Our Favorite Breakfasts Around the World

Our Favorite Breakfasts Around the World

Our Favorite Breakfasts Around the World

Breakfast.

Some people call it the most important meal of the day. Some relish “breakfast” for dinner. And there’s no denying that breakfasts are an important fuel for a day of sightseeing! Here are some of our favorites from around the globe: 

Bangkok, Thailand

This is Lauren’s #1 destination for breakfast, no matter which hotel! You know why? Thai food. That’s right, pad thai for breakfast, pad woon sen for breakfast, pad see ew for breakfast. For as much whinging as I do about carbohydrate-heavy breakfasts, you won’t see me complaining if it comes in noodle form. This photo below is a good example; every time we stay at Wendy House in Bangkok (when it’s just the two of us, as it’s a tiny, inexpensive hotel), my mornings are filled with Thai noodles, housemade yogurt, pineapple, and if I’m lucky, some blue butterfly pea juice!

Pad thai for breakfast in Bangkok with a side of blue butterfly pea juice

Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India

Sometimes ambiance and taste come together to form the most ideal breakfast in the place you’d least expect it, like the prayer hall of a Buddhist monastery. About 30 minutes into morning prayers, butter tea is served inside the prayer hall at Thiksey Monastery (modeled here by our friend Stanzin); butter tea is, in fact, black tea, butter, and salt. Shortly thereafter a barley flour called “tsampa” is offered, and the monks will mix it together like a porridge. It’s warming, it’s absolutely delicious, and I can never quite tell if it’s the butter tea & tsampa or the chanting that literally has me buzzing!

A monk pouring butter tea at Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh, india
Butter tea mixed with barley flour (tsampa) in Ladakh

Myanmar (Burma)

The lack of Burmese restaurants around the world is such a loss, as Burmese food is delicious! BJ adores the traditional breakfast of mohinga, a fish & rice noodle stew that seems to be prepared differently by everyone in the country! I’m not such a fan of fish before noon, so my go-to in Yangon is the spicy “samosa salad” at Lucky 7 teahouse. It’s really just broken apart vegetarian samosas in a rich broth, topped with fresh herbs and onions. Spicy breakfasts are a great way to start the day! (From L to R, the samosa salad, mohinga in Ngapali Beach (broth served on side), and mohinga at Lucky 7).

Samosa salad at Lucky 7 tea house in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Mohinga in Ngapali Beach, Burma
mohinga at Lucky 7 in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa in Lombok, Indonesia

This oceanfront hotel is a staple on our trips to Lombok, the island just east of Bali in Indonesia. Now, we don’t bring our guests there only for the hashbrowns, they certainly don’t hurt! Puri Mas offers a huge (!) selection for breakfast, all cooked to order and delivered to your table. More than the crispy hashbrowns, though, this breakfast is all about the scenery. Your table is set up against the Lombok Strait, looking out onto Bali and conical Mt. Agung in the distance. I must have always been too distracted by the hashbrowns to take a photo (!) so here is a photo of the same view at sunset.

A view of Mt Agung at sunset from across the Lombok Strait

“Las Fuentes” tacos, Zapopan (Guadalajara), Mexico

We talk about these tacos at least once a week, every week, without fail. When we stay with our dear friend in Guadalajara, a 15-minute walk takes us to this simple stand that serves one thing: slow-cooked beef tacos (barbacoa). I quickly got into my routine of adding raw onions, charred peppers, lime, and always (!) too much hot salsa. This shop is only open for breakfast and lunch, and it’s a good thing or we would have returned for dinner every night. (Spoiler alert: a different taco stand opens in the same area at night, and we did, in fact, return). In lieu of coffee, I sometimes opted for a sugar high in the form of some top-notch horchata (a cold, cinnamony rice milk drink).

Samosa salad at Lucky 7 tea house in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Mohinga in Ngapali Beach, Burma

Breakfast at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Sometimes it’s not about the food so much as the ambiance, especially when you’re on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. We had a special breakfast at At. mosphere, the highest restaurant in the world. We sat above the clouds and fog for some time before they parted and unveiled the metropolis beneath us. The breakfast itself was fine; BJ got friend eggs and I’m sure I got something truffled and lobstered because, when in Rome, right? We justified the splurge because we were there on the 5th anniversary of our move out of the U.S. in order to focus full-time on building itineraries. Little did we know we’d get an “anniversary” chocolate cake for breakfast!

Samosa salad at Lucky 7 tea house in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
mohinga at Lucky 7 in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Mohinga in Ngapali Beach, Burma

Extremely Honorable Mentions

 

All breakfasts in Egypt and Jordan

Hummus and falafel for breakfast will always be welcome.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Despite being so very bread-heavy (as many former French-occupied areas tend to be), the fresh goat cheese and limitless olives make breakfasts in this blue city a real treat.

