When spending time in Southern California, there are so many restaurants like I like to revisit and so many that I am eager to try for the first time. This year I am thrilled to have dined at the newly renovated Pour House at Bighorn Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California. We were guests for 10 luxurious days. The new building’s cost is around 80 Million Dollars. It is just breathtaking.
Next time I am starting with dessert first! Raspberry Cheesecake, this slice is big enough for 2 people, yes, I did share…sigh.
Triple Decker Sandwich, Ceviche, Tostada
Mocha Chocolate Cake, another incredible dessert.
So exciting watching the winter Olympics in this gorgeous spot.
The best view in all of Palm Desert.
My favorite bartender, Ruben.
Ruben makes the best Dirty Martini, Tito’s Vodka, with extra olives.
Aren’t those mountain views exquisite? The sunset view from the club is my favorite.
Bighorn is paradise, like a Disneyworld for adults XXOO.
The back-end of the clubhouse, overlooking the 18th hole, framed by the surrounding mountains.
Here’s the view looking out from the back of the clubhouse—complete with a horizon waterfall.
The living room and bar inside Bighorn.
The view when pulling up to the entrance of Bighorn.
As we head over to Ojai, California, we popped into AZU Restaurant & Ojai Valley Brewery for apps and cocktails. The food is wonderful, loved the grapefruit-infused vodka. Met new friends and we were invited to the bartender’s art show later that evening. Ojai is such a fun town. We spent one night at the Hummingbird Inn. Love the location, close to walking into town. So many great restaurants, so little time, we will be going back next year.
AZU Restaurant & Ojai Valley Brewery
We dined at the Bar. Taco’s, homemade tortilla’s, fish tacos and steak, loaded fries at AZU Restaurant & Ojai Valley Brewery.
Grapefruit infused Vodka Martini and IPA beer
Want it spicy? Love garlic? With chicken instead of pork? You are in luck, all of the bowls of ramen can be customized via an easy-to-use iPad ordering system. Vegetarian/Vegan? They have a ramen for you. Oh, and corn, fresh garlic, and seaweed toppings are always free!
Shrimp PAD THAI~ With Thai rice noodles, bean sprouts, egg, crushed peanuts, scallions, and cilantro.
Palm Desert, CA.
189 The Grove Drive, Beverly Grove; (323) 602-0096, dominiqueansella.com.
La Brea Bakery
Popular for its handmade bread, this casual cafe serves sandwiches, soup & other light fares.
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