Planning Easter Brunch

Suggested brunch cocktails at Splashes.
Suggested brunch cocktails at Splashes.

Splashes, at the Surf and Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Highway, will offer an Easter lunch from 12- 3 p.m. that includes savory and sweet choices with optional wine pairings. Guests can enjoy an ocean view while dining on sun choke and truffle soup, ahi tuna tartar, scallops, seared salmon, pork tenderloin, short ribs and more. Desserts include chocolate budino, vanilla bean pudding or angle food cake.

Reservations are recommended, 949-376-2779. The three-course lunch fare is $75 per person, $105 with wine pairings.

Vegan and vegetarian dishes will be on the menu at True Food Kitchen, 451 Newport Center Dr., including two seasonal specials. Spring bruschetta topped with asparagus, artichoke, green peas, and watermelon radish, sesame and goat cheese, and sustainable Sea bass served with grilled vegetables and whole grains. For reservations, 949 644-2400.

St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point reimagines its Easter celebration with a brunch at three of the property’s dining concepts. Monarch Bay Club will serve an extended spread of seafood while Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern offers a prix fixe menu of his signature dishes.

A weeklong holiday program (March 23-27) for younger guests includes Easter egg coloring, storytelling and cameos with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt Sunday, March 27.


Ecology Center Welcomes Visitors

The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, will host the community table dinner featuring sustainable seafood at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, with chef and fishmonger Paddy Glennon.

Jason McLeod, executive chef of Ironside Fish & Oyster, will join him. Purchase tickets and find out more at:

The center celebrates World Water Day Tuesday, March 22, by offering a discount on rain barrels, prices at $30-$40. The center aims to distribute 500 rain barrels.


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