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Temecula Winery Tour

A couple of months ago I was lucky to spot a Groupon for a tour of Temecula wineries. This one stood out in that it was a horse drawn trolley tour, which really sounded like a wonderful way to spend the day. Hubby has talked about doing a winery tour for some time and with his birthday approaching I thought it would be a fabulous way for him to celebrate. Since I am not a wine fan I would be the designated driver. The perk for me, tho, was that I would have some gorgeous scenery to shoot pictures of.

I emailed and received a quick reply confirming our reservation. It also included where we would be picked up, the wineries we would be visiting and how long the tour would take.

We drove down, arriving a little early. As we waited a several other people joined us in our wait. The hostess, Marika, arrived at the scheduled time and gave us a brief run down on the cost if we wished to participate in the wine tastings, how long we would have at each stop and even her favorite stops and wines. We purchased the discounted wine tastings and very soon the trolley arrived and we clip clopped off on our tour.

The horse drawn trolley arrived.

The horse drawn trolley arrived.

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Mark, our host and driver

Mark, our host and driver

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Mathew

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We look forward to trying the B&B when it opens

We look forward to trying the B&B when it opens

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Our dinner, hand tossed pizza.

Our dinner, hand tossed pizza.

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We wrapped up our tour at Lorimar Winery where they served the best hand tossed pizza. It took us back to our dating days and The Tavern, a little pizza place we went to often.

This was a wonderful way to spend our Saturday. We came home with several bottles of wine, glasses from the tastings and a few goodies I picked up in the gift shops. We definitely plan to do it again, hopefully staying at the Bed and Breakfast after it opens.

Frickleburgers

Frickleburgers, the first burger joint on our Best Burgers in Palm Springs list, was definitely a hit. Another couple joined us on the quest and we headed down the hill to enjoy a Friday evening on the town. We fed the dogs an early dinner and headed to Yucca Valley to meet up and carpool the remaining hour of the drive.

As we drove along Hwy 111 in Cathedral City we looked for the sign. We had the address but when the vehicle is driving 40 mph you have to look hard to find it. Hubby spotted the sign first and there it was, tucked away in a strip mall, between a Dollar Tree and a taco shop.

A wonderful young man, Geff, greeted us at the door and then made sure we understood how the checklist menu works and made us feel right at home. We had pre-printed our checklists, but he showed us that there were plenty of checklists and pencils at the tables for our use if we needed them. Geff was the definition of customer service and made our experience that much better. We found a table and perused the check list and and began choosing which burgers we would try. And the best part, share. When you have good friends to enjoy the quest with you get to sample more items on the menu without looking like a pig.

The menfolk contemplated The Big Nasty and who would order it.

Menfolk...contemplating The Big Nasty

After ordering they brought us complimentary glasses of cucumber and lemon flavored water. Wow, was that a nice treat! Lightly flavored and very refreshing to sip while we waited for our dinner.

The sides came out first, each with a container of their homemade blue cheese dressing. I don’t much care for blue cheese, but it was light and good.

Finally, our burgers came out one by one.

These were heavy duty, old world burgers. I customized the Fricklburger with cheese, jalapenos, lettuce and chopped bacon. Hubby had the Big Nasty, no bun and a brat and a burger, chilli and cheese. The Giddy Gunter was a chicken schnitzel with a fried egg and mushrooms. The Country Comfort burger included melted cheddar, BBQ sauce, red onion, tomato, shredded iceberg, and an onion ring.

Sectioned off and ready for sharing.

After dividing them up, we decided all were very good, very heavy and we were waddling when we left. After we had to walk around a few stores to walk off some of the food before the long drive home, but definitely worth it. Probably a good thing it is so far away.

We’ll definitely go back. But not until after we try the rest of the places on our list. Be sure to stay tuned!!!

Burger Quest

Several weeks ago hubby and I were driving along and listening to the radio. The Palm Springs DJ was asking listeners to call in and advise on the best burgers in the area. Palm Springs is just about an hour “down the hill” (actually, down two mountain grades) from us. We are considered “high desert” as we are in the mountains and being at sea level they are “low desert”.

Whenever we are down there we debate over where to eat. There are tons of options from $ to $$$$, but not living there we don’t usually hear the good or bad. Now we have a list of places from Palm Springs to La Quinta, which covers the entire “low desert” area.

