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Mother's Day is upon us again—it seems to sneak up every year, so if you don't have a five-course brunch planned at home, relax. There are many options throughout the Triangle to tantalize your mama's palette and bring a smile to her lips. Nothing shows you care like a reservation.

XIOS (pronounced khi-os) Greek Restaurant (800 W. Williams St., Apex, 363-5288, is "Celebrating Motherhood" from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13. In ancient Greek culture, the matriarch of the family was a position of great power and influence, so owners Kirk and Denise Hatzidakis have brought their mother, Julia Hatzidakis, all the way from Greece to serve as hostess for the event. All mothers will receive chocolate cobbler desserts and enjoy complimentary services and prizes such as a 5-by-7 inch photograph compliments of Real Life Image Photography, live music, belly dancing, and drawings throughout the day for prizes such as gift certificates to area spas and beauty salons.

If a classic brunch is more your speed, The Grape at Cameron Village (403 Daniels St., Raleigh, 833-2669, will pair three wines with three courses for a Mother's Day brunch from noon to 3 p.m. The meal will include champagne, appetizer, entrée paired with wine, dessert, and a dessert wine. Cost is $39. A special children's menu also will be offered. Reservations required. The regular brunch menu will not be offered during this time.

Those looking for a later night out with mom might want to check out Bistro 64 (103 Edinburgh South, Cary, 380-1322, They're accepting reservations for Mother's Day meals between noon and 7 p.m. Menu options include lobster bisque, passion salad and cornbread-stuffed pork loin with Vidalia onion gravy and red pepper jelly.

Amedeo's Italian Restaurant (3905 Western Blvd., Raleigh, 851-7851) is opening a North Raleigh location. Rick Amedeo DeAngelis, son of the original Amedeo, and his wife, Lisa, are planning to open a second location in the old Bear Rock space in North Ridge Shopping Center at the corner of Falls of Neuse and Spring Forest roads. They plan to open this June, and expand to include an outdoor seating area this fall.

A Nicaraguan ranch that partners with Counter Culture Coffee ( won the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence Award, placing in the top 10 Nicaraguan coffees. Counter Culture, the Durham-based company that partners directly with producers and imports coffees for high-end restaurants, gourmet stores and coffee shops, has worked with winner Finca Esperanza Verde ( since its founding in 1998. The farm is owned and operated by the Durham-based nonprofit Sister Communities of San Ramón. This year, the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence program received coffee samples from more than 370 farms. The winning lots, which were chosen by a jury of national and international coffee experts, will be sold to the highest bidders during an Internet auction in June.

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