Brunch

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Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch .[1] The term is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. Brunch has its origins in Church guidelines which require a period of fasting before taking communion, meaning the congregation must wait to eat until after Sunday Mass. Brunch was therefore developed as a heavy meal meant to take the place of both breakfast and lunch. While common in the United States and Canada, according to Punch magazine, the term was introduced in Britain around 1896 by Hunter's Weekly, then becoming student slang.[2] Other sources claim that the term was invented by New York Morning Sun reporter Frank Ward O'Malley based on the typical mid-day eating habits of a newspaper reporter.[3][4]

A meal is not usually considered brunch if it is started before 10 am, such meals would still be considered breakfast. Typically brunch is had at around 10 am, close to lunch time but still before. Brunch is usually eaten in the late morning[5]. 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.

The dim sum brunch is a popular meal in Chinese restaurants worldwide.[6] It consists of a wide variety of stuffed bao (buns), dumplings, and other savory or sweet food items which have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Customers select small portions from passing carts, as the kitchen continuously produces and sends out more freshly-prepared dishes. Dim sum is usually eaten as a mid-morning, midday, or mid-afternoon teatime.

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