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26 May 2017 / leggypeggy

Breakfast is tops on this trip

Breakfast in Eastern Europe

My first plate of food at breakfast—just getting started

Any thoughts of me losing weight on this trip—I often do when travelling overland—have been completely abandoned this time around. I mean how can I resist breakfast? Remember it’s the most important meal of the day! Right?.

Poor John and I are doing two self-drive car trips—eight days around Finland (after a side trip to Sweden) and 13 days in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Breads and sweets

Breads and sweets

stewed fruit and yoghurt

Spiced rhubarb (in the back on the left) is sensational

It’s a sort of package deal that includes the car, basic routes to follow, tips for sightseeing, hotel accommodation AND the breakfasts. Most of the hotels have been four-star or more (not our usual travelling style) and the breakfasts have been even better. Some days we’re verging on 10 stars, if that’s possible.

Frankly Eastern Europe and Scandinavia have breakfast honed to a fine art. None of this continental offering of a dried-out croissant, cold toast, hard butter and jam in a tiny plastic tub.

Oh no! Breakfast in these parts is serious business.

Most places have had buffets with eggs, bacon, sausages, meatballs, various kinds of potatoes, multiple kinds of cereal, a wide range of fruit and juices, stewed fruits, many kinds of cheese and lunch meats, olives and pickles, lots of raw vegetables such as cucumbers, seafood (even gravlax and smoked salmon), bread of all kinds, homemade jams and local honeys, and some sinful dessert-y things like chocolate-covered donuts, cinnamon biscuits or custard tarts.

Here are some of the unexpected high spots.

Frozen yogurt in Finland

Frozen yoghurt dispenser (only at breakfast) and tins of donuts, biscuits and other treats. The plump little character on the tins is Moomin, who is famous in Finland. I think he’s been eating too much breakfast, just like me

Cumulus Hotel in Lappeenranta, Finland, serves frozen yoghurt, but only at breakfast!

Vihula Manor in Estonia offers herring doused in eight or so kinds of sauce, including blueberry. I like pickled in mustard sauce best.

Mezotne Palace in Latvia cooks up the most beautifully seasoned fried eggs I’ve ever had. Absolute perfection with salt, pepper and dill.


Plenty of cereals

Breakfast choices

Breakfast choices

Smoked salmon and herring

Smoked salmon and herring with sauces

Stikliai Hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, makes wonderful chocolate cake truffles rolled in more chocolate and nuts.

But those are just temptations. I could go on and on, but my mouth’s full and I probably need to burp.

And we still have eight days of breakfasts to go! Geez, I am enjoying this. Part of that is because rhubarb, grapefruit, olives, pickles, cheese and herring have been popular on almost every table. Burp!

By the way, I’ve read that the deluxe hotel we are staying in tonight has the best breakfast in all of Lithuania. I’ll give it my best shot tomorrow morning and try to report back.

Oh, and for the most part the coffee has been very good, although one day it was quite cool/cold.

P.S. So sorry that some of the photos are a bit fuzzy. I took most of them with my 6-year-old smart-ish phone. It may be headed for retirement, or I could give it to Poor John who has never, ever had a mobile phone of any kind. Also, some of the dishes I’ve bragged about didn’t make the photo choices. Just too out-of-focus.

P.P.S. It you’re a sucker for breakfast, check out one of my most successful page-32 recipes for a great start to the day—my breakfast bowl. I’ll be making it again when I get home and dreaming of breakfasts on the road. Burp!


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  1. beetleypete / May 26 2017 5:43 am

    I love those meats, black bread, and pastries. Eastern Europe knows how to do a breakfast. After all, it is usually very cold there!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 5:49 am

      The breakfasts have been wonderful. The one thing I can be thankful for is that I make all our bread, including dark rye.

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  2. IreneDesign2011 / May 26 2017 5:46 am

    Your breakfasts look very Scandinavian and delicious, Peggy 🙂

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  3. magarisa / May 26 2017 5:48 am

    Yum!! I’m a big breakfast person too. 😊

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  4. Phil Huston / May 26 2017 5:52 am

    What? No breakfast tacos? JK. The rhubarb and herring are on someone else’s plate, but the rest of I make me want take the wife, rent a room downtown just for the decadence of a killer breakfast buffet! Stay safe.

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 5:59 am

      You won’t find a breakfast taco in these parts, and I’ll be happy to deal with all the rhubarb and herring.


  5. Phyllis Gaetz / May 26 2017 7:05 am

    Wonderful. sounds like our kind of trip. Who did you use?

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:17 pm

      It was orgsanised by an outfit called Bentours, although now that we have done it, it is something we could probably have arranged ourselves.


