A Lavender brunch with star chef Andy Bates


What’s your (or your mother’s) pleasure? Here are choices for all tastes including a most unusual lavender brunch, music for the celebration, a chance to learn something new, and more. Two picks are on Saturday and others on MDay. For more choices for brunch, in case you missed it, my recent post on 7 new picks and an earlier roundup of classic choices.

How about a  Very British Lavender Brunch featuring BBC Celebrity Chef Andy Bates? Start the celebration early – this one’s on Saturday, May 13. But don’t expect a proper tea at Buckingham Place with pinky fingers up! Chef Andy will be shaking things up a bit and will speak to us about his modern twists on classic English dishes.There will also be lovely handmade lavender soaps, lavender bath salts, and lavender sprays to purchase for Mother’s Day Gifts, as well as a silent auction of great items.

Place: Como Metropolitan Hotel, 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

$50 Per Person

Time: 2 to 4 p.m.

Please make sure you have a spot in advance by calling Les Dames South Florida President, Claire Tomlin, at 305.775.2166 and have your credit card information ready.


Mother’s Day concert featuring Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble– Music for mom! Look no further than the Coral Gables Museum. The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble (DECE) will perform a variety of pieces selected specifically for Mother’s Day! Songs will include “La familia” (Anonymous), “Mis caricias a mamá” by Rosa Puig, “Piano Quartet, Op. 67” by Joaquín Turina, and “Piano Quartet Op. 16” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble features Scott Flavin, Violin; Laura Wilcox, Viola; Ross Harbaugh, Cello; and José López, Piano. Come early for a 1pm guided tour of the Museum’s permanent exhibit “Creating the Dream: George Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables.” Museum admission is included with ticket purchase. Soft drinks, wine and mimosas will be available for purchase. Time; 2 p.m. Tickets are $30; $20 for Museum members. To purchase tickets visit https://cgmmothersdayconcert.eventbrite.com or call 305.603.8067.


You can always count on quality and a great view with Seaspice, 422 North River Drive (T.305-440-4200). Nothing says thanks mom like a 2 hour flow of free champagne for all moms from 1 pm – 3p m. Seaspice plans to entertain with a feature live band, performers, giveaways and a photo booth and photographer to help guests capture the beautiful celebration.


Does Mom like jazz and champagne? The Setai, 2001 Collins Avenue (T.305-520-6000) is offering Mother’s Day brunch with live jazz by Vinyl Blvd, complimentary Louis Roederer Champagne and an array of stations including seafood, Indian, rotisserie, dessert, and a special one that will make the children smile.  Moms also receive a rose and special homemade treat.
 11:00AM -4:00PM 
$125/per Adult + service charges and tax

$65/per Child + service charges and tax 


How about a DIY terrarium making class for a family bonding experience? The Pullman Miami Airport Hotel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive (T.305-264-4889) is offering the class as an option for Mother’s Day. The DIY Terrarium-Making Class will be held between 12-3 p.m., no green thumb needed.  Led by Succs for You Miami, the guided class will teach guests how to make their own unique terrarium with gorgeous, low-maintenance succulents. At the end of the class, moms will be able to take their trendy terrarium home, a gift to last a lifetime. The endless brunch will feature all matter of breakfast selections, raw bar with seafood favorites, roasts, crispy skin salmon, and gourmet caring station plus big dessert spread. The specialty brunch buffet is priced at $58 per adult and $25 per child, ages 6 to 12, on Sunday, May 14. For reservations, call 305.264.4888 ext. 369. Complimentary valet parking is available, with your meal receipt.


SUGARCANE raw bar grill, 3252 NE 1st Avenue (T.786-369-0353) just launched a new bottomless brunch with live music by “Los Clasicos de Cuba” on Saturdays. Celebrating this new chapter in the restaurant’s successful weekend brunch, guests can now sip to the tune of “Los Clasicos de Cuba,” a four-piece band that will play live Cuban-inspired music. The fare is dishes by Chef Timon Balloo that come from three kitchen concepts – the raw bar, open fire grill and hot kitchen.  Signature items include the “Fat Boy” Hash with bacon jam, two fried eggs and truffle hollandaise ($16); Maguro Tuna Tartare with yuzu kosho, avocado cream, micro cilantro, puffed rice cracker ($14); Steak ‘n’ Eggs Benedict with oxtail stew, poached egg, sherry-splashed hollandaise ($12); and Beef Short Ribs Korean style ($17). In addition to bottomless beverage offerings of mojitos and sangria for $25 per person, non-alcoholic house made sodas ($6) and fresh-squeezed juices are also available ($5).
Bottomless mojitos and sangria are available during brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Live music every Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Live in the Brickell area and want something nearby? New Peruvian inspired  Lima restaurant at Atton Brickell Miami,  1500 SW 1st Ave, is offering a Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14th from 11am to 4pm. Featured are live music and brunch favorites like bottomless mimosas, ceviche & oyster raw bar, omelet station, European Charcuterie Station, Viennese Table and much more. Reservations: fpfiffer@atton.com or call 786.308.1824.
Price: $40 per person

For those of you who live in Doral,  good bet Dragonfly is doing it up right for MDay and for those in North Miami, you can always count on Il Mulino and farther north, Juniper on the Water in Hallandale.

Decide to cook for mom and not go out? How about giving her a beautiful orchid that won’t break the bank? The Orchid House, 2265 Coral Way is the place. You can count on their orchids lasting (mine for $20 sprouted twice and it’s getting more leaves — will it go for three?)




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