With a stay at Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa in La Quinta (South Entrance Joshua Tree), you'll be close to Indian Wells Tennis Garden and El Dorado Polo Club. This spa hotel is within the vicinity of PGA West Golf Course and Empire Polo Club.
Make yourself at home in one of the 145 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Cable programming along with video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and wedding services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary manager's reception, held daily at evening. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free parking is available onsite.
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Beer Hunter Sports Pub.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Beer Hunter Sports Pub.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Beer Hunter Sports Pub offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour.
Beer Hunter Sports Pub is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
At Beer Hunter Sports Pub, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Wifi access is totally free at Beer Hunter Sports Pub, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Beer Hunter Sports Pub.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Beer Hunter Sports Pub will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Beer Hunter Sports Pub's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
A visit to Beer Hunter Sports Pub will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Beer Hunter Sports Pub offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Are you ready for a bite of pure heaven with Beer Hunter Sports Pub's delicious pub food?
Grilled, seasoned, and served to perfection, La Quinta's Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is a prime burger joint located in the city's La Quinta district.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This burger joint's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this burger joint's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Commute by bike to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and find easy bike parking.
Take a break from buyer's remorse at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where each and every bite won't cost you much (but will taste like a million bucks).
The burger joint is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
So if you consider yourself a burger fanatic, head on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and indulge in one of the tasty menu options.
So let go of your long day and enjoy a relaxing meal, such as a burger, at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
So when you need a burger above the rest, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will grill you up the absolute best.
At Las Casuelas Quinta — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa.
Las Casuelas Quinta is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Las Casuelas Quinta is a prime location to dine with a group.
Las Casuelas Quinta offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Take it nice and easy at Las Casuelas Quinta, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
At Las Casuelas Quinta, you can valet park or park in a lot next door in a matter of seconds.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Las Casuelas Quinta s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
At Las Casuelas Quinta, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Las Casuelas Quinta.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Las Casuelas Quinta and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than Las Casuelas Quinta.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — La Quinta Cliff House caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
La Quinta Cliff House's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at La Quinta Cliff House.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at La Quinta Cliff House, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
That's right! La Quinta Cliff House will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Drivers can enjoy the luxury of valet parking or park in a lot nearby La Quinta Cliff House.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, La Quinta Cliff House s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
La Quinta Cliff House accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by La Quinta Cliff House to have a bite of deliciousness.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated La Quinta Cliff House.
Fresh fare can be found at Crab Pot Restaurant, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
It s best to save your lighter eating habits for another day, though, as
is not featured on the menu here.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — Crab Pot Restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Crab Pot Restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Warm weather brings out Crab Pot Restaurant's highly coveted patio seating.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Crab Pot Restaurant, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Crab Pot Restaurant cater for you.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Crab Pot Restaurant.
At Crab Pot Restaurant, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
Crab Pot Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Your bill at Crab Pot Restaurant will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Crab Pot Restaurant accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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