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Today’s school lunch: bread, pork and bean stew, and lotus root tuna salad. 

I had such a rude awakening when I saw my lunch today. Today was supposed to be bibimbap!!! I was looking forward to it!!! This elementary school is still on the old crappy menu. Nooo!! Tuesdays are my bread days at JHS. But on this school’s menu, it’s on Fridays. That means I will have TWO bread days this semester!! Damn you Yin and Yang. To balance my week of good lunch, you give me two bread days!! That means every Friday at this school will suck!!! They think that two sides of pickles equates to a side of protein.

Today’s school lunch: bread, pork and bean stew, and lotus root tuna salad.

I had such a rude awakening when I saw my lunch today. Today was supposed to be bibimbap!!! I was looking forward to it!!! This elementary school is still on the old crappy menu. Nooo!! Tuesdays are my bread days at JHS. But on this school’s menu, it’s on Fridays. That means I will have TWO bread days this semester!! Damn you Yin and Yang. To balance my week of good lunch, you give me two bread days!! That means every Friday at this school will suck!!! They think that two sides of pickles equates to a side of protein.

Today’s amazing school lunch: rice, broiled mackerel with soy ginger sauce, kinpira (julienned burdock simmered with soy sauce and sugar), and nameko mushroom miso soup. 

Wow. This is definitely NOT the same lunch menu as two years ago. I guess they had enough complaints. Even the other teachers were saying “It’s been so long since I said that lunch was delicious.” Lol. The kinpira was sweet and savory. The mackerel was perfect. Skin was crispy while the flesh was moist and flakey. So many flavors (sweet, salty, savory), I’m overwhelmed. No pickles!!!!! I fantasize about days like this.

Today’s amazing school lunch: rice, broiled mackerel with soy ginger sauce, kinpira (julienned burdock simmered with soy sauce and sugar), and nameko mushroom miso soup.

Wow. This is definitely NOT the same lunch menu as two years ago. I guess they had enough complaints. Even the other teachers were saying “It’s been so long since I said that lunch was delicious.” Lol. The kinpira was sweet and savory. The mackerel was perfect. Skin was crispy while the flesh was moist and flakey. So many flavors (sweet, salty, savory), I’m overwhelmed. No pickles!!!!! I fantasize about days like this.

Today’s school lunch: beef bowl, pumpkin croquette, and tofu skin with pickled cucumbers.
The beef was drowning in soup. So I spent a few minutes draining it before I poured it on my rice. The pumpkin croquette was sweet, creamy, and yummy!

Today’s school lunch: beef bowl, pumpkin croquette, and tofu skin with pickled cucumbers.

The beef was drowning in soup. So I spent a few minutes draining it before I poured it on my rice. The pumpkin croquette was sweet, creamy, and yummy!

Today’s school lunch: bread, a hamburger patty, potato salad, and vermicelli soup. 

A bun and hamburger patty? The obvious next step is make a hamburger. Maybe I’m just very American because while I was eating my hamburger, the other teachers were eating their bread and patty separately.

Today’s school lunch: bread, a hamburger patty, potato salad, and vermicelli soup.

A bun and hamburger patty? The obvious next step is make a hamburger. Maybe I’m just very American because while I was eating my hamburger, the other teachers were eating their bread and patty separately.

Today’s school lunch: rice, fried potstickers, “Chinese” tofu stew-thingie, and bean sprout namul.

Today’s school lunch: rice, fried potstickers, “Chinese” tofu stew-thingie, and bean sprout namul.

Today’s school lunch: rice, baby anchovies with a sweet ginger soy marinade, burdock and fish cake stew, and dango (mochi rice cakes). 

The rice here is good. At my last school, it was on the soggy side.

Today’s school lunch: rice, baby anchovies with a sweet ginger soy marinade, burdock and fish cake stew, and dango (mochi rice cakes).

The rice here is good. At my last school, it was on the soggy side.

Today’s school lunch: beef hayashi (hashed) rice, pickled cucumbers with glass noodles, and an orange slice.

Today’s school lunch: beef hayashi (hashed) rice, pickled cucumbers with glass noodles, and an orange slice.

First day of school lunch for the new school year: pineapple bread, spaghetti, and pickled cucumbers with canned tuna. 

For the first time in three years, I finally have my own name plate for lunch instead of the generic “ALT.” 

Also, the lunch areas combined. This area had the worst lunch menu. It now has the same lunch menu as the second worst lunch menu. An upgrade, I guess…

First day of school lunch for the new school year: pineapple bread, spaghetti, and pickled cucumbers with canned tuna.

For the first time in three years, I finally have my own name plate for lunch instead of the generic “ALT.”

Also, the lunch areas combined. This area had the worst lunch menu. It now has the same lunch menu as the second worst lunch menu. An upgrade, I guess…

Today’s final school lunch for the school year: bread, apple jam, cream chowder, and “French salad.”

Everything I dislike: soft bread, pickles disguising itself as a salad, and Japanese stews. I gave most of my lunch away. At least, I was given jam for my bread.

Today’s final school lunch for the school year: bread, apple jam, cream chowder, and “French salad.”

Everything I dislike: soft bread, pickles disguising itself as a salad, and Japanese stews. I gave most of my lunch away. At least, I was given jam for my bread.

Today’s school lunch: rice, fried battered Japanese Spanish mackerel, pickled cabbage with wakame seaweed and tiny baby fish, and potato miso soup.
How can you make pickles even more unappetizing? Add some fishy wakame seaweed to it. Not fishy enough?! How about some fish in it! GAG!!
However, I got two pieces of fried fish because some teachers were absent from school!!!!!! Woohoo!!!

Today’s school lunch: rice, fried battered Japanese Spanish mackerel, pickled cabbage with wakame seaweed and tiny baby fish, and potato miso soup.

How can you make pickles even more unappetizing? Add some fishy wakame seaweed to it. Not fishy enough?! How about some fish in it! GAG!!

However, I got two pieces of fried fish because some teachers were absent from school!!!!!! Woohoo!!!

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