Myth #5: The breakfasts are fattening and unhealthy.

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Myth #5: The breakfasts are fattening and unhealthy. Breakfasts are the cornerstone of a B&B, and innkeepers take pride in their creations. From low-fat or low-carb options to dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, they can create a special dish using one of their healthy recipes just for you (with advance notice, of course). from here.
 

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Too hard to do a poll on this one, but fattening and unhealthy are in the eye of the beholder. I don't do cook to order breakfasts, and I don't do low fat options. I am not a dietition, I cook for 12+ people at once, and unless an allergy, they get a delicious homecooked breakfast. If they want to add butter to their pancakes, that is up to them. :)
 

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Too hard to do a poll on this one, but fattening and unhealthy are in the eye of the beholder. I don't do cook to order breakfasts, and I don't do low fat options. I am not a dietition, I cook for 12+ people at once, and unless an allergy, they get a delicious homecooked breakfast. If they want to add butter to their pancakes, that is up to them. :).
We don't do 'healthy' and we've been told that by guests who are on strict rationing of calories. You're not getting a low fat, low carb, low sugar hunk of cardboard on the plate here. We believe in flavors, fats, sugar, fruit! If you're 'dieting' or 'don't eat that' then don't eat that!
I've seen scathing reviews going both ways...'health food crap' and 'a plate of carbs and butter'. We've been told our portions are too large and not enough and just right.
C'mon people, you're on vacation. Relax the rigidity for 2 days already.
 

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I serve a ton of fruit, they can just eat that if they want.
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul...
 

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I serve a ton of fruit, they can just eat that if they want.
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul....
Joey Bloggs said:
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul...
Some of them have been on vacation for a week, they are done in! It's not personal. (The Italian women all eat pane tostada con marmalata and that's it.)
 

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If someone asks for 'healthy', I'll do it. Most folks though want to inndulge a little.
 

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I serve a ton of fruit, they can just eat that if they want.
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul....
Joey Bloggs said:
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul...
Some of them have been on vacation for a week, they are done in! It's not personal. (The Italian women all eat pane tostada con marmalata and that's it.)
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Madeleine said:
Joey Bloggs said:
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul...
Some of them have been on vacation for a week, they are done in! It's not personal. (The Italian women all eat pane tostada con marmalata and that's it.)
Yeah see let's just say, I have been in one nighter-ville for way too long. So almost ALL of our guests right now are here for a special ocassion or on the road and want a nicer than hotel breakfast. Anyone who is traveling for a while might be a different story, so I hear ya loud and clear.
One repeat guest tells us we are the only place he eats breakfast, it is a badge of honor with him. Last week our young 20's stayed an additional night, and I quote "This is the greatest breakfast! Let's stay another night" which I found to be the best compliment in the world. Now they were pretty much living in a pig sty in their room, but hey can't win 'em all!
So we do what we do. We hope everyone likes it. But please, don't say "I'll just have a piece of toast" ...boo hoo hoo

 

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My response:
Too hard to do a poll on this one, but fattening and unhealthy are in the eye of the beholder. I don't do cook to order breakfasts, and I don't do low fat options. I am not a dietition, I cook for 12+ people at once, and unless an allergy, they get a delicious homecooked breakfast. If they want to add butter to their pancakes, that is up to them. :).
We don't do 'healthy' and we've been told that by guests who are on strict rationing of calories. You're not getting a low fat, low carb, low sugar hunk of cardboard on the plate here. We believe in flavors, fats, sugar, fruit! If you're 'dieting' or 'don't eat that' then don't eat that!
I've seen scathing reviews going both ways...'health food crap' and 'a plate of carbs and butter'. We've been told our portions are too large and not enough and just right.
C'mon people, you're on vacation. Relax the rigidity for 2 days already.
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Madeleine said:
We don't do 'healthy'...We believe in flavors, fats, sugar, fruit!...We've been told our portions are too large...C'mon people, you're on vacation. Relax the rigidity for 2 days already.
I think I'm in love.
 

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I serve a ton of fruit, they can just eat that if they want.
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul....
Joey Bloggs said:
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul...
Some of them have been on vacation for a week, they are done in! It's not personal. (The Italian women all eat pane tostada con marmalata and that's it.)
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Madeleine said:
Joey Bloggs said:
When people say I just want toast, it hurts, deep inside this innkeeper's soul...
Some of them have been on vacation for a week, they are done in! It's not personal. (The Italian women all eat pane tostada con marmalata and that's it.)
Yeah see let's just say, I have been in one nighter-ville for way too long. So almost ALL of our guests right now are here for a special ocassion or on the road and want a nicer than hotel breakfast. Anyone who is traveling for a while might be a different story, so I hear ya loud and clear.
One repeat guest tells us we are the only place he eats breakfast, it is a badge of honor with him. Last week our young 20's stayed an additional night, and I quote "This is the greatest breakfast! Let's stay another night" which I found to be the best compliment in the world. Now they were pretty much living in a pig sty in their room, but hey can't win 'em all!
So we do what we do. We hope everyone likes it. But please, don't say "I'll just have a piece of toast" ...boo hoo hoo

