Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. After many hours of fasting, the body is ready for some oomph to get kick-started. I have to admit that when I’m at work, I hardly have a decent breakfast. Normally a cereal bar or a couple of biscuits when the bear’s awake in my tummy, which is usually around 10:30. BUT…but…but…holiday breakfasts – they’re a whole different story. What better way to wake up in the morning and know that you’re on ‘vacay’ and your whole being is relaxed and ready to go.

In the UK, we have what we call a ‘fry-up’, otherwise known as a typical full English breakfast, Scottish breakfast, Welsh breakfast or Irish breakfast. They consist mainly of numerous fried foods – egg, bacon, hash browns, sausage, black pudding, and accompanied with tomatoes, baked beans and toasts. Phwoarh!! If I had a dollar for every time I order a fry up and fail to finish the whole meal, I’d have enough to buy several more!

The English fry-up, with fried bread...heart attack!!

In Cornwall, UK: The English fry-up, with fried bread...heart attack!!

The Scottish version - with black pudding and haggis

Edinburgh: The Scottish version - with black pudding and haggis

In other European countries such as Italy or France, breakfast is simple fare. A pastry, bread roll or a breakfast panini. In formal terms, you’d call this a continental breakfast. It is also essential that you have a cup of coffee or tea. In Scandinavian countries, you’ll also get loads of cold meats and fish for breakfasts too. But I think I’ll stick to freshly cooked stuff, thanks.

Rome: Breakfast panini with thick italian hot choc

Rome: Breakfast panini with thick italian hot choc

France: Breakfast quiche anyone?

France: Breakfast quiche anyone?

Now, American breakfasts…I love. There’s a whole range of them from breakfast bagels, to pancakes, to heart-stopping corn beef hash or posh Eggs Benedict. There’s always something for everyone.

Posh eggs benedict, with hash browns and extra sausage...

New York: Posh eggs benedict with hash browns

Heart attack on a plate - Denny's breakfast in Toronto

Toronto: Heart attack on a plate - Denny's breakfast

Montreal - french influenced omelette

Montreal: French influenced omelette

Boston: Breakfast bagel and iced tea! <3

Boston: Breakfast bagel and iced tea!

New York again - blueberry buckwheat pancakes

New York: Blueberry buckwheat pancakes

Maine: Corn beef hash in a local diner

Maine: Corn beef hash in a local diner

Having now tried many breakfasts in different countries, the one thing I do crave for the most, is the simplest, humblest little breakfast of soft-boiled eggs and kaya (coconut jam) toast in Singapore. I like the combination of thinly sliced bread, toasted to perfection and the little slab of butter and generous spread of kaya. Dip that into gooey, soft boiled eggs….mmmmmmm….complete with a cup of steaming hot milk tea – double drool…

Singapore: Ya Kun Kaya Toast - Yummerz!

Singapore: Ya Kun Kaya Toast - Yummerz!

Maybe it’s time for another visit to Singapore?

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It's all about my gastronomical journeys, and sometimes an inedible thought or two. One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story This is my personal journey where I devote my attention to eating, cooking, experimenting and taking chances. Anything I come across with a droolfactor worth sharing, it's here. I hope you'll enjoy this journey with me.

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