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Norwegian Daycare Feeds Kids Veal, Foie Gras, And The Envious Tears Of American Parents

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baby-foodieDo you think I could pass for a 3-year-old? Because I’ve gone over the numbers, and my life would be significantly improved if I could just enroll myself in Norwegian daycare.

According to Bloomberg, there is an Oslo daycare center serving king crab, Kobe beef, veal with foie gras sauce, and mussels to children aged 1-6, and the kids love it. The daycare serves about 100 children, and it has a staff chef who cooks them three gourmet meals a day.

“My goal was to serve good and healthy food,” said Tommy Haabestad, who helped found the Eventrystua, or “Fairy Tale Cabin” daycare center. “They love it. It’s amazing — they serve themselves and pick what they want.”

Parents were reportedly initially skeptical of the idea. Kids have notoriously picky palates, and a lot of people thought it was a ridiculous idea to try to serve them things like mussels in garlic sauce. Surely the kids would eat nothing and all those fancy, gourmet ingredients would go to waste. But while some kids were reticent about eating the weird stuff at first, they came around quickly.

“Once we served mussels and the first day, when meal time was over, there were a lot of leftovers,” Haabestad said. “But by the second time, even fewer leftovers and by the third time we served mussels, there was nothing left.”

As if the gourmet menus weren’t envy-inducing enough, The Fairy Tale Cabin is a private daycare center that costs just $378 a month plus $116 a month for the food, bringing the total to about $494/month. Haabestad says the fancy food costs about $5.50 per day per child, and the kids get three meals. The costs are comparatively low because daycares in Norway — even private ones like this — are subsidized by the government. Public daycares are priced based on income and parents pay between $152 and $394 per month.

Those are some lucky, lucky kids to be eating king crab legs while they finger paint. And a side effect of the gourmet daycare fare is that it is turning the kids into mussel-demanding foodies more sophisticated eaters at home.

“One mother told us that she was serving her kids fish soup at home, and the kids asked ‘Where are the mussels?’” Haabestad said.

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