If you’re foodies like us at JG Black Book, then you know that a huge part of experiencing local culture is sampling the dishes unique to that destination. And there’s no better place to start than with the most important meal of the day – breakfast! What if we told you that you could discover new flavors and go on an adventure at the same time (or right after)? From sampling a Balinese Mie Goreng during a floating breakfast to tasting a special “Sunrise Breakfast” during a 360º hike, we’ve put together a list of the best local breakfasts in our collection. Don’t miss out on these cultural delicacies next time you visit one of our many unique destinations!
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah: Float away with your breakfast
The relaxed pace of life in Bali invites you to take a step back, relax and enjoy every second of your time on this paradise island. This concept was translated into The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah’s signature Floating Breakfast. This one-of-a-kind dining experience allows you to enjoy popular breakfast dishes, such as Chef Dean’s highly favored Balinese Mie Goreng (fried noodles), while you float gracefully in your private swimming pool and embrace the fresh air released by the surrounding rice paddies and lush gardens of the estate.
Andronis Exclusive: Get energized with a traditional Mediterranean dish
As the most important meal of the day, breakfast is always a great source of energy to start an exciting day full of new adventures. The high nutritional value and quality of Mediterranean products, along with their tradition and character, account for the special features of Greek breakfast dishes. One of the most popular breakfasts served at Andronis Exclusive’s hotels is Strapatsada (also known as Kagianas or Melemeni). It‘s a popular traditional dish in many regions of Greece, due to the availability of its ingredients. Though often prepared on the spot and served for breakfast or brunch, it can also be served cold. Ingredients include Santorinian tomatoes, eggs, feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, Greek oregano, and basil leaves. This dish is especially popular in the summer, when fresh tomatoes are abound.
Gangtey Lodge: Enjoy an authentic Bhutanese breakfast with a view
When dining in-house at Gangtey Lodge, guests can enjoy a number of the authentic (Bhutanese) breakfasts. One of the popular “non veg” dishes, called “Shamday,” is often served at social gatherings in Bhutan. They make theirs with rice and fresh cow butter, purchased locally from a neighboring village called Gogona. It’s topped with poached eggs, garnished with coriander and served with a Bhutanese chili paste. An alternative option and the more western choice, called a “Sunrise Breakfast,” consists of grilled sausages, homemade baked beans, roasted tomato, skillet potatoes and local Mushrooms, and is served with eggs.
Gangtey Lodge also offers a number of unique breakfast experiences. The breathtaking 360º hike and breakfast is a 30-40 minute hike up towards the meditation cliff at 3,400m. Guests are then rewarded with unobstructed views of on all sides: Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley as far as the eye can see, and the Himalayan peaks which form Bhutan’s northern border. Breakfast is served overlooking this spectacular scenery. Another highlight for most visitors is the breakfast and blessing at the Gangtey monastery, where guests are invited to participate with the monks and lamas in the Tshewang prayer ceremony – a prayer for personal empowerment, wish fulfillment and a healthy life. Following this, guests are invited to enjoy an exceptional private breakfast experience within the monastery.
Condor Travel: Begin your day with exquisite Peruvian flavor
No matter where you are in the world, breakfast is always the most important meal of the day. But if you happen to be in Peru – the gastronomic capital of the world – you’re in luck, because the country has some of the most delicious options to start your day off just right. Without a doubt, one of the most popular breakfast dishes enjoyed by Peruvians and travelers alike is the Pan con Chicharron, a braised pork sandwich accompanied by sweet potato and lemon-pickled onions. Although it can be consumed on any given day of the week, it’s a tradition for families to indulge in this succulent dish when gathering around the table for Sunday breakfast. Some of the best hotels in the country serve this traditionally delicious dish in their breakfast buffets so travelers can enjoy its unique flavor. A single bite can combine the softness of the bread with the crisp exterior of the pork meat and its tender interior, mixing it up with the sweet potato flavor and the tanginess of the onions. It’s a true gastronomic adventure for your palate! So next time you’re in Peru, remember to start your day with this one-of-a-kind culinary experience and ger the energy you need for a day of exploring the country’s many wonders!
The Chedi Andermatt: Experience class with a grand breakfast buffet
The highlight of The Chedi Grand Breakfast Buffet is, without question, the unique Wine and Cheese Cellar. Guests can choose from over 40 local and regional cheeses worth more than $15,000. Some of the cheeses are produced exclusively for The Chedi Andermatt by local farmers during summertime in their Alpine huts. They heat the fresh cow milk in a copper pot over the fire and produce the cheese by hand. After maturing, these delicacies taste exceptional!
Volcanoes Safaris: Taste local Ugandan fast food
The most delicious breakfast that one could experience in Uganda when staying at either Volcanoes Safaris’ Mount Gahinga Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, or Kyambura Gorge Lodge, is definitely the Rolex. Rolex is a popular Ugandan local fast food combining an egg omelette and vegetables wrapped in a chapati. The dish was originally called rolled eggs by local vendors, but because of the way the words swayed off Ugandan tongues, visitors heard “Rolex” and the fun name was invented. This delicious dish is also known as the “Ugandan Burrito,” and can be enjoyed at Bwindi Bar in Buhoma. It’s tasty and nutritious for a perfect start to your day!
Elewana Lewa Safari Camp: Start your day in an exotic way
Start your day of safari adventures with a delicious breakfast with the Elewana Collection. Their homemade garlic and rosemary Naan bread is served under a tantalizing curried spinach and paneer sauce, topped with two poached eggs and garnished with an avocado and tomato relish for some fresh relief. Elewana’s head chef, Susan, loves to cook this dish in the vibrant gardens just before guests venture out on their exciting safaris in the stunning Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.