Roseate House Hotel, New Delhi, India

Not to sound like Stefon from Saturday Night Live, but this breakfast buffet has everything: brie, caperberry-stuffed olives, half a dozen exotic homemade jams, and a vegetarian sushi bar. And coffee that’s not instant! After spending months in Ladakh eating almost the same thing for every single meal, this is always a nice treat to come back to in Delhi.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Pho for breakfast isn’t even the best part. You know what is? VIETNAMESE ICED COFFEE.

Mohinga in Ngapali Beach, Burma

Galapagos Field Guide

Galapagos Field Guide

Galapagos Field Guide

Covering Isabela island, San Cristobal island, and the life of Charles Darwin

We’ve created a fun field guide to familiarize you with what you’ll see on the Galapagos Islands! This 40-page magazine covers a brief cultural and geographic history of the Galapagos, as well as an introduction into some of the most amazing animals that you’ll meet. In addition, learn more about Charles Darwin, the man who took what he learned in the Galapagos and changed the world.

This guide is available in three formats: a glossy print magazine, an eBook, and a PDF.  Please click the images below to go to your preferred format.

Order a Print Magazine

When you order a 40-page high-quality magazine from Blurb.com for $15.99, we’ll donate $1 from every purchase to OneTreePlanted.org to plant a tree in Latin America to offset the printing. This magazine is a nice way to get to know the Galapagos before your trip, or it can be a nice keepsake of your time there! 

Order an eBook

This format is best for Kindle, Apple iBooks, and other electronic book reading devices. You can see a custom 11-page preview of this $2.99 eBook before purchasing it.  To purchase an eBook from Blurb you must create a free account; between you and me, I don’t see any reason why you have to use your real mailing address, but please do use your correct email address so they can send you a download link.  

Download a PDF

You can download a free PDF by clicking on Darwin! The resolution is not quite as high as the eBook, but it’s still a great resource (and free!) You should be able to open PDFs on iBooks, your Kindle app, and your computer. You can download the PDF, hosted by Google Drive, by clicking on the down arrow button in the upper right corner of your screen after you click on the link.

Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Backgrounds!

There’s one major silver lining to our current situation, and that is that we have whole-heartedly embraced Zoom as a way to stay in touch with our wonderful guests!  If you’re looking for some fun Zoom backgrounds from beautiful destinations all over the globe, look no further. We’ll add more locations and themes in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy our GALAPAGOS themed Zoom backgrounds! All of the photos we have uised we taken by us during our many journeys to the Galapagos Islands.

Click the photo below to be taken to the Google Photo Album where they are hosted; you can download them directly from the album.

Click for instructions on how to change your Zoom Background.

Scenes from Easter Island 2020

Easter Island exploration, February 2020

Easter Island / Isla de Pascua / Rapa Nui

  • 63 square miles (163 square km)
  • Population 7,750
  • Annexed by Chile in 1888

Where is Easter Island?

Easter Island is one of the most remote places on the planet! Set in the South Pacific (as the most southeastern point of the Polynesian Triangle), it is almost 2,200 miles from mainland Chile and more than 1,200 miles away from the next inhabited island.

Why “Easter” Island?

Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen encountered the island on April 5, 1722–you guessed it, Easter Sunday. Of course, by then, this island had long been populated–since the 6th to 8th century, it’s estimated! However, the history of the Rapa Nui people is a much, much longer and more fascinating subject, worthy of study!

What are the big heads about?

You might be surprised to know they’re not just heads! These statues, called “moai” (MOW-eye), are full length, although the exaggerated heads do make up 1/3 to 1/4 of the statues’ total heights. The only place you really see the famous “heads” is at the quarry, where hundreds of full-length but unfinished moai were abandoned in a standing position, only to be buried up to their necks over the years. The rest of the moai around the island had been placed carefully on top of ceremonial platforms, only to be knocked over by intertribal warfare or potentially even earthquakes.

Ok, so what are the moai about?

There’s some debate about all things moai, but there are widely some accepted ideas. The moai were carved to honor deceased tribal leaders and thought to impart that person’s protective power over the community. They were carved from a central volcanic tuff quarry and moved to a ceremonial platform (ahu) overlooking the respective tribes. A common theory now is that the eye sockets were only carved upon arrival to the ahu and that the protective powers were imparted from the coral eyes implanted in the sockets once the statues were raised.

How do you get there?

You can fly directly only from two places: Santiago (Chile) and Tahiti! Easter Island has a huge runway because NASA developed it as an emergency landing spot for the U.S. Space Shuttle program, although it was never used as such.

Will you take me there?!

We can help plan Easter Island extensions to our future South America itineraries, for sure!

Galapagos 2020

Scenes from the Galapagos 2020

Enjoy some scenes from our January 2020 Galapagos journey, originally posted daily on our @RetreaTours Facebook page!