Friday night we had dinner at Las Casuelas Terraza, a lovely old-school Mexican restaurant with a live band. Then we walked around and perused the mid-century modern stores along North Palm Canyon Drive downtown. Madelyn had fun with some of the statues that can be found sprinkled around Palm Springs. Here's Lucille Ball and Einstein. We decided to spare our readers from Sonny Bono.
Saturday began with breakfast at Norma's inside the Parker Palm Springs, our favorite hotel in all of California. Madelyn had the crispy Belgian waffle with fresh berries and Devonshire cream. I had the Waz-za waffle with brûlée bananas on top. #Yum! Norma's is a splurge, but well worth it.
After leaving The Parker, we went to the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert. Don't bother. It is small, old, and has many empty storefronts. So we headed to the El Paseo shops. This lovely little street has a lot of high end shops, but they were a little too high end for our blood (and wallets). (Seriously - there's an unmet need for mid-range stores in the Palm Springs area for anyone who wants to go open a new shopping center.) So we left and went drive by the house where Elvis and Priscilla used to live, and the house Marilyn Monroe owned. By then, it was getting late, so we went to do what we do best -- eat. Grandma said we couldn't have milkshakes for dinner. But Madelyn and I overruled her 2-1, and headed for Great Shakes.
Great Shakes is not a misnomer. I had the greatest chocolate malt of my entire life here a few months back. If you are ever in Palm Springs -- do NOT miss it! Every shake comes topped with a donut, and the adorable '50s diner atmosphere makes you forget how many calories you are consuming. This time, I had a strawberry malt, and Madelyn went with a s'mores shake -- with toasted home-made marshmallows on top!
The next morning, we said goodbye to our hotel (Don't miss this photo op at the Parker, below) and headed for the Desert Hills Premium outlets in Cabazon. There are 2 giant malls -- an East complex and West complex. We only had the time and energy for the East complex, which was enough, as Madelyn scored four pairs of shorts, a pair of leggings, two shirts, a dress and a romper. Exhausted, we decided to drive the 2 hours back to L.A.
But first, because no trip is complete without some goofy roadside attraction photos, we stopped at the Cabazon Dinosaurs. I probably have 12 sets of photos from this place, but it never gets old. But then I am that mom that drove 30 miles out of my way to find the world's biggest olive, hoisted my kid up inside of it, and made her smile for the camera. If you are that mom too, the dinosaurs are for you.
Madelyn told me, "Mom, unleash the lead foot" and we were back home safely in less than 2 hours. Special thanks to Grandma for accompanying us on this trip. Until next time, happy trails!
Jennifer and Madelyn