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Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Each year, I cannot help but notice the number of year round residents continues to rise. The Coachella Valley is growing and the season is becoming increasingly harder to define. The line between where the summer ends and the tourist season begins is blurred...

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Cork and Fork

Cork and Fork

By | July 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm | No comments

Not just a meal but a dining experience By Tracy Dietlin Last Thursday evening a couple of dear friends took Phil and I out to dinner for his birthday. They chose Cork and Fork located in La Quinta and we were so glad they did. I must begin by saying that it was the best...

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

By | June 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Whether I am going for cocktails during their, “Social Hour” or for a dinner date in the dining room, Sullivan’s is the place to be. There is a reason why this restaurant can stay busy all summer and that is their combination of amazing food and genuine...

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Bellatrix at the Classic Club

Bellatrix at the Classic Club

By | June 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill It is that time of year again, the time where people come from all over to celebrate restaurant week here in the Coachella Valley. It is also a great opportunity for those of us that enjoy dining out to fit a few more restaurants into our budget. With...

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Las Casuelas Terraza

Las Casuelas Terraza

By | May 29, 2014 at 2:07 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill One of the most well-known restaurants in our valley is located downtown Palm Springs in the heart of the strip. Many would argue that any restaurant would succeed if it were in the right location, regardless of cuisine, service or ambiance. The Original Las...

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Smoke Tree Supper Club

Smoke Tree Supper Club

By | May 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill I enjoy dining out in great local restaurants and I also enjoy cooking at home. I don’t intend to brag but I can hold my own in the kitchen, just ask my kids. All kidding aside, there is a new restaurant in Palm Springs that allows the guest to be both chef...

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Giuseppe’s Pizza & Pasta

Giuseppe’s Pizza & Pasta

By | May 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill With the hot summer rapidly approaching, many of my favorite restaurants will be closing or limiting their hours of operation. There are a few places that will not only be open through the off season, but will also flourish. One particular restaurant that...

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Si Bon Belgian Bistro

Si Bon Belgian Bistro

By | April 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Working in a fine dining restaurant, I often hear clientele speaking of their experiences at other dining venues and how they compare. The best advertising in the Coachella Valley is Word of Mouth. One name that repeatedly catches my attention is a little...

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CV Weekly’s Picks For Easter Brunch

CV Weekly’s Picks For Easter Brunch

By | April 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm | No comments

MIRAMONTE RESORT & SPA OFFERS GRAND EASTER CELEBRATION WITH BRUNCH, EGG HUNT, EASTER BUNNY AND LIVE MUSIC Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a luxurious setting for Easter while treating families to a full celebration this year on April 20th. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 1...

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Don Diego’s

Don Diego’s

By | April 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill It seems that everywhere I turn in this valley, a new Mexican restaurant has opened. I don’t mind trying the new restaurants but I always come back to my favorites. This week, I treated my girlfriend to Don Diego’s of Indian Wells for some strong...

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Greek Islands

Greek Islands

By | April 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm | No comments

By David Wayne I had the honor of having dinner this week with the sweetest most beautiful person I know, my Mom! She was a delightful companion as we dined at the Greek Islands restaurant in Palm Springs. Opened three years ago in La Plaza in Palm Springs, it is now located...

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Kobe Japanese Steak House

Kobe Japanese Steak House

By | March 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill When dining out in the desert, I am always looking for the total experience. Of course food quality, presentation and service are all important, but more and more I am lacking an entertainment factor to complete the whole dining experience. That is why I...

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Acqua Pazza, California Bistro

Acqua Pazza, California Bistro

By | March 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm | No comments

at the River in Rancho Mirage By David Wayne The Coachella Valley is in full season now, and it was obvious at the River in Rancho Mirage, as it was packed with people buzzing all over the place. While my wife and I strolled along the beautiful walkway past one of the cutest...

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Alicante Spanish Mediterranean Cuisine

Alicante Spanish Mediterranean Cuisine

By | March 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm | No comments

By David Wayne The more I write this article, the more I am amazed at how many great restaurants there are in the Coachella Valley. One of them is definitely Alicante in beautiful downtown Palm Springs. My wife and I had the Al Fresco experience, as if we were in Spain....

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IL CORSO

IL CORSO

By | March 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm | No comments

By David Wayne Whenever there is a new restaurant in the Coachella Valley, people come running. I suggest you do just that, and run to Il Corso. Located in the heart of El Paseo across from the Gardens, it is a beauty to behold. My wife and I were greeted by Claudio, who...

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Kaiser Grille

Kaiser Grille

By | March 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm | No comments

By David Wayne Wow! Kaiser Grille in the heart of downtown Palm Springs is amazing. The food is incredibly tasty, the service is impeccable, and the presentation could not have been better. My wife and I were seated on the patio, with nice warm heaters to counter the crisp...

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Shabu Shabu Zen

Shabu Shabu Zen

By | March 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill When people ask me what my favorite restaurants are in the valley, I have a few staple responses that I am confident will suffice their inquiry. That is until now. I have discovered the best kept secret of the Coachella Valley in Rancho Mirage. Shabu Shabu Zen...

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Oceans Seafood Restaurant

Oceans Seafood Restaurant

By | February 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm | No comments

By David Wayne I know I've used the term “hidden gem” a few times as of late, but when referring to Oceans restaurant in Cathedral City, I couldn't resist. Located on East Palm Canyon in the Canyon Plaza shopping center across the street from Target, this quaint little...

