Monday, May 22, 2017

Mineral Pools

 Sam's Family Spa Hot Water Resort
70875 Dillon Road
Desert Hot Springs
CA, 92241

Sam's Hot Water Resort is built on a naturally occurring hot water mineral aquifer on the outskirts of Palm Springs.  It's basically just on the other side of the 10 freeway towards Joshua Tree in Desert Hot Springs.  I usually prefer natural hot springs, but those can be hard to find if you're not in for a day of hiking to a remote location.  These hot water pools are drained each night and refilled with water from the hot water well each morning.  Pulling up to it you see a bunch of trailers because its a trailer park, but as you drive in there are tons of palm trees to make it the perfect little oasis for a day of sun bathing and soaking in each of the different temperature pools.  

Therapeutic benefits of mineral pools:

  • Soothes aching muscles
  • Eases high blood pressure
  • Helps with nasal congestion
  • Boosts circulation
  • Helps with digestion
  • Very relaxing  
  • Good for the mind body and soul
Rate - $15 per person (Weekdays) $20 (Weekends)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Project Poke

16051 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley
CA 92708

Project Poke was really good!  I tried the spam musubi, s & t burrito (salmon and tuna), salmon and combo donuts.  My favorite item was the burrito because they give you a lot of fish.  I would have to say the spam musubi was my second favorite and the donuts were okay just because there wasn't enough fish on them.  All in all great place if I go back I'm going to have to get the burrito again because it was a ten out of ten for me. 

Xo, Rach

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Grilled Lobster

Yesterday I bought a small charcoal barbeque that I spotted at Home Goods.  I had my eye on it a couple months ago, but I didn't think it was necessary.  I mean we already have two grills at home, but they use propane.  I've always wanted to try a charcoal grill.  I just love the smell for some reason.  So when I saw this cute little guy still sitting on the shelf I had to buy it.  It was just calling my name.  It's a cute teal one that's portable and perfect for beach camping.  The first thing I made on it was grilled lobster tail.  This was so simple and absolutely delicious paired with a little Pinot Grigio, rice and beans.  I saw the episode of Chef Avec Erick in Puerto Rico where he made lobster on the beach with the same sides and it made me want to make this.  Except he used the big spiney lobster and I couldn't find those at my market.  I'll have to get those big lobsters at a real sea food place  next time or go and catch them in La Jolla which I'm planning to do soon with my friends.  I love watching Avec Erick because he's so different.  His whole thing is to cook from life and to appreciate the food that you're putting into your body.  I love that because his ingredients in his recipes are simple.  It's always a bummer when you have to go to the store and buy a whole load of herbs and spices and other stuff that you might never use again.  So the simpler the better in my book. Good thing this lobster only needed a few things to make it a mouth watering delight. 

Lobster Tail (As many as you are feeding people)
Butter (Enough to drench the lobsters)
Minced Garlic

1. Cut the lobster shell down the middle of the meaty side with cooking shears or just regular scissors
2. Take a knife and press down the cut, but leave the end portion of the tail together and insert the skewer down the middle. (I heard this is so the tail doesn't curl in)
3. Melt butter and then mix with the minced garlic and lemon. 
3. Separate the lobster shell so the meat comes through. Then rub the butter sauce on the meat.
4. Put on the grill for 10 minutes (legs side down) You can add more butter while you're grilling.
5. Flip for 2-3 minutes (meat side down)