7 Weird Breakfasts from Around the World

1. Century Eggs, China

Century EggTo the unaccustomed eye, the appearance of the century egg, a popular Chinese delicacy, is somewhat alarming. Learning how the eggs are made is not particularly reassuring, either. Duck, chicken or quail eggs are preserved for up to several months in a mixture of ash, salt, clay, rice hulls and lime, which turns their yolks to a dark brown colour with a creamy texture and sulphurous smell, and their whites to a dark brown, transparent jelly.

Century eggs can be eaten on their own or used as an ingredient in other dishes, for breakfast or other meals.

Siri Paya, Pakistan

Meaning ‘head and feet’, the soup-like Siri Paya is remarkably well named. It’s more the thought of a dish made with the head and trotters of a cow, goat or lamb that is off putting – these ingredients have been commonly used in traditional recipes by cultures around the world for centuries, even here in the wimpy West. That said, breakfast may not be the ideal time to be sampling this delight for the first time, particularly if you’re used to a bowl of cereal in the morning.

Huitlacoche2.3. Huitlacoche, Mexico

Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Well in English, this breakfast treat is known as Corn Smut, and is basically sweetcorn with a disease which ‘replaces the normal kernels of the cobs with large distorted tumours’ (thanks Wikipedia).

Tempted yet? Huitlacoche is a remnant of Aztec cuisine and is enjoyed either fresh or canned in Mexico, often as a filling for a quesadilla or in a soup.

4. Bread and Sprinkles, Indonesia

Moving into more comfortable territory, there’s nothing unpleasant about our next dish, just a bit unusual.

In Indonesia, a common breakfast treat is to spread a slice of white bread with butter and cover with sprinkles, or meises. To us at BedandBreakfastworld.com it seems like something you might allow a fussy child to eat once you’ve given up trying to get toast down their throats. That, and something we may be secretly trying once we get home…

Marmite5. Marmite, UK

As the advert famously says, you either love it or you hate it, but even those who hate it probably don’t think there’s anything actually weird about Marmite. There is. Marmite is a dark-brown, sticky, salty paste made from yeast extract, a by-product of brewing beer. It is made by adding salt to yeast until the yeast self-destructs (thanks again, Wikipedia). Spread it on toast and you’ve got an extremely strong-tasting, dark-brown, sticky, salty paste on toast. Enjoy!

6. Bacon and Chocolate Chip Pancakes, USA

Why choose between sweet and savoury when you can have it all? Again, this sounds like something a child would put together for breakfast, but in fact you’ll see plenty of fully grown adults tucking into a mountain of pancakes and bacon, usually topped with maple syrup and sometimes even ice cream! We have to say, there is something wonderful about that salty and sweet combination…

Churros and Chocolate7. Churros and Chocolate, Spain

The final item on our list wouldn’t really be described as a weird food, but we feel it earns a place for its pure decadence, especially as a breakfast treat. Like deep-fried, crispy doughnuts covered in sugar? Yes. Like thick, rich hot chocolate? Of course you do! Now take item A, dip into item B and consume. Delicious, no?

 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten for breakfast? Which items on our list would you most like to try? (We’re guessing churros or pancakes!)

September 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm 2 comments

New Zealand Bed and Breakfasts

In celebration of the 2011 Rugby World Cup starting in New Zealand today, we’ve put together a list of our favourite New Zealand bed and breakfasts from around the country.

Indigo Bush Studios, Coromandel

New Zealand B&B Indigo Bush StudiosEnjoy a bed and breakfast experience like no other at Indigo Bush Studios in Coromandel. Art surrounds you as you step into this sophisticated but quirky B&B, run by local painter and potter Robyn Lewis. There are two architecturally designed studio apartments to choose from, both modern and open-plan, complemented by muted natural colours, earthy textures and an ethnic vibe. Curl up beside the log fire or unwind in the outdoor bath.

Coromandel is a historic town located about 2.5 hours’ drive from Auckland and is surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery.

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The Peppertree, Blenheim

New Zealand B&B The PeppertreeSet amid extensive country gardens with its own boutique vineyard and olive grove, 5-star Blenheim B&B The Peppertree offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Marlborough’s wine region. Choose from one of five spacious suites, all of which have their own personality and are elegantly decorated in keeping with the period character of the building. A delicious complimentary breakfast is served in the attractive dining room or out on the verandah.

Blenheim is a charming market town with a relaxed atmosphere, popular for its numerous arts and crafts galleries. It is located in the Marlborough District, which offers some of the most diverse scenery in New Zealand.

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88 Lodge, Kerikeri

New Zealand B&B 88 LodgeExperience the homely atmosphere of a bed and breakfast with the quality service and facilities of a top hotel at 88 Lodge in Kerikeri’s beautiful Bay of Islands. This luxury B&B has four tastefully appointed rooms and suites equipped looking out onto a sub-tropical garden a solar-heated swimming pool. The Queen Palm Suite even has its own private pool. In the morning, enjoy the breakfast of your choice prepared using only the freshest local products and served with seasonal fruit from the lodge’s own orchards.

88 Lodge is located just a few minutes from the bustling town of Kerikeri, with its stylish shops and cafés and its heritage sites. Northland’s famous beaches are within easy reach, as are golf courses, vineyards and a wide range of water sports. Swim with dolphins, sky dive or just sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands.

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Somersal B&B, Waitomo

New Zealand B&B Somersal B&BSomersal B&B in Waitomo offers a relaxing country experience among idyllic surroundings on the banks of the River Waipa. The four luxurious guestrooms all enjoy garden or mountain views, and in the morning you’ll awake to your choice of a freshly prepared cooked or continental breakfast. Play a game of croquet or petanque on the lawn or splash about in the pool and take in the beautiful scenery surrounding our B&B.

