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So we all love brunch, it's become a bit of a Sunday institution.

There is nothing better than tucking into a perfect plate of Insta-worthy poached eggs.

Now, we don't even have to justify our Sunday foodie splurging, because brunch is good for your health, as discovered by Real Simple

5. Brunch foods often include healthy ingredients.

Eggs, avocados, salmon and whole meal toast make up some of the most popular brunch dishes.

All of these fresh ingredients are chock-a-block full of protein, nutrients and healthy fats, so get that perfect avocado toast picture and bask in your smug healthy glow.

That being said, we'll still be opting for fluffy pancakes and Belgian waffles occasionally. 

4. You get your beauty sleep. 

Making sure your body gets all the sleep it needs is important, so rather than getting up for breakfast, sleeping in for brunch could actually be good for you. 

Sleep is involved in the healing and repair processes of the body, including of the heart and blood vessels.

Sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

3. Socialising is good for the mental health.

Humans are social creatures, and brunch brings people together. 

"Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. Research has shown that one sure way of improving your mood is to work on building social connections," according to Psychology Today

2. Getting out of the house is full of health benefits. 

It's good to actually leave the house during the weekend to do something other than party.

Strolling to your local bistro for brunch is a good way to incorporate a few extra minutes of exercise, and getting some sunlight on that Irish pallor is necessary for a well needed vitamin D boost. 

 

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1. Brunch is well balanced

Most brunch meals have a good mix of carbs, proteins and healthy fats.

A multi-faceted brunch meal is often much healthier and provides you with better nutrients all round than grabbing something quick for breakfast and lunch. 

 

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Is there any better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than brunching with the girls over delicious cocktails? 

It may seem like a bit of a millennial cliché, but hey, we're willing to accept the stereotype if it means our weekends are filled with delicious foods and tipsy chats. 

If you're on the market for something to cheer up those November blues (seriously how is it so dark so early now, rudeness), we have the perfect boozy brunch event to indulge in. 

Ketel One vodka is teaming up with Dublin’s leading pan-Asian restaurant and club, Opium, to bring Dubliners the Ketel One Kitchen for a unique one-day-only brunch experience.

Taking place on 17th November 2018, from 1pm–4:30pm in The Botanical Garden at Opium, the event promises to transport patrons to an eastern Eden of cocktail classes and canapes. 

Foodies can anticipate flavours from Japan, Vietnam and Thailand in a traditionally varied brunch spread curated by Opium Head Chef, Philip Hughes, accompanied by pan-Asian inspired cocktails.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Guests will have the opportunity to try their hand at creating a Ketel One Thai Mary while learning about the heritage, craft and creation of Ketel One during a masterclass guided by World Class Brand Ambassador, Nial Molloy, and World Class Bartenders, Federico Rizzo and Carl D’Alton. Casual.

You can create a classic cocktail or experiment with international flavours.

The masterclass will be followed by brunch, whose starters include share platters of char-grilled turmeric & lemongrass chicken satay rolls with Thai basil, carrot, red cabbage, iceberg and peanut dip, and Japanese style panko tempura king prawns with sriracha mayo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Classic, traditional brunch dishes will then be given an eastern makeover, with the menu including Bo Ssãm Benedict – poached egg, English muffin, and lemongrass scented hollandaise with slow roast Char Siu pork, as well as Crab Po Boy – tempura soft shell crab, Vietnamese slaw, beef tomato, and baby gem, as well as a mix of Buddha Bowls.

Accompanying the meal with be Ketal Vodka sodas with flavoured twists – and Carl D’Alton will then present his very own specially crafted Ketel One Irish Mule.

This winning cocktail was presented by Carl at the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2018 in Berlin earlier this month, where he placed as the 3rd best bartender Europe, and 12th in the world, so it's a pretty big honour to sip on this ish. 

Feeling a bit lit after the cocktails? No problem. The brunch is culminating in a Ketel One Kitchen Disco – to be fair after parties always tend to end up in someone's kitchen. 

Tickets are available now, and cost €33.30 per person.

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It's only mid-week but we can't prevent ourselves from already thinking about the weekend…

Considering how popular some brunch places are at the moment, it's probably a good time to book a table for you and your friends.

For those of you wondering where to go for a delicious (and probably very Instagrammable) meal, we picked some of our favourite places around Ireland that never fail to impress with their IG account. 

