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This is the $million question... or the 3 Euro question.
Things I have been given in a 'continental breakfast':
Yoghurt, sometimes with museli
eggs, in various forms, including omlette
all manner of fruits
a thing the menu called 'hash brown' which was, from what i could work out, small potatoes sautÃ©ed with chilli, onion, tomato, paprika and cumin (joint-worst breakfast item ever)
cereals, including porridge
butter, jam, marmalade
From what I can tell, the closest to a constant is that it will involve some kind of bakery item and coffee. I've come to think of a croissant, orange juice and espresso as the best continental breakfast. However, the buffet in a hostel in Prague contained all of the above for about 50p extra per night, and there was enough there that i did not require any food again until evening.
In the USA we go to Comfort Inn and they tell us it is breakfast, boiled egg, toast, waffles,syrup, biscuit and gravy, fresh fruit, dry cereal, milk, orange juice, coffee and sweet rolls. We go to Howard Johnson and we have continental breakfast, dry cereal, milk, toast, juice,perhaps a banana, maybe a bago and sweet rolls and coffee. Oh yes, I forgot the jam or jelly in both places. The price for both motels is about the same but guess which motel your dad wants to stay in. I really think fresh fruit, toast, dry cereal, milk, juice, coffee and sweet rolls is continental breakfast
hehe maybe the trick is the name... 'Continental'... which continent do you think of?
As a Brit, I assume it means 'the European mainland'. Maybe we're all meant to default to where we are.
I think the problem is you never asked then which continent.