Super quick review for a super quick brunch: Andina Shoreditch

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I had this place on my list of bars/restaurants to try for quite a bit and I don’t know why I didn’t stop there before, since I pass by it almost every day.

So, last Sunday I decided on a whim to grab a bite before deliberately losing myself in the craziness of the Christmas Shopping District: Oxford Street. After all, I have gifts to buy like everyone else.

Little sister of the famous Ceviche in Soho, Andina is a Peruvian Bar which concentrates its focus on Andean soul food with a modern touch, a necessity if you want to make it among the uncountable hip restaurants in Shoreditch and London in general.

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The first thing you notice as soon as you get in is the brightness of the place, thanks to the natural light coming from the big windows that surrounds the room. Then the quirky decor of the yellow tiles, the wicker basket chandeliers and the colored yarn hung on the walls add authenticity and modernity without weighing the interior down.

Unfortunately for us, G and I were seated downstairs in a very much different room with an aseptic bar, dim lights, furniture almost totally made of aged wood and a large mirror that covers completely a wall.

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I ordered simple poached eggs and avocado sourdough toast, just to play it safe after the flu I got during the week, while G got the Chicharron sandwich, which according to Andina’s menu should be the best bacon sandwich: chunks of confit pork belly with camote (sweet potato) ketchup, with red onions and tomato. Challenge accepted.

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The service was fairly quick, and in no time we had our plates. While mine was a bit bland in flavour and unfortunately cold, G’s sandwich was too much for me to handle, not really the best bacon sandwich as the menu claims. Excessively greasy with a strong pork flavour, that remained in my mouth for quite a bit that afternoon, even until dinner time.

My vote: I expected more from this place, to be honest. I cannot talk about their other specialities or their famous ceviche which I would like to try one day, but as a place for brunch I give Andina a 6. In my opinion there are far better places in Shoreditch and in London in general, to have a bite.

Andina,1 Redchurch St, London E2.

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November’s favourites: 5 sweet treats to enjoy in London

Here we go again, Monday. A gloomy cold Monday here in London, like Monday itself wasn’t enough to get bogged down as soon as I open my eyes. So what’s the best medicine to increase our serotonin levels, therefore have a moment of happiness? Chocolate. Or cake. Or just whatever you fancy as guilty pleasure.

Here 5 guilty pleasures I indulged in this November:

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Couldn’t resist…

Hot Chocolate and Curly Whirly Brownie from Konditor and Cook. First things first, I confess to be a bit fussy for hot chocolate, because too many times I have been given some cheap and bitter stuff that always made wonder about how managers care about the quality of a product and the satisfaction of customers. This little introduction just state how much I actually appreciated Konditor and Cook’s product: one sip of this luscious hot chocolate and you can taste the top quality of a rich bittersweet cocoa at the right temperature, thanks to the amazing barista staff. Then the Curly Whirly brownie, the most popular treat at Konditor and Cook: a dense chocolate chip goodness swirled with vanilla cheesecake, because we don’t want to choose, we want it all! After the first bite I understand why it’s the most famous choice: so fudgy and moist that it melts in my mouth. A silky texture balanced by crunchy chocolate chips and creamy cheesecake. These three types of texture also reflect a harmony of flavours: sweet and bitter married together by the delicate vanilla aroma of cheesecake.

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Couldn’t resist, again.

Baked Zebra Crodoughnuts from Dum Dum Donutterie. The founder and doughnut chef Paul Hurley opened Dum Dum with the mission of bringing on the market a baked doughnut which should have been as good as the fried one, or even better. Well, he’s having quite a success and I am one of Dum Dum’s loyal customers, especially after trying the Zebra crodoughnut. Layers of ring-shaped croissant dough filled with chocolate butter crème form another one of my favourite guilty pleasures of the month. This is the one I end up buying often, because chocolate, that’s why! Anyway, I also recommend the Strawberries & Cream and the Peter Andre Yum Yum Dum Dum, which despite the funny name is filled with dulce de leche crème. Or if you are a Nutella fan get the Chocolate and Hazelnut one (in the picture below).

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Black Bottom Cupcake from Hummingbird bakery. A classic one for me, because it’s been 4 years after my first and I always go back and have one. Moist and dense chocolate sponge with cheesecake and chocolate chips filling and cream cheese frosting (see a recurring pattern here?). A bomb, of calories and happiness.

