Cheesecake for breakfast? Yes, please!
November 29th, 2011
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I had just loaded up a plate at the breakfast buffet in my hotel in Warsaw, Poland, when I noticed the other guests making a beeline for a small table just off to the side from the main spread.

That’s when I saw it: A silver serving platter full of perfect little slices of cheesecake topped with an apricot glaze.

It was 8:30 a.m. and I had already made plenty of choices from the European breakfast fare on display: freshly-baked rolls, sliced cheeses, and a selection of cold cuts, pâtés and other meats.

Still, I didn’t hesitate for a second.

A slice (or was it two?) of the creamy dessert made its way to my table and though I don’t plan on adding it to my morning ritual for fear of getting hooked, I am here to tell you that cheesecake is delicious for breakfast.

So is Champagne. That festive breakfast buffet selection awaited me on the next leg of my trip in a hotel in Paris, France, where the bubbly chilled in an ice bucket not far from a pitcher of milk every morning– and you could just help yourself to either beverage. Guests sipped from their Champagne glasses as casually as from their cups of café au lait and it made for a merry start to the day.

So here is a toast to hotel breakfast buffets and the decadent choices they offer.

When you’re out of town, there’s something magical and comforting about waking up in a new place and knowing there’s a room full of breads, pastries, eggs, miniature jellies and steaming cups of coffee waiting for you to indulge as you please.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to sample something you would otherwise never try for breakfast, like caviar paste in Stockholm, Sweden, or black pudding and a tattie scone in Scotland.

Then there are hotel breakfast buffets that leave you breathless, like the one in Paris Las Vegas, where after filling up on crepes, omelets, croissants and cheeses, I always feel sorry that you can only eat so much during one sitting.

I’m already dreaming about my next visit, but for now, back to bagels and cream cheese.

What’s the most indulgent thing you’ve ever eaten at a breakfast buffet? Let us know in the comments below and get more at CNN Travel

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  1. Softship

    Warm pumpkin pie and whipped cream
    German rolls (Brötchen) with butter and Nutella

    But cheesecake with a nice fruit glaze (we need those vitamins!!) sounds delicious!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  2. jimmmy boi


    November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  3. saurabh

    Idli (Rice pancakes) with a light spicy mix vegetable sambar (curry) and fresh grated coconut chutney (dip) on a houseboat in the gorgeous kerala backwaters of southern India – its to die for!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • mimi_nef

      No wonder!! Kerala is a famous culinary hot spot. It is internationally known for its cuisine. Haven't made it there, yet, but it's on the list.

      November 30, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  4. Gratuitous Suckup

    Keep the cheesecake, to me it is not breakfast without being to peruse CNN's Eatocracy blog...

    November 29, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  5. Deborah does Europe

    Both in Germany and France, I couldn't get enough of the yogurt.. something about theirs is not bitter like in the US. Also agree with the author, sausages, pates and breads to die for...German pretzels for breakfast!!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Softship

      Yeah, chocolate yogurt in Germany! Healthy AND delicious!

      November 29, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  6. Kevin O.

    So how does GW taste in the AM?

    November 29, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • UhYeaOk

      Much better than BHO....

      November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  7. LC

    Why not cheesecake – or chocolate cake? Bill Cosby rationalized it perfectly: it has everything that goes into a "regular" breakfast- milk, eggs, flour...

    November 29, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  8. sighk

    An article for fat people.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Mike in NJ

      ... and a comment from a joyless skinny person. :p

      November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Amy

      Go enjoy your plain, one half cup of oatmeal cooked in water with 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds. Not everyone is fat who reads these blog, we enjoy food without over indulgence.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • SixDegrees

      Oddly, people who eat a full breakfast tend to weigh less than those who skip it. Apparently, the latter overcompensate as the day goes on.

      November 30, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  9. lynne

    The breakfasts at hotels in Israel are amazing. Every kind of cheese, bread, eggs, pastries, fish (yes, fish), vegetables, fruits, and more. There's usually a kind of cheese cake, too.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Montyhp

      I second that. Real lox and bagels!

      November 30, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  10. Quid Malmborg

    Cold mutton, fresh baked whole grain bread, some sharp cheddar (or Cheshire preferrably), and 2-3 pints of brown ale. That'll get you pushing a plough and not caring much about it.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Rarebit

      Yes! I was recently in a little inn in Wales and this is pretty much dead on what we ate for breakfast. I believe the cheese was from a producer called Snowdonia and it was a super sharp aged cheddar with a thick black wax (much like my favorite Black Diamond that I can get here in the states).

