Sunday, April 23, 2017
What's For Breakfast
While eating breakfast this morning I got to thinking about the breakfasts we had eaten in Japan. Our hotel, the Richmond, included a buffet breakfast each morning and it was quite a spread, we were looking forward to trying it out as we had opted for room and breakfast.
Our daughter had warned us that we'd find the Japanese idea of breakfast foods very different from Western breakfasts. Well it was and it wasn't. There was rice, soup, macaroni and cheese, stewed veggies, salad, fish, bacon, sausage and eggs- though the eggs were scrambled, which I normally prefer, they were very runny and I just can't eat runny eggs-several kinds I bread-I opted for sliced baguettes that I warmed in a toaster oven and 2 kinds of cereal. Coffee, tea and fresh juice was available too. There were other items I just wasn't familiar with, but picky eater than I am I had toast, coffee, orange juice and cereal. Had a salad one morning and it was good, but it just seemed too strange to be eating it for breakfast. Mac had fish a couple of times, but generally stuck to bacon or sausage and eggs. Their eggs are so much fresher than ours, you can tell by the bright orange yolk.
I had one salad while we were staying n Hiroshima and we had breakfast in a cafe , but that's because I was really missing salads, we normally have one every day at home. It was hard to find salads on the menu for lunch and dinner, but nearly every breakfast menu had salad.. That morning I had a salad, our daughter had an oyster brioche--she said it the best she'd ever tasted-- and Mac had a rather hot dog like sausage and we talked about the different things people eat for breakfast.
At home we strictly have coffee, toast and orange juice unless we go out to breakfast. Our daughter says she has an energy bar. I've been known to nibble at left over pizza, but that's about as much pasta as I've ever had for breakfast. I know that when we lived in Germany coffee and brotchen were the standard breakfast. When we visit England a full English breakfast was always available. Around the Med--Italy, Greece, Spain-- fruit was always available for breakfast. What's your usual breakfast?
What the Japanese offer for breakfast certainly makes for a hardy meal, but for me it would take some getting use to.
I borrowed these photos from the hotel website as I didn't think to take photos at breakfast.