Breakfast around the world

Coffee — essential for many in the morning

How people start the day, from Williamsburg to Johannesburg

What was the first thing you did this morning? Your alarm went off, you rolled over a couple times, and maybe hit the snooze button before getting yourself out of bed. You dressed, maybe showered too, and started your day.

But did you eat breakfast? While breakfast is a daily routine for many people, some people choose not to eat before lunch. For others, there’s simply no time. Around the world, there’s a variety of ways people eat breakfast. Even around William & Mary’s campus, what’s on the world’s plate is often reflected in what students eat on campus.

This blog series is going to use food culture as a means to explore broader issues. What type of food is available in the Williamsburg area? What are issues with food security and distribution around the world? How can we as students be more conscious of what we eat, both from a health and social or environmental standpoint?

Here’s an idea of what’s on the menu for my next few blogs. Hannah Whitaker has photographed what children eat for breakfast in seven countries around the world. The resulting body of work, Rise & Shine, shows kids chowing down on fermented soybeans in Japan, cornmeal porridge in Malawi, and bread with sprinkles in the Netherlands.

For the next few posts, I’m going to explore these topics starting from my first (and favorite) meal of the day: breakfast. This morning, I ate homemade granola with dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to compare what the campus community eats with what the world consumes on a daily basis.

A taste of what’s to come: smoothie bowls are one of my favorite breakfasts
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