Name Your Favorite Breakfast Abroad!

Apr 22nd, 2006, 03:14 AM
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my previous submission that involved a particular street food in taipei should be amended...i forgot about the burnet road breakfast burrito at the taco shack in austin, texas. enjoyed it every saturday morning during my short time working austin.

funny that probably the only time i have ever had bacon smothered in syrup served to me was this past weekend at a b&b on the north coast of devon, england.

i do enjoy a good engish fry up as much as anyone but the "authentic" version is not unique enough in a worldwide context to merit a mention. there's nothing to it really and the contents of it are popular around the world in breakfast buffets of generic hotels.

the growing interest in british farm products by the foodie set has lead to some more interesting nouveau fry ups using more traditional things and higher quality produce that would never be found in a "real" working man's fry up.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 03:48 AM
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Ah the breakfast of my youth (in the English Midlands) that's the ticket. Porridge (eaten standing up) followed by eggs, sausage, bacon, black pudding, fried tomatoes, fried bread and beans washed down with tea laced with a bit of whiskey to ward off the chill.

Now that I live in Texas I've come to appreciate the American South's equivalent consisting of either frazzled country ham, sausage patties or crisp fried salt pork, fried eggs, fried green tomatoes, grits, and biscuits with either sausage or red eye gravy and a cup of coffee sweetened with molasses and a shot of bourbon.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 03:48 AM
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Scandinavian breakfast. It has a lot of good things: fish, cheeses, good bread, cakes, salami, beacon, eggs, etc.

Is more reach than Israelian breakfast, because it includes also meat.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 03:54 AM
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Another vote for Scottish breakfast. Haggis, black pudding, etc...
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 04:07 AM
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My favorite would be the breakfast buffets at hotels in the German-speaking countries (heavy black breads, Kaisersemmel, wurst, cheese, butter, jams, soft-boiled eggs, strong coffee) simple and tasty. I don't need a big lunch after all that.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 07:10 AM
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irish breakfast- just give me the butter...
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 07:18 AM
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the super-hard bread with butter in a french cafe with coffee so strong it only takes one cup for the whole day.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 07:25 AM
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Have no idea what CS eats for breakfast or any other meal, but apparently his diet is too high in acid.

My favorite everyday breakfast is a fresh croissant and pain au chocolat, coffee (in a bowl, not a mug) and fresh squeezed orange juice from my local Pain Quotidien. With my cocker under the table and a good book or magazine to read, a great way to start the day.

My favorite "big" breakfast is at the Grand Hotel in Vienna because you get two options at the buffet: blowout German/Austrian breakfast with pastries, eggs, meat, cheese, bread (and a choice of four kinds of butter), fruit AND Japanese breakfast--rice, miso soup, those little Japanese rectangular omelets, salmon. I do Austrian one day, Japanese the next.

When I'm visiting friends and family back in the U.S., plain old Cheerios--you can't get REAL Cheerios in Europe--only the multi-flavored variety. Or perhaps a really good bagel if I'm in the Philly area. Occasionally plain old eggs with bacon, preferably Boars Head brand, once in a great while the apple cinnamon French toast from the Dutch Eating Place at Reading Terminal--and I NEVER, EVER pour maple syrup on bacon and I don't know ANYONE who does.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 07:34 AM
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Breakfast at a small, inexpensive hotel (bathroom down the hall) in Rotterdam eons ago when I was working in Paris and traveling on the cheap as often as I could.

We brought food for snacks with us but our main meal of the day was the included breakfast buffet -- eggs, a variety of meats and cheeses and breads. Juice, fresh fruit and coffee or tea. It kept us going until dinner, which was often a bowl of hearty soup and bread.

We stayed at a lot of hotels, climbed a lot stairs, walked down many halls to bathrooms in Germany, Austria and Italy, but that's the breakfast I still remember.

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Apr 22nd, 2006, 07:42 AM
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I LOVE breakfast on Europe trips because I give myself carte blanche to have sweet bread products. ;-)

Favorite specific breakfast I remember: having a cafe creme and a pepito (brioche filled with chocolate chips) at a wee table outside a patisserie on the corner of Rue de la Harpe and Rue de la Huchette. With a friendly cafe cat as my companion. It was one of those moments of irrational yet sublime happiness, no doubt induced by sugar high.

I LOVE Greek apricot juice. The stuff you get here in the US just isn't the same. And Greek honey on a roll.

Syrup on bacon? People do that? But what I can I say, I'll eat grits, y'all. ;-)
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Apr 24th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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This thread asked a long time ago what "pain perdu" translated as...yes, it is French toast, but it actually means "lost bread" is a way of revitializing french bread that would otherwise have to be thrown out. Now, my husband, who is Irish, believes it is a travesty to pour syrup on French toast-he only wants salt and accounting for taste!
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Apr 24th, 2006, 10:38 AM
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I love the soft buttery chocolate croissants served at Austrian and Bavarian bakeries. Serve it with a wonderful cappuccino and I'm in heaven...

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Apr 24th, 2006, 10:39 AM
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Grits, to me, are like manna. I think they get a bad rap due to lack of adequate salting/seasoning...

I love grits........and I will even ok it if you eat grits with butter and sugar....though that is not perhaps the favorite way to eat them.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 10:40 AM
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Oh, and I too love the orange juice in Italy! My husband ordered an orange juice at a small cafe in Rome on our last trip, a few weeks ago, and it came out almost red. He thought he got the wrong drink, and turned his nose up to it, but one drink and he was hooked. Delicious! He ordered orange juice every morning in Italy from then on out!

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Apr 24th, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Easy--a proper French croissant with apricot confiture and a thé au lait. For my husband, a pain au chocolat and hot chocolate. A soft-boiled egg is a nice addition where available, and of course fresh OJ.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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I love the breakfasts in Norwegian hotels---good whole-grain bread with cured salmon, wonderful fresh butter, and slices of swset red bell pepper (capsicum).
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Apr 24th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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Did anyone else notice that eggs taste a bit different in London? Or could it be the oil they are cooked in?
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Apr 24th, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Did you like the eggs in London more or less than what you find at home?

The taste of eggs varies mainly according to what the hens have been fed. (I used to raise my own hens so I could get the best-tasting ones possible---lots of garden greens helps.) I don't know how hens in the EU are fed; it would be interesting to find out. In the US, since I no longer raise my own, I prefer the taste of the (more expensive) eggs from cage-free hens.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 11:53 AM
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In Europe, chickens can be either free range or battery kept. The eggs have be marked as such. In some cases, the breed of the layers may be noted on the egg crates as well.
Now that bird flu is slowly but inexorably creeping across Europe, some areas are forcing farmers to keep their free range poultry inside but of course these farmers are providing much better conditions than battery chicken farmers.
We love eggs from free range hens in Germany and Austria, served scrambled with fresh chives and alpine butter.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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Enzian--I did not like the eggs I had in London....For one, I think they were a bit too oily, and they left a lingering aftertaste. Yuck!
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