I’m actually on vacation for a few weeks, so this is a scheduled post, as are any appearing the next few weeks. To keep up the blog and entertain while I’m offline, I present “Hamburgers of Stockholm.”
We’ve had a burger revolution here in Stockholm over the past 5 years and I think it’s going quite well. When I first moved here, hamburgers were sad, wilted abominations not worth moving my jaws for. But after the mighty burger uprising, where Stockholmers protested and said, “No more boring hamburgers!” while marching in the streets spraying mustard and ketchup along their path, we finally received the first of what would become many QUALITY, TASTY burgers!
Sure, they all cost the equivalent of $10 or more, but it’s still cheaper than a plane ticket to Texas.
My son recently got back from a school trip to Tallinn, Estonia where his class visited another school. A nice parent took pictures (because in 4 days my son only took one), and he included a photo of the school cafeteria lunch.
My husband thought I was a weirdo for saying that. He said, “They didn’t serve you on plates at your school?”
I said, “No, it was always rectangle plastic trays and usually rectangle food.”
Estonia, I am impressed!
A typical baked potato in Texas – with pulled pork of course:
Took the kids to a buffet the other day. They proceeded to make a hamburger filled with fries, chicken nuggets and hot dog weiners. Oh! Don’t forget the barbecue sauce! They also like to dip carrots in ketchup.
Lots of people say they gain weight after kids. That’s funny. I seem to lose my appetite.
I’ve spent the morning looking up food trucks in our area, the Taco Truck being the one I’m the most interested in.
Then a while ago I found a company that uses the name Taco though it’s a design company and has nothing to do with Tacos.
That’s when I realized that you can improve anything by just adding the word taco.
table – TACO TABLE
museum – TACO MUSEUM
bowling – TACO BOWLING
school – TACO SCHOOL
flu – TACO FLU
See how many you can come up with. I’ve gotta go make a taco snowman now.
People at work looked at my pumpkin seeds and orange last week and asked, “Is that all you’re eating for lunch?”
Now comes the part where they discuss why I’m so thin behind my back, filled with thoughts of how much I must diet and starve myself.
I’m not trying to stay thin, I’m poor! I can’t afford to spend 10-15 dollars on lunch, which is what it costs in this neighborhood. But no one wants to hear that, so my response to whether is this is my whole lunch is simply, “yes.”
(by the way, I got that whole pumpkin for less than a dollar, so I’ll be eating pumpkin seeds for the next 2 weeks).
We had a parent-teacher conference for our youngest son last week. Over here, they invite the student to particpate in the parent-teacher conference. I really don’t get this concept. When I was young, your parents went for the conference at night, you waited at home and imagined all the horrible things you’d done at school and wait for your punishment when they got home.
These days over in Sweden, or at least at our kids’ school, the teachers ignore the parents and talk to the children. “How do you like it in school? Oh, you don’t like where you sit? No problem, we’ll find somewhere you’re more comfortable sitting.”
Really?!! In my classes, you usually sat in alphabetical order and never moved the rest of the year, even if the kid sitting behind you cut your hair off and stole your books. You just didn’t move.
Our young son complained because I sometime forget to send him with a fruit for an “extra” snack. My husband laughed and said, “When I was young, we only got a carrot each day.” Then I had to chime in with, “You got a snack? We never got a snack. I never got to bring a snack to school and neither did anyone else.”
I think my son actually felt sorry for me at that point.
We also had to bring our lunch to school or pay for some week-old sloppy joe in the lunch line. I spent 4 years eating a brownie every day for lunch. Here in Sweden, all children get a free school lunch – normally a buffet, complete with salad and about 3 options. Today they’re having chicken curry with jasmine rice. This includes a full salad bar. All for free!
Here’s what a school menu for the week looked like at my school:
Monday – spaghetti
Tuesday – sloppy joe
Wednesday – square, stale ground beef pizza
Thursday – leftover pizza
Friday – scary lasagne and jello – cause it’s Friday
There were no vegetarian dishes, no gluten free. We were in Texas. Every meal was ground beef, plus you had to pay 2 dollars for the privledge of eating it.
These kids don’t realize how good they have it.
Breakfast this morning was pumpkin muffins, pie and …. a carrot – because you need something healthy. Do my kids even realize how lucky they are to have an American mom that considers leftover pie and cake to be breakfast foods? They’d rather have grapefruit and oatmeal. Kids don’t know what they’re missing.
Today will be day 3 of Thanksgiving leftovers. (We celebrated on Saturday.) I feel that I may soon turn into a combination of sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. I’ve forgotten if other food exists. Maybe I’ll venture out to the grocery store today and see if people eat other things. I have no memory of food before. I know there are such things as pie, but that’s as far as I stretch. I’ve been hearing of something called salad. It rings a bell. I wonder if my body can take it. I shall experiment tonight – after my green bean and sweet potato lunch.