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Restaurant & Food News

03 Feb 2013
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A new Asian restaurant has started serving a selection of Chinese, Thai and Japanese food out of a spot on Palm Canyon Drive. Jane Zou, manager of the new Asian Bistro at 362 S. Palm Canyon Drive, says the restaurant opened Tuesday, Jan. 1. Zou says the owners of Asian Bistro formerly ran a restaurant in Indiana called Exotic Thai, but this is their first restaurant in the Palm Springs area. The restaurant encompasses the cuisine of several countries, so it stands to reason that the menu is somewhat lengthy. There’s a little of just about everything in there—Thai beef jerky, noodle dishes, traditional dumplings and so much more—with attention paid to well-known dishes and seldom-seen items alike. In the sushi category, Asian Bistro offers traditional and specialty rolls. Zou says the Indiana roll made with spicy salmon, eel, avocado, crab and cream cheese has been one of her top…
06 Jan 2013
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What will be more savored at this year’s Food and Wine Festival Palm Desert? Fine food and drink, or the impossibly handsome visage of a soap-opera star who writes cookbooks? Either way, this year’s event, which takes place Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24, in the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert, is shaping up to be a world-class culinary shindig that organizers say is their biggest and best yet. Luciano Pellegrini, winner of the prestigious James Beard Award and executive chef of Piero Selvaggio Valentino restaurant in Las Vegas, will be there. So will Sharone Hakman and Alejandra Schrader, finalists from the hit television show Master Chef. According to Jeff Hocker, the event's executive producer, award-winning chef Bradley Ogden, the driving force behind numerous big-name restaurants in California and beyond, will also be in attendance, as will Sean Kanan, who wrote a cookbook during downtime from his…
26 Dec 2012
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With a menu of traditional Latin America-inspired fare and an interior filled with colorful Mexican folk art, one of Palm Springs’ newest restaurants strives to offer a dining experience that’s as vibrant and authentic as the artist it’s named after. Casa de Frida, which takes its name from well-known Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, deals largely in homemade dishes from regions across Mexico, but there’s cuisine from Cuba, Venezuelan and other countries to be had as well. One dish is even described as "a Latino version of the French classic beef bourguignon." The restaurant itself is somewhat of a shrine to Mexican art, with hand-painted tiles adorning many surfaces. Visitors are greeted at the entrance by a large papier-mache skeleton straight out of a traditional Day of the Dead celebration. Wooden masks, a huge stylized glass portrait of Frida Kahlo and other decorations complete the south-of-the-border vibe. The food, however, is…
21 Dec 2012
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A resort and spa just west of Palm Springs along Interstate 10 is welcoming two new restaurant concepts this week. Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, located at 49500 Seminole Drive in Cabazon, is holding a grand opening for Tacos and Tequila and the Natural 9 Noodle Company today, Friday, Dec. 21, according to Lisa Kaufman, who handles media relations for the restaurants. Tacos and Tequila is a 7,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant just steps from the resort’s Oasis Pool. Its design is said to be inspired by the “cool modernism of Mexico City, as well as the traditional elements of Mexican beach style,” according to a press release. The menu of various Mexican offerings is accompanied by an upbeat bar area and a large selection of pure blue-agave tequilas. Natural 9 Noodle Company deals chiefly in the cuisine of China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. Expect dishes such as stuffed crab legs, wonton…
26 Oct 2012
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Trio Restaurant—one of the valley's most-popular restaurants, if you believe in the OpenTable.com Diners' Choice honors--is turning three years old, and to celebrate, the owners are throwing a big party on Monday, Nov. 5. A special, invited-guests-only bash will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m., the restaurant will be open to everyone. American Idol alum Frenchie Davis will make a "special guest appearance," whatever that means. Trio is located at 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. For reservations or more information, call 760-864-8746, or visit the restaurant's website.

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