Guide to Joshua Tree National Park

Live Once, Live Wild courtesy of Scott Moses

When we think of national parks, the first image that comes to mind is that of pristine mountain lakes, towering mountain ranges, and roaring rivers where all sorts of wildlife find an abundant habitat. Very rarely do we consider an arid desert to be the representation of an unspoiled natural area.

Nonetheless, deserts are unique ecosystems that offer home and habitat to thousands of different types of flora and fauna. And despite their apparent harshness, many deserts around the world are actually fragile ecosystems that warrant protection and preservation.

The Joshua Tree National Park is one of the nation´s largest desert areas that is officially protected by the U.S. government. Spanning an area that is larger than the state of Rhode Island, this desert paradise offers a whole range of outdoors activities, from desert hiking to star gazing.

In this complete guide to the Joshua Tree National Park, we give you all the information you need to plan a one of a kind trip to one of our nation´s most unique ecosystems.

Read the rest of the guide here: http://liveoncelivewild.com/complete-guide-joshua-tree/

Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe

I rarely have the good fortune to be out and about for breakfast, but when I do, this is my favorite spot.

Sheri

Comfort Food With A Twist 

Courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine

Located on top of The Gardens on El Paseo, Wilma & Frieda’s Café offers craveable breakfast and lunch comfort food at the popular outdoor shopping center.

Wilma & Frieda is named for owner Kelly McFall’s maternal and paternal grandmothers. Her memories of the American homestyle cuisine practiced by her grandmothers inspired the menu here, albeit with some modern twists. McFall tweaked Frieda’s recipe for blueberry French toast by combining an egg custard bread-pudding with fresh blueberries and topping it with a Madagascar vanilla crème anglaise. The Banana Caramel French Toast, topped with a sour cream drizzle, gives it a decadent taste akin to cheesecake.

Breakfast is served all day, every day. Hearty concoctions such as Griddled Meatloaf & Eggs or Short Rib Eggs Benedict are perfect to fuel up for the day. Lunch options like the five-cheese mac and cheese with pancetta provoke mouthwatering nostalgia. The burger on the menu is a patty from award-winning butcher Pat LaFrieda. It’s made from center-cut ground chuck and short rib blend and is served on a brioche bun with garlic aioli, lettuce, and tomato. Customize it with your choice of toppings.

A highlight of the dessert menu is house-made “pop” tarts. Guests order them for a breakfast appetizer.

Wilma & Frieda
73575 El Paseo, Palm Desert 92260
760-773-2807
www.wilmafrieda.com

Finger Lickin' Good

We may be in Southern California, but it isn’t exactly “Sweet Home Alabama.” Still, when it comes to fried chicken, these spots may satisfy your cravings.

RAOUL HAUSMANN MARCH 27, 2017 Courtesy Palm Springs Life Magazine

PHOTO BY NEIL HUSVAR

PHOTO BY NEIL HUSVAR

MURPH’S GASLIGHT

Since 1976, Ralph Murphy’s recipe for pan-fried chicken has remained unchanged. The $19.95 fried chicken dinner gets you soup, salad, cornbread, and an entrée of pan-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, veggies, and a buttermilk biscuit. Dessert, usually fruit shortcake, is included.

79860 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes 760-345-6242; www.murphsgaslight.com

TROPICALE

Tropicale is a swinging scene at Amado Road and S. Indian Canyon Drive and it’s about the last place you’d expect to find an awesome buttermilk-marinated fried chicken breast with red-eye gravy on a jalapeño waffle. But they’ve got it. And it’s awesome.

330 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs. 760-866-1952; www.thetropicale.com

LA TABLITA

In a shopping mall not far from Cathedral Canyon is neighborhood Mexican restaurant La Tablita, which puts out some outrageously good fried chicken for Sunday brunch. There’s a ton of good stuff at the buffet, from rellenos to enchiladas, but go easy so you have room for seconds on the chicken.

68369 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City. 760-321-5935; latablita.menutoeat.com

CATALAN

Even more counterintuitive a source is Rancho Mirage’s Mediterranean cuisine hero Catalan, but every first Sunday of the month, Chef/Owner Drew Davis puts on a fried chicken feast that is so delicious that reserving several months ahead is highly recommended.

70026 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. 760-770-9508; www.catalanrestaurant.comon