December 17, 2023

The Better Brunch

For Your Family, Memories, and Your Wallet

The other day, I was out on a walk and saw a neighbor on the other side of the street heading towards me. When we met, she laughed and said, "What a coincidence to run into you today. My husband and I were just talking about you last night." I want to share with you the story she told me. It might help you make a more delicious and meaningful family gathering.

The day before, her husband went out for a beer after work with friends. During their conversation, one of his friends was complaining about a brunch he had with his children and grandchildren the past weekend. His wife told him she ordered a carry-out order at a nearby cafe. She told him all he needed to do was go to the cafe, give his name, and pick up the order.

When he arrived at the hostess counter, he gave his name and was told the bill was $117. After he paid, he was handed a relatively small bag. Feeling how light it seemed for eight people, and considering the price, he was sure there had to be another bag. The hostess told him, "No, that's it." So he left with the small bag and went home.

When he arrived home, his wife cut open the bag and laid out the pastries and breakfast sandwiches she had ordered. Her husband was expecting the most divine and delectable treats for the price he had paid, but he was surprised when he tasted them. The pastries were too sweet and dense, not light and flaky. And the breakfast sandwiches were a little greasy and unimpressive. All that for $117, he thought.

After telling me this story, my friend said, "You see why I was thinking of you?" My husband and I laughed and said, "Caterina would have just made crêpes!" And they were exactly right.

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French crêpes are delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make. More than that, cooking together creates a bonding experience for everyone and makes memories.

The sounds of the crêpe batter hitting the pan and sizzling until crisp, the giggles and conversations, debating whether it's time to flip the crêpes, all make for priceless memories. The sweet and savory aromas that fill the kitchen, makes the experience even more memorable.

Serve crêpes with an Italian or French hazelnut spread or seasonal jam is not only affordable at about $10 for a family of eight, but also brings priceless joy as you watch children's faces light up while the crêpes melt in their mouths.

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Next time you plan brunch out, consider whether it is worth it for the experience, your palate, and your wallet. Share this article with someone and set a date to make French crêpes for brunch and enjoy the experience together.

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