Canadians are in love with brunch! In fact, 48% of Canadians share that weekend brunch is their favorite way to connect with friends and family.Omelettes, waffles, Egg Benedict and smoked meat, brunch is about sharing amazing food with family and friends. You don’t “take out” brunch, instead, you wile away the day, sharing stories, laughter and decadent treats.
During your next Market Buffet Brunch, add some wit to your conversation with these brunch tidbits.
Strange Facts about Brunch:
Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 11am up to 3pm. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. (like that one?) Nobody really knows when brunch began, but once it did, it caught on! One theory is that Christians used to fast before mass and then join for a mid morning meal on Sunday mornings. Due to the large amount of food, lunch was often skipped. Another theory is that the meal began with English hunt breakfasts. This was traditionally, a lavish meal, that involved a combination of delicacies including chicken livers (Yum!), eggs, bacon, meats, fresh fruits and sweets.
The term brunch first appeared in print in 1896 essay by Guy Beringer “Brunch: A Plea.” Inspired, as a “cure” for a hangover, Beringer proposed that instead of waking up people early, the morning after a night of drinking, why not wait a few hours and offer a wider selection of food (including breakfast and lunch meals) and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks?
In early 20th century, if the meal was closer to the lunch hour, it was called blunch. The term brunch was reserved for the mid morning meal. Yah, we don’t see that one sticking either.
THE ‘EGGS BENNY’ CRAZE
The ‘Eggs Benedict’ brunch staple can be traced back to the 1890s, one origin story is that Mr. Lemuel Benedict routinely requested a combination of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffin and hollandaise sauce, unknowingly creating a brunch favorite for decades to come!
In many regions of Canada, in particular in Southern Ontario, brunch is popular on Sundays when families will often host relatives or friends in their dining-room or meet at popular restaurants. The typical brunch can last a few hours and go late into the afternoon. For Canadians, it’s all about the experience. We have fallen in love with brunch, not just for the food, but the opportunity to catch up with friends and family, share stories, and lounge during our weekend!
Whether you’re craving smoked meat, standard breakfast affair or a bit of indulgence, Market Buffet is the perfect brunch to bring friends and family together. Come in this weekend, your belly will thank you for it