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Soul of Mexico

By | November 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm | 10 comments

When searching for authentic Mexican food, I have been known to travel to the corners of our valley! There are many restaurants and cantinas claiming the most authentic flavors but let me make the choice clear. Soul of Mexico offers incredible, mouthwatering food in a welcoming...

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AJ’s on the Green

AJ’s on the Green

By | November 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | 164 comments

Some of my favorite restaurants cannot be found on El Paseo or downtown Palm Springs, rather, they are tucked away in quiet, unassuming country clubs.  Recently, I discovered AJ’s on the Green and their Splash Bar, inside Date Palm Country Club in Cathedral City.  I was not...

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IW Club Review

By | November 8, 2012 at 1:03 am | No comments

Capturing the essence of elegance in fine dining, I was impressed from the moment I entered the grand foyer of the I. W. Club.  Having enjoyed many wonderful brunches with close friends and family, I was excited to see what Chef Chris Olsen has created for this season’s...

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La Brasserie Review

By | October 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm | 108 comments

While I am certain that I will never run out of restaurants in the valley in which to dine, there are some that I wish I could review over and over again! Having judged the Crater Lake Chef Challenge for several weeks and recently awarding La Brasserie’s Chef Emmanuel Janin...

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Café Europa

By | October 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | 24 comments

While I often feature a fine dining restaurant, usually offering dinner service only, I was so impressed with a recent breakfast experience that I felt compelled to share.  Now that the weather is dropping from what felt like a never ending summer, I felt the urge to visit...

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Dish Creative Cuisine

By | October 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm | 45 comments

I am so excited to finally write about a restaurant that is in a class of its own, offering an experience as opposed to just a meal served by a warm body. I first heard about Dish Creative Cuisine from a friend; when I asked what kind of food they would be serving, she replied,...

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Piero’s Pizza Vino

By | October 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | 139 comments

I have been hearing much buzz around town about a little pizza place in Palm Desert that is drawing large crowds with their authentic Napolitan pizzas and extensive wine list. This little El Paseo gem is known as Piero’s Pizza Vino. I have tried pizza at other pizza...

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Piero’s Pizza Vino Review

By | October 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm | 14 comments

I have been hearing much buzz around town about a little pizza place in Palm Desert that is drawing large crowds with their authentic Napolitan pizzas and extensive wine list. This little El Paseo gem is known as Piero’s Pizza Vino. I have tried pizza at other pizza...

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Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

By | September 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm | No comments

Did you know that we have a brewhouse here in our valley that has been producing award-winning beers since 2003?  Open for a decade now, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse is known for delicious barbeque food, fresh homemade cornbread and my favorite, a variety of micro-brews...

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Arnold Palmer’s

By | September 20, 2012 at 7:26 am | 590 comments

As the valley is gearing up for another strong season, some restaurants are stepping up their game. After hearing the buzz around town that Arnold Palmer’s has made some impressive changes, I was eager to find out if they would be able to impress and meet my expectations....

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Tiramisu

By | September 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm | 43 comments

After a much needed summer vacation traveling the country with my children, I have returned, eager to compare my dining experiences to the best the Coachella Valley has to offer. I wanted to make my debut review a memorable one so I chose to find the most authentic Italian...

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Casey’s – Prime Rib Perfection

By | August 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm | 870 comments

by Tracy Dietlin My husband and I have enjoyed many a meal at Casey’s Restaurant and Lounge. If I think back to the first time we had dinner there, I would tell you things like; we were seated right away, the service was fantastic and the food was amazing. If I tell you ...

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Grill on Main

By | August 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm | 361 comments

There will be no more singing the song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” since I finally found the Sea Bass I’ve been longing for, at The Grill on Main in LaQuinta. Chef Jeff Dossantos grilled the Chilean fish with the skin on and just the perfect...

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Michael’s Pizzeria

By | August 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm | 946 comments

By Michael Brewer It takes a lot of faith in your food to open a restaurant in the Desert in July. It takes a lot of pride to open a small pizzeria at The River at Rancho Mirage, surrounded by large, well-known chain restaurants. After one mouthwatering meal at Michael’s...

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Red Lobster washes ashore in the desert by Tracy Dietlin

By | August 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm | No comments

After years of desert residents asking for it…they finally got it! Red Lobster is here and open for business! My husband and I decided to wait a few weeks before going to avoid the long wait and to let them get the bugs out from opening a new location. Last week we decided it...

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Fireside Lounge

By | July 31, 2012 at 11:25 pm | 740 comments

Nestled inside of The Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage is the lovely Fireside Lounge. The restaurant is decorated in rich plum and cream tones which gives it a very warm and inviting feel. It is the perfect spot to have lunch or an intimate dinner, inside or out on...