Somersal B&B is situated on the edge of Pirongia, famous for its volcano and forest park which is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. It is also just a couple of hours’ drive from many of New Zealand’s top tourist destinations.

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Do you have a ticket for any of the 2011 Rugby World Cup matches? Who is your money on to win?

September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

The 7 Wonders of Britain

British newspaper The Mirror has presented a challenge to the 7 Wonders of the World with their 7 Wonders of Britain – 7 natural or cultural treasures which can all be found within the shores of England, Scotland and Wales.

On the list are:

  1. Snowdonia, for its stunning landscape of mountains, lakes and beaches
  2. Eas a Chual Aluinn, a waterfall in the Scottish Highlands which is four times the height of Niagara Falls.
  3. Cornwall, for its beautiful beaches and countryside
  4. Hadrian’s Wall
  5. Brighton Pavilion
  6. Cheddar Gorge
  7. Piccadilly Circus

Cheddar Gorge (image from http://www.mirror.co.uk)

Maybe Stonehenge was too obvious a choice? We’re not sure Brighton Pavilion quite rivals the Taj Mahal, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re enjoying a day at the seaside! Do you think there’s anything else missing from the list?

What 7 wonders would you pick from your country, region or town?

September 5, 2011 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

B&B Lets Guests Spend a Night in the Slammer

A bed and breakfast in Indiana has found a novel place to house guests – in the cells of the old county jail.

Owner Debra Ackerman opened the Old Jail Inn in Parke County after attempting to buy just the door of the disused building, but being t0ld she had to purchase the whole property.

Ackerman spent 4 months renovating the jail before opening it as a B&B last May. ‘Innmates’ can look forward to a truly unique stay, but shouldn’t expect any luxuries. They sleep in the actual cells, complete with working bars, share the original shower used by the prisoners and eat their meals from metal trays. Upstairs, what was once Murderers’ Row now houses 2 private suites.

The building is over 140 years old, and even its contents have a history. “Nothing was bought in a store brand-new. Everything was reused and re-purposed, and we’re really proud of that,” Ackerman says.

Guests have come from all round the world to stay at the Old Jail Inn, including former employees and inmates of the jail. “It’s not just staying at any bed and breakfast. It’s an experience all the way through,” says Ackerman. Even the guest book is unusual – guests write their appreciation on the walls.

Thanks to the success of the bed and breakfast, Ackerman was able to buy the property next door and turn it into the Old Jail Coffee House, and is in the process of converting the old drunk tank into a winery where she sells her very own Drunk Tank Wine.

Where’s the most unusual place you’ve stayed?

August 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Vermont B&B Turns Away Lesbian Couple

A Vermont bed and breakfast has found itself up against a discrimination lawsuit after refusing to host the wedding of a lesbian couple.

The lawsuit against the Wildflower Inn was filed last month at Vermont’s Superior Court by the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Katherine Baker and Ming-Lien Linsley.

Linsley’s mother made an initial enquiry into holding the couple’s wedding reception at the B&B in October 2010 and were told by the events manager that “unfortunately due to their [the inkeepers’] personal feelings, we do not host gay receptions at our facility.” The plaintiffs claim that this is against Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, which states that public accommodations may not refuse service on the basis of sexual orientation, except for hotels with fewer than 6 rooms and religious organisations.

The couple have asked the court to declare that a violation of state law had occurred, and to issue an injunction preventing the B&B from enforcing its homophobic policy. They also asked for attorney’s fees plus nominal damages of $1. The B&B claims that they are protected by the First Amendment, although they also say that their events manager never informed them of the request. They denied having such a policy but argued that applying state law in this situation would violate their right to the free exercise of their religion, freedom from compelled speech or expression and freedom of expressive association, under Vermont’s Constitution and the First Amendment.

Jim O’Reilly, one of the inn’s owners, would not discuss the litigation while it was still active, but said that he hoped the situation would be resolved ‘quickly and fairly.’

The ACLU insisted, “It’s a very straightforward case, because there’s something in writing from the defendant refusing to serve our clients. The only defense offered by the inn is that they think the First Amendment allows it to sidestep Vermont’s law — and we don’t think that has any merit. This has been on the books for about 20 years — way before we had equal unions in Vermont. This a pretty cut-and-dried case.”

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August 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Is Space Tourism About to Take Off?

A Russian company has released ambitious plans for the world’s first space hotel, due to open in 2016.

Orbiting 350km above the Earth, the space station will sleep just seven guests, making it a true boutique hotel. But those checking-in should not expect to find luxury on board. There will be no en-suite bathrooms, nor even any showers, although there will be wet wipes.

All food will be freeze dried, there will be no smoking, no drinking and certainly no day trips. What there will be, however, are unbeatable views, and your holiday snaps will blow everyone else’s out of the water when you post them on Facebook.

At £100,000 for a weekend break, the space hotel can claim to be the most expensive hotel in the universe (that we know of); we hope breakfast is included. Flights to the hotel will be estimated to cost about £500,000, or £500,005 with speedy boarding.

August 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Twilight Star Escaped London Riots at English Country B&B

Kristen StewartCelebrity gossip site Hollywood Life has reported how Twilight star Kristen Stewart took refuge during the London riots at a rural English B&B, where she was staying while filming her new movie, Snow White and the Huntsman.

The website reports how Stewart was ‘roughing it’ at the bed and breakfast, which had just one bathroom per floor meaning that members of crew and cast had to share. As an international superstar, Kristen would be more used to staying at hotels like the Dorchester in London, so we wonder how she enjoyed the charm of an English country B&B ‘in the middle of nowhere’.

B&B owners – have you ever had a celebrity guest? No need to give names – just a couple of good clues will keep us satisfied!

August 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

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