Palm Desert in the heart of the Coachella Valley was the host of the 5th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival. While the event gathered chefs, wine and spirits from around the country, it also showcased more than 30 local restaurants. This was a great way to get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the current restaurant scene in the valley. Here are the standout dishes of the weekend:
Breakfast SpotsWilma & Frieda's Cafe house-made English muffin with strawberry or triple berry jam
If you like the heat, Palm Springs is the perfect weekend getaway. The day may be spent by the pool, but as the sun starts to set, the temperature drops just a bit and, if you are lucky, a warm breeze starts to blow. It's nice to sit outside for a bite to eat and a drink. Located in the front of the Hyatt Hotel in Palm Springs, HooDoo is that spot. Grab a seat in the shade, watch the people walk by on Palm Canyon Drive, listen to live music (on Saturday nights) and enjoy the open air.
We started with a few drinks, like the Palm Springs Hibiscus Cooler (silver tequila, hibiscus liqueur, cucumber soda, cucumber garnish), the Golden State Fig (lemon vodka, ginger liqueur, orange juice, fig preserves, saffron bitters, soda water) and the White Sangria. The drinks are made with fresh ingredients and are on the sweet side. Our favorite was the non-alcoholic Cool as a Cucumber (lemonade, cucumber soda and mint) which is perfectly refreshing on a hot day.
While in Palm Desert for work, I asked my friend who lives there where to get breakfast before my drive back to Los Angeles. I heard her say, in passing, "I always stop for a flight of bacon when I am at the Palm Springs theater." I stopped her and asked, "a flight of bacon? Tell me more!"
The next morning as I was about to head back to the city, I took a little detour to go through Palm Springs to pick up my breakfast. Open everyday, except Tuesday, Cheeky's is a popular spot on North Palm Canyon Drive that serves breakfast all day (8am - 2pm).