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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in entertainment



Everything You Wanted To Know About Brunch But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything You Wanted To Know About Brunch But Were Afraid To Ask
Everything you wanted to know

23 fascinating facts about brunch!

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning, but it can extend to as late as 3pm.

Let’s see some interesting facts about it!

1. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch.

2. Brunch originated in England in the late 19th century and became popular in the United States in the 1930s.

3. The 1896 supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary cites Punch magazine which wrote that the term was coined in Britain in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers” in the writer Guy Beringer’s article “Brunch: A Plea” in Hunter’s Weekly’

“Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a post church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.” Beringer wrote. “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.”

— William Grimes, “At Brunch, The More Bizarre The Better” New York Times, 1998

4. It is sometimes credited to reporter Frank Ward O’Malley who wrote for the New York newspaper The Sun from 1906 until 1919,[8] allegedly based on the typical mid-day eating habits of a newspaper reporter.

5. Some colleges and hostels serve brunch. Such brunches are often serve-yourself buffets, but menu-ordered meals may be available instead of, or with, the buffet.

6. The meal usually involves standard breakfast foods such as eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, fruits, pastries, pancakes, scones, and the like.

7. The United States military often serves weekend brunch in the dining facilities. They offer both breakfast and lunch options and are open from about 09:00-13:00 (though times vary).

8. The dim sum brunch is popular in Chinese restaurants worldwide. It consists of a variety of stuffed buns, dumplings, and other savory or sweet food items that have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Customers pick small portions from passing carts, as the kitchen continuously produces and sends out more freshly prepared dishes.

9. Dim sum is usually eaten at a mid-morning, midday, or mid-afternoon teatime.

10. Brunch is prepared by restaurants and hotels for special occasions, such as weddings, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or Easter Sunday.

11. The Office québécois de la langue française accepts “brunch” as a valid word but also provides a synonym déjeuner-buffet. Note that, however, in Quebec, déjeuner alone (even without the qualifying adjective petit) means “breakfast”.

12. In Quebec, the word—when Francized—is pronounced.

13. German-speaking countries readily adopt Anglicisms, and “brunch” is no exception, defining it as “a combination of breakfast and lunch.”

14. Chinese word “早午饭” is defined as brunch, “早饭” means breakfast and “午饭” means lunch in Chinese. The combination of “早饭” and “午饭” is “早午饭”, as known as brunch.

15. ‘Friday Brunch’ is considered something of an institution in Dubai. Many large hotels and restaurants offer an all inclusive drinks and food buffet during early afternoons, and large groups of expatriates and tourists make this the highlight of their weekend, with parties going on well into the night.

16. In many regions of Canada, in particular in Southern Ontario, brunch is popular on Sundays when families will often host relatives or friends in their dining room.

17. The typical brunch can last a few hours and go late into the afternoon. Montreal-style bagels may be served alongside egg dishes, waffles or crepes, smoked meat or fish, fruit, salads, cheese, and dessert. Often, champagne or wine will be served and following the meal tea or coffee is usually consumed.

18. Many restaurants offer brunch service as well, and the Leslieville neighborhood of Toronto is sometimes called the brunch capital of Toronto as many renowned establishments serve brunch in that neighborhood.

19. In Canada, brunch is served in private homes using homemade foods and in restaurants. In both cases, brunch typically consists of the same dishes as would be standard in an American brunch, namely coffee, tea, fruit juices, breakfast foods including pancakes, waffles, and french toast; meats such as ham, bacon and sausages; egg dishes such as scrambled eggs, omelettes and Eggs Benedict; bread products such as toast, bagels or croissants; pastries or cakes such as cinnamon rolls or coffee cake; and fresh, cut fruit pieces or fruit salad. Brunches may also include foods not typically associated with breakfast, such as roasted meats, quiche, soup, smoked salmon and salads such as Cobb salad.

20. When served in a private home or a restaurant, a brunch may be served buffet style, in which trays of foods and beverages are available and guests can serve themselves and select the items they want, often in an “all-you-can-eat” fashion.

21. Restaurant brunches may also be served from a menu, in which guests select specific items which are served to them by the waitstaff.

22. Restaurant brunch meals range from relatively inexpensive brunches available at diners and family restaurants to expensive brunches served at high-end restaurants and bistros.

23. In South Africa, brunch is a favorite activity for many families. It is globally-distinctive in that only pancakes and fruit are consumed.


How brunch became the most delicious—and divisive—meal in America

By Roberto A. Ferdman and Christopher Ingraham

Almost 120 years ago, long before anyone waited in line to feast on eggs benedict and French toast, the word brunch appeared in print for the first time in the United States. “The latest ‘fad’ is to issue invitations for a meal called ‘brunch…a repast at 11 o’clock a.m.,” a column in the New Oxford, an old Pennsylvania newspaper, explained in 1896. Originally conceived for the wealthy as a drawn-out, elaborate affair, brunch, like a runny egg, soon dribbled out into the mainstream.

