Thank the Brits for Amer­i­can Brunch

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Front Page -

It might seem like an all-Amer­i­can meal, but we have the Brits to thank for brunch. The first men­tion of the play­ful mash-up of break­fast and lunch ap­peared in 1895, when Bri­tish au­thor Guy Beringer touted it as a con­vivial af­ter-church Sun­day meal that “sweeps away the wor­ries and cob­webs of the week.” That’s still true to­day!

The post-church brunch was adopted in the States too, but brunch re­ally started catching on in the 1930s, when movie stars trav­el­ing cross-coun­try by train stopped off in Chicago for a late­morn­ing meal at the swanky Am­bas­sador Ho­tel’s Pump Room.

The church brunch hasn’t gone away com­pletely, though. The an­a­lyt­ics firm Crim­son Hexagon crunched so­cial me­dia data and found that the af­ter-church brunch is still pop­u­lar in the Mid­west and South. But the mil­len­ni­aldriven “boozy brunch,” marked by bot­tom­less mi­mosas and other cock­tails, is a hot trend in ma­jor cities and col­lege towns across the coun­try, es­pe­cially in the North­east.

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