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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.

Culture Video

Watch American Kids Try Christmas Foods From Around The World

Christmas is almost here and while we’re stressed about what to serve for that big holiday dinner, we should draw some inspiration from Christmas dinners held in other countries from around the world.

Cut’s series American Kids Try takes a look at the holidays in their 10th episode. In it, the adorable group of children try Christmas foods from around the world.

Dishes include barbecued shrimp and pavlova (a meringue-based dessert) from New Zealand, pig roast & rice with pigeon peas from the Dominican Republic, and a bucket of fried chicken and a Christmas cake from Japan.

Their reactions to the contrast of cultures, tastes, and textures are pretty priceless. The food itself looks pretty damn good, too. Check out the video to see what foods other countries celebrate the holidays with.

I seriously envy Japan’s tradition of fried chicken and cake. Sounds like a tradition we should start for ourselves here in the states.

Cravings Culture

80 Different Sausages From Around The World

Sausage is one of the most popular proteins on the planet, with good reason. The juicy ground meat lined in casing is the star of many dishes.

Ship It Appliances created this awesome interactive infographic that showed 80 different ways sausage is prepared and eaten around the world. Each image is marked geographically with their country of origin, and the basic ingredients that go into them. The ‘flip book’ of wieners like Mexican chorizo, American hotdogs, German Teawurst, and many more variations.

Check it out and get lost in the world of sausage:


This Is What The World Would Look Like If Nobody Ate Meat

Would the world really be any different if every human being suddenly became a vegetarian? The folks at ASAPscience took a look at the global outcome of a world-wide vegetarian conversation and shared their analysis through video.

They explain what would happen to the animals, the land and plant life if no one ate meat anymore. Told in adorable doodles, all the possible implications of the meat-less change are explored. This includes what happens to the pastures used to raise cattle and the land used to grow crops for pastures.

Would we be better off if everyone was vegetarian?

Check out the informative video.

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Irish People Try Chicken Feet And Other Strange Foods Around The World

The world is filled with foods that may appear strange, but more often than not, end up being delicious once you give them a chance. Yet another Facts. video has surfaced on YouTube showing Irish people trying something new for the first time.

This time, the test group is trying four of the strangest foods found around the world.

Among the foreign dishes are escargot (France), chicken feet (Indonesia), kangaroo steak (Australia) and lamb testicles (United States).

Major points for the open-mindedness. We’re pretty sure we won’t be trying chicken feet any time soon.

Hit-Or-Miss Humor

Honoring The Most Interesting Man In The World With His Best Lines

He once took a trip to the Virgin Islands. Now they’re just called “The Islands.”

For the last decade, Jonathan Goldsmith has been seen on television portraying the life of a man so amazing and intriguing that he is simply known as…the most interesting man in the world.

After so many golden one-liners over the years, the geniuses at Dos Equis that employed him have finally decided to put the longstanding campaign to rest. In what might be the most honorable departure the world has ever known, Dos Equis put the man on a rocket ship and sent him to Mars, which I am led to believe is the equivalent to sending a regular old guy to a retirement home.

His notoriety is so well-known and popular that there was even a meme created out of him.

He is truly a spectacle to behold and a living legend. In order to properly honor him and all the crazy, borderline superhuman things he’s capable of, Livin3 put together a collection of his 100 greatest and funniest accomplishments:

