Fall in New York

Fall is the most pleasant season to visit New York. The crowds have dispersed from the searing heat of Summer and the Christmas bargain hunters are still saving up their cents. Leaves begin to fade and transform into tones of deep blood red and bright bursting orange, creating a collage of colour in the tree tops. A cool windy breeze freshens the city, clearing its cobwebs, whilst the clear blue sky and beating sun still tempts New Yorkers to don dresses and reveal skin. It is the last few momentary gasps of sunshine before the depths of winter succumbs to the city, blanketing New York in chill and snow.

The Tip of Manhattan, NYC

Coming on a short whirlwind trip for my Mums birthday meant that I left my large bulky backpack and that lifestyle behind; for a week of lovely large meals, cheeky shopping sprees and the sightseeing highlights of New York. Trying to see the entirety of Manhattan on a short time frame is idiotic. With a city full of gems on every street corner, it is hard to try experience all of it, in one chosen time period. Similar to London, the city is filled with areas that encompass their own style, culture and livelihood. However, as if kids in a sweetshop, my mum and I decided to try and experience our personal highlights of New York, during our stay.

Neighbourhoods tell the real multicultural diverse story that the city has to offer. We previously booked a hop on hop off tour bus that allowed us to easily access areas of Mahattan, whilst learning about the history and growth of the city. Although, traffic in Manhattan is ridiculously awful. Whenever, wherever you are, expect there to be traffic. It could be due to the fact that the lay out of the city is of a grid like structure, creating the environment around you as if to be a giant spreadsheet of buildings. Or it could be the sheer number of people that live on this tiny island, jostling for living and breathing space. Or it may even be the influx of yellow cab drivers, driving bumper to bumper whilst grinning with delight when you compliment them on their country of birth. Either way, expect to wait to travel even the shortest distances. Thus I advise when visiting, to buy a subway pass. Not only is it cheap, but distance time will actually be much quicker and you can experience true New York, as New Yorkers do.

Central Park, NYC

Staying at the southern entrance of Central Park meant we essentially were in the centre of Manhattan, 10 minutes away from Times Square and easily able to venture in any chosen direction of the city. Central Park is a must see whilst in Manhattan. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing as well as the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Manhattan life, but it is also the most visited urban park in the United States due to its ever recurring role in a number of major films. Wandering the labyrinth of paths, one can recognise certain scenes from popular movies, as well as notorious landmarks such as Cleopatra’s Needle or Strawberry Fields Forever, in memory of the legendary musician, John Lennon. We hopped onto a tricycle tour which included an interesting running commentary to the surrounding area, however I would recommend walking around the park yourself, to fully explore the natural beauty that is on offer.

Central Park, NYC Central Park, NYC

Harlem is on the opposite side of Central Park and Times Square, and is a happening neighbourhood. Rooted in African American culture, the society is built on the very foundations of community. With resounding roots of jazz, expressive art and delicious food, there is no surprise that Harlem has recently overseen a large over gentrification to encourage more people to visit. Tourists now come from all over to the taste the home cooked soul meals at Sylvia’s, or pay homage to the birthplace of some of the most talented comedians and artists in the world, the Apollo.  Harlem gospel choir tours are increasingly popular on a Sunday, where tourists can embrace the “happy clappy” services leaving their inhibitions behind and joining the fusion of song. Due to the increasing number of tourists that visit, many of the churches (over 400 of them) are specifically used for the sole purpose of tourists, undermining the authenticity of the service. So do keep this in mind when thinking about visiting.

Harlem Entrance, NYC Times Square, NYC

Times Square speaks entirely different volumes to both Harlem and Central Park. Contained in one area, Times Square has transformed neighbouring buildings, which are now disused, to an advertising haven. Adverts hang from all various buildings, some moving, some static, some focus on retail, others on food and drink. Street performers do erratic moves for entertainment whilst others don costumes to gain spare change. The result is overwhelming. A collision of loud brash colours and noise which pinpoints commercialism and marketing to the T. Yes it was a breathtaking sight, but for me, I could not call it visually pleasing. In fact, I found it a bit of an eyesore. I love modernity, the new world and technology, but I can only state if its aesthetically stunning when it creates an effect through innovative ideas or structure, this just indicated to me, the new age of advertising. Of course it is a sight to see, but if similar to me, don’t spend too long here and end up enraptured in this world.

