Farm restaurant for dinner, Palm Springs…French inspired fare

While searching on Yelp for someplace for dinner, i came across Farm.  It looked like a great french inspired breakfast brunch place that just started dinner service on fridays and saturdays with a prix frixe menu.  In fact, the website has the owner’s words saying she wants visitors to share the experience of being in the South of France.

Our reservations were at 8 last night on what became a rainy cold palm springs night…i got a confirmation call ensuring that i knew that the night would be cold and they were booked up inside and that i would be dining on the patio.

I wish I would have taken more pics…there is great attention to detail in the patio with french music, colors, flowers, the furniture…it was quite lovely.   We even had Laguiole knives at our place settings, as well as another with my entree.

We started with drinks- the Penicillin and theFrench  Monk–i had two of those! And jim had the Julia Cornell as round two.


While these cocktails were great, i think there is a huge opportunity for an aperitif menu including a Aperol spritz, Campari spritz, Kir, Kir Royale, even some house made aperitifs like the prosecco and blue curacao we had in Paris….

I knew going into it that there would be a prix fixe for the night…and just like in France, we were greeted with a chalkboard with the night’s choices


Being allergic to gluten and sesame…jim was lined up with the beet salad, the salmon with sauce on side, and the glace…while i went straight for the tomato tartar, beef bourguignon, and the crepe.

We received bread with viengar and olive oil after ordering


The small round rolls were perfect!   Crisp on the outside and nice and tender on the inside…i ate them all by myself!

The amuse was a lovely round of asparagus balasamic with feta

Up next were the salads

The salads were both 

wonderful…the beet was more of a carpaccio and I loved the tarragon in the sauce with my tomatoes.

Intermission was a palate cleansing lemon sorbet


Now for the main event:

Boef bourguignon

Salmon with Mandarin Sauce


Both dishes were excellent…the beef was flavorful and fall apart tender with a fork and yummy!

Finally, dessert

Citron crepe

Vanilla ice cream with a shot of chambord

The crepe was perfect…it had these citrus “caviar” flavor bombs (a la molecular gastronomy style) and Jim said that might have been the best vanilla ice cream he has ever had.

Everything we ate was spot on great and the service was impeccable.   My two comments are:

The menu was not what i expected…i was so excited by a southern France experience that I wasnt looking for a curry dish or a teryaki chicken dish…the food and drinks have so much potential to match the space and the atmosphere…i expected pissaladiera, socca, polenta, lapin…

And, if there are only three tables in the patio…really, if you identify yourself as the owner and ask about the experience of one table, it’s glaringly obvious when you dont ask the other two tables.

Overall, we truly enjoyed our food and cocktails…its just wasnt the french experience we expected.

El Mirasol–Palm Springs

I think Jim ate here everyday this trip…what can we say?  We love good margaritas and good mexican…and this stuff is pretty darned good!

Make sure tou ask for the spicy salsa in addition to the regular…some nights its so hot we mix the two

Jim loves the strawberry margarita here and i tend to always get the maestro dobel, grande size…and usually drink two especially when the temps are running 110 ish


For a change we started with mini chorizo tacos!  Mmm

One of my favorites–camarones Dona Diabla made with their house dona diabla sauce that they make and sell by the bottle…this is not for those who have a fear of spice

And jims standby—the chicharonnes!  Which are also great!

Literally he at here for dinner wednesday with me, lunch on thirsday and friday while i was at work, and today for lunch with me…we do like it a lot!

Pomme Frites–Palm Springs

Another of our goto places especially on a thursday after walking the street fair in 100 degree heat..so i kicked it off with a Duchesse de Bourgogne for me-our server even asked if i had it before because some people arent fans of the acidic bite…some rose for Jim


For starter–tartare!  Which was very tasty


Entrees–short rib for me and mussles and frites for jim


Another standby for beer number two–Affligem


No dessert for me, but someone got a sampler


The floating cloud and mousse we gluten free but i had to eat the third which was not


We keep coming back.

Dish-creative cuisine in Palm Springs round two

We tried this place for brunch on my birthday in March–the purple steamy fizzy drink place…well we tried it for dinner tonight and it was great!

For the summer they have a prix fixe with many gluten free options


Plus they randomly bring out amuse-bouche throughout the meal.

Instead of bread to nosh while perusing the menu, its hot donuts!  Savory donuts in this case flavored with sage.


Amuse-bouche number 1—a soda that tastes exactly like bloody mary with no alcohol


Amuse-bouche 2–a bite of ceviche with corn, avocado mousse


We each had the Compressed Watermelon –watermelon, baby heirloom tomatoes, feta crumbles, balsamic pearls, pistachio dist, basil granita


A little late, but our cocktails arrived and our server, Spencer, graciously made the untimely delivery completely forgivable.  On the left, Jims brown butter and maple rye, and on the right my Bulleit Bourbon with cherry and campari, and citrus, and bitters.


