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What food is so much better during lunch or during dinner?

I was just thinking - it seems there are certain foods that are really so much better during either lunch or dinner. For me, they are as follows.

Better during lunch:
-sandwiches
-paninis
-wraps
-salads
-crepes
-lobster roll

Better during dinner:
-Indian
-pasta

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  1. My favorite is a heavy lunch or brunch (on the weekends). I have always preferred eating light for dinner.

    1. Social conditioning, pure and simple.

      There are societies conditioned to have the main meal during the day and others have it in the evening. But what will generally "feel right" will be how its generally done where you are in the world.

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      1. re: Harters

        Yup. The whole 'breakfast-lunch-dinner' megillah is quite recent and hardly universal. I once read that 'a (British) gentleman never eats soup at lunch.' How arbitrary is that?

        1. re: mwhitmore

          Dunno about the soup thing, but British meals, for the middle/upper classes, could be quite formalised in the 19th and early 20th century. For many of us, the main meal of the day would have been eaten in the middle of the day and was called dinner. There would have been a more snacky evenign meal, called tea. Calling it lunch seems to be be after the Great War - although many Brits still use the original meal names (although it is mainly folk in the north of the UK and those from a working class background who do so)

          1. re: Harters

            Are you sure about that Harters? I always thought that the midday meal was always lunch and that the evening meal was either dinner or supper. Tea was something you had at 4pm but could also refer to the evening meal. Anyone for tiffin? ("Luxury! Handful of gravel for us lunch" - Monty Python)

            1. re: kagemusha49

              You forgot elevenses, something I was introduced to in the city of Chester.

              Growing up in Chicago, I was taught that supper was served as a formal meal during the middle of the day, and quite large. Dinner was lighter and served after 7 PM. Lunch was a non-formal meal with time off provided by your employer or school.

              1. re: kagemusha49

                My grandparents called the midday meal "dinner" and the evening meal "supper"

                Very common in the 1960's Midwest

                1. re: kagemusha49

                  Yes, I'm absolutely certain of the contents of my earlier post

                  http://www.putlearningfirst.com/langu...

                  By the by, food during the period of the Great War is the subject of my forthcoming book.

                  1. re: Harters

                    When I lived in Oxford for a year as a child, I ate breakfast, lunch and supper. My classmates, however, had breakfast, dinner and tea.

                2. re: Harters

                  Harters, the family I was raised with from age 6 were newly transplanted to California from England. their daughter became my 'bestie'. I ate meals at their house at least twice a week. SUCH great memories. and you're right, they ate like we didn't.
                  how typical is cold thin sliced roast beef with simple salad of basically
                  mixed oil&vinegar. pot of tea for her and I for breakfast everyday, white&sweet. thanks for making me remember that :)

            2. Lunch: soup
              grilled cheese sandwich
              potato chips
              buffet
              3 martinis

              Dinner: stew
              pizza
              steak
              salad
              fish and shellfish
              scotch and wine

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                If i had three martinis at lunch i wouldn't be awake for dinner......!

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Houston, the 80's, the three margarita lunch from Ninfa's on Navigation. They were killer strong back then, dumbed down now.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    I think the drinking culture has changed a lot. Saw Saving Mr. Banks and I was struck with the hotel drinking occurring midday when Mrs Travers went in for her pot of tea.

              2. Definitely garlic at dinner time rather than lunch because I don't like showering co workers with garlic breath.

                1. I like omelets for lunch but not dinner

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                  1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                    My kids love when I make "diner night" for dinner which usually consists of cheese omelettes and bacon with toast & jelly.....