Life from a Hotdog Stand, NYC Shoe Shiners, NYC

Broadway is incredibly close to Times Square and is a large stretch of street that is consumed with theatres displaying various shows to the general public. Catching a Broadway show in New York is a must do, it would be a sin not too whilst visiting. Broadway in New York is the cherry on top of the cake for the theatre world, the stage where all aspiring actors aim to end up on,  after packing their bags and leaving their own worlds behind, to try and succeed in. Whilst visiting, my mother and I saw the performance of “Carole King, The Musical”. Not being an avid fan of musicals, I did expect the worst to be honest. However, this performance was a delight. Revolving around the true story of song writer and musician Carole King and filled with hit songs from my favourite era of all time: the 60’s, made this show a wonderful experience. I do recommend watching this performance if you are a fan of the theatre, musicals, or the 60’s, this production will not let you down.

The View From The Empire State Building NYC

Other memorable sights near Broadway are the Empire State Building and the MoMA Art Gallery. The Empire State Building is the 5th highest skyscraper in the US and is well worth a visit to the top because of its prominence in Manhattan culture, as well as on the skyline. Trying to not run around the door as if Will Ferrell in Elf is hard, but entrance to the top was easy. I advise pre booking tickets in advance which allows you to skip any queues, and leaves some tourists queuing for at least 5 hours. We visited the popular 86th floor, where tourists are herded up and are overwhelmed by the staggering panoramic views of the city. Buildings encompass the skyline, all standing for attention and varying in size and height as if preschoolers lining up for break. The Hudson River snakes through the city, dividing Manhattan from the neighbouring boroughs of New York City, whilst roads lined with bright yellow minuscule cars zigzag around the city. If you pay a little extra, you can visit the full height of the Empire State Building, on the 102nd floor, which allows less crowds, and I am sure, offers a more enthralling experience.

Picasso's Work in MoMA Security MoMA, NYC

Seen as the most influential modern art museum in the world MoMA, I could not surpass a trip to Manhattan without forcing my mum into this well walked building. The museum shares an overview of modern and contemporary art, and whilst we were there, a Piccaso Exhibition was on, which meant I was finally able to see the infamous “guitar” piece, as well as other unsuusal scultpural masterpieces. MoMA also had exhibitions on Andy Warhol’s tin soup work and popular Parisian posters. Although MoMA is a busy art gallery, it is most definitely worth seeing such valued pieces of art.

The Village, NYC

Other neighbourhoods to explore are Hells Kitchen, with its abundance in choice of food and long standing reputation for the home of NYC gangsters, this neighbourhood is interesting to say the least. Pizza slices for a dollar? Come here. Chelsea is an up and coming area, with the industrial landmarks nearby, the grittiness of Hells Kitchen and the emergent of new glossy structures of hip bars, Chelsea is a diverse neighbourhood, and I was told, is where all the cool kids hang out. We popped into the Chelsea Market, a traditional factory that has been renovated to house gourmet food shops and plush designer stores- but without the superior attitude of Upper West Side. Greenwich Village, otherwise known as “the village”, is a suburban neighbourhood we decided to stop by and have lunch in. Filled with sweeping tree lined boulevards and large houses that ooze rustic charm, Greenwich Village is a beautiful neighbourhood to take a stroll through with your pet chihuahua and pretend that you live there. Chic big names brands like Prada, nestle next to quaint houses and vegan cafes, this neighbourhood is for the rich, but not the opulent (that’s Upper West Side duh).

My favourite place in NYC Street Art in Little Italy

However, my favourite neighbourhood in Manhattan has to be, Little Italy. Passing through the manic swarming masses of tourists in Chinatown; I saw the sticky floored restaurants with fluorescent lights, the red beaded hanging garlands, and the large community that push you to to buy their fresh fruit. Chinatown in Manhattan was of no interest to me, yes it was massive, but compared to London or Sydney, it had no charm, and compared to Bangkok’s Chinatown, there was no essence of reality behind the facade for tourists to see. Thus, when reaching Little Italy, I was overwhelmed with joy. Why don’t more cities or countries in the world have a Little Italy? With incredible street art donning the walls and passionate Italian visitors flooding the streets and conversing with restaurant owners, I was swept back into the warm embrace of the country of Italy. Wine flowed, ruddy faced men played the accordion and fresh pasta is served on square checked table cloth, what’s not to like? Neighbouring Soho as well, means that whilst leaving Little Italy behind with a gorgeous home made ice cream in your hand, you can begin to peruse unique shops with pleasure. How content is that?

