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Real Bites at Fillmore Central Elementary School


Wed, Jan 11th, 2012
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A healthy dose of �brain food� at the Fillmore Central Elementary School cafeteria. Photo by Jason Sethre

This week's Real Bites segment takes me back in time about 30 years.

On this trip down "memory lane" I decided to bring my wife along for the ride -- a fine dining experience at the Fillmore Central Elementary School cafeteria.

With our daughter attending Kindergarten at the Fillmore Central Elementary School, my wife and I have been continually contemplating our schedules and trying to pick a day when both of us could join her for lunch at the school cafeteria. Finally, this past Wednesday, the Sun, the Moon and the stars were aligned.

When we arrived at the school in Preston, we checked in at the front office. I was worried we'd need to make reservations, but this restaurant was very accommodating.

Our daughter was completely surprised and excited with our unexpected arrival.

As we stood in line with the children, waiting to enter the food selection area, I noticed the children were walking away with a tray full of one of two things: a bowl of chili or chicken tenders.

As a grown man, I contemplated whether I should order two meals, maybe even three.

I started with one meal, thinking I'd probably be making another trip back through the line. This is an all-you-can-eat buffet, right? Well, not quite. But for $1.87 per meal, I could eat three meals for under $6.00. Wow! Kudos to the chef and the accountant!

This reminded me of my younger years attending Hawthorne Elementary School in Rochester. We always had recess after lunch and we could not leave our lunchroom table until everyone at the table had finished eating all of their food. I recall the days they served sweet potatoes. There wasn't one kid at our table who liked sweet potatoes, and being the team player I was I ate about 12 helpings of yams so we could all be excused. The trays just kept coming way, and I felt like a human vaccuum -- clogged with sweet potatoes.

For recess that day, I was in a somber state, merely watching children play while I sat alongside the building holding my bulging belly.

I still like sweet potatoes, but I will not eat yours -- in case you were wondering.

Getting back to our experience at the Fillmore Central Elementary School cafeteria, the food was very good and healthy, and the staff was excellent. We enjoyed the questions from all of the children. Our daughter appreciated our surprise visit that day, and we enjoyed the experience.

As we left, I told my wife, "Honey, don't .....
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Real Bites of Cafe Magpie

Sat, Jan 7th, 2012
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For those of you who live in Harmony, Mabel and Canton, a trip to Decorah probably a pretty common thing.

With me living up in Fountain, the big city I will typically run to for things you can't find in Fillmore County is usually Rochester.< ..... 
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Real Bites on Pedal Pushers Cafe

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
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No, I didn't miss a meal last week. For those of you who missed my Real Bites commentary, I'm back with a full belly.

In between meetings on a busy Tuesday, my wife and I scheduled to have a family sit-down dinner with Olivia and Landon at P ..... 
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Real Bites of On The Crunchy Side

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
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Last Thursday, after a long and busy day at the office, I contemplated getting a quick bite to eat along with co-worker Tyler Grundman, a lead developer with SMG Web Design. We both happened to be working late and apparently hungry.

So, with ..... 
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Real Bites of the Old Barn Resort

Tue, Jan 3rd, 2012
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During the summer of 2009, my wife and I decided to make our way down the Root River Trail on our bicycles hauling our two children in one of those two-seater bike trailers. We set our sights on cycling to Pedal Pushers for lunch, trekking 11.2 mile ..... 
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Real Bites at Riverside on the Root

Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012
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Last weekend, my dad came down from Rochester to our home in Fountain, staying overnight so we could get up early and cut slab wood we both purchased from Root River Hardwoods in Preston. That wood had been sitting in the backyard since November of ..... 
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Real Bites of the Bent Wrench

Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012
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For those of you thinking I have gone on a hunger strike because you haven't seen a Real Bites column for a couple weeks, please be aware that I have still maintained my optimal calorie intake throughout the Christmas holiday family gatherings.
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