There's a saying about England and the United States being two cultures separated by a common language. Well, it's true.
I wanted to have Brunch in London. There are many "fashionable" establishments that serve this meal, so I am told. For me, brunch is breakfast and lunch, ie. late breakfast or early lunch, with a combination of menu items associated with each meal, or so I thought. This has been my experience in the United States and locations around the world influenced by American "culture". London is different...or didn't get the word.
We showed up a a "very fashionable" establishment in Notting Hill at 11 a.m. only to learn that it did not open until 12. We decided to wander the streets and window shop, because I was rather looking forward to waffles or pancakes.
We returned at 12, were seated, and presented with a menu. The only item that even came close to being related to breakfast was eggs Benedict. No other egg dishes. No pancakes. No waffles. No French toast. No bacon. (I'm sure that an English person would miss baked beans, greasy sausage, baked tomato, toast, bitter marmalade, etc.). The waiter seemed surprised when we ordered tea and not wine. We were informed that the same procedure happened on weekends. I ended up not enjoying a cheeseburger and fries (chips, as they are known in that part of the world).
So, Brunch in London is not the same as Brunch in New York. Same word, different menu. Or, more likely, it's lunch spelled incorrectly.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.