Little Italy, NYC
Little Italy, NYC

Little Italy

Speaking of shopping, I found fantastic shops in Soho, my favourite haunt for updating my wardrobe. Mixing independent boutiques with the cross section of Broadway street in Soho, meant that you also had access to good quality high end well known brands, such as Banana Republic. My mother and I did shop in and around Broadway and 5th Avenue, where blue boxed Tiffany’s awaits, the gigantic Saks, and the major department store Macy’s are based (which are all by the way, tourist attractions in themselves), however shopping in and near to Broadway is stressful. I say this, due to the gulf of people that swarm the streets whether local or not. Head to Soho to shop at your own pace.

Fifth Avenue, NYC Basketball in the Financial District

The Financial District is at the very tip of Manhattan and is exactly what you would expect from a Financial District. Suited and booted workers buzz around the neighbourhood as if honey bees collecting for their queen, occasionally stopping for breaks in coffee shops and dimly lit restaurants. There is a nice park in the area, as well as the 9/11 memorial is based here, however we mainly used this neighbourhood as an access point to reach Brooklyn. Brooklyn is another neighbourhood of New York City, as Manhattan is one itself, and so is a fantastic way to see more of the state. Quickly, I fell in love with Brooklyn and decided if I ever lived in America, Brooklyn would be where I would be based. The community was of everyone and anyone, all living in peaceful harmony and shouting welcome to us visitors (how sweet, I know) and the area was jumbled together as if a jigsaw, vintage stores and hippie hangouts on one side, antique shops and cheap shawarma eateries on the other- my type of heaven. Our time in Brooklyn was short yet sweet, as we spent most of our time at the Brooklyn Art Musuem, which hands down is my favourite art gallery I have visited in a long time. I know that NYC is filled to the brim with a number of interesting and individual art galleries, but with our time here short, I had to be selective. Unlike the massive gallery at MoMA, the Brooklyn Art Musuem had no lines and allowed you to spend time with each piece, personally connecting and exploring the work that was featured. Art here was shown for a purpose, not just to inspire, but to educate, enthuse and shock. Exhibitions highlighted themes of sexuality, gender equality, and racial equality. This was my type of gallery, and would love any who enjoy the exploration of social themes through the medium of art, to also visit here. You will find it an important element in your visit to New York.

Coffee Break in NYC

Brooklyn Art Museum
Brooklyn Art Museum

The Financial District also offers an important access point to one of the most well sought out landmarks of all time, the Statue Of Liberty. Catching a boat from the tip of Manhattan (arrive before they open as queues are still horrendous) it is easy to pop across to the Statue Of liberty and to be astounded by the sheer size of the lady. Visits can be made to the platform, however visits to the crown must be booked months in advance before visiting. Near is Ellis Island, an interesting historical landmark to trace your ancestors or learn about immigration in Manhattan. A must visit for any native American.

Statue of Liberty with My Mum NYC Statue of Liberty

Food and drink vary in Manhattan dependent on where you are and what day it is. I would advise when visiting, to pre plan where you go each day, trying to limit your time on journeys as much as possible, so you can spend more time enjoying the city. We ate in a number of different places, including myself trying a famous New Yorker hot dog- no it wasn’t as good as it thought, yes it tasted similar to rubber- although two dollars is a bargain! Our favourite places to eat were: Il Cortile in Little Italy (the food as was good as Italy- believe me), Mercer Kitchen in Soho, Morton Steak House (the portions are massive, as they are in most restaurants but here was exceedingly big), Saju Bistro, and Ellen’s Stardust Diner (which is filled with unemployed aspiring Broadway actors who practice singing throughout the evening, which makes a truly enjoyable evening). Meeting with a friend from my volunteering days in Tacloban, (to read more on this click here) meant I spent an evening sipping Manhattan’s at the cocktail bar In The Attic. Watering holes are a plenty, so I would advise, spending as much time as you can exploring Manhattan after dark, as most locals don’t even leave their apartments until after midday!

