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a meal eaten between breakfast and lunch



Brunch
Parece que su origen viene del mundo anglosajón. Hay varias leyendas en torno al 'brunch'. Una habla de un invento de finales del siglo XIX procedente de en la Gran Manzana como un remedio para curar la resaca de la noche neoyorquino del sábado. El remedio empezó componiéndose de una combinación de frutas, alimentos con calorías y grasas saturadas, para pasar a consolidarse con varios clásicos: un café, un 'Bloody Mary' y unos huevos 'Benedictine' (posible nombre de un cliente de la casa neoyorquina de carnes y hamburguesas Delmonico's o del Waldorf Astoria para quien quizás se podría haber concebido este desayuno tardío) en 1890.Pero hay dos posibles historias más en torno a su nacimientos. Por un lado, la costumbre de los ganaderos estadounidenses, que, tras madrugar los domingos, de asistir a la misa dominical a la vuelta de su trabajo, con lo que, dado que se les juntaba el desayuno con el almuerzo, optaban por dejar preparado un desayuno contundente para degustarlo al regreso de sus obligaciones. Por otro lado, hay una teoría más: parece que las madres británicas decidieron que, para descansar los domingos, era mejor elaborar una comida variada de zumos, bollería y platos salados para que sus hijos comieran cuando quisieran al levantarse.En todo caso, 'brunch' es una contracción de dos palabras inglesas: 'breakfast' (desayuno) y 'lunch' (comida). Es decir, justo lo que significa este formato: una mezcla entre desayuno y almuerzo, que aspira a aunar ambos momentos en uno un domingo por la mañana. Con trasfondo informal y urbano, este ágape único es más fuerte que el desayuno y más ligero que una comida de mediodía.

Brunch is a meal eaten between breakfast and lunch. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. The 1896 supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary cites Punch magazine which wrote that the term was coined in Britain in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal for "Saturday-night carousers" in the writer Guy Beringer's article "Brunch:A Plea" in Hunter's Weekly' Instead of England's early Sunday dinner, a postchurch ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. 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. - Guy Beringer, "Brunch: A Plea," Hunter's Weekly, 1895
It is sometimes credited to reporter Frank Ward O'Malley who wrote for the New York newspaper The Sun from 1906 until 1919, allegedly based on the typical mid-day eating habits of a newspaper reporter.
A meal is not usually considered brunch if it is started before 11 am; such meals would still be considered breakfast. Typically brunch is had between 11 am and 1 pm, close to lunch time but still before. Brunch is usually eaten in the late morning. Some colleges and hostels serve brunch, especially on Sundays and holidays. Such brunches are often serve-yourself buffets, but menu-ordered meals may be available instead of, or with, the buffet. The meal usually involves standard breakfast foods such as eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, fruits, pastries, pancakes, and the like. However, it can include almost any other type of food served throughout the day. Buffets may have quiche, large roasts of meat or poultry, cold seafood like shrimp and smoked fish, salads, soups, vegetable dishes, many types of breadstuffs, and desserts of all sorts. Mimosas, Ramos gin fizzes, brandy milk punches, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys are popular brunch cocktails. Often, however, the term brunch is headed more towards breakfast than lunch. Brunch meals are prepared by restaurants and hotels for special occasions, such as weddings, Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day.



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