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Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

I don't like donuts for breakfast. Just don't get it.

Don't get me wrong. I am not a heathen or anything.

I like donuts. Quite a bit, in fact. But, just not first thing in the morning.

And you?

Are there typical American breakfast foods that you simply do not like eating at breakfast time?

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  1. totally with you on the donuts - too sweet for breakfast. now that i think about it, that's probably the only traditional breakfast item i just wouldn't ever find appealing in the morning. the rest of it - savory or sweet (as long as it's not *too* sweet) all works for me. maybe someone will mention something else i agree with, but right now i can't think of any!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I love love love "French Donuts", a.k.a. "Crullers". They're not easy to find. Of the three donut shops in my area, only one does them. Along with a cup of cafe au lait and a bowl of fruit, I have a very nice breakfast.

    2. I don't consider donuts a breakfast food.

      I like the idea of steak and eggs, but it's a bit too much for breakfast and most breakfast steaks are sub par.

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      1. re: monku

        While not great, I think the Pann's steak n eggs is pretty good.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Since this is the General Chowhounding Topics Board, if anyone was wondering, Pann's is a well-regarded diner in Los Angeles, California.

          1. re: Norm Man

            Thanks Norm . . .I was wondering what a Pann's is as I like a good steak and eggs (though not enough for a cross country trip ;)

        2. re: monku

          I've seen steak and eggs, along with baked beans, served at logging camps. It was not too much for those guys!

          Most "full breakfasts" are too much for those of us who work on the computer all day.

          Sweet things like doughnuts nauseate me in the morning.

          1. re: lagatta

            There's a restaurant, The Samoa Cookhouse, up in the Humboldt area, that specializes in logging breakfasts. (It's an old loggers' dining hall.) Steak, any breakfast meat imaginable, pancakes, oatmeal, pastries, beans, potatoes....
            My ex-husband went to school there, and he and his buds used to "save up" during the week and hit the Cookhouse of a Sunday morn, there to fill their bellies with all the available goodies. He recalls a story of one particular Sunday when they were seated (communal-style, long-table dining) across from a family of tourists who watched them eat in great fascination. The daddy of the family leaned over when breakfast was fini, and said, very confidentially and warmly, "I just want you fellas to know, that was one of the grossest things I've ever seen." : )

            1. re: mamachef

              Thanks for the laugh mamachef. Hats off to the ex. I can only hope to one day receive such a compliment from a total stranger.

        3. It's interesting you mention the donuts for breakfast thing. In Australia donuts are seen as a type of treat, the idea that people would eat them for breakfast is just odd. Krispy Kreme went into receivership over here as they expanded too rapidly - before they realised that Australians don't do donuts like Americans. The one or 2 stores they opened at airports did really well - people would pick up a dozen donuts to take as a treat to their families and based on that success they opened about 50 stores. Then they realised (too late) that we enjoy donuts, just not in the same way.

          I find American breakfasts to be far too heavy and sweet. I think the only American 'breakfast food' I find to be completely genius is maple syrup on bacon. I personally think the Vietnamese style breakfast of beef soup to be my favourite.

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          1. re: TheHuntress

            "The one or 2 stores they opened at airports did really well - people would pick up a dozen donuts to take as a treat to their families and based on that success they opened about 50 stores."

            This made me chuckle -- I vividly remember my last two trips to Tassie people on the plane with ONLY Krispy Kremes as their carry-on luggage.

            1. re: TheHuntress

              The main thing donuts have going for them is that they are CHEAP! Compare the price to the Danishes and croissants you find in a bakery and you will see what I mean. The only thing cheaper than donuts are the pan dulces in Mexican panaderias.

              1. re: TheHuntress

                Krispy Kreme is still recovering from an orgy of over-expansion everywhere. When we lived in Colorado, they opened a store near us just south of the Denver Tech Center. We were perplexed when off-duty policemen had to be brought in to direct traffic. There were such crowds on the weekends that we began avoiding that street. We couldn't figure it out; it's just greasy dough and air, for goodness sake.

                Two months later, there were never more than four or five cars in the huge parking lot at one time. I'm not sure how they even cover their fixed costs.

                1. re: mandycat

                  They have died here in Montréal.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    Nearly every location here in Pittsburgh has closed too. The plus side though is that many of them have been turned into Chic Fil A stores!

                    1. re: lagatta

                      They died in the Twin Cities. I don't get the fuss. They are disgustingly sweet and seem to be made only of sugar, air and grease. I like an occasional donut, but these don't pass my flavor test.

                      1. re: sandylc

                        <They are disgustingly sweet and seem to be made only of sugar, air and grease.>

                        And your point is??? :)

                    2. re: mandycat

                      They didn't actually ever open one in my home city - most American chains (bar the obvious McDonalds, KFC and Subway) only seem to target the east coast. I suppose that we're too isolated here on the West coast of Australia. I don't actually feel like I'm missing out on anything so far.

                      1. re: mandycat

                        they also had the incredible good luck of pushing an overzealous expansion just as the low-carb craze hit -- and it was nearly the deathknell for the company. They closed thousands of stores in the aftermath, and may never recover completely.

                      2. re: TheHuntress

                        American chiming in to clarify #notallamericans think of a donut as breakfast food. ;)

                        I am 44 years old have never considered donuts a breakfast food, nor have I ever met anyone who claimed they do either. I grew up in the Midwest US, have lived on the East coast, and now am on the West coast the last ten years. To me, a donut is a treat you might go out to get once a year late night, or might indulge in with a cup of gas station coffee for the sugar rush on a long distance car trip. If someone brings them to work to share, I'd maybe be interested after lunch, but most definitely not as breakfast. Maybe it's regional? I can't imagine starting the day with a donut as a regular thing. And I love donuts! But not to line my stomach for the day.

                        1. re: team_cake

                          Sorry buy donuts can and should be enjoyed at any time of the day.Morning noon or night!
                          Pizza,burgers and fried chicken aren't "breakfast food" but you sure can eat em for breakfast!
                          Huzzah for donuts!!

                          1. re: petek

                            Although, I have been seeing breakfast pizzas in some parts of the USA (my first breakfast pizza was at Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg, CA http://www.downtownbakery.net/docs/me... ). Maybe not common enough to be typical, but an American answer to breakfast and pizza!

                          2. re: team_cake

                            But if someone brings them in to work, would you break off half? :-)

                            I don't do the twitter thing but shouldn't that be #notallrealamericans ?

                            I've never had donuts for breakfast. They're for elevenses, particularly on a cold day with a cup of coffee. When the Germans or the Brits would have a piece of cake and hot beverage.

                            1. re: team_cake

                              i grew up in so. cal. and tho i'm not a donut eater anymore (maybe once every other year), i grew up eating them as bfast, about once a week, and so did others i knew. donut shops are open very early in the morning (as well as late at night) and they're full of people eating them as - guess what - bfast! for me, now, they're too sweet to eat them more than once in a blue moon.

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a great doughnut is never too sweet.

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  A Doughnut Plant donut with coffee is one of my favourite NYC breakfasts.

                            2. Donuts, muffins, most cereals or granola, yogurt, fruit, waffles or pancakes. I can't stand sweet things in the morning.

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                              1. re: sedimental

                                Seconded- anything sweeter than fruit in the morning leaves me feeling terrible most of the day.

                                1. re: sedimental

                                  Amen! Those things are better as lunch of even dinner, not for breakfast for me.

                                2. Any baked good that is sweet. I also don't like pancakes or waffles - too sweet. I don't like sweets for breakfast, as posted above.

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                                  1. re: Jeanne

                                    Pancakes aren't necessarily sweet. If I make either crêpes or thicker (raised) types of pancakes, they are never, ever sweet.

                                  2. Toast. Come on. It's just burnt bread

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                                    1. re: takadi

                                      if it's burnt, you're doing it wrong.

                                      Grits. It's genetic, I think -- most of us born north of the Mason-Dixon line won't eat them, and those born south of it eat it regularly. (of course, I was born in the land of fried cornmeal mush and I won't eat that, either...even if you call it polenta.)

                                      It's not an absolute, but I tend to steer away from homefries in the morning...just too much of too much. (but don't get between me an order of scattered and smothered hash browns and no, I don't know why it's different)

                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                        "I don't know why it's different" - I think its the chew factor. Hash browns, done right, kind of melt away as you chew. Home fries always seem to retain a moist, dense center and have quite a bit of bite. IMO the flavor of home fries overwhelms the eggs; with hash browns there is a perfect balance!

                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                          I'm from the South, and even I don't "get" grits. I've also seen hominy for breakfast, and that's just wrong.

                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                            The Waffle House in the Southern parts of this little world has one called "Hashbrowns All the Way" - spuds, ham, cheese, chili, onions, tomatoes, etc. To die for. Actually to die from. Or at least hit the rails for an extended post-breakfast snooze.

                                          2. re: takadi

                                            Toast. Come on. It's just burnt bread

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                                            Do you also consider bacon just burnt pork belly?

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              But pork belly actually tastes good "burnt"

                                              1. re: takadi

                                                Yeah, toast isn't burnt. It's browned. Browned food tastes better to most people than unbrowned thanks to the lovely series of Maillard reactions.

                                                But I wonder if it's a texture thing? A good friend of mine, who never met a carb she didn't like, HATES toast because she dislikes crunchy textured things. I, on the other hand, think toasted homemade whole wheat bread with honey and butter is the food of the gods and would happily eat it every day.

                                                1. re: LauraGrace

                                                  Yea was being figurative and half joking when I said it was burnt. Sarcasm is hard on the internet

                                                  I just don't like toast because it's so dry. I'm not a fan of bread anyway unless it's in sandwich form, so I don't get the whole notion of people eating toast and coffee. Bitter with bitter in the morning isn't my thing

                                                  1. re: takadi

                                                    I forgot about coffee, I'm adding it to the eggs I dislike as posted below.

                                                    1. re: James Cristinian

                                                      Can you have breakfast without eggs and coffee?

                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                        can you have life without coffee, especially before 10 am?

                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                          Sure, although not all at the same time, grits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, hashbrowns, ham, waffles, and pancakes.

                                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                                            Protein + caffeine = OK Monday morning.

                                                            JC: I'm a Yankee, so grits, biscuits, etc do not factor into the equation. Give me scrapple, eggs and toast please. Keep the sweet doughnuts, muffins etc south of the Mason-Dixon line please.

                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                              Did I mention doughnuts and muffins? No. I did forget to add to my list of likes, muffins, yes. I also forgot toast, I love it. I do not consider doughnuts breakfast food, it's more like a breakfast dessert, empty calories, and I rarely eat them.

                                                          1. re: takadi

                                                            I totally understand your viewpoint, but I have to counter your argument and say that good coffee isn't bitter, and neither is well-toasted toast. Also, I believe this May be why people like to put sweet jams on their toast, but I say good toast shouldn't need much adornment.

                                                          2. re: LauraGrace

                                                            I respect people's likes and dislikes but I personally don't see how anybody can hate toast. It's TOAST, for crying in Manhattan!

                                                            1. re: Sparkina

                                                              Depends on the bread it's made from.

                                                    2. I cannot think of a single thing I wouldn't eat for breakfast that I wouldn't eat any other time of the day.

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                                                        1. re: lemons

                                                          There are things I wouldn't drink then...

                                                        2. Donuts are supposed to be for breakfast? I always ate them as a later day treat. But in general I also despise sweets in the morning: pancakes, waffles, cinnamon buns, muffins. None of these sound like a smart or delicious way to start my morning. Like sunshine, I'm also anti-home fries at breakfast (also called hash browns in some parts of the East Coast). I don't want a mound of greasy slapdash potatoes and overcooked green peppers. Give me some shredded hashbrowns and make them crisp!

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                                                          1. re: JungMann

                                                            <I don't want a mound of greasy slapdash potatoes.>
                                                            Me either, JungMann! It bugs hell out of me when I see a cook "worrying" the spuds too much. Give them a chance to brown and crisp up! When the patty holds together, it's time to flip them, but not before!
                                                            I used the "let it do its' thing" methodology with the leftover corned-beef hash, and it was perfect. Nothing but corned beef, potatoes (half-cooked and finely diced) and onions, salt and pepper. Some things are just perfect in their unimproved state, aren't they?

                                                          2. I don't care for cold cereal*. Carrying that further, I just don't like cold food in the morning. I need warmth and comforting to ease me into the world.

                                                            *Usually once a year for a week in the dark of winter I'll have intense cravings for milk and cereal as a snack - maybe I'm needing extra B vitamins!

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                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                              I'm with you on the cold cereal, but I have learned to like it, even occasionally crave it for breakfast, when it is mixed with a good yogurt, instead of milk, which just makes it soggy and ick.

                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                ITA I totally crave proteins in the A.M. Leftover anything, but not the typical breaskfast stuff. Too many carbs-sugar do not do well with me in the morning.

                                                              2. I don't like Cream of Wheat. I don't like home-style potatoes, but I love hashbrown potatoes. I don't particularly enjoy orange juice (or juices in general) in the morning. I love donuts or any sweet morning goods to go with my morning coffee, especially the chocolate glazed cake donuts covered in peanuts.
                                                                Edit: Just saw JungMann's reply on potatoes.

                                                                1. "I like donuts. Quite a bit, in fact. But, just not first thing in the morning."

                                                                  This exactly. Love a good donut (even the trendy maple-bacon donuts at a locally-owned joint), just not on an empty stomach. *shudders*

                                                                  For some reason I find this doesn't apply to European-style (i.e. less-sweet) pastries -- uniced danish, almond croissants, even those custardy ones with fruit on them. As long as they're not too sweet I'm not averse.

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                                                                  1. re: LauraGrace

                                                                    I didn't actually think of that, but I quite enjoy European pastries for breakfast (on the rare occasions I do eat breakfast). In fact while I was in hospital last week I had a croissant, yoghurt and orange juice for breakfast every morning and it was great! Now that I'm back home it's the usual breakfast of a can or three of Diet Coke.

                                                                  2. Typical American sausage, whether patties or breakfast links. I was never a great fennel fan, and when I eat 'breakfast sausage', that's what I get. Just about any other sausage is good.

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                                                                    1. re: Michelly

                                                                      That's odd that you get fennel because fennel is quite atypical for American breakfast sausage. The predominant flavorings for breakfast sausage are black pepper and sage. Fennel predominates in Italian style sausages.

                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                        Same here. Doesn't matter how they're prepared; I just have a strong aversion to them.

                                                                        1. re: beachmouse

                                                                          As someone who is an egg fanatic and would willingly down raw egg yolks for fun if given the chance, I find this mind-boggling

                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                              Okay, as counter-intuitive as that seems, as I hate toast, I just can't eat eggs without some dried up piece of blackened carbohydrate to sop up all the eggy goodness. That will be the only reason I will eat toast

                                                                              1. re: takadi

                                                                                maybe you should try buying better bread?

                                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                                  There's a reason I don't like toast, it's because I don't like bread either, unless slathered in something delicious. I throw away all the crusts on my pizza and eat hot dogs on half a bun

                                                                        2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                          Add me to the list of egg-averse chowhounds. I don't like coffee either.

                                                                          1. re: mpjmph

                                                                            Eggs are the food of the devil, I can't even sit at a table with some one who is eating an egg. The only reason eggs exist is so I can bake cookies.

                                                                            1. re: quof

                                                                              I can't even sit at a table with some one who is eating an egg.
                                                                              ~~~~~~~
                                                                              wow. guessing you don't go out for breakfast or brunch much.

                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                Nope, not unless it is a big table and people eating eggs sit at the opposite end. I can't stand the smell. Friends and family think it is funny to try to make me ill by eating egg salad in my presence. Most breakfast/brunch menus focus on the egg dishes any way, with maybe a sad little waffle or pancake offering as an after thought, so I would rather eat a continental breakfast at home and go out for dinner and dessert.

                                                                                1. re: quof

                                                                                  if it's really that bad i'd assume you just don't go out for those meals, period...because it's not like you can really ask the people at neighboring tables to refrain from ordering egg dishes :)

                                                                                  i was a vegetarian for 21 years, and during that time i found the smell of meat in any form absolutely nauseating...but i dealt with it because i wasn't willing to abandon the social experience of sharing meals at "regular" restaurants with all my family and friends, and i couldn't drag them to veg spots every time.

                                                                                  1. re: quof

                                                                                    Wow- you have some mean friends and family.

                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                      I'm with quof -- I think egg salad is the most disgusting foodstuff on earth. I can't stand the smell, the way it looks, I don't even like the way it sounds! I think I'd rather eat live bugs!

                                                                                      And I had a boss who used to tease me (oh look, your favorite, want some, etc.) every time she brought egg salad sandwiches to work.

                                                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                        I have no problem with eggs fried, shirred, poached, or scrambled, but something about egg salad just makes me want to blow my oats. I had a coworker who would always bring in hardboiled eggs, nuke them, peel them, and dump out the yolks and eat the whites. It smelled like a drunken Irishman's pickled egg farts.

                                                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                          Wow, some people really are childish. I can't believe that person became a manager!

                                                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                                                            Well, I often said she reminded me of a two-year-old. But aside from her warped sense of humor she wasn't a bad boss.

                                                                                  2. re: quof

                                                                                    Yeah, if you like food with egg in it, you like eggs. My husband has an egg allergy (extremely annoying as I'm a pastry chef) and I've learned to give the side-eye to people who claim to hate egg, but enjoy it in things.

                                                                                    1. re: richnessa

                                                                                      I call BS on this (amicably, of course). Lots of people like what eggs do in, say, baked goods, without enjoying their flavor or texture on their own.

                                                                                      1. re: LauraGrace

                                                                                        Agree! I haaaate eggs but can tolerate them on great french toast and of course in baked goods. I also love "eggy breads" like challah.

                                                                                  3. re: mpjmph

                                                                                    love eggs. hate coffee. i even dislike the smell of coffee.

                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                      I don't like coffee either. I always thought I was alone on that one.

                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                        Tradesies? Despise eggs. Love coffee and have loved coffee flavored everything since childhood.

                                                                                      2. re: mpjmph

                                                                                        It seems like half the threads on CH have egg-hater rants. I despised anything egg until I was 21 and married someone who could fry them perfectly. Now I love just about any egg except for boiled (hard or soft), or fried eggs that are not perfectly "over medium." Egg salad? Mmmmmmm...the only way to use boiled eggs. Eggs Benedict -- when done properly, the greatest of all breakfasts!

                                                                                      3. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                        I don't mind eggs for breakfast but there's something about having 987 types of egg dishes for brunch that just pisses me off. That's the time of day I could usually go for some soup or a sandwich but, no, they're serving brunch which means they only have 987 types of eggs. I don't know whether this is an egg hate thing or a brunch hate thing or both. Probably the latter, since I've always felt that bruch involved taking two decent meals and making one lousy, crowded one with a slice of canteloupe. $23.95.

                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                          served on a steam table that maintains steady level of tepid while maximising rubbery textures.

                                                                                          And this weekend only, a complimentary Mimosa made with Cold Duck and Tang.

                                                                                          (I love eating breakfast late, but I recoil at "brunch", too...they're usually gross -- EXCEPT for Brennan's in NOLA. THAT was killer.)

                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                            Agreed. I'll make the exception for breakfast/brunch at Brennan's. It probably has something to do with all that hollandaise sauce. Or the crabmeat sardou. Or maybe it was the champagne cocktails. I don't remember. I was pretty drunk at the time.

                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                              the combination of genuinely good food with the dregs of a hangover from the night before probably combines to make the magic!

                                                                                        2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                          amen, thought i was the only one who dislikes eggs. I tolerate them if they are scrambled and cooked till they start to brown, but omg, sunny side up or over easy, makes me feel queasy just looking at them. And poached is just as bad. If you gotta use eggs for breakfast put them in waffles or pancakes or at least french toast. can't explain why I love mayonnaise.

                                                                                          i am also just about incapable of choking down any kind of porridge, be it oatmeal, cream of wheat, polenta, grits, or jook (rice porridge) it gets about 1/4 of the way down my throat and just stops. not overly fond of any kind of cereal with milk, but will happily munch away on dry cold cereal, sweet or not.

                                                                                          any other kind of carb is good, from toast to crepes to donuts, cinnamon buns, biscuits, muffins, cornbread, bagels. people who don't like toast must not be putting enough butter on the toast. naw, thats not fair... they probably wonder about me and eggs. i will also happily eat almost any breakfast meat, although canned corned beef hash right out of the can is rough for me.

                                                                                          Never have developed a taste for coffee, but i sure am glad when others are drinking it for breakfast, i just love the smell.

                                                                                          And for those of you who are very particular about brunch should put the Halekulani in Waikiki on their list of possibilities.

                                                                                        3. I'm with you on the donuts, or cinammon rolls. Anything sweet, no thanks. That includes waffles or pancakes. Too early for sweet stuff for me.

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                                                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                            I agree on the sweet stuff. But I do make pancakes at home once in a while, with no sugar, which makes them totally breakfast-worthy.

                                                                                            1. re: piccola

                                                                                              Sans sugar, and topped with a few sausages and a med. fried egg? A classic yum of a breakfast "sandwich." With you all the way on this one, piccola.

                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                I'm glad you mentioned the sandwich -- that's totally where I was going with it (though without the meat for me, thanks).

                                                                                            2. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                              As I've said higher up, not all pancakes are sweet. I make crêpes and other pancakes with no sugar whatsoever. In some kinds, I like adding in some chickpea/garbanzo flour. And aromatic (not hot) spices.

                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                My family Christmas breakfast is Swedish pancakes (very eggy and we make them with no sugar) served with turkey gravy.

                                                                                                We don't have turkey gravy often, so it's not something we eat other times of the year, but it makes a mighty fine breakfast. Like biscuits and gravy but less heavy.

                                                                                            3. I could never get past the idea of cereal with milk and a cup of OJ. In general, OJ for breakfast is not my preferred drink.

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                                                                                              1. re: dave_c

                                                                                                Breakfast in general is not my preferred meal of the day. Most days I eat a banana and drink a small glass of OJ, but interestingly, when in Asian countries I'd line up for a bowl of hot noodle soup, be it pho or a western Chinese bowl of noodles and meat. A hot stuffed Chinese bread or xiao long bao work too. The notion of bacon and eggs, pancakes, waffles or cold cereal with milk or yogurt doesn't do it for me at all. If I'm forced to go for brunch, I'll order a bagel with lox, but no cream cheese. Porridge or cream of wheat don't interest me, but I'll eat congee if it's savoury.

                                                                                                1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                  One of the best breakfasts I ever had was at some hotel in NYC, where I took from the Japanese breakfast bar rice, broiled salmon, and tsukemono, those fabulous best-in-the-world pickles. I felt awesome all day, tromping around Manhattan as a tourist with my husband, kids, and a raging chest cold in the pouring October rain. That breakfast was in 2002, and I will likely remember it for years.

                                                                                                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                    @sweetpea, totally random question...if it was lunch or dinner, would you put cream cheese on the bagel? i'm just curious if your aversion to dairy is limited to breakfast.

                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                      Admittedly, I'm just all about the lox. I don't mind cream cheese in a cream cheese, cucumber and watercress sandwich, though I prefer to drain 2% yogurt to cream cheese consistency or else use a goat cheese product. Something about the flavour of cream cheese, particularly the Philly product, doesn't work for me. Real deli cream cheese is tasty, but again, I don't want it on a bagel. On a thinner piece of bread, maybe.

                                                                                                      1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                        ROFL...oh, how green the grass is!

                                                                                                        Here in France, Philly has been available, but very hard to find and extremely expensive. (The local equivalents, Kiri, St Moret, and a few similar) taste fine and work fine in ingredients, so I honest don't crave the Philly.

                                                                                                        BUT. Philly has just begun a marketing push, and everybody's going gaga for it -- cheesecake recipes, using it on their toast, etc., etc., etc.....

                                                                                                        Kinda funny to watch it developing.

                                                                                                2. American style porkbelly bacon. Sorry, just not my cup of tea.

                                                                                                  1. Curious....are donuts only an "American" thing?

                                                                                                    A churro is like a donut, but I don't think they'd eat them in Mexico for breakfast.

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                                                                                                    1. re: monku

                                                                                                      they do in the Spanish-speaking islands of the Caribbean.

                                                                                                      1. re: monku

                                                                                                        It depends on how broadly you define donut. US donuts can be anything from a cake or yeast batter ring to a jelly or cream filled puff, or you can forget the circle shape altogether if you include crullers and long johns. There are fried dough pastries throughout the world, but the names for those pastries tend to refer to a specific pastry with distinctive characteristics that make sufganiyot sufganiyot or make rosquillas rosquillas. In the US, however, the casual observer would likely just call these pastries donuts. That's pretty much a longabout way of saying donuts aren't just American and yes they eat churros at breakfast or any time of day throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                          I'm thinking of donuts like you'd see at a Dunkin Donuts. I'm sure other countries have fried sugar coated offerings of some kind.

                                                                                                          1. re: monku

                                                                                                            There are Chinese crullers (yiao-tiou), which are alot of times eaten for breakfast. But they are not sweet like the American kind.

                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                Doesn't exactly go well on it's own with coffee.
                                                                                                                If they served that in a donut shop it would be considered the worst donut ever.

                                                                                                                1. re: monku

                                                                                                                  No one eats them with coffee. Soaked in Chinese soy milk or wrapped in sesame bread.

                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                    I know what they go with, I order them with my jook if they're made fresh.
                                                                                                                    I just said they don't go with coffee.

                                                                                                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                  When I was in college, I used to buy those crullers at a little Chinese market that had a dim sum counter in the back. Cleverly they romanized the name as "You Tell" which spawned all sorts of jokes among my friends.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                    Cleverly they romanized the name as "You Tell" which spawned all sorts of jokes among my friends.
                                                                                                                    __________________________

                                                                                                                    That's not a romanticized name.

                                                                                                                    It's the Pinyin of the Chinese name (油條) -- a literal phonetic translation, if you will.

                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                      I wrote romanized, as in "rendering in roman letters."
                                                                                                                      Of course, I often romanticized about the flavor of these.
                                                                                                                      Still, I think You Tell was fairly clever.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                        A little on the freehand Pinyin side, properly "you tiao".

                                                                                                            1. Anything sweet in the morning just isn't my thing. When I was a kid, I could eat half a box of Lucky Charms and feel fine, but now? Not so much. Ideally, a piece of toast with butter or half a bowl of cereal <10 grams of sugar per serving is okay very early, and then I want a savory meal at 9:30. Of course, this doesn't happen on weekdays!

                                                                                                              1. Eggs! I just am not fond of them. That's why steak and eggs is a great breakfast...if you just leave the eggs.

                                                                                                                1. My Grandpa Owen had a slice or two of balloon bread with molasses on it every morning, poured on thick so as to require utensils. I would rather not have that. Nor any sweetened, flavored, colored and coated kids' cereal, nor Maypo nor Cream of Wheat. I would like Weetabix if it didn't dissolve to mush instantly.

                                                                                                                  Aside from that, bring it on. Grits, scrapple, sausage, bacon, fish cakes, eggs, gravy, steak, fish, chicken, biscuits, toast …

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                    Captain Crunch.Boo Berries,Count Chocula etc etc...
                                                                                                                    Donuts,waffles,french toast,no problem

                                                                                                                  2. for me, eggs are for dinner! i hate eggs in the morning, but love them later in the day.

                                                                                                                    1. I never eat cereal, literally never. I hate all the doughnuts I've tried to greasy and...doughy? I'm not big on bacon either. I never eat bagels. I usually like toast with avocado, an egg or yogurt, and fruit.

                                                                                                                      1. cold cereal, waffles, sweet stuff.

                                                                                                                        1. I don't think doughnuts make a good breakfast. But the plain glazed doughnuts I like best, I don't think of as being really sweet, or too sweet for breakfast. Of typical breakfast foods, the only thing I can think of that I don't want to eat ever, is milk gravy. I've eaten this as a child, but I just don't want it as an adult. I don't have it as an option very often, but when I do, I just have to say no. Oh, the other thing is typical white bread. And while I am thinking about it, I realize I detest sweetened cereals too.

                                                                                                                          1. Definitely agree on the donuts/sweet stuff for breakfast. There are a few exceptions: my mom makes cinnamon rolls on Christmas, and occasionally I make sweet french toast (but I'm more partial to savory).

                                                                                                                            I'm really not a big fan of cold cereals, although I love hot cereal. I have never understood why anyone would want to eat soggy cereal in sugar-flavored milk. In college, everyone seemed to be obsessed with the wall of cereals at the dining commons (for all meals), which always seemed kinda funny to me.

                                                                                                                            Another thing I just don't "get" is the American obsession with sugary yogurt and juice as a "healthy" breakfast. I like Greek yogurt with some berries or chopped nuts, but I can't understand the key-lime pie flavored low fat stuff.

                                                                                                                            People think I'm crazy when I just put butter on my pancakes or waffles. I will always turn down the sticky maple-flavored syrup with powdered sugar and whipped cream: it's breakfast, not dessert. Real maple syrup is a different story, but even that can be a bit sweet.

                                                                                                                            Strangely enough, I do really love breakfast. I know a lot of people who just don't eat breakfast, and I can't do that. Seems like the American breakfast sweets are such overkill that many Americans only have breakfast on the weekends.

                                                                                                                            1. Pancakes. My wife and son love them, but I just force myself to get through them when we have them at home. Flabby fried dough.

                                                                                                                              1. I used to love pancakes and waffles as a kid. Pancakes now have no appeal--bloating carb discs filling my belly is a shitty way to start the day. My DH loves pancakes and I enjoy a maple syrup-soaked bite, but that's it. Waffles I can do occasionally, but they have to be soft. Don't give me a hard, over-inflated Beglian monstrosity.
                                                                                                                                Even cereal can be tricky. I prefer a relatively low sugar variety, but no cardboard. Unlike the days growing up, when I ate Count Chocula and Captain Crunch...even Lucky Charms.
                                                                                                                                Yuck!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                  Unlike the days growing up, when I ate Count Chocula and Captain Crunch...even Lucky Charms.
                                                                                                                                  Yuck!
                                                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                  i was thinking about that, and i realized that even when i was young i didn't usually go for the really sugary cereals for breakfast. most days i wanted Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, or Rice Krispies with a banana sliced in...or maybe Apple Jacks or Alpha Bits for something on the sweeter side. when i did want the really sweet stuff (usually as a "special treat") it was always chocolate - Cocoa Puffs/Krispies,/Pebbles or Count Chocula.

