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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:

HAPPENINGS
JDRF's First Annual Casino Night

Next Saturday, March 9th, South Florida has the opportunity to help put an end to diabetes by participating in JDRF’s First Annual Casino Night. Known formerly as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF is leads the pack when it comes to funding type 1 diabetes research, including finding better treatment and prevention along the path to finding a cure. Taking place at Palm Beach Lamborghini Showroom, the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter of JDRF plans to put on a great party to benefit their cause with an open bar by Mission Capital and great nibbles from Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and Grease Burger Bar. Those attending will also be able to participate in exciting casino games and bid on some items at a live auction hosted by Palm Beach County Sheriff, Ric Bradshaw.

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Valentine's Day dining in Broward & Palm Beach

For those of you who don’t reside in the 305 or just don’t want to deal with Miami’s infamous traffic and parking, there are many restaurants north of County Line Road where one can have a delicious and memorable Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to dine on bustling Las Olas Boulevard or in quirky Delray Beach, Joonbug’s Broward/Palm Beach dining guide for V-day will help point you in the right direction. Here are a few of our picks:

Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 727-0307

FOOD + DRINK
It's All Greek To Me

To say that I indulged like a Grecian Goddess this weekend is an understatement. I got to attend the 9th Annual Boca Bacchanal this weekend; and boy, was it fit for a God! The Boca Bacchanal presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society, was an event perfect for wine enthusiasts, food lovers and anyone who enjoys the “good things” in life. Inspired by Dionysus the Greek God of wine, also known as Bacchus, who himself enjoyed all the splendors life offered him. A festival known as the "Bacchanalia" in honor of Dionysus and the Greek culture of Southern Italy has been a party dating back to 200 BC. Now this development has spread across the Atlantic to Boca Raton! Held on March 18th- 20th, this was a weekend to remember! Each day featured a different approach to enticing your taste buds! Whether it was a dinner cooked by top chefs or wines paired with your gourmet meal, everyone was sure to leave happy and feel as delighted as a Greek God themselves!

FOOD + DRINK
Palm Beach Entertains

Last Saturday, the streets of Worth Avenue were converted to a wonderland of brilliantly merged food and wine. As I walked the avenue, surrounded by its perfectly trimmed hedges punctuated by fuchsia bougainvilleas and store after store of luxury, I couldn't help but think that the Worth Tasting on Worth Avenue (WTOWA) event was everything it promised to be, with its lush landscape, playful statues, and flavorful dishes paired with wine and spirits from local venues. WTOWA, began four years ago by the Junior League of Palm Beach, an organization founded in 1940 and dedicated to developing and training women leaders, as well as creating a better community.

FOOD + DRINK
Worth The Trip

Known for its activism in the community, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches hosts amazing events and fundraisers throughout the year. But its Annual Worth Tasting has to be the League’s most delectable one! For the past three years, the Junior League has hosted the Worth Tasting, a food and wine festival that raises money for the organization, and this year is no different. The 4th Annual Worth Tasting will be held this Saturday, February 19th from 6-9 p.m. on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. If you want to tempt your palate with a selection of wine, cocktails, and by-the-bite tasting served by restaurants from around the Palm Beaches, this is the event to be at and definitely worth the drive. Local chefs from top Palm Beach restaurants will create an extraordinary evening of mouth-watering bites to entice every appetite. This year the Worth Tasting is chaired by Laura Wissa and co-chaired by Laura Krielow and Kelly Leyden.

ENTERTAINING ISH
Palm Beach
So this is short and easy. You need a drink for New Year's. This is a drink. Once you put them together you have yourself a tasty treat. grab: 1 1/2oz of gin 1/4oz of sweet vermouth 1/2 tbsp of grapefruit juice 3-5 ice cubes Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Happy New Year!