New nation, new culture and new food! Here you can find a photo gallery of some of the things we found (from the giant family size packages at the supermarket, to the sandwiches at the restaurant), but now we would like to show you how is the American breakfast. We want to underline that every family has its own habits, just like us in Italy, so we can’t generalize, but we want to describe what our host families eat and what you can find at the cafés. In America it is very rare to find a real Italian-style cafè. The majority of the people like to stop in chains like Mc Donald’s, Sunrise Bagel, Dunking Donuts, Starbucks, where half of the menu is reserved for breakfast and includes:
- Eggs and bacon or ham
- Potato Salad
- Many different kinds of desserts
All of this is combined with a big cup of coffee, or coffee with cream, and in many places you can refill it, which means that you pay for a glass and then you can refill it as many times as you want. Obviously menus are different and you can find about 5/6 different combinations with eggs, a dozen kinds of donuts and many types of syrup for the pancakes!
In our families breakfast is:
In Mapu’s house, the dad (that has Italian origins) eats milk and cereal, the mom drink a cup of iced tea and the kids can chose among:
- Toasted bread and eggs
- French Toast
- Waffles with maple syrup
- Toasted Bagel with cream cheese
- Toasted Bread with P&J
- Toasted English muffin with P&J
- Froggies with onions
- English muffin with tomato sauce and mozzarella (what they call mini-pizza)
At Susa’s house the mom and dad eat a smoothie made with fruit and multivitamins (she sleeps when they have breakfast, so she doesn’t remember if they eat something), the kids have milk and cereal (they can chose among 5 different qualities) and Susa usually eats juice and cereal , yogurt and cereal, yogurt and fruit or tea and fruit.
On weekends the host dad makes waffles, panckaes, or eggs with a toast.
If your host family eats something different and/or particular, let us know with a comment below.
Mapu & Susa