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8 Typical Breakfasts Around the World

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1. United States

To many, bacon and eggs is the quintessential American breakfast. But it wasn’t always this way — even just a century ago, the average American usually had something simple like toast and coffee. So what caused the change? Well, you can thank Edward Bernays, the father of public relations and Sigmund Freud’s nephew, for that. Bernays, greatly influenced by the work of his famous uncle, was hired by a bacon manufacturer to boost sales. Doctors that he surveyed said that hearty breakfasts were the way to go, so Bernays began promoting bacon and eggs as the all-American breakfast. His campaign, it seems, was quite successful!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:05AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

I miss a traditional Jordanian breakfast: a bowl of hot fuul (boiled broad/fava beans mashed with lemon juice, olive oil and chopped chillis), mopped up with fresh-baked khubez (flat bread). Hummus, a cold dip of boiled chickpeas blended with lemon juice, garlic, sesame and olive oil, is lighter. Also savoury pastries, including khubez bayd (a kind of small egg pizza) and bite-sized pastry triangles (ftayer) filled with cheese (jibneh), spinach (sabanekh), potato (batata) or meat (lahmeh). Larger bakeries also have chunky breadsticks, sesame-seed bread rings (kaak), thick slabs of crunchy toast (garshella) and rough brown bread (khubez baladi). Along with some olives (zaytoon) and runny yoghurt (laban) or creamy yoghurt (labneh). (Taken from Rough Guide to Jordan)

3:48PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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8:26AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:59AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

over here in the uk, breakfast can consist of toast and preserves/butter etc, beans/egg/cheese on toast, cereal, a 'full english' or leftovers from last night's dinner!

1:34AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Nice insight into what others eat. I'm indian and we do eat a lot of rice based breakfasts. I love Idlis which are steamed rice flour cakes (just a touch of salt, no sugar) and are eaten with fresh chutneys made of grams or nuts with fresh herbs, chilli and garlic. Other popular breakfast dishes made of rice are Dosa - a savoury crepe again served with chutneys; beaten rice or puffed rice cooked with onions, chillies, herbs.

2:15PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

skip the bacon!

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

A variety of colourful and tasty breakfast choices offered, have tried almost anything for breakfast from a combination of fruits, hummus and crackers, chicken, steak with veggies, eggs, cheese, bagels, hearty home made soup, grains to name but a few. Fascinating exotic items from abroad!

Breakfast is what suits you but hopefully one has time to prepare it as it is a very important meal which fuels you til lunch. Sometimes for those on the go it means preparing it the night before instead of rushing out the door with next to nothing or even worse, nothing.

There could have been several photos on the same page but I guess the more pages brings in more advertising. For some the wait for things to load gets bothersome especially when it is over five pages.

12:56PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

costa rican breakfast looks the best!

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