On any given weekend morning, crowds of people clog the sidewalks in front of the neighborhood breakfast places, but I should have been a little scared when I noticed American made cars outnumbered the Prisuses and Hondas on my dog walk - Mother’s Day brunchers were out in force.
According to the US population counter there were 305,000,000 around for this Mother’s Day. 50.8% of whom are women and about 90% of that group or 139,000,000 are mothers. All were out for brunch yesterday, most of them camped out in my neighborhood waiting for a table.
Going out to breakfast or brunch is a dubious proposition anyway – Saucyman’s much repeated bromide about getting charged $9.25 for 87¢ worth of ingredients is factually iffy and used to illustrate a larger point - paying for breakfast isn't worth the trouble. For half the money you’d spend in a restaurant you can make French Toast, Coffee and Bloody Mary’s for 6 without enduring long lines, weak coffee and occasionally disinterested servers. That is on a good day, on Mother’s Day, I rather attempt to have a pleasant, slow paced meal in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day.
Despite my warnings, dire warnings, like a code orange for brunch, Americans spent an estimated 3.5 billion – B billion dollars on taking mom out to brunch or dinner this year leaving me to ask what is wrong with a book or depending on the mom - gambling.
For those of you who enjoy thoughtful analysis more than wild speculation anchored by a few accurate stats…
The outstanding Sara Dickerman has a way good article about fancy food in the time of recession over at Slate.
Only in the last few years has Grocery store opened near the Saucyman World Campus- A pair of articles from different coasts highlight the perils of limited food options
LA Times & NY Times
Salmon Ration –
The intricate question of how ethical or wise it is to eat seafood in this day in age becomes a little more complicated as the West Coast salmon fisheries are declared a disaster this year – here.
Check in later: Before the week is over Saucyman will answer 2 new questions -