Ali’s Kitchen, Cork

 

Vanilla custard & Raspberry! #doughnuts #classic #therealdeal #madeinAK #madeincork #akcork #bunnage #bunlove

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Brick Lane, Cork

3FE, Dublin 2

Five Points, Dublin 6W

Slice, Dublin 7

 

French toast and scrambles all morning loooong!! #breakfast #SLICEfood #stoneybatter #frenchtoastfriday

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Two Boys Brew, Dublin 7

Meet me in the morning, Dublin 8

 

This week we are making beetroot flatbreads for our Splitpea Pea and Chickpea Falafel plate #meetmeinthemorning

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Dela, Galway

Tribeton, Galway

Cafe Rua, Mayo

 

Morning muffins . . #caferua #newantrimstreet #friday #muffins #saywhat #apple #walnut #dozen #castlebar #mwah

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Knox, Sligo

Pudding Row, Sligo

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Like the upstanding millennials that we are, we adore a good brunch. But more than a good brunch, we adore a cheap brunch.

And what could be cheaper than brunch dishes you can whip up from the comfort of your own kitchen?

Ladies, we give you our three favourites…

Ham and cheese womelette

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of ham, chopped
  • ½ cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Spring onions to taste

Whip the eggs until they create a light foam. Add the cheese, ham, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Preheat the waffle maker and spray with oil. Pour the mix into the waffle maker and cook for about 4 minutes.

Scatter with spring onions and more cheese if desired. Enjoy!

 

Brunch frittata

  • 80g grated cheese     
  • 8 free range eggs
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped    
  • 4 rashers, chopped
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika

Put the sliced potatoes in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain them and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion and the chopped bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Keep the pan on the heat and place the sliced potatoes in one layer on the bottom of the pan. Scatter the bacon, onion and the spinach. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spinach starts to soften. 

Beat the eggs until they form a light foam, add some pepper, the paprika and the cheese.

Add the egg mixture to the pan, put a lid on it and cook over medium to low heat for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through. 

Serve cut into wedges with a some cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado if desired.

Breakfast baked potatoes

  • 4 medium potatoes, cooked
  • 4 free range eggs
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bacon, chopped sliced
  • 75g grated cheddar
  • A few sprigs of chives
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes.

Cut out the top of each potato and scoop out most of the inside (you can keep it to make potato croquettes).

Stuff each potato with the bacon and onion mix, some cheese then crack one egg inside. Season with salt and pepper. Add more cheese on top and place on a lined baking sheet. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Top with chopped chives and serve with baby spinach and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

 

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In Paris, brunch is usually served only on Sundays and cafes and restaurants tend offer one option including all the food and drinks.

Some places work differently and don't require you to get the whole meal deal so check beforehand if you don't necessarily want to spend 25 quid in one go. 

As you would assume, brunch is quite popular in Paris so queues can be quite frightening if you show up to a trendy place at 1pm on a Sunday. But most of the time, the food is worth the wait! Here is our pick for the best places to go for brunch in Paris.

1. Café Marlette

Prepare yourself for a bit of waiting as Café Marlette is a very popular spot to get a delicious Parisian brunch. Coffee, juice, granola, cheese, ham, eggs, fresh bread, cake… for 25 euros you will be fed for the day (that's if you manage to finish your plate). This café also offers a range of cake mixes that are better than any homemade one so grab a couple boxes while you are there. 

 

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51 rue des Martyrs, Paris 9 and 63 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 9

2. La Recyclerie

Built from recycled good which makes it look like a Pinterest board, this unique spot is ideal during a sunny day as you can enjoy your brunch plate outside, sitting by some old train tracks that are not in use anymore. La Recyclerie often hosts charity thrift sales at the weekend to the delight of all vintage lovers.

 

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83 boulevard Ornano, Paris 18

3. Uptown

Located near Montmartre, Uptown serves a gourmet brunch in a lovely casual atmosphere. If you can't make it for brunch, this place also offers delicious small plates for dinner, ideal to share and try some absolutely fabulous French food.

18 rue Francœur, Paris 18

4. Paperboy

This small hipster café is worth a visit almost as much for people watching as for the food. On this menu influenced by American and British cuisines with a healthy twist, everything is delicious, fresh and homemade.

 

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137 rue Amelot, Paris 11

5. Clint

Eggs, burgers, salads, homemade cakes, waffles, milkshakes… It will be hard to chose what to order from Clint's tempting brunch menu!   

