An Ode to Breakfast

ed. note: I always write posts a week or two in advance, so you are seeing scheduled content. I know this may seem tone-deaf in the context of current world events, but I hope it can serve as a bit of escape right now. I’m working on having something more relevant for Friday! xo

I. Love. Breakfast. You know when people say they’re not hungry when they wake up, or that they always skip breakfast? That has always baffled me. Hands down, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Not only am I pretty much always hungry in the morning, but I could also eat breakfast food pretty much any time of the day.

Back in February, we were in Australia and after waking up around 3 in the morning on our first day, we eventually wandered over to a nearby cafe. We ordered coffees right away, and chatted with the waiter. I asked him what his favourite item on the menu was, and he said he loved the toast. I was kind of surprised, but I ordered it anyway.

This toast was the best. The bread was homemade, with slightly crusty edges and sliced thickly. It came with an absolute mountain of soft salted butter and fresh, seedy strawberry jam (the perfect mix of tart and sweet, and my second favourite after apricot).

And so began the great toast kick of 2020. Throughout our trip I tried the breakfast toast at most places (I really liked sitting outside a little cafe and munching on toast in Melbourne in particular!). Since we’ve been home, the kick has continued and I’ve had several variations.

When everyone was doing it, I made a few loaves of sourdough, which was really tasty with salted butter, or sometimes a soft boiled egg with a jammy yolk (be still my heart). We had a baguette in the freezer, which I warmed in the oven, sliced and ate with Nutella and occasionally sliced banana. I ordered a few loaves of Dave’s Killer Bread “Good Seed” (my personal fave store bought toast bread), and loved eating that with a light layer of butter and a thick layer of peanut butter (I LOVE the salted PB from Whole Foods, which is surprisingly not super expensive! I’m not even kidding I subscribe to a regular delivery via amazon). Lately I’m onto cinnamon toast from COBS bread (around the corner) with either PB or some jam I made last summer (plum!).

I like toast because it’s easy to make (it fit into both my pre COVID hectic morning and my slower pace these days), there are dozens of variations, and it’s just comforting. What have you been eating for breakfast?

(Top image from Social Brew Cafe, another delicious spot I stopped for toast in Syd!)


  • Liz
    June 4, 2020 at 4:08 am

    I love breakfast as well. Lately, I’ve been eating fage 5% (the full fat is the best) yogurt mixed with fruit, pb, and granola. On the subject of toast, I LOVE making cinnamon sugar toast using challah or brioche + spread of butter + sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon. SO GOOD.

    • Alyssa Heuninck
      June 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Oh YUM! There’s a really lovely French bakery down the road and I will definitely grab some brioche this weekend!


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