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Karen Walrond is a (nonpracticing) attorney, writer, photographer, and creator of the award-winning site Chookooloonks. Karen is also the author of The Beauty of Different, a book that will convince you that the thing that makes you different might just be your superpower. She's also the creator of Lime Retreats, a retreat for that helps attorneys discover their superpowers, and use their forces for good, and not evil. She loves dark chocolate, a good rum, and she's wildly convinced you're uncommonly beautiful.

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ode to the breakfast buffet

By Karen from Chookooloonks |

These days, as a general matter of course, when my family goes on vacation we tend to rent a small apartment, rather than stay at a large hotel.  The reasons for this are legion:  to start, often apartment rentals don’t cost any more than hotel room rentals, and you get more privacy in an apartment.  Secondly, my family gets to pretend we’re locals in a new city, forcing us to familiarize ourselves with local grocers, pharmacists, cafes, and so on.  Also, we aren’t beholden to any schedules — there’s no reason to get up early, lest we miss breakfast, or be out of the room in time for housekeeping to make their daily rounds.  Having to fend for ourselves at mealtimes, or clean up after ourselves after our morning showers, seems a small price to pay for full autonomy and independence on a vacation.

At least, this is how I thought until the Westin Stonebriar reminded me of the sheer brilliance that is the breakfast buffet.

People, breakfast is arguably my favourite meal of the day.  There’s just something about waking up the palate with delicious breads, sweet fresh juices, perfectly cooked eggs and expertly brewed coffee, isn’t there?  (An aside:  this type of meal tastes even better at night, I think.)  And then, just adding a side of bacon … mmm, bacon

I digress.

The thing is, in real life (or in a vacation rental), it can be difficult to truly express the beauty of an abundant breakfast — because, really, who has the time? — and this is where the magic of a good hotel breakfast buffet comes in.  Also, if the hotel is serious, the hallmark of a good breakfast buffet — the thing that shows the hotel ain’t messin’ around — is the omelet station.  Oh, lawdy me, how I adore a good omelet station!  With the chopped ham and onions and mushrooms and tomatoes, and the turning over of the sizzling omelet with a mere flick of the wrist …

This chef was not only making omelets for everyone, she was also frying eggs however you wanted them, and! That’s not all!  She was also manning a waffle station.  All for a crowded dining room.  It’s like she had 6 arms.  The only thing she didn’t do was spin plates.


In the three mornings that we had breakfast at the Westin Stonebriar, I had omelets as big as my head every single time (but it’s okay, because there are no fat or calories in vacation food.  It’s a scientific fact).  By the second day, I wasn’t even all that hungry, but there was no way I was passing up the gimongous omelets.  Because, by God, if there’s an omelet station, I will be partaking of the eating of the omelets.

My daughter, however, disagreed:  omelet stations ain’t all that.  Unless of course, they also do the Scrambling of the Cheesy Eggs of Awesome:


Aw, yeah.


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12 thoughts on “ode to the breakfast buffet

  1. Charlotte says:

    I enjoyed the breakfast story…interested in camp also!
    You’re a joy!

  2. Cindy says:

    Breakfast is the meal I never skip. It’s the most important meal of the day! Breakfast buffets are awesome because sometimes they have peeled grapefruit. Of which I will eat bowls and bowls of.

  3. Amy says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE breakfast buffets! So much to choose from! I just hit up an amazing one in Hampton, NH when I was there to visit my fiancé’s family: The Old Salt if you’re ever there.

  4. Bobby says:

    Breakfast buffets are awesome! Omelettes for breakfast everyday? I’m so sold.

  5. Rosie says:

    I can eat enough at a good breakfast buffet to last me through a whole day of touristing (ok, that’s not a word, but you know what I mean right?!). It’s totally worth the extra you might pay for a nicer hotel! Bonus points if they have apples or some other fruit you can take with you on the go :)

  6. Marnie says:

    breasktfast…lunch…dinner…if its a buffet, i’m there! but there really is nothing like having an effortless AND delicious meal right when you get up!

  7. Alix says:

    Hmmmm…after reading this, it might just be a breakfast-for-dinner kind of day…

  8. Kate says:

    The omelet station is heaven on earth! My favorite part of a hotel stay or cruise ship experience. Love how you captured it here!

  9. Katy's mom says:

    This would be awesome for my picky kids!

  10. Michelle says:

    My only fear would be that my kids would get a little too used to made-to-order meals…haha…this mama doesn’t do that. ;)

  11. Casey Mullins says:

    Breakfast is my absolute most favorite meal of the day, everyone is so much more relaxed and fresh faced. You don’t go to breakfast on a first date, you go to breakfast with your closest friends and most loved people.

  12. Emily @ Live Renewed says:

    Oh, I love breakfast food so much! And I love, love, love a good breakfast buffet because I can never choose which breakfast food I want to have – eggs, pancakes, french toast, omelets, bacon… yes. please. I’ll have them all. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to a breakfast buffet on vacation recently, so all of the fat and calories went right to my hips, of course.

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