Picture this: it’s Sunday morning, you’ve just opened your eyes to see the sun coming in through the window, which is much to your relief because it means you survived Saturday night. As you begin to reluctantly make the move to get out of bed, you hear a grumbling from below. It’s your stomach… there to remind you of the neglect it’s feeling after last night’s debauchery. The void undoubtedly needs to be filled, but the options are endless. While breakfast food is (debatably) the greatest culinary option you can eat at any given point in the day, bacon and eggs running off the edges of a toasty onion roll or spread across a mound of quinoa and asparagus sound delicious too. Or even on a plate next to a side of chili cheese fries with ranch, since the clock is nearing 11 AM. Rather than agonizing over what foods will satisfy your hunger, cue the most versatile meal: brunch.
Brunch’s Rich History
Before going any further, let’s all agree on one thing – the reason people over the years gather in the beginning hours of the day is probably to discuss the events of the night prior over food and pitchers of bottomless mimosas. No one’s judging! In fact, brunch was truly invented for that reason—curing the hangover.
Long ago in an 1895 essay titled “Brunch, a Plea”, English writer, Guy Beringer, described his hopes for the life of this newfound mealtime. As the pioneer who perfected nursing that Sunday morning sickness, he wrote, “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It 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.” What about that doesn’t set brunch up to be the most delightful meal you’ve ever sat down to enjoy?!
Beringer went on to write, “By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday night carousers.” So, just in case you decide to pull a Jay Z and dinner turns to breakfast, you can always count on brunch to have your back. Beringer knew what’s up.
The Best Meal There Is
All drinks aside, brunch just generally makes for wonderful weekend mornings. It’s a portrait of Saturday and Sunday; a saving reminder that you still have some sweet time before work starts again for the following five days. You can sit back and listen to Van Morrison playing quietly underneath the patio chatter recapping the night prior. At the very least, it can be looked at as a socially acceptable time to eat pancakes at 2 PM in your pajamas, and the importance of that is incomparable.
If you say you don’t enjoy brunch, expect nothing less than a reaction on par with telling me your favorite movie is Shrek the Third. Nothing beats breakfast and lunch combined into one foolproof meal. So, next time you’re rounding out a momentous weekend, remember to raise a glass to Guy Beringer, the father of brunch, before digging into your eggs Florentine!