Brunch. Traditionally held on Sundays from about 11 am to 3 pm pm. Here at Bread and Porridge we like to start the party early, offering brunch on both Saturday and Sunday!
So let’s take a little trip down memory lane for a moment… When was the first brunch? Where was the first brunch? And who was the real innovator of this beloved little social gem?
In reality, no one really knows for sure, as is the case with so many cultural and culinary traditions. Some food historians point to the late 1800s in the United States of America, some attribute it to the Hunt Breakfast of the United Kingdom, while still others claim that brunch may have been derived by Catholics having fasted before Sunday Mass, postponing the morning meal until after the service.
Whatever the case may be, it is widely accepted that the first written use of “brunch” – the clever blend of “breakfast-and-lunch”- was used in 1895 in the Hunters Weekly article, “Brunch: A Plea”, written by British author Guy Beringer where he suggests a lighter meal that starts in the late morning as opposed to the heavier meal usually postponed on Sundays until after the morning Mass.
Beringer is quoted as saying, “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” as well as considering Brunch to be ”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.”
To us here at Bread and Porridge, that is exactly on point with our perspective on a modern, extended brunch! We want our customers to feel as though the stresses of the entire week have melted away as you sit down, talk to your friends and loved ones, while also enjoying the classic dishes of this playful mealtime.
We offer so many tasty choices throughout the week for breakfast and lunch but on the weekend, for the ever special brunch, we like to give one classic dish it’s chance to shine. We are talking about Eggs Benedict, of course. No brunch would be worthy of the name unless this quintessential dish was somewhere in the mix, if not right up front and in your hollandaise face!
We toast our hearty English Muffins to perfection, lay on some of our thick cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, put a rich and delicious poached egg atop the tower, while finally smothering the entire pile of YUM with the most smooth, luscious, silky hollandaise sauce you could imagine.
So when you are in Santa Monica on the weekend, maybe on your way to the local park or going to take a nice dip in the peaceful Pacific Ocean, we would love to have you stop by to see us at Bread and Porridge during our special Brunch time. There’s nothing quite like brunch on the weekend, so why not give it a try at our place next time you get the itch? It doesn’t hurt that there is a beautiful beach just minutes away, after all.