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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:


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


17 Ways to Eat Your Beer (If You Don’t Drink It First)

Let’s focus a moment on the phrase “Chocolate Stout Brownies.” Now try, “Cheesy Beer Dip.” If you’re accumulating a small puddle of drool on your keyboard, you’re not alone.  Beer is a fantastic asset to nearly any sort of dish, from sinful sweets to mouthwatering savory plates. Not quite convinced? Then check out these 17 ways to turn your beer into food.


17. Beer Pancakes — It Only Gets Better

beer pancakes

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16. Beer Bacon Cupcakes. Try to Keep Your Pants On.


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15. Bread-y Beer Bacon Soup.


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14. Beer Butt Chicken (HAHA ‘Beer Butt’)

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13. Dirty Beer-Battered Pickles.

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12. Guinness Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake or ‘Tiny Nibbles Of Heaven’

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11. Roasted Garlic and Parmesean Cheese Dip


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10. Sweet & Salty Beer-Pretzel Caramels



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9. Beer + Butter Pudding + Chocolate Malt + Caramel Sauce Is Making Us Drool Gross Amounts

Beer Bread Pudding

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8. Beer-Crusted Butternut Squash Pizza. You Fancy Huh?

beer pizza

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7. Sweet n’ Spicy Ale Chili

beer chilli

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6. Patatas Bravas AKA “Brave Potatoes”

Patatas Bravas

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5. Chocolate Stout Brownies

Chocolate Stout Brownies

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4. Guinness Lamb Stew


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3. Pumpkin Beer Cupcakes Make Everything Better

Pumpkin Beer Cupcakes

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2. Soft Pretzels with a Hint o’ Beer

Beer Pretzels

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1. Guinness Ice Cream Might Clog Your Arteries, but So Worth It

Guinness Ice Cream

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