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Buffet breakfast… What are you?

We all know that there are different types of breakfasts that are served in the restaurants of hotels and cafes. But have you ever thought of why buffet breakfast was named ‘buffet’?

By definition, a buffet means a counter or long table with a variety of food for informal eating. It usually consists of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef hash, southern gravy, biscuits, English muffins, and bagels. The food is usually presented on long, narrow, stainless steel steam tables with attached “sneeze guards” holding individual stainless steel or plastic “pans” that fit together in the hold over hot water with heat lamps above. There is usually a set price for this type of meal and you can eat as much as you want.

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For your information we present other types of breakfast that can be offered:

Continental Breakfast – A light breakfast which includes coffee, teas, juices, fruits and pastries. This is the lightest type of breakfast and is usually least expensive.

English Breakfast- A traditional English breakfast would include sausages, eggs, and tomatoes. However, now many people have somewhat shied away from the tradition and have resorted to just having cereal and toast with marmalade. Orange juice is traditionally drunk before the breakfast and coffee is drunk after it.

French Breakfast – Usually, this breakfast includes baguettes with jam or butter and sometimes warm/cold croissants. The usual drink would be a cup of hot black coffee but tea or hot chocolate is also common. The French breakfast is very light and therefore referred to as ‘petit dejeuner’ in France.

American Breakfast – Similar to the English breakfast, American breakfasts are very big and filling. They usually consist of eggs, sliced bacon or sausage, sliced bread or toast with jam/butter, pancakes with syrup, various different cereals including porridge, cornflakes etc, and coffee/tea and orange/grapefruit juice.

What is your favourite breakfast?

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