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Judging by how much I have written, you can tell just how much there is to see and do in Manhattan. Be smart with organising your time, and try not to do everything (like us).

Spotting Celebs in LA

Glamorous and glitzy LA, the city of angels, and the city for the rich and famous.  LA is a beacon of hope for aspiring actors, dancers and entertainers who flock here from various small towns and purge its sprawl of streets, hoping for a shot of fame. An air of excitement and mystery drives the city, shrouding every corner.

For locals, the extraordinary is ordinary. A naked couple walking down a main street? A famous celebrity popping into Starbucks? A dog doing tricks on the boulevard? Locals don’t even blink an eye. Here, outrageous behaviour is encouraged rather than shamed. The city continues to feed and nurture the hungry lust of millions around the world for superstars and funky new fashions- skateboarding and gangsta rap was born here for example, however, where there is success, there is also failure. The glossy veneer of perfection and continuous ambition for the status quo that strive to reach their goal, means for most who work here, dejection and rejection is constantly thrown in their faces. Its a dog eat dog city for dreamers, and being the second largest city in the US, there is much competition. Apart from the obvious connotations that come with the city of LA, its ethnic diversity and diverse population makes one of the world’s greatest international cities, filled with authentic cuisines, interesting neighbourhoods and big sweeping side walks.

I came to LA at the same time as visiting San Francisco– which makes both cities seem even more contrasting to each other. Being 17 and on a family vacation, we did as any other holiday maker would do, and ventured to anything Hollywood related.

We managed to organise a personal tour that contained all the major sights of Hollywood all in one excursion, which meant we were able to fully explore individual aspects of the city ourselves, after seeing the infamous sights. Heading to the Walk of Fame at the start of the trip, we walked down the famous street that is paved by fame and glory. With each step, we took in a new fantastic artist that transformed music, film, TV or the stage. Each step was a reminder of the incredible diverse talent that has walked through Hollywood and mustn’t be forgotten.

LA

Another famous sight on this boulevard is The Graumans Chinese Theatre. The theatre is famous because of the vast amount of premiers that have been held here since 1927, Grammy awards and private functions that have filled these doors with A listers. There are a few souvenirs for fans to take a gander at and you can either choose to take a half hour guided tour in the day, or even watch a movie in the evening here.

Then head to Beverly Hills, where you can gaze at the Hollywood sign and take an obligatory photo in front of it, whilst you are then whisked away on a tour of the homes. For most celebrities, they must live in LA to gain major roles, or until they make it big enough in Hollywood for them to have scripts sent to them, wherever they are in the world (away from crazed fans). During that period of  middle ground, many celebrities live in lush padded mansions in the expensive and exclusive area of Beverly Hills. Here you are able to be taken around to celebrities houses, looking how each differs in style and luxury and waiting in anticipation if someone decides to pop out to grab a bottle of milk. I found this tour quite drab, and dare I say it, desperate. These people want to be left in peace and live their own lives rather have a car filled with foreign tourists stare at their door in excited eagerness. I would really only recommend this tour if you are in fact a massive fan of the celebrities that live here, or enjoy looking at people’s houses.

Feeling flash in LA with my brother

A more interesting attraction in the the Beverly Hills area, and where you are more likely to spot a celebrity (if in desperate need to see one), is Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive is a 2 mile stretch of boutique opulent stores that exuberate wealth and glamour in every aspect. Don’t be surprised to see certain stores closed to the public, or snazzy fast cars parked in the street- this means someone famous has gone for a bit of shopping.

We also went to Venice Beach, my favourite area of LA due to the fact it was the least pretentious and the most carefree. Here it doesn’t matter what you have been in or what you look like, its filled with people who live life to the full and want to share with others what their incredible (or strange) talent might be. It is a real experience to walk the famous Ocean Front Walk; where the young generation of LA whiz past you on roller blades with toned athletic bodies and healthy glowing skin, where graffiti and street art swamps the walls and where a dread locked rasta invites you to listen to his tight melodies. From here, it is easy to get to Santa Monica, the light at the end of the tunnel for Route 66. The pier has played many a role in films that have made the big time and it is the city’s most compelling landmark. Come here to be taken back to your childhood with a number of arcades to choose from and a spot of glorious sand to bathe on.

