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Breadcrumbs Mar 4, 2011 04:18 PM

I overheard a discussion on the train this morning and was amazed at the varied answers. I'm still torn as to what mine is.

So...what's your "perfect breakfast"?

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    smtucker Mar 4, 2011 04:52 PM

    You know, the perfect breakfast is what I want that day. I will state however, that it is a savory meal for me. Don't care for sweet in the morning at all. So in general terms, my perfect breakfast is eggs, a carb like English muffins or toast, and a pork product.

    However, I almost never eat breakfast at breakfast time. More often it is lunch.

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      southern_expat Mar 4, 2011 05:39 PM

      I too hate sweets in the morning! Hard to keep the weight down with carbs, butter and cholesterol, but boy are they yummy!

      Assuming you mean 'perfect' in the sense of fabulousness - Eggs Benedict, traditional or any variation... Bacon instead of ham. Biscuits instead of English muffins. Fried green tomatoes on any layer. Spinach or asparagus in there somewhere. Constants are poached eggs and hollandaise - is there anything hollandaise doesn't make better?

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        meatn3 Mar 4, 2011 07:44 PM

        You must be reading my mind! Poached eggs + hollandaise is the constant, the rest can vary.

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          SonyBob Mar 4, 2011 08:09 PM

          Add a little creamed spinach, a couple of artichokes and a warm New Orleans morning, not too humid, maybe a little bubbly - eggs sardou. Yum.
          Bob

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            melpy Mar 13, 2011 06:16 PM

            I wanted Eggs Benedict so bad this morning...but I had some will power.

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            Breadcrumbs Mar 5, 2011 04:46 AM

            I agree, savoury vs sweet here as well!

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            ptrichmondmike Jul 4, 2011 05:46 PM

            A well-prepared Eggs Benedict is in fact the perfect breakfast, and nothing else comes close. I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood that has a little restaurant serving a great Eggs Benedict: Hidden City Cafe, Point Richmond, CA.

            And another local restaurant, Little Louie's, makes a corned beef hash and egg breakfast that is to die for -- the O'Leary I think it's called. Think big, luscious chunks of corned beef, fried up with salty, tender, wonderfully greasy and utterly delicious potatoes and topped by a couple of perfect eggs over medium...sheer indulgence. Who cares that I just shaved five years off me life?

            Mmmmmmm....not ME!

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            themags Mar 4, 2011 05:28 PM

            A pain au chocolat or almond croissant with some freshly squeezed orange juice and a crossword puzzle

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              NE_Elaine Mar 4, 2011 05:29 PM

              This is easy...

              French toast, apple compote, warm maple syrup and a grilled ham steak.

              I think I know what Sunday breakfast is going to be!

              1. curej Mar 4, 2011 05:34 PM

                Good corned beef hash with two poached eggs on top and good rye toast. Eggs have to be soft-cooked. Not gelatinous, but tender with runny yolks. Washed down with very good coffee. Something good to read and time to relax and enjoy the whole event....Ahhhhh, The corned beef hash at the Corner Kitchen in Asheville, NC handed me all of this a few weeks ago. It was a very good morning.

                1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 4, 2011 05:48 PM

                  i can't possibly choose just one - it varies from day to day, and even hour to hour!

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                    Breadcrumbs Mar 5, 2011 04:48 AM

                    I'm feeling the same way ghg, so many to choose from. Some days a "spicy" breakfast is perfect and others, its more about traditional faves. I still can't commit!

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                    LauraGrace Mar 4, 2011 05:57 PM

                    If sweet: a dutch baby with lemon and powdered sugar. Or an almond croissant. Or a cheese danish.

                    If savory: biscuits and gravy. Or maybe bacon and eggs and toast. Or really beautiful soft scrambled eggs and toast. Or cheese grits and poached eggs. Or...

                    Dammit.

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                      mjhals Mar 19, 2011 05:50 AM

                      I've loved Dutch babies since I was a kid- and so easy to make. It's a great indulgent-perfect breakfast. For my everyday-perfect breakfast I like plain scrambled eggs (one whole egg + 3 egg whites) with lots of siracha sauce. Somehow, I never get sick of this.

