Saturday, 23 April 2016

El Pollo Loco Restaurant - Indio, California

I always thought KFC was the only chicken chain in the US, but my friends told me about El Pollo Loco which is another popular chain - so we went to grab food on our way to Coachella.

Family Sized Citrus Avocado Salad and Churros
I can't believe the salad had avocados and salsa! The salad ingredients weren't really fresh, but the citrus vinaigrette was good.
Churros are always good - even if they don't have filling like chocolate inside.

Family meal with 8 pieces of chicken, beans and rice and the salad and churros above.
We also got flour tortillas along with the meal.  The beans were really strange tasting and super mushy, but the rice and chicken were pretty good and it was rather filling for four people. 
Overall: Pretty good for fast food chicken (except for the mushy beans and old salad) and it was cheap - not a bad deal.

In-N-Out Burger - Indio, California

After a jam packed Day 1 of Coachella, we got home late from the last set of the night (Purity Ring was amazing!) and had the munchies - so my friends took a car out to grab some In-N-Out Burger. 
Just plain and simple. It was pretty good for a fast food burger (probably better than McDonalds, but not as good as Shake Shack seemed to be the general consensus among our group).  I just saw it as sustenance to satisfy my late night craving and after eating and showering, I happily passed out from my long day. 

Friday, 22 April 2016

Eight4Nine - Palm Springs

After a 12 hour journey (including airport wait time) from Toronto (and Vancouver), I landed in Palm Springs ready for my Coachella Weekend! (Well not really ready - all I felt ready for was a shower and a nap after my long day of travel).
So sunny and hot! I'm loving this t-shirts/tank tops and shorts temperature after Toronto's chilly winter.

On my friend's recommendation (based off the New York Times), we went to eat at Eight4Nine.
Really cool building!
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We knew right away we were all going to get the four course meal!

First Impression
Blackberry, Serrano ham and cantaloupe with balsamic vinaigrette
A nice starter - you've got the play on flavours and textures with sweet, savoury, sour and tangy all wrapped together on a skewer as an amuse bouche.

Second Impression
Shrimp chips and ahi tuna poke
My first poke! Although pokes are now become super popular outside of Hawaii (it's sort of expanding like the ramen craze).  I thought this was pretty good, but after trying my friend's shoyu pork belly, I think I would much rather get that because it was so delicious!

The Main Event
Beef Tenderloin
Potato planks is a really apt name for the potatoes.  The presentation was really nice (even though we were eating outside on the patio in the dark).  The turnips and root vegetables were rather grainy and fiberous and not the best complement to the melt-in-your mouth tenderloin.

Coachella Lime Pie
I love lime tarts and key lime pie - so I had some pretty high expectations.  It was a nice pie with the right amount of sweetness and tartness, but it didn't really wow me.

Nanaimo Bar
This was not really a nanaimo bar at all.  It was a frozen multi-layer custard cake with a dense raspberry layer and dark chocolate cake with chocolate glaze on top.

Overall: Great four-course meal and good service at Eight4Nine.  It was a great way to start off Coachella in Palm Springs the day before the festivities begin!

Eight 4 Nine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato