Saturday, March 12, 2011


While most of the newer California desert resorts have been built in towns outside of Palm Springs, like Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and Rancho Mirage, we have always preferred to be right in Palm Springs, staying in the historic downtown district where we can walk to town and many other attractions. While we do spend time in the other communities, we also, even in our brief week's stay down here, spend several days right in town, walking to everything.

One such day this week started with breakfast at Cheeky's.

Cheeky's serves breakfast and lunch...and what creative meals they are..fresh ingredients, beautiful presentations. Cheeky's was new last year and continues to thrive and to even expand. The owners, Marco Rossetti and Tara Lazar, have just opened a new evening restaurant in a newly-constructed building on their property. It's called Birba and has been described as Cheeky's sophisticated sister.

Birba is about Pizza, salads, rotisserie duck and chicken and fabulous cocktails. I love its architecture and its gorgeous outdoor patio with comfortable benches and couches and fire pits...simply great for hanging out with friends on a warm night. In one corner are raised garden beds which now are growing vegeables and herbs for the two restaurants. We didn't get to eat a Birba, but certainly will try it out on our next visit.

But to get back to breakfast at Cheeky's. Jim and I sat outside on the patio. I had the Creamy Scrambled Eggs which were served with housemade sausage and a cheesey scone.

To go with my eggs, I ordered a side of fresh fruit. Today it was a mix of mango and passion fruit. Not only was this fruit plate beautiful, it was delicious. I've never seen nor taste fresh passion fruit until today where it was served cut in half to be scooped out.

My breakfast serving was so large, I could not finish it and did not eat again until dinner.

Jim had the Fresh Corn Pancakes with Blueberries. They were served with strips of bacon.

Jim's serving was large as well, but he ate and enjoyed the whole thing.

I took my time walking back to our condo from breakfast, stopping along the for a bit more shopping.

I spent a bit of time taking in the "scene" in the park area behind The Corridor shops. This park is a favorite with locals and always includes a mix of retirees, young mothers with their kids, and gay men...ever harmonious and always social in a beautiful park area behind many unique retail shops and the ever-popular coffee house, Koffi.

I stopped at Lush Couture, a women's clothing and accessory boutique where everything costs $16 except some jewelry which costs $12!

They get new merchandise at least once a week and the quality and styles are quite nice. The sweater I bought here last year is one I am still wearing regularly.

In the afternoon, we walked over to the Palm Springs Art Museum.

We both fell in love with a new "dog" called "Stray" who greets visitors in the museum's main entry lobby.

This year the Museum had a special event called "Art in Bloom" where local florists created floral arrangements to complement selected works of art from the museum's collection. It was only a three day event and it was wonderful. While there, I attended a lecture by a well-known local landscape architect. We also enjoyed the Donald Wexler exhibit which will be at the museum until May 29, 2011. Many of Wexler's buildings are in Palm Springs. He did both residential and commercial architecture.

My pictures are mainly of the "Art in Bloom" displays.

After our stimulating afternoon at the Museum, it was time to get ready for an early dinner at Kalura Trattoria before the evening performance of the Palm Springs Follies, another of our yearly traditions.

At Kalura, we started our meal by sharing an order of Mushroom Bruschetta.

Jim carried on the mushroom theme with his main course: Mushroom Pasta.

While I love Kalura's pasta dishes, this evening, still feeling the effects of my huge breakfast, I went for a light dish: The Grilled Tuna salad. It was delicious and just the kind of meal that I craved.

The Follies is a fast-paced musical review hosted by its creator, Riff Markowitz.

It is always funny and irreverent and enjoyable. Add to this that all the performers are over 50,many of them former singers and dancers who had careers on Broadway or in Las Vegas. We go every year and never tire of this creative show.

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