By 1939, The New York Times declared Sunday a two-meal day. By the 1960s, brunch’s popularity gave rise to specific cookbooks, and by the 1990s, Americans started brunching on Saturdays too.

Now, brunch has become more popular than ever. The story of brunch is the story of changing patterns in how Americans eat, live and interact. But brunch hasn’t swept the entire country just yet. When you dig into the data, you can see that brunch is far more popular in some regions of this country and among some demographics than others.


Posted by on December 13, 2017 in breakfast, brunch



What You Must Know To Have An Honest Cup Of Joe!

What You Must Know To Have An Honest Cup Of Joe!

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5 Crimes against coffee that will ruin your brew.

Coffee Crime #1. Making your coffee too weak.

This is definitely a felony. Weak coffee isn’t coffee at all. And it’s not just about “weakness”. When you use too much water and not enough ground coffee you do more than just dilute the taste, you lose most of the subtleties of the coffee as well.

If this is you, I hope you are buying really cheap coffee. Because if you are buying good coffee, you’re wasting it. And if you are serving this to your friends, don’t be surprised if they don’t come back!

If you are genuinely struggling with finding the right proportion of water to ground coffee, all is forgiven. For now. Just be sure to read our page on how to measure your coffee.

Coffee Crime #2. Letting the coffee stew on a hot plate.

Nasty, nasty. If you have a coffee maker with a hot plate beneath the carafe, then it’s going to keep your coffee nice and hot…indefinitely.

The downside is that it will cook your coffee to death, particularly after you have poured a cup or two.

This crime is at its worst in the office, when someone pours most of the pot of coffee, but leaves half an inch at the bottom. He walks away without making a fresh pot because, well, there’s still a half cup on the pot.

Sure, a half pot of cooked up, evaporated and nasty coffee.

To avoid this problem altogether, get a coffee maker with a thermal carafe. The carafe is insulated to keep the coffee hot for at least a couple of hours. And there is no heating plate, so the coffee is good to the last drop.

This is the kind of coffee maker we use at home. You can read our review here.

Coffee Crime #3. Storing your coffee with the bag open.

Yes mom, I’m talking to you! Whether you buy whole beans or ground coffee, you must seal the bag after you open it. And seal it well.

If you don’t, the coffee will quickly lose its flavor. Much of the flavor in coffee is found in aromatic oils that bind to the coffee bean. When exposed to air, these oils evaporate.

Bottom line – air is the enemy of coffee.

If you can’t find a way to effectively seal the bag, pour the ground coffee or beans into a separate container with a lid that seals tight. 

Coffee Crime #4. Buying coffee beans from supermarket self-serve bins.

This is a variation on the last crime. It’s about the air.

When you walk down the coffee aisle at your local supermarket, you probably find a section with self-serve bins filled with coffee beans. Hold a bag under the spout, and open up the spout until the bag is full.

The things about these bins is that they give the impression that you’re getting fresh coffee beans. But you’re not. These bins are not sealed. They are open to the air at the top.

And…who knows how long the beans have been sitting there, losing more and more of their flavor. I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a line-up for these bins. It’s not like they are refilling each bin twice a day. Some of those beans have probably been sitting there for weeks.

Don’t buy from the bins! Buy sealed bags, preferably from roasters who have the decency to print the roasting date on the bag.

Brewing old coffee beans is a crime. Serving that coffee to family and friends is a felony

Coffee Crime #5. Drowning your coffee with sweet stuff.

I’m not a total coffee purist, or a coffee snob.

Plus I have a sweet tooth. So I have been known to drink an espresso-based drink with all the trimmings, including flakes of chocolate.

Just don’t confuse these drinks with coffee. And don’t waste good coffee when you make them. Use cheap beans. Hey, you’re just adding a little coffee flavor to a drink that is dominated by milk, cream and candies.

As crimes go, this one is more of a misdemeanor. Unless you use your best coffee beans and then kill the taste with all that sweet stuff.

These are just 5 crimes against coffee. 

If you want to dig deeper, and explore all 11 crimes against coffee, and how to solve them, check out my new guide, Coffee Crimes.


Posted by on December 13, 2017 in coffee



“The Beatles Penny Lane”


“Penny Lane” is a song by The Beatles.[5] It was written by Paul McCartney but credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. The song was created in response to John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and its lyrics refer to a real street in Liverpool, England.

Recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, “Penny Lane” was released in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, along with “Strawberry Fields Forever”. The single was the result of the record company wanting a new release after several months of no new Beatles releases. Although the song did not top the charts in Britain, it was still a top ten hit across Europe. The song was later included on the band’s US album, Magical Mystery Tour, despite not appearing on the British double EP of the same name.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “Penny Lane” at number 456 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6]


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Cops and their Coffee – How Much Do They Really Drink?

