In all three countries we have so far inhabited, breakfast is a big deal. In our home country, an English breakfast is a thing of beauty when it’s done properly – an egg cooked to your preference, a couple of grilled tomatoes and a few mushrooms on the side, two rashers of best English bacon, and a couple of decent sausages, because it wouldn’t be an English breakfast without them. Black pudding if it’s offered, but only the decent stuff, and fried crisply on both sides. Beans if you have to, and toast, plenty of buttered toast. All washed down with ginormous mugs of tea. A tradition enjoyed by thousands in Greasy Spoons across the land, as big an institution as the breakfast themselves – each offering a slice of life along with the grub. For the real deal I would highly recommend Ches’s Trattoria in St Margarets. Greasy Spoon by Day. Great Italian by night.
In Denmark, a land crazy about brunch, our breakfast of choice was a far daintier affair – its famous clouds of delicate pastry. Each containing at least a pack of butter, but still feather light and moreish. Best enjoyed outside on a sunny morning, with a good (but astronomically priced) cup of Joe, in some fashionable square in Copenhagen. I would probably recommend the original Lakagehuset in Christianshavn or The Royal Cafe.
And here in Bavaria? Weisswurst is the traditional choice. Served in steaming tureens and just waiting to be slathered in mustard, once you have peeled them of course. My favourite part is always what they come with though, the baskets of divine, freshly baked pretzels. You pay individually for each one you wolf down… You must not ask for a Weisswurst after 12pm though. Ever. This is totally against Bavarian Law! And if you’re serious about enjoying this breakfast like a local, a Weissbier is of course a compulsory pairing (whatever time of the morning it is!), while you sit and watch the world go by… I would definitely recommend The Weisses Brauhaus for this experience…
And out of all of these, the first option is still the one I would choose every time! You can take a girl out of England….