With back-to-school season fast approaching, it's that time of year when we get nostalgic about all the cool things we miss about being a kid — but also dredge up the most embarrassing moments that we'll never live down.
Believe it or not, some of the most mortifying memories involve lunch time — especially when you grow up in an immigrant family with strong culinary identities and a weak understanding of what a 'Canadian' lunchbox should look like. And let's be real, kids can be pretty mean!
So instead of the usual peanut butter and jelly, bologna and tuna sandwiches, some of us had to secretly eat our couscous, beef tongue and curry roti wraps. Try trading those in the lunchroom.
But to be fair, our parents really did know best...well, most of the time that is. Now that we're all grown up, we'd much rather munch on homemade international fare than white bread with processed cheese and packaged meat.
We also wonder if that's changed for kids these days, but in the meantime, we asked our readers and fellow HuffPost editors to share their most unusual and memorable school lunches.
Not only did we find an impressive multicultural mix of delicacies, but we also learned that it wasn't just the immigrants who had the strangest stories. Parents born and raised in Canada also like to experiment with 'eclectic' combinations.
Also, there is nothing sacred about PB & J. See what we're talking about here: