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Riff on a previous thread...if you could have anything for breakfast, every day (health and weight issues aside), what would it be?

Christina D Mar 1, 2013 05:24 AM

For me, it would be eggs benedict, in every interpretation known to man.

Alas, for health reasons, I'm mainly a fruit and almond girl now.

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    Violatp RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 05:27 AM

    The ham & cheese croissants from Tartine in San Francisco. Or one of those giant platters of smothered hash browns.

    I like pancakes but they're too much of a gut bomb even if they were magically zero carb!

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      Jpan99 RE: Violatp Mar 2, 2013 05:01 PM

      Either pancakes with blueberries, butter and real maple syrup or a big, fresh baked bagel slathered with cream cheese. I think I'd like to alternate these two. But maybe throw in an egg and cheese English muffin now and then...and some homemade raspberry muffins once in a while...and some donuts from my local bakery...I guess I wouldn't want just one thing forever!

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      Maximilien RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:02 AM

      a couple of oeuf à la coque with black truffles and a black truffle brioche.

      with a side of good bacon !!

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        Cinnamonster RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:13 AM

        If I am to stick with traditional breakfast items, I'm split between pancakes and muffins. I'd probably side with pancakes (topped with maple syrup) if I'm eating out (I can't force myself not to use whole wheat and mine never turn out fluffy), and muffins if I had to make them myself. Or both since health and weight issues are not to be considered.

        If I'm going non-traditional breakfast items, definitely pie.

        1. mudcat RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:22 AM

          Country Ham, Eggs, Grits, Red Eye Gravy, buttered Buttermilk Biscuits, Cafe Au Lait and Abita Beer.

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            MGZ RE: mudcat Mar 1, 2013 06:30 AM

            Yeah, I'll take a beer with my sandwich too. Good point.

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              Monch RE: mudcat Mar 7, 2013 08:39 AM

              If I can switch out for sausage gravy and a Sazerac, I will break fast with Mudcat!

            2. MGZ RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:26 AM

              Well, I have this sandwich "concept", if you will, that I sometimes will indulge in. I call it the "Three Little Piggies" and it is based upon the classic, NJ pork roll and cheese sandwich. To get to three "piggies", one must select from the following: pork roll, ham, bacon, sausage patty, and scrapple. It's served on a true hard roll, with American cheese and is actually best if you wrap it in foil or butchers paper for a minute or two before eating.* A fried egg, like the ketchup, is optional.

              *It can be hard to wait, but this "deli style" approach permits a bit of steaming of the roll and melding of the totality of the monstrosity.

              Edit - For what it's worth, the best version was pork roll, scrapple, and bacon with egg and cheese. Also, I tried a four piggie version, with everything but the scrapple and omitted the egg. It was good, but a bit "over meaty" even for me. Someday, someone will dare try the five piggie version with egg and cheese, hell, maybe even add a burger, if you have the stones . . . .

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                Pwmfan RE: MGZ Mar 1, 2013 05:24 PM

                This sounds damned good!

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                  HillJ RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2013 04:56 AM

                  They call that sandwich The Rocket at Gems, Hazlet.

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                    MGZ RE: HillJ Mar 2, 2013 05:47 AM

                    Which one? Do they let you pick? I have to buy a lot more than I need when I make a sandwich at home (it's a bit indulgent for the Mrs., she's a PR, E & C girl.

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                      HillJ RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2013 07:50 AM

                      The one by the Toys R Us. It's an excellent sandwich, you can order it with or without any of the full Rocket lineup. Made to order and superb.

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                        MGZ RE: HillJ Mar 2, 2013 11:30 AM

                        Sorry, I meant how many meats and what types can I select from? Do they have scrapple? It's hard to find this side of the Delaware.

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                  Nanzi RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:32 AM

                  2 eggs over meduim, bacon, and really crispy hashbrowns with some cayenne, salt & freshly ground black pepper. We've been eating low carb for over a year, and I really miss my rice, preferably Basmati, and spuds of all kinds. I cave occasionally and have a little of each.

                  1. alliegator RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 07:13 AM

                    Buttery scrambled eggs, creamed, chipped beef over biscuits and a big ol' screwdriver :)
                    And then I'll take my multivitamin.

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                      Christina D RE: alliegator Mar 1, 2013 12:34 PM

                      Oooohhhh...forgot the chipped beef. I only have it twice a year (once on vacation and once at Easter) because I will literally eat it and eat it until I can't take another bite.

