In Italy I ate cookies for breakfast, and it was considered totally normal! In the U.S. it would be a guilty pleasure (especially because our cookies are much sweeter than Italian ones!). Breakfast is usually hearty and savory, with the exception of some sweet pastries like cinnamon rolls, muffins and doughnuts.
Italians prefer a sweet breakfast, like a cornetto (croissant), or fette biscottate (like crunchy pre-toasted bread :D) with jam.
The traditional American breakfast is usually eggs, bacon or sausage, and pancakes or waffles. It’s a bit heavy, but we don’t eat this everyday! I only make this typical American breakfast if I have guests over on the weekend, or if I go out to a restaurant for breakfast. On most days, my favorite breakfast is avocado toast – just ask Bear, I eat it almost every day! (On my last visit to Italy, I just discovered toast is something completely different in Italian! I’ll have Bear write a post about it).
On my family trip to Italy last year, I thought it was hilarious that our hotel in Pompeii served an American breakfast, complete with hot dogs (which we don’t eat for breakfast!)
And American style coffee, or an “Americano” as you would say in Italian. I find it funny that Bear loves American coffee, especially because I prefer Italian espresso. I almost brought him a Mr. Coffee, the classic American drip coffee maker, that is until I remembered that he wouldn’t be able to plug it in…..(blonde!). Just one more reason to come to America, Bear!
If you’re like Bear though, you might not eat breakfast at all! I don’t know how he does this…because I’d be super HANGRY! (Hungry + angry).
You can look forward to these upcoming breakfast recipes on our blog…in which I, Goldilocks, make homemade American recipes and convert them to the metric system for our Italian readers…
- American pancakes
- Italian toast (not breakfast) vs. American toast (breakfast)
- Cinnamon rolls (Bear’s favorite! even though he doesn’t usually like sweets!)
- Breakfast burritos
- Breakfast sandwiches (like an Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s…but better!)
- Eggs Benedict
….and much more!
Questions for our readers: What’s your typical breakfast? Which do you prefer? A salty or a sweet breakfast? Do you eat something light for breakfast (or nothing at all) or a big breakfast?