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A Weekend in the Desert

2 May

A good getaway is always welcome, especially when said getaway includes lots and lots of sun, fresh avocados and grapefruits galore. My grandfather lives in Palm Desert, California for half the year, so a few weeks ago I booked an impromptu visit and left Oregon’s clouds behind for a long weekend.

Holy moly. It’s easy to forget other places see sun EVERY DAY. Sun works wonders on the spirit and I’m already missing its existence in my life (no, clouds, I’m not appreciating your May presence in the least.) All other wondrous parts of the trip aside, I also got to see my cousin (other side of the family) who was randomly in town. Serendipity is f*ing awesome that way.

A few highlights:

  • The Trina Turk store in Palm Springs. The design-lover in me adores Trina Turk (particularly for the home!), so going here was a must-do. This place is made for the desert. Budgets allowing, I could have had some serious fun at this place.

  • The Palm Greens Cafe in Palm Springs. I stalked Yelp for top places to eat and this healthy outpost had rave reviews. I had seen enough cottage cheese on menus across the desert that I was excited for some fresh fare. I ordered a salmon wrap and a blueberry banana almond milk smoothie – I’d absolutely be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous/skeptical to try it but OH MY GOSH! It was it was foodie-life-changing. It tasted exactly like a not-too-sweet milkshake. Summer is begging for me to make chocolate almond milk-banana creations. Unfortunately, I never made it back to try the vegan blueberry pancakes, but rest assured I’ll be doing that on my next trip (next year’s Coachella, anyone?!).
  • Escalade golf carts. Hilarious, awesome and awful all at the same time.

  • Grapefruits fresh from the tree. ‘Nuff said. I’m a fruit fiend (no seriously, guarantee I eat unhealthy amounts of sugar via fruit) and this is obviously the most amazing way to eat it.

  • Seeing family both planned and unexpected. Life has a tendency to move very quickly, and before you know it you’ve gone years without seeing some important family members. I’m vowing not to let so much time pass this go around, and plan some trips to see some others I’ve been missing. My cousin and I went to brunch at an adorable place called The Homestead in La Quinta – definitely recommend, particularly for its enormous outdoor seating area.

  • Did I mention I enjoyed lounging in the sun? Sometimes all you need is a good book , a pool and cooperative weather.

See you next year, Coachella Valley, as I’ll be stalking the Coachella Music Festival website for tickets the second they’re on sale.