Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Palm Springs - The Food

Exceptional food has a tendency to stay fresh within my memory. A couple of nights ago I had some french fries at the Englander and they were reminiscent of those fabulous fries I had in Palm Springs at The Viceroy. One thing led to another and now I'm thinking back on all of the fantastic food I ate while in the desert, like the naan flat bread at the hotel bar. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water.

Besides the hotel fries and our morning Starbucks ritual, we ventured out to Las Casuelas Terraza for some Mexican food. We nibbled on chips, salsa, and to die for guacamole while we waited for our entrees and watched part of the ball game that was airing in the bar. I went for the two-item dinner option and got a cheese enchilada and a chile relleno with rice and refried beans. It was far too much food for me to eat, especially after filling up on chips, but the food was pretty darn good. While it certainly wasn't El Patio, it was a great option and I wouldn't mind eating there on the next trip.

I also had dinner at Maracas one evening, and while I thoroughly enjoyed my margaritas, the Poor Juan bean and cheese burrito was just so-so. Their chips and salsa, however, were great.

Another evening my seester and I stumbled across Bill's Pizza. It's incredibly hard for me to turn down pizza for any meal and it's even harder when it's a restaurant that's not a chain.

The Elton John Pizza

I nearly went for my own custom selection of toppings, but then I saw the Elton John pizza and I knew I had to take a chance on it. It comes with garlic infused olive oil sauce, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cooked spinach, red onion, and four cheeses plus feta. It's no secret that I have a love affair with feta, so it was basically a necessity for me to order that pizza at that point. The crust was perfectly crisp and soft all at the same time and the flavors melded together in a way that made me want to eat the entire thing in one sitting. I practiced some self-control, however, and ate it the following morning for breakfast. I've gotta say, it was still pretty amazing cold!

On our shopping day it was quite warm, so we stopped for a much needed cool treat at Lappert's Ice Cream. I had never had a Dole Whip before and my seester, who was raving about them, hadn't had one since she went to Disneyland years ago, so we made sure to check it out before heading back to the pool. One taste of hers and I knew I'd be forking out the money for one. It was the perfect amount of fruity, pineapple sweetness to quench my thirst and leave me satisfied. Not to mention, any drink with a tiny umbrella makes me giggle in delight.

Dole Whip

Finally, on our last evening there, we indulged in a fancier meal and had a delicious dinner at The Kaiser Grille. We sat out on the patio, sipped on Brambles, and noshed on a delicious appetizer of heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella cheese picked by our waiter. For the entrees, T went for the steak medallions, while I chose the seared ahi with sautéed mushrooms on a bed of risotto. Just like feta, I have a profound love for risotto and this often becomes the tipping point when deciding on what dish I feel like dining on.


The risotto was incredibly rich and the ahi was exactly what I was craving. I finished off as much as I could, but there came a point where I just couldn't possibly eat another bite because I was stuffed and it was so rich. This meal was definitely one of the highlights!

There were so many aspects of Palm Springs I enjoyed, but the food was certainly one of them. I'm still looking forward to returning for a bunch of reasons, but especially to try some more amazing food!

xoxox
kk

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