Just past the sparkling pool of the newly renovated La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, the French-doored dining room of Azúcar summons with the promise of a relaxing, sumptuous meal. The dining establishment opens to include a few poolside tables when temperatures turn moderate. Moorish mirrors, floral-papered walls, and graphic saw-toothed tiles combine with Frida Kahlo prints and luxurious white-leather
One of the defining features that led to the design of Palm Springs’ new restaurant Truss & Twine was the number of trusses added likely decades before to help brace the Spanish tile roof. “If you look at the design images, all of the trusses are original,” says co-owner Michael Beckman. “That played a role in design.” The “twine” in
Who would’ve thought back in 1762 that John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich and a prolific gambler who didn’t want to leave his hand of cards to grab dinner, would start a tasty revolution? Legend has it, during a 24-hour gambling binge he asked the cook to prepare a meal that would not interfere with his intense card game.
Whether jet-setting to the desert for a weekend or just exploring available amenities in your own backyard, take note: Some of the best foodie destinations hide inside hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, is home to two gorgeous dining establishments, State Fare Bar & Kitchen and The Edge Steakhouse. Seated inside State Fare Bar & Kitchen at a table by the
A welcoming den, gorgeous bar, and turquoise, leather bar stools enables Fox and Fiddle California to bridge the gap between premium casual restaurant and a pub. This cozy, upscale modern pub is becoming a favorite haunt for diners at The River in Rancho Mirage. Fox and Fiddle California is also one of 28 new restaurants in the Coachella Valley participating
NIGHTLIFE One of the saddest sights I ever saw was the former home of Don the Beachcomber at the corner of Via Lola and North Palm Canyon circa 1993. It was a peeling, neglected wreck that seemed to house little more than faded memories. If you’re feeling a bit dizzy with coffee, gourmet cuisine, and tiki drinks, just amble across
At a sleek house in the Historic Tennis Club neighborhood of Palm Springs, the chefs are introduced through other senses instead. It’s all about scent and sound. Walk up the driveway, and you already know who’s inside. There’s the discordant clang of pans pulled from shelves. The shimmy and whistle of a simmering pot. Knives making contact with cutting boards.