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                        alliegator RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 12:55 PM

                        Well, if you're temped to make thrice yearly and are in the mood for a really lowbrow meal, grab some poppin' fresh dough and the frozen Stouffer's chipped beef. Heaven.

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                        Pwmfan RE: alliegator Mar 1, 2013 05:30 PM

                        Replace the screwdriver with an OJ/coconut rum/lime twist and you'll be on a tropical vacation!

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                        jujuthomas RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 07:41 AM

                        I LOVE breakfast food, so that's a difficult choice, but I think I would love to have a really good spicy bloody mary every morning with the meat/eggs/carb of the day!

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                          laliz RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 07:51 AM

                          eggs (over medium); loaded home fries (chili, avocado, cheese); steak (rare); whole wheat toast; black coffee and ice water. Thanks.

                          1. splatgirl RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 07:52 AM

                            Insert sugary, buttery, refined flour carb item here____________, plus some version of buttery eggs, dairy and greasy fried meat.
                            Any/all with a side of perfect raised donuts and hot coffee.
                            Avocado toast with sunny side up, crispy edge fried eggs, caramelized onions and siracha mayo.
                            Don't forget the donuts.

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                              jujuthomas RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 08:09 AM

                              ooh, the green chili breakfast burrito at the Village Inn (?) chain near my best friends home in CO.

                              with a bloody mary.

                              1. pinehurst RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 08:27 AM

                                Cretons on good thick homemade toast, crisp bacon and two gorgeous eggs over easy.

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                                  prolix RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 08:27 AM

                                  Is someone else buying and making it for me? Because if yes, I'll take a half-dozen oysters with lemon, two poached eggs over greens & lardons, two Kos Kaffe cappuccinos, and a bloody mary with a small side of super-crispy hash browns.

                                  In real life, I'm coffee & cream—then eventually some yogurt or eggs or leftovers.

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                                    Querencia RE: prolix Mar 9, 2013 01:32 PM

                                    Prolix, head for Brennan's in New Orleans. They do a variation on Eggs Benedict that puts fried oysters on the bottom, under the eggs and the sauce, instead of an English muffin.

                                  2. lisavf RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 08:50 AM

                                    Chocolate cake.

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                                      jbsiegel RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 12:51 PM

                                      One of three things:

                                      1. Two fried eggs (over well and broken) with bacon on a nice hard roll.

                                      2. Oatmeal with butter and brown sugar.

                                      3. Cream of Wheat (lumpy) with milk, brown sugar and raisins.

                                      1. juliejulez RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 12:56 PM

                                        Since you said health and weight issues aside, I would have buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, and probably cinnamon rolls. Oh and really good home fries. Basically a huge carb fest.

                                        But these days, my weekday breakfast is plain greek yogurt, a cut up apple, granola, raisins, and a bit of cinnamon, all mixed up together. Weekends, since I tend to eat later in the morning, are just a whole grain english muffin with peanut butter and jam.

                                        1. jmcarthur8 RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 12:56 PM

                                          Two sunny side up eggs with sharp cheddar melted on top. Sourdough toast to sop up all the eggy cheesiness.

                                          This morning I woke up at 4:30 with an achingly sweet sweet tooth. Put 3 malted freezer waffles in the toaster, and lacking maple syrup, I mixed a couple drops of maple extract into 4 oz. of dark brown Karo syrup. Blob of butter and some OJ, and I was good till noon.

                                          1. JAB RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 01:05 PM

                                            Lox & bagels washed down with Champagne.

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                                              Violatp RE: JAB Mar 1, 2013 01:27 PM

                                              Horrors, champagne! How did I forget mimosas to go with my indulgent breakfast? Mmm, daily blood orange mimosas.

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                                                JAB RE: Violatp Mar 1, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                I know, how could you forget? ;>)

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                                                  juliejulez RE: Violatp Mar 1, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                  Oh I forgot too. Kir Imperials for me though.

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                                                Baskerville RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                For some reason, the first thing that popped into my head was McDonald's Biscuit and Gravy—y'know, the kind in the styrofoam container with the little cup of gravy that spills all over your hands no matter how careful you are.

                                                ...I am truly ashamed. It's probably been ten years since I've had one, but it's all I can think about! Ahhhhh!

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                                                  Violatp RE: Baskerville Mar 1, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                  Was it a regional thing? For the life of me, I can't remember McDonald's ever having biscuits & gravy.