                                                                                                                                  of course as i got *older* i consumed more than my share of Honeycomb, Golden Grahams, Honey Bunches of Oats, Cap'n Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc. once i discovered the joys of eating them by the handful straight from the box in the midst of a raging case of the munchies ;)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                    Good health, I know you can't eat gluten, but do you like pancakes made with chickpea flour? Can you digest buckwheat crêpes?

                                                                                                                                2. Orange juice. I HATE oranges and orange flavor. Sometimes, rarely, if the flavor is mixed with something it becomes tolerable to me (cranberries and orange can work for me, orange and chocolate still tastes disgusting to me).

                                                                                                                                  I'm still the only person I've ever known to hate oranges so much too. :)

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cherveny

                                                                                                                                    That is unusual! I adore fresh OJ but have to limit to a few ounces when I do enjoy it for breakfast, due to the high sugar content.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                      Whats funny though, I like pretty much all other citrus (not orange related ones though, like tangerines, etc :) ) but lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc etc.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cherveny

                                                                                                                                        i'm not as much of a hater as you are, but orange is definitely my least favorite citrus. and i've never understood people who drink OJ in the morning immediately after brushing their teeth! {shudder}

                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                          I don't get that either. Why would someone take the time to brush their teeth and then injest a mouthful + of sugar?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                            My high school BF used to say that drinking OJ after brushing was like having your teeth etched.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                          me too, sadly. for years and years oj was my breakfast - a big glass of it - and if i didn't have it, i got a headache! i think i joined WW years ago (yes, multiple times over the years) and stopped the oj because of the calories from sugar, and now points because juice doesn't have the fiber content the actual fruit does. But i still love it. nothing like a giant glass of juice for a hangover.

                                                                                                                                          Now i drink fizzy lemon or lime water, or sometimes diet coke.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                            I like a little orange juice mixed with a lot of club soda or pellegrino or what not. It makes for a very good full juice substitute I think.

                                                                                                                                      2. I am just not a donut person. I cannot stand them. Even in New Orleans, when everyone is getting all ga-ga over Beigneits, I just go for the coffee. In addition, I despise cold cereal. Even as a kid, the only cold cereals I would eat were Raisin Bran and Life. Don't like pancakes, don't like waffles, don't like breakfast sausage and cannot stand hash browns or home fries. I do like bacon and love eggs--especially poached..and I love toast. However, my favorite breakfast is oatmeal. I have it most every day. Oatmeal with a tablespoon of flax and some friut--but I warm up the fruit and it is yummy. During the summer, I enjoy low fat greek yogurt with fruit. If I'm travelling down South, I cannot resist a nice serving of grits. When I'm in France, my fave breakfast, although not American is, a bowl--yes a bowl of coffee and a brioche. I will admit though, the the best breakfasts I ever ate were the breakfasts in Ireland. I don't like breakfast sausage, but those blood sausages, or blood puddings were amazing.

                                                                                                                                        Quite honestly, I think donuts should be banned altogether.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                                          " I think donuts should be banned altogether"
                                                                                                                                          Blasphemer!!!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                                            Wait, wait, wait. I too am for the banning of doughnuts. However, having never tried one, I have convinced myself that I would love beignets. Are you telling me that they are essentially the same thing?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                Hmm, I like churros, so . . . maybe I would like them?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: FeeFee34

                                                                                                                                                  probably -- they're not all that much like churros, either (see below)

                                                                                                                                              2. re: FeeFee34

                                                                                                                                                eh, but in the same way that an angel food cake and a pound cake are the same thing...

                                                                                                                                                beignets are divine, and yeah, you'd probably love them.

                                                                                                                                            1. I don't like pancakes, period. However, I think sweet things are for dessert, not a way to start the day off. You need protein in the morning. Having tons of sugar and carbs (donuts, muffins, waffles, pancakes, etc)in the morning is not a good idea. Americans are fat because they think this is an acceptable breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                                                                                                                Actually, there's a school of thought amongst nutritionists that the old saw that says one should "Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince, Dine like a pauper" is pretty accurate. (I suspect that the main proponents of this are folks like me, who start dreaming of breakfast until it wakes them up ravenous!) The problem with too many Americans is they do the first part right and blow it on the rest. Mrs. O and I have sort of moved in that direction, with most of our fat and carbs consumed by midday and then, say, a bit of meat or fish and a cooked veg or salad for supper, and it seems to be working, even without the exercise component operational yet (waiting for long well-lit evenings). Yes, you need protein in the morning, but there's experimental evidence that fat and carbs should be in there, too. NOT sugar, though I slip a bit into my coffee …

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                  "start dreaming of breakfast until it wakes them up ravenous"

                                                                                                                                                  Oh, I am SO like this!! I wake up every morning with my mouth watering for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                  I try to front-load my calories in the day, My breakfasts probably have more calories (and a very even balance of complex carbs, protein, and good, natural fat) than any other meal I eat, celebratory meals excepted.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                    Actually, there's a school of thought amongst nutritionists that the old saw that says one should "Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince, Dine like a pauper" is pretty accurate ... The problem with too many Americans is they do the first part right and blow it on the rest.
                                                                                                                                                    ____________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                                    Actually, the problem is that American "Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a pharaoh, and Dinner like a dictator."

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                      Obviously it varies from person to person. I'm a big believer in listening to my body, and my body tells me it doesn't want to eat in the morning. My rule of thumb is that I'm not hungry until 10 a.m. or two hours after I wake up, whichever comes earlier. But if I'm having a quiet Sunday at home, I often don't bother to eat until after noon -- if I'm puttering around the house, it can be mid-afternoon (by then my blood sugar is getting low and I get cranky).

                                                                                                                                                      On a typical weekday I wake up at 7, eat a light meal (about 200 calories) when I get to work around 9 (that two-hour thing kicks in) and that will hold me until lunchtime. If I do eat a big breakfast, then I generally find it makes me logy (if it's high fat) or hungrier the rest of the day (if it's high carb -- probably some kind of insulin rebound cycle).

                                                                                                                                                      As for what I won't eat in the morning ... omelets. I don't dislike them particularly, but something about the combination of eggs and cheese in the morning literally makes me sick to my stomach.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on the never wanting to eat much in the morning., but my rule of thumb is only simple carbs before 10am or I end up feeling both queasy and overeating the rest of the day.

