One of the interesting things about the holidays is that the traditions surrounding them can be so enjoyable, and oftentimes so delicious, that even the most staunch atheist can feel hesitant to completely abandon them. Even those who still identify with a particular religion can often forgo the rituals, services, and prayers associated with certain holidays but will definitely embrace the gift exchanges, parties, and most definitely the food. I’m certain that not everyone has been making sacrifices for Lent. Many Catholics have probably forgotten that Palm Sunday was this past weekend, many more will be observing Holy Week as just another week, and there are probably quite a few who don’t plan on going to church this coming Sunday. Nevertheless, many self-identifying Christians will probably be making plans to enjoy an Easter meal this weekend. Along with the warmer weather our northern compatriots hope to experience, our recent “spring forward” to which many of us are still adjusting also marks an unofficial start to “the brunch season.” Sure, we enjoy leisurely al fresco brunches all the time in South Florida, but brunch never seems as mandatory as it does during one of the Spring’s most brunch-friendly holidays, Easter. In case you have yet to make plans for this weekend, here are a few of Joonbug’s suggestions for restaurants serving up Easter brunch in South Florida:
Easter candy may be the best time of year if you’re as much of a chocoholic, candy-feign as we are. Just think about it; there’s peeps dipped in chocolate, pectin jelly beans in every flavor imaginable, there’s chocolate eggs, mello-creams, Cadbury cream eggs, and chocolate bunnies, lambs, cows, ducks, etc. Not to mention specialty cookies and cakes that are holiday specific. So, are you drooling yet?
We’ve compiled a list of delicious and decadent holiday gifts to help you narrow down what to put in your basket or someone else’s if you’re feeling generous enough. Don’t live in NYC? Don’t worry some of our Easter favs ship nationwide.
Nobody likes to cook a giant Easter meal, so head out on the town and have one of New York City's amazing chefs whip you and your family up something divine. We've got the best Easter specials and meals below for you to choose from. Happy Holidays!
On Easter Sunday, Marco Polo Ristorante will feature a prix fixe menu comprised of traditional Italian dishes and contemporary interpretations. Standouts from the menu include Tortellini in Brodo and Schiaffoni con Ragu D'Agnello. The restaurant will accommodate seatings at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm. Please call for reservations.
Without fail one or more Easter eggs will be lost in a vase or in a potted plant this Sunday during a traditional hunt for techno-colored eggs. The egg will be left forgotten until you tear apart your house, desperate to find where that rotten egg smell is coming from. Thankfully, the majority of your dyed eggs will make it back safely to the security of their basket full of plastic grass. Most people turn their leftover hard boiled eggs into enough egg salad to feed their entire neighborhood but there are other options for taking your leftovers to the next level. Revamped Easter eggs are the equivalent of the turkey sandwiches you have for lunch on Black Friday.
Still don't know where you'll be grubbing this Sunday? Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, there are some killer food specials to celebrate EATING. Catch our drift?
Wall & Water is hosting an Easter Sunday brunch and feel free to bring the kiddies! The resto will convert their private dining room into a Children's Lounge, where kids can participate in coloring, egg painting , holiday cartoons, and other fun activities.
From 11:30am-2:30pm, Wall & Water will be offering their special brunch menu for $50 a person (1/2 price for kids age 6-12 and free for kids under 6). The farm to table brunch includes:
- "The Larder"- oysters, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, cheese and charcuterie, caesar and green salad, grilled veggies, croissants, pain au chocolat, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.
- "The Open Kitchen"- leek and potato soup, truffle croutons, mustard crusted boneless leg of lamb, boulangere potatoes, rosemary lamb jus, Long Island duckling seared breast, leg confit, sauteed curly kale, sour cherries, walnuts, sweet onion and gruyere quiche.
- "The Sweet Extravaganza"- selection of sweets and cakes.
We've all been there. Waking up Easter morning only to immediately dread the mundane mid-morning meal with your in-laws. But your traditional Easter brunch doesn't have to be an excruciatingly boring event. Come celebrate Easter at some of the hottest restaurants in South Beach.. This ain't your grandma's Easter brunch!
Fontainebleau: Bring the kids to the Fontainebleau on Easter Sunday. While brunch will be served by two of the property's restaurants (Scarpetta and Vida), the resort will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm for children 6 and under and 3pm for kids 7-12. Both restaurants offer brunch at $75 per person, $37.50 for kids 4-12, and children under 4 eat free. Scarpetta from 11am-2:30pm, Vida from 10am-3pm. 4441 Collins Avenue. (305)674-4660
Eden Roc: Come join Executive Chef Paula DaSilva at the soulful farm-to-table 1500• at Eden Roc Renaissance. This buffet-style menu is priced at $65 per person (including endless mimosas), $19.95 for children 5-12, and kids under 5 eat free. Brunch will be served from noon to 3pm, and includes egg decorating for the kids.Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, at 4525 Collins Avenue. (305) 674-5594
Eos: The spectacular 15th floor view and Mediterranean-accented cuisine makes Eos at Viceroy Miami a wonderful departure from the Easter brunch norm. Along with breathtaking views of the city, this stylish space (create by acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler) offers a special brunch that includes unlimited mimosas. Pricing set at $60 per person, $35 for children under 12. 15th floor of Viceroy Miami, 485 Brickell Avenue. 305-503-4400
In preparation for Easter, Christians celebrate Good Friday tomorrow, where we abstain from eating meat. Fish however, is still allowed. Whether you aren't eating meat for religious or personal reasons, this quick and easy Sushi Bowl will satisfy cravings, is healthy and also meatless! If you haven't reflected on your eating habits lately, now is a great time. Are you eating out too much? Consuming one too many coffee drinks? Are you getting enough vitamins from fresh, organic vegetables? If the last time you stopped by the farmer's market was 3 years ago, now is the time! Fresh produce, locally handmande items and food is being made in your city and you need to experience it! Grab a friend and find the closest market near you. You can find a list of Florida Market's at the Florida Community Farmer's Market website.
Easter dinner is fast approaching and maybe you’d like to put a twist on some old fashioned Easter recipes. Here are three recipes that will round out your holiday.
Lamb with Chili-Mint Sauce
4 six-ounce lamb shoulders (or cut of your choice)
½ cup minced mint leaves
½ shallot, minced
2 jalapenos, minced
2 habaneros, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ grapefruit, juiced or 1 lime, juiced
4 tablespoons olive oil
There are two different sauces that could come out of these ingredients. One is more of a salsa, and the other is a thicker glaze; both can begin to be prepared the same way. Combine minced mint, shallot, jalapeno, habanero, garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl. If you prefer to have the salsa, simply squeeze the juice of half of a grapefruit into the combination and stir. The salsa is ready to be served with the lamb.