                    2. srsone Mar 4, 2011 06:26 PM

                      i think there is no "perfect breakfast"
                      there is what you like and what i like and whatever any body else likes..
                      this could be anything from biscuits and gravy..to scrambled eggs(and ketchup on the eggs) with bacon or sausage..
                      crispy corned beef hash with ketchup on it...
                      french toast...
                      a belgian waffle..
                      sometimes just some melon
                      a bowl of peanut butter capn crunch or grape nuts...frosted flakes..
                      cream of wheat with butter and sugar
                      a cinnamon raisin bagel with butter ..
                      an onion bagel with butter and cheese...
                      an english muffin with butter on one side and peanut butter on the other
                      my dad used to make a sandwich with toast,butter,peanut butter and a slice of cheese in the middle...
                      pancakes...my grandmother used to make smiley faces with chocolate chips..
                      or the silver dollar pancakes i remember as a kid

                      perfect also now is making my 3 yo old happy ..when she smiles and gives me the cute face..nothing is better

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                        laliz Apr 13, 2011 02:14 PM

                        " cream of wheat with butter and sugar "

                        +++
                        cream of wheat with butter and BROWN sugar

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                          srsone May 10, 2011 07:16 PM

                          thats good too...

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                        Floridagirl Mar 4, 2011 08:04 PM

                        Breakfast at Brennans

                        1. John E. Mar 4, 2011 08:21 PM

                          I'm with those that say there is no one perfect breakfast. My last perfect breakfast was a fried corn tortilla topped with asparagus spears, pork chile verde, poached eggs, salsa and a little sprinkle of queso fresco. Ok, I didn't have the Mexican cheese but the feta was a good addition. The refried beans were on the side with cheese and sour cream. I made it up with leftovers from the refrigerator but would order it in a restaurant in a heartbeat.

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                            browneyedwoman Mar 4, 2011 08:41 PM

                            French toast made with the cinnamon swirl bread from a local bakery, thick sliced bacon and a hot mug of milky tea...*sigh* Another favorite is fried eggs over creamy polenta with a side of cooked greens, it's all so yummy!

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                              Querencia Mar 4, 2011 08:53 PM

                              Lately I've been loving quiche for breakfast. I freeze individual slices so it's quick and substantial. The quiche was made with the last of the Christmas ham via freezer and Cuisinart, Swiss cheese, and some onion, rosemary, and Dijon mustard whomped up with the eggs and milk. Brewed Puerto Rican coffee with this. Ideally, papaya first, with a wedge of lime.

                              1. rockability Mar 5, 2011 04:54 AM

                                I agree that there is not one perfect breakfast and mine definitely changes depending on my mood! This morning it would include:

                                buttermilk pancakes drenched with fresh Quebec maple syrup and good dollop of butter, simple creamy scrambled eggs, caramelized bacon and a few slices of Gouda on the side with an extra milky cup of coffee, maybe some fresh fruit on the side for good measure.

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                                  Alica Mar 5, 2011 05:11 AM

                                  A perfect orange, a whole grain english muffin crunchy with butter on one side and fresh ground peanut butter and jam on the other and black tea or coffee.

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                                    Cheez62 Mar 5, 2011 06:06 AM

                                    The one that's ready the moment I walk out of the bedroom.

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                                      rockability Mar 5, 2011 06:13 AM

                                      That's always a good one!

                                    2. meatn3 Mar 5, 2011 07:34 AM

                                      I generally lean towards savory, but I had a breakfast several years ago that I've been craving ever since -

                                      oatmeal/ricotta crème brûlée

                                      warm and creamy with the top having such a satisfying crunch

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                                        Alica Mar 5, 2011 08:06 AM

                                        MMMMM! Love to find that recipe!

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                                          meatn3 Mar 5, 2011 08:11 AM

                                          Me too! I search every so often, but have never found it.

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                                        Rick Mar 5, 2011 08:00 AM

                                        My favorite are the breakfast tacos we make. Chorizo cooked with some diced mushrooms, eggs scrambled with some chipotle powder, garlic, and chili powder. Server in warm tortillas, with a layer of sour cream, some cotija cheese, slices of avocado, diced red onion, a squeeze of lime, and some hot sauce.

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                                          Sharuf Mar 11, 2011 01:38 AM

                                          Rick - For a little contrast to yours - here's Casa Sharuf's quick and easy breakfast tacos. Sprinkle shredded cheese on a flour tortilla, and get it toasting in a little oil. Quickly scramble an egg. Put the egg in the tortilla, add a goodly glop of tomato-ey salsa and some roasted bell peppers or mild chiles, and fold over. Serve with refried black beans and fresh fruit.

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                                          Harters Mar 5, 2011 08:09 AM

                                          Juice to start

                                          Sausage, bacon, black pudding, poached eggs, mushrooms, fried bread

                                          Toast & a very sharp marmalade.

                                          Coffee.

                                          Two cigarettes (don't smoke any more but the OP did ask for "perfect")

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                                            stilldontknow Mar 14, 2011 03:38 PM

                                            Almost perfect. Replace the fried bread with potato scones and that would be my breakfast heaven.

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                                              stilldontknow Mar 19, 2011 04:12 AM

                                              Oh and the bacon has to be good british back bacon, dry cured. Not the cremated crap that passes for bacon across the pond.

