When Did “Brunching” Become A Verb?

At some point, what was once a word to describe a meal that combined breakfast and lunch, became a verb used across twenty-something’s everywhere to describe an afternoon of indulging in comfort food and day drinking. Although I’d hate to admit the term brunching is part of my vernacular, I am quite fond of the action myself.

Brunching, the activity, usually consists of 3 key features.

  1. Bottomless something. Brunching means mimosas and bloody marys are prominent, and ideally endless.
  2. A group of people. Sure you can have a brunch date, but the true act of brunching usually involves a least a few guests ready for a good time.
  3. Instagram worthy dishes. You’ll be sure to find plates of outrageously delicious dishes that usually include ingredients along the lines of nutella or fried chicken.

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On one of the first warm, sunny, Saturday’s I found myself brunching at Risotto in Albany. I will tell you that I sought out Risotto after perusing the interwebs and discovering their bottomless mimosa was only $12, a steal in comparison to some of the other bottomless options in the Capital Region. But I had little to no expectations when it came to their food, as I had only eaten dinner at the restaurant once many years ago.

I was simultaneously surprised to see that the restaurant was so busy, and grateful to have had a reservation.

Since my voyage into “food blogging” and the “instagrammer” world, I have found ordering meals to be extremely difficult. Torn between what I actually want to eat and what is going to look best on the ‘gram, I often flip back and forth, usually ordering something I don’t actually want. That wasn’t a problem at Risotto, because I wanted everything!

If you’ve been following along for a while you might already know that I am quite fond of eggs benedict, and boy was the crab cake option hard to resist, but I knew that if I was going to order one thing at a restaurant called Risotto, it was going to have to be just that. So naturally when our waitress arrived and took my order first, I requested the steak and eggs risotto, only to second guess my decision and switch my order to the bacon, sausage and cheese risotto before she walked away.

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I won’t bore you with the details of how delicious the combination of cheesy rice, spicy sausage and a perfectly runny egg was, because you’re better off just seeing for yourself. But I will leave you with these photos to get your mouth watering and remind you that there really is nothing like an afternoon brunching with your friends.

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Do you enjoy “brunching”? I’d love to hear your favorite spots! Let me know in the comments and as always, follow along on Instagram!

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