Some food notes:
Mar. 12. Ate dinner at 29 Palms Inn restaurant. Twentynine Palms, CA. Hubby had lamb chops, which were succulent and served with a citrus infused au jus, skins-on garlic mash, and braised spinach grown on-site in the organic garden. I had the New York strip, medium rare, a fine cut, grilled to perfection, buttery and tender inside but beautifully carmelized out. Salad greens grown on-site, earthy and fresh. Good wine selection, a romantic yet casual getaway. Gorgeous crowd.
Mar. 13. Lunch at the Crossroads Cafe. Joshua Tree. Coffee house officious attitudes among staff and pretentious funky decor in abundance make this a less than totally pleasureable dining experience, but the sandwiches and burgers are terrific, a great alternative to the chains whilst on the road. I had a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, avocado, portobello mushroom served on whole wheat roll with a balsalmic and mayo dressing, lettuce and tomato. Accompanying blue corn chips and med. hot salsa are excellent. Husband loved his "fine" burger.
Marc 13-18 in LA (see the Los Angeles boards for the notes)
Mar. 18. In Palm Springs: Outstanding coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on Palm Canyon Drive. Dinner was wonderful at the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a terrific chicken chowder soup and also dinner salad with sugary walnuts, crispy pear slices, baby greens and gorgonzola dressing. The pizzas are really good, of course, but I still, to my detriment, measure my pizza to the Grimaldi's yardstick. Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, New York (formerly, Patsy's, or pizza nirvana). Don't order mixed drinks at California Pizza Kitchen if you're not willing to be confrontational. The bartender waters them down or serves them teentsy tiny. The cosmopolitan was disgraceful, as potent as lemonade, as was the tiny vodka martini. Have wine or beer instead.
Also, if you're in Palm Springs area, a good place for a Mexican lunch is the El Galleto. It's in Cathedral City. Rest has been around since 1978, sporting very homey, colorful decor. Order the enchiladas rancheras. They'll start you with WONDERFUL chips and salsa. The chips have a Frito corny taste and you'll want to drink the salsa by the glassful. A local place and a great inexpensive alternative to the Las Casuelas/or expensive Mexican in Palm Springs proper.