Monday, October 13, 2014


I love breakfast. Not only for its food but because it's the first meal. Everything is still new, and you are hungry for all the right reasons. Unencumbered by distractions and armed with the knowledge that this will be your fuel to get the whole thing started in the first place, you go forth! 

I remember visiting Korea often as a kid and noticing that breakfast was just as diverse and savory as the other meals of the day. They don't make a distinction between breakfast food and lunch and dinner, so it is common to have the usual dishes of tofu or seaweed soup, rice and little side dishes of pickled vegetables, and sometimes fish or other meats, when you first wake up. 

I took a few weeks traveling Eastern Europe a year after college and loved taking note of how each place did breakfast. Pastries - elaborate pastries- definitely have their place, but I was more intrigued by breakfasts that included fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, olives, thick yogurt and a hearty chunk of bread. 

When I was studying abroad in England a few years after that, the breakfast that they served at the school there became something I looked forward to everyday: baked beans, cooked tomatoes, sausage or ham, a piece of toast and milky tea. 

I find pleasure in introducing different kinds of foods to Sloane, so most of these dishes are things that we have tried together for breakfast (or just in general). No surprise then, that I was so excited to look through this fascinating article over at the New York Times about what kids around the world eat for breakfast. The article highlights breakfast, but the piece is actually about how tastes and preferences are shaped by the culture around us.  I liked being able to see the food laid out for each country (and the photos of the kids are adorable, too) and it was further inspiration about how to approach my favorite meal of the day. I've included some photos from the article below, but you should click over there to see further details. 







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