Thursday, March 1, 2012

Back in Palm Springs

We left home in the pouring rain this morning at 7 a.m. and arrived at our Palm Springs condo at 3:30 p.m. where it was sunny and warm. It's a long day of driving the 470 miles, but with the wonderful reward of being's my personal paradise.

This year we are adding a few extra days to our usual week-long stay. We have so many "favorite" things we do down here, a week is not enough time.

So, other than unpacking, stocking up on food at the local Trader Joe's, we've had little time to do more than to go out to dinner.

Our "traditional" first night dinner is at El Mirasol, an authentic Mexican restaurant which is a bit off the beaten path. It's a local favorite; few tourists find their way here, but, once they do, they always return. We try to dine here at least twice during our short stay.

My favorite dish is either chicken or shrimp with house made Pipian sauce, a sauce made from pumpkin seeds. They make their Pipian daily; get here early to make sure they haven't run out of it.

But tonight, while we were looking at the menu, the owner came to our table to tell us that they had a new sauce this evening, a Green Mole, that they were featuring with fresh rockfish, scallops, or shrimp. I had to try it...I chose to have a combination of shrimp and scallops. it was WONDERFUL!!

And, Jim was equally delighted with his Chicken Machaca, grilled tomatoes, onion, and pepper with chicken and melted cheese.

We started our meal with El Mirasol's Guacamole.

All told, a perfect dinner for our first night.

We'll be back next week. Now my dilemma is, will I have the Pipian or hope for a repeat of the Green Mole?

Stay tuned.

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