  6. dinosaursdonkeysandms / May 26 2017 7:11 am

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time! I just love the Moomin bowls, I really want them now! So strange reading a post that it says was posted tomorrow… 🙂 xxx

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 3:08 pm

      Moomin is so cute. We’ve bought two Moomin cups and a Moomin clock for our kitchen. My posts are timed to coincide with Australia, so they’ll almost always be posted ‘tomorrow’ for you. 🙂

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  7. susan@onesmallwalk / May 26 2017 7:33 am

    You had me at the first photo! I love breakfast when it comes with so many choices. Way to travel 🙂

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  8. Carol Croce / May 26 2017 8:13 am

    I didn’t realise you were going to Estonia! How did you enjoy the Old City part of Tallinn?

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:19 pm

      Tallinn is amazing. We have two more nights there after we finish the self drive. Anyone you want us to catch up with?


  9. Rhonda / May 26 2017 8:24 am

    Oh yum! Even the budget hotels in Scandinavia do a great breakfast…and I’m sitting here at home with my toast and coffee…sigh…

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  10. wfdec / May 26 2017 8:44 am

    Thanks for the inspiring post. It’s breakfast time here at the moment so I’ll just get up and have a slice of toast and Vegemite..

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:20 pm

      That’s what I be having when I get back to Australia.


  11. spearfruit / May 26 2017 9:03 am

    Yummy, oh I absolutely must have breakfast – it I don’t, I am grumpy! Thanks Peggy. 🙂

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  12. gerard oosterman / May 26 2017 9:26 am

    What?…No pancakes with golden syrup?

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:21 pm

      Poor John had pancakes and sour cream yesterday. They’re a special-order item.


      • gerard oosterman / May 26 2017 2:42 pm

        Thank goodness for that Peggy. Going without mobile phone is one thing but going sans pancakes more serious.

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      • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 4:22 pm

        You’d have been disappointed with us today. We took fruit instead of pancakes for the breakfast dessert. Maybe I will lose 100 grams.


  13. Brian Lageose / May 26 2017 9:50 am

    Breakfast buffets, well done, are truly nirvana. Except for the part about wanting to take a nap so your body can recuperate… 😉

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:22 pm

      I’m fine after breakfast, but I need a nap after lunch, even if I’ve had no more than a bowl of soup.

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  14. pvcann / May 26 2017 10:46 am

    Breakfast of champions. When we were in Poland we couldn’t get over the array of food and that cereal and toast were down the list. We walked as much as we could and ate lighter lunches. But weight loss was more when we got home.

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:24 pm

      Yes, we’re walking and walking and walking, which is the only reason I feel I can even look at breakfasts. Back to a couple of spoons of gruel in Australia.

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  15. Vicki / May 26 2017 10:55 am

    Probably the colder climate and the need for warming food first thing in the morning.

    Sound like your lunch should be an apple on the run….. and dinner……..grilled salmon & bunny food (aka lettuce & herb salad).

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:25 pm

      We’re trying to find local food for lunches, and then cheese, biscuits and cucumbers for dinner.

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  16. Alison and Don / May 26 2017 12:20 pm

    The photos are just fine. They do the job. We’ve stayed in places like these from time to time over the years – the hotel in Venice comes to mind – and I’m always overwhelmed by it. How do I get my money’s worth and not make myself sick? We also travel with sandwich tubs so a breakfast buffet like these is also the time to make lunch. Yum.

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 2:25 pm

      Oh yes, I confess. Some bits and pieces have come along with us for lunches or dinners.

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  17. Colors of my life / May 26 2017 1:02 pm

    Leggy please this is not good, to torture us with such post. This is not good for our mental health.

    I crave for such a breakfast. I will be starting fasting from tomorrow and with such post. Yummy Yummy post makes my tummy growling and saying why did Leggy take us with her. Now what should I tell him.

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  18. draliman / May 26 2017 3:49 pm

    I want some of those bowls with Moomin on. I grew up with the Moomins and there are two people at work who are Moomin-mad 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / May 26 2017 4:23 pm

      The Moomins are so super cute. We bought two cups and a clock for the kitchen. I looked for the metal bowls, but couldn’t find any.

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  19. derrickjknight / May 26 2017 9:25 pm

    We don’t normally do breakfast – except when we are staying in a Bed and Breakfast establishment – well, we’ve paid for it, after all. Yours look wonderful.

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    • leggypeggy / May 27 2017 12:30 am

      Oh my goodness, we have had some amazing breakfasts and a couple that were okay.

