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For the place in California, see Merienda, California.
Typical merienda fare.

Merienda is a light meal[1] in Southern Europe, particularly Spain, Italy (merenda), Slovenia and Croatia (marenda), as well as Latin America and the Philippines. Usually taken in the afternoon or for brunch, it fills in the meal gap between lunch at noon and dinner, or between breakfast and lunch. It is a simple meal that often consists of a piece of fruit, cookies, yogurt, and other snacks paired with juice, hot chocolate, coffee, spirits, or other beverages.

It is typical for Argentines and Paraguayans to have merienda or "tea" around 5pm, between lunch and dinner. It generally consists of an infusion (tea, mate, coffee, mate cocido, etc.) and a baked snack (scones, bread, toasts, cake, facturas, etc.), usually accompanied with dulce de leche, honey, butter or jam. North Americans may relate this light meal as a type of "second breakfast."

In the Philippines, merienda (Filipino: meryenda or minandál) refers to the light meals that would otherwise be referred to as brunch and afternoon tea.[2] Merienda taken in the early evening just before dinner is referred to as merienda cena.[3]

In coastal parts of Croatia and Slovenia, it is called marenda, a meal eaten between breakfast and lunch.[4] Usually it is a light snack, like sandwiches or toast, eaten during work break.

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  1. ^ Solomon H. Katz. (ed.). ""Spain." Encyclopedia of Food & Culture". Vol. 2. Gale Cengage, 2003;, 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Merienda in the Philippines". July 3, 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Doreen G. Fernandez. "Filipino Food/Cuisine Glossary". Palayok: Philippine Food Time, On Site, in the Pot. Manila: Bookmark Inc., 2000; Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pleasures of the palate and beverages to quench your thirst". How to survive in and even enjoy Croatia, A guide for smart foreigners. Retrieved 27 December 2010.