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                                                    Baskerville RE: Violatp Mar 7, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                    Now that you mention it, I think it IS a regional thing. I was born in Kentucky. I actually recall vacationing to other states and hearing my parents remark on the lack of biscuit and gravy at the local McDonald's.

                                                    A brief dive into Wikipedia leads me to the following tidbit: "Biscuits and gravy are available in parts of the southern U.S."

                                                    I'll be darned! I suppose it is a very Southern dish, after all.

                                                2. foodieX2 RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                  I eat basically the same thing for breakfast every day -either an omelet with lots of veggies or steel cut oats topped with an egg. These two options are healthy, tasty, filling and have staying power to get me thru work and/or morning work outs (both which happen pretty much every day).

                                                  The kind of thing I would eat for breakfast "health and weight issues" aside would not keep me interested long term. While I *really* enjoy eggs bennie, cold pizza, leftover take out chinese/thai and bacon/egg/cheese biscuits I could not imagine, nor do I have any interest in eating them every day.

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                                                    sunshine842 RE: foodieX2 Mar 2, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                    you're not alone - I was reading this with the same thought running through my mind.

                                                    I love British bacon and eggs Benedict and good waffles, but I think I'd just get tired of them after a while.

                                                    I was just commenting this morning that I really *want* my normal whole-milk plain (unsweetened) yogurt and home-made granola every morning. It's tasty, I feel good, and I have lots of energy all morning long (and I've lost a few pounds - probably because I'm not ravenously hungry and stuffing the first thing I find into my mouth by 10:30)

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                                                      foodieX2 RE: sunshine842 Mar 2, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                      Great minds, Sunshine! :)

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                                                    plf515 RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                    Banana pancakes with butter and real maple syrup. Good, thick cut, smoky bacon. Coffee with cream. Bloody Mary.

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                                                      ceekskat RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                      eggs over easy, crisp bacon, crispy hash browns, great toast
                                                      pongal, vada, sambar
                                                      eggs benedict w/ crumbled italian sausage
                                                      baked eggs with kale, white beans, potatoes, bread crumbs, Parmigiano Reggiano (Milo & Olive, L.A :-)

                                                      did I mention dosas?

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                                                        Jelly71 RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                        The breakfast burrito from the HoneyDew Cafe in Burbank, CA. Eggs, potato, avocado, bacon and cheese. Then they put it in the paninni press so the tortilla gets a little crispy and the cheese melts.

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                                                          Pwmfan RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                          I'd like to alternate my days; cold pizza and homemade Chex mix (got to have some variety, you know :<P).

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                                                            jbsiegel RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                            One more...IHOP chocolate chip pancakes.

                                                            Then again, that leftover chocolate cake is pretty good too!!! :-)

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                                                              sunshine842 RE: jbsiegel Mar 2, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                              it has eggs, flour, and milk.

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                                                              gordeaux RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                              Three fluffy, griddled flour tortillas (good ones, not the paper thin raw dough tasting ones, you know what I'm talking about) covered with shredded crispy hash browns, covered with three eggs over medium, no runny albumen, covered with green chile (those who know what green chile is will just know what this is about) and a side of two pancakes that sit and soak in butter and syrup while I inhale my green chile smothered eggs.

                                                              This, without a doubt, is my perfect breakfast. The hotter the chile, the better.

                                                              1. PotatoHouse RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                Crepes, crepes, crepes, and crepes (at least it wasn't Spam).

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                                                                  Pwmfan RE: PotatoHouse Mar 1, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                  Actually, I ciuld go for a Spam crepe.

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                                                                  harryharry RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:33 PM


                                                                  1. biondanonima RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                    A big breakfast burrito (fillings may include a variety of items, including eggs, cheese, sausage, chorizo, bacon, beans, cheese, guacamole/avocado, braised short ribs/pork belly, carne adovada, etc., depending on my mood), smothered in New Mexican green or red chile (or both, depending again on mood), along with some extra crispy hash browns. Or cold pizza. And then, once a week, thick-cut brioche or challah French toast DROWNING in grade-B maple syrup with a side of sausage. I don't like sweets for breakfast all the time, but once in a while I must have the maple.

                                                                    1. EWSflash RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                      Three eggs over easy, with salt and pepper.

                                                                      Or a fresh homemade flour tortilla quesadilla with chopped green chiles and some great cheese, with a couple of over easy eggs tucked into the middle.

