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Here’s How Office Lunches Look Around The World

You’re halfway through your work day and your stomach is rumbling. Guess it’s time for lunch. As you sit there eating your salad, or leftover burrito, have you ever wondered what office lunches looked like on the other side of the world?

Viking Blog did some research and found the most typical office lunches from ten different countries around the world. Data was taken through a series of surveys, reports, and statistics. Through these windows across space and time, we’re able to see what folks usually chow on during their mid-day meal.

Let’s take a look at these mouthwatering office lunches around the world:


America

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Viking found that a large amount of Americans have pizza for lunch, with pepperoni as the most preferred topping. To balance the saltiness from the ‘za are Skittles, chocolate ice cream, and a Coke rounding out the typical US lunch.

Austria

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In Austria, one could find a simple and savory offering of schnitzel (breaded and fried meat) served with herb potatoes. Types of schnitzel can vary with pork, turkey, chicken, beef, and veal being the most popular.

Brazil

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Feast your eyes on Brazil’s Feijoada, a bean stew that’s made with beef and pork. The popular lunch item is typically served with rice and coconut water. While not featured, cheesy tapioca bread, pao de queijo, pairs nicely with the stew.

England

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You may find a hearty leek and potato soup in some office lunches in England. As a more solid offering, tuna sandwiches are also a common choice with Maltesers adding a sweet note to an office employee’s lunch break.

France

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In France, a buttery sandwich made with slow-cooked ham called Jambon de Paris can be commonly found in lunch bags. One could also enjoy an elegant slice of apple pie with their lunch time meal.

Germany

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Research found that German workers adore currywurst (curry sausage) for lunch. Since man cannot simply live on sausage alone, you would also find fries, an apple, and coffee on their lunch trays. Sounds absolutely divine.

India

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What goes well with chai tea? How about a bountiful spread of Indian delicacies like rice and moongdal, peas and potato curry, chicken saagwala, and chapati. You bet we’d slip into a food coma after partaking in this satisfying lunch break.

Italy

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We know if we worked in Italy, we’d be having pasta 24/7. Glad to see that tuna pasta is a fairly common lunch item in the country. One would also find fresh salad and espresso to balance out all those carbs.

Netherlands

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A boxed lunch in the Netherlands would more than likely feature these sweet and simple items: a gouda sandwich, some grapes, and apple slices. Expect to spot these lunch foods in both an office setting and a school setting.

Turkey

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It’s not pizza, it’s pide. This traditional Turkish flatbread is topped with spinach and feta cheese. Some variations even include either lamb or beef. A typical Turkish beverage to go with the office lunch, of course, would be coffee.

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Photographer Turns Dull, Deconstructed Lunches Into Colorful Works Of Art

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Cafeteria lunches can get boring over time. Especially if seen five days a week. Photographer and artist David Schwen, who has an eye for the creative, was able to remedy this.

Schwen created a series of cafeteria lunches for the Daily Share which deconstructs popular hot lunches into its basic components. If you think a taco or a hamburger separated into ingredients is boring, think again. His minimalist style of shooting the most mundane foods and turning them into works of art is rather impressive.

The series also acts as a “How To” in case anyone had any reservations about how to put together these select lunches.

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Reuban

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Pizza

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Utah School District Seizes Lunches from 40 Elementary Kids with Unpaid Bills

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After realizing that some students’ had outstanding balances on Monday, a child-nutrition department snatched up the meals of as many as 40 students at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City. The lunches, which had already been distributed to them from the cafeteria, were not only seized from students with negative balances but thrown in the trash by school authorities.

The students were then ever so graciously handed an orange and given milk instead.

“She took my lunch away and said, ‘Go get a milk,'” fifth-grader Sophia Isom told KSL. “I came back and asked, ‘What’s going on?’ Then she handed me an orange. She said, ‘You don’t have any money in your account, so you can’t get lunch.'”

“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” Sophia’s mom, Erica Lukes, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I think it’s despicable. These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”

An onslaught of criticism has hit the school’s Facebook page. District officials have been denounced for their “heartless” and “inhumane” behavior, with many calling them bullies on a power trip.

The Salt Lake City School District later attempted to mitigate the situation, posting an apology to Facebook:

Unfortunately, children are served lunch before they get to the computer for payment. The children who didn’t have enough money in their accounts had their normal food trays taken from them and were given the fruit and milk.

This situation could have and should have been handled in a different manner. We apologize…

We understand the feelings of upset parents and students who say this was an embarrassing and humiliating situation. We again apologize and commit to working with parents in rectifying this situation and to ensuring students are never treated in this manner again.