Next up finds us another amuse-bouche..#3.. A small zuchini fritter with a dill cream


Amuse-bouche 4:  a tiny almond flour muffin with sun dried tomato tapenade


Amuse-bouche 5: grapefruit sorbet


Entrees:

Pasta of the day–shrimp ravioli for me


And a crab stuffed poblano for jim


Amuse-bouche 6: a small push up pop orange and vanilla—very much like a creamcicle


Dessert was crackerjack sundae for jim which has little flecks of brittle in additon to carmel corn and the gelato


And i had a rootbeer float with markers mark in it


We will probably have to return here!

Valentines Day in Palm Springs

Our 18th valentines day…at pommes frites in palm springs    
  A favorite flemish ale:  
  

Prix fixe vday dinner

Beets napolean:
    

Shrimp salad
 
  

A yummy new beer:

 
 

Potato croquettes, filet, shrimp

  

Jims gluten free version with mashed instead of croquettes (the mashed has nutmeg…tasty)

  

Grand marnier creme brulee:

  
  

 🙂

 

Palm Springs eats revisited In December

 Back to Palm Springs for four days of work…so we eat….this is round one at blue coyote  
  

Crabmeat relleno for me

Carnitas for jim  
  

  
  

Right outside the door

  
  

Back to our fave…el mirasol and we are outside on the patio

  
    

This is a custom dish…it’s a shrimp with tomatillo sauce with Dona Diablo sauce added for some spice    

I think it is carnitas….
  

Flash forward to Wednesday and it’s our love Tropicale and our fav server remember Ed us and my Fiery Dragon low on the sweet

  

And a coconut martini for him of course
  

Gluten free pizza appy 

  
  

She so did not want her picture taken

  

Giant shrimp and a filet on potatoes….the least inspired dish I have ever had here
  

Cioppino 

  

Some crazy ass snickers cake that was gluten free and quite yummy
    

Palm Springs street fair findings….and the sample was seriously spicy
  

Love this stuff

  

After the street fair it’s time for a trip to pommes frites…tres Belgique, non?
  

Always start with the affligem 

  
  

Not for the true vegs!!!!  Tar tar!   But it was yummy:-)

  

Next round saint bernarbus
  

My mussels with mustard cream sauce

  

And of course, the pommes frites with three sauces
 

Palm Springs eats

We just wound up four days in Palm Sparings for work and had little time to post much but we did get to eat a lot:-)

Upon arrival on Sunday our room wasn’t ready for check in so we were off to Olive A’sudden and then to a late lunch at Alicante which we have seen before, and have dined at their sister restaurant, but never yet tried.  It’s a blend of sports bar, tapas, and entree portioned Mediterranean/Spanish

   
That’s my blood orange Manhattan and Kim’s house made sangria.

 
I keep thinking I should have tried the smoked bacon Manhattan 

   
Gotta have octopus!

 
Roasted almonds, and artichoke and egg

   
Potatoes brava

 
Remarkably yummy citrus marinated olives.

This place was okay and was not very expensive overall…but it was just a light lunch for us.

Dinner became a new adventure to a place we had heard of but never tried Wangs in the Desert.  

This place is an eclectic blend of Asian cuisines. We were drawn because they advertise having a gluten free menu and a vegetarian menu.

   

Lychee martini for me!
    

This was our jalapeño calamari appetizer
  

Gluten free beef with broccoli

  

Green curry and veggie fried rice
    

Monday night: Tropicale

We always love this place and the fiery dragon and coconut martinis are always a hit

   
 
Big ass shrimp cocktail!  

 Definitely sharable

   
My pork chop with greens and mashed potatoes

 Jim got a huge burger in a lettuce bun

  

We hit Trio with local friends the next night. Where …surprise!  I took no pictures

But I highly recommend the Will Stiles

  

One more Palm Springs spot to describe and share but I’ll save that for another post
 

Olive a Sudden in Palm Springs 

In Milwaukee downtown we came across our first olive oil and vinegar tasting shop

I couldn’t buy much (doll convention, ie limited packing space) but I was entranced by the tasting and the woman working there showcasing their “favorite” combos of olive oil and balsamic and mixing them so we could try it.

There is a similar store in Palm Springs that we never seem to go by during the day when they are open….until Sunday !  I didn’t take a lot of pics but I tasted many a vinegar and oil and brought home these two which just arrived home today.

 

I was so consumed by tasting and looking that I forgot pics of the store

But it’s Olive a sudden 

I’m all over so many of the flavors that I could buy them all….

   
   
I didn’t sample the wild mushroom and sage 😦 but it sounds yummy…and the sherry was very good and this doesn’t even list seasonal varieties like pumpkin!

Check them out…I’m going to shop online right now 🙂