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Brunch, argues author Micallef, is an illusion of the good life, “a grand performance of leisure that is not, in itself, at all leisurely.”
Brunch, argues author Micallef, is an illusion of the good life, “a grand performance of leisure that is not, in itself, at all leisurely.”

The anti-brunching revolution: Is it really relaxing? Add to ...

“I love brunch after church on Sunday. It’s a chance to relax and enjoy companionship over food that I didn’t have to cook or clean up afterward. Then onto oohing and ahhing the street sales and deciding how to spend the day: relaxing, avoiding work or actually being productive. I really appreciate having a day that is slow, or at least a day that starts slow over brunch.” – Leigh Macklin, Hamilton

“Brunch is breakfast for lazy people. What is the difference between breakfast and brunch except the hour at which it is eaten and perhaps the addition of hollandaise sauce? For those of us who are able to get out of bed at a decent hour, we’ve already eaten breakfast. If I’m going to go to a restaurant around noon, I want to eat lunch. There are only so many eggs you can eat in one day.” – Shannon MacFarlane, Halifax

“I love weekend brunch but generally prefer to do it at home, not out at a restaurant. It’s my favourite meal to invite friends over for: As either a guest or the host, you get social right out of the gate and still have the rest of the day to enjoy. The food is not fussy: a few key dishes, home-roasted coffee and Prosecco to get things started.” – Wendy Fletcher, Toronto

“Brunch is pretty much a competitive contact sport in this city. Also, a typical brunch place is going to offer a variation on one theme: eggs with bacon/sausage, eggs with hollandaise, pancakes, waffles. As my wife is not a huge egg fan, we normally steer clear of the usual suspects. I'd rather have a bowl of pho, a porchetta sandwich or a nice steam tray filled with har gow than yet another interpretation of eggs Benedict.” – Miguel Pacheco, Toronto

“Brunch is my weekend ritual. It feels like an incomplete weekend if it's not filled with at least one brunch date. I find it to be the perfect time to catch up with girlfriends; stories from the party the night before are always a bonus. It’s a great excuse to sleep in and eat breakfasty foods past noon. Caesars: always!” – Hayley Findlay, Toronto

“Waiting in line for an overpriced trend shrine for the first meal of the day is wrong. A good brunch place is only as good as its trucker breakfast: it should include two eggs, bacon/sausage/ham, toast, beans, potatoes, fruit and endless coffee for between $5 and $9 and sticking around in the booth long past the food to discuss the previous evening’s misadventures. On a Sunday morning, it is barbarism to be delayed on the way to one’s breakfast and hustled out upon its conclusion.” – Jacob Saltiel, Montreal

“My husband Ross makes the best brunch, on our BBQ. His reasoning is, ‘Why do I have to stand in line for eggs? They are just eggs.’ Being at home makes it so much more relaxing. We use simple ingredients, something hearty, but we don’t need a $7 loaf of bread or organic free-range eggs. Coffee and juice are always on tap.” – Anna Iacono Cammalleri, Toronto

“I love brunch. It’s a chance for friends and family to take time to eat together and have a thoughtful conversation. In the absence of company, it's a chance for me to regroup at the end of the week.It’s easy to forget brunch in the name of productivity. For me, it’s a way to reconnect with a simple pleasure: a well-cooked breakfast and the time in which to enjoy it.” – Sarah Hamilton, Edmonton

“Brunch is something that should be a sly culinary admission that you stayed up too late the night before and had no good reason to get up early. It used to be an event for layabouts content to eat when they ate, making the best of what’s in the fridge or on a diner’s menu. Brunch doesn’t ‘happen’ anymore. It’s planned. We talk about meeting for it and wake up so we don’t miss it. There’s no leisure or spontaneity left in it.” – Seamus Bellamy, Victoria

“Brunch gets a bad reputation because people have this image of too-cool-for-school, hungover people waiting in long lines but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just plan better. Find the places that open a little early, show up before the masses and it’s no problem. It’s not really about being seen at the trendy new restaurant or eating overpriced poached eggs. Brunch is about good food and good people, regardless of location.” – Matt Huether, Toronto

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