BY SOPHIA HAN
The tradition of breakfast in bed **
Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. It has a long tradition in the United States where it was first celebrated in 1914. In Canada, sons and daughters show their appreciation with small gifts offlowers and cards. The tradition of serving mom breakfast in bed started in the 1930s.
Favourite breakfast meals on Mother’s Day include French toast and pancakes because they are easy and fun for children to make. A fresh fruit salad is a healthier option that is also easy to prepare (and clean up afterwards). Serve the meal with a small bouquet of carnations, the traditional flower of Mother’s Day.
A brunch tradition ***
Not everyone enjoys breakfast in bed. Since the 1940s, restaurants have advertised Mother’s Day brunch specials. Brunch is a British tradition invented in the late 19th century. It combines a social gathering with both breakfast and lunch. Taking mom out to brunch at a restaurant also saves her the work of cleaning up afterwards.
Besides breakfast or brunch, there are many other ways to recognize the work that mothers do. A simple phone call is a meaningful way to show appreciation and a more recent trend is to enjoy an outdoor activity together such as a hike or a stroll in a park.
Favourite local brunch spots include Liberte Cafe & Restaurant at 3670 Vanness Avenue and Canffle at 3581 Kingsway. Liberte Cafe specializes in desserts and waffles made from ube, a purple yam with a sweet, nutty flavour.
Or for something different, try treating mom to dim sum. There are many excellent restaurants in Vancouver but a hidden gem is Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine at 3328 Kingway.
What is your favourite place to take mom for Mother’s Day? Let us know – just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
appreciation – when you feel thankful for something
serving – giving food to someone
healthier – better for your health
afterwards – after an event
bouquet – a bunch of flowers
since + present perfect V use since before have and the past tense of a verb to describe a continuous action that began in the past: Since the 1930s, mothers have enjoyed breakfast in bed.
specials – meals available for special occasions
social gathering – gathering of friends and families
besides – in addition
recognize – to show appreciation for someone’s work
meaningful – important or special
trend – something that is popular
stroll – walk
specialize – use specialize to talk about the food a restaurant makes well
hidden gem – a special place that is not well known
** Lower intermediate
*** Upper intermediate
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