'Morning, Sunshine: Is Breakfast on Your Menu?
Last week's issue of New York magazine takes on breakfast, a tasty multi-course spread on the meal that people either love or hate.
We've all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the fuel that fires up the engine and takes your brain to a higher level. As much as I do appreciate the sound advice, I rarely wake up hankering for a meal to start to the day. I'm an early bird alright, but I prefer my worms after coffee, thanks.
One of my favorite parts of the New York package is "What I Ate This Morning" poll; the responses are fascinating, covering the gamut from cigarettes to four hard-boiled eggs.
All this breakfast banter got me thinking: What happens when you rise and shine? Does breakfast figure into your routine, and if so, is it a slow or rushed affair? When I waited tables at a diner in Philadelphia in the early 1990s, I could predict when certain customers would show up for breakfast, where they'd sit and what they'd order. What is it about breakfast that makes us extreme creatures of habit?
For me, the notion of eating while working out of a REM state is what turns me off about breakfast. Give me an hour to get my caffeinated bearings and say good morning to the universe, and I'll be ready to join you. One morning last fall, I made blue corn pancakes for me and Mister MA on a weekday, and I remember thinking how much fun it was to commune at the table before we parted ways for the day.
Still, breakfast remains a rarity rather than a rule for this bird, and I'm wondering, should I or shouldn't I get on the first-meal-of-the-day stick? Share your morning thoughts in the comments area.
P.S. Remember when everyone and their brother had a breakfast nook?
From the MA archive: breakfast treats.
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