One of my favorite parts of traveling, hands down, is trying new foods.
It's such a rewarding (and delicious) way to experience an unfamiliar culture. What could be a more authentic than eating the same foods as the locals? It also makes immediately clear just how different two cultures can be.
When I visited Korea, for example, I was surprised to find there are no real breakfast foods; people eat the same types of foods as they do for lunch and dinner. Whereas when I lived in France, I had a hunk of baguette with jam or a croissant and an espresso almost every day.
Check out these breakfasts from around the world, photos courtesy of Sonicboom. How people choose to start their days might surprise you!
Let's start in a place I assume is familiar to most of you: the USA! For us, a traditional American breakfast might consist of a hearty stack of pancakes and some bacon. But to be truthful, I only eat those on the weekends. Usually, I like a piece of fruit, a smoothie, or a bowl of cold cereal with milk. :)
Facturas, a typical Argentinian pasty, with a hot cup of Mate (see next photo), a caffeinated tea made from dried yerba mate leaves, traditionally served in a hollow gourd and sipped through a metal straw.
These are saltenas, traditional Bolivian pastries stuffed with meat and vegetables and lightly sweetened with sugar (interesting combination...). They're a bit like empanadas.
Brazilians will have a selection of meats, cheeses, and bread. Yum!
In Canada, I'm told, one traditional breakfast option is pierogies, dumplings stuffed with pototoes, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Served with sausage and toast. Any Canadians around to confirm this?
Like Korea, China doesn't have food that's specifically for breakfast. You might have some noodles, meat, and fried vegetables in a sticky sauce.
Special Cuban bread is buttered and cut to just the right size for dipping into a strong coffee, lightly sweetened and flavored with a pinch of salt. Interesting! I'll have to try salting my coffee someday...
A common breakfast choice is Ful Medames, made with fava beans, chickpeas, garlic and lemon. Here it is topped with olive oil, cayenne, tahini sauce, a hard boiled egg, and some diced green veggies. That actually looks amazing... not for breakfast for me, maybe, but it'd make a great lunch!
The traditional "full English" breakfast is pictured above. It consists of sausages, bacon, eggs, grilled tomato, mushrooms, bread, black pudding and baked beans. Oh, and a cup of tea. Obviously.
A local favorite is cheese curds on wheat bread. I could get down with that!
A piece of baguette or brioche with jam is pretty common. You might also have a croissant or pain au chocolate and an espresso or a café au lait. This one I can confirm myself! :D
Okay, well that's all the time I have for Part 1! I'll make Part 2 soon. Comment below if you'd like to be tagged in the exciting conclusion :)