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The San Diego Guide to Easter 2014

Where to eat and play this Easter

By Elisse Miller

The San Diego Guide to Easter 2014

The San Diego Guide to Easter 2014

Where to eat

The Grand Del Mar will open its doors to the Elizabeth Ballroom for Easter brunch (9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20; $88 per person). The feast will include a carving station, seafood, Dim Sum, sushi, salads, pastries, cheese and charcuterie, and of course, desserts (hello, S’mores Tartlettes and Praline-Chocolate Mousse). The children’s buffet, with corn dogs, mini cupcakes and more, is $30. There is also a three-course Easter brunch at Amaya ($58 per person), casual dining at Club M, and the Grand Hunt on the Aria Lawn, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will include an Easter egg hunt starting at 12:30, bunny hop sack races, egg races, face painting, crafts, and cookie decorating. And of course, the Easter Bunny will preside over the festivities.

THE US GRANT Hotel redefines luxury with its Easter brunch buffet. Look out for a custom eggs benedict bar, oyster bar, and a large selection of salads. Bring an empty stomach because these are only a few of the options. Expect an appearance from the Easter Bunny.

Not a fan of brunch? Put an Italian spin on your Easter with a four-course lunch or dinner at BiCE. Along with delectable dishes, all Easter diners will have a chance to win either free deserts from BiCE for one year or a 50-pound dark chocolate egg.

Bistro West, a Carlsbad favorite, is offering an indulgent holiday meal including bacon and spinach quiche, duck confit hash, and bread pudding.

Devour authentic Indian food for an exotic Easter at Royal India. Try the three-course lunch and dinner specials that both feature delicious Nan bread.

Take your brunch venue to the next level by booking a two-hour Flagship’s Easter Brunch Cruise. The San Diego Bay scenery will compliment the extensive buffet and mimosas. This trip will satisfy any palate with its offering of fresh seafood, hand-made omelets, taco bar and classic American breakfast plates. Tickets are $64.50.

Escape for a weekend with the kids at The Westgate Hotel. On April 18 and 19, treat the kids to an Easter Bunny Tea complete with Easter egg hunt and magic show. Children will feel sophisticated as they snack on petit fours and sip tea, just like mom and dad. The festivities continue on April 20 for The Westgate’s Easter Champagne Brunch. Omelets and seafood will abound while a specialty kids’ station will continue the sophisticated vibe. A face painter and a visit from the Easter bunny will also keep kids entertained.

Sweet and savory tastes collide at the elegant Bertrand at Mister A’s. Take in breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline while drinking hearty Bloody Marys or house-made sodas. The scenery and drinks compliment a varied menu including Mediterranean quinoa salad, Hawaiian bread French toast, and pork belly eggs Benedict.

Say “oui” to Mille Fleurs French-inspired brunch menu, starting at $54 per person. Transport your taste buds while eating white asparagus soup with cinnamon croutons or red beet spätzle gratin. A myriad of champagne and infused-vodka cocktails will round out your meal.

Pacific Coast Grill has Easter morning covered with its stunning views and decadent cuisine. Feast on Crème Brulee Brioche French Toast or Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mexican-twists on classic dishes such as Filet Mignon Breakfast Burrito and Lobster Huevos Ranchero will take your holiday south of the border.

Come to Searsucker Del Mar for the relaxed Easter atmosphere and stay for the bottomless mimosas. Eggs will be enjoyed by all–kids will search for them while adults eat the restaurant’s grown up version of green eggs and ham.

At Roppongi, live jazz music by Jessica Lerner compliments the egg-celent specialty brunch menu. Brunch plates will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where to play

On April 19, the Flower Hill Promenade transforms from shopping destination to treasure-hunt central. Families will check in at Gepetto’s to receive a treasure map with hints to find treats throughout the mall.  The Easter Bunny will join the festivities from 12-2 p.m.

The Doyle Recreation Center will provide more than eggs at its Spring Egg Hunt on April 16 from 12-2:30 p.m. Face painters, jumpers, crafts and the Easter Bunny himself will delight all children. Egg hunts are staggered based on age, ensuring that every kid will walk away a winner. Children are encouraged to BYOB–Bring Your Own Basket.

Egg hunts have never been so unique than at Belmont Park. Kids will search for prize-filled golden eggs throught the amusement park and on the beach. After working up an appetite, adults can dine on classis breakfast fare at Wave House San Diego. 

Easter fun shouldn’t be left just to the children. Kick off the weekend at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on April 17 for the R & R Marketing portfolio wine tasting. The good times continue on Sunday morning for Easter brunch. While the adults enjoy their meal, children of all ages can participate in the Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m.

Visit the La Jolla Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20 for its annual spring egg hunt. A $3 entrance fee includes goodie bags, face painting, crafts, and, most importantly, meeting Peter Rabbit.

La Colonia Park in Solana Beach has the spring activities taken care of for children 3rd grade and under.  On April 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., kids can enjoy an egg hunt along with other games and refreshments.

A weekend garden party is the perfect way to embrace the spring season at Scout @ Quarters D. Various activities such as egg dying and hunting will provide fun for the entire family.  The crafts continue with Easter basket decorating and an interactive art project featuring child-made butterflies and flowers. Food trucks, a lemonade stand, and a photo both willa lso be present. Tickets are $10 for adults and $20 for children, and all proceeds go to education programs of The New Children’s Museum. It all takes place April 19 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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