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Dining Around the Desert: Misaki Sushi & Grill, La Quinta

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My team and I are fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of good restaurants at our location off of Washington near HWY 111. One of the best, is Misaki Sushi & Grill, just a couple of doors down from us. 

I had dined there when it first opened a couple of years ago and to be honest, the service and atmosphere left something to be desired. Fast forward to 2017 and I'm happy to report that the service is wonderful and the food is outstanding. The atmosphere is very basic, but when you are eating fish that simply melts in your mouth, you'll take a plain room!

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Ed, Emily and Beverly from my team, order takeout for lunch about once a week. The menu is extensive so there is something for everyone. 

I had the pleasure of joining a couple of friends and clients, Karen & David, for dinner at Misaki this past week. Now these two know their food and commented that it was the best sushi that they'd had. I had to agree. I've heard the same thing from our friend Walter.

We enjoyed an Ichiban roll that had spicy tuna, asparagus, cucumber, tuna, yellowtail, red onion and spicy garlic ponzu. Beautiful and delicious.

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We had a Refresh roll, yellowtail, tuna, eel, the list goes on and on. David had some of the rolls wrapped in cucumber instead of rice and that was really great. 

I think I'll let the photos do the talking from here...stop by Misaki. You will not be disappointed!

46600 Washington St, Ste 1, La Quinta, California

Call (760) 771-3570

Read more about Misaki here...

This Hotel Will Deliver a 10-pound Doughnut to Your Room

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Courtesy of the New York Post

Dough-nut disturb because your wildest pastry fantasies are about to come true.

Thanks to an objectively sweet promotion from the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif., guests can now have a whopping 10-pound pink doughnut delivered straight to their door. As the main event of the hotel’s new $219 “Donut Disturb” package, the hefty treat, which measures three feet wide by a foot high, will be wheeled straight to the room with a side of milkshakes when guests are ready for a serious sugar high.

While the lines are fine as to whether the confection is technically a doughnut or a cake, FoodBeast reports that the layers of Tahitian vanilla cake, cream and raspberry jelly smothered with pink cream frosting, macaron crisps and sprinkles classify it as “Homer Simpson’s version of heaven.”

Included with the purchase of the Donut Disturb package, guests also receive a $50 hotel credit for the spa, dining, or golfing — though it would likely prove difficult to get up from the couch, let alone golf, after chowing down on the doughnut.

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For context, the average doughnut weighs about 1.7 ounces, meaning that you’d have to eat about 95 donuts to equal this 10 pounder, but apparently, the chefs didn’t stop at just 10 pounds when launching the promotion. In celebration of the Donut Disturb package, the hotel baked a massive 100-pound version of the frosted doughnut, according to KMR.

“I couldn’t find a doughnut of this proportion anywhere on the planet. So maybe we should have brought Guinness (World Records) in just to see if we’re actually making a record here today,” said executive chef Peter Smith.

When eyeing up the mammoth treat — that takes 3-4 people to move — one hotel guest from Australia couldn’t resist gushing. “It looks like unreal, it looks like it’s fake, it looks so amazing.”

 

Food, Wine, & Concerts Coming Soon at CareerBuilder Challenge Golf Tournament

Courtesy of the Desert Sun: Larry Bohannan

Lagardere Sports signed on to operate the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge just two months ago. Just two months from this week, Lagardere will unveil many of the changes it hopes to bring to the desert golf tournament.

That might seem like a small timeframe, but officials from Lagardere believe they will be able to showcase their philosophy for the CareerBuilder when the tournament is played Jan. 18-21, 2018, in La Quinta.

“We have been involved in the tournament, sort of consulting (in 2017), so we do know a lot about the tournament, which helps," said Jeff Sanders, the executive director of the CareerBuilder for Lagardere. “There’s no doubt we have a short four months and we are halfway there.”

Sanders and tournament director Pat McCabe both said they are happy with tournament preparations two months out from the 59th annual event, even as they try to expand the focus of the event from a PGA Tour event to a community event featuring concerts, food and beverages.

Phil Mickelson, a two-time CareerBuilder Challenge champion, is expected to have a larger presence as tournament ambassador in January 2018. (Photo: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

Phil Mickelson, a two-time CareerBuilder Challenge champion, is expected to have a larger presence as tournament ambassador in January 2018. (Photo: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

“If you are running a golf tournament and you are basing everything on golf, and you are not one of the big tournaments, you better have some other elements,” Sanders said. “What we have found is the golf fan, the Golf Channel viewer, will come out and watch golf. We want all the other people to come out.”

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Sanders, who has a home in La Quinta and who played in the tournament's pro-am six times in the 1980s, openly says the model Lagardere is bringing to the CareerBuilder is the same model the company has used the last two years in operating the Safeway Open in Napa, the opening event of the PGA Tour’s wrap-around season in October.

That model includes offering upgraded food, beer and spirits and concerts for a single-day ticket price. It also includes continuing to focus on the $5.9 million tournament, which will again feature World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time desert winner Phil Mickelson as event ambassador.

“Certainly, we are comfortable and confident that the golf fan is going to come, just due to the fact that it is 156 of the best players in the world,” McCabe said. “As Jeff mentions, all this great stuff, food, wine, concerts, we can only control what happens outside the ropes. What we want to do is focus on that. It has been about golf here for a long time, but Phil Mickelson, 42-time champion, winningest player in President Cup history and he plays maybe 20 events of the 49 in a year, we’ve very fortunate for him to be on the list."

Canadian fans watch from the 17th hole during the CareerBuilder Challenge at the Stadium Course at PGA West in January. (Photo: Harry How, Getty Images)

Canadian fans watch from the 17th hole during the CareerBuilder Challenge at the Stadium Course at PGA West in January. (Photo: Harry How, Getty Images)

Hudson Swafford is the defending champion of the CareerBuilder Challenge, earning his first tour win at the event last January on the Stadium Course at PGA West.

Changes coming to this year’s tournament include two concerts, one Friday of tournament week and one Saturday, to be held on the driving range at PGA West.

The tournament is also debuting a new 8,500-square-foot fan pavilion, sponsored by Von’s, overlooking the 18th green of the Stadium Course. Sanders said another important change will be eliminating upgraded tickets for certain on-course hospitality tents, opening those tents to anyone with a ticket to the tournament.

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“We are going to open ourselves up to the community and let everyone come in for $30 (pre-sale single-day ticket price), watch Phil Mickelson play golf, go into the 18th green, air-conditioned, first-class Von’s Fan Pavilion, and then go to a concert,” Sanders said. “We want to send a message for everyone to come to this event and have fun. Come out and watch Phil and the other 155 great players, go into the Von’s Pavilion, get yourself a glass of wine or a cocktail, get yourself a nice meal.”

PGA Tour golfer Danny Lee participated in the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament in 2016. (Photo: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

PGA Tour golfer Danny Lee participated in the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament in 2016. (Photo: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

The bands for the two concerts will be announced soon, Sanders said, as will a new presenting sponsor for the tournament. CareerBuilder continues as the tournament’s title sponsor for the third year of its six-year deal with the PGA Tour.

Sanders added that he hopes the tournament will find an identity it has been lacking with the coming changes, and that one of those identities will to be strongly identified with the city of La Quinta. The tournament is played on the Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA West in La Quinta and La Quinta Country Club.

“We want this to be the La Quinta event,” Sanders said. “Indian Wells is tennis, Indio is concerts, music, and La Quinta is PGA Tour golf. This is La Quinta’s golf tournament.”