It’s Sunday morning. You have a hangover. Football is over. What’s the point of even getting out of bed?
There are not many things that will make me want to get out of bed before noon on a Sunday. There are even fewer things that will make me want to get out of bed and put on pants.
Actually, there’s only one thing – and it starts with breakfast and ends in lunch.
Brunch. It’s my favorite meal because it’s two meals. It’s a pretty basic formula: take the upside of breakfast (pancakes and bacon), subtract the negative aspect (early morning), add lunch and alcohol (Bloody Marys and mimosas) and you have the greatest meal ever invented.
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There is a reason that brunch has taken off as the only true combination meal (we’re looking at you, linner). For starters, by the time you fully wake up on Sunday, it’s already lunchtime. Plus, the juxtapositions of flavors of the two meals actually go together really well. I’ve had burgers for lunch and burgers for dinner, but a burger topped with a fried egg and served with hash browns instead of fries is just genius.
Yes, brunch is breakfast and lunch, but breakfast is the real star here, bringing much more than just a “br” to the table. The lunch aspect of brunch only means it’s OK to have french fries beside your doughnuts.
Breakfast is awesome, but during the week it’s usually a banana, and sometimes breakfast is only a coffee. But at Sunday brunch, breakfast is at its best. Scrambled eggs, bacon, warm buttered toast and jelly, fresh fruit, eggs Benedict, pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice (with champagne, please).
There’s a range of brunch options. There’s the all-you-can-eat-buffet, please-don’t-show-up-in-sweatpants, fancy hotel option, there’s the laid-back pub with a special menu and table service option and some places even have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Not sure if your local bar has a brunch offering? Next time you’re at the bar on a Saturday night around closing time just ask your bartender what’s going on Sunday morning. It’s a great chance for bars – and their kitchens – to flex their culinary muscles with different menu offerings. When was the last time you saw a Western omelet on a pub’s menu?
If waking up and immediately going into a food coma isn’t your idea of a perfect Sunday morning, then enjoy the fact that a piece of cantaloupe and yogurt can still be served with several mimosas. After all, it’s more than just a quick meal; it’s a social experience. Bring your friends and talk about all the craziness that went down last night or what’s going on next week at work over omelets, Greek salads, a big juicy burger or French toast. It’s all there!
Seven Things I’ve Learned at Brunch
- Champagne is a morning drink best mixed with orange juice or cranberry juice. Nobody actually drinks champagne at night – that’s a myth. (If you need to make a toast, then toast to french toast. And eggs. And bacon.)
- Tomato juice only feels healthy if it’s mixed with vodka or gin – same goes for OJ.
- There’s a limit to what you should put on top of a Bloody Mary, and it stops at celery. If you’re putting in shrimp, crab claws and pepperoni sticks, you’ve stopped having a drink and started having a meal. Besides, this will give you an excuse to eat celery – it’s drenched in vodka.
- The price of a meal at an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet is often a rip-off. So eat like there’s no tomorrow, because tomorrow is Monday – and that’s just as bad.
- Eggs Benedict is awesome. If you don’t like it, you’re a traitor to brunch.
- Bacon, doughnuts, mashed potatoes, broccoli and pie combine into a completely legit plate of food.
- Hash browns can cure the worst of all hangovers.