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I love Anna's story! I was in high school before there was Asian migrants in m school, but in primary school I always stood out as the "wierd" kid. I am the product of two generations of foodies, and I grew up in a very conservative area. My lunches were always fresh and healthy, often leftovers, sometimes a thermos full of soup, or a wrap with Lebanese bread. Felafel, hummous, Chinese stir fry, or even cold pizza. Doesn't sound too strange now, but in the suburbs of Sydney in the 's, I was a freak!

One of the worst bits of teasing I got was after bringing raw capsicum to school in my lunchbox. The other kids knew what it was, but would never consider eating it without being cooked. Now, I happily seek out new food experiences, and can't wait to go back to Vietnam. Crispy Silken Tofu with Black Pepper sauce sounds amazing. A typical packed lunch for me when I was a kid usually consisted of highly embarrassing items such as chicken liver parfait sandwiches, and a small container filled with cubes of blood jelly my mum coerced me into eating them by saying they made my cheeks rosy pink.

I was the kid no-one wanted to swap their lunch with. My best friend was Italian though, and always offered me tiny bites of her salami sandwiches. Back then, this meant the world to me, and I remember eying the Italian boys at school thinking, "I need to marry one of these guys so they could make me salami sandwiches". To my mum's credit, she also included a packet of chips, and yakult. The latter was my most prized possession. The Caucasian kids went gaga for my yakult; to them it was liquid gold.

In year 5 I made my best friend's crush kiss her just for my Yakult. When Yakult started appearing in Aussie supermarkets, my reign subsided.

Well, I was born and raise in Singapore. We never had the need to bring lunchboxes, as we buy our food from the school canteen. So when I got married, moved to australia and I had kids, it was to my horror when I found out that I had to pack my kids lunchboxes!

What do other mums pack for their kids? Will what I prepare, makes my kids happy? Will they be teased at if they dont bring sandwiches It's been so far so good, he gets asked at times, about what he's eating A typical lunchbox for my grade 1 kid, ranges from homemade vegemite scrolls, onigri rice balls with fillings , rice with tamagoyaki, veggies and spam, fried rice or even seaweed inaris.

Whilst it wasn't a typical packed lunch, I used to take the school dinner money my mum gave me in the UK we paid a small amount for a hot meal at school , keep it, sneak into the kitchen before anyone in the house was awake, and make my own sandwiches.

Then I spent my dinner money on sweets and ice cream! The sandwiches would have all sorts of non nutritional stuff whatever I could find in the kitchen but I did have a thing for Shiphams salmon and shrimp paste.

I'm sure mum must have noticed the fish paste disappearing but she never said anything. If I couldn't find anything interesting I used to have salad cream sandwiches instead - with chives I cut from the garden. It was a good scam!

I must have been about Under the age of 15 and back in the philippines, my lunches were usually with rice. I loved my mom's dedication to my having the right lunch box. At one time, I had a Japanese-made one Aladdin brand, i believe that looks as sturdy as a guitar travel case.

Lunches were special and mom made me feel like we were just eating right at home. Now I'm a mother of a 5-year old boy, and enjoy reminiscing my preschool years lunches. But i'm secretly wishing he could sit on the table, surrounded by food containers, and eat the same way when I was his age. I find my experience similar to many here, but nonetheless, it brings me back to my school days as a child and I find myself nostalgic now. The affair of lunchbox food was always more of a political matter, as it would be a struggle between my mother, her mother and also her mother-in-law, depending on where I was staying that night and who managed to get to the kitchen first.

My working mother, who had to take care of everything, took care to give me a nice packed lunch of wholemeal bread sandwiches with ham lettuce tomato, or peanut butter and jam. A snack would be a piece of fruit and perhaps a packet of crackers. How I wished for the other kids' white bread sandwiches with crusts cut off, with nutella perhaps or vegemite and cheese. My mother's mother was oblivious to my desire to want what the white kids wanted, and as a good asian kid, I actually got an amazing 3 tiered box of soup, rice, and meat with veggies.

My favourite was when she made sweet and sour pork from scratch, coupled with broccoli. My least favourite ever was tripe. She also packed some durian in one time, and it literally cleared out the whole classroom and for the rest of the month lucky that kids have short attention spans , I was known as stinky-box. My mother's mother-in-law attempted to outdo them both by "asian-izing" my lunchboxes. We have had sandwiches ranging from hard boiled eggs and peanut butter seriously , to fish fingers with mayo and mustard.