 

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174 rue de la Roquette, Paris 11

6. Season

This healthy and trendy spot covers all the most instagrammable food you could think of, from avocado toasts, to pancakes, acai bowls, burgers and salads. So if you fancy a tasty meal that will definitely score a few likes on the gram, you know where to go!

 

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1 rue Charles François Dupuis, Paris 3

7. Le Trésor

Parisian are usually a bit wary of all-you-can-eat buffets as they tend to be a sign of lower quality. With its scrumptious yet refined food, Le Trésor is an exception to the rule. From croissants to fresh breads, hot dishes, eggs, cold meats, seafood or homemade cakes, you will enjoy the all-you-can-eat policy until the last bite!

8. BüL & bar à cannes

If you feel like a healthy and yummy brunch, BüL is the place to go. This small eatery offers gluten-free and mostly vegetarian options that won't make you feel like you are missing out on anything. 

 

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20 avenue Trudaine, Paris 9

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Founder of lifestyle blog I Come Undone, Sarah Hanrahan's eye for food, fashion and trends got her crowned Social Influencer of the Year at the inaugural SHEmazing Awards

Scrolling through her Instagram, you'd realise rather quickly that the Dublin-based blogger is a true foodie –  always looking for some exciting new places to try.

From her usual breakfast to the best place for brunch in Dublin, we have asked Sarah all her food secrets!

 

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What is your typical weekday breakfast?

Lately I've been introducing protein smoothies into my morning routine as I've been working out regularly but they're nothing fancy – just some protein powder, whatever fruit I have and water.

What about lunch?

My standard weekday breakfast is usually something made around eggs and smoked salmon (I eat smoked salmon nearly every day… I'm obsessed!), maybe a slim bagel with the above or, a salad plate if I'm feeling virtuous.

I try to stick to veggie-based meals or something with fish as I'm getting less and less comfortable with eating meat.

 

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What do you usually have for dinner?

I eat out a lot for dinner as you can imagine! I usually have a list of places I'd like to try each month based on a mix of recommendations, my own research and press releases so, I'll aim to head to one or two of them each week.

If it's a meal at home, I like to keep it simple to make up for my indulgences while eating out so again something fish and veg based…

I don't do things by halves so I enjoy myself when I'm out so I try and keep it low calorie when I'm home; the only way I can manage to stay in shape and still enjoy myself!

Is it different at the weekend? 

(Warning that I'm about to make the ultimate millennial statement but…) Brunch is a must! My food posts are quite brunch-heavy as my partner Sean and I take our Sunday dates pretty seriously.

Anywhere offering some progressive brunch options will make the cut for me and being dog-friendly or offering comfortable outdoor seating has become vital since we got our little staffy Stanley.

If a heavy night has been had I may indulge in a Sunday night takeaway too.. sure, life is short! Straight back to the green smoothies come Monday morning though! 
 
Do you snack during the day? 

I'm admittedly a BIG grazer but try to keep it to a minimum and tend to snack on fruit, corn cakes, homemade soup etc… nothing too bold but the calories do add up nonetheless and I'm not someone who can eat rings around them and stay slim, unfortunately.

 

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What would be your ideal food day?

An epic hotel buffet breakfast so I can have a small bit of all the deliciousness to start the day (those mini pastries get me every damn time.), a goats cheese, roast Mediterranean veg lunch (with warm garlic bread).

Then, a veggie burger with all the trimmings, chips and an obnoxious amount of garlic sauce for dinner with fro-yo (& toppings) for dessert. Throw in a Dairy Milk & some Meanies to snack on too… this IS the best food day ever after all!

 

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The one food you could have everyday for the rest of your life?

Smoked salmon. Without a doubt.

What is your favourite meal of the day?

I look forward to breakfast the most as I'm always starving when I wake up. If I have the time to go out for breakfast I get so excited about it… it's the little things in life!

The best brunch place?

These questions are so hard to answer for me as I LOVE so many Dublin places but off the top of my head Herbstreet, Canal Bank Cafe, Nimmo's in Galway or Liberty Grill in Cork.

Any “food pet peeves”?

I will eat anything you serve me, I'm not fussy at all. I used to believe that fruit didn't go with food (if that makes sense!) but I've eaten too many epic dishes with fruit in them over the last few years to continue that belief.

What food would you not eat for the whole world? 

Live monkey brain… a Malaysian delicacy we came across when travelling. Barbaric. Ethically I could never eat that.

Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?

With the industry I'm in there are lots of exciting events with lots of delicious nibbles on offer which can make it hard to stay on track… often they're alongside drinks which make it harder to keep your resolve but I try and keep to not totally depriving myself but having a little.

Also eating out as much as I do can make it harder to watch calories but I rarely have more than one course which helps to avoid over indulging.

 

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Crisps!… I love Chilli Heatwave Doritos or salt & vinegar Hunky Dory.

What is you go-to drink/cocktail in a bar/pub?

I love cocktails that have a sour, spicy or basil base.

 

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Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin? 

Peruke & Periwig for a quiet one. Pyg or No Name for one that might turn into a few and of course Keogh's on a sunny day.

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It's the weekend gals, and it can only mean one thing: bring all the pancakes, eggs benny and mimosas cause it's brunch time!

If you fancy staying at home and enjoying your food in the comfort of your jammies, we have the recipe you need: these tasty waffles, created by The Happy Pear.

"This is a great recipe that works perfectly for pancakes too. Dave uses this recipe most weekends to make either pancakes or waffles for his daughters – the same batter works great for both.

To make waffles, you will need a waffle iron or waffle maker, but don’t let that put you off – we got ours for €20 online and it’s a great toy! We like to serve our waffles/pancakes with coconut yoghurt, homemade chocolate spread and berries, with a drizzle of maple syrup – just delish!"

So get cooking and enjoy!

Healthy waffles

Ingredients

  • 250g buckwheat flour/ other flour of choice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (1½ teaspoons if using white flour)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ a banana or 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 400ml rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

1. First step, turn on the waffle iron.

2. To make the batter, whiz all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

3. Once the waffle iron is hot, spray it with vegetable oil to prevent the waffles from sticking. Pour in the batter, ensuring that you have added enough to cover the full iron, and leaving a bit of room for the waffles to rise slightly.

4. Cook in the waffle iron until they turn nice  and brown. Remove and add toppings of your  choice (see intro, and see the photo for other serving ideas).

The Happy Pear twins are back with a new book, packed with affordable, quick and easy veggie options, as well as clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier! 

With a huge section of economical easy dinners that can be rustled up in 15 minutes (Thai golden curry, one-pot creamy mushroom pasta); gorgeous hearty dishes (goulash, Greek summer stew); a selection of plant-based alternatives to family favourites (burgers, hotdogs), AND irresistible treats (summer fruit Bakewell tart, double choc brownie cake), Recipes for Happiness is your new favourite cookbook! 

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When we think of festival season, it's definitely an edgier, muddier experience than we have on the daily. 

There's nothing better than kicking back, having a few cold cans on a fold up chair and then heading into an arena for a night full of your favourite acts. 

However, once Sunday comes., we're longing for our millennial comforts – like brunch. 

This year at Body & Soul, Absolut is hosting the ultimate brunch experience for festival goers. 

Installed at the ABSOLUT Bar at this year's festival, brunch will be served to revellers on a first-come-first-served basis.

Between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, brunches can chow down on a delectable brunch bap. 

To get the day of festivities going, there will be two delish brunch cocktails available, the ABSOLUT Espresso Martini or the brunch classic ABSOLUT Bloody Mary.

If you're heading to Body & Soul, make sure you're not too hungover for Sunday brunch!

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After wowing crowds in Cork, Galway and Belfast, Ed Sheeran will close his biggest ever Irish tour in Dublin's Pheonix Park this weekend. 

And what better way to prepare for the gig of the summer than loading up on a delicious pre-Ed brunch this Saturday? 

Located on Dublin's George's Street, NoLIta is offering concert-goers a unique pre-party experience in the hours running up to the big event. 

For just €21, you'll be fed, watered, and even transported directly to the gig. 

Choose a dish from NoLIta's new Summer Brunch menu and wash it down with a house drink all while listening to all your favourite Ed Sheeran jams and getting fired up for the night ahead. 

The bus to the Phoenix Park will leave NoLIta at 5.30pm.

Tickets for the 1.30pm brunch sitting are available here. Each ticket includes: 

  • One Brunch Main from the NoLIta Summer Brunch Menu 

  • One House Drink (Pint, Glass of Wine, Spirit & Splash, 330ml Bottle)

  • One Seat on the Bus to Ed Sheeran

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Brunching is one of the weekends most sacred rituals, but choosing the perfect location to dine on eggs benedict and avocado can be pretty difficult. 

