Thursday, 31 May 2012

Breakfasts For Champions

When we were in Japane last year, the business hotel chain that we always stayed at was in the midst of revamping their breakfast menu so they had this really nice breakfast selection and guests are encouraged to give comments and ratings.
Whatever selection was available, my breakfast tray will always have bread and minimal amount of rice. But I usually put a huge dollop of the side dishes... and coffee. Cannot function without morning coffee, me.
Raimie and his Dad will always have tons of pickles. I call them the umeboshi gang.
Can you guess which one would be mine? No bread this time...
Some of the more generous selection. This was at Takamatsu's Toyoko-Inn if I am not wrong. I may be wrong but I observed that Toyoko-Inn that don't really have much foreign tourists there (as opposed to those in Ikebukuro, Asakusa, Hakata, Osaka) have much more generous breakfast selection. My absolute favourite was the breakfast we had in Akita.
Simple breakfast on the road errr... on the track. Had this on the shinkansen when we were traveling from Tokyo to Hakodate.
Once, it was just this. Bread and a tub of margarine.
The last couple of days we were in Japan, my breakfast was limited to this. After a week, no more cold rice for me! The boys however, still enjoyed their rice.

38 comments:

  1. It is certainly a big breakfast.

    Greetings,
    Filip

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A big breakfast for a busy day ahead. ^^

      Delete
  2. Yep I am like you, can't manage without morning coffee. Too many pickles give me indigestion, and so I have stopped enjoying them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi-five! ^^

      I love pickles but I can't handle too many either. My tummy will rebel against me.;p

      Delete
  3. Sugoi desu ne. Certainly is a good thing to have a big breakfast compare to other meal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True. A big breakfast for a busy, busy day of sightseeing so that we won't be hungry before noon. :)

      Delete
  4. Looks like you had a variety. Even if it is a simple breakfast, almost anything tastes better with coffee in the morning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Coffee can make a bleak day looks lovely! LOL

      Delete
  5. Yummy yummy breakfast!! : )

    ReplyDelete
  6. Did I just see a panda bread? Yum! : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, Panda bread bought at Ueno Station.

      If you remember, I posted a photo of a huge panda at Ueno Station. ^^

      Delete
  7. Oh yeah, coffee is a must!! : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hahaha... another coffee lover. :)

      Delete
  8. Food photos? This isn't Facebook! :-p

    Is that natto I see in some photos? You have rice and natto and ... coffee? Together?! (@_@) Personally I prefer coffee unspoilt by any other food, except possibly chocolate cake, delivered directly via intravenous therapy.

    "Can you guess which one would be mine?" I guess the top one with the egg (protein for runners) and the extra rice (carbo-loading for runners). Ja? ^^

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nope. No other in those photos. Hijiki, yes.

      But what's wrong about having natto and coffee? Unless of course, if you mix natto IN the coffee. xD

      Interestingly enough, I don't do carbo loading. I feel "like real" even saying it. hahaha Plus I don't think I run that much to warrant the need for extra carb in my system.;p hehe

      You know, I don't ever post food photos on FB. All of my food photos went to my blog. hihi

      Delete
    2. You are most welcome to have natto and coffee, but then please don't stand within breathing distance of me in a train during rush hour. :-p

      Delete
    3. With that comment, I will absolutely make sure that I eat natto before our meeting/picnic/towerpidition. ahahaha

      That would be OK compared to standing (or squashing) next to you in a train, right? *chuckle*

      Delete
    4. Then I will eat funazushi and blast right back!

      PS: I lie. There's no way on this planet I'd ever eat funazushi.

      PPS: Will you bring durian with you? :D

      Delete
    5. I found some frozen durians sold at our local supa, not the ice cream frozen but the flesh frozen. Maybe I can smuggle that for you. LOL

      I saw a documentary about funazushi a few weeks back. Interesting and despite the diligence of those involved in making it and cutting it, I too will not eat it ever. I don't think I dare to smell it either. wakaka

      Delete
  9. Love the traditional style Japanese breakfast with steamed rice, miso soup and grilled fish accompanied by side dishes of rolled omelet (tamagoyaki), pickles (tsukemono), natto and salad. Got to have a green tea with that breakfast as well. Coffee comes later at a coffee shop :)

    Japan Australia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's funny. I drink tea with all my meals there, except breakfast. I jut won't accept anything other than coffee in the morning.;p

      Delete
  10. I can't miss miso soup 味噌汁。 It brigs me energy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have a healthy appetite. ^^

      Delete
  11. Boy, everyone sounds very Japanese. Give me some eggs, bacon, pancakes, and I'd be happy. :D j/k. I can't really eat rice or noodles for breakfast though. Hence, I rarely go to Toyoko Inn for the food. Too much rice. Super Hotel was a bit better for me in terms of selection. However, I rarely stay in either of those now and just buy my own food the night before at the conbini. Sweet bread and water is all I really need now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Intravenous coffee + chocolate muffin = Japanese? That's my ideal very healthy breakfast. :-p

      I can do onigiri for breakfast, but I draw the line very firmly at noodles, and I can't get rid of my cultural conditioning that breakfast isn't breakfast without something sweet. Heck. Lunch isn't lunch and dinner isn't dinner without something sweet. Have you noticed that you can't ever find sugar in Japanese supermarkets? Shelves of rice and salt and pickles, and right at the back one tiny forlorn box half-heartedly filled with "stick sugar". Hmph.

      Delete
    2. Westerners! ;p

      Breakfast in my part of the world is/can be rather heavy & oily. Nasi lemak, roti canai, fried noodles, soupy noodles.

      Sweet bread or cereal? Are we supposed to feel full with that???!!!! @.@

      But I agree with you Ru... ^^ No meal is complete without something sweet. ;p

      Delete
    3. I'm not a Westerner! I'm an African barbarian! Hmph.

      You can feel plenty full if you eat bread, provided it's whole wheat bread slathered with butter and jam and cheese. Fig jam and Gorgonzola. Oh, drool.

      Delete
    4. Anyone with blonde hair is considered a "mat salleh" here in our part of the jungle. heh

      Who eats whole wheat bread here? They are chewy! We only like fluffy white bread! haha

      Delete
    5. Greasy and oily only work if it's bacon.

      Sweet? Usually that's good but not everyday. I don't eat a lot of sweets for breakfast anymore. Sometimes just bread with cheese. In fact, I don't normally eat a lot for breakfast.

      Delete
    6. I'd feel like I'll die of hunger by noon if I eat less than a normal people lunch for breakfast! ;p

      Delete
  12. You like Misoshiu and Bread Breakfast. It is very unique for us. I always would have Japanese style breakfasts plus a lot of fruits and vegetables when i were in hotels.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like my miso soup.

      I like my bread too.

      It happens that I can enjoy them both at one sitting while vacationing in Japan so, I ate both. ^^

      Delete
  13. The size of the breakfast is my lunch. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Those lasted me just enough until lunch! xD

      Delete
  14. I love breakfast when you are on holidays, but I usually eat way more than when at home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do too, but I think our heavy breakfast get offset with all the walking and sightseeing we do when we are on vacation, right? ^^

      Delete
  15. Hey! Just happened to see your blog.. I'm one lover of japan too... ^^

    By the way, besides toyoko inn, my other favourite business hotel is Super Hotel.. Not sure if you tried them before.. I'm not really a fan of onigiris (i m a meat lover..... haha!! I need to eat onigiris with meat =x). But thats not the point.. Super Hotel serves lots of different kinds of pastries i.e. croissants, apple pies.. and flavored bread with salad, and other japanese dishes for breakfast! All my friends agreed that they served the best bread for breakfast and it's free, with free flow of cup drinks from the vending machine.. .. Oh no, i sound like im advertising for the hotel . ha!! Just another option ! =)

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...