Some were better than others. Surprisingly, the fish fingers one wasn't bad. To this day, I still eat my fried fish with both mayo AND mustard. A great read Helen. I still haven't been to Red Lantern but I intend to do so as soon as possible. A typical packed lunch for me was money! Yes, I was one of those kids who bought lunch from tuckshop.

Not bad stuff -- but salad plates or sandwiches. I struck up a deal with one of my besties whose mum would make divine roast beef sambos.

She hated them so I'd give her the money and she'd give me her sambos. I was packed the same thing for lunch every day of my twelve years of school - but I never complained because it meant I didn't have to make my own lunch! A sandwich of avocado, cream cheese, lettuce and cucumber on multigrain bread was always the order of the day, with an apple on the side and a muesli bar. Now days, I'm making up for it by learning to cook as much as I can - a boring lunch stresses me out a little!

I wish someone would pack me a multi-layered lunchbox! I used to have a sandwich list stuck on the kitchen cupboard with a different filling for each day of the week. That way I never had to think in the morning. Wow, I love the sound of some of these lunches, YUM!!

I was the typical second generation Italian kid at school with the gigantic lunch CASE full to the brim with food.

Half a ciabatta loaf, prosciutto, bocconcini, sun-dried tomatoes that leaked oil all over my books, arancini little fried rice balls with a nugget of mozarella cheese in the middle. I had major lunch box envy of the Aussie kids with the crustless white bread vegemite and cheese sandwiches which ofcourse I wouldn't touch now! Unfortunately for me, growing up in the far reaches of outback Queensland in the early 80s and my parents being very busy being the only medical people for s of miles I was stuck with the two prong problem of 2.

So I ate a lot dry goods for lunch, I remember one week I had to eat dried cereal no milk for most of the days at school. I remember my mum was really embarassed for not being prepared enough! In fact, the only abundant food out that way was meat and potatoes, which we ate a ton of. I tell you what, I was so glad as a teenager when we moved to a regional centre and I could eat more like a normal person! But that experience has made me love cooking now and I love cooking food of other cultures.

I would be a plain meat and veg person maybe once a month max now! Reading the article with Luke talking about eating Pho for breakfast over anything else really struck a cord with me. As being a full blown country boy now living in Sydney I would totally give eating Pho for breakfast a go!

If only I could could figure out how to make that perfect broth all my Pho attempts always fall short on this critical part! My mum was somewhat adventurous so my brother and I would never know what would be in our lunchbox. It could be as normal as a nutella or vegemite sandwich cut into quarters, packet of chips, popper.

Other times it would look like a nutella sandwich only to find that it's nutella on one side and vegemite on the other after the first bite! Being Asian and in the eighties grandma surprisingly made me sandwiches for lunch.

There was always a peeled apple not sliced to accompany my lunch and a cold prima. NOwadays I am a mother myself - working full-time. I pack my son's lunch the night before and his favourite fillings would be Cha Loa vietnamese pork roll which I slice into 1cm discs and a splash of soy sauce ot vegemite and sliced kraft cheese on multigrain bread, crusts off.

This was a great idea helen. I've loved reading about other people's school lunches! If they weren't laboring in a factory they were cooking for all six of their children. So the daily lunch boxes weren't as exotic as one would think from a Vietnamese kid. Lunch money and brown paper bags were always provided for though! These days however, with mum and dad deservingly unemployed, it's not unusual to come home on a weekend to a nice bowl of Pho or Banh Canh Cua Gio Heo crab, pork leg soup with tapioca noodles for breakfast You could see the tomato through the bread!

Hi, I too went through the Australian school system with the "abnormal" lunch box, with both my parents being Welsh and self-confessed foodies! I would never know what surprises it held until opened although sometimes the aroma upon unzipping the school bag did give it away.

I have to say until I actually asked for peanut butter one day to be "normal" like the other kids, I had never been given a sandwich of such spreads like peanut butter or nutella! But I remember that was mistake pleaded the normality case to my mam who insisted on giving me peanut butter for about a month straight!

During winter I had a flask a wide mouthed thermos in which we found stews, different soups, left over asian dishes, baked beans with sausages and of course, my favourite was always the curries!

As for fruit, well it could range from apples to figs, water melons to prunes Things such as pototo crisps, lollies and even biscuits weren't in the lunchbox very often, my parents didn't believe they were needed! I can always remember some of my friends faces when they would look into my lunchbox! And sometimes I would get that many offers to swap sandwiches I am thankful for what was put in my lunchbox as a child not only because it was good food but looking back I realised my mam and dad just wanted us kids to grow up and enjoy all foods.

