As the old saying goes, you should eat like a king for breakfast, like a prince for lunch, and like a pauper for dinner. But how about for Milwaukee Brunch? That meal you take in between breakfast and lunch time when you sleep in on a Saturday or Sunday morning? The hearty “late breakfast in bed” that a loved one prepared to pamper and surprise you with on special occasions? The meal that guests enjoy after an early morning wedding ceremony?
The term “brunch” was coined by Mr. Guy Beringer in the now defunct Hunter’s weekly and first appeared in 1896 in Punch magazine. The article ridicules the British upper class’ practice of having their servants prepare a whole day’s buffet spread for the homeowners before the servants could go on their day-offs on Sundays. Since then, and while some circles still make fun of it and view it as a luxury, brunch has gone a long way from being a British upper class thing to something that people from all walks of life can prepare and have at home, in a hotel, a restaurant or a cruise ship any day of the week and on special days.
Breakfast staples such as pancakes, french toast, sausages, bacon, eggs benedict, and items that are heavy enough for lunch like seafood cocktails, savory dishes and desserts are some of the common items that hotels, restaurants and resorts regularly serve for brunch. Brunch weddings are also becoming popular nowadays as they allow the newly married couples to enjoy the rest of the day spending more time with their guests after the ceremony, and they usually cost less than holding lunch or dinner weddings where expensive meat dishes and alcoholic drinks are normally served. Moreover, most event venues have lower day-use rates than evening-use rates. Champagne and other mixed drinks like Bloody Mary and Mimosas are also commonly served in brunch weddings.
Apart from being a century-old British upper class tradition, a weekend perk, a daily habit, a thoughtful way of pampering a loved one on special days, and a great and practical wedding reception option, a healthy brunch also offers a lot of health benefits. On any given day that you have to skip breakfast or you’re too busy to take a break for lunch, having a hearty and healthy brunch can help you start up your body’s engine, regulate your glucose level and fuel your energy to sustain and help you get going for the rest of the day. Oysters and salmon bagels are some of the savory brunch items that are also good sources of protein, omega three and essential minerals. If you’re in a hotel or restaurant that serves brunch buffets and you’re working on some weight loss goals, avoid high calorie items like cakes and chocolates and go for more greens like spinach, salads, and other gluten-free, low-calorie items.
Now, go have your fill of a good brunch meal.