HINTERLAND: 179 CHAUSSÉE DE CHARLEROI, 1060 SAINT-GILLES, BRUSSELS

Our eco-friendly concept favours organic and local ingredients as well as reusable and biodegradable packaging. Whilst sleepily gazing out through the window of a tram on my way home one evening, a little place on the Chaussée de Charleroi caught my attention and piqued my curiosity: Hinterland, an eco-concept café and recent addition to the…

ROSE BAKERY: 46 RUE DES MARTYRS, 75009 PARIS

I was delighted to have the opportunity to be back in Paris recently and, knowing I was going to be staying in Pigalle, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to test the brunch at the oft-recommended Rose Bakery. The building itself is unassuming: whitewashed walls with low ceilings, heavy-duty tables, fresh produce piled in grocery crates…

HARVESTBRUNCH

The early days of Autumn, and particularly Hallowe’en, have been my favourite time of year for as long as I can remember: crunchy russet leaves and golden grains; pumpkin carving; cosy jumpers still being something of a novelty and taking the opportunity to get people indoors together to share stories and catch up over some…

THE THING ABOUT GOOD FOOD

You know the thing about good food? It brings folks together from all walks of life. It warms them right up and it puts little smiles on their faces… James, “The Princess and the Frog”, Disney, 2009

GAIMAN, GREEN EGGS & HAM

Brunches, especially buffets, often offer the opportunity to try familiar foods in different forms but not everyone feels adventurous on weekend mornings, especially when still-sleepy instinct leads us to reach for more habitual and comforting options. Sometimes adults are even more reluctant than children when it comes to trying new foods. It’s not something we all manage…

JAT’ : RUE DE NAMUR 28, 1000 BRUSSELS

We love to make coffee for a city that loves to drink it Jat’ is a coffee house with a sharp retro aesthetic and a straightforward yet satisfying brunch offering. There’s a good buzz and for those who like to work in a café atmosphere, and with plenty of sockets available and a strong Wifi connection,…

BRUNCHMUSIC

Some of my best memories are the simplest ones: preparing brunch in an Irish farmhouse kitchen, the warm scent of coffee heating up on the stove, listening to a friend excitedly describe her eagerness to take up playing the cello and discovering music which, at the time, was completely new and fascinating to me. Even though A.’s family have…

WHY BRUNCH?

Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is 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. Guy Beringer, “Brunch: A Plea”, Hunter’s Weekly, 1895

SUNDAY: 169 HEMINGFORD ROAD, LONDON, N1

Amongst my friends there are a few who are as keen on the brunching tradition as I am, so we often swap recommendations and brunch ideas. The most recent I received was for Sunday in Barnsbury, London – certainly an easy name to remember when sunday brunch hunting – and since I was heading to…

BRUNCHTRAVELS

Brunch and I go back a long way. I’ve had brunch at 10am, at midday, at four in the afternoon and at almost every time in-between. I’ve enjoyed brunch alone whilst sketching in the park and sitting at kitchen tables with family and friends. I’ve had fancy celebratory brunches and shared comforting hangover brunches. Social brunches,…