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:
Mercadito Midtown (3252 NE First Avenue Miami, FL 33137)
Perhaps Miami’s best gourmet Mexican restaurant, Mercadito will be putting on its own Cinco de Mayo celebration with $40 sharing menus that include creative guacamoles (pineapple or mango, anyone) and tacos, as well as as a drink special called the ponche zaragoza: tequila reposado, orange, grapefruit, guajillo, Grand Marnier, and Yucateca. For more information, visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com/midtown
Rosa Mexicano (Several Locations)
Enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo menu that will include such specialties as Budin de Pollo, hamachi tacos, and fish cooked in the Pibil fashion (rubbed with achiote and cooked in banana leaves). Don’t miss the guacamole prepared tableside, as well as their unparalleled selection of tequilas! Both the Brickell and South Beach locations will feature live music and giveaways. Visit www.rosamexicano.com for more information
While not advertising any special Cinco de Mayo celebrations, be sure to check out Paquito’s in Aventura for their tequila bar and kitschy atmosphere, Talavera in Coral Gables for its beautifully-prepared authentic Mexican cuisine, and Taqueria El Mexicano for its great inexpensive tacos and cheap margaritas.
Broward & Palm Beach
Rocco’s Tacos (several locations)
Known for their tasty interpretations of Tex-Mex favorites, Rocco’s Tacos will be hosting crazy Cinco de Mayo parties at all of their locations that will include drink specials, live music, DJs, a mariachi band, free tequila pourings, and moustache contest. The winner at each location will receive $250, and the best moustache from all locations will win $250 along with $500 in Rocco’s Tacos gift certificates. Visit www.roccostacos.com for more information
Tijuana Flats (several locations)
If you’re planning on hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at home, but don’t have the time to cook everything yourself, Tijuana Flats could very well be your “salvador”. Catering orders placed on May 4th and 5th that total $100 or more get a free $20 gift card. The fast food Tex-Mex restaurant known best for its assortment of proprietary hot sauces will also be offering dine-in beer specials. For more information, visit www.tijuanaflats.com
Dos Caminos (1140 Seabreeze Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316)
Located in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Broward’s destination for upscale Mexican dining is offering $8 Milagro margarita specials and $45 margarita pitchers this Friday and Saturday. Knowing Dos Caminos, the libations will be far from ordinary! Visit www.doscaminos.com for details.
Broward County has no shortage of kitschy Tex-Mex restaurants with their own Cinco de Mayo Celebrations. Be sure to check out La Bamba, Cielito Lindo, and Tequila Sunrise for celebrations and specials this Saturday
Still haven’t decided where to take your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Don’t sweat it; we’ve put together a list of some remarkably romantic restaurants to visit for a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner in South Florida. These picks are known for their fantastic fare, delightful décor, and amazingly romantic ambiance; but most importantly, all ideal for a dinner date. Just be sure to call ahead for reservations since they’re sure to be full of other loveable couples celebrating that night.
Hakkasan in Miami Beach- The Fontainbleau has really made a comeback, especially in the restaurant scene. Hakkasan at the Fontainbleau is no exception. Voted Best Ambiance by Open Table and recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award, Hakkasan is the quintessential romantic Asian restaurant to check out. Its chic modern décor is sure to impress you. Why not share a Dim Sum Platter with your sweetie as a starter? Don’t forget to end the night with one of their delectable desserts, such as the White Chocolate Mousse with Passionfruit Sorbet. 801 Arthur Godfrey Rd, Miami Beach. 877-326-7412
Still undecided where to spend this country’s most religious Sunday in sports? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some cool places you can watch the Big Game this Sunday. Each location has its own special going on, from free food to a full on Super Bowl party. They’re guaranteed to help you kick-off your Super Bowl Sunday on the right foot!
