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T / all the breakfasts

I think it’s my favourite meal.  No, I know it’s my favourite meal.  I document it fairly regularly.  It’s a ritual for me.  There’s a reason why I hauled a waffle iron back to Cambodia.  And went to look for a transformer just so I could use it.  I might also search high and low for the best eggs menemen in Istanbul.  It took me about 20-ish years to accept the fact that my parents ate rice for breakfast.  But when I finally moved continents and understood why, an entirely new world of options opened up to me.  And when I got to invade Cait’s life in LA, we made sure a morning at Sqirl (and Dinette!) was a priority.  The meal is a goddamn institution for me.  I’m also more than a little bit annoyed that I didn’t discover sausage gravy and biscuits until I was 30.

I get that a long sit-down meal at the crack of dawn isn’t quite what people have time for.  Heck, I have pre-made breakfast smoothies and cold slices of quiche for five out of seven days of the week.  But for the two days I actually get to enjoy the meal, I go a little bit nuts. Particularly when I get to make it myself.

So I assembled the greatest hits for you.

All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use.


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T / happy monday / photogs who eat breakfast

Photo Credit: Symmetry Breakfast

Photo Credit: Symmetry Breakfast

A video series about creatives and my favourite meal of the day? Yes please.  And the first one ruminating about being a photog? Even better.  And yes to bagels…though I prefer the ones from Montreal.

I don’t get to sit down at home for breakfast often.  Really, it’s only once a week.  And I’d even love to have friends over for it (so far it’s only been the lucky house guests).  So when I found this new series of videos, I knew I had to share.

PS – I know it’s apparently not the most important meal of the day…but it still is in my books.


T / rituals

RItual---HeaderI’m a fan of regularity.  Thorough planning.  Depending on things to happen.  Which is in complete conflict with the careers I have chosen, which currently count a jumble of photography, branding, public health policy, communications, and this blog.  Freelancing. Oh, and all the anxiety that comes with this work.  So while I have my daily routines (early morning Crossfit, post-workout double cortado, post-coffee emails, a home-cooked meal 4 out of the 7 nights a week), I also have a couple of rituals that help me get back into the right perspective.  I acknowledge that nothing will ever be quite balanced, nor will I get this whole time management thing right.  But at least I’ve got these two weekly meditations that I can look forward to.

Cait and I started have a standing Wednesday lunch this year.  And we’ve actually been sticking to it!  Our lives have gotten so busy that our conversations might get limited to short bursts of WhatsApp messages.  So this is the one time in the week, we can squeeze in an hour or two of spewing about life, what we’re creating, organizing blog content, enjoying food, getting excited.  We were a little ambitious at first with our home cooked lunches, but happily have been deferring to the little udon noodle joint that brought us together.

Tiffany TsangSlow Thursday morning breakfasts with my partner are also a game changer for my week. I never see the guy in the morning.  I am out of bed and out of the house by 6am most mornings and unless we schedule a lunch in, I won’t see the dude until the evening.  But on Thursdays, I get to sleep in.  And because I’m an eternal planner who loves to cook, I’ll have a breakfast prepared or planned the night before.  There have been waffles, pancakes, baked oatmeals, breakfast burritos. The whole shebang, a different brekkie every Thursday.  This morning it was all about this delicious spicy chorizo-apple hash.  Espresso for him, a pour-over for me.  (Except this morning, since we didn’t have any coffee in the house.)  We actually sit at a table and mull about the week, get excited about the weekend and enjoy the morning light.  And we might even feel a little lighter as we head out into the day, despite the massive breakfast we just consumed.

All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please feel free to eat the food, but ask if you’d like to use these photos.