Eating Breakfast Around The World
Travelling has always been a passion of mine and discovering new cultures sounds like an adventure to me especially when it involves breakfast. No matter where we find ourselves on this journey called life, we need to embrace our surroundings and what it has to offer. Whenever I visit a new place, I always try and eat what the locals do. Trust me to hunt down the food stalls on the corner street. Even in rural places, modernization cannot always be avoided and I am not sure if it should be. Eating food that you love is important, but so is continuing with traditions and cultural norms. Combining the two world should not be complicated. There are many countries around the world that have specific options for breakfast and it is enjoyed and loved. I remember being faced with plates of food that I did not always understand, but the flavors never disappoint. Just because something does not seem appealing or different to you at first, does not mean that you won’t like it. We are also becoming more health conscious and thus opt out of having rich breakfasts. What I learned through this research process is that no matter how modernized we become, there are still foods that reminds us of home.
I don’t doubt for one moment that Mexicans take their food seriously and have some of the most delicious traditional meals. When I visited Mexico as a child, there were a few foods we just had to have before returning back home. Enchiladas were one of these and honestly, ther
e is just something special about the ones we had there. One of the most popular breakfast options in Mexico is Chilaquiles. If I had to explain it to someone, I would say it is an enchilada with eggs. Corn tortillas are cut up, sprinkled with cheese, chilies, salsa and an egg. It is popular because it includes all the traditional flavors connected to Mexico.
In Columbia you can find a variety of flavors. Between the sweet and salty dishes, it can be hard to choose one option. Colombians are passionate about their culture and would waste no time in feeding you their traditional meals. The most traditional breakfast inn this region is Changua. This dish is a milk soup that consists of milk, eggs, coriander and scallions. It is traditionally eaten with a piece of bread called “calado”. It is purposefully used to dip into the soup, which softens the bread. This dish is synonymous with the Chibcha people, who were an indigenous group in the Cundinamarca region
When it comes to food in Italy, there is no doubt that some of the best dishes are created here. There is something about Italy that inspires me to cook better and enjoy the meals I prepare. I have learned to slow down and give the flavors a chance to tell me their stories. Moving away from the world, Italy is not really into having savoury breakfasts. You can commonly find a sweet treat as breakfast options here. A Cornetto, which is a croissant that is much smaller than the huge French croissant. It is light, fluffy and is served with an orange glaze. This will of course be enjoyed with an espresso, cappuccino or caffe latte.
The Catalan region in Spain is famous for a lot of delicious and traditional dishes. One of the most common breakfast options here is called Pan a la Catalina. It’s a slice of bread rubbed with garlic and topped with tomato relish and olive oil. As simple as this sounds, I can see why it is popular. The flavors go well together and it has been standing the test of time as one of the best breakfasts to have in Spain.
America has a lot of breakfast options that are often consumed. They enjoy French toast, pancakes but one stands out. Bring on the bacon, eggs and hash browns. This is what a typical American breakfast is, but a lot of people are becoming more health conscious. There is nothing wrong with this breakfast option, but Americans are coming up with healthier options day by day. This country is diverse, so what might seem typical for one family is not always the same for the next.
Often a breakfast in Germany does not require any time spent in front of the stove. A meat and cheese platter with some delicious break would be more of an option here. The platter also includes jams and various spreads. It’s like a breakfast buffet that you can easily grab on your way out the door.
An Irish breakfast is typically very close to the option you’d have in the UK as well as Scotland. It is one of those classic options consisting of eggs, baked beans, sausages with some tomato and mushrooms. Often times you they will add some black pudding with a slice of soda bread. It’s a hearty breakfast that will sustain you until your next meal.
One of the most controversial ingredients in the world has to be vegemite. Well, Australians seem to love it so much
that they slather it on a slice of toast for breakfast. This is a yeast extract spread that has a salty taste to it and is one of Australians’ favorites. Some people from other countries who have tried vegemite does not understand the popularity of it, but it has been around since 1923, so it is here to stay.
Our taste buds crave different meals based on location. Of course, this can have to do with what we grow up eating as kids, but I believe it goes deeper than that. There are days when I miss the simple meals my mom would make, even when I have an extravagant dish as an option. Food creates memories and it is those memories that often times define our taste buds and cravings. What are some of your favorite cuisines from around the world?