Living in Germany you encounter the German breakfast centered around the bakery offerings quite quickly. It can be a change to have what looks like lunch for breakfast. And for Alexandra, who loves American style breakfast, it can be a BIG change.
She comes from Maui by way of San Fransisco and has been on the road for 15 months. She is currently at the end of her 90 days in Schengen while living with her boyfriend in Hamburg. She writes her blog entitled Fluent in Frolicking and offers this look at why the German idea of breakfast just doesn’t cut it.
When living in a foreign country I find it is the little things that make you the most homesick. For me one of the things I miss most about America is breakfast.
My favorite meal to eat out is brunch. I could rattle of a list of restaurants in San Francisco that I would give anything to be at next Sunday. I have a weakness for french toast, bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs, toast with melted salted butter, hot tea, hash browns, a big glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, blueberry pancakes and did I mention bacon. I am always hungry right when I wake up and typically want something hot. I have a repertoire of dishes I make for breakfast my favorite being a scramble of caramelized onions, fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese. I’m hungry and homesick just typing this.
I am living in Hamburg with my German boyfriend I met while traveling in Laos. He often mocks me as I make something different from what the rest of the table is having for breakfast. I try to assimilate in my ways but German Breakfast, Frühstück, is where I draw the line!
What is a typical German Breakfast?
Many would like to spruce it up and call it a continental breakfast but to me it is just a random smorgasbord of whatever happens to be in the fridge. Not very polite I know. In all honesty the focal point of the German breakfast is the crusty rolls they get fresh from the bakery in the morning. These rolls called Brötchen are than served cold, I can’t figure out what they have against toast, with an assortment of cold meat, cheeses, unsalted butter, jams, Nutella and whatever leftovers are in the fridge. If you are lucky and it is a fancy breakfast you might get a soft-boiled egg and some fruit.
They take these cold rolls cut them in half, spread cold butter on them and then top it with a cold cut! I’m sorry but I really can’t wrap my head around it.
One thing I thought I knew about German breakfast before I got here was German Pancakes that I used to get at The House of Pancakes in Vegas. These were not like our typical American fluffy buttermilk pancakes and not like French crepes either but more like a soufflé. They were puffed up with air and topped with powdered sugar and lemon. I have yet to see one of these in this country and my boyfriend I no idea what I was talking about when I asked where I could get one. Another breakfast fail for me.
Maybe I am silly and there are more important things to miss when abroad. Maybe I should say the hardest part of living in Germany is missing my friends and family. That making new friends is hard or that learning German is even harder. I could make comparisons between American Football and European Football. My confusion over hooligans and why there are no buns for their hotdogs. Or I could rant again about how everyone smokes here. Sure that is all true but for me no matter how long I live here, no matter how many new friends I make or how good my German gets I will always be the odd ball out at the breakfast table with my scrambles eggs and toast.
Alexandra Pucherelli is a Maui native who is flirting with adventure and shenanigans one country at a time. She is an island Girl, hammock lover, travel writer, gin drinker, lover of cheese, travel photographer, and daydreamer. A full time nomad since April 03, 2011. You can frolic along with her at fluentinfrolicking.com or follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
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