Chocolate and banana streusel cake from Timber Yard café. I first tried this cake only a couple of days ago, but it is so good that I feel I need to share it with you guys – unfortunately only  by describing it. The perfect combination of spongy and crunchy textures with different levels of sweetness, from the streusel topping to the banana’s natural sugar and the bitterness of chocolate.

Matcha green tea dorayaki from Japan Centre. if you feel the options above are too much to handle and prefer a guilty pleasure that doesn’t include chocolate, why not getting a matcha green tea custard dorayaki from Japan Centre. Two featherlight soft pancakes that sandwich a delicate matcha custard filling. The overall taste is sweet but with a bitter note given by green tea. A satisfying treat for sure.

What about you guys, what are your guilty pleasures of the moment?

Have a good week!

P.S.: regarding my suspects of gluten intolerance I addressed in this post, I am still waiting to run the test, and in order not have a false positive result, I’m still eating foods that contain gluten (as for example the cakes listed in this article ). Will see how it goes.

Sunday Brunch at Lantana Shoreditch: my review.

It happens every Sunday. I roll out of bed with semi closed eyes uttering weird sounds and wander in the house before realising how late it is and regretting those two hours I overslept, because the bed couldn’t let me go. The routine continues like this: usually after drinking some coffee in slow motion, I call my mum to catch up with the latest family gossip, but every time I end up getting scolded. Why? Simple, because it’s almost lunchtime and I preferred sleeping rather than waking up and do the preps for Sunday sauce, as every good Italian woman should do according to my mother’s and gran’s thought. At this point I have two options: 1) Lie and tell her that the sauce is on the stove simmering since 7 am and if I am convincing enough I also can find a quick excuse for my sleepy voice. Unfortunately I am such a bad liar, so I go straight to number 2. 2)Tell her I’m going to have brunch.

Her reply is always immediate: “Why? You’re not American.” Then it becomes melodramatic: “Hearing you’re losing your national identity makes me so sad.” Seriously, mum? I should probably take her to brunch next time she visits to try to change her mind.

After a quick search, G. and I decided for Lantana in Shoreditch, a trendy Aussie style café renowned for their excellent coffee blend and their signature drink, the flat white. I had already tried their coffee and cakes at their original location in Fitzrovia during my MA year at SOAS, and I kept going back at the time just to reward myself with quality products after classes, exams, you name it. This time it was all about brunch.

We arrived around 12:15 and we joined the long queue, because the café was packed with customers. Good sign.

The place has nice aged wood interiors without frills, in line with the trendy simple but absolutely vintage style, which is common to many independent coffee shops in London. Not really bright I would say, as the room can only benefit from two windows, so in rainy days like yesterday, the artificial light becomes necessary even at midday.

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The very kind waitress asked us if it was ok to wait 20 minutes, and of course we were more than happy to do it, but 20 minutes soon became 40 when we finally got seated. Well, it can happen when the kitchen is particularly busy and orders keep piling up, right?

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Soon another waiter came to our table and when I was about to order, he informed us that the food would have taken another 15 minutes. Fair, our order needs to be cooked and plated. Plus, what could have we possibly done after queuing 40 minutes to get a table, stand up and walk away?

Too bad that 15 minutes became 30. At this point I was very hungry and, honestly, annoyed, but our food finally came.

Smashed avocado and streaky bacon on sourdough toast with a poached egg and rocket (£7.5) for me and slow braised beans with ham hock served on corn bread with grilled chorizo, a poached egg and spinach for G (£8.5).

Well, I have to say that the kitchen staff made up for the wait with their flavourful dishes.

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A matter of perspective: the portion was bigger than it looks here.

My choice celebrated the always winning union between bacon and eggs, with a fresh note added by a creamy mellow avocado and the final bitter touch given of rocket to complete the dish. Nice, without any doubt. However, I would have seasoned the avocado with some pepper, smoked paprika and sumac just give it a spicy kick.

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Same goes for G.’s choice.

G’s order as well had a nice harmony in the combination of ingredients. In fact, the hearty beans braised in tomato sauce and ham hock gave respectively acidity and texture to contrast with the distinctive sapidity of chorizo and extremely peppery corn bread.

I give Lantana 7.5 that could have been easily transformed in a higher score, but the long waiting at the entrance and then at table was a significant source of influence. I perfectly understand that Brunch can be a busy time, but more communication and coordination of the staff could significantly improve the customers’ experience.

