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Bourdain on brunch;

Post by DCComic » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:12 am

Brunch is nothing but a "horrible, cynical way of unloading leftovers and charging three times as much as you ordinarily charge for breakfast," he said. "It's the least popular shift for cooks. I personally hate it. I've all sorts of deep, highly traumatic memories of my years cooking brunch. ... Hideous."
Brunch menus are an open invitation to the cost-conscious chef, a dumping ground for the odd bits left over from Friday and Saturday nights. How about hollandaise sauce? Not for me. Bacteria love hollandaise. And nobody I know has ever made hollandaise to order. And how long has that Canadian bacon been festering in the walk-in? Remember, brunch is only served once a week - on the weekends. Cooks hate brunch. Brunch is punishment block for the B-Team cooks, or where the farm team of recent dishwashers learn their chops.
Then there are the People Who Brunch. The “B” word is dreaded by all dedicated cooks. We hate the smell and spatter of omelettes. We despise hollandaise, home fries, those pathetic fruit garnishes, and all the other cliché accompaniments designed to induce a credulous public into paying $12.95 for two eggs. Nothing demoralizes an aspiring Escoffier faster than requiring him to cook egg-white omelettes or eggs over easy with bacon. You can dress brunch up with all the focaccia, smoked salmon, and caviar in the world, but it’s still breakfast.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by BeatRaven » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:01 pm

Searching by brunch here, you get 26 pages. This is a very brunchy crowd.

Bourdain's sheeple audience likes that he's insulting those OTHER brunch people. Dissing brunch as a breakfast upcharge was possibly still funny in 1987.

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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by DCComic » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:14 pm

Brunch remains ridiculous.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by BeatRaven » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:34 pm

Where on god's green earth does brunch cost triple breakfast prices when you back out the mimosa? And isn't it usually a special menu with premium ingredients like smoked salmon? King would-be hipster Asshole is very selective in his outrage about restaurant food markups. What a fucking poseur liar.

Can anyone here affirm that they've ever gotten sick from hollandaise sauce? This from a shit stain who loves to eat on the street in Asia where the cooking oil is changed bi-yearly.

I'm gonna have brunch this weekend. Something stupid like lobster nacho's, probably. I'll eat it unironicly. Who doesn't love food like monte cristo sandwichs and crab cake benedict? Brunch is one of the few restaurant meals where I have problems picking from the menu.

It's also a very social meal (the pussy licker will be joining us on my dime). Are the already (rightfully) blighted middle class not entitled to the same social dining rituals as hotentots in some straw hut somewhere?

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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by DCComic » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:24 pm

You don't need to eat lobster nachos ironically - they're already doing the irony on your behalf.

Distrusting Bourdain's view of food is like distrusting Hemingway on fishing. How could you?
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by snowgirl » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:30 pm

I have never gotten sick from hollandaise sauce. But I avoid it when I know or suspect it's from a package so I don't have it out a lot. I like brunch. Clearly I am not Cool like this Bourdain person.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by lolasf » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:36 pm

Brunch is nothing but a "horrible, cynical way of unloading leftovers and charging three times as much as you ordinarily charge for breakfast," he said

Brunch menus are an open invitation to the cost-conscious chef, a dumping ground for the odd bits left over from Friday and Saturday nights.

And how long has that Canadian bacon been festering in the walk-in?
I wonder where that happens. It simply wouldn't fly here, and it doesn't. Brunch business can be fierce and competitive, and it's not something a restaurant would risk losing by serving leftover stuff and second rate dishes. Maybe New York, isn't that where his early career was?
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by DCComic » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:37 pm

...this Bourdain person.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by BeatRaven » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:33 pm

Let's talk about brunch in many lands.

In NYC, Challah-bread french toast is pretty hard to resist. Go ahead and toss a few strawberries on top ("pathetic fruit garnish" -what a troll). Chef's (excuse me, Escoffier chefs) won't cook an egg because it "demoralizes" them? On what planet?

Down south, shrimp and grits is on every brunch menu. In fact, brunch is better on average below the Mason Dixon Line than above:

New Orleans is probably the Florence of brunch-dom. Here's a fave menu (again, super-hard to pick from):

https://www.atchafalayarestaurant.com/menu/brunch-menu/

Here's another brunch menu that confounds choosing:

https://tupelohoneycafe.com/location/do ... runch-menu

Feel free to throw up some exceptional brunch menus from where you live.

What will you NOT eat for brunch? For me, a hamburger and fries seems like too much at 10 AM, tho realistically, lobster nachos (a done deal) are just as bad. It also feels too early for a salad option. Drink-wise, I prefer a French 70 cocktail.

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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by section8 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:53 pm

lolasf wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:36 pm
Brunch is nothing but a "horrible, cynical way of unloading leftovers and charging three times as much as you ordinarily charge for breakfast," he said

Brunch menus are an open invitation to the cost-conscious chef, a dumping ground for the odd bits left over from Friday and Saturday nights.

And how long has that Canadian bacon been festering in the walk-in?
I wonder where that happens. It simply wouldn't fly here, and it doesn't. Brunch business can be fierce and competitive, and it's not something a restaurant would risk losing by serving leftover stuff and second rate dishes. Maybe New York, isn't that where his early career was?
True for lower end 1990s "fine dinning" places. I worked two places that fit that profile (and that's Bourdaine's culinary career in a nut shell) that added brunch. It was overpriced stuff they didn't sell on fri-sat, plus mimosas. It was the worst shift because it required you to interact with the public at an omelet or bananas fosters station after waking up early even though you closed out saturday night at midnight and then went out drinking.

I think New Brunch is a bit different and probably what you see in the big city. There's a couple of places here, even, with awesome crab cake bennies and a bloody mary bar.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by leela » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:59 pm

Brunch is just having breakfast late, here. And the idea in itself has improved the amount of variety on breakfast menus. I don't think I've been anywhere where there've been discrete brunch options. Hence the left over logic makes no sense because it's a seven days a week menu.

I like having brunch/late breakfast. It's relaxed meal at a relaxed time, when restaurants aren't that busy. A couple of weekends ago my daughters and I spent well over two hours chatting over brunch, in a way that tends not to happen over a restaurant lunch or dinner.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by lolasf » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:39 am

leela wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:59 pm
Brunch is just having breakfast late, here. And the idea in itself has improved the amount of variety on breakfast menus. I don't think I've been anywhere where there've been discrete brunch options. Hence the left over logic makes no sense because it's a seven days a week menu.
That's also true here in many cases, but not always. Some higher end places that aren't generally open for breakfast will offer special weekend brunch menus, starting at like 10am or even 11am.

I am a breakfast person on the weekends. I go out pretty much every Saturday with a friend, but it's a rare day we're as late as 10am.
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Re: Bourdain on brunch;

Post by Scrubb » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:21 am

Anything that has: caviar, lobster, crab cakes, hollandaise, smoked salmon is exactly what I want. They're most available with brunch. ERgo, I like brunch.
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