Now this...this is the kind of breakfast we eat in Wisconsin:
I don't actually know what that is, but a relative posted it on Facebook a while back, and I saved it with the caption "WTH Breakfast". There's definately some buttered toast there, and piece of pineapple slapped on a plate that's too small ("presentation" is something for only the finest restaurants in the U.S.). That looks like some kind of chunky gravy dumped over hashbrowns and diced ham. I would guess there's an egg under there somewhere, and probably onions.
It makes me giggle to imagine a German having breakfast at that place, choosing something unfamiliar from the menu to try something new and exotic, and getting served....that. It looks like it could be a compilation of what the previous four diners didn't eat.
Here's another typical American (Wisconsin, anyway) breakfast - one I ordered:
My friends had similar breakfasts - it's good hangover food (not that we were hung over!). Hash browns, eggs, bacon or sausage - or both, whatever - and buttered toast with jam, all squished onto a plate. Since there wasn't enough room, the toast is on top of the bacon, which is on top of the eggs.
So when Americans travel to Germany, book a room "with breakfast" in an economy hotel*, and wake up to find this...
|fresh fruit, fresh-baked rolls, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, yogurt, |
tomato and cucumber slices, juice,
and teeny-tiny plates
...they understandably stumble around in a confused daze looking for the "real" food.
"Where are the sweet rolls and donuts? Where are the pancakes? The scrambled eggs??"
"And for the love of God, where is the BACON?!"
"What are we supposed to do with cold cuts, cheese, and vegetables?!"
"No, seriously. We're having sandwiches for breakfast? I want hash browns."
"We call those Rösti. You can order those with dinner."
Andere Länder, andere Sitten, or different strokes for different folks... I can enjoy a good ol' Wisconsin breakfast during a visit, but I find the typical German breakfast more sensible.
*If you book at a more expensive hotel, such as the Mövenpick, you'll find a breakfast buffet to die for - hot food, cold food, fresh bread with every possible thing to put on it, bacon and sausages, and the sugary cereals and sweet rolls that Americans expect.
What do you like for breakfast when you travel? What about at home?