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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Brunch versus breakfast : NYC versus London

Us Brits do breakfast, but Americans really know how to do a weekend brunch.


When I think about breakfast and brunch, I generally think of when I'm eating my morning meal: for me breakfast is food I eat first thing until the 9/10am mark, while brunch is eaten in that time between breakfast and lunch - usually at the weekend, when most of us are in desperate need of a lie in.

According to Wikipedia brunch is a tradition which started in the UK and has been adopted by Americans who now just plain show us up in the weekend feast:

"Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3 pm on Sundays. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. Brunch originated in England in the late 1800s, served in a buffet style manner, and became popular in the United States in the 1930s."

And in the States weekend brunch is a very serious affair lasting until 4pm, a trend which I'm seeing kick off in the UK in the likes of the Caravan Kings Cross where it's near impossible to get a table without waiting for sometimes over an hour - not being able to book a table is a huge frustration of mine in these trend setting places!

Brunch to me, is a lazy meal with several courses, accompanied by an alcoholic beverage or two, think Bloody Mary or Bellini. Fruit salad and a bread basket to start and then the main event in the form of eggs and possibly sweet pancakes or waffles to end. If you ate all of that mid-week, firstly you'd roll up to work tipsy which isn't socially acceptable, and you'd need a nap before being able to concentrate in the slightest.

But brunch is a state of mind. At the weekends I like to go to one of my favourite cafés, somewhere like Brew in Wimbledon Village, where you can spread out the papers and supplements and take your time, ordering several dishes and sharing with your friends. -And morning meals in the form of breakfast and brunch are making a comeback. Hence the reason I started this blog.

I hope you agree with me, whether it's breakfast or brunch it's still the most important meal of the day.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be bringing you my New York experience included my foodie visit to Balthazar, Dominique Ansel's Bakery (home of the Cronut) and some lesser known cafés. But until then, here's a selection of instagrams of your resident Breakfast Brit playing tourist in the Big Apple.

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