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Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure




You might wonder why I would choose to spend a long weekend in Palm Springs in 108 degree temperatures. Well, because Phoenix was predicting thunderstorms, and the surface of the sun was all booked up. We headed out on the 10 Thursday morning. We decided to have lunch at Farmer Boy’s to see why the Mayor was always crowing about it. We pulled into the franchise in Ontario near Truck City. You could watch trains pass by from the widow, so that probably factors into the Mayor’s prediliction. I ordered the Farmer Boy, and Bob got a regular hamburger. I added on fried zucchini, then when I noticed a stacked cone of giant onion rings on another diner’s table, I called back to Bob to get them too. I didn’t realize he had also ordered fries, so when our tray arrived there was a mindboggling array of fried goodness.





I have to say, though, it was kind of greasy, and the onions had lost their bite. But the hamburger...wow. It was fantastic. And huge. I can see what all the fuss is about. I would definitely return for that burger if we lived nearby. I had worried that the guacamole and thousand island-style sauce would clash, but all of the flavors melded perfectly. The patty was nicely charred, which is the make-or-break factor for me.





Although it was not table service, the counter person appeared twice to make sure our food was satisfactory and to refill our drinks, which was a nice touch. I have to confess that the explosion of country charm was a bit much for me. Which is strange, because I grew up visiting my relatives' farms in the summer. I thought back to my aunts' houses and all I can see are bare wood floors and bare wood tables. Kind of like Ma and Pa Kettle. I looked up at the luxurious chintz valances, and I realized my aunts couldn;t afford chintz. And they didn;t have time to waste carving bonneted geese out of wood.





When we hit Cabazon, we stopped at the Hadley Fruit Orchards. It was like snackers paradise. They sold all manner of dried fruit, nuts and candies, as well as every single wine mentioned in the song “Wine Spo-de-o-dee”. Then, just in case you were not already impressed by the endless selection of nuts, there was a refrigerated section containing ostrich eggs the size of cantaloupes.





We left with bags full of Jordan almonds, sesame-coated peanuts, dried apricots, banana chips, and sugar-free toffee. Cabazon has turned into something of a boom town with the arrival of the Morongo Casino. The Wheel Inn used to be a lone oasis in the desert, but now a row of outlet stores has joined the casino, the Burger King, and the cartoonishly named Mega Burger, which surround Claude Bell's dinosaurs.





We stopped in for some pie, and were surprised to see that all of the employees have been outfitted in Flinstones-style caveman uniforms. I wonder how that staff meeting must have gone. Anyways, I ordered my usual peanut-butter pie...the pie of the gods, and Bob ordered peach cobbler. It is amazing how they manage to keep the crusts so crisp, with no filling seepage whatsoever – even in the cobbler. They must serve them so fresh the crusts don’t have a chance to get soggy.





When we got to the hot springs, we were too tired to do anything but have a long soak. The impeccable landscaping of the grounds gives each hot tub complete privacy. We were relaxing in a secluded two-person jacuzzi when a little girl walked over and just stood there staring at us.



Finally Bob said, “Hi.” (Translation: “Why are you standing there staring at us?”)

“Hi.”

“Hiiiii.” (Translation: “Please go away. You are making us uncomfortable.”)

“Do you know where the pool is?”

“Oh. It’s over there.” (Translation: “Whew. She had a valid reason for wandering over here to stare at us.”)

“Oh, I know where it is. I just wanted to know if you knew where it was.”



For dinner, we hit the Sunshine Café in the affiliated Desert Spa next door. The service was insanely slow as the teenage workers kept getting into squabbles with each other and power struggles with the chef. When we finally got our pasta dishes, they were OK. There was really nothing wrong with them. They were OK. But I felt like I had squandered my precious appetite, an appetite which could have been put to good use eating good food. I started wondering if maybe there is something wrong with me. Something that separates me from the average person who is perfectly happy eating Applebee’s and Lean Cuisine. “OK” just doesn’t cut it with me.





