This page has nothing whatsoever to do with economics or forecasting. Instead, it is dedicated to discussing breakfasts when you travel.
Why on Earth is that?
Well, for one thing, I like breakfast.
But there are other reasons too. As no doubt your mother told you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This was brought home to me when I was doing my army service (Royal Gotland Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 1978-79) and breakfast was the only meal you could be sure was decent every day. I still can’t believe the amounts I would eat then.
The importance of breakfast is also obvious to anyone who has to travel and do a series of daily meetings. It is the only meal you are likely to have without rushing to catch up with the next meeting.
I should have started this blog years ago when I did more business travel. But I didn’t. However, for the record, the three best hotel breakfasts I have ever had are:
The Epic restaurant in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Easily the best hotel breakfast in the world in terms of choice and quality.
The Auberge Ostapé outside St Jean Pied-de-Port in France. Beautiful view of the Pyrenées combined with the best of French breakfast.
The Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong. A sumptuous mix of European/American and Asian.
On a more general point, I find that the three countries that do the best hotel breakfasts are Sweden (waffles, herring, lots of different bread and cheese); Israel (olives, pita, various cheeses and vegetables); and the USA (waffles, eggs, bacon, bagels). British hotel breakfasts are usually disappointing, though this is a subjective point because I don’t really like the cooked stuff they provide and the bread tends to be restricted to toast. French hotel breakfasts are also frequently uninspiring in spite of the food culture, mainly consisting of some very nice croissants and baguettes, but little other variety in terms of, say cheese or cold cuts.
By the way, contributions from others always welcome, whether anonymous (although I need to know who you are) or signed.
And finally: Ratings on the travel breakfast blog are from 0 to 10. 0 means all but inedible (and I certainly hope I never encounter that!); 10 is stupendous; and 5 means a decent average breakfast, nothing special but a perfectly nice meal. Ratings are based on variety and choice, presentation, taste, service, whether it is a buffet or table service (buffet preferable) and whether there is loose-leaf tea (preferable) or only teabags. Ultimately, the ratings are wholly subjective.
Not quite sure what I would have expected here, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. A very nice spread, including cold cuts, fish, cheese, vegetables, various kind of nuts and dried fruit for your cereal and a good variety of bread. A poster with an apology for…
I am not quite sure what to say about this breakfast. We had an excellent dinner here the preceding evening. I therefore had quite high expectations. However, I must say that I was a bit disappointed. The bread choice is poor (although what there is, is very nice), as is…
OK, strictly speaking I didn’t have breakfast there, just a quick sandwich. But I still want to mention it, as it is the second quite nice airport lounge I’ve seen in Vietnam. Again, a nice spread, mixing local and western food, not perhaps a very big buffet, but I’ve…
Easily the best breakfast I’ve reviewed so far. Excellent choice on all levels – bread (freshly baked, crusty and fully justifying Vietnam’s reputation of having ‘the best baguettes east of France’), fruit, cereals, warm and cold food, Western and different kinds of Asian food. Everything of the highest quality.…
Surprisingly nice for an airport lounge. A pleasant spread, good choice and also a very comfortable lounge. 4/10.
A very nice and large buffet, with an appetising blend of Western and Eastern food, cooked and fresh. An excellent egg station adds to the enjoyment. Bread choice could have been slightly better and the inclusion of a foil-wrapped cheese on the cheese board (there was other cheese too) detracts…
Not the most extensive breakfast I’ve ever had. But what there was, was nice, and nothing wrong with it. Bearing in mind that the hotel cost $25, I’m still minded to give it 2.5/10.
A very pleasantly presented breakfast, albeit with relatively limited choice in each category (that could be because I had breakfast after 10 am – jetlag). Nothing wrong but nothing spectacular either. However, the fact that the milk wasUHT brings the overall rating down to 4.5/10.
Let’s face it, I did not have very high expectations of this. Hence, I wasn’t disappointed. Admittedly, I didn’t have the cooked breakfast (chicken congee of ‘full English’). But I’ve had similar before. Eat this if you’re very hungry. Score 2/10.
Very pleasant breakfast on the whole and very friendly service, eager to please. Nice selection of bread and cold cuts, and opportunities for extras. However, surprisingly for a hotel in The Netherlands, no cheese at all. That, and the lack of loose-leaf tea – somewhat off-set by glasses for tea…