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Joey Bloggs said:
So we do what we do. We hope everyone likes it. But please, don't say "I'll just have a piece of toast" ...boo hoo hoo
Glad they liked the breakfast!
You know, after a week in GA a few years back I really, really did not want another pork product at all. Toast or cereal would have been about all I could handle.
It's tough...I don't want to ask for just toast but I also don't want someone to cook up a big breakfast I just cannot eat.
When we went to our B&B class the owners put on a show for us in re breakfast. I got thru the fruit course and the crepe course and then they brought out a big mess o something and I blurted out, 'There's MORE?'
How are we to know what's 'enough'? Guests are packing it in at the restaurants and are coming to the table stuffed from the night before. Or NOT. We just never know!
 

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My response:
Too hard to do a poll on this one, but fattening and unhealthy are in the eye of the beholder. I don't do cook to order breakfasts, and I don't do low fat options. I am not a dietition, I cook for 12+ people at once, and unless an allergy, they get a delicious homecooked breakfast. If they want to add butter to their pancakes, that is up to them. :).
We don't do 'healthy' and we've been told that by guests who are on strict rationing of calories. You're not getting a low fat, low carb, low sugar hunk of cardboard on the plate here. We believe in flavors, fats, sugar, fruit! If you're 'dieting' or 'don't eat that' then don't eat that!
I've seen scathing reviews going both ways...'health food crap' and 'a plate of carbs and butter'. We've been told our portions are too large and not enough and just right.
C'mon people, you're on vacation. Relax the rigidity for 2 days already.
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Madeleine said:
We don't do 'healthy'...We believe in flavors, fats, sugar, fruit!...We've been told our portions are too large...C'mon people, you're on vacation. Relax the rigidity for 2 days already.
I think I'm in love.
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Arkansawyer said:
Madeleine said:
We don't do 'healthy'...We believe in flavors, fats, sugar, fruit!...We've been told our portions are too large...C'mon people, you're on vacation. Relax the rigidity for 2 days already.
I think I'm in love.
I'll tell DH...
 

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We serve a big hearty breakfast, but it's not anything fancy that you'd see in a magazine or guest chef column. We have alot of people tell us that they are able to skip lunch because the breakfast lasted them all day - that's a compliment and added value as we're saving them money in our expensive little town. And for the most part we get back empty plates.
If someone asked for just toast, I'd see that as a food-cost savings and one less plate I'd have to prepare. On a full day we have 16+ at the table at once, so one less is nice when we're scrambling to feed everyone.
I, too, believe that they're on vacation so they expect to break diets. I'd definitely give healthier versions of what everyone else is getting if I was asked ahead of time.
 

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We serve a big hearty breakfast, but it's not anything fancy that you'd see in a magazine or guest chef column. We have alot of people tell us that they are able to skip lunch because the breakfast lasted them all day - that's a compliment and added value as we're saving them money in our expensive little town. And for the most part we get back empty plates.
If someone asked for just toast, I'd see that as a food-cost savings and one less plate I'd have to prepare. On a full day we have 16+ at the table at once, so one less is nice when we're scrambling to feed everyone.
I, too, believe that they're on vacation so they expect to break diets. I'd definitely give healthier versions of what everyone else is getting if I was asked ahead of time..
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I, too, believe that they're on vacation so they expect to break diets. I'd definitely give healthier versions of what everyone else is getting if I was asked ahead of time.
We have guests who not only won't break a 'diet' they also bring their own coffee, tea, sweeteners, etc. We can't even make smaller portions of anything we serve, DH just cannot do small. I tell guests to eat what they want and leave the rest, we'll understand.
 

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We serve a big hearty breakfast, but it's not anything fancy that you'd see in a magazine or guest chef column. We have alot of people tell us that they are able to skip lunch because the breakfast lasted them all day - that's a compliment and added value as we're saving them money in our expensive little town. And for the most part we get back empty plates.
If someone asked for just toast, I'd see that as a food-cost savings and one less plate I'd have to prepare. On a full day we have 16+ at the table at once, so one less is nice when we're scrambling to feed everyone.
I, too, believe that they're on vacation so they expect to break diets. I'd definitely give healthier versions of what everyone else is getting if I was asked ahead of time..
Toast only throws a spanner into the mix. a deviation. I buy the food for the guests, so it is not a cost saver for me. I had an email today asking for grits. They are here one night on this holiday long weekend and want grits. I don't serve grits.
 

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Most will "cheat" on their diets while here because they are somewhere special. Even the diabetics...they say they'll just adjust their med. I, too, don't cook low fat, low sugar for our breakfasts. If they don't want what I prepared, they just eat around it. If someone let's me know in advance they just want toast, or just cereal, I'll do it. But I don't usually have milk, cereal or bread on hand for that. We don't use any of that personally. The bit of milk I use in recipes is frozen.
 