Venice Beach

Whilst in LA, my brother and I went to an obligatory theme park, Universal Studios. It was my first trip to an amusement park that was known on such a super scale and which had an expanse of wealth backing its attractions. The park was well thought out and I loved the rides and interactive attractions that spurred from certain movies and TV shows. Being an adrenaline junkie, I loved this day out. There are a number of other parks to choose from such as Sony Pictures and Disneyland, and if debating where you should visit a park like this, America is definitely the place to do it. Of course here, everything is larger then average, and the marketing, rides and food, holds this true.

Other sights to see which we didn’t get the opportunity to see are: Griffith park, which is a former ostrich farm and is the second largest park within a city, in the USA- and is a great place for picnics with friends or a hike that offers fantastic views of the city. Another sight is the Griffith Observatory which has a wonderful viewing platform to see the entire sky and boasts an incredible show at the Planetarium.

Venice Beach, Cal, USA

As I said before, because of the hybrid communities that live in LA, there is a vast amount and choice in dining in Los Angeles. From traditional American diners,  fluorescent lighted sticky tabled Chinese eateries, Hispanic kitchen like cafes and exquisite restaurants, the choice is yours and just varies depending on your style and budget. As this trip was a family holiday, and a luxurious trip, we dined at tantalisingly tasty restaurants such as Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Cafe and the infamous “The Ivy” restaurant (which really isn’t that tasty). Despite this, we did manage to spot two celebrities: Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, both at separate restaurants (it seems they have a taste for fine dining as well).

We stayed in the incredibly expensive and luxurious hotel: “The Beverly Hills Hotel” which had soft duvets on their comfortable beds- which I could wrap myself up in and lose track of time for days on end, and served sizzling steak and eggs for breakfast. (A little bit different to the 32 dorm room I bunked in Taupo in NZ). Despite the pleasant décor and wonderful breakfasts, the customer service was appalling and one which put my Dad and our family off splashing out for again.

Sea Lions in San Francisco

San Francisco is the commercial, cultural and financial centre of California. If LA and San Francisco would be siblings, LA would be the child who was the over achiever, the goal setter, the one who received top marks at college and had a high flying career quickly. San Francisco, would more likely get average grades but take on numerous extra curricular activities, constantly travel, meet new people and share ideas . This sibling would enjoy the steps of life rather than the outcome.

If you don’t understand my odd metaphor, then San Francisco is a liberal laid back city; where east meets west, cables cars cross hybrid neighbourhoods and famous red bridges are smothered in summer fog. San Francisco is a happening place, where liberal activism plays an integral role in creating a stir in the air that influences and inspires many modern writers and poets. An artistic flair is blended into the monotonous financial district and even the most sombre buildings are just around the corner from a heel tappin hip shakin venue. San Francisco is the centrepiece of the bay area, surrounded by scenic beauty and filled with world famous sights, there is no surprise a visit here is on everyone’s wishlist.

The Golden Bridge

I visited here when I was 17 on a family vacation, and although under the legal limit, there is much to see and do in San Francisco and whoever you come with, make sure to make the most of it.

Ride a bus, cycle, or even walk across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, the trademark of San Francisco. The bridge is famous for claiming the title of the “longest suspension bridge main span in the world,”  however tourists flock to this sight not only because of the sheer size of it, but because it is one of the most beautiful and photographed bridges in the world. However you get across it, do so, it surely is not a sight to miss.

Alcatraz is another sight which is on every tourist’s itinerary. The former military and federal prison, housed a few hundred various types of offender. The prison was put in place for maximum security of the offenders, strict obedience and discipline were two vital cogs in the turning wheel of success. However, the prison was costly and environmental concerns arose because of the position of the prison. So, removing the offenders, the government declared the sight to be a National Historic Landmark, and due to the influx of tourists that visit every year to walk through its empty walls and stare into the cells, there is an abundance of bird and marine life that live around the island. A boat trip can be easily arranged to Alcatraz, or even just around the island.

