SHAKSHUKA ALL THE WAY

For this post, I’m going to take some time to delve into one dish in particular: Shakshuka. Regular brunch-eaters will no doubt have come across shakshuka at one time or another, it’s a great dish and absolutely perfect as hearty fare for a late start to the day. I’ve spoken about it previously on this site, but…

WhyBrunchNotLunch

Everyone runs around trying to find a place where they still serve breakfast because eating breakfast, even if it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon, is a sign that the day has just begun and good things can still happen. Having lunch is like throwing in the towel. Jonathan Goldstein, Lenny Bruce is Dead

BLACKBIRD: JAN VAN EYCKPLEIN 7, 8000 BRUGES

Whilst it’s true that Bruges has a reputation for being something of a chocolate-box, fairytale, tourist town, it’s also well-known amongst foodies for the high quality and variety of its restaurants – so much so that I’ve developed a gastronomic bucket list to work my way through. For the purposes of this trip, I singled out…

BUDGETBRUNCH

Brunch needn’t be expensive. It doesn’t have to be in a fancy restaurant with cocktails and selfies. It doesn’t need a special outfit. It’s not something that should be restricted to a particular type of person, or demographic – though unfortunately that is all too often the perception. Some of the brunches I’ve most enjoyed have…

LITTLE TOKYO: 15 RUE ST. BONIFACE, 1050 IXELLES, BRUSSELS

Little Tokyo is a French-Japanese fusion bar tucked away in the Quartier St.Boniface; a petite but charming square, lined with restaurants and also the site of a church famed for its stained glass windows (religion aside, if you have even a mild interest in architecture or design, it’s worth a peek if you’re passing the…

BRUNCHEXPECTATIONS

He expected pages and pages of bright pictures of pancakes of every variety shown in plain stacks, or built into castles or bridges or igloos, or shaped like airplanes or rowboats or fire engines. And pitchers of syrup to choose from — partridge berry syrup, thimbleberry syrup, huckleberry syrup, bosenberry syrup, and raspberry syrup. Then…

MARCEL: RUE MONTMARTRE 22, 75001 PARIS

When planning a visit to Paris, a lot of online searches for brunch recommendations turn up results in 5* hotels and other formal venues with fixed menu prices to match, which, at face value, can make brunch seem a little on the expensive side. It may work well on some occasions, when the gathering is in itself the focal point of…

TINSEL: VLAAMSEKAAI 40, ANTWERP

I’m a big fan of Antwerp. It’s a vibrant city with gorgeous architecture and the centre is largely pedestrianised, which makes for an extremely pleasant day of walking around, exploring the various boutiques and little eatery nooks, and a cosy bar (or two). Each time I’ve visited, I’ve found myself on a different mission, though…

BRUNCHMUSIC: TOBY KAAR

It’s been a while since I last wrote a BrunchMusic post so I’m going to take a moment to share some music from a self-effacing character who has a real talent for producing electronic music and is releasing his debut EP –  Gumbrielle – this March. The first track to be released is ‘Snapdragon’, which you…

LIBERTY GRILL: 32 WASHINGTON STREET, CORK

If you ask a Corkonian where to go for brunch, chances are the Liberty Grill will be one of the first names to trip off their tongue. A Cork institution where brunch is concerned, it’s a popular and busy spot with a great range of options to suit all palates. I’ve had many brunches in…