THE CLEVELANDER: The Clevelander South Beach is throwing a special Super Bowl bash. Starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, you can join Miami Beach’s biggest party. They have 30+ HD TVs, plus a model showcase, body painting, and jumbo screens that will be playing the game. 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 877-532-4006.
Top chefs and wine conosciours! Come one come all! Join us for the 12th year at one of the premiere charity food and wine events in South Florida, March of Dimes Signature Chefs and Wine Extravaganza at Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom on October 14, at 6:30 p.m. Foodies will be delighted to feast on creations from over 30 of the areas best chefs and restaurants, including Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill’s Timon Balloo, Meat Market’s Sean Brasel, Edda’s Cake Designs’ Edda Martinez, AltaMare’s Simon Stojanovic, Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s and Kris Wessel of Red Light. To add to the wonderful culinary dishes, guests will be served wines and champagnes from the world’s most exquisit vineyards and distilleries, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. Tickets are $150 per person in advance and $175 at the door. Celebrity guest, and Food Network star Sunny Anderson, host of Cooking for Real, will host the event. There will be a live and silent auction where all proceeds will be benefiting the March of Dimes.
Even the palpable heat and caked humidity could not stop Silversun Pickups from rocking out the nascent Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL. What promises to be a prodigious epicenter for music in South Florida with upcoming acts like Cypress Hill, Slightly Stoopid and the reemerging Sublime with Rome, decided to invite Silversun early on to sample Boca’s new musical Coliseum.
Silversun frontman Brian Aubert took a few minutes out only hours before his June 16 show to call Mike Rothman to discuss this new venue, Latin food in South Florida, the meaning behind the esoteric name Silversun and the influence touring with bands like Foo Fighters and Muse had on the Pickups. Aubert also made one lucky fan’s day, maybe even year, as David DiCristina was invited to drop in with a few questions of his own.
Lamborghini Caffe Corsa
600 Silks Run Road
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Lamborghini is not just about cars anymore. The name synonymous with luxury sport automobiles has moved into the realm of luggage, watches, perfumes, and now food, thanks to Tonino Lamborghini. As of February 11, the South Florida area has received a taste of what the Tonino Lamborghini Caffe Corsa has to offer by way of head chef Paolo del Papa's creative and inventive menu.
Meshing different genres into their feel-good reggae vibes, The Resolvers have been satisfying South Florida’s live music lovers for the past three years. Keeping spectators on their dancing feet for hours on end, the quintet delivers a handful of original tunes, some familiar covers, and a spirit of harmony at every show.
The Resolvers mostly perform original material at their gigs. They are currently focused on a self-produced CD of songs they’ve written themselves entitled H’amsa. All of the work is done in-house at a studio/warehouse in Deerfield Beach. "We want to keep grass roots and build it one person at a time with a quality e-mail list. We plan on acquiring a strong fan base and get people to join our family,” explained electric guitarist and harmony vocalist Ron Eisner. "We like to spread ourselves out all around South Florida to different venues."
On November 24, South Florida will get to hear the greatest rock music ever created, backed by a full-piece orchestra. The Music of Led Zeppelin will fill the Broward Center for Performing Arts' Au-Rene Theater to provide a truly unique Zeppelin performance for those lucky enough to attend.
Created by Windborne Music, the show is a classical rock symphony that plays a variety of Zeppelin hits. In addition to the orchestra, The Music of Led Zeppelin includes a vocalist, bassist, drummer, guitarist and an electric violin player. Members of the rock symphony wear all black, and audience members of all ages dress up in their most authentic Zeppelin attire. The psychedelic light show perfectly reflects the changes in beat and the intricacy rivals a Broadway show.
On the road since last summer’s CD release, North Hollywood Shootout, Blues Traveler kept South Florida on its dancing feet last week. Packed into Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room, the boys wasted no time getting their groove on. A mixed room of music lovers in their 30s and 40s danced joyously to Blues Traveler’s extended jams. The trick is old hat to the veterans from Princeton, New Jersey who got together in 1987.