What did you have for breakfast today? In Greece, where our Greek editors eat cheese and cold cuts as a part of their diet (and usually feature in their morning meal, too), they got curious about the breakfast habits of people around the world.
They decided to ask their colleagues around the world to tell them what they eat to start their day.
Scroll through the photographs below to get a taste of 14 different breakfast tables across the world.
Leigh Campbell from HuffPost Australia tells us: "Avocado toast is very popular in Australia. We can't get enough avocado (which we call 'avo') and you will find in most cafés and homes. Australians like to combine it with multigrain bread and a squeeze of lemon. You will often find it on menus as 'avocado smash' with tomato and feta or halloumi. It’s tasty, filling and ideal for vegetarians.”
"Breakfast in Brazil is usually a light meal," Luciana Sarmento says. "It’s not considered the most important meal of the day. That, however, does not mean that it is less flavorful. Most people in Brazil have bread, butter, sometimes marmalade, cheese and coffee or a café latte for breakfast. Fruit is also an important part of breakfast. We usually have either orange juice (store bought or fresh squeezed), papaya, banana or melon (sometimes with cereal and honey).
"As Brazil is a large country, breakfast may change by region. In the northeast regions, for example, they eat 'manioc,' a local root that is much like sweet potato. It may be cooked or served in many ways, and it may take the form of flour (tapioca starch), which is very popular throughout the country.”
“Thanks to the seasonality of Canada, breakfast tends to fall into two categories: healthy and hearty,” says Rebecca Zamon. "For a healthy breakfast, a lot of people opt for smoothies, using everything from yogurt and frozen fruit to chia seeds and spinach.
“On the other hand, the 'hearty' breakfasts tend to be based around bread in all its fine forms; croissants, muffins and bagels are staples, while pancakes and French toast are often a weekend favorite. Meanwhile, bowls of cereal are never too far away, and aren't even confined to breakfast (think: lazy dinner when there's nothing else in the house).”
"In France, breakfast revolves around butter. The most common breakfast is a fresh baked baguette, salted butter, marmalade, a glass of orange juice and an Americano or Lungo coffee,” Sandra Lorenzo tells us.
"Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the croissants! We usually eat these on Saturday and Sunday because we do not have time to go to the bakery every morning before work. If possible, we prefer fresh orange juice.
“We would eat a croissant during the week if, for example, we're running late to work. Many eat cereal with milk. According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 French people do not eat breakfast at all."
Lea Kosch from HuffPost Germany says: "Germans usually eat whole wheat bread, cheese, cold cuts and a soft-boiled egg. The most important of all however is a big cup of the worst drip coffee you will ever find. Even though Germans have discovered the allure of the cappuccino and the latte, many insist on drinking their drip coffee black. There is also a sweeter version of breakfast, which includes bread with marmalade, orange juice and cereal (for those who prefer something more healthy).
"The Bavarian version of breakfast is very different. Bavarians eat two beef sausages with sweet mustard and a pretzel for breakfast. The most hardcore Bavarians eat their breakfast with a beer! There is also an old Bavarian rule that says it is an infraction to eat beef sausages past midday.”
"Few Greeks really honor breakfast," says Katerina Nanopoulou. "Most of us prefer to drink a quick coffee and grab a toasted ham and cheese sandwich or a sesame koulouri pretzel at the office.
"But some people take on a typical Greek breakfast. That usually consists of Greek coffee, a boiled egg, yogurt with honey and walnuts, and bread with feta cheese, tomato and olive oil."
HuffPost India's Aashmita Nayar says: "In the photo, a kulhar of chai (a terra-cotta cup used to serve tea, yoghurt or dessert), with a few spices for masala chai -- cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, with idlis (savory cake) topped with capsicum, two types of chutneys and gun powder, and a sprig of curry leaves.
