When I was younger it was all about “doing lunch” with girlfriends or your partner. Let’s face it the Gold Coast is the perfect location for a long lunch, particularly if it comes with stunning views over the beach and an ice cold glass of Sav Blanc. However recently I’m noticing that doing lunch is rapidly being surpassed with doing brekkie (breakfast). Increasing in numbers by the week are the Gold Coast Brekkie Set spending Saturdays and Sundays trawling the cafes and coffee shops on the Gold Coast for a delicious first meal of the day.
How is it that this new phenomenon is so popular? It wasn’t long ago that breakfast was a burnt piece of toast with Vegemite, a bowl of Corn Flakes with milk or maybe some fried bacon and eggs on the weekend. Nowadays cooks and chefs in cafes are cooking up brekkies with heaps of flair and finesse. Plus most of these meals are extremely healthy without a fried egg or piece of fatty bacon in sight!
The other great thing about doing brekkie is that it is generally cheaper than lunch. Most breakfast meals are below $20 so it’s a better option for those trying to watch their budgets. It is even possible to grab brekkie on the go with super smoothies, acai bowls and breakfast parfaits for those in a rush.
You will notice young people with their “just got out of bed look” with tousled hair, the fitness fanatics that have already been on their 5K jog, the Lycra set who have completed their early morning cycle rides and older folk like myself who have just been on a leisurely stroll. They all jostle in the order queue for a shot of caffeine, a tasty brekkie and a nice social chat before returning home to get on with their days.
Cafes have been sprouting up like weeds all over my neighbourhood, so I have a wide array to choose from. Depending on your personal taste there are the alfresco types with seating outside with umbrellas for the hot Queensland sun; dingy little cafes with shabby chic decor and heaps of ambience; laneway or arcade cafes making use of these narrow spaces; sleek modern cafes in industrial spaces; or cafes in cute little cottages with garden settings.
As for the food, wrap your tastebuds around some of these suggestions:
A tasty and healthy breakfast parfait with fresh blueberries
This all brings new meaning to breakfast being the most important meal of the day. I must confess brekkie is now my favourite meal of the day and is it any wonder with the wide selection of foods available to eat. But not only this, it is a wonderful social way to start off the day with rest of the brekkie set.
Do you have a Brekkie Set in your town or city?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!