The past weekend, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a show and a concert here in the desert. On Friday, my friend Nikki and I laughed it up with Kathy Griffin at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio. Prior to the show, we dined at POM in the Resort, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I enjoyed a Spinach Salad with grilled chicken, pear, blue cheese, walnuts, toasted sunflower seeds and a bacon, mustard dressing. Nikki had a Cuban-style sea bass with black beans, Spanish rice, latin cucumber slaw, cilantro, and achiote aioli.
We started off with a couple of the house specialty cocktails and then enjoyed a glass of wine. The service was friendly and efficient without being rushed, the food was good and reasonably priced. If you are going to a show, we recommend it.
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy. Indio, CA 92203-3499 • 800-827-2946 or (760) 342-5000
On Saturday I joined my good friend Dean and a group of friends at The MacCallum Theatre for Vanessa Williams in concert. One word; fabulous! Prior to the show, we enjoyed an assortment of appetizers at Le Paon off of El Paseo.
The tasty treats were Seared Sea Scallops with sauteed spinach and a cream saffron sauce, Baked Beef Steak Tomato topped with slices of cucumber & goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette, Deviled Eggs and Tournedos Neptune, a 4 oz broiled medallion of beef, topped with crabmeat & Bearnaise sauce.
Le Paon is the perfect place for great food in a civilized atmosphere with a charming host that always makes you feel welcome and an excellent piano player to boot!
73399 El Paseo, Mon-Sat, 5:30 til closing. 760-610-5320
After the wonderful Vanessa Williams, we headed to Mastro's and sat at a high top in the bar. Fitz, Wendy, Dean and I devoured Crab and Shrimp cocktails, the excellent bread basket, with my favorite, the pretzel bread with chunks of sea salt, a glass of wine and some berries and ice cream. What's not to like?
The place was hopping with live music and a very enthusiastic crowd, clearly having a great time.
73405 El Paseo, Sun-Thu, 4-10, Fri & Sat, 4-11 and the Lounge is open from 4-12 Daily. 760-776-6777