palm springs: dining out.

by Janetha on May 16, 2011

in eating out,fun with friends,travel

hey guys.. i am sitting in starbucks at LAX for the next couple hours.  what better time to blog, right? i managed to snag a comfy, cushy chair here at the starbucks.. now i just hope i can make my grande iced americano last for the full two hours so i can be considered a paying customer…

this past weekend in palm springs was an absolute blast.  i fell in love with the area and i was already in love with the company.. it is hard to leave!  although i do miss some VIPs (very important people AND pups) back home.. so being back in salt lake won’t be that bad.

i will miss these ladies, though.


eden and deb. don’t they look like sisters?

the three of us had a great time in the desert. we did a lot of eating out and even more eating in.. that’s the best part about vacationing with fellow foodie/bloggers.  we all like the same things!

this post is dedicated to all the delicious meals we ate out and about at the restaurants of palm springs.

our first day there, on friday, we had lunch at a really cute seafood spot called fisherman’s market & grill.IMG_2928

we started with some peel & eat shrimp to share.


deb gave me a tutorial on how to properly peel the shrimp.. i didn’t need a tutorial on how to eat it, though.


eden and i both got the mahi as our entrée.  it was fresh & flavorful.


deb got thw calamari steak. i had no idea that calamari even came in steak form.. you learn something new every day!


on saturday, we dined out at a deli called manhattan in the desert.


we started things off with free pickles.. because who doesn’t love a pickle or two? especially when they are free.


deb & eden split the smoked fish platter which had both salmon and white fish. it also came with rye toast and deb had a side of delicious split pea soup. i tasted it.. it was great.


i decided to go with the turkey avocado sandwich, and this could have served a hungry family of five. talk about giant portions!


i ended up having to pull almost 2/3 of the turkey out of the sandwich.. check out that stack!




i rarely eat french fries, but all bets are off when on vacation–i eat anything and everything. when i do eat french fries, i like them super thick like these ones. they were awesome.


on sunday, we went to brunch at a restaurant called elmer’s.  it is a cute diner and we snagged the corner booth.  this was the only time we didn’t dine al fresco.IMG_3138

deb got the dutch baby, which is an elmer’s signature dish.


it is basically eggs, flour and milk baked to puffy pancake perfection. it reminded me exactly of the german pancakes my mom used to make when i was a kid.


eden got an omelet that was chock full of veggies with a side of sass.


i got the french toast combo which came with a couple over medium eggs (for ultimate dippy yolk dippage) and chicken apple sausage.


deb kept waving crazy hand signlas to the staff at elmer’s, so i knew something was up.. but i wasn’t quite sure what was up.  as soon as we finished our meals, i found out exactly what was going on.


my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks, so they finagled one on deb’s famous protein cakes into the restaurant and had the staff sing happy birthday to me!


isn’t that so thoughtful? and embarrassing?


despite our full bellies, we managed to eat most of the cake.. it was delicious and i actually polished off the rest of it just now!


sunday afternoon after a long drive around the windmills, we decided to stop for some fro yo. i was soooo full from brunch, but there is a special part in my stomach that always provides room for ice cream.


you better believe i sampled each and every flavor. i had to make an educated decision when i actually committed to my selection!


i ended up with four flavors: vanilla, original tart, coconut and new-to-me pecan praline. SO good, by the way. i hope i can find pecan in utah. toppings included raspberries, peaches and graham cracker crumbs.


i left for the airport real early, so there was no dining out today.  i wish i could have stayed longer, because there were about 18 other places i wanted to try.. oh well, there’s always next time, right?

well.. one more hour to kill before my flight! hope you guys are having a great monday.


1. what is the last restaurant you ate at and what did you order?

2. finish this: “there’s always room for __________.”

xo. janetha g.

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ashlan May 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

its been so long since I’ve been to a restaurant I don’t remember. I’m pretty sure I’m the restaurant and it never closes. I’m not complaining..

I love froyo..Orange leaf has pralines sometimes.

Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) May 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I went to Matsu, this whole in the wall Japanses place that has the best sushi. Remember the Regal Begal from 3’s Company…? …the bar there totally reminds me of it, so we call it ‘the begal’… ;P anyway, for lunch today, I ordered a rainbow roll. Hit the spot !

There’s always room for cake batter froyo!

Katy (The Singing Runner) May 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Looks like a blast! :)

There is always room for yogurt. :)

Mama Pea May 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Love those girls. I think you forgot to take something to Palm Springs with you. Me.

edenseats May 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

We love you too, and we forgot way too many things. You included.

Kelocity May 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I LOVE Manhattan in the Desert! We stop there every time we go to Palm Springs. :) Yum!

Sarah@The Flying ONION May 17, 2011 at 4:25 am

Such great pictures!! Looks like you gals are having a blast! :D

There’s always room for…cheesecake. Haha! :D

teabagginit May 17, 2011 at 4:37 am

i’m glad you had a good time! i’m from the palm springs area so it’s always fun to see it from a visitor’s point of view!
1. last restaurant i ate at: a seafood market that my mom requested to dine at for mother’s day & i ordered steamed mussels over a grean salad (great briny broth!)
2. there’s always room for … more love in your life. :)

Tamizn May 17, 2011 at 8:15 am

Awwwwwwww so jealous! I wanna hang out with you guys in palm springs!!!!!! The last restaurant I ate in was an American style diner and I had some fries : )

There’s always room for………..CAKE! x x

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes May 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

same on the french fries issue. i just had some myself on vacation and though… what am i doing??? no rules woo!

Emily May 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m with you in that I always have room for ICE CREAM!

Meri May 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

Looks like a fun time! I have to say the worst dining experience in my life was post dinner in Palm Springs though- we went to an Italian place and I got some normal herbed buttered pasta dish. Then I returned to our hotel. Approximately 5-6 hours later, I woke up with the most incredible twisting/ cramping, dying feeling in my stomach. I thought I wouldn’t make it through the night. I lived, but I couldn’t look at either pasta or butter for about 6 months. Weird. I have no idea if it was food poisoning or just something random, but I will never forget it!

Um, sorry for being a buzzkill. There’s always room for jello and for pretzels! I suppose you could fill in anything you love though ;)


kissmybroccoli May 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Holy turkey sandwich! You weren’t kidding when you said your plate could feed five! Wow! Everything looks great…especially Deb’s dutch baby! Yum!

How sweet of them to surprise you with the protein cake! Too funny!

I’m with you, there is always room for ice cream… ALWAYS!

Last place I ate out was at my favorite sushi restaurant. I got the Japanese pickle roll and a salmon skin roll. Two totally new and VERY different things and they were awesome! Loved the crunch of the salmon skin!

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