Thursday, March 19, 2015

TBT: Breakfast in Australia

What is Throwback Thursday? How does it work, you might ask? I get to choose a blog post from the past (either a few days or a few years) and repost it as a TBT. 

Today, I chose a post from one year and one day ago, when Sean explained what breakfast looks like for an Australian. It is pretty different to an American breakfast.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the breakfast experience in America and the almost endless options available to you. If you missed that post you can read about it here. This week I am writing about breakfast in Australia and the foods that are commonly consumed. Although there are noticeably less options for breakfast on Australian menus when compared to American menus there are still plenty of options. 

Here are just some of them:

Vegemite on toast: This is one probably best left to the locals as most visitors can not stand the taste of Vegemite. Amanda's family has many colourful names for it including "road tar" and "axle grease". Vegemite is a yeast extract and has a unique taste. It is hard to explain exactly what it tastes like except to say it is salty. It is normally eaten thinly spread on buttered toast and is a popular option for those looking for a light meal or something that can be prepared quickly.

 Baked Beans on Toast: Baked beans on toast is another popular option for those who are looking for a light breakfast or something that can be prepared quickly. Most baked beans in Australia are in a tomato sauce rather than the bbq sauce that is common in baked beans in America. Baked Beans on toast is served mostly at peoples home but can be found on some menus at cafes, motels and other locations.

Australian Bacon: In my post about American breakfasts I briefly talked about the differences between the bacon served in America and Australia. American bacon is probably equal parts fat and meat. Australian bacon is mostly meat with very little fat and has a different taste to American bacon. This is because the bacon in Australia is cut from the back of the pig and the American bacon is cut from the side of the pig. Australian bacon is similar to Canadian bacon but is just a little bit different. You may be able to find American style bacon in Australia but it won't be easy to find.

 McCafe: Most McDonalds locations in America have McCafe now but they are nothing like their Australian counterparts. McCafe was first introduced around 20 years ago and have been wildly successful. Not only do they have just about every type of hot drink imaginable, they also have dozens of food options including slices of cake, macaroons, banana-cinnamon breads, and other light fare. In most McDonalds in Australia the McCafe is a separate counter from the regular restaurant which made ordering much easier. It was like having a Starbucks and a McDonalds under one roof and made grabbing breakfast for the whole family easy even if everyone had a different taste. 
My favorite McCafe order is a Double Chocolate Muffin and a Cappucino. That was a very yummy breakfast last summer when we were down in Oz.

 These are just some of the more interesting options for brekkie (What many Australian call breakfast). Which of these would you be willing to try?

Such a fun thing to compare and contrast. Hope you enjoyed this blast from the past. Which breakfasts sounds the tastiest to you?

Happy Eating,

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