Sometimes a Diner Just Won’t Do

As a general rule, mornings are not my friend.  Even as a child I didn’t like getting up early.  And in my old Pan Am days, I would often fly all night, sleep the day away, and then carry on throughout the next night.  Now that I’m a bit older, and hopefully wiser, I realize that seven in the morning doesn’t necessarily have to be attached to the evening before, but can instead be the start of a glorious new day!

When clients who recently moved to Rancho Mirage asked for an eight o’clock breakfast meeting, I gladly agreed.  But when they asked where we should meet, I had to think twice.  This wasn’t a greasy spoon kind of couple.  Our morning meeting needed to be in a sophisticated environment that was conducive to design discussion.  Acqua Pazza at The River was the perfect solution.

Although the outdoor dining patio alongside the water is delightful day or night, we opted to sit inside since we had a lot of papers to shuffle and didn’t want anything flying away.  After perusing the menu (OMG, so many tasty choices!) this table of meat-eaters ordered egg dishes with sausage links, sausage patties, and Hungarian Kielbasa, leaving the pancakes, waffles, crepes and healthier fare for other diners.  Service was amazingly unobtrusive despite constant coffee refills and meticulous attention.

Having spent many happy hours, dinners, and the occasional lunch in this popular haunt, it dawned on me how pretty Acqua Pazza is in early morning sunlight.  It’s a perfect place for a meeting, an early rendezvous, or a solo respite from a too-late previous night.