The next morning we ordered room service. Miracle Springs has excellent room service. As usual, the eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy were perfect. Maybe I am not so difficult to please after all. We spent the better part of the day soaking in the hot springs. I had a fantastic massage, relaxed for awhile in their not-too-suffocating-not-too-hot-just-right sauna, and then sunk into my very own jacuzzi with a cold Fiji water and copy of “A Cook’s Tour.” Life could not get any better. It was the perfect day. And I knew we were going to have a perfect evening. We had reservations at Cuistot.


After Le Vellauris disappointed us on our last trip, I started researching French restaurants in the Coachella valley. I chose Cuistot in Palm Desert, just East of Palm Springs (and this time I made sure East was East). Their chef, Bernard Dervieux, serves highly lauded California/French cuisine inspired by his native Lyons. The ambiance is simultaniously homey and impressive, with high cathedral ceilings and an imposing fireplace. But best of all was the aquarium-like glass wall looking into the kitchen. While we waited for our table, I unabashedly stood at the glass, staring at the chefs as if they were a television set. I watched one chef cut cute little teensy chops, then he pulled out a huge, meaty chop and set to work carving. I knew what I was having for dinner. Once we were seated, they brought out amuse bouches of goat cheese in puff pastry, a nice touch. For appetizers, Bob ordered a crab gratin, and I ordered the foie gras with apples and Calvados. The sommelier proactively offered me a Sauterne to pair with the foie gras. I don’t like wine. It is just too tannic and vinegary for me. I am a champagne afficianado. Now, let me just say that three of my brothers are relentless wine snobs (the fourth drinks nothing but Coors silver bullets). For years my brothers have been making me taste the most expensive wines they can find, thinking they can change my mind. One of them even bought me a 1966 something-or-other since that is the year in which I was born. The sommelier was exceedingly charming and had already shown his psychic powers by bringing me one of my favorite champagnes after only listening to a description of my preferred characteristics. So I said, “OK. If you think you are the one who is going to succeed in turning me out after all these years, bring it on.” I swirled, sniffed, swished and admired the legs. It was cloyingly sweet and not too tannic. It could work. The foie gras was as good as the foie gras I had in Paris, which is an amazing feat. The sauce was generous, and quite sweet, which rendered the Sauterne redundant. But if there had not been any sauce, the wine would have been a perfect foil for the foie gras. Bob’s crab was delicious if a little intense for me. The sommelier had suggested a Pinot Noir from a small winery called Westley for Bob, and he was falling madly in love with it, frequently saying things like, “I just want to fall into this glass.” And “I want to live in this wine”.





Our main courses arrived - a filet mignon for Bob, and one of those giant beef chops for me. I always knew there were pork chops and lamb chops. I don’t know why I never realized that there would be beef chops as well. The filet was delicious and dense, as dense as liver. It must have been seriously aged. My chop was just heaven. Pure heaven. Both dishes were accompanied by fresh farm vegetables, and mine arrived with a surprisingly delicious celery root puree and some sharp watercress to cut the richness of the beef. We split their signature dessert, a raspberry feuillette, which was a heavy custard sandwiched between homemade puff pastry. Raspberries and caramel were an unusual pairing, but it worked. At the end of the meal, as we were leaving, the chef was standing behind us and bid us goodnight. I caught him off-guard, and maybe frightened him a little, by squashing him with an impulsive and aggressive bear hug.





We awoke on Saturday with a half-hour to check out of the hotel. We were having such a nice holiday that we decided to call the front desk and reserve an extra night. We headed into downtown Palm Springs for a little shopping. Bob needed another shirt since he hadn’t packed for three days. We drove by Sherman's Deli, but it is closed until September 26th. We checked out a few boutiques and were absolutely floored. Sticker shock does not begin to describe it. Men’s shirts averaged 180 dollars!




We decided to hell with the shirt and went to Tyler’s for sliders. Tyler’s is in the center of the Palm shopping center. There is a small dining area inside with stools, and lots of seating outside on a terrace. I got two sliders instead of one regular-sized burger...because they were cuter.





