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Mealtimes Abroad
It's always good to have an idea about what to expect at mealtimes when visiting a foreign country. The British, for example, tend to follow certain traditions with the meals they eat at home. Here is some general information about British meal customs.

Breakfast in England used to mean a hot meal - usually bacon and eggs - but more and more families are going over to a continental breakfast. Cereal is usually served (e.g., Corn Flakes, Weetabix, etc., in milk), followed by toast and marmalade along with coffee or tea.

Lunch (sometimes called "dinner") varies considerably. During the week, it is generally a very quick meal. It might be sandwiches, a meal in the office canteen, a snack at the local pub (e.g., a Ploughman's Lunch), or even a hamburger in a fast food restaurant. On weekends, it is common to have a proper meal for lunch - especially on Sundays. These lunches usually include a main dish such as roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, or roast lamb with mint sauce, plus potatoes, vegetables and gravy.

Dinner is usually eaten around 6 p.m. and is sometimes called the evening meal. Dinner is often the main meal of the day and frequently includes dessert. However, people who have their main meal at midday often have just a snack between 5 and 6 o'clock (called tea), and may have a light supper later in the evening.

No account of British meals would be complete without mentioning some of the most traditional British dishes: Lancashire Hotpot, steak and kidney pie, fish and chips, toad-in-the-hole, shepherds pie, bangers and mash, Welsh rarebit, Irish stew and Scotch egg.