Throughout our lives, from the time we are young children, we are told, and “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” “Be sure to eat a good breakfast every day.” But what is a good breakfast?
Bacon and eggs? Coffee and a croissant? Cheese, ham and bread? Porridge and pickled vegetables?
A recent article by InterNations, (http://www.internations.org/) a community for expats around the world published an article on just this topic. Titled “Forget Bacon: Breakfast Abroad”
The writer pointed out what many of us know well – that for the first meal of the day we often prefer something familiar. It’s not the time we’re most eager to explore the local cuisine in a new place.
If coffee is our drink we hope to find it in a familiar form. Even though you might find interesting local coffee in Turkey, Ethiopia or Mexico (with a bit o cinnamon) often North American travelers turn to Starbuck’s, if ones available, for that familiar taste.
As I’m about to head to a trip that will take me to Paris, Florence, Rome and London my thoughts about food are more focused on dinner than breakfast. But I will share that in Paris I love crepes for breakfast and that I am most looking forward to starting each day in Rome with the crusty, air filled rolls I can only find in there.
Sometime its’ good to explore a little even to start the day. Are you a strict traditionalist or an explorer first thing in the morning?