We also ordered coleslaw, fries, a small chili and a root beer float. Bob went with a vegetarian burger because the copious amounts of beef I was devouring was starting to get to him. He said it was a great veggie burger. The chili was interesting – it was made with beans, then pureed so it looked like Cincinatti chili. The spices were well-balanced, but it was a topping. Great on top of a hot dog, not as good in a bowl. The coleslaw was sweet and creamy and perfect. The fries were good. But the sliders were a revelation. I heard angels singing. Or maybe it was the sound of my arteries slowly clogging. The patties were thick and juicy and delicious. The buns were light and fluffy and brushed with a little oil. Wow. Go there. Now.


We noticed a banner for the Palm Springs art museum. We weren’t sure there would be much to it, but I figured a town full of rich retirees probably makes for some nice donations. As expected, there was plenty of “Old West” and native art, plus a few desert landscapes. What I was not expecting was to see a Lichtenstein in the Old West area. As I walked up the stairway to the second floor’s Mesoamerican art exhibit, my eyes were hijacked by a huge glass sculpture on the third floor – Dale Chihuly! One of my favorites! I headed straight for it.





At the top of the stairs we were greeted by a Borofsky figure monotonously intoning, “Chitter chatter chitter chatter chitter chatter...” It was a great collection, with big pieces of glass that I had fun taking pictures through. On the way out I decided we should check out a painting of the number 4 on the landing. An old couple had been sitting in front of it the entire time we were there. So there must be something to it. As I approached, the old couple did not stir, so I realized that they were sculptures. But as I turned my head to look at them, the woman blinked. I stopped dead in my tracks. Bob gestured to a sign that said: DO NOT DISTURB THE OLD COUPLE. They were definitely an art installation. But I have seen art installations that included live people, so I just kind of backed away. They definitely gave me the willies, which is all you can really ask of art. On the way out, I asked the guard about it. He said that they were made from molds of real people, but that they were just inanimate objects. I asked if they were animatronic or something. He said they do not move at all, but that visitors always insist to him that they do. He said their realism makes him wonder when androids might walk among us. After a few minutes of deep conversation, I realized, “Oh no. I have gotten myself into a conversation about robots taking over the earth and I have no idea how to extricate myself from it.”


On our way back to Miracle Springs, we spotted a Ross and ran in to get Bob a couple of 14 dollar shirts. In your face, 180-dollar boutiques! We read and took long baths, then headed back into town to LG’s Prime Steakhouse. I was on a roll. I had found a theme – burgers and steaks. From the moment you enter their ceiling-high wooden doors, you are transported into a world of old-school charm. The servers are solicitous yet unobtrusive as they fill your water, remove extraneous silverware and clean crumbs from the table. I immediately fell in love with our funny and charming waiter, Troy. He took my every picky little need extremely seriously. He was only happy if I was happy.





The warm sourdough rolls that appeared in the flurry of our arrival tasted homemade. Bob, having had enough of my beef-fest, ordered crab cakes and shrimp scampi. Their two-step aging process (wet, then dry-aged) looked good, but I got the wet-aged filet mignon with crab legs surf-and-turf. Everything is a la carte, so I ordered a small side of fried potatoes and a large side of green beans. The crab cakes, made with dungeness and snowflake crab, had a very different taste than the blue crab I am used to. It was not seared and crispy, more of a crab “loaf”, rich with crab, in an intense red bell pepper sauce. My crab legs were fine...it’s kind of hard to really make them shine, or really screw them up. The potatoes were good, and the green beans would have been good if not for an overzealous hand with the crushed red pepper. Although Bob preferred them with a little kick. Later my server, Troy, noticed that I hadn’t eaten the green beans and was aghast that I did not tell him right away so they could have made me another batch. Don’t you love him too? The scampi was interesting. It went beyond the usual garlic and butter with the generous addition of ground chili spices. Bob and I thought it was delicious, but I know my mom would have raised hell if she had ordered scampi and gotten that. I save the best for last. The steak. Oh my God, that filet! As my knife glided through it, I thought, “It’s just like butter.” Then I thought, “Geez, just like butter? How clichéd can you get? There must be another simile out there somewhere.” But I couldn’t think of one. It was like butter. That steak says, “Now THAT is why LG’s is in the Top Ten Hall of Fame Steakhouses!” Slap a blue ribbon on that filet! As we waddled out, my new favorite person, Troy, recommended that we come back to try his fantastic tableside Caesar salad and gave me a brochure with the recipe.




