The “M’’ in Miami stands for “Mom’’ on May 8. So with that in mind, here are some of my favorite South Florida places to celebrate Mother’s Day with Mom and the entire family:
BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN WITH MORTAR & PISTIL AND SMART BITES CAFE
The Wynwood Yard’s Brunch in the Garden features rosé all day, scents of citrus in the air, daybeds with swings, fresh-roasted coffee and a garden-foraged brunch by Smart Bites Café. Afterwards, equip Mom with special-ops-inspired skills taught by Tactivate that will make her an even better multi-tasker than she already is–lock-picking or responding to emergency situations with top-notch finesse. http://www.mortarpistil.com/
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH AT 15TH & VINE KITCHEN AND BAR
The Viceroy Miami’s 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar hosts a dining experience that includes gourmet buffet with traditional brunch favorites, as well as chef specialties. Bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis are included. Kids can get creative with a cupcake display and candy bars. Pop-up boutiques from local designers, OK4U and Sasha Gomez, will be on-site for the fashion-forward moms and daughters. Coffee lovers can get a specialty complimentary cocktail from am illy coffee cart. Families can dine while enjoying views of Biscayne Bay and jazzy tunes from a live band. All moms will be entered into an illy Coffee Raffle. Winners will receive illy X7 Espresso Machine ($299 value), Gillo Dorfles Espresso Cup Collection ($95 value), or ground illy coffee ($15 value each).
FASHION BRUNCH AT JUNGLE ISLAND
South Florida’s landmark attraction invites guests to a specially curated Mother’s Day feast in the Treetop Ballroom, sip on mimosas and preview this season’s sophisticated Moroccan-inspired designs and swimwear cover-ups from Le Beau Maroc. Brunch options include a seafood station displayed on an artistic ice sculpture where guests can delight in fresh Key West shrimp cocktail and snow crab cocktail claws, in addition to gourmet chorizo chicken potato soup, fresh salads and Momma’s fresh-baked rolls to start. Cross over to the action station for made-to-order omelets, grilled sausage, seared line-caught wild salmon with Vermont maple butter, char-grilled skirt steak churrasco with Cuban-style chimichurri sauce, carved pig and guava-glazed turkey, sweet plantains and Hawaiian rolls, among other brunch favorites such as applewood bacon, Cinnamon Crunch French toast, potato hash and much more. Jungle Island’s scrumptious Mother’s Day brunch concludes with an exotic seasonal fruit display and an assortment of treats.
BRUNCH AT SPASSO
Brunch at Spasso Miami includes a full-fledged buffet complete with a dry-aged Chicago prime rib at the carving station, house-made pastas such as Italian tortelloni with black truffle sauce, egg-cellent frittatas and unlimited mimosas.Moms dining at the restaurant all have a chance to win free cooking classes at Spasso’s new cooking academy.