      November 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  11. Lee

    We do Dutch letters filled with almond paste, fresh OJ, and brandied fruit on Christmas morning.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Kevin O.

      Do you mean Marzipan or something lighter and less sweet?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  12. gilly

    What a timely topic. I've been eyeing a pumpkin cream cheese pie that my wife made for Thanksgiving weekend and was wondering if I should have a slice for breakfast. After reading this, I feel liberated.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  13. Jfc

    Huevito con chorizo con tortillas de harina capoteadas, frijoles refritos y su chile en escabeche!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Kevin O.

      I agree however some people do not know how to properly cook Chorizo.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Montyhp

      LoL, when my wife and I moved to San Antonio as newlyweds, we bought mexican chorizo and threw it on the grill, plastic casing and all.

      Now chorizo and beans on a flour tortilla topped with two fried eggs and HEB fresh salsa. And it is well within the weightwatchers points plus plan.

      November 30, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  14. annmartina

    Croissants with duck pate in Canmore, BC; Freshly made chocolate cream pie (the filling was still warm) in Asheville, NC

    November 29, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  15. sunny

    At a court yard restaurant in the Monte Leon Hotel in New Orleans, I had an alligator sausage patty topped with fried quail eggs which was napped with a creamy blue cheese sauce an then finally, loaded with giant back fin blue crab chunks. N.estled beside that was a wedge of Shropshire cheese. This was accompanied by freshly squeezed Mimosas.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  16. Fred Herrmann

    Hands-down best in the WORLD?

    Breakfast at Brennan's in New Orleans.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Walther Shmit

      Halleleujah Brother! Brennan's is the best breakfast ANYWHERE!!! The onion soup is to die for, and the bloody mary is sublime!

      November 29, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Ron R

      Brennens is good, but I prefer The Court of Two Sisters for their brunch. Very yummy!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • webby

      I'm with you there Fred. See my post above....

      November 30, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  17. thepaul500

    Thailand, rice soup (Khao Tom I believe it was called) or Congee for breakfast... add a bunch of dried chilis and a little meat. There is no better way in the world to start your day. Oh to go back again..

    November 29, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  18. HillClimber

    In the morning, eat like a king. At noon, eat like a prince. In the evening, eat like a pauper. Great way to consume your calories and stay slim too!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Kevin O.

      I second this method of calorie intake. Can't get fat if you're burning your calories correctly.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Orca

      Here is another version or maybe another way to enjoy our daily meals:
      Eat your breakfast alone, have your lunch with a friend, give away your dinner to your enemy.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:29 am |
      • Rene


        November 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  19. Brad Williams

    Cheesecake for breakfast, English trifle for breakfast, 1000 calorie pacake breakfast with whipping cream and lots of butter, all this is great, once in a blue moon.

    The North American diet is literally killing people. Just be carefull what you wish for, you just may get it and much much more a few years down the road.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Walther Shmit

      Enjoy your tofu, while the rest of us eat stuff that tastes good. Life is WAY too short to deny the pleasures of good food.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:17 am |
      • sighk

        YOUR life is way too short, while you sit at home eating your cheesecakes living in a nightmare of diabetic pain, healthy people live long lives exploring the world, camping, surfing, kyaking, etc etc.
        That is how you live life, in the world, not in the bottom of a bucket of icecream.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Kevin O.

        Many people don't know how to trick the public. If you were to eat my foods you'd swear you were consuming "the real thing".

        November 29, 2011 at 11:28 am |
      • RedinAustin

        You can eat like this occasionally and still be healthy. I just had my physical and everything was perfect. Notice that most of these indulgences appear to have been on holiday (several of which, were in other countries) or at special occasions like Christmas.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Lightbringer

        SighK, you are nothing more than a troll...go back under your bridge.

        November 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • JC-VA

      And then it was Brad...... For goodness sake, can you go and piss in someone else's parade..? I love to eat, but I love to exercise… America is fat because America doesn’t exercise. Shut up and go back to your hole.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • SixDegrees

      Read the article. This is what people eat in Europe.

      November 30, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  20. bruno

    This is the best hands down. Start with an Eye Opener and move on to -

    Flaky pastry shells filled with freshly chopped tomatoes sautéed in butter with parsley and shallots. Topped with poached eggs and covered with Hollandaise sauce. Suggested Wine – Robert Mondavi Chardonnay

    Poached eggs served on a bed of lump crabmeat topped with a brandy-cream sauce. Suggested Wine – Sauvignon Blanc

    November 29, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  21. Tom B

    stoopid story

    November 29, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Amused1944 obviously don't have many friends-social skills absent. This is a conversation that if you were not 'stoopid' you would learn about diversity and cultural differences.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • sighk

        I would not make fun of someones social skills with your grammar.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Lightbringer

        SighK – you forgot your ' in someone's.......Dont mock other people's grammer when yours is lacking as well....

        November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • Lenny


        November 30, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Hank

      "Stoopid" is as stupid does.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  22. Laura

    My sister once had a Belgian waffle with ice cream on it instead of butter. When I was in Italy in 2005 we fell to eating gelato in the morning. At my hotel in Belfast last year they had Irish whiskey out to put on your porridge.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  23. A

    I miss German-style breakfasts.

    'Broetchen' (soft rolls) with a selection of cold cuts and cheeses and flavored spread is incomparable to anything, in my opinion.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  24. Nicko

    Any Asian breakfast. It's not fancy but a nice bowl of pho in the morning before work is the way to go .

    November 29, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  25. Lucy

    It's a tradition in my family to eat cheesecake for breakfast on Christmas morning.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Chris

      I may have to add that to my Christmas tradition! I travel to NYC a few times a year, and have to start my day off with a stop at Juniors in Times Square for a slice of cheesecake for breakfast:)

      November 29, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  26. Dude64

    I feel Breakfast is the most ignored meal by most chefs and they display anything they want for their buffets. I would once love to go to a hotel that serves up the freshest and best of the region, and not cover it up with liquor or cream to put you back in a bloated slumber... just saying.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  27. FauxNews

    Bologna and whipped cream sandwich...yummmmmmm

    November 29, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  28. Ness

    Hot and spicy Sichuan noodles topped with extra ground hot peppers... and sugar! This is early morning street food in Sichuan, and one bite will wake you up faster than any shot of espresso.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  29. Josh

    Cheerios with whole milk, while watching GMA. :D

    November 29, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  30. WorldEater

    The breakfast buffet at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia included a Malaysian breakfast, a Chinese breakfast, a Japanese breakfast, an American breakfast, an English breakfast, and a European "continental" breakfast – each of these were "all you can eat". My first morning there, I ate a hearty Malay breakfast. The second morning, I sampled all the options. One of the stranger options was durian (AKA "stink fruit").

    November 29, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  31. So Jersey Girl

    Cheesecake for breakfast? You betcha... and how about chilled pizza with Asti Spumonti while watching the sunrise on the Ocean City NJ beach?

    November 29, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Dude64

      Oh are we spoiled much?

      November 29, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Luther

      Is Dat you, Snooki?

      November 29, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • sighk

      you mean the smogrise over the wastedumb?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  32. John Greenwood

    Lobster omelet overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Baja California.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Sconnie

      That is just an outstanding idea!

      November 29, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • carol

      Yum! Possibly matched by a concoction up in Maine, many years ago – sliced lobster on an english muffin, topped with a poached egg and Newburg sauce.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • drb

        OMG If I went there I would never find my way back again....

        November 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  33. Hogg

    Belgian Waffles with fresh berry compote, sliced bananas & cream anglaise...... with a fresh oj mimosa!!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Ummm

      That sounds amazing!

      November 29, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  34. T-Bone Lover Not A Fighter

    I say have some cheesecake for breakfast. If you live a busy lifestyle, you can burn half of it off by the end of the day. I'd like 2 slices please... :)

    November 29, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  35. Vernors17

    A hot wheat roll drizzled with honey while you wait for your raspberry and cream omelet, followed by pumpkin cheesecake.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  36. sb52853

    Makes sense having fatty foods at breakfast. You're less inclined to eat heavy foods the rest of the day (at least it works that way with me).

    November 29, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  37. RJG

    Gallo Pinto(rice and beans) fried eggs topped with Turrialba cheese, anywhere in Costa Rica!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Marie

      Don't forget the salsa lizano. Costa Rican breakfasts are amazing!