                                                                      Or dim sum

                                                                      Or a leftover ribeye steak fried on a skillet to warm it up, with a fried agg or two cooked in the steak fat to accompany it.

                                                                      1. Bill Hunt RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                        The Lemon Ricotta Griddle Cakes at the SF Four Seasons, with well-done Benton, Applewood-smoked Bacon, or Benton Ham.


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                                                                          ceekskat RE: Bill Hunt Mar 2, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                          High praise coming from someone so well-traveled.

                                                                          Great tip for locals. It's been almost 6 years since my then 8 yr old princess devoured light as cloud lemon souffle pancakes at the Loews Hollywood (then Renaissance) but rhapsodizes about it to this day. And she loves bacon too. Will have to treat her.

                                                                        2. fracklefoodie RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                          Churros and hot chocolate thick enough for my churros to stand up in.

                                                                          Or a truffled poached egg on thick-sliced brioche toast that's been slathered in fresh butter and sprinkled with sea salt. And lots of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

                                                                          1. ipsedixit RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 09:18 PM

                                                                            Filet-O-Fish with a big bowl of vanilla gelato topped with copious amounts of fresh homemade chunky granola.

                                                                            Oh, and espresso. Neat.

                                                                            1. fldhkybnva RE: Christina D Mar 1, 2013 10:10 PM

                                                                              Not a big breakfast food fan but if you gave me corned beef hash everyday, I'd eat it and ask for more.

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                                                                                Jerseygirl111 RE: fldhkybnva Mar 6, 2013 10:09 PM


                                                                                I was just about to post that there was no love for Corned Beef Hash. Ever since I found the fantastic Corned Beef at Costco, we indulge every couple months. It is almost indulging time.


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                                                                                  MGZ RE: Jerseygirl111 Mar 7, 2013 05:34 AM

                                                                                  I had not had corned beef hash since my lowercase days, but for some reason, I ordered it the other day while having a late breakfast. It was paired with a coupla poached eggs and a biscuit. It seems I have been missing out for too long. I mention this to you, Jerseygirl, as the place was Toast in Asbury Park. If you're in the area for breakfast or lunch . . . .

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                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: Jerseygirl111 Mar 7, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                    oooh, do tell? Is it in a can?

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                                                                                  HillJ RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 04:59 AM

                                                                                  I'd be in a NJ diner every morning if all bets were off.

                                                                                  I'd love to be at a farm or farmer's market when the produce and eggs just arrive and pick my way through til full.

                                                                                  1. melpy RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 05:59 AM

                                                                                    Eggs Benedict would be divine.
                                                                                    Sausage gravy on buttered toast or a biscuit.
                                                                                    Cheese omelet with sautéed mushrooms.


                                                                                    Oh so many lovely things. Even just bread and olive oil. The lovely meat, cheese, bread, jam I had in Switzerland. I am not a breakfast fan but really fabulous breakfast is a true pleasure.

                                                                                    1. grampart RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                                                      Very simple really. A prune Danish from the Raritan Bakery in Raritan, NJ circa 1966.

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                                                                                        ipsedixit RE: grampart Mar 2, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                        Wow. A prune Danish. That's the first I've ever heard of such a thing.

                                                                                        Color me intrigued, and I don't even like Danishes.

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                                                                                          MGZ RE: ipsedixit Mar 2, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                          "I don't even like Danishes."

                                                                                          Apparently, you've never lived in Jersey. A good fresh Danish can be a thing of beauty - cheese, prune, cherry, apricot . . . . Sad thing is they've been harder and harder to find. My Dad's far from a food geek like us, but since the early 90s, he's been searching out the prune Danishes he remembers enjoying as a younger man,. He has fond memories of the Raritan Bakery, as well, and loved the ones he could get in East Brunswick too.

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                                                                                            ipsedixit RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                            You're probably right.

                                                                                            Only Danishes I've had were at hotels, breakfast buffets at Vegas, or from a box at Costco.

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                                                                                              junglekitte RE: ipsedixit Mar 12, 2013 10:37 PM

                                                                                              So sad that's all you (and most people) have ever tried. A real Danish from Denmark is pure heaven! I pick that for my choice!

