When you fire up your web browser and search for “breakfast near me”, you’re bound to get dozens of results. If you skip past the results for TripAdvisor and Yelp, you can find places a bit more obscure. If that’s what you’re looking for, of course.
I can’t tell you what all the places are or where to look. After all, I’ve only been back in the United States for about 11 months and at opposite ends of the country. There are some places I’m familiar with, like IHOP, and even more that I’m not. Some things definitely changed during my years outside the country.
Taco Bell serves breakfast food now and McDonald’s serves breakfast food all day (of those that I’ve seen so far). I can’t say anything about the other fast food places. I haven’t been to any of them (I haven’t been to Taco Bell either) since I’ve been back.
There are, and will always be, traditional sit-down places that serve breakfast during normal breakfast hours. I accompanied my older son and his family multiple times to some of them when I was in Florida. I have yet to do so in Hawaii, but I’ve only been here about two and half months.
My wife, Josie, makes the best breakfast meals. For me, that is. She knows what I like and now that I’m working on my own fat loss routines, it’s starting to get challenging for her.
My daughter-in-law, Cathy, cooks a keto-friendly loaf of bread every few days. It uses almond flour instead of wheat flour. Even though it’s keto friendly, eating more than a slice a day is asking for trouble.
We don’t shop for food that’s specifically for me. I have to ignore most of the kinds of food I like because they have so many carbs in them. Things like rice, potatoes, pasta, pancakes and waffles, breakfast cereal and regular bread are off limits. I’m basically limited to dairy (eggs, cheese and butter), vegetables and animal meat.
For me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m a morning person, unlike some close relatives of mine. There are only so many ways to cook eggs and only so many things to go with them. Changing flavors and ingredients is difficult.
When I lived with my parents and siblings (up until the age of 17, when I joined the military), the only kinds of eggs I ever had were fried or scrambled. That’s it. Military chow halls (what dining facilities used to be called when service members were the cooks) introduced me to the omelet.
Josie recently cooked me a corned beef omelet. The family (except for me) had corned beef and rice a previous night and this was the leftover corned beef. The only ingredients were corned beef and cheese, wrapped in egg. She could have whipped up something more elaborate, with peppers and veggies, but I was too hungry to wait.
While I love bacon, I actually prefer turkey bacon over pork bacon most of the time. Yeah, I know, it’s not real bacon. I prefer sliced beef franks over any kind of breakfast sausage. I don’t care for vegetables with breakfast and I can’t have potato anything.
There are some vegetables I like and some I can’t stand. I hate squash and anything that tastes like it. I don’t care for eggplant. Although I didn’t like them when I was young, I now like most kinds of leafy green vegetables. Some things give me too much gas and boiled cabbage is one of those things. Raw cabbage doesn’t have that effect on me.
I really like broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus. Honestly, I can’t name every vegetable I like and every vegetable I don’t, but I can tell you zucchini is on my list of dislikes.
There are breakfast food items I really like, which I won’t be able to eat for a long time. I like the Sausage McMuffin with Egg at McDonald’s, the Breakfast Jack at Jack In The Box, the Croissan’wich at Burger King, and other fast food sandwiches at places I’ve yet to name.
Coincidentally, Josie makes imitations of them at home. For the McMuffin’s at home, she uses “Thomas’ English Muffins”. She worked at some fast food places in the past, so she knows what the ingredients should be and what to replace them with.
I won’t be able to have anything close to a traditional American breakfast until I lose a lot of fat and get to where I want to be in body weight. I’ll probably do something stupid and pig out the day I reach my goals.