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We serve a big hearty breakfast, but it's not anything fancy that you'd see in a magazine or guest chef column. We have alot of people tell us that they are able to skip lunch because the breakfast lasted them all day - that's a compliment and added value as we're saving them money in our expensive little town. And for the most part we get back empty plates.
If someone asked for just toast, I'd see that as a food-cost savings and one less plate I'd have to prepare. On a full day we have 16+ at the table at once, so one less is nice when we're scrambling to feed everyone.
I, too, believe that they're on vacation so they expect to break diets. I'd definitely give healthier versions of what everyone else is getting if I was asked ahead of time..
Toast only throws a spanner into the mix. a deviation. I buy the food for the guests, so it is not a cost saver for me. I had an email today asking for grits. They are here one night on this holiday long weekend and want grits. I don't serve grits.
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I can't believe that you don't serve grits!

We didn't serve them that much, but people always asked about them. I never served grits as a hot cereal type of thing. Fancy cheesy grits as a side.
 

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I love grits, both as a hot cereal and the cheesy/garlicy version. It's part of the southern experience!
Instant grits aren't bad. Just open a paper pouch into a bowl and add hot water.
 

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I do low-fat, low cholesterol but I do not think it is obvious - at least not from the comments in the books. The great breakfast is the most common comment - either before or after the great conversation.
I do not keep cereal, bread or milk in-house unless I know a kid id coming and then I get some. I bake bread when the spirit moves me (English muffin bread is made in the morning w/breakfast. I use powdered milk in baking - it is just skim milk with the water removed and has a VERY long shelf life. If drinking it, I go buy some. The people tomorrow have "ordered" their breakfasts. The e-mail I received:
[COLOR= #1f497d]My husband asked me to give you the following additional information:[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]“Let her know that I am diabetic and prefer eggs and whole wheat toast (with meat, such as sausage). I only get away with the cereal at home because I rigidly control the type and amount of cereal I eat. Even then it sends my blood sugar up. Prefer skim milk or water to drink.[/COLOR]
[COLOR= #1f497d]Don”[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]I mostly eat cereal (shredded wheat and bran) with unsweetened soy milk, but also like oatmeal and other hot cereals, whole-grain pancakes (without milk or eggs), and muffins and other baked goods (again, without milk or eggs or large amounts of sugar). Fresh fruit is always good.[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]We look forward to our stay at Gillum House.[/COLOR]


I replied I planned to make baked oatmeal with Sple nda (she says without the Splen da because she does not like things too sweet). I will cook and they will eat or they will not...
 

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No gluten, no dairy, etc. I get all the time. I can not remember the last time I had someone ask for a 'healthy' breakfast. I'm not exaggerating....it's been at least 5-6 years!
 

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No gluten, no dairy, etc. I get all the time. I can not remember the last time I had someone ask for a 'healthy' breakfast. I'm not exaggerating....it's been at least 5-6 years!.
I have had a few thank yous for doing a heart-healthy breakfast. Some of my rail-trail guests have been "health nuts" that the low-fat etc breakfasts have reeled in for us.
 

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I do low-fat, low cholesterol but I do not think it is obvious - at least not from the comments in the books. The great breakfast is the most common comment - either before or after the great conversation.
I do not keep cereal, bread or milk in-house unless I know a kid id coming and then I get some. I bake bread when the spirit moves me (English muffin bread is made in the morning w/breakfast. I use powdered milk in baking - it is just skim milk with the water removed and has a VERY long shelf life. If drinking it, I go buy some. The people tomorrow have "ordered" their breakfasts. The e-mail I received:
[COLOR= #1f497d]My husband asked me to give you the following additional information:[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]“Let her know that I am diabetic and prefer eggs and whole wheat toast (with meat, such as sausage). I only get away with the cereal at home because I rigidly control the type and amount of cereal I eat. Even then it sends my blood sugar up. Prefer skim milk or water to drink.[/COLOR]
[COLOR= #1f497d]Don”[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]I mostly eat cereal (shredded wheat and bran) with unsweetened soy milk, but also like oatmeal and other hot cereals, whole-grain pancakes (without milk or eggs), and muffins and other baked goods (again, without milk or eggs or large amounts of sugar). Fresh fruit is always good.[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]We look forward to our stay at Gillum House.[/COLOR]


I replied I planned to make baked oatmeal with Sple nda (she says without the Splen da because she does not like things too sweet). I will cook and they will eat or they will not....
gillumhouse said:
[COLOR= #1f497d]My husband asked me to give you the following additional information:[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]“Let her know that I am diabetic and prefer eggs and whole wheat toast (with meat, such as sausage). I only get away with the cereal at home because I rigidly control the type and amount of cereal I eat. Even then it sends my blood sugar up. Prefer skim milk or water to drink.[/COLOR]
[COLOR= #1f497d]Don”[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #1f497d]I mostly eat cereal (shredded wheat and bran) with unsweetened soy milk, but also like oatmeal and other hot cereals, whole-grain pancakes (without milk or eggs), and muffins and other baked goods (again, without milk or eggs or large amounts of sugar). Fresh fruit is always good.[/COLOR]
I hate people like this. Stay home already.
Who are they, Jack Sprat and the Missus? They have exactly the opposite diets.
 
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