The Irish Breakfast, Redux

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. In honor of the holiday, a reprint of a post last year:

I was in Boston a week or so ago and after getting accosted by Occupy Boston I stopped into one of the many Boylston Street brunch joints for an Irish Breakfast and (what else for breakfast?) a Manhattan. I snagged a seat at a window table where I could blog and also people-watch and camped for two hours.

It appears the meal is a triumph of expert-testimony marketing:

“The full breakfast traditionally comprises several fried foods, usually including bacon and eggs, and is popular throughout the British Isles and other parts of the English-speaking world. The name “bacon and eggs” was popularised by Edward Bernays in the 1920s. To promote sales of bacon, he conducted a survey of physicians and reported their recommendations that people eat hearty breakfasts. He sent the results of the survey to 5,000 physicians, along with publicity touting bacon and eggs as a hearty breakfast.”

I doubly recommend the breakfast Manhattan. If you are a bruncher as is common among American SWPLs, it will stand out as manly and distinctive amongst the Mimosa and Bellini drinkers.

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One response to “The Irish Breakfast, Redux

  1. Tam the Bam

    Yer wants a half-pint mug o’ builders’ tea (stewed, with milk, & as much sugar as you can choke down). One with blue&white stripes, refilled as necessary.
    For afters, if it wasn’t illegal now, Capstans or Senior Service (stubbed out in the remains of the egg) and a couple of pints of stout. “Racing Post” on table unnecessary, as Cheltenham’s over .

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