Breakfast Around the World
|Apparently it wasn’t a
medical person who said that ‘breakfast was the most important meal of
the day. It was in Franz Kafka’s 1815 book Metamorphosis . The words
themselves came from breaking the fast and even today, the medical world
has different interpretations of the need for breakfast. I personally
joke that I am on a one meal a day diet. I start in the morning and eat
all day. That may sound funny but some people are always hungry and
weight is a universal concern.
As one travels you get the idea that it’s a different
menu in many countries. I was raised in Canada. Danish & coffee.
Here toast, coffee and juice are
the choice of most. But with people moving around from place to place,
one can find other country’s choices here a home. Here in North America
we can find Asian. Australian, English and even Scottish breakfasts.
My local favorite is
toast, coffee, the occasional egg ( done in any of a dozen ways). I
never got used to meat in the morning so I skip the bacon and aside from
the occasional smoked salmon on a bagel, I omit fish. But in the
restaurants where I hang out, waffles, French toast and pancakes rule
the roost. Of course, I gravitate to all of these delicacies since Maple
syrup or Corn Starch gives me my sugar high.
Salt is something I stay away from.
I never add salt to food.
As for cereals, I usually eat them
as a snack at the end of the day. They have good properties and were
important during the war when bacon and eggs were rationed.
Jewish style bread…in Paris
|On my travels I’m
discovered the pros and cons of my habits.
France does it all. A croissant and
coffee is the answer. For my wife it’s baguette (French bread). Most
restaurants give you one piece of baguette and one croissant with either
butter or jam. I take the two croissants and jam. My wife takes both
pieces of baguette with the butter. It’s the perfect marriage.
In Scotland I passed up the chance
of tasting haggis. My, wife, on the other hand, ordered it gladly and
devoured it even though the waiter poured a few ounces of scotch on top.
Breakfast restaurants in New
Zealand were unheard of until the 1990s. Their favorite is porridge with
brown sugar, which, I imagine, they ate at home. But all that has
The typical full English breakfast
goes back to Victorian times and includes eggs (fried, scrambled,
boiled or poached) sausages, fish, sheep’s kidneys, mushrooms tomatoes
(cooked) fried bread, pudding of some sort and their special muffins and
marmalade. A common sight was fried potatoes and left over vegetables.
Its one of the few countries, where I couldn’t get used to my morning
|The Greeks have their own habits.
They enjoy pastry, tyropita, spanakopita or bougasta…not to forget their
Greek coffee or Frappe with fresh bread and butter or yoghurt.
In Denmark breakfast consists of
cereals, bread or bread rolls, cheeses, fruit, skimmed milk ,tea or
I was disappointed and shocked to
be served plain loose yoghurt at a hotel in Istanbul. You have to ask
for toast and coffee. Thankfully, in India they offered us a buffet of
Indian delicacies and another of typical American dishes. They even had
chefs who made your eggs to order as you liked them/
In Cuba we had ‘café con leche’
(coffee and milk) which they tried to embellish by a pinch of salt. It
was not for me. Toasted bread cut in long slices and dipped into the
coffee suited me well. I passed on the roast pork, beans and white rice.
We recently returned from Mexico. I
rarely ate breakfast in a restaurant, unless it was pancakes and syrup.
Hold the beans, cheese and tortillas.
I felt quite at home in
Russia. There I ate pancakes fried and crispy on the edge which I covered with
honey and fresh berries. I can always swap coffee for tea. But then again, I am
of Russian origin and we’re all creatures of habit.
The coffee break is a
perfect time to get the muffin and coffee we didn’t have before work…and
speaking of coffee, my move to Vancouver has shown me a city where there’s a
coffee shop and most intersections downtown and young and old walk around with
insulated cups of coffee of every description. Coffee, at all times of the day
Now as I reach a ripe old
age and find myself on the pacific coast, I frequent a restaurant chain that
specializes in morning food. It’s called De Dutch. No, that’s not a spelling
error. In De store, you can have De eggs, De pancakes and De coffee early in DE
morning or until de middle of de afternoon.
They even sell coffee
mugs with the name DE DUTCH printed on the side. I bought one for a Dutch
There are these quaint
eateries in all areas of the city. My favorite is only a few blocks from where I
now live. Go to 1725 Robson Street for a great meal. It’s a “PANKOEK” house ad
they have sachets of DE SUGAR. I ordered a walnut and banana pancake…DE-licious…
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Over the past few years, Professor
Greenberg has traveled with groups to France, Italy, Spain, Greece,
Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and both Sorrento and the Bay of
Naples plus most of Sicily. His tours traveled to the far reaches of the
globe including Italy and most of
China (Beijing -Hong Kong) and to Russia where his group cruised the waters
from St.Petersburg to Moscow.
"He took a group to Greece and another to northern
Russia. In Nov 07 he took a tour group to much of India and ended his tour
groups by revisiting France. He now travels with his wife and friends. They
winter in Argentina or San Miguel Mexico. His newly found spare time
is taken up with his painting and writing. "I must write every day." His
current work is a cautionary manual for would-be tour leaders.. "So
You Want To Be A Tour Leader."
Arnie now travels with friends. He continues writing
Travel articles about unusual places but often concentrates on novel
writing. Two books based on French Art will be published this year.
Keep reading his web for travel ideas. His next
novel HELLSTORM'S Folly,
will be available this fall. He now
lives in British Columbia.
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