And to be honest, I do the exact same thing, even the flask, with my two children and they love it! I was the only Chinese kid in the schoolroom in Tassie, and my mum made me stand out even more by packing me rice lunches in a thermos. Stuff like stiry fry with chicken and shiitake mushrooms. Ironically, I now pack a hot lunch for myself and my Anglo fiance every day - including my mum's recipe for chicken and shiitake mushroom stir fry.

I still shudder - strawberry jam with Kraft singles cheese sandwiches often featured in my lunch-box. Ocassionally if there was left over char siu pork we got that sliced up into sangers. Lunchbox choices seemed so limited 30 years ago. Pressed square shoulder ham or round chicken loaf - I can't even remember if you could actually buy leg ham in the supermarket deli in those days.

Maybe that's why I never buy a sandwich for lunch these days when there are so many more exciting choices available. Every day at lunch time I would wait at the school gates along with others where my mother would deliver me a hot cooked lunch in a little buka basket complete with utensils and sometimes if it was noodles and soup I would get a little saucepan and bowl with chopsticks. But mostly it was fried rice or fried chicken or some other Chinese yum-cha thing.

I would then seek out the expats at school and swap for a baloney and tomato sauce sandwich honest! I didn't have any packed lunches. It was either canteen food or wait till I got home. Best fun was when when I got extras from food rations provided by the govt. Like many others, I brought left over dinner as lunch as well. My distinct memory was sometimes when I had my favorite left over for lunch, I would poke the thermos with my spoon with a little too much excitement So I would be looking at a yummy but inedible lunch with huge disappointment.

I was a silly boy Get a roll and stuff it with cheetos would be a likely candidate for lunch. However, on the occasions that I do pack lunch to school - my fav is boiled pork belly marinated in essentially what I know know as Nuoc Mam on rice.

It is natually kept warm in a thermos and some of the fat melted into the rice at the bottom. Priceless on a cool winter day. It was cha lua viet ham with vegemite. And my mates mum saw what i was eating and she was horrified lols. Luv Luke's new show on SBS. When we first arrive in OZ I still prefer the formal. It wasn't very healthy, but it always made the other kids jealous since it smelled so good after being warmed up.

The iron tiered containers. Don't you mean they are the tiffian carriers thatthe Hokkiens and peranakns used to carry their food? The Asain chinese and Vietanmese have very simialr customs. Confucioism and the three religions or the Tham giao was adopted by Vietnam when the Tang empire powerfully ruled itsd far flunf Far east asain regions which stretched from Japan, korea, Cambodia, Vietnam , Malaysia, Java and the phillipines.

Vietnam like Japana nd korea adopted confucionism but with their own emblished modifications. Thus the family legacy of the red lantern with the heights of tis similarity to Chinese, Burmese, Thai and Malay culinary will never cease to inspire me for I have remained a very conservative spiritual asain all through my multicutural living in Melbourne. What is Lap in the chinese written form?

I am into the influence of CHinese cultrual history in Vietnam and traching chinese taiji chi gong to vietnamese. To all entrants - Thanks for your amazing comments - what fascinating stories you all had to tell! The winner was announced here. Hi Felix - Thanks for your detailed comment. Unfortunately I'm not sure how Lap is written in Chinese characters.

Perhaps a reader may be able to help She is a freelance food writer with a love of cheap eats, offal and fried chicken. Read more about Helen or send an email. Subscribe to Grab Your Fork Receive automatic updates to your inbox by entering your email address:. As Pauline unravelled the threads of her family story, there was one anecdote that immediately leapt off the pages, making me smile.

It was her description of her younger brother Luke as a kid It came as no surprise to any of us when Luke told of his plans for Red Lantern.

For as long as I can remember, he has always dreamed of opening his own establishment. Whilst Lewis and I pursued other careers, the art of hospitality is all that Luke has ever known. It is in his blood. Merely to watch Luke work is to die a little. At the age of four he was already dashing around like an efficient midget, cleaning ashtrays, wiping tables and taking orders.

I can still picture him, carefully carrying individual cups of coffee to the customers with both hands, taking tiny steps with the focus of a tightrope walker, making sure not to spill a single drop. He was their little star and he knew it.

All around the restaurant, Luke liked to think of himself as a speed demon. These days he's a restauranteur, a cookbook author and gracing our tv screens in the new SBS series Luke Nguyen's Vietnam. I was keen to find out more about the affable Luke and he was happy to oblige. Fannie Hertz and ridden by Johnny Longden , put on a memorable performance—demolishing the competition by 25 lengths, a margin that stood as the record until Secretariat surpassed it in Assault was bred and owned by King Ranch.

In capturing the Belmont Stakes to become the eighth Triple Crown winner and fourth of the s, Citation helped to close out a banner decade for thoroughbred racing.

Aboard Citation was Eddie Arcaro , the only jockey in history to have ridden two Triple Crown winners. Citation was bred and owned by Calumet Farm ; his trainer was Horace A. With Secretariat blazing into the far turn in the Belmont Stakes on the way to the first Triple Crown in a quarter-century, track announcer Chick Anderson captured his electrifying performance: Secretariat was trained by Lucien Laurin.

Seattle Slew was bred by Ben S. Castleman and owned by Mickey and Karen L. Taylor, Tayhill Stable, Jim Hill, etc. Ridden by Steve Cauthen , Affirmed became the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown in storybook fashion.

Two months later in the Travers , Affirmed finished first but is placed second for interfering with Alydar, who was declared the winner.

Affirmed and Alydar would race 10 times in their careers, with Affirmed winning seven times. Cauthen was 18 when he captured the Triple Crown, the youngest jockey in history to achieve the feat.

Before a roaring Belmont Park crowd of 90, and a national television audience of more than 22 million, American Pharoah won the th Belmont Stakes to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown and first in 37 years.

NYRA honors its traditions and history. Give Them a Red Jacket: Launched in , the Saratoga Walk of Fame recognizes the legendary owners, trainers, jockeys and figures who have made an indelible mark on thoroughbred racing at historic Saratoga Race Course.

Inductees earn an emblematic Saratoga red jacket and a commemorative plaque on the eve of the Travers. Since , the colors of the winners of the Travers have been painted onto a canoe—or in the case of the dead-heat between Golden Ticket and Alpha, two canoes—which floats on an infield pond for a year. The artificial lake with its enhancing foliage and shrubs, the graceful movements of the swans in the water, and its personal touch with two brightly colored canoes Two historic rectangle-shaped coach stepping stones dating to , the year Saratoga Race Course opened at its current location, occupy honored spots: The stepping stones once served as platforms to help women get more easily to and from their horse-drawn carriages; both are now adorned with vases filled with flowers.

For You, Big Red: Grier in what many consider the most difficult of his 20 victories in 21 career starts. Hoofprints Walk of Fame: Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hoofprints Walk of Fame was installed in in conjunction with the th celebration of the first organized race meeting in Saratoga. Chiseled into a boulder-sized rock on the walkway between the Racing Office and the Clubhouse is a plaque that honors four chaplains who were among the Americans who perished in the World War II sinking of the Dorchester by a German torpedo attack in the North Atlantic.

Methodist Reverend George L. Fox , Rabbi Alexander D. Poling all gave away their life jackets to save others before they died in the tragedy. The stunning Japanese White Pine that shades the Paddock may look familiar: It was officially incorporated into the official Belmont Park logo in , the year the new grandstand opened. For all its significance, no one knows the exact age of the tree.

Stephens died at age 84 in He is honored in another way as well—the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, part of the Belmont Stakes Day undercard. The exquisitely detailed wrought iron gates of the late, great Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx, are preserved on the fourth floor of the Belmont Park Clubhouse, at the entrance to the Garden Terrace Restaurant. The margin of victory and the time, 2: Hail to the Champ: From the flagpole, run your eye a furlong or so to the right to find a white gazebo in which a wooden cutout of the jockey silks features the colors of the owners of the most recent Belmont Stakes.

Shortly after the Belmont Stakes ends, Paul Ferris gets to work painting the cutout of the colors of winning owners, which goes on display in the gazebo for a year. Mural, Mural on the Wall: The area of the backstretch going into the far turn is named for retired Hall of Fame jockey Bobby Ussery , who sealed many of his biggest wins at Aqueduct.

He did so by perfecting a technique of racing wide down the backstretch, and at the right instant dropping off the high ridge of the track going into the heavily banked far turn. The maneuver was often enough to make the hard-charging rider virtually uncatchable the rest of the way. NYRA maintains its own law enforcement force comprising over sworn law enforcement officers.

The force consists of uniformed officers and supervisors, fire marshals, and plain clothed investigators and inspectors, all of whom maintain New York State Peace Officer status, thus giving them arrest and investigatory powers, the authority to issue summonses, and the ability to carry defensive weapons including a firearm, baton, pepper spray, and handcuffs.

Uniformed members wear navy blue style uniforms.

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