“Most Indians prefer their food piping hot, and full of spices. We also suffer from what I like to refer to as the problem of choice: thanks to the coexistence of various cultures, we have a vast range of options to pick from. Aside from the usual cereal and eggs-and-toast combos, paranthas stuffed with different vegetables compete with cheela in the north, while misalpav and poha are popular Maharashtrian breakfasts. Other traditional options include upma (South India), poha, luchi and aloo (Bengal), and jalebi fafda (Gujarat). Breakfasts here are generally vegetarian.
“Drip coffee is consumed in the south, but I can’t start the day without a cup of strong masala chai with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger -- a popular beverage at any hour of the day for an Indian!”
"Italians like sweets,” Chiara Piotto tells us. "A typical breakfast is usually made up of milk and cookies. Adults add coffee to the equation. Some prefer a plain espresso, while others also add some milk. When going out for breakfast, we usually drink cappuccino because it is more difficult to prepare at home.
“Not all biscuits are created equal. To choose the correct cookie is a serious matter. With or without chocolate chips? With or without a hole in the middle? Low fat or whole wheat? Supermarkets sell them in family packs because we go through them so quickly. Some Italians eat bread with butter and marmalade, while others prefer Nutella.
“On the other hand, there are even some who prefer to eat light, healthy foods, such as cereal, fruit, muesli or yogurt. Maybe they feel guilty for eating too much Nutella.”
Kosuke Takahashi tells us a little but about breakfast in Japan. "It is difficult to say what the typical Japanese breakfast is, because it differs across generations. Older people eat a traditional Japanese breakfast, which consists of white rice, miso soup, boiled fish, pickled vegetables and seaweed. It is a very healthy and low-calorie meal.
"Middle-aged Japanese people lean more towards Western-inspired breakfasts, such as bread with butter and marmalade, fried eggs, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and orange juice. Some people substitute bread for croissants, which are quite expensive in Japan.”
"Families in Korea usually eat a bowl of rice and soup along with 2 to 6 side dishes. A lot of those are left-overs from the previous day. It’s similar to what they eat for lunch or dinner, but in smaller quantities. The side dishes at breakfast have more vegetables and fish than meat," says Sujean Park.
"In the photo we see traditional Kimchi, garnished with fish. Younger people, of course, as well as those who live alone do not eat breakfast or choose a more Western-style breakfast that includes bread, cereal and juice or milk.”
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Ηanan Al Yosoufi gives us an example of a typical Moroccan breakfast: Mint tea with Moroccan pastries, called “Harsha,” “Msemen” and “Baghrir.”
"The most common breakfast in Spain is a glass of orange juice, a cup of coffee with milk and bread,” Margarita Lazaro from HuffPost Spain tells us. “If some people spread butter on bread, the traditional Spanish way is to douse the bread with olive oil and cover it with pureed tomato. Sometimes, we pair that bread with jamón. In some cases, the bread is substituted for biscuits, cereal or a muffin. These alternatives are common for children, who also tend to drink chocolate milk.”
Brogan Driscoll gives us a glimpse into breakfast habits in the U.K. "In the winter, we tend to go for warming breakfasts to combat the cold, such as porridge oats with hot milk. Cheap and filling, you can customize with toppings of your choice. Other favorites include cereal or toast, with avocado on rye toast growing in popularity with the 'clean eating' trend taking hold.
“Most Brits love to accompany the first meal of the day with a cup of English breakfast tea, but more and more now start the day with a cup of coffee to wake them up in the morning.
"Weekend breakfasts include scrambled eggs on toast, a bacon sandwich or, if you've had a long night, a full English breakfast featuring sausages, bacon, beans, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast."
“Since the United States is so big, I thought it'd be best to try to focus on one city (the best city): New York,” says Zoe Triska. “In New York right now, the big trend is avocado toast. It’s definitely on every weekend breakfast/brunch menu. What exactly IS avocado toast? Well, it's mashed avocado with a little olive oil and chili flakes. You might choose to put an egg on it. We also drink coffee with our breakfast. All Americans run on coffee!”
This story originally appeared on HuffPost Greece. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.