Alcatraz, San Fran

An easy place to book a boat trip is from Pier 39, a tourist haven filled with masses of entertainment to brain boggle any visitor. I wouldn’t recommend staying long here, it mainly is a large shopping mall and the city has much more flair, sophistication, and style embedded into its sights and streets, rather than this area. Spend some time watching the boisterous sea lions fight for attention and bask their thick skin in the sunshine, or dine on a messy and delicious crab at one of it’s many restaurants.

The Cable Car’s in San Francisco are the world’s last manually operated cable car system, which encourages the vast worldly tourists to go on, what will be, the last manual cable car ride of their life. All 7 million tourists. Crowds start ridiculously early, with eager tourists wanting to experience the short lived 20 minutes of viewing famous historical landmarks- all from a historical and cultural sight itself. If you are one of these desperate tourists, plan your day around this sight and admire the street performers and preachers that entertain you whilst you queue. When we went, my dad took one look at the queue and stated “no”. And to be honest, I don’t blame him. You don’t need to see San Francisco through the perspective of being squashed in a cable car as if in a chicken’s coop, (and if an avid lover of cable car’s head over to the San Francisco Cable Car Museum). Voted as one of the most “walk able cities in the USA”, San Francisco is a pleasure to stroll around and get intimate with places, people and neighbourhoods.

Start your adventure from Union Square, where a swarm of shopping malls, boutique districts and high end restaurants, rub shoulders next to mass financial districts and towering skyscrapers. It is the centre of shopping and art in the city and whilst here, check out the Museum of Modern Art, which holds an impressive and infamous collection of recognizable art from the 20th century. Other neighbourhoods that you should explore are; the area of Chinatown to North Beach, where not only can you eat fine Chinese cuisine and Italian in the space of ten minutes of each other, but also be rewarded of panoramic views of San Francisco Bay from the Coit Tower. The Haight neighbourhood acts as reminder of the liberalism and equality that San Francisco values in this bohemian neighbourhood and Castro Eureka Valley is the cultural centre of the city’s LGBTQ community. Jazz and opera can be found in the neighbourhood of Civic Center-Tenderloin, and night life in San Francisco really kicks off in Mission-Bernal Heights.

San Francisco

Music and Theatre are detrimental aspects of San Francisco’s culture and to the locals that live here. You can find them catching a show at Broadway, watching live jazz, rock or folk, or embracing a cultural, historical or LBQT event with open arms and pride. After dark there is a little something for everyone; you can get grimy with the big diverse underground music scene, sip cocktails in saloon revivals, practise salsa in a Cuban bar or dance the night away at a popular commercial club, where everyone and anyone merges together. A hybrid of communities, personalties and beaming smiles, that under the romantic venue lighting and smoky atmosphere, everyone is a San Franciscan.

If I was the legal drinking limit at the time of visiting, I would have definitely headed to Smuggler’s Cove, a pirate themed bar with over 400 different rums. However, there is much scope and variation to choose from so take a look on Time Out to help narrow down your choices.

Napa Wine Valley

The Top Ten Breakfasts You Should Wake Up To

I wrote an article about my favourite Top Ten Breakfasts from around the globe for The News Hub.

  • String Hoppers

What: String Hoppers are parcels of goodness made out of rice meal or wheat flour. Forming small discs in a stringy texture that resembles spaghetti, the hoppers are cooked together tightly.  Traditionally hoppers is served with “Daal”, a creamy thick stew made out of pulses which you dip onto your parcel, finally topping it up with a generous portion (depending how much spice you can handle) of Coconut Chilli Sambal.

Where: Sri Lanka

Why: Although sounding like a quite an unusual breakfast, it really is delicious. As most Sri Lankan’s eat with their hands, you eat this dish as they do, using the hoppers as a shovel to the sweet vegetable daal, topping it up with a bit of spice and flavour with the sambal.

  • Uttapam and Masala Chai

What: An Uttapam is made out of rice flour and originates from the family of “dosa’s”. However instead of being thin and crispy, Uttapam’s are instead a soft and doughy flatbread, as if of a pizza. Toppings vary from vegetables, cheese and ham, and are served with a selection of sauces ranging in spice and flavour.  Masala Chai is the traditional tea made with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs.

