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The Oklahoma City area is home to a rich variety of ethnicities and cuisines, as well as a fair number of international grocery stores. Try some of these international breakfasts at home; incorporate them into your regular weekly menus; and escape the monotony of eggs, sausage and toast! Bon appétit, n ngon mi ng, guten appetit!

Kitchen, 3701 N. Youngs Blvd., is the first stop on your international
breakfast tour. This venerable German establishment serves up a
traditional German breakfast: a Brötchen (a white, round breakfast roll)
filled with ham, salami and butter cheese. Served hot or cold (go for
the hot!) the custom-made roasted potatoes are a wonderful
accompaniment. Try the wiener schnitzel — just plain fun to pronounce —
which is a breaded pork cutlet served with eggs, potatoes and toast.

difficult to select which absolutely gorgeous Mexican pastry to order
in the expansive pastry case at La Oaxaqueña Bakery, 741 SW 29th St.
That said, you must order the concha, a seashell-shaped pastry with a
lightly sweet top crust.

“Customers order it with our Mexican hot chocolate most often,” said staffer Eder Poblano.

Oaxaqueña’s Mexican hot chocolate is divine, with cinnamon, nutmeg and a
kiss of cayenne. While you eat your pastry, eye the lunch and dinner
menu for a return visit later in the day. With all-Mexican cuisine —
you’ll find no Tex-Mex here — this is refreshingly the real deal.

Say “Opa!” at
Sweis’ Greek Café, 201 S. Western Ave. This café offers up a Greek
Delight Omelette, which is filled with lamb and beef gyro meat, peppers,
onions and creamy feta cheese. Add a more traditional side of freshly
made hummus, olives and pita bread, and you have an authentic Greek

“Our pita bread is homemade at our very own bakery,” says owner Amir Sweis.

The bread is puffy and delightfully fragrant. Make sure to order extra pita and hummus to take home.

place fills up quickly on weekends, so get to Cafe Kacao, 3325 N.
Classen Blvd., promptly at 8 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 9 a.m.
Sundays. Order your first cup of freshly ground Guatemalan coffee. You
will want a second because the coffee is worth the price of admission

The Tikal breakfast is scrumptious with scrambled eggs, sliced grilled flank steak (carne asada), Longaniza (Guatemalan sausage), refried black beans and fried plantains. Also try a popular Spanish-country dish, huevos rancheros, steamed
whole black beans topped with two crispy, handmade tortillas; three
sunny-side up eggs; and a tangy ranchero salsa. It’s crowned with sour
cream, fresh pico de gallo and avocado slices.

In Vietnam, it’s quite common to have bánh mì sandwiches
or the much-loved pho noodle soup for breakfast! Come in from the
morning cold to Pho Lien Hoa, 901 NW 23rd St., for a steaming bowl. The
Vietnamese in the south eat it for breakfast and lunch; however,
northerners eat pho at any time of day. The soup is served with a plate
of basil, mung bean sprouts, chiles, lime wedges and cilantro; these
herbs are to be added in small quantities, alternating between sips.

sum is fun, and Sunday is dim sum day at Fung’s Kitchen, 3231 N.
Classen Blvd. Literally translated to “to touch your heart,” dim sum is a
beloved assortment of small portions of food to accompany tea. Waiters
shuttle by with carts displaying a variety of steamed dishes.
You choose what you would like: dumplings fried or steamed, deep-fried
tofu; grilled eggplant; and my personal favorite, siu mai, a pork and
shrimp dumpling.

so many dishes to choose from, bring a friend or two to share and
sample a wider variety. Fung’s has a cozy, joyful atmosphere sure to put
a smile on the face of the weariest of holiday shoppers!

breakfast in France! OK, well, it’s Nichols Hills, but it’s the closest
petit déjeuner (breakfast) you can get without an airline ticket. Stop
at La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N. May Ave., for the delightful Crêpes
Forestière and a café au lait. These light crepes are stuffed with
mushrooms, a poached egg and persillade, a savory blend of parsley, garlic, herbs and vinegar — the perfect French touch.

In a hurry? Order one of the melt-in-your-mouth chausson pastries
— cherry, apricot or apple — and an espresso to go. French cheeses,
cookies and other delicacies are available at the front to purchase for a
quick gift on the go.

to hit the mall early and can’t have breakfast until near brunch? Go
for Japanese comfort food at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, 7516 N. Western
Ave. Traditionally, a Japanese breakfast consists of comforting miso
soup, steamed rice and side dishes such as broiled/grilled fish,
tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), tsukemono pickles, natto (fermented soybeans
and nori (dried seaweed).

“Salmon teriyaki is also common for breakfast,” said Tokyo’s Koji Omori.

Mix and match from the extensive menu, order a pot of relaxing green tea and just breathe.

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