Lantana Shoreditch, Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard ,55 City Rd. EC1Y1HQ

The best Sunday Brunch in London for broke people

 

I have to confess, I never had a Sunday Brunch in my life. Firstly, I could try to justify myself with my Italian origins and the fact that my country has no such thing as a hybrid meal. However, as they say, “When in Rome, do what the romans do” (my advice as an Italian who lived in Rome? don’t stick to this saying literally).

In this case we are in London, England, the country that started the tradition of Brunch, even though it’s now considered an American classic.

So, Sunday Brunch in London, let the search begin.

When I think about Brunch, I always imagine lavish Gossip Girl-style buffets, every kind of food you could possibly imagine, all washed down with jugs of Bellini. Actually, a place where my dream of feeling like Blair Waldorf for 1 hour can come true, really exists, it’s the CookBook CafèToo bad it costs £45 per per person and in this moment I can’t afford this luxury. At this point I think I might be worthy to consider cheaper options, even if it will make me feel more like the maid Dorota, rather than her filthy rich employer.

Being broke in a super expensive city like London doesn’t mean we have to give up and eat stale and dry sandwiches that taste like wet cardboard. I found a compromise, a good, and convenient one. It won’t be like sipping Bellini in the posh Upper East Side, but will draw a smile upon your face anyway, and what a better way to start your day?

Option 1: Caravan King’s Cross. A trendy and relaxing place, where it’s possible to have their own roasted coffee while enjoying an impressive menu that has everything: from the traditional Full English to corn fritters with avocado. A very good one is their Baked eggs in tomato and pepper ragout and Greek yoghurt with toast.

Price range from £2.5 to £9.5.

Option 2Kopapa in Covent Garden. Nice atmosphere and a particular menu that concentrates various options, from the classics like English breakfast, granola, yogurt and fruit, to light meals with more ethnic flavours just as their famous Turkish eggs with whipped yoghurt, hot chilli butter and toast.

Price range from  £2.80 to £12.50.

Option 3Dishoom Covent Garden. My choice.

When opening Dishoom, the project was to recreate the atmosphere of the old Bombay cafés founded by Iranian immigrants. I’ve never been to India, but this place is very close to my idea about that corner of Asia, with a vintage touch and and few pieces of furniture which remind customers they still are in 21st century London.

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Bacon naan roll @Dishoom

I chose Dishoom during my last visit to the capital and I’m so glad I did, because I could finally try their famous Bacon naan roll: chargrilled bacon caressed by herby cream cheese and warmly hugged by fresh and soft naan. And then, on the side, chili tomato jam, if you are adventurous enough to add an interesting contrast to that comforting flavour and create a perfect balance. Now, if you are wondering which drink would be the best match, I got two words for you: mint tea. Its flavour would refresh your palate from the tingly chilli tomato jam’s aftertaste.

The price you pay is just ridiculously cheap, even for those who are broke like I am: £3.70 for the naan roll and £1.50 for tea, plus the tip for the amazing staff. No need to say I’m going back again, but next time I’ll definitely get the Bombay Omelette and the Breakfast Lassi.

Price range from £1.50 to £9

So yes, broke people in the city, we can have an excellent Sunday Brunch at cheap prices. There’s still hope for us!

 

And now in Italian.

Devo confessare, non sono mai andata ad un Brunch in vita mia.

Prima giustificazione: in Italia non esiste alcun brunch o altro pasto ibrido al di fuori di colazione, pranzo e cena. Tuttavia, come si dice, “Paese che vai, usanza che trovi “.

In questo caso siamo a Londra, Inghilterra, paese che ha dato origine al Brunch, anche se ora è largamente considerato una tradizione americana.

Quando penso al Brunch, immagino sempre dei buffet alla Gossip Girl, carichi di ogni tipo di cibo che si possa immaginare, il tutto innaffiato da brocche di Bellini. Un modo per sentirsi come Blair Waldorf per 1 ora, a Londra esiste davvero, e si chiama CookBook Café. Peccato che tutto abbia un prezzo, anche i sogni, e in questo caso parliamo di £ 45 a persona. Un lusso che per ora non posso permettermi.

Vale la pena prendere in considerazione alternative più economiche, anche se questo mi farà sentire come la cameriera Dorota, piuttosto che la sua ricca sfondata datrice di lavoro.

Avere pochi soldi in una città super costosa come Londra non significa per forza dover fare il sacrificio di mangiare panini stantii e secchi che sanno di cartone bagnato. Bisogna trovare un compromesso. E io l’ho trovato, buono e conveniente. Non sarà come sorseggiare Bellini nell’Upper East Side, ma può rendere ugualmente felici, e quale modo migliore per iniziare la giornata?

