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It’s 8 a.m. Somewhere

If you live through today, you can try a new breakfast tomorrow.

This story comes from Lucky Peach #17: The Breakfast Issue. For more great stuff like this, subscribe to the magazine! 

In the fluorescent light of a suburban kitchen, Honey Nut Cheerios are heaped into a bowl; sound-insulating snow piled up to the windowsills outside makes the trinkling of cereal against ceramic seem so loud that the mom pouring them ­worries it’ll wake the kids.

jbf_nom-300x300Hours later, thousands of miles away, within earshot of pounding surf, there is the dull thud of an oxidized machete meeting a tamarind cutting board; having already split a pineapple, it gets to work cutting it into golden half suns. And later still, in a hotel on the white-sand beaches of the north coast of Jamaica, a cook cracks open a food-service can of ackee and heaps its creamy white flesh into a pan—the tourists are leaning heavy on the “local” stuff this humid morning.

It is 8 a.m. in a lot of somewheres right now. Maybe not wherever you’re reading this, but all the time, every day, people are eating breakfast. How are they breaking that fast? What are they eating? Why?

That’s what this little breadbasket of stories aims to answer. Herein you’ll find a time-zone-by-time-zone survey of people’s first meals of the day. A few zones are unrepresented; we didn’t know whom to call about breakfast in the Seychelles. The idea was to choose one location in each time zone, so we’ve got Rwanda instead of Vienna, spiritual and factual home of laminated pastries and ancestral birthplace of the Croissan’wich you ate at Burger King this morning.

So it goes. The best thing about breakfast is that if you live through today, you can try a new one tomorrow.


UTC +12.00: NEW ZEALAND

New-Zealand

Plum Sauce by Tom Lax


UTC +12.00: SOUTH POLE

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Egg-Oiling Party by Chris Ying


UTC +11.00: RUSSIA

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Hot Tea For Cold Days by Roman Muradov


UTC +10.00: AUSTRALIA

Australia

Sydneyside Up by Pat Nourse


UTC +9.00: JAPAN

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There’s Something For Everyone in Tokyo by Ivan Orkin


UTC +8.00: CHINA

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Wake Up and Smell the Sheep’s Placenta by Fuchsia Dunlop


UTC +7.00: Vietnam

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Our Favorite Little Place in Vung Tau by Barbara Adam


UTC +5.30: INDIA

India

Daily Dosa by Michael Snyder


UTC +3.30: Iran

Iran

Bread and Tea by Naomi Duguid


UTC +2.00: Turkey

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The Many Splendors of Turkish Breakfast by David Hagerman


UTC +2.00: Rwanda

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What Has Always Been There by Philip Gourevitch 


UTC +1.00: SPAIN

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Nighttime Pancakes by Genevieve Ko


UTC +0.00: Morocco

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Moroccan Enough by Ryan Healey


UTC -1.00: Azore Islands

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Sopa de Couve by David Leite


UTC -3.00: Brazil

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The First Opportunity of the Day to Gossip by Alberto Landgraf


UTC -3.00: Uruguay

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School Uniforms by Matt Volz


UTC -5.00: North Carolina

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Last Night This Morning by George Weld


UTC -6.00: TEXAS

Tacos

Taco Run by Mary H.K. Choi


UTC -6.00: MEXICO

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Desayuno by Rachel Levit


UTC -8.00: Los Angeles

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Burnt Toast and Things in Bowls by Jonathan Gold


UTC -9.00: Alaska

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Early Risers by Genevieve Roth


UTC -10.00: Hawaii

Hawaii

From Manila to Honolulu, with Spam by Drew Lazor