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Elevenses (pronunciation: //) is a short break taken at around 11am to consume a drink and/or snack of some sort. The name and details vary between countries.
Elevenses typically consists of tea or coffee, often with a biscuit (cookie) or cake. In Cornwall, elevenses was formerly called 'crib'.
Australia and New Zealand
Elevenses is a tradition mostly associated with elderly people. The Swedish word is "elva-kaffe" meaning "eleven-coffee". It consists of coffee, often served with biscuits. A mid-morning coffee break at work is usually referred to by the more generic term fika.
Elevenses involves tea or coffee, often with a biscuit, cake, or (in some parts of the country) chocolate. The chocolate is typically stored in a refrigerator to keep it cool.
During the first decades of the 19th century, elevenses consisted of drinking whiskey.
In many Spanish-speaking cultures, elevenses is observed under the name las onces (the elevens in Spanish). However, in some places the time at which it occurs has changed from 11am: in Colombia las onces can be taken at any time of day, and in Chile it has shifted to the afternoon, akin to British "tea time".
For elevenses, Winnie-the-Pooh preferred honey on bread with condensed milk. Paddington Bear often took elevenses at the antique shop on Portobello Road run by his friend Mr Gruber, for which Paddington would buy buns and Mr Gruber would make cocoa.
Elevenses is the name of a brand of clothing sold by Anthropologie.
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