Opzione n°1) Caravan a King Cross. Un posto rilassante e alla moda, dove è possibile godersi un ottimo caffè torrefatto in loco, gustando un menù che ha di tutto, dalla tradizionale colazione inglese alle frittelle di mais e avocado. Molto buone le loro uova al forno con pomodori, peperoni, salsa di yogurt greco e pane tostato.

Fascia di prezzo medio da £ 2,5 a £ 9,5.

Opzione n° 2) Kopapa a Covent Garden. Atmosfera vivace e un menu particolare che offre piatti classici come la colazione inglese, muesli con yogurt e frutta, ma anche sapori più etnici come le famose uova turche con salsa allo yogurt, burro al peperoncino e pane tostato.

Fascia di prezzo medio da £ 2,80 a £ 12,50.

Opzione n°3) Dishoom a Covent Garden. La mia scelta.

L’idea su cui si basa questo locale è quella di ricreare l’atmosfera dei vecchi caffè di Bombay, fondati da immigrati iraniani. Non sono mai stata in India, ma questo posto è molto vicino all’idea che mi sono fatta pensando a quell’angolo di Asia, con un tocco vintage, e alcuni complementi di arredo per ricordare che siamo ancora nella Londra del ventunesimo secolo.

Ho visitato Dishoom ultimamente e sono davvero felice di averlo fatto, perché ho potuto finalmente provare il loro famoso panino con pancetta e pane naan: pancetta grigliata e crema di formaggio alle erbe nel caldo abbraccio del naan appena uscito dal forno. Se vi sentite abbastanza avventurosi per provare un interessante contrasto, aggiungete la marmellata di pomodoro e peperoncino, perché la sua nota piccante crea un perfetto equilibrio di sapore. Ora, se vi state chiedendo quale bevanda abbinare, ho tre parole per voi: tè alla menta. Il suo sapore rinfresca il palato e spegne la sensazione piccante lasciata dal peperoncino.

Il prezzo è talmente basso da essere quasi ridicolo, anche per chi è sempre al verde come me: £ 3,70 il naan e £ 1.50 per il tè, più la mancia, meritatissima, per lo staff super veloce e gentilissimo.

Ovviamente ritornerò, ma la prossima volta non mi farò scappare la Bombay Omelette e il Breakfast Lassi.

Fascia di prezzo medio da £1.50 a £9

Quindi sì, squattrinati di Londra, possiamo avere un ottimo Brunch domenicale a prezzi contenuti. C’è ancora speranza per noi!

Sweet or Savoury? This is the breakfast question.

 

As the average Italian, one would guess I’d start every single morning with cornetto (croissant) and cappuccino. Well, as much as I would love to stuff myself with nutella or custard filled pastries, I actually surrender to a sadder but healthier breakfast, consisting either in milk and cereal or a latte and some bread with jam. Don’t you see a common denominator? Italian breakfast has to be sweet. No alternatives.

When I was younger, I never really questioned whether breakfast should be sweet or savoury, until I started travelling and I finally could analyse different details from a newer perspective. Like that time in Berlin, when I saw a group of Asian men eating seafood at 7 a.m. and I was nauseated first and then a bit puzzled, because I couldn’t understand why anyone would choose to eat fish in the morning. Thinking about this episode, I am sure that back then if someone had told me that years later I’d be eating freshly cut sashimi at dawn in Tsukiji, Tokyo, I would have told them they were crazy! Or that time when my Japanese host-mother was shocked to hear I always had sweet breakfast, so the following day she felt obliged to prepare a beef patty with ketchup, roasted potatoes and steamed spinach. Panic. I didn’t know what to do, obey to my brain and my already nauseated stomach or to my manners? Thankfully, I am such a well behaved kid so I devoured everything as fast as I could possibly do, without actually tasting anything.

During my long stay in Japan I got used to have savoury breakfast, and I can proudly say that this habit I was forced into, contributed to open my mind to the point of willingly explore the uncountable options to start my day during my travels around the world.

Of course once I was back in Italy I got back into my sweet habits as well, but my curiosity always made me wonder why the world is split in half, with countries that have traditional savoury breakfast while others have likewise strong sweet food habits that can’t be questioned. After some research, I can say that the global tendency for breakfast is for savoury food with, sometimes, sweet options like jam and/or fruit. For example, almost all European countries have both savoury and sweet products with the exception of Italy and France whose breakfast is always sweet. Of course if there is any French reader out there who disagrees, feel free to let me know, because I’m sure that among millions of people in both countries there is a fair number who prefers starting their morning with salted food.

