Breakfast is probably the most aptly named and underrated meal of the day. The first meal eaten after rising from a full night's sleep, breakfast literally means “breaking the fast” and considering it’s the perfect chance to fuel up before the day’s undertakings, it’s a wonder why so many choose to skip it.Petit DejeunerIn France a typical breakfast, or petit dejeuner, usually consists of sitting down to ceramic bowls filled with café au lait or thick hot chocolate, fresh orange or grapefruit juice and some type of bread or sweet pastry. Viennoiserie, such as croissants, pain au raisin or pain au chocolat are classic French breakfast fare, as is buttery brioche bread, which is especially delicious dipped into the steaming coffee or cocoa. Also popular are sweet tartines, or simple open-faced sandwiches often made with sliced baguette, butter, fruit preserves or chocolate spread.
A good old-fashioned American BreakfastWhile the French start the day off on a sweet note, thoughts of the American breakfast may conjure a heartier, savory meal. The iconic American breakfast may consist of coffee and citrus juice, eggs, toasted bread, fried potatoes and salty, sometimes cured meats, such as bacon, ham or sausage. A classic American breakfast may also include pancakes, waffles or French toast with maple syrup (Incidentally, French toast is known as pain perdu in France and is actually eaten for dessert, but back to breakfast!). How many busy Americans eat a textbook American breakfast on a daily basis is unknown. The fact is, we’re a busy nation and for many Americans, a modern breakfast may mean guzzling down coffee and grabbing a muffin or piece of fruit on the way out the door.
Slow down and fuel upThere is something to be said for taking the time every morning to sit, relax and nourish your body (and soul) with a balanced, satisfying meal. If you’re a true food-lover, starting your day with a little D’Artagnan adds to your joie de vivre, or joy of living. Think of it as an American breakfast with French attitude.