Culinary no-no #564

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

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Brunch buffets.

As I’ve written in the past, some suggest you shouldn’t go anywhere near them.

They encourage overeating.

Many items are heavily processed and laden with preservatives.

Staff may be careless with food storage.

Regardless, I like ’em. And our family will be enjoying brunch next Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day.

We break with Culinary no-no tradition this week by forgoing the customary lengthy build-up and launching right into the main theme.

The no-no comes from Lavanya Ramanathan, a features reporter for the Washington Post who wrote an article about folks who are frequent brunch guests.

Ramanathan’s focus and take was so petty that some in the almost 900 comments following the article found her to be hating on brunches.

I agree.

See if you do.

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Heading for brunch next Sunday with Mom? Good for you. Enjoy!


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