I’ve written about breakfast. I’ve shared my love of a bowl of cereal and fruit. But, when I travel, breakfast is a whole other matter.
Breakfast in Italy, as I learned recently, depends on where you are and who stays at the hotel where you are staying. If the hotel is primarily frequented by British travelers, for example, the breakfast options tend to include sausage … and maybe even baked beans since that is a “full English breakfast” staple. But for the average vacationer in Europe, the breakfast buffet almost always has some sliced meats, fresh breads, a wide selection of pastries and fresh fruit.
Sometimes, you can get cereal on the buffet, especially a muesli-type of cereal, but be aware that the milk isn’t super cold.
I was surprised that everywhere we went there was some sort of egg choice. At one hotel, a chafing dish offered up steaming cheese and spinach scrambled eggs. The challenge was what to do with the bowl of eggs still in the shell … were they hard boiled or ready to be placed in some sort of cooker for soft boiled? The staff was super helpful to point out how to use the cooker if the bowl contained raw eggs.
Our final stop was a small inn where breakfast was mostly served to you at a table … a basket of bread, a plate of cake or pie slices and fruit. A choice of hard boiled eggs and meats was available on a small table if you wanted them. Yogurt was set out on every table with a selection of jellies for your bread.
The best part, though, of every single breakfast in Italy is the perfectly made cappuccino! No matter where we went, no matter what else was available, you could always get an incredible cappuccino. At one point I wondered if they teach cappuccino making in school. A cautionary note, though, cappuccino is a breakfast drink in Italy. No self respecting Italian would ever drink cappuccino after 10:30 in the morning. The daytime beverage is an espresso … and is somehow also perfect every single time!
We’ve been home for about a week now and I am still craving that perfect cappuccino in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for my morning coffee, but those froth-topped cups of deliciousness bring me a lot of joy.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Kick off your day with a healthy breakfast.
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