Unique Brunch Ideas to Try
There is no better meal than a weekend brunch! There are not any rules governing what you do, when you do it and who you do it with, which is why we have some unique brunch ideas listed for you.
Usually people are booked during the week between work, social obligations, kids and grandchildren.
Weekend brunches can vary from staying in bed with munchies, reading the paper and watching a movie marathon, to going for a champagne hot air balloon ride. Whatever you do, there is one word that covers every kind of brunch listed here: indulgence.
So, here are a few unique brunch ideas for you to consider, followed by some foodie thoughts.
Hot Air Balloon Brunch
The tradition of offering a bottle of champagne upon landing the balloon dates back to 1780 when the pilots offered them to farmers when they landed the balloon on their field.
The tradition still stands to this day. Crew and passengers will toast with champagne after the flight is over. However, some like to do it with a twist.
In addition to the champagne, which can turn into mimosas, pack a picnic basket and invite the landowners to join brunch.
Culture With Brunch
Wherever I’m living or traveling, I always try to find a museum that offers Sunday brunch. That way I can combine two of my favorite things: the beauty of art with the art of eating.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York offers a fabulous three-course brunch with plenty of selections under each course. Gertrude’s, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, offers brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. I love it there — the food is phenomenal and admission to this world-class museum is free.
Brunch With a Touch of Jazz
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers an absolutely wonderful Sunday Jazz Brunch on the first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. along their very scenic Riverwalk. It is a free outdoor concert featuring some of the area’s local jazz artists on three different stages.
You can bring your own picnic baskets, chairs and even well-behaved pets, or enjoy food from the vendor’s stations.
A Touch of Nostalgia
Also, if the idea appeals to you, why not check your local theater (usually one of the art houses) to see if it offers the same type of fun day. If they do not, why not suggest it and help them start one?
After all, who would not want to see Cary Grant in North by Northwest or Gary Cooper in High Noon while enjoying a delicious brunch?
Best For Comfort
There are many Sunday mornings when I am absolutely bone tired and almost literally cannot move. My back’s killing me from playing with my grandchildren, chasing them all over, climbing rocks and trees with them.
So, that started getting me thinking. I know lots of people in the same position. I checked around and found out I could rent both a chair massage and a foot massage really reasonably.
I invited a few close friends over for brunch and asked each to bring a dish. With Bloody Marys in hand and food in the oven, we each took turns in the chair for feet massages. Afterword I could actually move and was ready for the next excursion with the kids!
Drag’n Brunch Sundays
Suzy Wong’s House of Yum in Nashville, Tennessee, provides Sunday brunch and a live entertainment show. The show is performed by drag queens paying musical tribute to female performers like Dolly Parton and Marilyn Monroe, and in case you are wondering, there is absolutely nothing risqué about it. Plus, the brunch is delicious, with the usual standards as well as Asian fusion food.
Spoons, Toons and Booze
If you are craving Saturday mornings of long ago when you used to eat cereal in front of the television watching cartoons (that was standard Saturday morning fare for me), fear not: Nite Hawk Cinema in Brooklyn, New York, can take you back.
With amazing cocktails, cereal bar, classic brunch foods and classic Saturday morning cartoons, this will be one brunch to remember.
The only thing better than having brunch in bed in your pajamas is having brunch in your pajamas at a fabulous restaurant. Tremont 647 and its sister restaurant, Sorel, in Boston have a pajama brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Even the staff dresses in PJs!
If you do not feel like going and just want a really laid back weekend brunch at home, with some decadently yummy food, here are some easy and delicious ideas:
- Blintze Soufflé.
This is one of my favorites because you can make it ahead of time. It uses frozen blintzes and doesn’t take very much work, and then you just heat it up. I usually serve it with scrambled eggs and some fruit.
- Cappuccino french toast. This is stuffed with chocolate and topped with coffee cream. This may be, for me at least, the epitome of indulgence. This is not for you if you are watching calories! But then again, no one should be watching calories during decadent brunch times!
- Baked eggs in avocado.
Decadent and healthy at the same time? Yes! And so easy, as you will see from the recipe. Just serve with bacon and some toast.
Bon Appetit! We hope you love these unique brunch ideas.