LG’s Prime Steakhouse Classic Caesar Salad


10 oz Romaine lettuce, chopped in 1-inch squares

1 oz. anchovies (approximately 2)

1 Tablespoon fresh garlic, pressed

1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 egg yolk, coddled

½ cup good quality virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 Tablespoons Red wine vinegar

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup seasoned croutons (homemade preferred)

Freshly ground black pepper


Place anchovies and garlic in a wooden salad bowl. Crush into a fine paste with two dinner forks. Add Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce to paste and stir. Add egg yolk and continue to stir.



SLOWLY add olive oil while continuously stirring. Add lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and half the parmesan cheese. Stir.



Place Romaine lettuce in dressing mixture and toss, making sure to wet all sides of lettuce leaves.



Add croutons and the remaining parmesan cheese. Serve on cold plates with chilled forks. Sprinkle with ground pepper to taste.



The next morning we packed up and drove straight to the Wheel Inn for breakfast. We love their breakfast more than any other breakfast in the world. I scanned their menu for beef, since now it was more than a theme, it was a mission. I ordered chicken-fried steak and eggs. I have never been big on chicken-fried steak, it seemed like an exercise in Southern excess. I mean, what could you possibly do to it to make it worse for you? Pipe it full of Twinkie filling and candy coat it? But at least it was steak. And I was on a mission. I took one bite of the perfectly crispy chicken fried steak and thought, “Well, slap my face and call me Bubba. I am a convert”.





Bob went for a simple Denver omelette. Everything was good. As always. And the waitresses were friendly. And the room is cozy. And they have Area 51, the world’s greatest video game. How the truckers must look forward to this stop!





I had a number of possible stops on my agenda for the trip home...the Beaumont Swap Meet, The Donut Man, an interesting little cemetary, but I had to show Bob some mercy. Marriage is about compromise. Somewhere around Rosemead I had to make a pit stop. As we drove around, I saw the coolest sign. For a burger joint. I looked at Bob. He looked at me. I asked, “How far are you willing to go to humor me?”





He hung a U-turn and we went into E&J Burgers. It was a combination burger joint/taco joint, which is really not uncommon in the Los Angeles area. I ordered a small burger, and a carne asada taco.





As we drove off, I offered the burger to Bob. He just looked at me like I was crazy. It was a nice charred patty, if a bit thin, with fresh trimmings and a soft bun. I set it aside and opened the glistening asada taco. That was really what kept them in business. So if you ever find yourself in Rosemeade, E&J beats the McDonalds across the street by a mile, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to hunt it down. Unless you are looking for birria.

As we got closer to home, we knew we would have to stop for dinner. I felt like no burger tour would be complete without a trip to our home-town favorite, Rick’s.





We ordered a burger and fries to split. When the waitress set down our tray, it felt like she was setting down a brontosaurus burger. It had a thin, nicely charred patty, nice bun, and the only really ripe red tomato I have ever seen on a burger. But it is just not the same. I told Bob, “I guess Tyler’s has ruined me for all other burgers. It’s good, but I remembered it as being sooooooooo good.” Bob said, “Well, usually when we come here you’re hungry. The fifth burger is just never as good as the first.”






The Wheel Inn 50900 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. (951) 849-7012


Cuistot 72-595 El Paseo, Palm Desert 92260 (760) 340-1000


LG’s Prime Steakhouse 255 South Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 92292 (760) 416-1779


E & J Burger 9510 East Garvey Ave., South El Monte 91733 (626) 443-0644


Rick’s Drive In and Out 2400 Fletcher Dr Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 660-5988





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    mayor al
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/11 22:18:23 (permalink)

    Elise,
    I appreciate your willingness to check out the Mayor's recommendation aboutFarmer Boys! I was glad to hear about your experience. Janet always looks forward to one of their salads while I am concentrating on the Burger and Fried Veggies.
    Actually their breakfast omelet combo's are pretty good also.

