HAPPENINGS
Weekend Pick: Bunny Rock Half Marathon and 5k

What: Bunny Rock Half Marathon and 5k at Grant Park

When: Saturday, April 19th, 9am

Where: Grant Park- Arvey Field, S Columbus Dr. & E Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL

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Belgian Chocolatiers Teach the Art of Easter Eggs Decorating

All next week, the Belgian chocolatiers at Neuhaus will teach classes on how to best decorate and enjoy chocolate eggs. And all this time you never realized you were doing it wrong! Neuhaus will provide each guest with a hand-made chocolate egg, which they can decorate with gianduja, a luxury hazelnut paste, and fill with one of Neuhaus' famous pralines, including black currant, coffee, and fleur de sel.

Guests will also be invited to learn about the history of Neuhaus, and then taste some of their best-selling chocolates. Bubbly will also be provided to wash down the delectables. Those who fall in love with the products can also pick up their many Easter-themed packages at a discount.

What: Egg Decorating at Neuhaus

When: Wednesday, April 16th, Thursday, April 17th, and Friday, April 18th from 7-9pm, and Saturday, April 19th from 12-2pm

Where: Neuhaus, 500 Madison Ave., New York, NY

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Easter Brunch in South Florida

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:

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Easter Basket Sweet Treats

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.

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Eggscelent Dining Options for Easter

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.

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After the Hunt: 5 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Eggs

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.

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Easter Specials to Get Your Grub On

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.
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Best Of: Easter Brunch

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

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Quick and Simple: Sushi Bowl

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.

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Sunday Best: Simple Sassy Easter Dresses
The Easter dress is one of those quintessential items that we all have. Every year we start the search for another darling dress that's classy enough to carry on the tradition, but forget egg hunts, finding the right dress can feel like even more of a mission. Am I showing too much leg? What about cleavage? Do I really have to buy another floral dress? Or worse--pastel? Of course not. We've picked out dresses appropriate for the occassion that stray just enough from your typical Sunday best to keep things interesting. Instead of cotton sundresses, we've chosen vintage-inspired lace and airy chiffon with flattering boatnecks and ladylike a-lines. We ditched the expected floral print and over done pastels, opting instead for one of our favorite spring color trends-- soft neutrals (it's what we imagine is the birth child of earth tones and pastels). Though subtle, these dresses will make a statement, so wear them on their own or under a cozy cardigan for an updated look this Easter.