The question here is why there is such distinction between sweet and savoury breakfast in different countries. So I tried to think about the possible answers considering the European geographic area (sorry rest of the world), but I think the whole reasoning can be undoubtedly applied anywhere else.

The first and more obvious hypothesis that comes to my mind is the different climate for each country, as a source of influence on agriculture, breeding and therefore on eating habits. On the one hand there are Northern European countries whose rigid climates challenge the body to keep its temperature in cold weather, so a breakfast rich in proteins and fats (e.g. bacon, eggs and sausages) helps to restore its internal balance. On the other hand, Mediterranean coastal countries have a temperate climate that allowed their population to cultivate wheat, cereals and fruit from ancient times. We find these product very often in the typical breakfast of these countries, together with milk or yoghurt as the main source of proteins. With moderate climate and temperature, in theory, the body has less difficulties in keeping its internal balance, so additional sources of fat shouldn’t be necessarily integrated.

After the natural characteristics of the different geographic areas, the second factor that could have influenced the breakfast habits is connected to social status. Sweet goods were once considered a luxury, therefore they were almost exclusively affordable for a small percentage of wealthy people. However, the growth of sugar industry led to the mass production of the sweetener, therefore prices became affordable and lower classes could finally purchase such a luxury good and use it for the consumption of food and beverages.

Since times have changed and given the large variety of affordable sweet and savoury goods, the choice of what to eat for breakfast is currently influenced also by our level of health. In fact, a breakfast rich in saturated fats, like the Full English one, increases the production of cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin. This leads to the further production of fats, meaning weight gain, which we don’t really wish for. However, it should be said, this doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to eat buttery sugary pastries every morning because the levels of glycaemia would likely raise.

These are just general hypothesis on the two different breakfast options, but I believe they all influenced the concept of modern breakfast if we keep in mind the timeline of history and the social changes occurred throughout the centuries.

Considering the large selection of both sweet and savoury breakfast we have, and a lifestyle that is definitely better than our ancestor’s one, we have the freedom to choose whatever we like. Still, at the end of the day (or in this case at the beginning of the day) we tend to go for the option we are most familiar with: be it sweet or savoury. So the answer to the question why some countries have either savoury or sweet breakfast, is the most obvious one: different cultures and strong traditions which don’t easily change.

And now in Italian.

Si potrebbe pensare che, in quanto italiana, incominci ogni mattina con cornetto e cappuccino. Beh, per quanto mi piacerebbe abbuffarmi di cornetti alla nutella o alla crema, in realtà mi rassegno ad una colazione un po’ più triste ma sana, e che consiste: in latte e cereali o latte e caffè con pane e marmellata . Lo notate il denominatore comune? La colazione italiana deve essere dolce. Non c’è nessuna alternativa. Punto.

In realtà non mi sono mai chiesta se la colazione dovesse essere dolce o salata, fino a quando ho iniziato a viaggiare e finalmente ho potuto analizzare diverse situazioni da altre prospettive. Come quella volta a Berlino, quando ho visto un gruppo di uomini asiatici mangiare del pesce alle 07:00 di mattina. Ero disgustata e perplessa, perché non riuscivo a capire come si potesse scegliere di mangiare del pesce al mattino. (Pensando a questo episodio, sono sicura che se allora  qualcuno mi avesse detto che anni dopo mi sarei ritrovata a mangiare del sashimi freschissimo alle prime luci dell’alba a Tsukiji, Tokyo, lo avrei chiamato pazzo. ) Oppure quando la mia host-mother giapponese rimase scioccata nel sentire che avevo sempre fatto colazione dolce, così la mattina dopo si sentì quasi obbligata a prepararmi una sorta di hamburger con ketchup, e contorno di patate al forno e spinaci al vapore. Panico. Non sapevo cosa fare, obbedire al mio cervello e il mio stomaco già sotto sopra o alle buone maniere? Per fortuna, io sono una “brava bambina”, così ho divorato tutto più velocemente possibile, evitando di assaporare quello che stavo mangiando.

Durante il mio soggiorno in Giappone, mi sono abituata a fare una colazione salata, e posso dire con orgoglio che questa abitudine forzata dalle circostanze, ha contribuito ad allargare i miei orizzonti e la mia curiosita verso le molteplici opzioni culinarie per iniziare la giornata durante i miei viaggi intorno al mondo .