    The original Store is gone. It was located on the OLD '215' near March AFB just south of the Moreno Valley exit. When the new freeway was constructed Farmer Boys had to relocate and thats when they started expanding the company. Our Fontana Correspondent has warned us about some quality loss as the franchises have multiplied, so I was please to read of your satisfaction! Thanks also for the photo of the Squash Spears and the Onion Rings. They bring back great memories of clogged arteries and loss of breath while walking back to the car with another order !!
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 00:21:50 (permalink)
    I enjoy Tylor's as well. There is actually quite a bit food in the Palm Desert area, including some very good Mexican places, although it seems like a lot of high end chains, especially steakhouses, have been infiltrating the area.

    The dinosaur's at the Wheel Inn are the same ones that were in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure".
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 00:45:37 (permalink)
    Your Fontana correspondent is beginning to wonder if the Farmer Boys decline is a Fontana occurrence and not chainwide.

    If Elise tells me that the burger patty wasn't so small as to be transparent, and the onion rings and zucchini were tender and that the whole onion didn't come flopping out of the breading at first bite because it's so tough, then I'll know we have a franchisee problem going on here in Fontucky.
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 01:52:01 (permalink)

    Jack, The photo's of the Burger and the Fried Stuff look as I remember them !!!
    One thing of note. Back here when one hears of Fried Squash...or Pickles it means thin-slices of Zucchini or pickle, battered or breaded then deep fried. As you can see in Elise's Photo when you look at the Squash "Spears" they aren't just thin slices !! Man those are good when they first come out of the grease !! They even 'reheat' pretty well. I love the heavy rings too, but if they get the least bit cool, that's it for them !!
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 03:32:39 (permalink)
    I'm just going to have to try another town's FB and order a Farmer Burger and some rings. I was at one in Rancho Cuc last month, but only ordered a bowl of chili and a cuppa joe. Their chili is excellent BTW.

    My current fastfood craze are the taco burgers at Baker's, but that's grist for another mill.
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 03:50:03 (permalink)
    Well, the fried stuff at Farmer Boys was pretty greasy. The onions had no "onion" flavor or bite at all. If I were judging them solely on their sides, I would give them a C+ to B-

    But the burger was a solid A-









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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 06:13:53 (permalink)
    Great photos and great writing.... thanks for your posts! I can't travel right now but I can "travel" through your photos.
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 06:16:04 (permalink)
    Where is the Wheel Inn?

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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 07:00:27 (permalink)
    The Mayor keeps getting more and more competition. Great job Elise and I appreciate the Chihuly pic. I enjoy his art. One of the Casino's in Last Vegas features his art. It may be the Bellagio?

    You guys consumed a lot of beautiful food. Your camera work is very good.

    I hope to improve in that area. I just bought a new digital. I will be driving to the Mayors area for some coaching soon. I have some issue now that prevent that.

    As I recall, the Mayor coached Lleechef and Zman and they became instantaneously mediocre to very good

    Perhaps he can coach me equally well. I think it may cost me the Mayors choice for lunch/dinner but education is not free.

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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 10:43:48 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Where is the Wheel Inn?

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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 10:53:02 (permalink)
    Great report as always, Enjoy your photos and commentary. Please take more trips.
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 11:57:21 (permalink)
    I think I made this comment on another thread somewhere, but... I am VERY GLAD to see so many folks doing the trip reports that include a running commentary on the trip AND the food and including photos of both the TRIP and the FOOD. I have tried to do that for each trip we take and have received great response from many of you. I hope this catches on even more.

    I would certainly prefer to read and discuss a trip like the one Elise just did than to join more discussion as to why some place in Missouri has 'Que' that is BETTER than ALL other places in the civilized world because they use Ketchup in the Sauce. Or the neverending Waffle House debate. No put-down on WH. I just find a roadtrip documentary to be a lot more interesting than the constant repeating of the same stuff or making semantics the point instead of the Road or the Food.