                                                                                                                                                        So I'll have a can of Coca Cola (sugar plus caffeine-I'm also not a fan of hot beverages in the morning so no coffee, hot tea, etc.) and maybe a small dinner roll with jam and that takes me through to lunch.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: beachmouse

                                                                                                                                                          I do best with a little protein and fat. I usually have 5 ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of preserves or honey; if I feel that I need some caffeine, then a cup of tea with a dollop of half-and-half (that's my perfect 200 calories).

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                          You know, it's not required to have cheese in your omelets! There are many, many other options.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, but I'm not crazy about eggs, either. :-) The cheese makes them more palatable, but then it just sits in my tummy like lead.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: spinachandchocolate

                                                                                                                                                        I think that it's extremely possible to make delicious healthy muffins and high-protein pancakes. Food is both for nourishment and some level of enjoyment if you have the luxury of choice, so if I can't stand the thought of meat and eggs and plain yogurt in the morning, I'm not going to force my body to have them.

                                                                                                                                                      3. I can't have pastries or anything sweet for breakfast (besides fruit). I also don't like anything fried that early.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Savory all the way for bfast- anything sweet fills me up too fast. As a service industry slave, breakfast for me usually comes "late" (around 8am) and is probably the only thing I'll eat until 5-6pm, so I make it a MEAL...cheesy grits with two poached eggs and toast is an avg workday, although some mornings I make myself "real" food like whole wheat pasta with spinach and poached eggs. I need something warm in the morning, cold cereal or a bland bowl of artificially flavored oatmeal is not going to cut it for a 12 hour shift on my feet. And I really, REALLY love poached eggs...so they work into virtually any meal before noon.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Unless it's early afternoon brunch at a local spot on the weekend, there is hardly a time where I would find traditional breakfast foods appealing or even edible. The idea of cold milk and cereal to me is pretty repulsive, especially. I like having a slice of cheese and a few bites of a piece of fruit with my coffee, but one of my absolute most favorite breakfast foods is vegetable soup! I almost get a craving for a hot bowl of minestrone or garden vegetable with a slice of toast most mornings. Weird.

                                                                                                                                                            1. -Milk: only for cooking, never straight. Dad called it "cow squeezins".
                                                                                                                                                              -Cereal: I grew up eating it every morning; haven't had any since 1979.
                                                                                                                                                              -Donuts: I had 1 KrispyKreme years ago, I had a chocolate Hostess Donette 2 years ago on a cross-country roadtrip.
                                                                                                                                                              -Orange or tomato juice: Only w/vodka.
                                                                                                                                                              -Apple fritters: I eat a few a year, but not for breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                              -I was never a big bacon fan. Sausage, cottage bacon; yes.
                                                                                                                                                              -I usually have dinner leftovers for breakfast or just some toast.
                                                                                                                                                              Full Disclosure:
                                                                                                                                                              I did work nights for several years, so maybe that skewed me. Eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast, and beer still happens ocasionally on a weekend.
                                                                                                                                                              Hammy

                                                                                                                                                              1. I don't like:
                                                                                                                                                                sausage
                                                                                                                                                                American pancakes or waffles
                                                                                                                                                                scrambled eggs

                                                                                                                                                                1. For me it would be grits for sure (taste so bland, don't care how much cheese you add!) and cereal (I have it as a snack during the day but not for breakfast). Oh yeah and bagels (just don't like them in general).

                                                                                                                                                                  Bring me the waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and donuts all day long. I am a self admitted sweet addict though and barely have them in order to control myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FrostyGhost

                                                                                                                                                                    I love grits for breakfast, but I don't normally add cheese or butter, just a decent amount of salt -- you'd be surprised at the difference it makes. I basically treat grits as savoury oatmeal.

                                                                                                                                                                    I find a whole bagel is too much bread at breakfast. But half a bagel, toasted, with a side of yogurt is pretty close to perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                      I like my grits with some salt and butter, plus lots of pepper. They must be eaten hot, cold grits don't work for me.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                        Oatmeal porridge should be savoury, at least if you are a Scot. It can be a lovely food if combined with savoury ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                        Or fresh fruit, if you do like a bit sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                        Porridge can be made with a lot of other grains added to oats or in lieu of them.

                                                                                                                                                                        And yes, you can add a bit of heat.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I typically enjoy this but most people don't. I drown all my breakfast pork products in maple syrup.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not, but I have some Canadian friends :D

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: takadi

                                                                                                                                                                            Makes sense. Sometimes the syrup spreads on the eggs, too, which is oddly delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pancakes are just not something I'm ok with. With the high absorbancy factor, they make me think of a cleaning sponge. I don't like any sweet things first thing. If I'm having a later brunch, a sweet pastry is ok with me. But a breakfast I'd make for myself on weekdays usually will be some variety of cheese and crackers. Or maybe a little toasted ham sandwich. I do like omelets, but again that's more of a brunch thing for me. Always unsweetened iced tea to drink.
                                                                                                                                                                        For a period of time when I lived in the Czech Republic, I did enjoy a beer for breakfast--a lot of people did. I figure that's not a good habit to get back into here in the US :D

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Waffles, especially with whipped cream
                                                                                                                                                                          Fake maple syrup
                                                                                                                                                                          Granola (keep it the hell away from me, I don't want to hear you crunching around like fifty horses eating carrots)
                                                                                                                                                                          Cold cereal, it should be eaten dry as an evening snack
                                                                                                                                                                          Most fruit, mangoes being the exception
                                                                                                                                                                          Croissants
                                                                                                                                                                          Muffins - yuck, I even despise the name
                                                                                                                                                                          Cold toast- if it isn't hot out of the toaster, forget it
                                                                                                                                                                          Cottage cheese, as much as I love good cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                                          bad tortillas, and burritos in general (a few exceptions there)
                                                                                                                                                                          continental breakfasts in general also
                                                                                                                                                                          Almost forgot- home fries! Gross! Give me some browned hash browns.
                                                                                                                                                                          Hot coffee in the summer. Iced tea, please, and no sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                          I thnk i'm crankier in the morning than I realize, looking at this list. I like either a good gutbomb breakfast or nothing at all until lunch. A gutbomb breakfast has me skipping lunch, because i"m not EVEN hungry yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. Orange juice - I stay away from most juices in general, but orange juice is just like swallowing syrup to me
                                                                                                                                                                            Breakfast burritos
                                                                                                                                                                            Anything with onions
                                                                                                                                                                            Smoked salmon

                                                                                                                                                                            1. No boxed cereals, children's foods really. No one above the age of 12 should be eating that stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                              No shredded wheat.