Cops and their Coffee – How Much Do They Really Drink?

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Fact is, journalists (including journalist bloggers) drink more coffee than cops


Imagine being stopped by a police officer — not for a speeding ticket or a noise complaint, but for a friendly cup of coffee at your local coffee shop.

It’s not an encounter with law enforcement that most people expect, and that’s exactly the point, Sgt. Chris Cognac of the Hawthorne Police Department in California says.

In 2011, Hawthorne police decided to restructure their department and become more community-oriented. As a result, Cognac was moved to Community Affairs. During hiring interviews to staff the new unit, candidate John Dixon suggested the agency sit down for coffee with people in the community to get to know them better.  – (CNN) Learn more.  Visit:


The Guardian

That’s true at least in the U.K., according to a story Friday from The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade. In a survey of 10,000 people from Pressat (a “news distribution service,” according to Twitter,) “85 per cent said they drink at least three cups of coffee a day, and nearly 70 per cent admitted that their working ability would be affected without a daily mug of coffee.”

Topping that list by profession was journalists, followed by police officers and then teachers. I haven’t found any surveys that break coffee drinking down by profession in the U.S., but in September of 2013, Dunkin Donuts surveyed more than 3,500 people and reported that “61 percent of workers who drink coffee drink at least two cups per day.” People in the Northeast drank the most coffee, but they only had Midwesterners beat by 1 percentage point.

In February I wrote about lost newsroom sounds and what sounds might vanish next. One reader wrote “The sizzle of the coffee drip on the burner. That sound will never go away as long as newsrooms have coffeemakers.”

If you haven’t seen this Tumblr yet, now is the perfect time to check it out. Mugs of NPR features, well, mugs at NPR. “varied, colorful, a little weird … nerdy. reflective. like us.”

How does the making or enjoying of coffee work into your day? When I worked full-time in my first newsroom, Nelda, the receptionist, prepared a fresh pot every afternoon. It was always enough to help me over the afternoon slump.

Tech workers are lagging behind in coffee consumption

By ,Writer/Editor at ITworld,ITworld

Last week I wrote about how offering good coffee could be an important tool in recruiting programmers. That really isn’t so surprising, since the stereotypical view of a programmer, or a tech worker in general, is of a person huddled over a computer at all hours of the day and night, downing pots of coffee while debugging software or keeping systems running. Surely, then, when it comes to which occupations as a group drink the most coffee, tech workers are high on the list, right?

Not so much, actually. 

A recent survey of 10,000 workers in the UK by Pressat found that tech workers are a little farther down the list of coffee consuming occupations than you might have suspected. Here are the top ten coffee drinking jobs in the UK:

  1. Journalists and media staff

  2. Police officers

  3. Teachers

  4. Plumbers and trade workers

  5. Nurses and medical staff

  6. Company executives

  7. Telesales

  8. IT technical support

  9. Retail staff

  10. Drivers

Wow. OK, I can see how journalists, police officers and medical workers might down a lot of coffee since they can all work weird hours. But plumbers and teachers drinking more coffee than tech support workers? Seems surprising.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Well, that’s the UK. Do they even drink that much coffee there? I thought they loved tea.” The Pressat survey also found that 85% of respondents said they drink at least three cups of coffee per day and 70% said not having coffee would affect their ability to work. So, those UK workers seem to love their coffee.

But what about tech workers here in the US? Dunkin Donuts and CareerBuilder have teamed up to survey American workers on their coffee consumption habits in honor of National Coffee Day (coming up soon, September 29) for several years now. Last year’s survey didn’t break things down by occupation, but previous years’ surveys did. Based on a survey of more than 4,000 US workers in 2012, here are America’s top coffee-consuming occupations:

  1. Food Preparation/Service Workers

  2. Scientists

  3. Sales Representatives

  4. Marketing/Public Relations Professionals

  5. Nurses (Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant)

  6. Editors/Writers/Media Workers

  7. Business Executives

  8. Teachers/ Instructors (K-12)

  9. Engineering Technicians/Support

  10. IT Managers/Network Administrators

It seems that IT workers in the US are lagging even farther behind than they are in the UK. In the 2011 Dunkin Donuts/CareerBuilder survey, no IT occupation even made the top 15. Shocking!

What’s going on, here, then? Maybe tech workers are getting their caffeine boost through other methods like sodas or energy drinks. Or maybe, just maybe, our stereotype is wrong and tech workers are and realizing that cutting back on the caffeine and getting more sleep can improve their job performance.


