I had just loaded up a plate at the breakfast buffet in my hotel in Warsaw, Poland, when I noticed the other guests making a beeline for a small table just off to the side from the main spread.
That’s when I saw it: A silver serving platter full of perfect little slices of cheesecake topped with an apricot glaze.
It was 8:30 a.m. and I had already made plenty of choices from the European breakfast fare on display: freshly-baked rolls, sliced cheeses, and a selection of cold cuts, pâtés and other meats.
Still, I didn’t hesitate for a second.
A slice (or was it two?) of the creamy dessert made its way to my table and though I don’t plan on adding it to my morning ritual for fear of getting hooked, I am here to tell you that cheesecake is delicious for breakfast.
So is Champagne. That festive breakfast buffet selection awaited me on the next leg of my trip in a hotel in Paris, France, where the bubbly chilled in an ice bucket not far from a pitcher of milk every morning– and you could just help yourself to either beverage. Guests sipped from their Champagne glasses as casually as from their cups of café au lait and it made for a merry start to the day.
So here is a toast to hotel breakfast buffets and the decadent choices they offer.
When you’re out of town, there’s something magical and comforting about waking up in a new place and knowing there’s a room full of breads, pastries, eggs, miniature jellies and steaming cups of coffee waiting for you to indulge as you please.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to sample something you would otherwise never try for breakfast, like caviar paste in Stockholm, Sweden, or black pudding and a tattie scone in Scotland.
Then there are hotel breakfast buffets that leave you breathless, like the one in Paris Las Vegas, where after filling up on crepes, omelets, croissants and cheeses, I always feel sorry that you can only eat so much during one sitting.
I’m already dreaming about my next visit, but for now, back to bagels and cream cheese.
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