No need to fool with food coloring if you have certain ingredients around the house – the items below work as natural egg dyes and create lovely colors.
To create the dye baths, boil the ingredients in a quart of water in a stainless or glass pot and strain; stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar to the dye bath to set the dyes.
Notes: If you use brown eggs instead of white ones, they’ll produce totally different colors. Don’t add salt or baking soda to the water when you boil the eggs to be dyed – these can cause egg shells to resist the dye.
Go for these ingredients to dye your eggs with these colors:
- Yellow = Chopped green carrot tops
- Purple = Red wine
- Pink = Beet juice (or red beets, cut up)
- Red = Red onion skins. (Yellow onion skins make brown eggs red.) Also, marachino cherry juice.
- Rusty orange = Chili powder
- Dark orange = Turmeric powder
- Green = 1 cup cooked spinach
- Lavender/blue = Crushed blueberries
- Blue = Red cabbage
- Pale lavender = 1 Red Zinger tea bag
As with all dyes, the longer the eggs are in the bath, the deeper the colors.
To marble the eggs, dye them one color first, then add more of the same color, or a different one, to a bowl with warm water and a tablespoon of olive oil to a depth of 1 inch. Swirl with a fork or whisk lightly. Roll the pastel egg into the deeper color and coat completely; pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside to dry completely. (Line an empty egg carton with paper towels as a drying rack.)
To create patterns on the eggs, use rubber bands on the eggs before dyeing, remove and dye a second color if desired. Using tape or stickers on the eggs also will create patterns, or you can write your name with sticker-letters before setting into the dyepot. A pale crayon will become dye-resistant – an easy way for kids to write their names on their eggs or draw on them.
For tips on boiling and peeling hard-boiled eggs, go here.
A 42-ounce chocolate bunny ($36.95) is one of many available from Hoffman’s Chocolates, Lake Worth, FL
Easter brings out the brunchers – and they have a lot of options this year in Palm Beach County. Below is our list, gleaned from information provided by the restaurants or hotels. Call first – most require reservations, though you may get lucky as a walk-in if you go later in the time frame. Many spots not on the list are offering a few Easter specials along with their regular ala carte menus, so if you get rebuffed at one, try your favorite restaurant to see if they have specials. For those looking for places in Broward County and Miami, visit Christine Najac’s website, SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com
2014 Easter Sunday brunches in Palm Beach County
Note: Information has been provided by individual venues, and we have strived to be accurate, but call to confirm prices and get menus. Reservations strongly suggested. Prices shown do not include tax and tip The Addison Boca Raton, Two East Camino Real, Boca Raton
The Addison will be serving a buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $80 adults, $40 children. Reservations: 561-372-0568; theaddisonofbocaraton.com
Tanzy in the iPic Theater, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Tanzy will serve an Easter brunch prix fixe menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $22. Regular brunch menu available ala carte. Reservations: 561-922-6699; tanzyrestaurant.com/Boca
50 Ocean, 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach
Easter Sunday Brunch with special ala carte items will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m. Reservations: 561-278-3364; 50ocean.com
Vic & Angelo’s, 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Vic & Angelo’s will serve an Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $39.95, per adult, and $19.95 children 6-10. Up to two children under 5 free with adult meal purchase. Reservations: 561-278-9570; vicandangelos.com
The Office, 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
The Office will add Easter brunch items to its regular ala carte menu available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations: 888-507-7463; theofficedelray.com
The Atlantic Grille in the Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
The Atlantic Grille will serve an Easter brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $29 adults; $12 children 12 and under. Reservations: 561-655-4900; theatlanticgrille.com
The Breakers, 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach
The Breakers Easter Sunday Brunch buffet will be served in the Ponce de Leon ballroom from 10: 30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $115 adults, $40 children. Reservations: 561-655-6611; thebreakers.com
Temple Orange in Eau Palm Beach Resort, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan
Eau Palm Beach, Easter Sunday Brunch buffet will be served in Temple Orange, 11:30-2:30 Adults $75; children ages 5-10, $35. Reservations: 561-533-6000; eaupalmbeach.com
Malcolm’s in The Omphoy Ocean Resort, 2482 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
Malcolm’s will be serving Easter Sunday Brunch 12-3pm. $65 adults and $24 for children. Reservations: 561-540-6440; omphoy.com
Four Seasons Palm Beach, Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
Four Seasons Palm Beach Easter breakfast buffet will be served in Graze from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $75 adults, $30 children. Reservations: 561-582-2800; fourseasons.com
Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach
Cafe Boulud Easter Sunday Brunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $80 adults and $36 for children. Reservations: 561-655-6060; cafeboulud.com
Pistache French Bistro, 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach
Pistache will serve an Easter brunch supplement to the regular ala carte menu. Served 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reservations: 561-833-5090; pistachewpb.com
The Elks Lodge of West Palm Beach, 6188 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
The Elks will sponsor an Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $21.95 adults; children 4-12, $15.95; 3 and under free. Easter egg hunt with Easter bunny at 2 p.m. Reservations through X-Cel Catering, (814) 270-3120; westpalmbeachelks.com
Bistro Ten One in the West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Easter brunch at Bistro Ten Zero One will be served from noon to 5 p.m. $45 adults, $22 children 10 and under. Reservations: 561-209-3353; bistro1001.com The Backyard Bar at the Palm Beach Hibiscus House, 213 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
The Backyard Bar will serve Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $29.95 adults, $15.95 children under 12. Reservations: 561-339-2444; cordonbleucatering.com
Spoto’s Oyster Bar, 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
Easter brunch menu items served from noon-3 p.m. with the Easter bunny handing out candy and posing for photos. Ala carte pricing; regular menu also served. Reservations: (561) 776-9448; spotosoysterbar.com
Vic & Angelo’s, 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
Vic & Angelo’s will serve an Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $39.95, per adult, and $19.95 children 6-10. Up to two children under 5 free with adult meal purchase. Reservations: 561-630-9899; vicandangelos.com
3800 Ocean Ocean in the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island, 3800 N Ocean Dr, Riviera Beach
Easter Brunch buffet at 3800 Ocean will be served from 8-11 a.m. $22 adults and $12 children ages 12 and under. Reservations: 561-340-1795; Marriott.com
Jupiter Beach Resort, Five N. A1A, Jupiter
Jupiter Beach Resort will serve Easter brunch buffet in the Grand Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45 adults; $20 children under 12. Reservations: 561-746-2511; jupiterbeachresort.com/dining/
Other Easter brunches or special menus
Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach
Easter brunch and Easter Bunny appearance at Delray Marketplace with games and entertainment for kids; drawings for adults. $6 brunch buffet sponsored by Bella Amici Pizzeria. More information: DelrayMarket.com
Rendering of Menin Developers’ plans for PGA Plaza includes the Trader Joe’s set to open by end of 2014. /courtesy photo
Contractors are ahead of schedule, they say, at the PGA Plaza where Trader Joe’s will open by the end of the year.
“We started in October 2013, and it’s expected to be complete by the end of July,” said Bob Hoffman, project manager for Anderson Moore Construction. They won the bid for the project that will include rebuilding the façade, parking areas and constructing the shell for the much anticipated Trader Joe’s market.
“We’ve gone back and forth about 15 times on the project plans,” Mr. Hoffman said. “But it’s going good. We’re ahead of schedule in most areas.”
Read the rest of my story in this week’s Florida Weekly newspaper, here. See what Trader Joe’s fans have to say.
Miguelito’s Cancun Grille had a soft opening last month in Royal Palm Beach.
The new Tex-Mex, in a former On the Border restaurant, is the new place from one-half of the brother-sister team that was Aleyda’s in West Palm Beach. That landmark Mexican restaurant closed in 2013. Miguel Lopez is primary owner; Aleyda Cardona is not involved.
He explains the solo venture. “My sister and I were working on a new Aleyda’s, but she had family obligations to take care of,” he said. “A conflict over the use of the name came up, and so I renamed it Miguelito’s. The Cancun Grille represents our food – authentic Mexican – different than Aleyda’s menu.”
Originally, Aleyda’s was set to reopen in Northwood Village in West Palm Beach; that deal fell through.
He decided to proceed with his own restaurant with recipes from his past, and some from a brother who owned the former Pancho Villa Tex-Mex in Lake Worth. It was in Meadowlake Plaza on Lake Worth Road for 23 years.
“The menu is different from Aleyda’s,” he said. “It will be more like Pancho Villa’s. He has a more coastal Mexican style – fish and seafood and steaks. There are seafood dishes on this menu – scallops and mussels.
“Right now, we’re still working with a limited menu and working out the kinks. But everyone here is excited we’re here. It’s a really good area, I think.”
A private room will host parties, he said, but it won’t be open for another month or two while the main dining room is settled.
“This is exciting for me – it’s what I’ve wanted to do for a while. I think the diners will like it once we get it going and get the final menu in place – we’re still tinkering with it.”
Miguelita’s Cancun Grille
- 11121 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL
- 561-688-9033; facebook.com/miguelitoscancun.grille
- Open daily for lunch and dinner.