the middle of BFE though, and the school itself sat on like 1,000 acres, so we had to drive to the restaurant. (Was the only restaurant within like 5 miles, at the time. They had a good location.) :)

    We hardly ever ate in the school cafeteria.  It was either the burger place, or you brown bagged something from home.   Had a whole hour for lunch, so it was easy.

    When my daughters were in high school, they had all KINDS of restaurants in our neighborhood (school is basically 1/4 mile from our house, but they weren't allowed to leave school grounds during school hours. Things had tightened up by then (late 90s). So some of the restaurants got smart and started selling burgers at 7am, kids would stop by on the way to school and buy their "lunch" on the way to school, or they'd brown-bag it from home. They wouldn't touch the school stuff.

    And now that I've gone to several "lunches" hosted by my grandchildren's schools, I can say things haven't seem to have improved.  It was basically the same slop we had back in the 70s. Golden Corral level stuff. NTTAWWT, if that's what you're into. I do love their fresh yeast rolls. The school "rolls" were just your basic flour bricks, if you hit someone in the head with one it'd probably give them a concussion.  Rolls aren't SUPPOSED to *crunch* when you bite into one, are they? lol. :)

    But I don't fault them. I'm sure it's probably very hard to cook for 500+ people in 4-5 hours and keep the per meal price down to $2-$3, even if you are pretty much only heating up prepackaged frozen meats/vegetables/potatoes.
  • I guess my high school had a cafeteria.  It probably did as it was a public school.  I remember the lunchrooms had a boat load of vending machines.  They probably also had a counter where you could get cafeteria food, but I never used the counters and none of my friends did either.  Like the guy above I would either go to a local restaurant, bring my own food, or skip lunch and screw around off campus doing things I should not have been doing.

    But heck I cannot even stomach Chinese food (real Chinese food, not American Chinese food).  Luckily for me there are enough western chain restaurants in China to make eating not an issue while living in China.  Even if this cafeteria food had not gone off I would not be able to stomach it.
  • That's food?? Looks like a scene from Aliens.
  • Could have been even worse.
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  • Reminds me a little bit of my HS.  Earth's core baked potato, baked to the consistency of a chewy rock, and frisbee peanut butter on stale rolls.  You could take a small corner of the peanut butter, peel it off (with one pull) and fling it anywhere.  It would usually land on someone's face, then he would do the face-hugger scene from Alien.  Someone else would take the cue and manipulate the potato to have it "erupt" from his stomach complete with ketchup packets.  We were a tad over dramatic.
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    Are these just boiled props from Predator?
  • that's not really fair since it's not on the plate with garnish yet
  • Eat at the cafeteria?  Lunch for us was just a way to get the hell out of there for an hour.
  • The corruption in Chinese businesses is well known -- except, apparently -- by parents.

    Here in the US, there would be lawsuits on top of lawsuits if parents found anything like that in schools. BTW, I'm not real sure what most of that was. A lot of squid, something that looked like a lung, a stack of beef (?) ribs, but generally it looked like a ripe pile of garbage -- probably the purchaser for the cafeteria food got it at a discount from some shifty company. Then falsified the recipes and put the difference in his pocket.

    Cafeteria workers wouldn't say anything, because they'd loose their jobs and, besides, those are rich kids they're feeding the slop to not their own kids who go to public school so who cares?
  • Sounds like my high school experience was the odd one out.

    Didn't go to any fancy private school or anything but our cafeteria was made-to-order fast food. Usually had (an amazing) breakfast wrap in the mornings then just regular fare (chicken fingers, fries, burgers, etc. with some kind of daily special) but you could watch the ladies cook it when you ordered it and not be pulled out of a heating tray or whatever.

    That breakfast burrito is still the best I've ever had, from anywhere.
  • Marcus Aurelius: My high school had pretty good food, but why would I eat there when I had perfectly good restaurants to go to?

    /graduated mid-70's
    //a piano lesson for a nebulous time and date would let you go any time
    ///a 35mm SLR camera would let you go any where
    ////large bag of thai stick and a boss 302 mustang gets you there fast


    right right, you were all that cool and more. please. we all saw you riding a ten speed, you A/V Club reject.
  • The Navy is lucky that cell phone camera's weren't a thing in '95. I literally saw crates of food come on board labeled "Not Fit For Prisoner Consumption"
  • Khlav Kalush? bet they serve it with mountain dew
  • orbister: What the hell is this?
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    Lunch.  Bon appetit.
  • Penguin Engine: Sounds like my high school experience was the odd one out.

    Didn't go to any fancy private school or anything but our cafeteria was made-to-order fast food. Usually had (an amazing) breakfast wrap in the mornings then just regular fare (chicken fingers, fries, burgers, etc. with some kind of daily special) but you could watch the ladies cook it when you ordered it and not be pulled out of a heating tray or whatever.

    That breakfast burrito is still the best I've ever had, from anywhere.


    Catholic high school here.

    Ours lunches weren't made to order. The menu did vary every day. Plus, there was always warm bagels and butter+cream cheese.

    All-in-all not bad.
  • Marcus Aurelius: My high school had pretty good food, but why would I eat there when I had perfectly good restaurants to go to?

    /graduated mid-70's
    //a piano lesson for a nebulous time and date would let you go any time
    ///a 35mm SLR camera would let you go any where
    ////large bag of thai stick and a boss 302 mustang gets you there fast


    Price?

    Faculty lunches in the local school district are currently $3.25, $4.75 if one also gets the soup, dessert, and beverage. Student lunches vary between $2.75 and $3.75. The district's Food and Nutrition department gets zero funding out of the school district's budget and actually pays-into the district's budget most years even after paying for ingredients, staffing, materials, maintenance of machinery, the occasional new machinery, and transportation. Only things they don't pay for themselves are utilities, electricity, natural gas, and water are provided at the campuses.

    By contrast it's hard to get a fast-food meal for under $7 off of the regular menu, and non-burger meals are now upwards of $10 or more depending on the chain.
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