BEST EVER: Breakfast Around The World
As a part of our ongoing BEST EVER series we’d like to share some of the amazing breakfasts we’ve had around the world. Keep in mind that this is just a sampling. We’d love to know where you’ve had your favorite breakfasts so feel free to share in the comments below!
Without further adieu, in no particular order the…
BEST EVER Breakfast Around the World
Breakfast at the Pand Hotel in Bruges, Belgium. This breakfast was perfect. The ambiance delightful. Every single item on the menu was spectacular. The service was impeccable. And, a glass of champagne to pair with my custom created omelette added just the perfect touch.
Every year we visit the Los Angeles area for the holidays and every year we have Christmas Day breakfast at Mort’s Deli in Tarzana, California. Their lox are fresh and delicious and come with the fantastic bagels from Bea’s Bakery right next store. Loyal customers drive miles and miles to come here. We get it. What’s not to like?
Sometimes you just don’t want meat at breakfast and this veggie omelette at Dahlia’s in Oak Park, Illinois served on potato pancakes is the perfect alternative. Deliciously fresh and fully satisfying, this breakfast lets you save the bacon for another day.
If you like something with a little bit of sweetness congee or porridge is just the ticket. We had this delicious bowl in a roadside restaurant in Beijing, China on the way to the Great Wall. It came with a little brown sugar, sesame seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Simple, natural and filling, you can find a versatile boiled rice form of congee served all over Asia available for breakfast, as a side dish, with hefty condiments for a meal or even for dessert.
We think the best are in France, but anywhere in the world you can get a delicious, flaky, buttery pain au chocolat is where you’ll find us. These are some of our favorites from Gérard Mulot in the Saint-Germain-Prés area of Paris.
This is one of my latest new favorite breakfasts. A delicate crepe filled with Hickory Smoked Ham, Saxony Alpine Cheese, Housemade Pickles, Dijonnaise and topped with two poached eggs. These flavors are so well balanced I ate every single bite. I wanted to take a bottle of the housemade pickles home – so delicious. The other breakfast dishes we saw all looked amazing at Storyhill BKC. This is a “must eat at” place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The beautiful scenery of the St. Lawrence River going by provides great pleasure when traveling by luxury train from Quebec City to Charlevoix, Canada. But including a gourmet breakfast designed by world renown chef Patrick Turcot, Executive Chef of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu makes a ride on Le Train Du Massif de Charlevoix a breakfast experience not to be missed.
The Big Apple is full of terrific eating possibilities but to get your day off to a great start find a handmade bagel sandwich with your choice of bacon, ham or sausage, egg and cheese at any of the large delis and bodegas. Affectionately known as a “bagel bomb,” one of these babies will keep you full well into lunchtime.
Whether you’re eating breakfast or brunch don’t miss the chance to try to galette if you’re in the North of France, especially in Normandy. A galette is like a thicker, rustic cousin to the more delicate crepe. A cup of locally made hot apple cider, alcoholic or not makes a great pairing and a memorable way to start the day.
If I have to pick a hometown favorite breakfast treat it’s got to be Art Smith’s Table Fifty Two chicken and waffles. It’s my absolute favorite fried chicken in Chicago. Even Lady Gaga has favored Chef Art’s famous fried chicken. Next time you’re in town go try it out and let me know what you think.
Fresh homemade breakfast on a beautiful tropical island, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. At the Hermitage Plantation on the Island of Nevis in the Caribbean every breakfast was fresh, homemade and delicious. But their coconut pancakes still have us dreaming about their delicate sweet taste and deliciously crisp edges. They also make us miss those warm summer breezes and rum punch, reminding us that we have to go back to visit soon.
Now who’s hungry for breakfast? Share your favorite breakfasts around the world in the comments below.
QUICK BITE: We continue our BEST EVER series with Breakfast Around the World. Take a tour of some of the best dishes the morning has to offer around the globe.