Start Passover Friday at Rosa Mexicano and their fantastic Mexican Passover dinner. Bringing a new twist to traditional Seder specialties, chef Jonathan Waxman has created a menu that is kosher, unique and tasty. Some dishes include Huachinango “gefilte fish,” traditional red snapper dumplings served with pickled vegetables and jalapenos, and tacos de tinga de res – savory pulled beef brisket mixed with jicama and carrots and cooked in Tecate beer. Mexican Passover is available at Rosa Mexicano from April 6 to April 13 at both the L.A. Live and Hollywood location. (To L.A. Live restaurant: Metro Blue Line to Pico Station. To Hollywood restaurant: Metro Bus 2 to Sunset/Sunset Plaza, walk half a block northeast on Sunset.)
On Saturday, take the family to Olvera Street for the Blessing of the Animals. The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at El Pueblo Historical Monument, with the procession on Olvera Street commencing at 2 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, free pony rides and a petting zoo. Celebrated every Saturday before Easter for over 80 years, the Blessing of the Animals serves now as recognition of the services animals provide for humans. Olvera Street is located across the street from Union Station, which is served by Metrolink, Amtrak, Metro Gold Line, Red Line, Purple Line and a multitude of buses. Check Trip Planner to find the best route.
Sunday marks the official opening of the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. With more than 53 butterfly and moth species on display, the seasonal exhibit is not one to be missed. The Pavilion is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are sold every half hour. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children 5-12. Museum members and children under 5 are free. The exhibit is open until September. (Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State, Metro Bus 102 to Exposition/University, DASH F to Expositon/Vermont…and coming soon, Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.)
If you’re looking for somewhere unique to celebrate Easter, visit the Queen Mary for their special Easter brunch. There is a ridiculous amount of food available, from prime rib and spicy tuna rolls to chile rellenos and ceviche shooters. And of course, all the traditional brunch fixings like pancakes and omelets. Enjoy the great food in the elegant Grand Salon, the ship’s original first-class dining room. Easter brunch starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 2:30 p.m. Prices start at $19.95 for kids 12 and under and $59.95 for adults. Reservations are suggested. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall Station, transfer to Passport Bus C to Queen Mary.)