                                                                                              lox, cream cheese, bagel, tomato, and a drop of red onion.
                                                                                              masala dosa with sambhar and chutneys
                                                                                              punjabi parathas with yogurt, butter, and pickle
                                                                                              or anything with eggs cooked the proper French way and a side of goose fat fried potatoes.
                                                                                              chilaquiles or huevos rancheros.
                                                                                              or more Danish seeded rolls with Danish cheese and Danish butter.

                                                                                              Gosh, I love breakfasts from all over the world!!! :)

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                                                                                              grampart RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                              When I lived in Florida, I could get them in Vero Beach at a place called TooJays. Here in Georgia, publix has them if I get there early enough. Not as good as "the old days" though.

                                                                                              MGZ - Ask your Dad if he remembers the Gaston Avenue Bakery in Somerville. All their stuff was excellent.

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                                                                                                HillJ RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                no love for the dense, sticky poppy seed danish (rolled tight inside the danish roll). oh man, Sunday mornings when my folks were around my Dad would buy some amazing NJ danish in Elizabeth.

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                                                                                                  grampart RE: HillJ Mar 2, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                  Something like this. The more filling (I think they call it prune lekvar), the better!

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                                                                                                    HillJ RE: grampart Mar 2, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                    Those look wonderful but the poppy version I'm remembering had a thick swirl of poppy seed jam running through the danish. Like this:

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                                                                                                      grampart RE: HillJ Mar 2, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                      I've seen them and I don't think they even qualify as Danish. Another nasty version (in my opinion) are those that have an almond paste filling. I'd rather have an Oreo with my coffee than either of them.

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                                                                                                        MGZ RE: HillJ Mar 2, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                        Those look like mini poppy seed rolls from the Polish delis of my youth.

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                                                                                                          HillJ RE: MGZ Mar 2, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                          They are, I couldn't find a pic quick enough but it's the swirl that I'm referring to in the danish.

                                                                                                          Here's what I grew up on:


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                                                                                              NE_Elaine RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                              Brunch buffet w/carving station and never ending spicy bloody mary's and french roast coffee.

                                                                                              I could never settle on just one thing every day. What could I possible leave out?

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                                                                                                melpy RE: NE_Elaine Mar 2, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                Could that brunch buffet include a seafood/raw bar? Oysters, stone crab, shrimp mmmmmm

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                                                                                                  NE_Elaine RE: melpy Mar 2, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                  Oh absolutely!

                                                                                                  Actually, after I posted this, I thought of a hotel in Boston where I enjoyed the Sunday seafood brunch. I thought about editting my post to add seafood.

                                                                                                  I am getting a headache trying to figure out what tomorrows breakfast will be. There have been so many good dishes brought up on this thread.

                                                                                              2. suzigirl RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                Amish scramble. Home fries, bacon, sausage,ham, green peppers, onions, mushrooms cheese all diced and fried together and scrambled eggs added and cooked to bind it all together and served with ketchup.
                                                                                                Eggs Bennie or cbh and om eggs

                                                                                                1. Uncle Bob RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                  Anything? Every day? So much to choose from. ~ Probably start with an order (or two) of beignets and two cups of Cafe Au Lait. Eggs cooked various ways. Always grits. Biscuits with Red-Eye or Sawmill Gravy available. Also Steen's Cane Syrup and homemade pear preserves on the table. Alternating bacon, country ham, smoked sausage, grillades and boudin. Home squeezed tomato juice, or either fresh sliced garden tomatoes. Bloody Mary on occasion. ~~~ That's enough.

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                                                                                                    DaisyM RE: Uncle Bob Mar 2, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                    I would have the breakfast buffet at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. The smoked salmon was served a huge "cake" of fresh cream cheese. There were all types of fresh salads, marinated vegetables, smoked fish, pastries and bread.

                                                                                                  2. Jay F RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                    Cake, either yellow or chocolate. No frosting needed, except for lemon curd or whipped cream, including chocolate whipped cream.

                                                                                                    Or maybe some very fancy cakes. Or fruit tarts.

                                                                                                    And ice cream and gelato.

                                                                                                    I would never eat "breakfast food."

                                                                                                    1. Dagney RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                      It would be a toss up between Sunny side eggs and toast (with butter), and crispy hash browns, or bowls and bowls and bowls of cold cereal. Granola, Cornflakes, Cheerios, all of them.

