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Entry from August 01, 2017
“I had a continental breakfast. Unfortunately, the continent was Africa”

Many hotels serve continental breakfasts. One joke is that some serve African continent breakfasts—that is, not much food.

“I’d forgotten how broadly interpreted Continental Breakfast can be. I think this morning’s continent was Africa” was posted on Twitter on February 19, 2011. “I went to a hotel that had continental breakfast. Unfortunately the continent was Africa so all I got was an empty plate” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on August 1, 2017.


Wikipedia: Breakfast
Europe
A typical Continental breakfast consists of coffee and milk (often mixed as Cappuccino or latte) or hot chocolate with a variety of sweet cakes such as brioche and pastries such as croissant, often with a sweet jam, cream, or chocolate filling. It is often served with juice. The continental breakfast may also include sliced cold meats, such as salami or ham, and yogurt or cereal. Some countries of Europe add a bit of fruit and cheese to the bread menu, occasionally even a boiled egg or a little salami.

Google Groups: sudans-john-ashworth
Fwd: Woza Africa!!!
John Ashworth
8/30/07
(...)
For instance have you ever wondered our Five star hotels and no star ones offer ‘continental breakfast’ on their menu which does not mean the African continent? Can you imagine being in a hotel in Europe and asking for a continental breakfast that does not mean Europe continent?

Twitter
Lula‏
@LulaCT
I’d forgotten how broadly interpreted Continental Breakfast can be. I think this morning’s continent was Africa.
10:56 AM - 19 Feb 2011

Twitter
pete lee‏
@peteleetweets
I had a continental breakfast this morning. Specifically, the continent was Africa, because I ate nothing.
11:10 AM - 26 Jan 2012

Twitter
Nathan Verissimo‏
@nathanv123
Ouu its a continental breakfast! Oh… the continent was Africa.
2:56 PM - 18 May 2013

Twitter
Rindradana‏
@ponakannyaom
This morning, I had a lot of banana and some murky water. It was a continental breakfast. African continent.
10:53 PM - 11 Jun 2013

Twitter
Blake‏
@bdrisky
I got a continental breakfast this morning. Yeah the continent was Africa.. #Starving
8:44 AM - 21 Oct 2013

Twitter
Alex Shapiro‏
@Shapiro_16
I went to a hotel and they had a continental breakfast. Too bad the continent was Africa…
1:50 PM - 22 Apr 2014

Twitter
They’re All‏
@Laffing_at_you
The last hotel i stayed at had a continental breakfast ... The continent was africa
1:13 AM - 17 Aug 2016

Reddit—Jokes
I went to a hotel that had continental breakfast
submitted August 1, 2017 by Jchris8954
Unfortunately the continent was Africa so all I got was an empty plate

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 • Permalink