Naturalmente una volta ritornata in Italia, sono tornata di nuovo alle mie “dolci abitudini”, ma la curiosità mi ha sempre spinta a chiedermi come mai il mondo sia diviso a metà, con i paesi che hanno una colazione tradizionale salata, mentre altri hanno abitudini alimentari altrettanto forti ma dolci, e che non vanno mai messe in discussione. Dopo alcune ricerche, posso dire che la tendenza globale a colazione è per il cibo salato, contemplando delle opzioni dolci solo per marmellata e / o frutta. Ad esempio, quasi tutti i paesi europei hanno prodotti sia dolci sia salati, con l’eccezione di Italia e Francia, il cui primo pasto della giornata è sempre dolce. Naturalmente se c’è qualche lettore francese là fuori che non è d’accordo, non esiti a farmi sapere, perché sono sicura che tra milioni di abitanti in entrambi i paesi ci sia un discreto numero di persone che, una volta sveglie, ha voglia di cibi salati.

La domanda qui è perché c’è una distinzione tra la colazione dolce e salati in diversi paesi. Così ho provato a pensare alle possibili risposte, considerando l’area geografica europea, ma penso che l’intero ragionamento possa essere applicato senza dubbio altrove.

La prima e più evidente ipotesi che mi viene in mente è la differenza di clima per ciascun paese, come fonte di influenza sull’agricoltura, l’allevamento e quindi sulle abitudini alimentari. Da un lato ci sono i paesi del Nord Europa i cui climi rigidi rendono necessaria una colazione ricca di proteine ​​e grassi ( ad esempio, pancetta, uova e salsicce) per aiutare il corpo a mantenere la propria temperatura. Dall’altro lato,  ci sono i paesi che si affacciano sul Mediterraneo. Essi hanno un clima temperato che, dall’antichità, ha permesso alla loro popolazione di coltivare grano, cereali e frutta. Cibi che sono presenti molto spesso nelle colazioni di questi paesi, ma sempre accanto ad una fonte di proteine che qui troviamo nel latte o nello yogurt. Con un clima e una temperatura moderata, in teoria, il corpo ha meno difficoltà a mantenere il suo equilibrio interno, perciò non è necessario integrare nel pasto delle ulteriori proteine o grassi.

Dopo le caratteristiche naturali delle diverse aree geografiche, il secondo fattore che potrebbe aver influenzato le abitudini colazione è collegato allo stato sociale. I prodotti dolci una volta erano considerati un genere di lusso, quindi erano quasi esclusivamente ad appannaggio di una piccola percentuale di cittadini benestanti. Tuttavia, la crescita dell’industria dello zucchero ha portato ad una produzione di massa del dolcificante, per cui i prezzi sono diventati accessibili, e anche le classi meno abbienti hanno potuto finalmente acquistare un tale bene di lusso e usarlo per il consumo di alimenti e bevande.

Dal momento che i tempi sono cambiati e data la grande varietà di prodotti dolci e salati a prezzi accessibili, la scelta di cosa mangiare a colazione è attualmente influenzata anche dal nostro stato di salute. Infatti, una prima colazione ricca di grassi saturi, come quella inglese, aumenta la produzione di colesterolo, trigliceridi e insulina. Questo porta ad una ulteriore produzione di grassi, il che significa un aumento di peso. Tuttavia, va detto, questo non significa che sia sano di mangiare brioches zuccherate e piene di burro ogni mattina, perché i livelli di glicemia aumenterebbero rapidamente.

Queste sono solo ipotesi generali riguardanti i due diversi tipi di colazione, ma credo che abbiano almeno un po’ influenzato quella che è la colazione moderna, tenendo presente la cronologia della storia e dei cambiamenti sociali che si sono verificati nel corso dei secoli. Considerando la vasta scelta di prodotti dolci e salati che abbiamo, e uno stile di vita che è migliore rispetto a quello dei nostri antenati, abbiamo la libertà di scegliere ciò che ci piace  senza troppe costrizioni. Eppure, alla fine ( o in questo caso, all’inizio della giornata ), tendiamo a scegliere quello con cui ci sentiamo a nostro agio, sia esso dolce o salato. Quindi la risposta alla domanda sul perché alcuni paesi hanno una colazione dolce o salata, è la più ovvia: le diverse culture e le forti tradizioni che non cambiano facilmente.