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The Culture of the Brunch

Growing up, our family didn't really do brunch. It just wasn't a thing, really. Our things were Saturday morning pancakes and Sunday morning hash browns and scrambled eggs. But both of those meals were soon followed by other things, chores and church. So I didn't really spend much time thinking about brunch or engaging in the brunching until college. There were some good brunch destinations near Tufts, most notably, Sound Bites, with its fresh fruits and challah french toast. One thing about Sound Bites: it was very popular, so that meant that they were swift with service, so they could get you in and out and move on to the next people in line.

I have mixed associations with brunch by now. I think it's that I enjoy a good breakfast, but don't want to linger over the experience for hours and hours. If there's too much sitting and talking, I get antsy and don't want to brunch anymore. Other things deserve time and attention.

Brunch appears to be something of a Thing out here. I suppose that's natural carryover from the general foodie culture. For some reason, although I'm happy to enjoy bakeries and coffeeshops, I'm less interested in the Brunching.

This morning, we checked out Lindgren's Coffee and Cafe, which struck me as the kind of place that was all right for a light brunch for the brunching crowd, but not quite right for a good coffeeshop experience. RAC and L split some huevos rancheros that looked tasty, and my lemon-poppyseed muffin was good, but the loud pop music and uninspiring lattes left me feeling highly ambivalent. Ah well. At least there's next week.


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Apr. 8th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
brunch exists for two reasons: (1) people like an excuse to drink in the morning (why is beyond me) and (2) it is good for the restaurant's bottom line. see http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/dining/from-sleepy-to-showoff.html for some of the arguments (albeit with a positive spin). it has nothing to do with foodie culture, in my opinion, except foodie culture cultivates more restaurants that need to sell more stuff to afford their rent.
Apr. 8th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
Oh AKW, you crack me up. So, it may only be *indirectly* linked to foodie culture, and maybe has more to do with drinking culture. ;^)
Apr. 9th, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
Brunch started to really annoy me when I discovered the big-city brunching culture which requires you to wait until NOON or some other ridiculously late hour to eat breakfasty foods. I must eat and have coffee early, so then brunch was just breakfast-themed lunch, but because I don't drink alcohol before darkness or 5 pm, whichever comes first, I would drink too much caffeine and then get jittery on excess coffee and the usual extra dose of sugar that comes with eating breakfasty foods at lunch or just the fact that I had eaten insufficient breakfast in order to compensate for brunch. AND THEN I found out that restaurants make tons of money on brunch and mainly use it as an excuse to get rid of rapidly wilting things. But I guess the latter is good from a sustainability standpoint. Still, down with brunch. :) And don't get me started on bottomless mimosas.
Apr. 11th, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
I personally prefer some form of morning exercise, and then *breakfast*. :^)

As I have thought more, I've realized that there are some breakfast establishments that I've enjoyed. Matt's Big Breakfast in Phoenix comes to mind, but it's one of those places that's so popular that it's a terrible idea to wait until mid-morning to go. Best to arrive right as they open, first thing in the morning. I loved both Le Fournil and Louisa's Bakery as post-rowing destinations in Seattle.

One of the things that sytharin and I have really liked about these Friday morning expeditions is that we both like getting up and going pretty early. Big mid-day meals are just disruptive.
Apr. 10th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
omg you should start a blog on wordpress or something where you review food places. also bikeable food places. I dunno. blogs with ONE focus seem to do well. then, when you move, sell the blog to someone else. PROFIT.
Apr. 11th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it would probably be sensible on some front to subdivide things based on different themes. The thing is, that would make blogging more challenging for me to keep track of, and my main priority with the blog is making note of things for myself.
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