実践ビジネス英語 2020/5/14 (5) Reducing Food Waste 2-食品ロスを減らす





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In the current vignette, Ueda Shota notes that huge restaurant portions are a main reason for food waste in the U.S. It’s true that the large portion sizes often baffle visitors from abroad, as meals are substantially smaller in Japan and other countries. It seems like everything about America is big and bold, and Americans tend to think the bigger the better. 「大きければ大きいほどいい」
baffle 困惑、当惑させる、戸惑わせる
That’s true. We took a family trip to Hawaii in January this year, and once again I was startled to see how much food is put on your plate in the United States. Like this pasta dish with shrimp and cream sauce I had one night. It was delicious, but half the size would have been plenty. And it’s not just in restaurants. We went to a supermarket there to pick up milk and soda and such, and I found myself gaping at the enormous sheet cakes in the dessert section. Not to mention these big plastic containers of like 12 cupcakes!
be startled 驚く、びっくりする
gape at (驚きなどで)ぼう然として「あっけにとられて、ぽかんと口を開けて]…を見る
To make up for the legendarily large portions in its restaurants, however, America does have the concept of doggy bags. When served a meal big enough for two, many Americans ask for a doggy bag to take their leftovers home. Portion sizes are generally more manageable overseas, so doggy bags have never really been common in other major markets, except China.

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