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Palm Springs, California

After finally going to the California DMV and taking my written test, and becoming “legal” to drive in California (after living here almost 8 years!), I decided a roadtrip was in order and headed out to Palm Springs, because what better place for someone with an adversity to heat to go than the desert? I packed a small suitcase, grabbed the camera and Crissy and headed out.

I ended up at The Saguaro, a Joie de Vivre hotel. I have stayed at the one in Scottsdale, Arizona and loved the experience, so I thought I would give this place a try. I was not disappointed. Like its sister location in Scottsdale, this hotel is painted in bright oranges, lime greens, yellows, and pinks. Palm trees adorn the property, and the hotel boasts the largest pool in Palm Springs. When I walked in, people were playing table tennis, upbeat music was pumping through the speakers and beautiful people were everywhere.

Check-in was a breeze and I found my basic city-view room had been upgraded to a mountain-view room. Yay me. My view ended up still being a parking lot, but hey, mountains, right? In five minutes I was in my room, and after dropping off my luggage, I headed back to the lobby to hit up the bar for Taco Tuesday.

The onsite bar, El Jefe, is the brainchild of James Beard-winner Jose Garces and celebrates the cuisine of Mexico City with dishes such as ceviche, pork belly posole, and of course, tacos. The bar boasts over 100 types of tequila.

I started my meal with an El Santo Gimlet – tequila, lime juice and cilantro. The cocktail was crisp, clean, and refreshing without an overbearing tequila taste. For food, I started with the Queso Fundido which came with tortillas, chips, and salsa. After enjoying my appetizer it was time for the main course – tacos! They were $2 for the Carnitas and Chicken, and $3 for the fish. I ordered two carnitas tacos and one chicken taco.

The carnitas tacos came with smoky black beans and pineapple-habanero salsa while the chicken taco was served with chicken ropa vieja, queso fresco, crema, and topped with thinly shaved radishes. (Actually, come to think of it, the carnitas were garnished with radishes as well.) In a word, magnificent. So good, I repeated my same order. Total cost was forty dollars and change. Not too bad. I would definitely come here again, even if it wasn’t Taco Tuesday.

 

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