Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Snow and Escape to El Mirasol

Spring can be the toughest time of year for us. A week ago, it was 80 degrees--Bill got out his shorts and his mountain bike, and I was back to my summer schedule of outdoor walks. But this past weekend, temperatures dropped to 31 degrees and there was substantial snow in the mountains. (That's San Gorgonio in the picture above.) We barely missed getting snowed on at our house--there was a good soaking rain, which we're grateful for--but we just want it to get warm for good.

Fortunately, we can get some relief just by heading down the hill to Palm Springs. It's very therapeutic to sit on a sunny patio and have lunch somewhere. One of our favorite places to do that is El Mirasol. We've been going there since time immemorial, ever since our first visit to Palm Springs. It's a locals favorite, located on Palm Canyon Dr. but away from the center of town. Above: Bill's favorite dish, beef chile rojo. Below: my decimated plate of shrimp pipian.

Big news from El Mirasol: they are finally bottling and selling their house-made hot sauce under the name Dona Diabla. Highly recommended--it's really good stuff!!

We finished off the afternoon with a visit to the Michael Lord Gallery, where photographer Mike Rebholz gave a talk on his current exhibit, "10 Weeks: Ice Fishing in Wisconsin." The show, which runs through May 6, consists of images of ice shacks--about the last thing you'd expect to see in Palm Springs, but especially fun if you're from Wisconsin (Bill is!).