The Best Breakfasts from Around the World
I’m a big fan of breakfast. It has the power to make or break the rest of your day. Generally, it has to be something different from other meals. I don’t understand the bread, cheese and cold cuts of continental Europe, that’s lunch! I wasn’t impressed in China when I went down for breakfast in a hotel to be presented with rice. Neither was I pleased in India when a hotel provided chips for breakfast. (Not sure what they were thinking?!) But less of the bad and more of the good. Here are my favourite breakfasts from around the world.
Ok I may be a little biased here, but I honestly think that Britain has the best breakfasts in the world. There’s nothing I love more than waking up to the smell of frying bacon. I’m salivating just thinking about it. A bacon butty (sandwich) with brown sauce is perfection. On the weekend it has to be a full English. Bacon, sausages, fried eggs, mushrooms, tomato, fried bread, hash browns, baked beans, black pudding… Heaven!
While staying in a riad (a traditional building surrounding a courtyard) in Marrakesh I would head up to the roof terrace in the morning for a breakfast of meloui. These are pancakes formed by rolling the dough up like a rug then flattening the coil into a circle to create a spiral design. Served with a syrup made of butter and honey, I enjoyed this tasty breakfast while admiring the views over the city.
My first introduction to churros was at an American theme park, fried dough strips covered in cinnamon, good but not great. Fast forward a few years and my Spanish teacher took me out to breakfast in Madrid and suggested ‘churros con chocolate’. Now these churros just had a sprinkling of sugar and were served with a thick hot chocolate, much better. However it wasn’t until I lived in Sevilla I discovered huge spirals of churro, cut into pieces softer and thicker than those I’d tried previously. These dipped into the chocolate are perfection!
My mornings in France usually started with a walk or cycle to the local bakery. I would open the door to be hit with the delicious smell of freshly baked bread. ‘Pain au chocolat’ are my guilty pleasure. You get the same flaky buttery pastry as a croissant but with a chocolate hit that is divine melted goodness. Say au revoir to the diet!
I used my trip to Canada as an opportunity to eat as much maple syrup as humanly possible. This would usually consist of half a bottle being poured over a stack of pancakes. And these pancakes are proper pancakes. Not paper-thin crepe style pancakes like I usually make at home. Think thick scotch pancakes, but much bigger. It certainly isn’t healthy but wow it tastes so good!