                                                                                                      1. Lillipop RE: Christina D Mar 2, 2013 10:50 PM

                                                                                                        A huge bloody mary with a long spear full of stuffed green olives...several sticks of crisp celery and lots of tabasco sauce.Hot dark french roast coffee with cream and sugar.A tall glass of ice cold whole milk.A tall glass of ice cold orange juice and a large warm pain au chocolat:) Then a few shots of ice water to close the deal.In reality all I can do when I wake up is coffee...but if I am up @ 0500 I could consume this @0830 easily.

                                                                                                        1. westsidegal RE: Christina D Mar 6, 2013 11:08 PM

                                                                                                          i'd have exactly what i DO have for breakfast every single day:

                                                                                                          a homemade iced blended mocha made with valrhona cocoa powder blending in some cubes of organic dark chocolate in addition.

                                                                                                          1. masha bousha RE: Christina D Mar 7, 2013 04:30 AM

                                                                                                            It would be a savory breakfast of eggs scrambled with cheese (herbed goat would be spectacular) and crispy corned beef hash, homefries with a biscuit and sausage gravy.

                                                                                                            Awesome, now I'm starving and this greek yogurt with grapenuts in it isn't going to cut it.

                                                                                                            1. jrvedivici RE: Christina D Mar 7, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                              Similar to what I've read my friend MGZ has written, mine would be either a sausage egg and cheese or pork roll egg and cheese sandwich with diner style home fries on the side.

                                                                                                              It would be accompanied by a spicy bloody mary.......and finished by a a cup of black coffee and a cigarette. (health issues aside!!!) There was always something "special" about the morning smoke with your coffee after breakfast. It has been many many many years since I have indulged in the habit but if I could, I sure would.

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                                                                                                                MGZ RE: jrvedivici Mar 7, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                It's good to have a little more Jersey breakfast love in here. I lament the loss of the classic "hard roll" from so many places, but when you find one it does make the PR, E & C a thing of gastronomic beauty - especially if you let 'em wrap it in that thin commercial foil and wait a coupla minutes. Maybe drive to a spot where your toes are in the sand and can watch the Sun finish it's rise out of the Atlantic while basking in the glory of it all . . . .

                                                                                                                I'm not adverse to a properly spicy Bloody Mary, but, an icy cold can of beer with a pork laden sandwich in the setting I described is a thing of magnificent power. Especially since I am prone to body surf a bit before I hit the chow.

                                                                                                                I'm with you too on the smoke. It's been a long time. Nonetheless, I think I'd rather smoke a joint . . . .

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                                                                                                                  Jay F RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                  < I lament the loss of the classic "hard roll" from so many places>

                                                                                                                  I've never seen hard rolls anywhere but NJ (unless they have them in NYC, and I wasn't in a hard roll phase when I lived there). I love the pork roll sandwich w/scrambled egg and cheddar on a hard roll; with ketchup, of course. Haven't had one in decades.

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                                                                                                                    jrvedivici RE: MGZ Mar 8, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                    I would love to share that joint with you but for me weed turned real bad on me many years ago. Get VERY paranoid and the last time I smoked it 20+- years ago......I literally thought gravity had stopped working on me...and I stood in my back hard hugging a tree convinced I was going to fall off the earth. lol

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                                                                                                                      grampart RE: jrvedivici Mar 8, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                      Regarding the weed, you have my heartfelt condolences.

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                                                                                                                        MGZ RE: jrvedivici Mar 8, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                        Just turn me on to the guy you got that bag from!

                                                                                                                  2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Christina D Mar 7, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                    Any of the following:
                                                                                                                    - Bran muffin
                                                                                                                    - Toasted bialy or bagel with cream cheese, nova, onion, capers & tomato
                                                                                                                    - Muesli with yogurt, honey & fruit
                                                                                                                    - Oat bran or oatmeal flavored/garnished any number of ways
                                                                                                                    - Bacon, egg & cheese sandwich

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                                                                                                                      MGZ RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 7, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                      Bran muffin???? Hell, I almost spit my sip of seltzer across the room. The rest of us are indulging in consequence free pork fests and you suggest a bran muffin? I mean, I thought those things were designed purely for their consequences - it couldn'ta been for thee taste! Could you at least suggest a half a stick of butter melted into it? Maybe stuffed with some fois or somethin'?

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                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                        I love bran muffins! I often have serious cravings for bran flakes as well although I'm kind of a whole wheat, fiber junkie. It's a legitimate breakfast request IMO.

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: fldhkybnva Mar 7, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                          I often have serious cravings for bran flakes as well
                                                                                                                          Sigh. I've been craving bran flakes for nearly six years. Have an extra serving for me next time!

