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Girlahead is on a new mission (OK, don’t say it, ‘ANOTHER one?’). Question, how is it that again and again breads at dinner – when you often do not need them anyway – can be so super, real consistency and taste and imaginative, and yet at breakfast there is nothing but boring commercial toasting bread, plus masses of admirable pastries for those who want a lifetime of sugar in one quick fix?

Some do it right. See, above, one corner of the display at MOUNT NELSON, A BELMOND HOTEL in Cape Town. Gourmets can rely on real breakfast breads in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, but elsewhere it is not always a cert.

One used to see Poîlane breads at breakfasts – the lovely late Lionel Poîlane used dunk a well-buttered half of his bread in black coffee (Girlahead thought of him last night as she made a makeshift pillow out of a Poîlane cushion shaped like one of his loaves).

London, in case you have been on Mars, is gearing up for The Coronation. The King has chosen a QUICHE as his celebratory dish.  A quiche?  No Comment. THE LONDONER, by contrast, goes for style.  Its Stage has a Royal Pop-Up Martini Bar (apparently it’s his favourite drink – well at least it could elevate, or drown, a boring quiche).

His Majesty is Belvedere vodka, Noilly Prat Dry and Veuve Clicquot.  Le Français has Champagne and tea, and Homage, a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, is an adaptation of Gin & Dubonnet. All can be complemented by Two Fine de Claire oysters with lemon crème fraiche and green tabasco dill oil.

Elsewhere, in Riviera Maya, ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA holds a Taste of Chicago over Memorial Weekend, 26-29 May. Guest chefs include Michelin-starred Rick Bayless, Food & Wine ‘Best New Chef’ Diana Davila, and  mixologist Toby Maloney.

RAFFLES LONDON OWO’s outlets  continue to be revealed – as well as three by Mauro Colagreco, sushi master Endo Kazutoshi, working with Misha Zelman as Creative Restaurant Group, plans a rooftop restaurant and saké bar at the complex, which will also have a Café Lapérouse and, from Milan, a Paper Moon. Lots of menus to pondeer///