If you're opting for brunch in Dublin this weekend, the only place for it is Two Boys Brew. 

This divine little place is nestled on the main street in Phibsborough, and while it may not seat the masses, its amazing menu, coffee and service attracts them. 

We're massive fans of the shop, which does some of the best coffee in Dublin.

That fact, coupled with the menus subtle twists on classic foods and Berlin-esque interiors makes this cafe a mecca for brunch-seekers. 

Two Boys Brew does an all day brunch, so even if you're not quite ready to drag yourself out of bed, the best meal of the day is served until 4pm.

 

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We totally recommend the Brew Boys Benedict, which replaces the classic muffin accompaniment to the Hollandaise-doused dish with a potato hash brown, alongside slow cooked pulled beef, perfectly poached eggs and a bed of garlic sauteed kale. 

The blueberry and ricotta hotcake is the ideal dish for a sweet tooth, balanced perfectly with a hint of lime curd. 

But don't take our word for it, the cafe is open from 7.30am to 4pm.

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Sometimes when you're hungover, the only cure is brunch.

These brunch spots are some of our faves, and if you can't drag yourself out of bed due to the state that you're in, then prepare to drool over their divine dishes. 

6. Biteclub Streetfood Discotheque, Galway

Biteclub is one of Galway's trendiest eateries, and opens up for brunch at 11.30am on weekends. 

We recommend the fish tacos, teamed with a watermelon and gin slushie. Pure perfection. 

 

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5. Herbstreet, Dublin

Herbstreet has an extensive and delightful menu, which is why it's such a popular place for brunch-goers. 

From Belgian waffles to a full Irish, there are plenty of gourmet foods in generous portions at this joint. 

 

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4. Bang Bang Cafe, Dublin

Bang Bang Cafe, another D7 delicatessen, is pretty well known for their brunch burgers.

The eclectic decor and unreal tunes are just two more reasons to hit up this edgy eatery. 

3. Whitefriars Grill, Dublin

Whitefriars Grill serves up an amazing range of indulgent egg dishes, and if you can face a cocktail this morning, this is the place to be. 

Seeing as it's handily located on Aungier Street, it's never a bad idea to pop into Aungier Danger afterwards for a few dozen doughnuts. 

 

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2. Caprice Cafe, Galway

Caprice is one of Galway's newest eateries, but it has already established an amazing reputation.

If you're heading to brunch, you can opt for a healthy, hearty helping of organic porridge or homemade granola and Greek yoghurt, or you can live dangerously and soak up the hangover with the buttermilk chicken burger or fish finger sandwich.

It's definitely a must-see if you're in Galway city. 

 

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1. Two Boys Brew, Dublin

This divine little place in Phibsborough does some of the best coffee in Dublin, and the menus subtle twists on classic brunch foods are to die for.

Two Boys Brew does an all day brunch, so even if you're not quite ready to drag yourself out of bed, brunch is served until 4pm .

We totally recommend the Brew Boys Benedict and the blueberry and ricotta hotcake.

 

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We bloody love brunch, it is the perfect meal in every way.

You get to have all your breakfast faves, but it's also totally acceptable to get pissed in the early afternoon at the same time. 

What could be better?

WELL, what if we told you that there was a Disney inspired brunch coming up? Yeah we know, amazing. 

Aeronaut in Acton, London, is holding a Disney-themed bottomless brunch called 'When You Wish Upon A Brunch.'

10/10 for the name, lads. 

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The website described the event, and it sounds like serious craic.

"Whether you’re a demure princess or dashing hero on your noble steed, Impossible Things Entertainment invite you for an afternoon of toe-tapping singalongs, bottomless brunch and lashings of booze! Jive along with our fabulous theatrical troupe as they perform classic skits and your favourite toe-tapping fairytale tunes. Arrive in costume if you can, by golden carriage or the Number 70 Bus!"

The event will include all the beer/mimosa/Bloody Marys a Princess can drink, as well as themed entertainment, and a gorgeous brunch menu consisting of eggs Florentine, eggs royale, full English, vegetarian breakfast, or smashed avocado on sourdough toast.

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Honestly, this event sounds like it has been tailored to my needs in every way. 

The event is on April 21st, and tickets cost  £28 (get them here). 

So, if you happen to be hopping over to lovely London for a weekend, don't miss this! 

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