    We will be headed back to Georgia/NC/TN for a 5 day ride in a couple of weeks. We hope to add to the collection of places to check out as part of our fun. A stop in Atlanta to share dinner with One-Iron and the Lovely Mz Debbie is on the schedule and Photos will be produced and posted.

    One final note. Photography will improve with every practice exercise you make. With a digital camera it is so easy to practice since the cost and time involved in film and processing is eliminated. Take as many photos as you can make yourself take...and eventually you will learn what is good and what isn't. At a grandkid birthday party/family picnic last friday, Janet shot photos while I hung out with my sons. She shot 166 photos. We photoshopped 40 of those and put them on a cd for each subset of the family. A dozen cd's cost less than a buck and all else was the computer time to edit the photos. It works the same way for trips. If you have the knowledge of how your camera works , it becomes almost automatic to compose,expose, and process a good photos.

    Elise's food photos are as good as many we see in publications and that makes reading about her trip even Better !

    We look forward to mooching a free lunch with our friend Paul and sharing some practice photo time with him soon.
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 12:40:34 (permalink)
    Elise,
    I was relieved to find that your carnivorous adventure did not include our feathered friend at the top of your post! I was worried - however briefly. Beef chops never occurred to me either. I will have to seek them out.

    On the Farmer Boys discussion: They are building a 2nd one in Escondido. Don't bother with the one on Mission. I don't think they've changed their fryer oil since they've been there. I'll reserve writing off the whole chain until I try the new one on East Valley Pkwy. Construction has been long-delayed for various reasons.

    Sundancer, I'm sure the Mayor would conduct digital camera class for a donation of Tennessee potables...Just be sure to hold class first!
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 13:05:18 (permalink)
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    Elise,
    I was relieved to find that your carnivorous adventure did not include our feathered friend at the top of your post! I was worried - however briefly. Beef chops never occurred to me either. I will have to seek them out.

    On the Farmer Boys discussion: They are building a 2nd one in Escondido. Don't bother with the one on Mission. I don't think they've changed their fryer oil since they've been there. I'll reserve writing off the whole chain until I try the new one on East Valley Pkwy. Construction has been long-delayed for various reasons.

    Sundancer, I'm sure the Mayor would conduct digital camera class for a donation of Tennessee potables...Just be sure to hold class first!



    Well, I tried dropping an anvil on the darn thing, but that Acme company has such inferior products. Then I tried dropping a boulder off of a cliff with explosives tied to it, but somehow the rock rolled towards me by mistake and I got all singed and blackened in the explosion!



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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 13:23:32 (permalink)
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    Great report as always, Enjoy your photos and commentary. Please take more trips.


    Looks like I'm going back to the hot springs in October with my mom, but I don;t think you guys will want a THIRD Palm Springs report.

    Sadly, my money pit of a house has just put the kabosh (sp?) on my plans for Halloween in New Orleans (Stupid termites...grrrr).

    But I may be heading to the great Northwest in December, so stay tuned!

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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 13:24:12 (permalink)
    I think I gained 10lbs just reading about your trip! Thanks for the report.
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    EliseT
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 13:41:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mr chips

    quote:
    Originally posted by MikeS.

    Where is the Wheel Inn?

    MikeS.
    Cabazon, California, near Palm Springs



    50900 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. 951 849-7012

    Cabazon is off the 10 freeway about 2 1/2 hours outside of Los Angeles and 30 minutes outside of Palm Springs (Depending on traffic). It is on the North side of the freeway. You used to be able to just tell people "At the giant dinosaurs" but now the view of the dinosaurs has been blocked by fast food eateries (Dang those places!). You can still see the big sign that says EAT

    There are two exits in Cabazon. You want the Main Street exit. If you take the Cabazon exit by mistake, there is a little surface road that parallels the freeway. Just take it East for a few minutes. Hadley and the outlet stores are at the Cabazon exit.

