When they want to treat themselves, here's what they eat.

By Kelly Vaughan
February 22, 2021
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While some mornings we're all about simple, healthy breakfasts—think smoothie bowls, vegetable-packed egg dishes, and oatmeal—other times, we crave indulgent, over-the-top sweet and savory dishes. Whether it's something we prepare at home, pick up from a local bakery or bagel shop, or enjoy inside a diner (pre-COVID, of course), there's nothing like taking a giant bite out of an extra decadent breakfast. Editorial director of food Sarah Carey is team savory—when she wants to treat herself, she's all about warm, comforting, and super savory recipes, and her go-to indulgent breakfasts include Pho, the Vietnamese meat-based noodle soup or homemade fried rice. Loaded with flavor, protein, colorful ingredients, and plenty of salty, umami-rich ingredients, these dishes are certainly a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Senior food editor Lauryn Tyrell is also team savory. "I love a sausage, egg, and cheese on a soft roll with lots of melty cheese and a scrambled egg," she says. Another dish that Lauryn loves is a breakfast burrito, served California-style for this native West Coaster who now lives in Brooklyn. What does she look for in a hearty breakfast burrito? "Cooked potatoes that kind of fall apart, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, hot sauce and cheese, folded up and seared in butter on a griddle before serving."

Assistant food editor Riley Wofford and deputy food editor Greg Lofts are morning people who don't take sides—both sweet and savory breakfasts appeal to them when they want something indulgent. "My go-to decadent breakfast is always a diner-style situation. Usually, super fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes topped with yogurt and maple syrup, sausage links, and two eggs sunny side up," says Greg.

Riley loves baking and unraveling our classic Cinnamon Rolls—"I will eat those until I'm sick, they're so good," she says. Smeared with a rich creamy cheese glaze, this recipe will certainly start anyone's day off on a sweet note. But when a savory craving hits, she enjoys a toasted pumpernickel bagel with scallion cream cheese from a local bagel shop.

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