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  20. Deb / May 26 2017 11:40 pm

    Oh there’s nothing like a great breakfast to start the day off right! Everything looks, sounds and smells amazing!! Yes you must report back to us if this hotel’s breakfast is the best!! Those Moomins are adorable too…love their name. Mangia! xo

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    • leggypeggy / May 27 2017 12:32 am

      This morning’s breakfast sounded special, but it was just okay. Three little pieces of smoked salmon, one egg Florentine and a bit of fruit. Nothing like what we’ve been used to! We’ll hope for more flair tomorrow. And yes, the Moomins are so cute. A real symbol of Finnish coffee cups and more.

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      • Deb / May 27 2017 1:49 am

        Huh, well here’s wishing your hope for more flair comes true!! 🙂

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  21. lexklein / May 27 2017 8:42 am

    The only time I feast at breakfast is on a trip! I am fascinated by this travel model – a car plus some guidance on sights and places to stay? We love to be in charge of our driving so we can stop at will, but it does seem nice to have some of the logistical work done by someone else. I’ll have to check this out for a central Europe road trip we are considering for this fall.

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    • leggypeggy / May 27 2017 2:01 pm

      Let me know what countries you’re interested in and I’ll see what’s being promoted through our travel agent in Australia. She gives amazing guidance too. I think we could have organised most of this trip ourselves, but a few places have been fully booked when we arrived, so it’s been lucky that our room was already reserved. Accommodation in the Baltic States has been on the deluxe side, but that’s what we ‘ordered’. A bit of pampering every now and then is a good thing. 🙂 Anyway, happy to add two-cents worth if it would be helpful. Probably can do more once we’re home after the 25th of June.

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      • lexklein / May 27 2017 11:30 pm

        Thanks! I may just do that once you are home. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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      • leggypeggy / May 28 2017 12:22 am

        We can even chat on Skype.

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  22. chattykerry / May 27 2017 11:25 pm

    I love the Moomin tubs. Breakfast looks delicious – if only I ate it. 😀

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  23. milliethom / May 28 2017 6:12 pm

    Amazing, Peggy. The breakfasts are certainly colourful and to say plentiful would be putting it mildly. How stuffed can a person get for breakfast? Lol But the variety of foods on offer is wonderful. I love all the fruits and cereals and I’ll bear frozen yoghurt in mind (having never tried it frozen) but biscuits and such like are a definite no for breakfast for me. It seems the diet must wait till you get home, Peggy! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / May 29 2017 1:12 am

      We’re still enjoying the bounty of breakfast, but the last few places haven’t had buffets, so we have managed to go a little easier on quantity. By the way, frozen yoghurt is very popular in Australia as an alternative to ice cream.


  24. potluckycom / May 29 2017 8:21 am

    Great breakfast!!

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  25. Chris Riley / May 30 2017 5:43 pm

    The really good thing about super big breakfasts when you’re travelling is that they keep you going. A coffee and light snack is usually sufficient for lunch, saving both time and money..

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    • leggypeggy / May 30 2017 11:51 pm

      We’ve mixed it up a bit. Buying cheese, bread, lunch meat and cucumber to have for lunch or dinner. It’s depended on what local food we find as we travel. Always like to try the local fare when it’s available.


  26. adventuredawgs / Jun 5 2017 5:18 am

    I love those tins with Moomin. I’m a breakfast person as long as someone else is making it, so with those buffets, I’d likely just pull up a chair. Especially with that frozen yogurt dispenser.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 5 2017 5:21 am

      For some reason, I can envision you and all the dogs seated in front of that yoghurt dispenser waiting for your dreams to come true. 🙂

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      • adventuredawgs / Jun 5 2017 6:19 am

        I think it would be a fight between the four of us for who gets to sit at the front.

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 5 2017 7:38 am

        Okay, have to know who would win?


  27. Green Global Trek / Jun 6 2017 7:03 pm

    You had me at the herring! I know I know it’s a strange thing but I love herring! Especially eaten on the streets of Amsterdam or the sweet Danish herring with raisins we had growing up…the Lithuanian Jewish ancestory at work. My grandfather was born in Lithuania and traveled to South Africa solo at age 16 lured by stories of gold and diamonds!


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    • leggypeggy / Jun 7 2017 7:54 pm

      A love of herring isn’t at all strange! I adore herring and will try to incorporate it in more meals at home. Who cares if it costs a bomb!


  28. barkinginthedark / Oct 27 2018 2:55 pm

    i love the “smart-ish” phone. made me laugh. continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 27 2018 3:55 pm

      Poor John has inherited that smart-ish phone. He keeps it fully charged, but has never made a call and has no credit on it. When he’s on the home wifi, he uses the phone to download podcasts.


  29. barkinginthedark / Nov 28 2018 5:51 pm

    “…beautifully seasoned fried eggs I’ve ever had. Absolute perfection with salt, pepper and dill.”
    a perfect dish. yum…continue…

    Liked by 1 person


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