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                                                John E. Mar 20, 2011 09:35 AM

                                                That's a pretty broad brush you're using to describe American bacon. I don't know what kind of bacon you ate in the U.S. but it doesn't sound like the kind we eat.

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                                                  srsone Apr 13, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                  yea...back bacon is closer to what we would call canadian bacon here in the usa..
                                                  i think they call usa style bacon "streaky" in the UK because it has more fat than back bacon...

                                                  but they are all good to me....

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                                                    Harters May 16, 2011 02:49 PM

                                                    Yep, that's what we call American style bacon. I think it's "streaky" because it has streaks of fat or, I suppose, streaks of meat.

                                                    Best breakfast bacon in the UK is "middle" which is a full rasher of back and streaky. Best of both worlds. I'm with stilldontknow about the "cremated". I just dont like crispy bacon and it seems impossible to get non-crispy in the States so I just avoid it on trips now.

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                                                  grouper May 16, 2011 04:12 PM

                                                  Oh, I could get on a plane right now for that combination! Just top off the fried bread with some smooth creamy Lurpak.

                                              2. Uncle Bob Mar 5, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                No one perfect breakfast for me. ~~ I usually come down on the savory side...Eggs, any style, toast or biscuits, gravy, (Country ham and red-eye, Yum! or Sawmill, Yum Yum) Pig meat of some/any kind/type, and Grits ~~ (Oooo Grillades and Grits) (Ahhhh Shrimp and Grits) ~~ I enjoy Eggs "This" or Eggs "That" or Eggs "Whatchamycallit" in some venues and on some occasions. ~~ Been known to eat cold left over fried catfish filets with a cup of hot coffee sitting on the patio. Also been known to eat fresh fried chicken/ fish too. ~~~ On the sweet side, there is nothing..nothing on planet earth like an order of hot beignets, and a steaming cup of Cafe Au Lait from Morning Call..Oh my!! it brings a tear to my eye!

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                                                  marthasway Mar 5, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                  I'm with you, Uncle Bob, on Morning Call. Pick up a NYT and T-P at Lakeside News, get coffee and and an order (the correct wording for cafe au lait) and two glasses of water. I don't do much powdered sugar, and I like to tear off corners to dip in my coffee.

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                                                    Cherylptw Mar 5, 2011 08:00 PM

                                                    Now, that chicken and or fish (fresh or last night's leftovers) are a breakfast I can get with and I don't eat breakfast (in the morning) but I'd make an exception!! I LOVE BEIGNETS!

                                                  2. BeefeaterRocks Mar 5, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                    What, no fried potatoes. I'm happy as a pig in slop with a couple of eggs over easy on top of some fried potatoes and a toasted English muffin

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                                                      LauraGrace Mar 5, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                      I LOVE fried potatoes, but they are such a PITA to make, compared to toast!

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                                                        KaimukiMan Mar 11, 2011 02:57 AM

                                                        One more for fried potatoes, preferably fried in bacon fat, a couple of pancakes, the aforementioned bacon, some fresh strawberries, a big glass of orange juice, and no eggs anywhere in sight or smell. If it is a cold morning add a mug of hot chocolate. No coffee thank you.

                                                        An occasional option - Korean style fried rice (with kim chee).... yummm.

                                                    2. Delucacheesemonger Mar 5, 2011 02:24 PM

                                                      Home-Matzoh Breigh with Shagbark syrup
                                                      Out-Florida Grill in D.C.-Corned beef hash with glazed apples and perfect biscuits.

                                                      1. LorenM Mar 5, 2011 02:56 PM

                                                        I am definitely a mixer. I learned this at truck stop breakfast buffets. A biscuit on a bed of shredded hash browns. Insert ham, bacon or sausage on top of biscuit add scrambled eggs on top of meat. Smother the whole works in sausage gravy. Eat and take a 3 hour nap. Though sometimes a bowl of pork green chile and a tortilla are all I need.

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                                                          sisterfunkhaus Mar 5, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                          Buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy hands down.

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                                                            link_930 Mar 8, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                            It varies on the weather, location, and mood, but here are a few usuals. If camping in the cold, instant coffee with a shot of Jameson and bacon. If stuck at home during a storm in the middle of winter, a hearty Korean breakfast with dwenjang jjigae, broiled mackerel, kimchi, and rice. If it's really hot outside, an Israeli salad with cold cuts or sam gye tang. I've also had crabs and beer during a lazy Sunday morning. I never had a psychological association between food and time of day, so anything goes depending on the aforementioned variables!

