Qu’avez-vous dans votre assiette ? / What’s on your plate?

Je triais toutes sortes de papiers hier quand j’ai trouvé un sondage de la cantine, Enquête “sur votre assiette.” J’ai trouvé quelques questions sur les habitudes alimentaires tres révélatrices, en ce qui concerne les habitudes françaises. En général, les repas en France sont plus équilibrés: une entrée, un produit laitier, un plat chaud, un dessert, et du pain. Cependant, il y avait quelques questions qui montraient qu’être végétarien est très difficile dans ce pays:

8. Lorsque je mange à la cantine en general mon plateau se compose en protéïnes:
a) de la viande b) du poisson

Pas d’autre choix de réponse. Comme si les animaux sont la seule source de protéïne…

15. Si l’on proposait autre chose que de la viande ou du poisson au repas du midi
a) ce serait mieux b) je ne voudrais pas c) ce ne serait pas normal d) cela ne me dérangerait pas

16. Dans ce cas, continueriez-vous à dejeuner à la cantine ?
a) oui b) non

Est-ce qu’ils insinuent que les gens ne mangeraient pas à la cantine si les plats végétariens étaient fournis ? Pourquoi pas faire les deux plats (viande et pas de viande) pour qu’on puisse choisir ?

En plus, j’ai de la peine pour ceux qui ont une intolérance au lactose ou pour ceux qui sont allergique au gluten. Le fromage, le yaourt, et le pain sont servis avec tous les repas ici.

Je n’essaie pas de critiquer les habitudes alimentaires en France. Je pense que les français mange vachement mieux que les américains. Mais je voudrais plus de choix pour ceux qui n’aiment pas ou qui ne peuvent pas manger la nourriture qui est typiquement française.

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I was sorting a bunch of papers yesterday when I found a survey from the cafeteria, Enquête “sur votre assiette.” I thought some questions on French eating habits were very revealing. In general, meals in France are more balanced: a starter, a dairy product, a main dish, a dessert and some bread. However, there were some questions that showed being a vegetarian is very difficult in this country:

8. When I eat in the cafeteria, my tray includes proteins
a) from meat b) from fish

No other choice of answers. As if animals are the only source of protein…

15. If something other than meat or fish were offered for lunch
a) that would be better b) I wouldn’t want it c) that wouldn’t be normal d) that wouldn’t bother me

16. In this case, would you continue to eat at the cafeteria?
a) yes b) no

Are they implying that people would not eat at the cafeteria if vegetarian dishes were provided? Why not make both dishes (meat and without meat) so we can choose?

Furthermore, I feel bad for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to gluten. Cheese, yogurt and bread are served with every meal here.

I’m not trying to criticize eating habits in France. I think that the French eat much better than Americans. But I would like more choices for those who don’t like or who can’t eat typically French food.

No jobs for Michigan

Forbes recently ran an article on the best and worst cities for jobs in the US. And surprise, surprise, Michigan cities appear most on the worst list. It’s understandable that New Orleans is currently the worst city for jobs, and it’s probably obvious what #2 and #3 are as well: Detroit and Flint. And how […]

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On teaching English in French lycées

I have officially completed my second year as a teaching assistant! And I got my car back Thursday night, so I could drive it to work and back one last time. I finished my last few hours by having the students play Apples to Apples, Scattergories and doing a mock speed dating session. Over the […]

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Y en. (Not a French donkey.)

I hate y and en. These little words have caused so much confusion for me in French. The basic rules are: 1) y replaces a prepositional phrase (except those beginning with de). It translates as “there” or “it” and sometimes it is not translated into English. On va à Boston demain. We’re going to Boston […]

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April (snow) showers

I keep telling everybody that the weather in Annecy is gorgeous in April. “Don’t worry, last year it was sunny and 70.” “You won’t need warm clothes or an umbrella.” Ummm. This is what it looked like yesterday: Today it’s raining, but it still feels just as cold. And the forecast for the next 5 […]

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Goodbye Assistantship, Hello Unemployment

Some good news finally. My car still isn’t fixed, but at least I only have 3 days of work left! I work Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and then my second year as an assistant will be over. Technically 7 month assistants work until April 30, but because of the 2 week break (April 12-27), that […]

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The one where Jennie finds out she’s self-employed.

In the midst of trying to figure out my American income taxes, I discovered that I am considered “self-employed in a US business” thanks to the Google Ads on my website. Huh? I’m self-employed? But I don’t even make enough money to break even each month! I had thought my Google payments would just be […]

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Almost April

Our internet was fixed Thursday night. I’m not sure how I managed to live without internet for 12 days, but I did get a lot of work done on my Lesson Plans page and French & German Comparative Tutorial. Some of my classes were cancelled yesterday because parents “sequestered” the teachers in the building as […]

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And it keeps getting better and better…

RIP Renault Super 5. The garagiste said the entire motor needs to be replaced. That would cost more than the 1200 I paid for it. So now I’m out all those euros and an automatic car. I’m so frustrated and angry and just sad. I could barely afford that car, which took four months to […]

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Worst Week Ever

Not a good way to start the weekend. So in addition to the no internet/TV/phone thing, I now have no car. It decided to overheat and leave me stranded on the highway Friday afternoon after I left work. And the weather gods wanted to make things worse, so they made it snow and rain all […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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