Here I am once again checking out my Instagram archives for any potential posts, following a sudden burst of inspiration. Lo and behold, the rummaging led me to a chock of possible content to write about. Let me share one of them as the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close.
Now that I work from home, having breakfast on my way to the office is among the things I have missed. Back when the fear of contracting COVID-19 never crossed people’s minds, I usually had my first meal of the day away from home. I leave the house as early as 5:00 in the morning, arriving at the main transport hub by 6:00 am. One more jeepney and I arrive at the office between 6:30 am and 7:00 am on a good day.
I was moved to a later shift – with my work starting at 9:00 am until 6:00 pm – during the latter part of 2019. It served as a blessing in disguise, affording me an opportunity to explore more breakfast spots. This continued on until I resigned from my previous job in March 2020, days before Manila was put under quarantine. The COVID-19 pandemic had officially begun.
Enough of that, and let me proceed with today’s triptych.
Tim Hortons was definitely the breakfast spot to visit when the salary arrived. I usually ordered the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Combo Meal with extra turkey ham as a way to splurge. This often came with a hash brown that served to offset the sandwich. An Iced French Vanilla beverage with two extra shots of espresso washed everything down.
Book & Borders Café gained fame for its large, cozy spaces and extensive selection of reading materials. These made the establishment popular among bookworms and remote workers. I managed to try out the café days before the first pandemic lockdown – ordering the Adobo Flakes with Garlic Rice and Egg breakfast meal here that came with a free coffee. I never regretted that order.
I decided to stop by a Burger King location one Monday when public transportation was hard to come by due to the morning rush. I kept my order simple: A cup of the BK Joe Coffee alongside a 6-Piece Chicken Nuggets Meal, with barbecue dip on the side. I had a cheese sandwich with me that time, so I ate it alongside my order. I finished the sandwich alongside three nuggets, and ate the remaining three as they were.
Before I end, here’s another track from The Style Council’s “Home & Abroad” live album.
How about you? What pre-pandemic breakfast restaurants do you miss?
That’s it for this triptych. Until the next post, bon appetit and stay safe!