  1. He gave his father “the talk”
  2. His passport requires no photograph
  3. When he drives a car off the lot, its price increases in value
  4. Once a rattlesnake bit him, after 5 days of excruciating pain, the snake finally died
  5. His 5 de Mayo party starts on the 8th of March
  6. His feet don’t get blisters, but his shoes do
  7. He once went to the psychic, to warn her
  8. If he were to punch you in the face you would have to fight off a strong urge to thank him
  9. Whatever side of the tracks he’s currently on is the right side, even if he crosses the tracks he’ll still be on the right side
  10. He can speak Russian… in French
  11. He never says something tastes like chicken.. not even chicken
  12. Superman has pijamas with his logo
  13. His tears can cure cancer, too bad he never cries
  14. The circus ran away to join him
  15. Bear hugs are what he gives bears
  16. He once brought a knife to a gunfight… just to even the odds
  17. When he meets the Pope, the Pope kisses his ring
  18. His friends call him by his name, his enemies don’t call him anything because they are all dead
  19. He has never waited 15 minutes after finishing a meal before returning to the pool
  20. If he were to visit the dark side of the moon, it wouldn’t be dark
  21. He once won a staring contest with his own reflection
  22. He can kill two stones with one bird
  23. His signature won a Pulitzer
  24. When a tree falls in a forest and no one is there, he hears it
  25. He once got pulled over for speeding, and the cop got the ticket
  26. The dark is afraid of him
  27. Sharks have a week dedicated to him
  28. His ten gallon hat holds twenty gallons
  29. No less than 25 Mexican folk songs have been written about his beard
  30. He once made a weeping willow laugh
  31. He lives vicariously through himself
  32. His business card simply says ‘I’ll Call You”
  33. He once taught a german shepherd how to bark in spanish
  34. He bowls overhand
  35. In museums, he is allowed to touch the art
  36. He is allowed to talk about the fight club
  37. He once won a fist fight, only using his beard
  38. He once won the Tour-de-France, but was disqualified for riding a unicycle
  39. A bird in his hand is worth three in the bush
  40. His lovemaking has been detected by a seismograph
  41. The Holy Grail is looking for him
  42. Roses stop to smell him
  43. He once started a fire using only dental floss and water
  44. His sweat is the cure for the common cold
  45. Bigfoot tries to get pictures of him
  46. Werewolves are jealous of his beard
  47. He once turned a vampire into a vegetarian
  48. He once won the world series of poker using UNO cards
  49. He never wears a watch because time is always on his side
  50. He has taught old dogs a variety of new tricks
  51. He has won the lifetime achievement award… twice
  52. If opportunity knocks, and he’s not at home, opportunity waits
  53. Batman watches Saturday morning cartoons about him
  54. When he was young he once sent his parents to his room
  55. He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels
  56. His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body
  57. His blood smells like cologne
  58. On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him. His hands feel like rich brown suede
  59. Mosquitoes refuse to bite him purely out of respect
  60. He is fluent in all languages, including three that he only speaks
  61. Once while sailing around the world, he discovered a short cut
  62. Panhandlers give him money
  63. When he goes to Spain, he chases the bulls
  64. His shadow has been on the ‘best dressed’ list twice
  65. When he holds a lady’s purse, he looks manly
  66. Two countries went to war to dispute HIS nationality
  67. When in Rome, they do as HE does
  68. His pillow is cool on BOTH sides
  69. The Nobel Academy was awarded a prize from HIM
  70. While swimming off the coast of Australia, he once scratched the underbelly of the Great White with his right han
  71. He taught Chuck Norris martial arts
  72. Time waits on no one, but him
  73. Once he ran a marathon because it was “on the way”
  74. His mother has a tattoo that says “Son”
  75. The star on his Christmas tree is tracked by NASA
  76. Presidents take his birthday off
  77. His shirts never wrinkle
  78. He has never walked into a spider web
  79. He is left-handed. And right-handed
  80. His shirts never wrinkle
  81. The police often question him, just because they find him interesting
  82. His organ donation card also lists his beard
  83. He doesn’t believe in using oven mitts, nor potholders
  84. His cereal never gets soggy. It sits there, staying crispy, just for him
  85. Respected archaeologists fight over his discarded apple cores
  86. Even his tree houses have fully finished basements
  87. His garden maze is responsible for more missing persons than the bermuda triangle
  88. If he were to say something costs an arm and a leg, it would
  89. He’s never lost a game of chance
  90. He is the life of parties that he has never attended
  91. He was on a recent archaeological dig and came across prehistoric foot prints that lead out of Africa into all parts of the world. On close inspection, it turned out that the prints were his
  92. He once caught the Loch Ness Monster….with a cane pole, but threw it back
  93. His wallet is woven out of chupacabra leather
  94. He played a game of Russian Roulette with a fully loaded magnum, and won
  95. Freemasons strive to learn HIS secret handshake
  96. If he was to pat you on the back, you would list it on your resume
  97. He is considered a national treasure in countries he’s never visited
  98. Cars look both ways for him, before driving down a street
  99. He once tried to acquire a cold just to see what it felt like, but it didn’t take
  100. He has inside jokes with people he’s never met



