Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Feel like drinking this morning?

I know a lot of people are reeling in the wake of the astonishing results of the Presidential election.  I've seen a lot of people posting about how much they need a drink.  As the daughter of an alcoholic, far be it for me to promote alcoholic behavior.  However, I would be a hypocrite if I said I'm not fond of booze and that it doesn't soothe the soul sometimes.  Based on what I've seen on Facebook, a lot of people are eyeing their liquor cabinets and fridges and eagerly waiting for five o'clock.

Right now, I'm sitting at my computer with a bottle of Germany's best mineral water with gas.  But, for those of you out there who feel like you need an excuse to have a beer, allow me to give you one, especially if you happen to be in Bavaria (which I'm not, but whatever).  Since it's now mid morning, it's perfectly appropriate for you to enjoy a second breakfast.

What is a second breakfast, you ask?  It's historically a meal eaten after breakfast, but before lunch.  Typically enjoyed by farmers and other people who do hard work early in the morning, second breakfast is a lighter snack that keeps workers fueled until it's time for lunch.  Second breakfast is especially popular in Bavaria, but it's also a "thing" in Hungary and Poland... and, to a lesser extent, here in Baden-Württemberg.  The cab driver who took us to the airport when we PCS'd from Stuttgart back in 2009 mentioned having a second breakfast, anyway.  So some people do it here, right?

While many people enjoy coffee and pastries as a second breakfast, some people do go for more savory fare like pretzels, wurst, sweet mustard, and yes, beer.


An example of a "second breakfast" Bill and I enjoyed at the airport in Stuttgart.

So, if you are sitting at home and feeling the need to drown your sorrows, consider enjoying a second breakfast.  You don't have to have anything alcoholic with your snack, but you certainly can use second breakfast as a viable excuse, especially if you live in southern Germany.

Bottoms up, everybody!  

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