Where: South India

Why: After weeks of skipping breakfasts in India due to the sheer amount of disgusting dosa’s being served to me, I finally found a tasty breakfast in India, which melted on my tongue and rid me of all past horrors. The Uttapam. Combine this with a Masala Chai (the best tea in the world- don’t knock it til you have tried it) and you are set for the day ahead, feeling refreshed and energized.

  • Chorizo and Scrambled Eggs

What:  Picture your normal scrambled eggs, tasty but a little bland, and you look into your cupboard for the right condiment to make your breakfast more appealing to you…Lo and behold! You have stumbled upon chorizo: a fermented, cured and smoked sausage with a sprinkle of paprika in the mix.

Where: Spain

Why: To help spice up your bland and boring scrambled eggs, chop bits of chorizo onto your breakfast for the tasty sensation of hard and soft, sweet and spicy coming together.

  • Tocino

What: Tocino is pork meat from the belly which has been cut into small strips and marinated for some time in a combination of spices (and wine!) This breakfast is served with scrambled eggs and fresh garlic rice.

Where: Philippines

Why: If you aren’t sold by pork marinated in wine, I am not sure what will. Beating the traditional British bacon, this Filipino dish is a perfect balance of mouth-watering meat, fresh eggs and fragrant garlic rice.

  • A Fry Up

What: A full English breakfast is a combination of bacon; fried/poached/scrambled eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, hash browns, fried bread or toast with butter, sausages and baked beans- minus the Black Pudding, (which is traditionally Scottish).

Where: England

Why:  This heart attack of a breakfast has been eaten by the entire population of England due to its greasy and hangover curing magic. Although not the healthiest breakfast, all the entities of a fry up taste so good on their own, combined together it is perfection.

  • Roti Cani and Tea Tarik

What: Roti Canai is a flat bread made from dough and “ghee” (clarified butter). It can be served sweet or savoury, but for breakfast it is usually savoury and served with any side sauce of curry or daal. Roti’s vary in filling ranging from from eggs, cheese, to durian or beer. Tea Tarik is a traditional black tea made with condensed milk.

Where: Malaysia

Why: This tasty dish is cheap and easy to find in Malaysia. All chefs fold over your roti and filling creating a parcel which you can easily use your hands to dip and dunk it with. Wash this breakfast down with a warm sweet cup of Tea Tarik and you’ll be put off Twinning’s for life.

  • Pain Au Chocolat

What: A sweet roll made out of the same dough as puff pastry, with small sprinkles of rich dark chocolate on either side.

Where: France and French Canada

Why: Why not? How can anyone refuse a warm flaky croissant with the perfect amount and balance of chocolate, which combines savoury and sweet so well?

  • Nasi Goreng

What: Another strange breakfast but a good one. Literally meaning “fried rice”, this is a dish filled with vegetables, garlic and copious amounts of “kecap manis”, sweet soy sauce- which will transform any rice dish, believe me. Top it all off with a fried egg on top and prawn crackers on the side.

Where: Indonesia and Malaysia

Why: A cheap staple dish that can be eaten at any time of the day and warms the soul. The soy sauce that adapts this dish into the Indonesian style is mind blowing.

  • American Pancakes

What:  A pancake is a flatcake (comprising the texture of a cake in dough) made from a batter consisting of eggs, milk and butter.  Here, they add baking power to raise up the pancake – so it can reach its full potential of tastiness.  Pancakes can be made sweet or savoury with a wide scope of toppings ranging from: maple syrup, bacon, fruit, honey, whipped cream or fruit.

Where: All Over The World but specifically North America

Why: If you have ever celebrated Pancake Day in the UK, you might agree pancakes are seemingly average. However, pop across the pond and you will find pancakes a whole new revelation: a new texture, a new taste and a whole new range of toppings.

  • Pho

What: Another breakfast that isn’t really a breakfast. Pho consists of a noodle soup that is created with a broth, thin flat noodles, vegetables, spices and meat.

Where: Vietnam

Why: This steaming broth rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. Not only is it delicious, but also nutritious, with the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and vegetables. Plus no need for a warm drink, this will warm you right up.