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                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 7, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                            No bran for you?

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                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Mar 7, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                              She has celiac disease. :-(

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Mar 7, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                Aha, that was my initial thought but didn't want to assume. I will eat up the bran flakes on my favorite carb-up Sundays.

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                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Mar 7, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  Her name doesn't lie. She is the goodhealthgourmet. Trust me. Eat those bran flakes in her honor

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                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: suzigirl Mar 7, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                    suzigirl, you are too kind.

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                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                      Its true. You have a wealth of knowledge.

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                                                                                                                          Jpan99 RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                          I love raisin bran muffins. Split, toasted and covered with extra sharp cheddar, then back under the broiler until the cheese melts. Yum!

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                                                                                                                            MGZ RE: Jpan99 Mar 7, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                            Now that's more like it! Maybe throw a little grilled ham under the cheese before melting? I could be cool with something like that. But, a cold, raisin-less bran muffin?

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                                                                                                                              grampart RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                              "But, a cold, raisin-less bran muffin?"

                                                                                                                              I could do it, but I'd need 1/2 a stick of butter.

                                                                                                                              1. re: grampart
                                                                                                                                MGZ RE: grampart Mar 7, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                Exactly. Without the butter, having a cold bran muffin for breakfast everyday strikes me as a sorta existentialist hell. I think I'd rather suffer other people.

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                                                                                                                                  ohmyyum RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                  Aw I love bran muffins. At best, they are sublime. And certainly not healthy.

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                    I'd have to warm it at least.

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                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                              I thought those things were designed purely for their consequences - it couldn'ta been for thee taste!
                                                                                                                              You've never had one made by yours truly ;) And I didn't specify the variety/flavor of bran muffin - I always added nuts & fruit to them.

                                                                                                                              Anyway, you'd be surprised what you crave when you're required to give it up forever.

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                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 7, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                I totally understand. I want corn, peas, beets and wine in the worst way.

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                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: suzigirl Mar 7, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                  Oh no! You're allergic to all four? Poor thing. Corn is a tough one to avoid - almost as ubiquitous as gluten & soy. I don't really eat it anymore, but I will have some extra peas & beets for you...and when I indulge in my very rare glass of wine, I'll savor a couple of extra sips.

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                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 8, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                    I'm not alergic. I developed gastroparesis last May after a nasty stomach flu and i can't digest them as seventy five percent of my stomach was paralyzed. The things i mentioned were just a few of many many triggers I have.

                                                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                  MGZ RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 8, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                  My sense of humor can be a quirky thing, I guess. But, I remember the bran muffin as kinda the "poster child" for the "healthy breakfasts" thrust upon grumpy old men by doctors in the late 70s/early 80s. Eggs were bad, butter was bad, fat was unacceptable, but a giant, sugar packed, baked good would make you healthy forever (or at least keep things movin').

                                                                                                                                  I can still see my Grandfather* picking up the muffin and peering beneath it to see (in an exaggerated way designed to make an eight year old boy laugh) whether there just might be a slice of bacon hiding under it.

                                                                                                                                  *Poor old guy suffered through egg beaters, chicken hot dogs, turkey bacon, and margarine for a couple years - didn't do him much good. Sad thing was, when I would visit, that I had to eat that "stuff" too.

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                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: MGZ Mar 8, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                    Oh I knew there was humor to your comment. I also know bran muffins usually get a bad rap, which is why I explained that mine are/were different than the expected mealy, sugar-laden hockey pucks. Believe me, when I offered people a bran muffin they would be skeptical...until they tasted it!

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                                                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: MGZ Mar 7, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                  There have been several of us who would continue eating our current healthy breakfast -- foodiex2 likes her oatmeal or omelets, and I like my yogurt and granola -- somebody else made a similar comment, but I don't remember who.

                                                                                                                                  Sometimes there's a happy medium where you actually LIKE what's good for you!

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                                                                                                                                    firecooked RE: sunshine842 Mar 7, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                    Count me in your camp. I like my yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, etc. in the early morning. however, a bunch of th egg Benedict, French toast, bacon options do sound good for lunch. Or a 2nd breakfast after a good swim.

                                                                                                                                4. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  I have a couple of additions to my list: matzo brei and blintzes.

                                                                                                                                5. Ruthie789 RE: Christina D Mar 7, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                  A well made French Toast with some fruit and good coffee.

