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:
It might not be the same for everyone, but in my experience, Thanksgiving is that very special holiday when some of the worst cooks consider themselves to be award-winning chefs. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been a victim of such atrocities as a coleslaw-ambrosia salad combination, an unnaturally colored cool whip and graham cracker crumb dessert, or a casserole so replete with cream, butter, cheese, and bacon that it constitutes one’s allowable fat intake for the entire year. Trying to dissuade these mad scientists turned amateur cooks from contributing to your Thanksgiving feast can quickly become an ugly scene with all the crying, fighting, and emotion of a 90’s talk show. Trying to trick yourself into making your relative’s multicolored congealed salad into a suitable side dish for your chestnut and morel stuffed bird has proven futile...and quite ridiculous. The only solution to make everyone happy is to leave the cooking to the professionals this Thanksgiving and going to a restaurant. If your ideal Turkey Day is one in which there are no dishes to wash and you’re not stuck with a week’s worth of leftovers, then you should definitely check out Joonbug’s recommendations for restaurants offering some of the best Thanksgiving dinners in South Florida this year.
One of the most exciting additions to the famous Fontainebleau Hotel's many renovations, is the arrival of their beloved sushi restaurant, Blade Sushi. Earlier this month, the Fontainebleau welcomed back Blade Sushi in its new location, alongside Vida, the Hotel’s American brasserie.
The space is very modern and arranged with rounded booth seating, with breath taking views of the Fontainebleau grounds. The central sushi bar is the focus point of the space shared with Vida that will be headed with not one, but three master sushi chefs, Yoshiro Kamago, Deden Bandi, and Diego Ng. All three chefs have trained under sushi masters including Nobu Matsuhisa and Morimoto. Their skills definitely shine through Blade’s newly created menu which features classic Asian flavor with inventive dishes that is signature to the Fontainebleau.
One can’t help but think of the famous Fontainebleau when Miami comes to mind. Originally opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau has been, for decades, the destination for tourists on vacation as well as the locals for a night out on the town. Now with its celebrated renovations, once again the Fontainebleau remains as Miami’s most notable icon. With its ever-popular clubs like LIV and Arkadia, the Fontainebleau has now become a playground for the young and hip as well as the older and wealthier of Miami. One can only imagine, as well, that this historic hotel would only choose the best to run the show. And choose the best they did! Six months ago, the noteworthy Chef Thomas Connell came into the Fontainebleau as their new Executive Chef and since then has overseen every culinary aspect of their massive hospitality operations. A huge and critical feat, no doubt, and Joonbug Miami got a chance to see just how Thomas Connell manages it all- including mixing fine dining with Miami’s hottest nightlife.
Forget going green, the Fontainebleau will be going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month this October. High end eateries Gotham Steak, Hakkasan, Scarpetta, and Vida will be serving three-course prix-fixed meals for $39 Sunday through Thursday through the entire month, contributing a portion of the proceeds to Susan G. Koman for the Cure. Included on the cocktail menus will also be a signature mix of Ciroc Red Berryrock candy, lemon sour, and fresh raspberries dubbed a “Pinkie Promise.” For each $10 drink, $1 will go towards the foundation.