Kobe Restaurant

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

What can you say about a local restaurant that in its 37th year still averages between 450 and 600 dinners on Friday and Saturday nights in season? The only word I can think of is “Wow!” Add to these astonishing numbers the fact that 70% of its staff has been there for 20 years or…

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Chef Spotlight – Ruben Ortiz, Las Casuelas Nuevas

Chef Ruben Ortiz helms the busy kitchen at Las Casuelas Nuevas, an award-winning Rancho Mirage restaurant that’s a favorite dining spot in the Coachella Valley. The Chef’s menus features authentic recipes that have been passed down through four generations of the Delgado family, the restaurant’s owners. He augments these fresh, homemade offerings with his own…

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Rancho Mirage Wins First Chef Challenge

Rancho Mirage Wins First Chef Challenge

If you are—like me—a foodie who loves a good contest, then have I got the place for you! Every Wednesday through October 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Pirch (the amazingly cool interactive bath, kitchen, and outdoor showroom located just across from The River in Rancho Mirage at 71-905 Highway 111) is hosting the Crater…

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bluEmber Chef de Cuisine Brandon Testi

bluEmber Chef de Cuisine Brandon Testi

Spend any time with Brandon Testi—chef de cuisine at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, bluEmber—and you’ll see how seriously this gastronomic wunderkind takes food. The handsome, 28-year-old Orange County native invariably stops by my table whenever I’m dining at bluEmber, regaling me and my guests with stories from the kitchen—not to…

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CHEF SPOTLIGHT – DREW DAVIS, CATALAN

Born in Los Angeles, Drew Davis knew at a very young age that he had a true passion for food. While working at food establishments in high school he was convinced he had found his life’s calling. After finishing school, Drew recognized the need to refine his craft at more prominent establishments. He wanted to…

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The Slice is About More Than Just Pizza

The Slice is About More Than Just Pizza

It’s no secret that my hometown of Rancho Mirage is chockablock with great places to eat. But as I like to tell my friends, if you’re really diligent you’ll eventually be able to get to them all! And one not to be missed, especially while shopping on the Dinah Shore corridor of the city—or just…

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D’Carlos is D’licious

D’Carlos is D’licious

On a warm summer evening, three friends and I descended upon a Palm Springs Valley institution to partake in its rich tradition of old world Italian dining. We arrived at D’Carlo’s Italian Café in Rancho Mirage’s Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center (at Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive) and met my old friend Tom Hixson,…

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