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18 May 2016
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What: The Grape Nut Ice Cream Where: Ice Cream and Shop(pe), 1551 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A How much: $3.50 single scoop (pictured); $5.50 double Contact: 760-507-4005; www.icecreamandshop.com Why: Both the flavor and the texture are delightfully unique. On the Palm Canyon Drive side of Arrive, THE new hip place to see and be seen in Palm Springs, is an ice cream shop, appropriately named (if oddly punctuated) Ice Cream and Shop(pe). However, this is no ordinary ice cream shop(pe). Here, you’ll pay a little more for your ice cream—but in exchange, you’ll get scooped-up goodness in a rotation…
19 Apr 2016
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What: Black Pepper Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar Where: Dead or Alive, 150 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $4 Contact: 760-864-7193; www.deadoralivebar.com Why: It’s an equally attractive nonalcoholic beverage. Back when I was in college, the university had a policy: Any group that threw a party on campus that included alcohol also had to offer EANABs—equally attractive non-alcoholic beverages—for attendees who were eschewing booze, for whatever reason. However, this policy was a joke: The EANABs at parties were almost always terrible—a couple cans of Diet Coke, perhaps, or maybe a half-flat two-liter bottle of Sprite off in…
14 Apr 2016
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What: The Chicken and Waffle on a Stick Where: Frankinbun, 540 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $9.95 Contact: 760-318-4841; www.frankinbun.com Why: It’s a tasty and unique take on a classic. Sausage. Is it possible for a non-vegetarian to not like at least some forms of ground, seasoned meat? I dare say: It is not. Or at least, in a logical world, it shouldn’t be possible. These musings bring us to our recent visit to Frankinbun, a new Palm Springs restaurant that focuses on sausage—specifically, sausage in tubular form, presented in a wide variety of ways. Frankinbun has…
23 Mar 2016
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What: The Sesame Chicken Where: New Fortune Asian Cuisine, 67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City How much: $14.95 Contact: 760-770-2988 Why: It tastes like the Chinese food you’d get in SF or LA. We usually keep things pretty positive here on the Indy Endorsement page—but before we return you to your regularly scheduled nice-things-to-say, we feel the need to snivel just a bit. Man, does the Chinese food in this valley suck. I know there’s a void here, because every time I head for San Francisco or Los Angeles, one of my first stops for lunch or dinner is…
04 Mar 2016
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What: The Tacos Al Pastor Where: Jalisco Restaurant, 1605 Sixth St., Coachella How much: $1.55; three-taco combo plate $7.25 Contact: (760) 398-7113 Why: It’s simply a perfect taco. Being a West Valley resident, I don’t get a lot of chances to dine in Coachella. However, a recent business meeting afforded me the chance to have lunch in downtown Coachella—and considering the tacos I had at Jalisco Restaurant, I am now bemoaning my lack of East Valley dining opportunities. I knew I wanted tacos, but wasn’t sure which tacos to try, so I got the three-taco combo plate—a steal at just…
16 Feb 2016
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What: The Crispy Boneless Southern Fried Chicken Where: The Tropicale, 330 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs How much: $25 Info: 760-866-1952; thetropicale.com Why: The delicious flavor leads to happy memories. I went to The Tropicale for the first time back in 2008, shortly after the restaurant opened. I was visiting here from Arizona, doing research for a business plan—a business which would become the publication you’re reading right now, some four-plus years later. I was immediately smitten with The Tropicale. It felt so … Palm Springs, thanks to the swanky vibe, the amazing patio, the bright colors and so on.…
09 Feb 2016
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What: The German Pancake Where: Elmer’s, 1030 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs How much: $10.29; $12.29 as a combo Contact: 760-327-8419; eatatelmers.com Why: It’s a fantastic sweet breakfast. Not too long ago, I ordered the German pancake at Elmer’s Restaurant. One of my dining companions was, well, actually German—and he was baffled. “I’ve never heard of such a thing before,” he said, pointing to the huge, thin, pan-shaped concoction on my plate topped with lemon, butter and powdered sugar. He was baffled for good reason: Turns out the German pancake is not very German after all. While the dish…
15 Jan 2016
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What: The Marcie’s Matcha smoothie Where: Fresh Juice Bar, 73030 El Paseo, No. 104, Palm Desert; also in La Quinta and Palm Springs How much: $5.95 for 16 ounces; $7.95 for 24 ounces Contact: 760-837-9777; freshjuicebar.com Why: All the unique flavors. As I drove away from the Fresh Juice Bar on El Paseo, I faced a dilemma. I knew I was going to be writing an Indy Endorsement about the Marcie’s Matcha smoothie on which I was sipping; after all, it was one of the best smoothies I’d ever tasted. However … I could not figure out how in the…
08 Jan 2016
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What: The Veal Marsala Where: Lord Fletcher’s, 70385 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage How much: $28 Contact: 760-328-1161; www.lordfletcher.com Why: It’s a classic dish at a classic venue. I recently celebrated a friend’s birthday at Lord Fletcher’s. Turns out Lord Fletcher’s is celebrating a birthday of its own. Ron Fletcher opened the restaurant, offering “a touch of Olde England on Restaurant Row” in Rancho Mirage, back in 1966. That means Lord Fletcher’s—now owned and managed by Ron’s son, Michael Fletcher—this year is turning the big 5-0. Given that most restaurants don’t even last one year, the fact that Lord Fletcher’s has…
11 Dec 2015
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What: The Opera Cake Where: Pastry Swan’s Fix, a Dessert House, 73580 El Paseo, Palm Desert How much: $8.50 Contact: 760-340-3040; www.pastryswan.com Why: It’s a dessert with a lot going on. Epicurious.com tells the story of opera cake like this: “Many believe that Louis Clichy was its creator because he premiered the gâteau (cake), with his name written across the top, at the 1903 Exposition Culinaire in Paris. It became the signature cake of Clichy’s shop on the Boulevard Beaumarchais. However, another pastry shop, Dalloyau, sold a very similar dessert, known as L’Opéra (in honor of the Paris Opera), and…