Monday, October 05, 2009

What the French do during lunch

On a typical workday, while Americans are eating a Subway sandwich at their desk, the French are doing this:

They are learning to cook a gourmet meal and then eating their creations (complete with wine and espresso) at different cooking classes across Paris. And then, two hours later, they just head back to the office. C'est normal, n'est-ce pas?

I've come to the conclusion that we as Americans are doing something wrong. You?


MP said...

Agreed! I wish that I could take a cooking class, eat delicious food and then just head back to work. When will Americans learn? :)

Chantal said...

I don't know. All we can hope for is that Americans stop putting up with the 5-minute lunch by doing another French thing: going on strike.

JuanitaTortilla said...

Oh man, that's life. I'd take the French-style lunch hour(s) any minute.

Chantal said...

The French wouldn't blame you. Many of the French people I had cooked with do these lunchtime courses all the time. Sigh.

Jenni said...

What can I learn to do on my 30 minute lunch break? Chipotle burrito wrapping 101?

Chantal said...

30 minute lunch breaks. This is what's wrong with America :)

Anonymous said...

Mais bien sur c'est normal! I just learned that Olivier's best friend goes to a cooking school like that almost every day for lunch since it's right by his office. Pourquoi pas ?!

Chantal said...

Hi Kerrin, good to know that my take-away of the situation was correct...I still find it amazing. We Americans sure are doing something wrong.

LaCanadienne said...

Sorry to burst the bubble. I work in central Paris too and must admit, I've never been on a cooking class at lunch, nor do I take 2 hours.

Perhaps it's an industry thing, but on the other hand, when we get takeout there are 5000 other people lining up with us. I don't think they're all in software.

But most people take at least 30 min and _do_ eat away from their desks (except the parents who have to rush out at 6 pm). But seriously, we rarely go out as long as one hour, never mind 2!

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