Palm Springs, Roscoe’s, Escena Golf Club, Copley’s

I spent a few days in Palm Springs with The ‘Rents and my brother. We stayed at the Horizon Hotel which is a fun mid-century modern hotel near downtown. It has a neat old history and I always love that.

The pool at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

The pool at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

A guest room at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

A guest room at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Bathroom at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Bathroom at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Some of the bathrooms even have outdoor showers!

The view from the room at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

The view from the room at The Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

We went out to eat at some really good places.

Roscoe’s was the first night. They have a varied menu and everything we had was really good.

Roscoe's Grill, Palm Springs

Roscoe's Grill, Palm Springs

Iceberg wedge- my fave!

Iceberg wedge- my fave!

Fried Chicken Platter, Roscoe's, Palm Springs

Fried Chicken Platter, Roscoe's, Palm Springs

Peppercorn steak, Roscoe's, Palm Springs

Peppercorn steak, Roscoe's, Palm Springs

Carrot cake from Roscoe's, Palm Springs, which is pretty much the best thing ever

Carrot cake from Roscoe's, Palm Springs, which is pretty much the best thing ever

 We also went to Escena Golf Club for lunch. Really pretty setting right on a golf course with the mountains in the background. Of course they have huge picture windows so you can enjoy the view from the diningroom. The food was really really good, too.

Cheeseburger from Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs

Cheeseburger from Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs

BBQ chicken salad from Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs

BBQ chicken salad from Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs

It was my mom’s birthday, as well as “restaurant week” when we were there so we went to Copley’s, a restaurant in Cary Grant’s former home. They had 3 prix fixe meals to choose from so we all had different things. It was all really good and the service was great, too.  I even had the lavender pound cake and basil ice cream for dessert and it was delicious.

Dad and Chris at Copley's, Palm Springs

Dad and Chris at Copley's, Palm Springs

Drinks at Copley's, Palm Springs

Drinks at Copley's, Palm Springs

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

El Taco Rey, Ted’s Montana Grill,Three Margaritas, Dogtooth Coffee, Bubba’s in Dallas and Lots of Home Cookin’

This stuff is not in any order- I can’t keep the days straight when I wait so long between posts!

El Taco Rey Colorado Springs. DangerMike did a review of this place the other day.

The weather has been the usual for Colorado- warm, then snowing, then warm, then snowing and so on and so forth. This was a snowy day!

Lunch at Three Margaritas. I’d never been there before! I guess it’s pretty famous. DM had some kind of combo plate and I had spinach enchiladas that were really good. Their chips and salsa are yummy, too. Did not have any margaritas, tho.

Monday I went to Dallas for the day to do a photo shoot. Here’s the world’s best chicken that I toted back on the plane. It’s from Bubba’s Cooks Country in Dallas and it is SO GOOD! I didn’t bring back any sides, just chicken and dinner rolls. Gotta actually go there for the sides cuz they’re too messy to go. This family also has a bunch of other chicken restaurants in Dallas called Babe’s.

Another snowy day. Cart got stuck in the snow in the parking lot at Whole Foods. LOL.

Some home cookin’- this is the beginning of spaghetti red sauce.

Graeter’s ice cream is an Ohio made ice cream. I had it when I went to Ohio and an old friend  brings it to me whenever he visits L.A. and I’m there, too. BUT NOW they sell it at Kroger/King Sooper’s here in COS- isn’t that amazing? It’s so awesome. This flavor is Blackberry Chocolate Chip- their chips are actually huge hunks of chocolate. DM was stunned by the size of this one, so he had to take a picture. LOL.

More home cookin’- this is baked polenta with apple compote.

The other day we went to Ted’s Montana Grill for lunch. They specialize in bison. This guy was looking down at us saying “Dudes, WTF? I’m awesome, why you gotta eat me?”

One of my recent clients brought me a bottle of this German mulled wine type stuff. I warmed it up and had some and it was really good. There was no way I could drink the entire bottle tho so I decided to make a pot roast with it. I marinated it with the wine, some onions, etc. and some herbs. Then cooked it in the liquid.

It was really good. I highly recommend using mulled wine (next time I might try that premade sangria) for pot roast or stew or anything else that calls for red wine.

Two huge meals in a row! We didn’t actually have them in a row, tho! They were a couple weeks apart. Mini Thanksgiving dinner- roast chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes with gravy.

This whole thing started because I had a half a can of pumpkin left from trying to give to the cats for digestive issues- they didn’t like it so I wanted to do something with the leftover. So I made a pie. And you can’t just have a pumpkin pie. You need the dinner, too.

Last night we went out for like half an hour to a ridiculously crowded bar (Southside Johnny’s). I wore the usual witch costume (no pics, sorry) and DM didn’t dress up. We didn’t even get to drink at the bar cuz it was so crowded. So this morning we woke up early- it was especially early for us because of the time change. It was also super nice out. So we decided to take a bike ride up to Dogtooth Coffee. Had a couple of Americanos and shared a bagel. Then we rode back and on the way a guy from the TV news interviewed me about the weather. LOL. I didn’t watch it because I don’t want to see how hideous I looked with no makeup and after a bike ride and in the AM. EEEEK. At least the guy let me keep my sunglasses on!

