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What do I take to a brunch?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Matt, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    OK normally if I am having breakfast/lunch/somewhere in between with people, we would go to a cafe. I have been invited today though to brunch at a friend's house. He is one of those expats with everything in the package, so he will just pack the maid off to buy way too much food, and it will probably just be me and his family (wife n two kids). What to take?

    Dinner etc, I'd take wine. Too early in the day for anything like that....knowing that they will just send the maid to the market, I can't show up with like, a bunch of watermelon and pineapple and things, they'll already have it sorted.

    I am tempted to just bring a shit ton of candy to toss at the kids (I'm cool-uncle-matt to them because I have a dirt bike)...so, back on topic...what the hell do I take?

    Have to leave in 45 mins....
     
  2. gdl203

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    Bottle of champagne (for mimosas - I assume they have OJ...)
     
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  4. Matt

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    yeah, I was thinking of that too...but then, I dont know, hmm, maybe I am being stingy. I'd have to take something good just to keep up with what their cellar looks like, end up like I have paid $70 for my omelet and their company. I would have rather gone to a cafe and I would have happily picked up the tab for the whole family, and still be $40 better off than going there.

    You're probably right though...
     
  5. Bradford

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    You could always bring a box of muffins or something like that.
     
  6. globetrotter

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    late on board, but that's what I'd say - champane
     
  7. impolyt_one

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    You could always bring a box of muffins or something like that.

    but then he'd be that dude who brought the box of muffins to the rich guy's brunch....[​IMG]
     
  8. Matt

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    lol, ya, I was thinking something like that too. Mental picture of the couple showing up with a Bundt cake in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
     
  9. Rambo

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    Champagne or desert. Something that you had to go out of your way to get. Not brownies from the corner store.
     
  10. poorsod

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    Bottle of champagne (for mimosas - I assume they have OJ...)

    From an old (and apparently popular) Soviet movie.

    "Only aristocrats and degenerates drink champagne in the morning..." (Шампанское по утрам пьют только аристократы или дегенераты) (pauses, checks out the bottle and drinks right from it)
    [​IMG]
     
  11. TheDarkKnight

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    but then he'd be that dude who brought the box of muffins to the rich guy's brunch....[​IMG]

    It does sound like they're going to some effort for you, so something a bit personal would have been best. As you only had a few minutes though nice champagne is good.

    In future though plan ahead !
     
  12. Matt

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    lol, it's no effort to send the maid to the market [​IMG] anyhow, took champagne...well, technically a sparkling white from Australia.
     
  13. LabelKing

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    A bottle of champagne is never enough for brunch in my experience.
     
  14. Matt

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    we went through three [​IMG] two from their shelves and the one i took. I got my money's worth.
     
  15. LabelKing

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    I like the hotel champagne brunches where they have free-flow champagne.

    The Hilton in Beijing has one that has a free-flow of Taittinger.
     
  16. Matt

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    yup more than familiar with those. Mezzanine at the Hyatt and the Fullerton in Singapore both have excellent Sunday free flow brunch buffets. I was in the minority as I always prefered the Hyatt's, mostly cos I am a sucker for a good chocolate fountain.
     
  17. Annadale

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    we went through three [​IMG]

    two from their shelves and the one i took. I got my money's worth.


    Is that how you measure it? "I got my money's worth". Nice guest, perfect manners AND a great attitude! That's why they made it brunch, and not dinner.
     
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    Gotta love a character assassination of a veteran member by a newbie who has only been reading a month.
     
  19. Annadale

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    Gotta love a character assassination of a veteran member by a newbie who has only been reading a month.
    Assassination? I don't think so. Just pointing out that his cost/benefit analysis is a little grasping. Length of time on this board has precious little to do with good behaviour. As I said, that's why the brunch and not a dinner, and I would hazard a guess that it was brunch at his boss's as well.
     
  20. whiteslashasian

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    Assassination? I don't think so. Just pointing out that his cost/benefit analysis is a little grasping. Length of time on this board has precious little to do with good behaviour. As I said, that's why the brunch and not a dinner, and I would hazard a guess that it was brunch at his boss's as well.

    I thought Matt was his own boss...
     

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