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GQ Just Crowned The Best Burger In The World, And It’s A Veggie Burger

Maybe the people over at GQ have all been dabbling with intense hallucinogens, or perhaps they haven’t had a real burger in a while. Or maybe…just maybe…they’re legitimately onto something here.

Gentlemen’s Quarterly, more commonly referred to as GQ, has walked out on a limb with this one in the eyes of American burger connoisseurs, most of which are not within reach of the burger. They have just announced that the best burger in the world is a…drum roll please…vegetarian burger! Kind of crazy, right? That’s similar to saying Caitlyn Jenner is the bravest woman in America: some people will agree, but the majority will think you’re batshit crazy.

However, the decision has received overwhelming support from vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike who have tried it. So WTF is in it you ask? Unfortunately, nobody is too sure.

Brooks Headley, the former hardcore punk drummer and current owner and operator of Superiority Burger in the East Village in New York City, has been hush-hush on the exact ingredients of the patty, divulging only the fact that it has nuts (in all likelihood so that nobody dies from an allergy, what a nice guy) and some grains. Everything else is a mystery, especially since Headley is constantly tinkering with it in order to perfect an almost perfect burger.

Headley, who is a self-proclaimed carnivore, says that he didn’t create this burger for health reasons, but did so to create a vegetarian burger that, simply put, doesn’t taste like cardboard dick.

As an enormous fan of cheeseburgers, I can honestly say that I’ve maybe…just maybe…had one solid veggie burger in the history of my life. So the fact that Superiority Burger doesn’t have a single negative review on it’s main page on Yelp legitimately blows my mind. One reviewer only gave it two stars, but even he admitted that it was only because the burger is too expensive and has nothing to do with the taste. The burger is $6, get over yourself, Yelp guy.

However in Yelp guy’s defense, the burger does weigh in as a featherweight fighter, being referred to as a “slider” by many of the 300 sq ft restaurant’s returning patrons and first time customers.

Still, vegetarian burger being given the title of “Best Burger.” That’s gotta mean something, right?

Image Source: Eat This NY, Grub Street, NY Times


Here’s Where To Find The World’s Largest Tower Of Grilled Cheese


In a little less than two weeks from now, Foodbeast will be hosting the first-ever Oozefest in Downtown Santa Ana. In honor of our cheese-filled occasion, we’re gonna be attempting to put together the world’s tallest stack of grilled cheeses.

Taking place in the first session, watch as we either set the world record, or kill ourselves in an avalanche of grilled cheese sandwiches. Either way, you’ll be entertained.

Oozefest is happening on Saturday Oct. 10 and is gonna be split into two sessions. The first will be from 1-4PM and the second from 6-9PM. VIPs will get in an hour earlier for each section.

General Admission for Oozefest (All-You-Can-Eat + All-You-Can-Drink) $50 and VIP $75 for 1 hour of early access. Some our cheesiest vendors include Slater’s 50/50, Grilled Cheese Truck, Burntzilla and Grits Fullerton.

World’s Tallest Grilled Cheese Stack || OOZEFESTFor everyone attending October 10th’s FOODBEAST Presents Ooze Fest – Southern California’s Premier Cheese Festival, not only will there be 20+ different news-worthy cheese creations, unlimited craft beer…but we will also be setting a record for the WORLD’S TALLEST GRILLED CHEESE STACK. How high will it go? Find out, get your ticket to you’re not in California, you can tune in via the LIVESTREAM right here on Facebook.#foodbeast #oozefest

Posted by Foodbeast on Thursday, September 24, 2015