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                                                                                                                                    ohmyyum RE: Ruthie789 Mar 7, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                    I love panettone French toast. Wish I could make that year round.

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                                                                                                                                    Hobbert RE: Christina D Mar 7, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                    Fried potatoes, cold ham and cheese, hard boiled eggs, and a steaming cup of English breakfast tea with far too much milk and sugar. Ahhhh....

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                                                                                                                                      Pwmfan RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                      Just discovered a new candidate served at a local family owned restaurant:
                                                                                                                                      An individual cast iron skillet filled with crispy shredded hashbrowns topped with 2 over easy eggs and a generous dollop of hollandaise with a side of Nueske's applewood smoked bacon.
                                                                                                                                      This is going on my once-every-6-months calendar (or until Christina D can make her fantasy a reality for all of us)!

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                                                                                                                                        julesrules RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                        I honestly love fruit, yogurt and granola for breakfast! I guess then my fantasies would involve amazing yogurt, homemade granola and impeccable tropical fruit, seasonally perfect berries or peaches. I do also love many richer eggy breakfasts and pastries, but can't face richness and/or super sweetness first thing every day.
                                                                                                                                        Oh and I've recently realized how much I actually adore toast, butter and jam. I mean I eat it all the time and always have but I realized that I would rather eat that than many fancier things...

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                                                                                                                                          Querencia RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                          I'd make my choice a breakfast buffet, to cover more ground. Now, which one? I think maybe the Plantation Breakfast at one of the good restaurants in Historic Williamsburg (VA). Fried chicken, shrimp Creole with grits, and deep-dish apple pie were standouts. On the other hand, once there was a Quebecois buffet in Montreal at Les Filles du Roi---ham and dumplings poached in maple syrup, baked beans, eggs...but I also remember the Jazz Breakfast Buffet at Court of the Two Sisters in New Orleans...seafood omelets loaded with shrimp, scallops, and oysters. Life is so short and here we are at home eating corn flakes with skim milk. Why?

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                                                                                                                                            Querencia RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                            I thought of another one. It is about 1965. We are camping on Camp Cod. We have been up early picking blueberries in the National Forest, probably illegally. Now we are eating breakfast: blueberry pancakes accompanied by eggs scrambled with linguica, the local Portugese sausage with big chunks of pork and a slight distant flavor of anise. Coffee. Oranges. And after we digest this we will go to the beach.

                                                                                                                                            1. breadchick RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                              Crepes (either sherried chicken/mushroom or lobster w/vanilla sauce) and lemon/almond cream puffs. Oh yes, lots of champagne.

                                                                                                                                              I think I gained five pounds just typing that.

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                                                                                                                                                moreace01 RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                A chocolate croissant
                                                                                                                                                and green juice - preferably mainly pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                1. tim irvine RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I think I could be happy with breakfast tacos everyday, but if it always had to be the same taco it would be hard to choose between egg white/avocado/cotija with a creamy green almost wasabi like sauce and egg/chorizo/potatoes/cheddar with a dark roasted tomato salsa with plenty of zip.

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                                                                                                                                                    dimsumgirl RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Just got back from a vacation in Hawaii. They had a cooked to order breakfast and a buffet too. What I had there is pretty close to ideal for me. Eggs with furikake, portugese sausage, crispy hash browns or tater tots with bacon, over easy eggs and miso soup and japanese pickles! So yummy. I gained 5 pounds while there so it must have been the great breakfasts!

                                                                                                                                                    1. sgogo RE: Christina D Mar 9, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                      A fresh Montreal bagel (sesame) slathered with as much cream cheese as it'll hold. I like the Bagel House here in Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                      Cold, leftover pizza. Preferably prairie-style (heavy on the toppings).

                                                                                                                                                      My mom's blueberry pancakes, griddled in lots of butter, with maple syrup and breakfast sausages.

                                                                                                                                                      Oatmeal is nice and all, but it does get to feel like eating paste every day, no matter how I spruce it up. Yawn. (Ha.)

                                                                                                                                                      1. KaimukiMan RE: Christina D Mar 12, 2013 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm assuming I can get other things at other times of the day. I'd have pancakes, bacon-fat fried potatoes, bacon, strawberries, orange juice, and hot chocolate. Am I allowed to have one wild card per day or maybe one a week? LOL

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                                                                                                                                                          Lillipop RE: KaimukiMan Mar 12, 2013 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I say go for it!!!!

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