                                                            1. Will Owen Mar 8, 2011 11:56 AM

                                                              Although I'm in the not-just-one camp, there are some constants for me. I seldom want pancakes or waffles, though I love the smell of them cooking, but I want eggs poached or fried, I'd like some potatoes of some sort, biscuits or sourdough toast, some kind of meat or fish, gravy if you've got it. In the fish category, I have loved kippers, fried catfish, cod or crab cakes and salmon patties; one of my favorite breakfast dishes is the cured salmon Benedict at Square One in Hollywood, with crisp crunchy cakes of shredded potato on a bed of frisée, topped with house-cured lox, gelatinous poached eggs and hollandaise. The meat can be cured or uncured, smoked or unsmoked pork, steak, any sort of sausage, hash - I'd even love to have fried chicken sometime. There's really only one thing I absolutely require: that it be GOOD. And the next-most important thing is that if it's in a restaurant, it should be available at any hour.

                                                              1. Novelli Mar 8, 2011 12:12 PM

                                                                9 times out of 10, my breakfast consists of a strong espresso and a couple biscotti or a lemon bar.

                                                                If I'm feeling a bit hungrier and want to keep it on the light side, nothing hits the spot like a spicy bowl of Pho

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                                                                  Sharuf Mar 11, 2011 01:42 AM

                                                                  Here is my current favorite with the makin's from Trader Joe. Lox and cream cheese on two halves of a toasted roll (I'm not a fan of bagels). A bowl of fresh fruit to round things out.

                                                                  1. alanbarnes Mar 11, 2011 06:47 AM

                                                                    A scoop of medium-grain rice, some crisp-fried SPAM, and a couple of over-easy eggs. Best when consumed with the sound of the surf in the background.

                                                                    1. chef chicklet Mar 11, 2011 09:31 AM

                                                                      oh this one varies depending on my mood. I'd usually go for eggs hollandaise, or chicken fried steak, but on some mornings. I love (leftover)spaghetti with meatballs!

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                                                                        sedimental Mar 11, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                                        I just ate it!
                                                                        Saute a handful of grape tomato halves and two handfuls of fresh baby spinach in a pan with some S & P, then push to the side and fry an egg. Plate with the greens and roasted tomato on the bottom, top with the egg and a tablespoon of fage yogurt.

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                                                                          lemons Mar 11, 2011 09:54 AM

                                                                          Always would start with fresh orange juice. Fresh, meaning squeezed just now, not an hour ago. Coffee, fairly strong, either with cream or mixed 50/50 with scalded low-fat milk. Burger's Country Ham or some really first-rate bacon. And then? The lemon ricotta pancakes that began at the Stanford Court in SF, or eggs Florentine with hollandaise done Creole style with a little more sharpness from lemon juice and even a light, light hit of cayenne, or a fritatta of potatoes and onions. Or maybe gingerbread waffles with sauteed Granny Smith apples atop it, or an apple pancake the way Original Pancake House does them. If I can't get the pigmeat, a fritatta of leftover seafood pasta and homefries with plenty of onion (2 potatoes: 1 onion is the right ratio). Finish up with a flute that has a small scoop of grapefruit granita and then some good, fairly dry sparkling wine, country of origin 2ry to quality, poured over.

                                                                          1. arktos Mar 11, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                                            Miso soup and ongiri.

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                                                                              CDouglas Mar 11, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                                              Smoked salmon appetizer, eggs Benedict, fresh fruit and bottomless Mimosas.

                                                                              1. mucho gordo Mar 11, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                I like to keep it simple; fry up some chorizo, add a few eggs (optional) and maybe a serrano chili then mix it into a tub of Country Crock Garlic Mashed. If I have a couple of tortillas leftover, I'll make breakfast burritos otherwise I'll just eat it off the plate.

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                                                                                  KatoK Mar 11, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                                                  Lox and cream cheese on a boiled bagel, (preferably onion), with sliced red onion and capers. Bonus points if served along side of scrambled eggs with and well crisped potatoes. Double bonus points if served with a spicy Bloody Mary.

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                                                                                    chef chicklet Mar 18, 2011 08:58 AM

                                                                                    okay this one too!

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                                                                                    fara Mar 13, 2011 05:06 PM

                                                                                    i absolutely love real huevos rancheros: (as I know them) corn tortilla, black/refried beans, salsa verde,egg, and crema. served with a big cup of cafe con leche. ideally this would include a lot of tropical fruit such as papaya and mango. i've only had the huevos in ny though.

                                                                                    1. hypomyces Mar 13, 2011 07:13 PM

                                                                                      KIMCHI ON RICE!

