The aroma of fresh-brewed coffee, the smell of crisping bacon, the sound and scent of sinangag frying in a carajay — breakfast lures one into waking. A pity that most people have to rush through it, trying to read the papers, get food into the stomach, organize the mind, feed and dress the children, and get the show on the road, all at the same time. Wouldn’t it be ideal if breakfast could be a time of waking body and mind slowly, gloriously, luxuriously — to sunrise and food, to workday and life? We all have had breakfasts like that — alas too few and too rarely.
~ from “Breaking the Fast” by Doreen G. Fernandez in Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture (Anvil Publishing, Inc., 1994)