    Here is the official review with my first visit to the Wheel Inn:


    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=397





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    wanderingjew
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 18:19:10 (permalink)
    Great trip report. You didn't have any room in your luggage for me?
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    acornlover
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 18:29:08 (permalink)
    Elise (my favorite niece's name)

    What a report! , we're having fish tonight but somehow that is not so appealing right now, I wonder if we have any beef in the freezer

    Great first picture, what you really needed was a coyote to get rid of that bird!

    You have inspired me to take more pictures, not that I get out much but when I do, I will photograph it!

    KB
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    soozycue520
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 18:34:51 (permalink)
    I thoroughly enjoy reading about your trips.

    THANKS!!
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    Donna Douglass
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 18:45:49 (permalink)
    I am in total agreement with Al-the-Mayor as regards trip reports being so much more interesting and satisfying than the same old, same old about BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, etc., etc. Although I have learned a lot from most all posts, the ones that really grab my attention and make me want to read more, are the wonderful trips reports such as Al and Elise and others have posted. Keep up the good work. The pictures are wonderful and all this together helps make up for my not being able to travel any longer. Thanks for allowing me to enjoy your adventures along with you.

    Donna
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    Donna Douglass
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 18:48:32 (permalink)
    Oh yes, and I forgot. Elise, I never did see your trip report(s) when you went to Europe early this summer. I had so looked forward to reading them and for the life of me don't know how I missed them nor why, if they were posted, I can't find them. Is there something I'm doing wrong that I can't find them? I know you must have had a wonderful time but I didn't get to read about it.

    Donna
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    EliseT
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 19:40:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Great trip report. You didn't have any room in your luggage for me?


    Anytime, buddy, anytime.

    But wasn't that you disguised as a nosy little girl???



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    EliseT
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 19:44:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Donna Douglass

    Oh yes, and I forgot. Elise, I never did see your trip report(s) when you went to Europe early this summer. I had so looked forward to reading them and for the life of me don't know how I missed them nor why, if they were posted, I can't find them. Is there something I'm doing wrong that I can't find them? I know you must have had a wonderful time but I didn't get to read about it.

    Donna


    Yes, I am lobbying for a "Road Trip Report" thread on this site.

    Here they are:

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13184&SearchTerms=europe

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13190&SearchTerms=europe

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13191&SearchTerms=europe

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13224&SearchTerms=europe

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13242&SearchTerms=europe

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13253&SearchTerms=europe

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13275&SearchTerms=europe



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    wanderingjew
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 19:53:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by EliseT

    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Great trip report. You didn't have any room in your luggage for me?


    Anytime, buddy, anytime.

    But wasn't that you disguised as a nosy little girl???






    Dang!!!!

    I couldn't fool you, could I??
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    Donna Douglass
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 20:58:03 (permalink)
    Elise, thank you so much for finding your trip reports for me. I still don't know how I missed them when you posted them originally. But they were well worth waiting for and I thoroughly enjoyed every single word.

    You made my evening complete without my ever having to crack the book I've been reading nightly. Thank you, thank you. And I'm so glad you had that wonderful adventure and certainly hope that you get to return some day.

    Donna
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    EliseT
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/12 21:26:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    quote:
    Originally posted by EliseT

    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Great trip report. You didn't have any room in your luggage for me?


    Anytime, buddy, anytime.

    But wasn't that you disguised as a nosy little girl???






    Dang!!!!

    I couldn't fool you, could I??


    Man, I wish I could Photoshop!

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    mayor al
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/13 20:50:27 (permalink)

    Elise, RE- The Beef Chop

    It is odd that we commonly refer to PORK, LAMP, VEAL, and even VENISON cuts from the same part of the Critter, as C H O P S , but when we talk about a Cow. The same cut becomes a "RIB STEAK" or if sliced off a roast... A PIECE or SLAB of "PRIME RIB". The term CHOP doesn't carry over to beef in most restaurants. Maybe the place you visited is starting a trend in product identification?
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    ann peeples
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    RE: Palm Springs Bob and Elise's Carnivorous Adventure 2006/09/13 20:58:30 (permalink)
    I just want to pipe in and say I thoroughly enjoyed your report....I will definately visit some of the spots you enjoyed the next time I am in California.You are a marvelous and witty writer!!
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