03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mexican Execs Say Adios To Long Business Lunches, Hola To Power Breakfasts

The long Mexican business lunch, a tequila-fueled food orgy that could last past sundown, is on the demise in the capital as a new generation of clean-living executives cuts back on costs and time wasting.

In an old habit as Mexican as mariachi, offices would empty for entire afternoons as employees packed into restaurants for hours-long feasts crucial for cementing business relations, even if they might leave people too drunk to sign deals.

But for the younger generation, "power breakfasts" are in vogue, with Mexico City executives meeting over a pre-work plate of scrambled eggs and getting to the office, sober, by mid-morning.

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