Posted by on December 13, 2017 in entertainment





Blue Magic is an American R&B/soul music group, and one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. Founded in 1972, the group’s original members included lead singer Ted Mills with Vernon Sawyer, Wendell Sawyer, Keith Beaton, and Richard Pratt. Their most notable songs included smooth soul ballads such as “Sideshow”, “Spell”, “What’s Come Over Me”, “Three Ring Circus” and “Stop to Start.”


Blue Magic was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972 when former member of The Delfonics Randy Cain brought in singer-songwriter Ted Mills to do some writing with the Philly-based WMOT production company to create a new band. A short time later the group Shades of Love, featuring Keith Beaton, Richard Pratt, Vernon Sawyer and his brother Wendell, came in to audition. (According to Marc Taylor in his book ‘A Touch of Classic Soul of the Early 1970s’,[1] “although the group performed admirably, they lacked a standout lead singer”.) The execs decided to replace the Toppicks, the act Mills recorded with. They inserted Shades of Love (which they owned contractually) with Ted Mills and retitled the group Blue Magic. They were signed with Atco Records through WMOT in the same year.



Life Focusing – Barista?

Life Focusing – Barista?

How Being a Barista Changed My Life

By Emily Schromm

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“What the heck am I doing with my life?” If you haven’t asked yourself that question at some point, I don’t think you are human — or you are just one lucky person! Growing up in small town Missouri, I was on the mission to go to college, become a veterinarian, have a car full of rescue dogs, and live a happy life. Pre-accepted into veterinarian school, this seemed possible.

However, the reality check of college hit me hard. This childhood dream of being a veterinarian was losing its luster each time I attend a class or went to my internship at the animal clinic. I realized was working toward a career I had no intention of following through with, and I was terrified to admit this to my peers, my family, but most of all, myself. I felt like a robot, going through motions of over-populated classes while overdosing myself with caffeine from the campus Starbucks to get through each day. I drank so many lattes from that campus coffee shop it was only logical I should work there.

One Saturday morning as I started my Starbucks shift as usual, I discovered MTV Real World auditions were being held next door. People from all over were coming in anxiously awaiting their chance to impress the casting directors so they could have their moment of fame. To be honest, reality television had never been my thing, although entertaining; I didn’t see myself going down that path. But at the same time, as each hopeful ordered their caffeine fix, I couldn’t help but have a sense of admiration for the confidence in each person giving it their all in these auditions. Knowing that I was searching for what my next step should be, I decided to ask one of these reality wannabe’s what the process was like. Unbeknownst, I was quizzing the show’s casting director who convinced me to take a chance and audition.

My life changed in that instant as I was chosen to be one of the eight cast mates on the oldest reality television series that exists — MTV’s The Real World and then the Real World Challenges. But it took watching myself on the shows to realize all of the very clear mistakes and stupid decisions I was making. It’s a little “reality shock” to re-live every moment months later with thousands of eyes from around the world. Self-critical and unhappy, I realized there had not been one moment when I looked into a mirror, let alone a television screen, and liked what I saw. I needed a change, a big one.

I decided to make my fresh start in Colorado where I could make a plan for my future. It was there that I found my sanctuary: the gym. I still had yet to find peace within myself. Thinking I was there to just lose a few pounds and get toned shoulders, I soon came to the realization that fitness was so much more than vanity — it taught me to embrace myself and feel empowered. Before I knew it, fitness became the real path to my future. I said goodbye to Starbucks and got certified with NASM CPT. I wanted to bring the confidence I found in health and fitness and help my clients find that in themselves. I began working on expanding my training methods, including CrossFit (where I also compete in the CrossFit games), and help my clients push themselves to the next level to achieve their goals.

I believe in finding your inner superhero — knowing you can conquer anything you put your mind to. After all, you are in charge of your happiness and making changes in your life. I encourage everyone to get a little uncomfortable — you can get off the couch, lift that weight, go that extra mile, join that group fitness class. But you have to start somewhere, even if its small and then make little goals to grow each step of the way. I push my clients to show them they can overcome the challenges they face in fitness, and those principals they learn while improving their bodies will trickle into other parts of their lives. The result is simple: You’ll walk taller, feel confident and start feeling like that superhero you are meant to be.

Here are a few tips I share with my clients:

If you don’t like something, change it. Find a program that speaks to you, a trainer that motivates you, and make it happen.

Measure progress outside of the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat. Judge your progress by how your jeans fit, how much stronger you are, or how your monthly measurements change instead of the number on the scale.

Limiting calories is not the answer. Throw out the processed foods, stick with things that grow from the ground or need to be hunted, and stop driving yourself crazy with calories in/calories out. It will only hurt you in the long run and this is never sustainable.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking chances and following my dreams — then being open to changing my mind to chase another dream. We shouldn’t get stuck on a path that makes us unhappy or unfulfilled — and that goes for fitness and health too. Your body will change, and with that you have to adjust your goals to get the results you want to achieve.




Posted by on December 13, 2017 in coffee



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