      November 29, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • LP

      I second that! I don't do eggs, but I loved having gallo pinto for breakfast, with the turrialba cheese and fresh fruit, and a batida! I make gallo pinto back at home (U.S.) and sent for a dozen bottles of Lizano to have on hand. Love that stuff.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • LP

      I second that! I don't do eggs, but when I was in Costa Rica I loved having gallo pinto for breakfast, with turrialba cheese and fresh fruit, and a batida! I make gallo pinto back at home (U.S.) and sent for a dozen bottles of Lizano to have on hand. Love that stuff.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  38. RedinAustin

    In the USVI, I had a rum bread pudding that was so full of buttery, rummy goodness, I can still taste it 3 years later.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  39. Paola Kikendall

    Just spent two weeks in the Andes in Venezuela and one morning we went for breakfast at Merida's Central Market. I had a dish called El Mananero which is shredded beef(so good I can't even explain), arepa(kind of like a very dense muffin),black beans, queso(not like the mexican kind..very mild and delicious) avocado, nata (like a sour cream) and a fried egg!!!! Evidently the peasants who work high in the Andes have these for breakfast so they can have all the energy they need for their grueling work in the mountains. They also have the best coffee I have ever had and all meals are offered with natural just squeezed juice...papaya,passion fruit,orange etc.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  40. phoodphite

    If you're in a rush, and don't have time to linger over a champagne breakfast, just take a Jones Bacon soda with you up to the nearest Krispy Kreme and get a few chocolate creme donuts.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  41. Greg

    The most decadent breakfast I ever ate was at a little restaurant in Key West, they served Eggs benedict but instead of a piece of ham they topped it with lobster!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • FauxNews

      kewl :)

      November 29, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Allen in AK

      Yum.. Had a similar to that at a Sheraton Inn in Sheridan Wyoming of all places but using Dungenous Crab, because Wyoming is known for their Dungenous Crab...It was good anyway.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  42. Ginamero

    I spent two weeks in Spain November 2010. Most mornings I walked and would take breakfasts at local eating spots off the path. Most every morning I would see what looked like retired men sitting at the table or counter eating a single overeasy egg with a shot of hard liquor, a glass of wine, and a coffee. I found it gross...not because of the liquor because I've done that here in the states (I like a good beer buzz early in the morning – lol) but the runny egg and the liquor made my stomach turn.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • Bobby G.


      What’s the most indulgent thing you’ve ever eaten at a breakfast buffet? Let us know in the comments below...

      November 29, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  43. hi


    November 29, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  44. Sweetpech4

    Champagne for breakfast was practically a requirement in the Dominican on our most recent visit. That or Blood Mary's...Alcohol? Yes, please

    November 29, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  45. cb in austin

    French toast made from sliced croissants at a B&B in Santa Clara, CA. And we once served ice cream for breakfast at my daughters' sleepover.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  46. Bob Chase

    Brennan's in New Orleans: Brandy Alexander, baked apple with heavy cream, Eggs Benedict, and Bananas Foster. Then some walking around the French Quarter and fresh beignets for lunch.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Ummm

      You must weigh, like, 400 pounds.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:32 am |
      • Raven

        Breakfast is supposed to be the heartiest meal of the day. You can eat heavy foods, and burn off the calories during the day, with lighter meals at lunch and dinner.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:28 am |
      • North GA Scots-Irish

        Not necessarily–I'll bet you that Brennan's for breakfast is a one-time, or at most annual event for the people mentioning it here. Indulgences are okay, so long as they don't become habits.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Ummm

      You are seriously deluded. Yes you burn calories throughout the day, but what Bob described as consuming is about 10 peoples' worth of daily calories. There's no burning that off throughout the day.

      LOL @ ALLLLL these people who think that you can eat 10,000+ calories of cream, sugar, and endless fat for breakfast and burn it off in one normal day that includes a "leisurely stroll."

      November 29, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Ummm

        @ North GA Scots-Irish – Followed by a lunch of French Beignets, are you joking me? Following such an extravagant breakfast with the New Orleans equivalent of doughnuts.Yea, I see some really healthy habits here.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  47. Marie

    Grappa and super-sweet espresso in southern Italy. Nothing beats a hit of hard liquor, sugar and caffeine at 7 am.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  48. Truth™

    In Vietnam, I have seen beer served at breakfast. Weird thing, but the locals don't seem to give it a second thought.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • me

      Go to Arizona where the bars open at 6am or any Nevada casino and beer is a frequent breakfast staple.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Marie

      Taking a flight out of Edinburg, Scotland at 5 am, the only thing open at the airport was the pub. The place was packed, the available breakfast was stout and lots of it.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:01 am |

    Champagne & Cheesecake for breakfast ? I'm off – where is the recipe ???

    November 29, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Justin Thyme

      I know, right? Champagne & Cheesecake, you can count me in!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  50. whitelily

    Cheesecake for breakfast, well, absolutely delicious I´d say! I can almost taste it now :)

    November 29, 2011 at 7:04 am |
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