                                                                                      1. mamachef Mar 13, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                                                        Definitely always consists of savory food, because I don't eat sweet starchy carbs in the morning unless I'm super hungover. : ) But I can only go from day to day on perfection per se, because it's such a subjective term. F'rinstance, I had a breakfast this week that consisted of really crisp leftover roastbeef hash, 2 perfectly-poached eggs with a pat of butter melting on top, and some fresh-ground pepper; 1/2 sourdough english muffin with apricot jam, skim milk and orange juice. This was all after a superstrength latte made with half n half. Ok, so that was last weekend, and it was perfect, but this weekend it wouldn't have worked at all. Today breakfast ended up being going out for Pho and then hitting Lois the Pie Queen for a slice of Lemon meringue and one of Coconut cream. But i can tell you right now, that won't work tomorrow, which will probably be along the lines of bacon, toast, and coffee; maybe a banana and some peanut butter for the toast. So that's my very best answer.

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                                                                                          dinnerwithfox Mar 13, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                                                          Savoury and carby for me. Even though I love pastry and sweets, I usually feel like I need something warming and heavy to fill my stomach and sometimes spicy if my mood calls for it.

                                                                                          Perfect on any given day would be poached eggs and toast, infact, any kind of runny soft egg and toast. Maybe with roasted tomatos, mushrooms, spinach and the other usual sides. Definitely coffee, black with sugar, before and after eating.

                                                                                          My other perfect option would be a fresh fruit plate/salad. Watermelon, oranges, apples, honeydew, grapes, papaya, blueberries and so forth

                                                                                          1. wonderflosity Mar 13, 2011 08:53 PM

                                                                                            Definitely depends, but my few favorites include:

                                                                                            Kashi Mountain Berry Muesli with a plain or vanilla Greek Yogurt and some frozen berries on top.

                                                                                            Or, when I could eat Gluten, a Bagel with disgusting amounts of cream cheese... A pumpernickle with dill cream cheese, with a side of sprouts, cucumber and really fresh, ripe tomato slices, with a gorgeous latte. Mmmmm.

                                                                                            Or, a breakfast made my amazing pre-husband... Diced hashbrowns with dill, crispy bacon and an egg or two over easy.
                                                                                            A breakfast sandwich made of the above ingrediants with Tapioca Rice gluten free bread and a few slices of aged cheddar and yellow heirloom tomato rocked my socks the other day...

                                                                                            Or, any kind of eggs benny or omelet from my work. Dear god, they are amazing. The freshest hollandaise, the most light and fluffy omelets. Dang, it, now I want breakfast and it's 10 pm!

                                                                                            1. David11238 Mar 13, 2011 09:07 PM

                                                                                              A bowl of McCann Steel Cut Oatmeal, with butter, maple syrup and bananas. Put a couple of sunny side Tello's Green Farm eggs with some bacon from the Sanford Butcher, and I'm ready to go back to bed.

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                                                                                                tastesgoodwhatisit Mar 14, 2011 02:49 AM

                                                                                                Well, I'm not normally a breakfast person, so on a normal day, I'd go with Tim Hortons. Two doughnuts, one of them a cherry stick, large coffee double cream.

                                                                                                The only time I really enjoy a huge breakfast is when I'm jet-lagged. I wake up at about 6 or 7 am starving for a hearty meal. Then I'd go with waffles served with real maple syrup and real butter, slices of aged cheddar cheese on the side, bacon fried until just crispy, breakfast sausage patty, and fresh fruit on the side, plus strong brewed coffee, extra cream.

                                                                                                For a breakfast for lunch meal, I'd go with fried bacon or sausage, baked beans (salt pork and molasses, *not* tomato), eggs over easy but with the yolk still runny (I love runny yolk but hate slimy whites), fried mushrooms, aked tomato and toast with marmalade. Plus the coffee, and a glass of fresh squeeze fruit juice.

                                                                                                1. lynnlato Mar 14, 2011 05:17 AM

                                                                                                  I LOVE breakfast - so I'll list my top 3 favorites:

                                                                                                  1. An egg poached, fried, scrambled softly - any way is perfection. If fried, I really, really like them over a waffle or pancake that is topped with butter and maple syrup. Mmmm, the salty yolk mixing with the sweet maple syrup is heavenly.

                                                                                                  2. Rye toast or good toasted country bread with butter AND peanut butter (or almond butter). Slap a sausage patty on the side topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and again, heavenly.

                                                                                                  3. The old standard - eggs overeasy, sausage or bacon, and O'Brien homefries.

                                                                                                  *All three with a cup of hot tea. :)

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                                                                                                    Heatherb Mar 14, 2011 06:00 AM

                                                                                                    When I'm being "healthy" at home it's oatmeal with very unhealthy butter, honey and cinnamon (plus a lil salt).

                                                                                                    When I'm just looking to fuel up at a diner for the day, I want two scrambled eggs, home fries, a side of ham and two pieces of wheat toast. I'm lucky that the diners around me execute this with a minimal amount of grease.

                                                                                                    And sometimes - on rare occasions - I'll just throw nutrition to the wind entirely and indulge in a Belgian waffle with syrup and butter.

