A couple of times a year in "la belle saison" (second half of spring, summer, first half of autumn) some friends gather in a park and enjoy a leisurely meal without much of a time frame, that includes coffee and tea in thermos containers, quite a bit of wine, bubbly water and nice food. But I walk past the places where it seems to be a weekly event for some, and then, it seems a great time-waster.
Brunch is obviously reserved for people who get up late or who have a sweet tooth at all times. I get up so early most of the time that I would be ready for lunch by 10:00 a.m. so there is no point in proposing brunch to me at 11:00.
I think I have only humoured people once or twice by going to a "champagne brunch." It immediately brought to mind the concept of "second breakfast" among the hobbits.
As you probably know, I get up very early too, but really am not interested in a "second breakfast". I love food, I love coffee, I love wine (but not quite so early) I love my friends and I love conversation, but I don't love things that drag on endlessly and waste the whole bloody day.
bixa - wait until you go to a typical French brunch...the piles of poorly-executed American-inspired and unrelated French food items alone will convince you that you should have stayed home and made your own pancakes. Especially when it costs 25 EU...