I tend to write my blog posts with my American readers in mind. My goal being to inform them on the very many extreme differences in England. I do always try to mention how things are in America, in a compare/contrast fashion. But I plan to start incorporating more blogs that describe life in America for my British readers.
People say you shouldn’t buy groceries on an empty stomach, and the same goes for writing a blog post. It is just before my dinner time in England, and I am starving! So I found myself fantasising about American breakfast dishes that I miss, and can’t get here in England. Below is a list of my top American breakfast dishes that I believe highlight the American culture and delicious cuisine.
1. Pancakes: Us Americans are pancake crazy. I am not referring to British or Scottish pancakes that are thin and more like a French crepe. I mean the American pancakes, that are more akin to a flattened thick cake. We love to get a huge stack of pancakes (made with blueberries or chocolate chips inside) lather it with butter, then smother it with maple syrup, and top it off with a dollop of whipped cream. That to me is a true American breakfast. One of the best places to sample this delicacy is IHOP, which stands for the International House of Pancakes.
2. Scrambled Eggs and Bacon: The Brits like their eggs fried, and sunny side up. Americans like them scrambled with all sorts of mix in like cheese, onions, peppers, tomato, whatever you can dream up. To round out the dish, a side of “streaky bacon” (fatty thick slices of pork) with perhaps a bit of maple syrup to sweeten the deal.
3. Doughnuts: For a quick on the go breakfast, Americans love a good doughnut. We have so many types, cream filled, jam filled, chocolate filled, red velvet doughnuts, bearclaws, glazed, frosted, blueberry muffin doughnuts, maple glazed with bacon, my list could go on and on. Top doughnuts shop are: Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Dunkin Doughnuts. Most people have a favorite shop and stick to it like a religion, shunning all other doughnut makers.
4. Sweet Cereal: The American cereal aisle is massive and sugar laden. My two favorites are Lucky Charms and Captain Crunch. Lucky Charms are an oaty cereal with mini marshmallows shaped like rainbows inside. Captain Crunch is a square shaped peanut butter cereal. We also have many cookie based cereals. I think that most Brits would go into insulin shock if they ate our cereal on a daily basis.
5. Pop Tarts: These might be last on my list, but I saved the best for last! This is favored by kids, students and young adults that live life in the fast lane. Pop Tarts are a toaster pastry that are filled with icing cream on the inside. They started off with fruity flavors like strawberry and blueberry. And as their popularity grew so did the flavor choice. Now there is PB&J, S’mores, Sundae, Chocolate, Grape, Sugar Cookie, Red Velvet, etc. These are sold in England, and they are generally well loved, especially by university students.