 

We also went to a cafe called Aiga Sofia in Old Colorado City last week. It was really neat but since I don’t have any pictures of it I’ll talk about it next time and get pics then, too. They put vanilla syrup in their hot chocolate, which was delish. Just thought I’d mention that so I don’t forget next time.
We’re leaving for the L.A. road trip on Thursday so next time I post I should have lots of pics from that.

Home Cookin’, East Coast Deli, Downtown Colorado Springs

Apparently tomato sandwiches are pretty popular in some parts of the country but I’d never heard of them. I read about them on The Kitchn and then I made one and it was pretty good. Could use some lettuce, and maybe some cheese, tho….:)

We made chocolate souffle the other night. Yum.

We were out doing errands the other day and got cranky/starving so we stopped in to this place we’ve passed a million times.

The burgers came with onions on them which you know are so NOT my fave. They were easy to take off and left just an onion essence, hehe.

The burgers were really good, but the buns were a little chewy. The fries were delish tho.

The next day we went for a bike ride and a picnic. Last week we went for a bike ride and sat down by a pond on a blanket but there was no food so technically it wasn’t a PICNIC.

But this time we went to East Coast Deli and got some sandwiches. I had egg salad which was really good! DM got turkey on rye. We sat in the park right downtown.

More plant pics. I don’t have any pics today of the tomatoes that I moved out to the sunny junk yard but they already have flowers! I should have moved them WAY earlier in the season. Doh.

The other night I made homemade fried chicken, and baked sweet potato fries.

Then yesterday confetti corn from The Barefoot Contessa, with slight modifications

For breakfast we had figs with chevre and honey. I bought the figs for something else and didn’t use them so I found this recipe online and it was really good.

Dallas Day Two

Sunday was Mike’s birthday! Checked out of the crazy hotel and wanted food! I had read that this place Bubba’s was the best fried chicken in Dallas so we wandered over there. When I saw it was “fast food” I didn’t want to go. Also I kinda wanted breakfast. So we parked the car and walked around but didn’t find anything better. As it turns out, it isn’t really fast food, just set up that way- you order at the counter and take it to your table yourself. But they serve it on real plates and with real flatware and all that. Plus OMG it was GOOD. I dunno about the best in Dallas since it was the only fried chicken we had (unless you count chicken strips which you know I had several of) but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. We got a seat outside and oinked out. The rolls were the best ever. I don’t usually like dinner rolls but I wanted to take these home they were so good. And the chicken was good and fried but not greasy. The mashed potatoes were whipped perfectly and the green beans were super tasty, too.

Lots of these birds around. We wondered if they were mockingbirds. Anyone know? This one was particularly mean looking so we named him Kenny.

On the way back to the car, I saw this sign and it made me LOL for some unknown reason so DM went over and stood by it, making me LOL even harder. I dunno, guess you had to be there.

What Would Jesus Eat?

After lunch there was more driving and more getting lost, then checking into another cool hotel, The Belmont. This one was really cool, tho. But it was only about 3:00 and the bar didn’t open till 5. There was nothing much in the immediate area so we found a liqour store. Texas liquor laws are almost as absurd as Colorado’s (we have no alcohol sales at all on Sundays) at least in Texas you can buy beer and wine. DM bought me this FANCY wine and some 7-UP to recreate a childhood favorite (har) wine cooler concoction. DM got some beer

And we headed to the pool. We were the only ones out there. I napped for awhile and then went for a swim. It was very relaxing and nice.

After the pool and a nap I took DM to a nice BBQ dinner at Sonny Bryan’s downtown which is supposedly famous for BBQ. It was ok, it wasn’t like super amazing or anything. That area is pretty touristy so I felt lucky that we had a decent meal at a decent price so I was happy.

After dinner we walked around down by Dealey Plaza and got a humorous history lesson from an unofficial tour guide, complete with conspiracy theories and everything. We also gave him money.

Next we went over to a neat bar called Lee Harvey’s– it’s tiny inside but they have a HUGE outdoor area with picnic tables and giant firepits. And also, people brought their dogs! It was a full-on dog bar! Best of all, two gin and tonics was $4.50. Sheesh. Then we wanted to watch the hockey game on tv- Dallas was playing San Jose, so we searched for a bar that was playing it, to no avail. We did hit up one more bar that was sort of cool inside. We were the only people there. Two gin and tonics at this one were $4.00. Then we drove around a little more and went back to the hotel. DM wanted to see what the score of the game was so he turned on the TV to find that the game was STILL ON. It was in its 3rd overtime. It eventually went into 4 overtimes! And Dallas won at about 1:30 am after I had fallen asleep.

Utah Road Trip

We drove my Jeep here on Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn’t take many pictures but of course I took some of the food…:)

This is at Mom’s Cafe in Salina. It’s famous! It’s pretty good. DM had chicken fried steak.

I had regular old fried chicken which was DELISH! MMMMM.

The corn was just canned corn, nothing to speak of. The mashed potatoes were really good but I could have lived without the gravy.  Also, they don’t use real butter, which is one of my restaurant peeves. My other peeve is places that don’t use real half and half for coffee. Nondairy creamer is the flu. You’ll see me complain about these things a lot.

They also had good pie.