Microbreweries. Cupcakes. Craft cocktails. iPhones. What do these things, seemingly unrelated, have in common? They’re all things that rose to popularity in the U.S. before making the journey to Spain.
Over the few years that I’ve lived in Spain, I’ve seen many trends wax and wane—both here and across the pond. Many of the trends in Spain were ones I had seen earlier in the U.S. Whereas Blackberries were popular during my sophomore and junior years of college, by the time my senior year rolled around, everyone had an iPhone. Craft beer was a big deal a long while ago in the States. Cupcakes in 2013? Um, haven’t you heard of the cronut?
One big trend that’s taken off in Madrid and many other parts of Spain is American-style brunch. Spanish people tend to eat small breakfasts and big lunches around 2 or 3 p.m., but if you call it brunch and hand them a mimosa, they’re more than happy to chow down on a plateful of huevos rancheros at 11 a.m. As one Spanish newspaper explains, “It’s obviously not necessary to do both [breakfast and lunch] if you decide to ‘brunch.'”
Although I’m actually not a huge fan of breakfast food or brunch, most guiris love this cross between breakfast and lunch, especially when it involves hash browns, or as one Madrid blogger put it, “a delicious, delicious potato cracker.”
What to eat? Try:
- Eggs Benedict
- Huevos rancheros
- Bagels and lox
- Fresh fruit
- Mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys
- … and of course lots of café!