With a stay at Courtyard By Marriott Palm Springs in Palm Springs, you'll be in the business district and convenient to Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Air Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 137 guestrooms featuring refrigerators. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include concierge services and a television in the lobby.
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Courtyard By Marriott Palm Springs, or stop in at a grocery/convenience store. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of small meeting rooms and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
With a stay at Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, you'll be close to Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Plaza Theatre and Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 56 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. High-definition televisions are provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include concierge services, wedding services, and discounted use of a nearby fitness facility.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Colony Palms Hotel. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and laundry facilities. Free parking is available onsite.
With a stay at Caliente Tropics Hotel in Palm Springs, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and close to Palm Springs Air Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Plaza Theatre and Palm Springs Art Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 90 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and barbecue grills.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Caliente Tropics Hotel.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services and coffee/tea in the lobby. Free parking is available onsite.
Score your next slice at Matchbox Palm Springs — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Matchbox Palm Springs makes it easy. Book your room today.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Matchbox Palm Springs with their complimentary wifi.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Matchbox Palm Springs' outdoor patio.
Bring your furry friend to the pizzeria — Matchbox Palm Springs allows dogs to dine, too.
Matchbox Palm Springs' business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
Matchbox Palm Springs is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Drivers will be happy to know that Matchbox Palm Springs is located near many street and lot parking options.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Matchbox Palm Springs.
Dining at Matchbox Palm Springs will set you back about $30 per person on average.
At Matchbox Palm Springs, you can pay with any major credit card.
The pizzeria's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Matchbox Palm Springs is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Matchbox Palm Springs where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Matchbox Palm Springs.
With a pizza from Matchbox Palm Springs, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
At El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
When the weather is nice, hurry to El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico to grab a spot on the patio.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico is all about comfort.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
For the tastes of El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Those driving to El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico.
El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico.
So head on over to El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico for a tasty meal and keep up with the latest and greatest trends in Mexican cuisine.
Come taste what The Tropicale is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
For healthy and gluten-free fare, head to The Tropicale.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at The Tropicale, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Sit outside at The Tropicale and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
The Tropicale offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit The Tropicale — it's strictly casual.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
The Tropicale is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
For those driving to the restaurant, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of The Tropicale.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? The Tropicale s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at The Tropicale tastes like pure heaven!
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at The Tropicale is all about.
So switch up your normal lunch routine and stop by The Tropicale for a trendy American dish.
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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