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Options for your Mother’s Day brunch celebrations

Mothers should be celebrated and honored every day for the mere fact that she carried you in her womb for nine months, then provided guidance on your path called life, and she always had a smile whenever you needed moral support and a shoulder to cry on. She watched your growth and success with pride. So it’s no wonder that the day set aside for mothers is one of the most celebrated days.

While Mother’s Day honors motherhood and is observed in different forms around the world, and dates and celebrations may vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. Mothers will be showered with gifts and not be allowed to cook which means they will most likely be taken out to brunch by their families.

If you don’t do anything else for you mom on Mother’s Day, taking your mom to Mother’s Day brunch or lunch means you will be doing things right.

And just a little history on the day on which mothers are honored — while versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. In Ethiopia, families gather in the fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood. In the United States, the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908; it has become one of the biggest commercial holidays. Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May.

Baha Mar

At Baha Mar, you will have a number of choices — whether you want to take your mama to lunch at the Regatta buffet, or for a family lunch at 3 Tides Fish House, or indulge your mom with something sweet at Café Madeleine.

Regatta

At Regatta, a smorgasbord of goodies will be on offer for their first Mother’s Day brunch. It’s so varied and vast that you and mom will probably have a tough time choosing, but they encourage you to take your time, and just enjoy.

The grill station will feature Mexican selections: chili con carne, pork tamales, chicken enchiladas, black bean and cheese quesadilla, Mexican rice, guacamole and ceviches. That station will also feature the steak of the day, Cajun chicken and grilled lobster, along with stuffed potatoes, asparagus and grilled corn.

A bakery station will feature a create-your-own-pizza or pick up a ready-made one, mini calzones and mini garlic butter dough balls; with curry beef patties, sausage rolls and Croque Monsieur from the warm bakery.

Penne pesto, beef lasagna, chicken parmigiana, angel hair pasta marinara, lobster and shrimp and Alfredo fettuccine and garlic bread comprise the pasta station.

Russian salad; a grilled gem, balsamic onion, crispy bacon and cous cous and three bean salad will be the options on the salad station; along with salmon horseradish and potato, chicken and mushroom, country pate and pork rillettes.

Sear and fry will comprise hot items including blackened fish, mac and cheese fritters, spicy mango wings and jalapeno poppers. With green-lipped mussels, crab claws, poached shrimp, oysters, and clams on the seafood station with the obligatory toppings and dressings — mignonette, cocktail sauce, remoulade, horseradish, lemon and lime and hot sauce. French fries and chicken tenders are on the menu at the fry station.

At the smoked and roasted station you can create your own salad; roasted chicken, BBQ ribs, and Italian sausage rope, as well as potato gratin, mixed vegetables and the soup of the day.

The crepe station will feature maple, Nutella, strawberries, berry compote and bananas foster. A cheese board will feature quince paste, wafers and crackers, grapes, chutney, relish and pickles.

Their popular popsicles and pastry island will feature a variety of flavors of popsicles, frozen watermelon, frozen smoothie, an ice cream station with banana splits; and all the dessert you think you can handle — tiramisu, warm chocolate brownies, bread and butter pudding, rhubarb crumble, popcorn, crème brulee and lollipops. To wipe away all the guilt after indulging, a selection of fresh fruits is being offered.

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Price: $55 adults, $15 children 11 and under, free for children five and under (all prices subject to local taxes and service charge)

Regatta; Grand Hyatt Baha Mar West Tower

3 Tides Fish House

The family lunch at 3 Tides Fish House entails an exceptional three-course prix fixe menu — first course is a choice of Caesar salad or conch chowder; a family-style main course from a selection of steamed grouper, short ribs, peas ‘n’ rice, plantains and coleslaw; and a traditional rum cake with tropical caramel sauce for dessert.

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Price: $42 per person (exclusive beverages, VAT and gratuity)

Reservations required: telephone 788-7376

3 Tides Fish House; Grand Hyatt Baha Mar West Tower

Café Madeleine

Café Madeleine will mean sweet indulgence. You can delight her with traditional and signature French pastries, freshly brewed coffee or a selection of tasty teas. Or sweeten her day with a selection of house-made gelato, sorbet mimosas, yogurt and fruit parfaits, delicious cakes, colorful macaroons and pain au chocolat. Whether you’re seeking an early morning treat, or a late night snack, Café Madeleine has something special for every mom.

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Café Madeleine, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar West Tower

Atlantis

At the Atlantis, there will be three options for brunch in paradise available at Poseidon’s Table, Virgil’s Real BBQ and Mosaic.

Poseidon’s Table offers a buffet with an array of favorites.

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Adults $45, children $16 (pricing subject to VAT, plus a 15 percent gratuity)

For more information telephone 363-2000 Ext. 66639

Virgil’s Real BBQ

At Virgil’s Real BBQ you can enjoy barbeque steeped in the storied tradition of the South and created using world-famous BBQ styles. Family-style dining is taken to new heights at this rustic and casual restaurant by using a range of rubs and marinades, all enhanced by hours of gentle smoking over hickory, oak and fruit woods.

Time: 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Cost: Adults $40, kids $16 (pricing subject to VAT, plus a 15 percent gratuity)

For more information telephone 363-2000 Ext. 66639

Mosaic

Mosaic is a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant that presents guests with action cooking stations where dishes ranging from fresh fish to churrasco are prepared on demand.

Time: 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Cost: Adults $47, children $16 (pricing subject to VAT, plus a 15 percent gratuity)

For more information telephone 363-2000 Ext. 66639

Luciano’s

Treat mom to a delicious brunch that she won’t forget, starting at only $16. Enjoy such mouth-watering favorites like herb and cracked pepper crusted roasted leg of lamb, blackened chicken fettuccine, shrimp and grits and seafood cannelloni amongst other favorites; top off her brunch with delicious mimosas, sangria and Bloody Mary’s. Reservations required 323-7770

Melia Nassau Beach Resort

Melia Nassau Beach Bahamas Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Aqua and The Market Place will feature complimentary welcome mimosas and a flower for every mother. $55 per person, ½ price children under 12 years. Call 702-5800 or email FBreservations MeliaNassauBeach@melia.com. Reservations suggested for groups of 10 or more. Groups of 30 or more will receive a 10 percent discount. Group reservations must be paid in full to guarantee.

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