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Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

By | July 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm | 983 comments

There are so many things to be said about Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill. First, this restaurant is way more than just a pizza place. There menu is actually overwhelming, with enticing appetizers and a “gourmet small plate” menu which includes Cajun ahi, 7 oz. NY steak, Asiago mac...

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Cliffhouse

By | July 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm | No comments

by Rachel Montoya It had been several years since the last time I dined at The Cliffhouse in LaQuinta. And after the fabulous dining experience that I recently had there, I wondered why I had waited so long. From the time we arrived my date and I were treated like royalty. Our...

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Rockwood Grill

By | June 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm | 1,853 comments

by Raymond Bill For many months, I have heard rumors of a new restaurant opening in the J.W. Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. After the closing of Ristorante Tuscany, one of the desert’s most luxurious restaurants, there has been much speculation...

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Twenty6

By | June 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm | No comments

Being a year-round resident in a seasonal town has its disadvantages. Many of my favorite restaurants have already closed for the summer, leaving few choices for a great dining experience. Fortunately, we live in a resort community where many of our local hotels are not only...

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Mama Ginas

By | June 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm | 1,072 comments

There are many expectations when dining out in a fine restaurant.  We all expect quality food as we are paying quality prices.  We also anticipate a more professional and pleasant experience from our server and his or her assistant.  Some people can forgive one over the other...

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Legends & Icons

By | June 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm | 1,111 comments

I’m going to let you all in on a bit of a secret. The best pork ribs in town are not at a touristy, over-decorated barbeque restaurant and you won’t find them at your average chain barbeque restaurants either. If you are seeking full flavored, fall-off-the-bone...

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El Mexicali 2: A sure bet

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm | 1,599 comments

El Mexicali 2: A sure bet Last weekend my husband and I invited my daughter and her husband to have dinner with us at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the desert- El Mexicali Café 2 in Indio. It’s always fun to take guests to one of your favorite places that they...

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Kabobz

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm | 1,246 comments

Kabobz Inspired by an amazing barbeque with friends one weekend, I chose to visit a restaurant that is not my usual pampered style. I had heard that Kabobz had opened a new restaurant in the desert and decided some Mediterranean food was just the pampering I needed. It is...

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3rd Corner

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm | No comments

Many people have asked me why my reviews are so complimentary and if I have had poor service yet. After all, one cannot receive perfection at every meal. While I do my best to focus on the very best that a restaurant has to offer, it is inevitable that I will have an...

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An advertising call turns in to a delicious night at Charli Marrone’s

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm | 802 comments

Excellent Italian in Indio BY TRACY DIETLIN Charli Marrone’s Italian Bar and Grill has quickly become a favorite of Indio residents—and is well worth the drive for those who dwell in other desert cities. Charli and her husband, Gary Brown, are two of the nicest...

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Chapelli’s

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm | No comments

After an amazing experience at The Homestead in La Quinta, I could not wait to try Chapelli’s Restaurant, a small Italian restaurant having the same owners. Although I had not heard of either of these restaurants a month ago, I have heard many great things from friends and...

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse

By | May 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm | No comments

It is a well-known fact that that there is no shortage of Steakhouse restaurants in this valley to choose from, but when I want a little more than a great steak, I go to Sullivan’s Steakhouse. For as long as I can remember, they have had a reputation for great food, service...

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The Homestead

By | May 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm | 1,935 comments

Elegance and sophistication unite with the best home cooking I’ve ever had, at The Homestead in La Quinta. Appropriately named, The Homestead was originally a ranch style home and is now a decorative restaurant, offering indoor and outdoor seating, beautiful gardens and...

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The Crab Pot

By | April 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm | 1,296 comments

            It’s nice to get dressed up and have a multi-course meal served to me by a vest and tie, but sometimes I want to roll up my sleeves and dig into some great food where the staff is encouraged to have fun and show some personality.  In effort to ensure...

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The Wine Bar

By | April 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm | 897 comments

Some of my best memories have been wine tasting with friends and family.  Whether we drive to Temecula or venture further to Santa Barbara, we are certain to have a great time.  We cannot, however, get away as often as we would like.  Just three miles south of Highway 111,...

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Backstreet Bistro

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:22 am | 442 comments

Many people have asked me, “What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?” and while I cannot choose a favorite out of the dozens that I have frequented, there is one that is rapidly climbing to the top of my list.  Backstreet Bistro is a place I could eat at seven days...

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Castelli’s Restaurant

Castelli’s Restaurant

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:03 am | 483 comments

Not many restaurants can boast having over 20 years of success in the Coachella Valley.  Castelli’s Restaurant has been a local’s favorite for 24 years, and is the place to be if you want to impress your guests with amazing food and unparalleled ambiance.  It was my...

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Lavender Bistro

Lavender Bistro

By | April 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | 452 comments

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for an escape from the ordinary, Lavender Bistro will not disappoint. Be sure to reserve a table outside to capture Lavender’s true elegance and style. With lights delicately streaming through the trees and...

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