Here’s Why Hotel Breakfasts Are Called “Continental”

Why Hotel Breakfasts Are Called “Continental”

In fact, when hotels first began serving light breakfasts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American diners were outraged. 

The best part about staying in a hotel isn’t crisp, white sheets or comfy beds—it’s the free breakfast. There’s no better place to start your day than an all-you-can-eat buffet, after all. But at first glance, there’s nothing very “continental” about a continental breakfast. What's the deal? Before you go on your vacation, make sure you know these 10 red flags you're about to stay at a bad hotel.

No, American-style waffles and bagels don't have anything to do with it. These nationwide breakfasts were actually modeled after the light morning meals common throughout the European continent. Hence, the word "continental." (Before you check in anywhere, make sure you know the 15 things to never do in a hotel.)



As hoteliers popped up across the country, they began to offer a lighter alternative to American breakfasts, serving fare like coffee, bread, pastries, and fruit. It was a win-win situation all around: Not only did the buffet please the palates of European tourists, but it was also cheap and easy to provide for the hotels. Here are 11 hotels that serve free food all day.

This wasn't the kind of hearty meal that Americans were used to, though. In fact, when hotels first began serving light breakfasts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American diners were outraged. Where were the greasy, juicy sausages? The heaping portions of eggs? Harper’s Weekly insisted the thought be banished from the “hemisphere where the Monroe Doctrine and the pie should reign supreme.”

Luckily, people aren't as passionate about their hotel buffets anymore—or they just go to IHOP. More importantly, breakfast isn't the only free perk you can get from your hotel. Find out 21 secrets your hotel doesn’t want you to know.

Trader Joe's Is Selling Donuts All Year Long Now, So You Don't Need To Wait In Line At The Coffee Shop Every Morning

Trader Joe's has it all, but they never had their own donuts all year round....that is, until now. The grocery store with a cult following is now selling chocolate glazed and sour cream glazed donuts and I am PUMPED.

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Whether you eat them for breakfast or dessert, you no longer have to wait in line at your preferred coffee chain to get your hands on a box of donuts. You can finally just throw some in your cart during your weekly grocery run at TJ's so this is not only exciting news but a total life hack and time saver.

Trader Joe's already sold apple cider donuts in the fall but this is the first time more traditional flavors will be available year long. On the Trader Joe's website, they explain that the best-selling apple cider donuts are made at a family-owned bakery in New England. The new donuts will be made at that same location so will have the same cakey-but-moist texture of the fall time favorite apple cider.

The new donuts will be sold in half-dozen boxes in the bakery section for about $4. The two flavors are glazed chocolate and glazed sour cream. Trader Joe's glaze has a hint of vanilla, and the sour cream donuts are extra moist because they really are made with sour cream. These donuts do contain milk, eggs, soy, and wheat, so keep that in mind if you know a donut lover who happens to have an allergy as well.

Those who frequent Trader Joe's are known to go crazy over their new products as well as their tried and true ones (cauliflower gnocchi!!), so the hype around these donuts will probably make them a hot commodity. Get going, people!

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