Nice contraction of the terms “breakfast” and “lunch” Brunch is a meal to be taken between late morning and early afternoon. It allows you not to “regret what you should have had at breakfast and to fully enjoy lunch, of course, it is not a question of overindulging in both types of meals but rather of making a good combination as its name suggests. Very often, it is similar to a buffet and everyone serves himself according to his tastes and preferences. This partly explains why it was also called a “buffet lunch”. Sometimes accompanied by cocktails (Bellini, Bloody Mary, Milk Shakes…) and almost always champagne, this original meal is assimilated to New York as a lunch you have in the afternoon. As for the composition of the Brunch, everything depends on the eating habits. The principle is that there must be a starter, a main course and a dessert. In general, we start with sweetness but nothing prevents us from starting with salty and ending with sweetness. Savoury pies, salad, mayonnaise and egg can be an excellent starter, while pancakes, pancakes, muffins and cakes will wait for dessert. For the dish, everyone is inspired: we will eat differently depending on whether we are at home or in a great restaurant in Paris, London or New York. You can therefore make the Brunch recipe as you wish.


The brunch tradition comes from the United States where the recipe differs from one region to another. For example, in California, bread, cheese and fruit can be used as an accompaniment to this buffet lunch, while in New York, champagne is necessary. From the 19th century onwards, Great Britain adopted this culinary tradition, which developed so well that people from other European and American countries were seduced by it. They therefore import it into their homes, which makes the happiness of fine gourmets. Brunch is now available in hotels, restaurants, etc. even during the week and not only on Sundays or weekends. It should be noted that in France, and in particular in Paris. This type of meal appeared in the 1980s. The French academy has unsuccessfully prescribed the use of the expression “big breakfast” to describe Brunch. On the other hand, “lunch buffet”, which seems less heavy, is sometimes used instead of the English term. But, “buffet lunch”, which seems to better describe this meal, is more used by Francophones.

How to choose your dishes for daily use?

Forkshakes, long stays in the water, countless microwave passages… Your everyday dishes see all the colours between breakfast and dinner! Our advice on choosing the one that will stand up to all challenges.


Whether you are moving into your first apartment or want to start from scratch with a full service, one thing is certain: you want dishes that can accompany you on a daily basis, without worries. So we put aside the magnificent plates inherited from grandparents or hunted on – reserve them for special occasions to avoid any stress of damaging them day after day – and we follow these few tracks before we go shopping.

Easy to maintain dishes

Because we spend almost as much time cleaning dishes as eating in them, the main criterion to consider before looking for the ideal service will be the ease of maintenance. For plates used at every meal, you will absolutely want to be able to put them in the dishwasher without question or use the scraper for stubborn residues without being afraid of damaging them.

Easy to use tableware

The second thing to check before you buy is the compatibility with the microwave if you have one. A symbol will indicate it on the box and sometimes even directly on the bottom of the plate or bowl. If in any case, avoid heating dishes with gold or metal that could cause an explosion in the cavity.

Also be careful with melamine dishes, which are not microwave safe either, and would not be ideal with hot food – studies have shown that melamine transfers occur on food when it is hot.

And always to make your daily life easier, choose a service with elements with rather standard shapes, which can easily be stacked and will not take up too much space in your cupboards. You don’t have to fall for too many pieces either, since this is not the service you will use for your festive meals, but buy enough to make the rolling process run smoothly.

Solid dishes

Your dishwashing service must also be particularly resistant to shocks and scratches, for a long service life. Contrary to popular belief, porcelain will prove to be particularly strong, and recent models are most often dishwasher and microwave safe. Another material from the ceramic family: stoneware, which makes a successful decorative comeback on our tables thanks to its increasingly popular natural look, while earthenware will be more fragile but will be able to seduce with its softer price. This will make it easier for you to replace broken or flaked parts.