When we were in London we visited the Breakfast Clubfor our morning fix. Remind me again why we don’t have breakfast diners in the Netherlands? The last time I checked we still do eat over here. We know the concept of having breakfast. And if coffee isn’t a prerequisite here in the morning, I don’t know what is. Every morning I am surrounded by people sipping their Starbucks coffee on the train as if their lives depended on it. Maybe that’s the problem. We’ve been taken over by overseas companies and with that, international cultures and traditions (and when I say ‘international’ I mean mostly American).
Take Starbucks for example. One day we were still enjoying our own filter coffee (remember those days?) and suddenly, no street was complete without their white-on-green mermaid (which someone has to explain to me one day). Hell, this year, we’ve started celebrating Thanksgiving and we looted the stores on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, all of which were still unknown over here not so long ago. We don’t have an identity here in the Netherlands, we rely heavily on others’. Now the English, they’re a hardy folk. They have their English breakfast with beans even though beans would seem oddly
out of place in the rest of the world. They keep their English breakfast tea served with milk. I get odd looks every day from colleagues every time I ask for milk in my tea. Then there’s the pillar red telephone box that still occupy the streets of London (or other places in the UK) even though they’re completely out of use. Never mind Captain America or Superman, who may save the day, Doctor Who saves the universe and time itself. We should all quit following the Americans and take an example of the British and start traditions of our own. Who is with me?
Ordinary people enjoying their breakfast at 11am. Don’t people work in London?
Our Breakfast Club London (this was Hoxton’s) breakfast was more than satisfying. If you would have put a matras right next to our table, I swear, we would have paid the bill and fallen asleep on the spot. It was a breakfast for true breakfast champions. It got us through the day (and we had loads of sightseeing to do that day).