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Basics of Brunch

by Cindy

By: Trevor Falsey

First coined by journalist Guy Beringer in his 1895 article, “Brunch: A Plea,” brunch (a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch) is now a staple meal across the world. In his article for Hunter’s Weekly, Beringer believes that brunch is more than a meal. Brunch is a sociable meal, one that “puts you in a good temper; it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow-beings. It sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” Let’s explore how we can make your brunch more than a meal — and something that will surely spark conversation. 

Brunch around the World

Brunch is an important meal, not only in America but around the world. In America, we have become accustomed to the typical egg dishes and drinks. Yet, countries around the world practice this meal through a different way of seeing. In Paris, France, you can expect to see the delicious Oeufs en Cocotte au Saumon Fumé, translated as Baked Eggs with Smoked Salmon. To replace your typical cocktail, serve this with the French 75. The gin and champagne pair exceptionally well together and will have your guests asking for more (which may have them overwhelmed in regret later, but what’s a brunch without pushing limits?). Another drink that has its roots in Paris is the notorious Bloody Mary. This classic cocktail deserves all  the praise it receives, and you know you made the right choice to serve this heavenly drink when you see your guests smile grow ear to ear. You can’t go wrong.

Traveling 9,162 km to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we find more appetizing options worthy of consideration. We come across a brunch idea that is loaded with antioxidants and has become popularized across the country. Acai bowls are a great idea, not only for its mouth-watering qualities but also gives your guests the freedom to design a brunch of their ideals. Examples of toppings for these bowls can include honey, chia seeds, banana slices, or even coconut. Creativity is vital when preparing your acai bowl — whatever suits your taste, throw it in! The ideal drink for this meal is the Cafézinho, a coffee drink served extremely hot and loaded with sugar. 

If you are looking for something quintessential, then let us travel to New York, New York. Here, we will find the staple brunch of Eggs Benedict. This food is a classic for a reason — the hollandaise and cayenne perplex your taste buds and is pure seduction. Serve this meal with the Bellini, a fruity and enticing combination for prosecco and pureed peaches. The Bellini is the drink of choice for many New Yorkers who enjoy their brunch. Another martini of choice would be the classic mimosa. This mixture of dry sparkling wine and orange juice is a staple, and no brunch could go wrong as long as you serve a mimosa.

Brunch is a hospitable meal,” Guy Beringer states in his article. Brunch brings us together and unites us. It invites conversation and creates memories of a lifetime. Brunch can be much more than a routine and straightforward Sunday midday meal. There are many ways that you can elevate this meal, and all that is needed is creativity (and a lot of drinks.) By exploring brunches around the world, what we learn is that it is merely a meal of coming together and slipping the stress of the week away. No matter how you choose to create your brunch, it is the love and care that you put into it that will be the highlight of the meal.

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