                                                                                                    1. huiray Mar 14, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                                                                      No single "perfect breakfast" for me also. Depends on my mood that particular day. However, it will be some kind of savory stuff. Sweet breakfasts are tolerated on occasion but will never be a "perfect breakfast" for me.

                                                                                                      Whichever it is, it is more likely to be some sort of Chinese/Japanese/SE Asian food rather than American/European/English (savory, of course) food. Some sort of soup (especially with the East/SE Asian options) would probably also be involved. :-)

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                                                                                                        curej Mar 17, 2011 07:50 PM

                                                                                                        Goat cheese on Carr's cracker with sliver of ripe avocado and grind of pepper. Coffee. Repeat.

                                                                                                      2. bermudagourmetgoddess Mar 18, 2011 08:50 AM

                                                                                                        We have a couple favorites

                                                                                                        Cod Fish and Potaotes topped with chopped fresh tomatoes and olives

                                                                                                        Sausage gravy and Johnny Cakes

                                                                                                        My personal favorite...Cheddar Grits made with chicken stock, with panchetta and a poched egg on top...this is the ultimate comfort food for me

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                                                                                                          mamachef Mar 19, 2011 05:20 AM

                                                                                                          The cheddar grits with pancetta sound like something I'd die to eat and go to hell to pay for. : )

                                                                                                        2. chef chicklet Mar 18, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                                                                          In my younger and single days, it was definitely Tacos from Jack in the box, especially on Saturday morning around 3or4...

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                                                                                                            Sharuf Mar 19, 2011 02:39 AM

                                                                                                            Jack's super-cheap tacos with their mystery meat filling are a favorite of mine.

                                                                                                          2. Peg Mar 18, 2011 11:09 AM

                                                                                                            A huge cup of strong freshly ground coffee.
                                                                                                            I've tried eating food soon after getting up and I just can't.

                                                                                                            1. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 18, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                                                                              If not hungover...salmon hash with two poached eggs, toasted and buttered corn rye bread and a bigass mimosa.
                                                                                                              If hungover...Chiliquiles verde with two poached eggs, fresh fruit and a bigass margarita
                                                                                                              If planning on being hungover in the very near future...soft boiled eggs that have been decapitated, buttered toast soldiers and a big cup of dark tea with Splenda. (Recently had in Dublin that worked like a charm!)

                                                                                                              1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 18, 2011 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                A piece of fruit or pumpkin pie and whipped cream, but only if the pie is not overly sweet.

                                                                                                                1. buttertart Mar 21, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                  The one I could eat every morning of my life, and unfortunately only had the once, would be the divine custardy fresh tofu drizzled with soy, vinegar, hot chili paste, and pickled vegetables (doufu nao, tofu nrains) served by the very sweet man who made it - on the breakfast buffet at the Taihu Sunshine Hotel in Wuxi. Topped off by his jaunty wave goodbye from his bicycle on his way back to the shop with his wooden buckets.

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                                                                                                                    mamachef Mar 21, 2011 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                    You got it, bt. I didn't have the privilege of eating it in such a marvelous, richly-contexted place, but that was the tofu I ate that day, courtesy of my friend's Filipino mom: silky, custardy, fresh tofu. Nothing like what's in the store. Unduplicatable (at least by yours truly.) But I am glad that I got to taste it, even if it was only once.
                                                                                                                    The Berkeley Bowl makes a helluva Mapo Tofu at the on-site hot counter. Soooo good with a cup of miso soup, with a side of their veg. fried rice.

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                                                                                                                      buttertart Mar 21, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                      You.had.to. mention the Bowl, eh???
                                                                                                                      We have a photo of him on his bike waving, just the nicest thing ever.

                                                                                                                  2. ChrisOC Mar 21, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                    All of the above.

                                                                                                                    Just kidding

                                                                                                                    1 Creamed chipped beef on toast

                                                                                                                    2 Biscuits and sausage gravy

                                                                                                                    3 Eggs over easy, good fat link sausage and a mound of grits swimming in butter.

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                                                                                                                      EWSflash Jul 3, 2011 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                      I'll take your:
                                                                                                                      1 Creamed chipped beef on toast
                                                                                                                      2 Biscuits and sausage gravy
                                                                                                                      3 Eggs over easy, good fat link sausage and a mound of grits swimming in butter.
                                                                                                                      ...and add
                                                                                                                      4 Chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy
                                                                                                                      5 Stacked enchiladas, red or green, with a fried egg on top
                                                                                                                      6 Big glob of corned beef hash, either alone or with pancakes (no syrup)
                                                                                                                      7 Bagel and lox
                                                                                                                      8 Dim sum
                                                                                                                      9 Grilled salmon, steamed rice, and miso soup
                                                                                                                      10 Leftover pizza or pasta

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                                                                                                                      italia84 Mar 21, 2011 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                      From a place called Petunia's in New Orleans, which--SADLY--closed down about a year ago. Anyway, they had a dish that was essentially eggs benedict but, instead of an english muffin it was served on a thick slice of fried eggplant. YUM. So, so good, especially with their amazing cheese grits.

