Stay: Movie Colony Hotel
Perks: – Breakfast every morning until 11, happy hour every evening at 5
– Walking distance to downtown Palm Springs
– You still get to experience modern design on a budget
Do: Walk around downtown Palm Springs. Go to the street fair that happens every Thursday night.
Visit the Spa Resort. You can use their amenities like the steam room and mineral bath for $40.
Pit Stop: Crazy Coyote Tacos – (when you’re hungry before you get to Palm Springs) I got the giant carne asada taco.
Lunch: Woody’s Burgers and Beer – Some of the best burgers I ever had. We got the slider trio: Jalapeno, Hawaiian and Portobello burgers. You get to choose which 3 sliders you want.
Dinner: Purple Palm at the Colony Palm Hotel
Margaritas: Las Casuelas Terraza
Brunch: Jake’s – The Chilaquiles and fish tacos are fantastic. Top it off with a white sangria.
After dinner, a lot of our friends recommended Extraordinary Desserts, so we left La Jolla and headed towards downtown San Diego. It was worth it and I’d definitely go back. I’d even go so far as to say it was the highlight of my San Diego trip since the weather was gloomy and Balboa Park was disappointing. Anyway, here’s the dessert roundup…
Lemon bar: I don’t know why, but I always have to order a Lemon bar whenever I go to any bakery. I love lemon or lime-flavored desserts and most of the time they are really good. For Lemon bars however, I can’t say I’ve ever had a fantastic one. I gave this one a try and even though it looks amazing, it was just okay.
Dulce de Leche Cake: VERY good. Especially if you like chocolate. However, nothing we ordered topped the Berry Torte, below:
Fantastic. Not only do I love all the pink petals and frosting, but the cake is moist, the frosting is light and it definitely makes my top 3 best cakes I’ve ever had. (The other two being the Triple Berry cake from Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose and the Red Velvet cake from Susina Bakery in west LA). You have to order this if you go to Extraordinary Desserts, or at least one of their tortes if you don’t like berries.
About two weeks ago I took a weekend trip down to San Diego. This post is overdue but it’s been a busy two weeks and fortunately I wanted to blog about a seafood/French restaurant we went to while we were there. The restaurant isn’t going anywhere so timing is still fine.
So here’s a lineup of what we had at the Marine Room in La Jolla…
The Ocean Trilogy Tasting: Vanilla Lobster, Plum Tuna Tartare, Yellowtail Sashimi Spanish Trout Caviar, Sesame Cone, Lemon Myrtle
Pretty presentation but the sushi tasted weird. I’m not used to creamy sauces on raw fish.
Cashew Dukkah Crusted Blue Crab Cake: Buckwheat Yam Noodles, Wasabi Sprouts, Agrumes Cucumber Tokai Ju
Very good, although I wish it came with two.
Midwestern Center Cut Filet Mignon: Whipped Kennebec Potato, Tilston Point Blue, Mountain Berry Chutney Mustard Seed Garnacha Sauce
Also delicious, but the blue cheese on the side was a little strong.
Macadamia Pesto Crusted Tasmanian Steelhead Salmon: Eggplant Wheat Berry Timbale, Tomato Confit, La Quercia Prosciutto Saffron Angelica Infusio
Maybe the best salmon I’ve ever had?
And as if the food wasn’t good enough, the view was fantastic. The restaurant sits directly on the beach with floor to ceiling windows.
Shepard Fairey mural at the Cosmo parking structure.
Recently a lot of people have been doing Instagram series on their blogs, which I really like. It’s not a new idea, but as I’m an active user of the app I thought I might as well share my photos too. If you like them, feel free to follow me: jlin25
Yesterday was a Sunday well spent. Most Sunday’s are spent lounging around, cleaning, and doing work in preparation for Monday. Rarely do we go on a day trip on a Sunday so it was refreshing to visit somewhere I’ve never been before (Solvang) and stop by somewhere I’ve always liked (Santa Barbara). If you are in Solvang, make sure to visit Paula’s Pancake House. Order the Danish pancakes with fresh fruit and the Eggs Benedict. It’s a lot of food so make sure you have someone who will share both dishes with you. Other than that, it’s mostly about admiring the novelty of the windmills and Dutch inspired buildings and shops. There are plenty of places to do wine tasting, and of course a bar to stop at for Carlsberg. I know everyone likes to go home with a bucket of butter cookies from one of their many bakeries, but I got a box of baked goods yesterday and they weren’t anything to write home about.
As for Santa Barbara, it’s always nice to be by the water, even in this freezing February weather.
Sixteen photos documenting my weekend in Las Vegas. I’m already looking forward to going back to check out Cosmopolitan, which will have the largest chandelier in the world: 3 stories long to be exact. Now that’s grand.
Three years ago when I studied abroad in Shanghai, we also took a trip to Beijing where our program director took us to 798. I remember the name because directly translated, it can be read as “go to the bar.” I was pleasantly surprised that our program would include a semi-niche spot like 798. A few of my favorite pieces:
And that wraps up my updates from China. I’m actually back in LA now, fighting the jetlag.