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ROC’s Firehouse Grille at the Cantina

ROC’s Firehouse Grille at the Cantina

By | February 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill As a father of three kids from elementary school to high school, I am always looking for fun, family friendly activities. One of our favorite Sunday events is to spend the day at the polo grounds to watch the matches and then unwind at ROC’s Firehouse Grille...

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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino: Chef Freddy Rieger

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino: Chef Freddy Rieger

By | February 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Those of us who have worked in a restaurant know how demanding it can be. We sacrifice our weekends and holidays and trade in our nine to five working hours for an unpredictable schedule that too often keeps us from our loved ones. There is no position more...

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Exploring the Excellence of Mikado

Exploring the Excellence of Mikado

By | February 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil Tucked away on the grounds of the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, sits one of the Coachella Valley’s most culinary and visually stunning gems, Mikado. It doesn’t shout or scream to get attention, but rather waits in its serene and...

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Cafe Italia: Where They Sing While You Dine!

Cafe Italia: Where They Sing While You Dine!

By | February 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm | No comments

By David Wayne There are a few hidden gems in the Coachella Valley and Cafe Italia at Cook and Highway 111 in Indian Wells is one of them. Unique simplicity is the best way for me to describe this special restaurant. What makes it simple is a very specialized menu with pasta,...

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Lulu California Bistro

Lulu California Bistro

By | February 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm | No comments

By David Wayne When people find out that I write restaurant reviews, they ask me to recommend the best restaurant in the valley. After I finish laughing I say, I could tell them where to go every night of the week for a month and not hit a bad restaurant. One of them I am...

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PS Underground Brings KAOS

PS Underground Brings KAOS

By | February 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill I have been bragging about PS Underground for quite some time now however, many are still uncertain as to whether they should attend one of these events. This past week, this wandering supper club succeeded in hosting one of the best dinner shows our valley...

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Sammy G’S Tuscan Grill

Sammy G’S Tuscan Grill

By | January 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm | No comments

By David Wayne When going to a fine restaurant, most of us, including myself, would agree that there are two things that we look for in a dining experience. One is great food, the other is great service. Sammy G'S Tuscan Grill in downtown Palm Springs has both. However, they...

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Eureka! Found In Indian Wells

Eureka! Found In Indian Wells

By | January 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Twice in one week, I was asked if I had been to a new restaurant offering Gourmet Burgers and great cocktails. This is how everyone seems to refer to Eureka Restaurant in Indian Wells. I am not a burger person (though I have been known to visit the In N Out...

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PS Underground: Kaos

PS Underground: Kaos

By | January 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Now in the peak of the season, I am receiving dozens of requests from friends and readers of where to dine in the desert. Many have grown tired of the same dining experience over and over and are seeking something that is memorable. We have many options but...

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A Perfect Mini-Vacation Right Up the Hill

A Perfect Mini-Vacation Right Up the Hill

By | January 9, 2014 at 4:31 am | No comments

The Pampered Palate Visits Idyllwild By Raymond Bill The best part about living in the Coachella Valley is our location. While northern sections of our nation, like Minnesota, are experiencing weather colder than parts of Mars, we are blessed with beautiful sunshine and...

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Bucatini Trattoria

Bucatini Trattoria

By | January 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Most restaurants featured in this column are places that I have reviewed after one visit. To be fair, it would be best to visit a restaurant more than once to get an accurate depiction of what they are about. Because any restaurant can have an off night (a...

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Purple Palm Restaurant at Colony Palms Hotel

Purple Palm Restaurant at Colony Palms Hotel

By | December 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill One of the most enticing amenities Palm Springs has to offer is its variety of boutique hotels and restaurants. As a local, one can indulge in a mini vacation to include spa packages and fine dining without leaving the valley. A new favorite of mine is the...

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VUE at Indian Wells Golf Resort

VUE at Indian Wells Golf Resort

By | December 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Most desert residents are familiar with Indian Wells Golf Resort and the IW Club but many are unaware that this is a golf and dining venue open to the public. While the name may seem to imply exclusivity, this is an attraction we are all fortunate enough to...

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Firecliff: Contemporary California Cuisine

Firecliff: Contemporary California Cuisine

By | November 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm | No comments

By Ramond Bill After living in the desert for nearly 25 years, I have seen restaurants come and go. I’ve learned that there is truth in the age old axiom of, “location, location, location” meaning that when a business or property has the benefit of a great location,...

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Sessions at The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Sessions at The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

By | November 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill If you have not had the chance to visit the new Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, you are missing out on the hottest new venue for dining and entertainment in our desert. The moment you enter the hotel, you are surrounded with their signature memorabilia on the...

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The Grill On Main: Another La Quinta Gem

The Grill On Main: Another La Quinta Gem

By | November 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill It is no secret that most of my favorite dining venues are in La Quinta. Whether fine dining or casual, from pizza and burgers to filet and lobster, Old Town La Quinta has something for every palate. For a quiet night on the town, my date and I chose to have...

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Piero’s Pizza Vino

Piero’s Pizza Vino

By | October 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm | No comments

By Judith Salkin Late last week I got a last minute invitation from a friend to meet at Piero’s PizzaVino on El Paseo for an impromptu girls’ night out. But a pizza place? Having grown up on the East Coast, most of my friends know that I am not particularly fond of...

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