                                                                                                                      1. chefathome Mar 21, 2011 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                        Full English/Scottish/Welsh breakfasts were my favourite before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Anyway, I loved the following:
                                                                                                                        - fried bread or tattie scones or laverbread and some toast with homemade preserves (hold the marmite)
                                                                                                                        - gently fried eggs
                                                                                                                        - Cumberland sausage
                                                                                                                        - grilled fresh mushrooms and tomatoes
                                                                                                                        - bacon (like our Canadian back bacon)
                                                                                                                        - sometimes baked beans, black pudding or haggis
                                                                                                                        - lots of steaming hot tea
                                                                                                                        - Scottish porridge with whisky and cream

                                                                                                                        As we are always told at UK B&Bs - a breakfast to "set you up for the day"! I'd say so...

                                                                                                                        I used to love my husband's fresh cream scones with my lavender jelly or infused honey.

                                                                                                                        Now I really enjoy fruit salad drizzled with a honey and lime glaze with poppyseeds and buttery scrambled eggs with minced chives. The odd time I enjoy it with pork cracklings.

                                                                                                                        1. mokafeinomane Apr 13, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                          On a workday, nine time out of ten, it would be a pretty stiff oatmeal, with either lots of diced apple and cinnamon, or sliced banana, lemon zest and honey, but sometimes I feel more inclined to the savoury side and add some gomasio, fried onions and some pickled veggies (congee style).

                                                                                                                          When I have a yesterday's baguette on hand, one or two tartines grilled, with copious amounts of butter and honey make me utterly happy. With a strong coffee, of course.

                                                                                                                          Week-ends are covered by my boyfriend, making pancakes, pain perdu and english-style breakfast with bacon and beans.

                                                                                                                          1. mamachef Apr 13, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                            Today my perfect breakfast is some grapefruit juice mixed with cranberry juice, some sliced roast beef, and leftover re-warmed Yorkshire pudding (meh) with a little onion marmalade. It's perfect because it tastes nice and required virtually no work. : )

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                                                                                                                              buttertart Apr 13, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                              Put bunches of salt on that Yorkshire and enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                mamachef Apr 13, 2011 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                How did you know I broke out the kosher and gave it a grind or two?
                                                                                                                                I guess my job for today is to retain water.

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                                                                                                                                  buttertart Apr 13, 2011 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                  I think I could live on salt. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                    huiray Apr 13, 2011 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                    How's your blood pressure?

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                                                                                                                                      buttertart Apr 13, 2011 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      Why do you ask? Normal.

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                                                                                                                                        huiray Apr 13, 2011 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                        "I think I could live on salt"
                                                                                                                                        --------
                                                                                                                                        ;-)

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                                                                                                                                          buttertart Apr 13, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                          "Why do you ask", where I come from, is a nice way to suggest that a question might better not have been asked. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                            huiray Apr 13, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                            Ah, yes, of course - but it is so hard to convey, on the internet, a smile at the corner of one's mouth as one typed that question with a tilt of the head that indicated I expected you to say 'None of my biz' back with a tilt of your head. Perhaps I should have added a ;-) to the 'question post'.
                                                                                                                                            :-)

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                                                                                                                                              buttertart Apr 13, 2011 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                              I was going to say none of your biz but thought it might be a bit harsh. No harm done, in any case!

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                                                                                                                              Parrotgal Apr 13, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                              When I was young and first on my own, my friends and I would occasionally have dinner at a diner, 2 eggs over easy, hash browns, sausage and toast. I just thought that was the best thing in the world.

                                                                                                                              Now, eggs Benedict. Every once in awhile, a waffle with warm maple syrup.

                                                                                                                              In San Antonio, Mi Tierra breakfast tacos.

                                                                                                                              In the real, everyday world, I usually have slow-cooker oatmeal with raisins and black coffee. Which is quite good!

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                                                                                                                                msnm008 Apr 13, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                For me, breakfast for dinner is an absolute treat, so the perfect breakfast would be at dinner time, consisting of over-easy eggs and ricotta waffles with fresh berries and maple syrup. Washed down with cold glass of milk.

                                                                                                                                For a perfect breakfast at actual breakfast time: open-face egg white omelette with asparagus, tomato, mushrooms, onions, and sweet peppers, multi-grain toast smeared with good orange marmalade, and fresh fruit. So satisfying after a long run!