Hubby shoots xrays at the local hospital and was on call last week. This meant lots of overtime. With all that overtime a flex day was in order, so he unexpectedly has today off. That means a trip down the hill is in order to check out one of the places on our list, Frickleburgers. Maybe a movie after.

I need to print out the checklist so we will be ready to order. Updates to follow :)

Spy Work

Today was one of those busy days that, in the end, doesn’t have much to show for it. I started off at physical therapy where Julio twisted me into a pretzel. His reasoning? “Must stretch it out!” Then he worked it out of me. Tied my feet with bands and told me to walk. I stood on a board with a rounded base and was told to bounce a ball. This is supposed to help my coordination and core muscles. I was also on a shuttle and told to launch myself. Not sure where I was to launch to, but I finally finished. Whew.

Then I headed 20 miles west so that I could run a few errands in Yucca, including picking up a 40 pound bag of dog food from Pets Plus. When you are feeding 4 Great Danes a 40 pound bag does not go far. On a positive note, I can now pick up that 40 pound bag of food myself. When my son saw me coming out of the store with it, he said a few cuss words (at almost 22 he’s too old for me to wash his mouth out and, in truth, he learned the words from me). Then he tried to grab the bag from me and I tried to hold on. (I’m very proud that I can carry it…it’s been a long time depending on others to carry it.) This poor man walking by us thought I was being mugged for the dog food! A couple of other stops and I dropped him off at his place, then decided to try out the new store in town, Save A Lot.

Save A Lot is a big deal in our little city. It has gone into the old Desert Ranch Market (known as “Desert Rat Market” to the locals). That store had gone down hill, with non-working refrigeration equipment and expired food. When the news a new store was opening up it was met with joy. The nearest grocer from there is several miles up the highway, making it hard for those without reliable transportation to shop. Save A Lot opened last week to huge crowds, so I waited a week to let that die down.


As I pulled into the parking lot my friend Paige called. She was raised in Two Nine, but a military spouse moved her away several years ago. She was curious about what the new store looked like and asked me to be her spy. On went my hat and out came my camera!

Heading down the aisles, I tried to be sneaky :)


You do have to bag your own and it’s three cents for every bag you buy from them, but for their grand opening celebration they are giving a free, reusable bag for every $10 spent. I spent $15 on a few things that were cheaper than the local grocery store. Their fruits and vegetables were reasonable and looked good. Better than our local commissary, that’s for sure.

Food Truck Festival

Saturday in the desert was GORGEOUS. So we hopped in the truck and headed out.

The Spa Casino Resort in downtown Palm Springs was hosting a Food Truck Festival.
Up to 70 Roach Coaches were expected to attend, with all kinds of different foods. They included Italian Ice, Vegan, lots of bacon themed foods, countries from 5 of the 7 continents and tons of desserts.

There was no way we could eat at every truck, although most were tempting. So we each picked out a must have and we shared. This sandwich truck had some exotic sandwiches, but it was the Butter Poached Lobster that won over the guys.


The Sushi truck was also on the must try list.

I picked out the Argentinian truck and went for the 2 for $5 pulled pork sliders.

We had to wait for our food, as the Health Department was doing an inspection. We weren’t the only ones waiting. This poor guy was about to dissolve into a puddle of drool while he waited for his share.

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Finally, we received ours. And they were well worth the wait.

We had to make a visit to the truck with the spiciest menu.

The Habanero Chocolate Orange Chicken actually turned out to be the only clunker of the day, resonating with burnt chocolate. There was no kick, no after burn, no warmth. Just burnt chocolate.

Korea was our next to last stop.
I’ve never had Korean BBQ before, and was delighted with the Korean Short Rib Tacos. These were awesome and I’m definitely going to try duplicating. The slaw helped keep it from being too heavy.
And, of course, we grabbed Garlic Fries to munch on our way out.

From the looks of this line as we left, arriving as they opened had been a good idea. It hadn’t been too warm and the lines at the trucks weren’t too bad. These folks, I bet, had a completely different experience.

Parked a few blocks away, we enjoyed the warm sunshine and the Palm Springs atmosphere. We were a tad startled to see this, tho. Someone has a sense of humor.

We meandered by a classic car lot. We tried not to leave any drool spots.Can you pick out our car amidst all these beauties?