                                                                                                                                                                              No cloyingly sweet pancakes or waffles.

                                                                                                                                                                              No greasy bacon and susages.

                                                                                                                                                                              ..and, ESPECIALLY no eggs sunny-side up, with that drippy yellow egg yolk seeping out, the tasteless weird egg-white flappy stuff, and the grossest of all: that greyish pad thing-from-hell underneath the egg yolk. I don't know how people can eat eggs that way. And I'm not going to go into the GROSS FOOD.. KING_OF_KINGS: 'soft boiled eggs', the very thought of which, has me running to get Compazine.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                One of my earliest (perhaps the earliest) memories I have is staring with loathing at a dish of soft boiled egg my mother was trying to feed me, and the feeling hasn't changed in the 50 years since then.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                    varies by the person -- I still enjoy soft-cooked eggs, but one of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandmother's lap dunking buttered toast "soldiers" in the yolk, with the smell of her coffee drifting around me. It's definitely a comfort food for me.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Nope, I enjoy everything. Guess I am the only one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LorenM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Food, in general, is not good at breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LorenM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree!! I'll eat anything for breakfast!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Poached eggs. Gross. Also, grits.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pop tarts, or anything resembling them, for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Personally, I don't like OJ. Too acidic first thing in the morning. Great later in the day, but just too much acid for my taste to be part of my first meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also not to crazy about sweet cold cereas, especially the chocolate ones. Count Chocula will never be on my breakfast table.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Who considers donuts to be proper breakfast food? No one I know. Donuts are junk food, pure and simple.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The most staple of American breakfast I can not stand to eat in the morning. Bacon and eggs. I love them just can not stomach them in the morning. I just can't stand greasy food or heavy foods in the morning I will feel kinda queasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually the only food I can eat in the morning is cereal haha. Which seems to be unpopular on this thread...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Anything too greasy or fried, in large amounts, and anything too sweet as well; fried eggs and sausage, donuts, and danishes are too much for me first thing in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Ah, resurrecting an old thread. Okay, I'm bored today.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't care for any sort of sweet baked goods for breakfast. To my palate, "sweet" is for dessert only.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Factoid: Belgium may be famous for waffles, but Belgians do not eat waffles for breakfast. Rather, they're considered an afternoon sort of snack that you'd eat on the go. My Belgian-born wife likes to point this out every time we see waffles on a breakfast menu in the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I've never liked Poptarts
                                                                                                                                                                                                I love grits and never enjoyed cream of wheat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Donuts AND waffles. And cinnamon rolls. Most sweets, in fact. Now, after a nice savory breakfast, if I'm filling in a crack at 11 am, with another cup of coffee...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. My perfect breakfast is a balance of fresh, fatty, salty, fruity, and sweet; with a perfect cup or three of plain hot tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don't really drink juice - it's all sugar. Whole fruit is my choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The sweet part of breakfast has to be small and of especially high quality, otherwise the calories and sugar aren't worth it. I'm not a fan of generic spongy white American pancakes, but when they're made with a bit of whole wheat and sour cream and are small and tender, served with real maple syrup and unsalted butter, they're great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do like dinner leftovers and noodle bowls for breakfast, too. Leftovers can be thrown into eggs and/or a tortilla and be smashingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Big fan of breakfast - would never skip it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This thread may be an oldie, but it's a goodie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    EDIT: I like lightly dressed baby greens on my breakfast plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Any of the sweet shit with which many Americans like to start their days: poptarts, donuts, sugary cereals, the way-too-thick pancakes drowned in "syrup", etc. etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gimme a German breakfast any old day & I'll be a happy camper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A German breakfast - please describe! Is it meats, breads, cheese?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Various kinds of breads, cheeses, hams & other cold cuts, soft-boiled, scrambled or fried eggs, coffee, milk + whatever one else wants to add.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Buffalo mozzarella & tomatoes, trout caviar & cream cheese on toast, fruit.... it's quite a delight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is! And such wonderful hearty bread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know some people here don't like pancakes, but I make pancakes/crêpes with chickpea flour and other nutritious non-gluten flours (or with leftover quinoa) for non-gluten-eating friends, and do them on a supposedly non-toxic ceramic non-stick pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I make a whole wheat, pecan, and coconut pancake that we really love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I love almost all sweets, but for whatever reason the deep fried quality and texture of doughnuts make it the one dessert I can't stand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other than that, I'm actually in the complete opposite camp. I can't stand anything savory at breakfast time--no meat, eggs, cheese, beans, or potatoes for me. Ideally I'd have a French croissant and a cappuccino, but I'll also happily have toast with butter and a little salt, super soggy bran cereal in almond milk, or a ginormous bowl of fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FeeFee34

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not always a doughnut person but I love a home made coffee cake

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes! But I mean in the sense that I would prefer a coffee that TASTES like cake to go right along with my coffee, rather than a cake that's dry and thus often eaten alongside coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FeeFee34

                                                                                                                                                                                                                coffee cake shouldn't be dry. Although I like your idea of a coffee cake flavored coffee. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: C70

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Even lowfat varieties such as turkey or chicken sausage? I don't eat a big breakfast, but I crave protein (not necessarily animal) in the morning. I loved living in Italy and France, but I would make sure I had some cheese, some sliced turkey or chicken, or some other protein (but not too fatty) food in the morning. If not, I get a headache.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ipse, are you anti-油條 for breakfast also? Or is it the sweetness of the doughnut that's the deal breaker for you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Pancakes, waffles, French toast, Cinnamon rolls anything too sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Eggs, in the traditional sense (scrambled, fried, poached etc.) I did finally figure out that egg salad spread open-faced on a toasted slice of 5 grain bread is pretty good, so I'm changing my ways.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I never ate before lunch anyway. A cup of coffee, juice, and I was off to work. I'd drive by and see folks lined up for the breakfast sandwiches at Dunkin, Panera and others - just didn't have an interest in eating so early.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Orange juice , fruit , cereal .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. If I'm going to have a sweet, fried breakfast roll, I'll have an apple fritter bfore anything else. I suppose this happens maybe four or five times a year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The apple fritter is the King of the donut world!!