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                                                                                                                                  akq Apr 13, 2011 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                  Perfectly ripe and chilled tropical fruit. Hawaiian papaya with a little lime from my mom's lime tree, some mango and a few lychees. YUM. With some fresh ahi poke, rice, eggs and portuguese sausage on the side!

                                                                                                                                  1. devo1960 May 10, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                    It would have to be a buttered slice of toasty sourdough bread with a poached egg, poached in scalding milk, with both the egg and a half cup or so of the hot milk poured over.....my mom used to make for me as an earliest food memory.

                                                                                                                                    1. mariacarmen May 10, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                      Any combination of these items:
                                                                                                                                      Eggs over easy or poached
                                                                                                                                      Fried potatoes
                                                                                                                                      Bacon
                                                                                                                                      Buttered rye toast
                                                                                                                                      Corn Tortillas
                                                                                                                                      Salsa
                                                                                                                                      Chorizo
                                                                                                                                      Avocado
                                                                                                                                      Hollandaise
                                                                                                                                      Smoked Salmon
                                                                                                                                      Sour Cream
                                                                                                                                      OJ
                                                                                                                                      Bubbly
                                                                                                                                      Bloody
                                                                                                                                      Bed

                                                                                                                                      1. deet13 May 10, 2011 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                        Fried eggs, hominy grits, a couple slices of country ham or salt pork, biscuits with red eye gravy, and a pot of very strong coffee...

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                                                                                                                                          amyamelia May 10, 2011 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                          leftover pad thai, heated up in cast iron skillet, with eggs scrambled in (pad thai omelet?)

                                                                                                                                          everything bagel toasted to a crisp with a very thin smear of cream cheese, thick slices of ripe tomato and lots of salt

                                                                                                                                          homemade cornbread, served hot with butter and my own strawberry freezer jam

                                                                                                                                          scrambled eggs with cheese, toasted olive bread with orange marmalade (sounds gross, tastes great, especially after a long run).

                                                                                                                                          so many different things taste so good for breakfast depending on the day. Easily my favorite meal...

                                                                                                                                          1. rozz01 May 10, 2011 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            Sizzling latkes with poached eggs, horseradish and lots of Cholula. I only eat breakfast on Sundays.. but thats what I love.

                                                                                                                                            1. mamachef May 10, 2011 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                              This morning's perfect breakfast consisted of a bacon scone with oj, followed in short order by six fig Newtons.

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                                                                                                                                                mamachef May 11, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                And today's was scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa and refried beans in a crispy wheat tortilla. Topped off with an orange/banana/strawberry smoothie.

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                                                                                                                                                BKK Brendan May 11, 2011 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                A perfect breakfast for me would be huevos rancheros, diced and sauteed potatoes(with just salt and pepper), and fresh squeezed orange juice.

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                                                                                                                                                  jeanmarieok May 12, 2011 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I have two -

                                                                                                                                                  Two poached farm eggs (yolks still runny) on one large toasted piece of whole grained bread.

                                                                                                                                                  My perfect big breakfast is along the lines of Denny's Grand Slam - one scrambled egg, soft, hash browns, good (like Edwards brand) breakfast sausage - one link, and one blueberry pancake, with a glass of grapefruit juice. I can go all day on this breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                    mamachef May 12, 2011 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Now I'm craving this breakfast, homemade.

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                                                                                                                                                    Rick Jul 4, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                    My favorite is breakfast burritos. Chorizo cooked up with some onions and mushrooms, eggs with chipotle powder and some other Mexican spices, put onto a warmed flour tortilla layered with sour cream, avocado, red onion, tomato, and cilantro, then a squeeze of lime and some Cholula hot sauce.

                                                                                                                                                    A close second is sunny side up eggs, rye toast, ham, and hash browns.

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                                                                                                                                                      montrealeater Jul 4, 2011 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Perfectly prepared Eggs Benedict + some kind of meat on the side (sausages, bacon etc.).

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                                                                                                                                                        S_K Jul 4, 2011 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I rarely eat breakfast, so if I have it, it's got to be really nice and feel indulgent.

                                                                                                                                                        3-4 slices of bacon and the bacon may sometimes be maple bacon, a thick cut preferred.
                                                                                                                                                        2 eggs over easy
                                                                                                                                                        1 piece of whole wheat or multigrain toast and 1 piece of white, both NOT buttered, definitely a light-medium toast, cut into triangles. If I have to choose one or the other, it's multigrain.
                                                                                                                                                        Some sort of fruit such as sliced apple or a fruit salad. No to the fruit salad if it has honey mixed in it or other stuff. Fruit only in the fruit salad.
                                                                                                                                                        Maybe hash browns, but not necessary. If hash browns or potato of some sort is offered, I will eat only 1 piece of toast.
                                                                                                                                                        If the coffee is good, coffee with a sugar and a little milk. If the coffee is not going to be good, tea, plain.

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