Maybe you've stayed at a hotel that gave you a "free continental breakfast." If you had visions of huge pancakes and fluffy egg dishes, you would've been disappointed when presented with your options: a small bowl of fruit, a tiny banana-nut muffin, and a mug of coffee.
To some, this might seem downright skimpy, especially if you're used to big, made-to-order options for your first meal of the day. To others, it might be just the right amount of food as they embark on their day.
Wherever you land on the divide, let's take a closer look at this popular option for travelers here in America and abroad, and see how this free meal came into fashion.
What Is a Continental Breakfast, and What Makes It Continental? — Breakfast for Beginners