Brunch has been called “A strange meal: later than breakfast but too early to be called lunch.”
Recently, it has become more popular at weekends to brunch with the family and friends regardless of wealth and location. The entire menu is based around the concept of not being as filling as to a lunch but heavier than a breakfast to keep you going till dinner. The phenomenon of an entire menu being created for brunch i.e Eggs Benedict.
Being a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 11am up to 3pm. It regularly has some form of alcoholic drink (champagne/cocktail) served with it. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. The term appears to have originated in England in the late 19th century.
Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a post church ordeal of heavy meats and savoury 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.” Beringer wrote. “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.”— William Grimes, “At Brunch, The More Bizarre The Better” New York Times, 1998