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Latin BBQ in the desert!

PIGGY!!
This is gonna be me after I eat everything!

Babes BBQ and Brewery just introduced their new Latin fusion menu at their Rancho Mirage location! Offerings included Smoked Chicken Mole Tacos, Tri-tip & Cheddar Quesadillas, Goat Cheese Tamales, and Fresh Churros with warm chocolate to dip in!

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Friends from left to right: John Patrick, Joe Enos, Me and Morgan! 

If you haven’t been to Babes yet and enjoy your smoked meats I recommend taking some time to visit this this Greater Palm Springs Restaurant located in Rancho Mirage at The RIVER off of highway 111. The entrance is marked by the iconic copper hogs guarding the doors (a total photo op if I don’t say so myself.) The restaurant atmosphere is a classy brewery perfect for bringing a group of friends to enjoy happy hour with or even a first date. Cozy booths line the interior as well as a few cow print lined chairs at some of their larger tables ( I mean.. cause cows… and bbq… duhhh). On the night I was there we were treated to live music but it was enjoyable and you didn’t have to yell or struggle to hold a conversation with the person next to you aka… if you were on a date.

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Goat Cheese Tamale YUMMMMM

During the special tasting event I was lucky enough to sample some of their new menu items. The tasty goat cheese tamale was a unique twist on the classic tamale but one of the faves! Everything was beautifully presented and deliciously seasoned as is expected from this locals favorite restaurant! Our server was super excited about introducing the menu and after tasting it I get why.

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Tacos from left to right, Smoked chicken on nopal tortilla, pork belly on corn, fish on flour tortilla. 

For fun I decided to try a trio of their new tacos. The Pork Belly was topped with piloncillo, guacamole, mango salsa, and cilantro. I’m not much of a fat eating type of person but the mango salsa in this one was just beautiful. Second taco was the Smoked Chicken Mole topped with queso fresco, almond slices, cilantro and escabeche. This taco was packed with meat and the pickled onions gave the bite a nice lift with the acidity. Last but not least was the Fried Cod taco with summer slaw, creamy guacamole and citrus slices. I wasn’t sure about eating oranges with my fish taco but I can honestly say it was one of my favorite bites out of the three! Even though I only got to sample three of of the six flavors I will say that you can probably order any taco off the menu and end up with a delicious fusion. Final thing I wanna mention about the tacos is that you can choose from three tortilla flavors including corn, flour, or green nopal. In case you don’t know what nopal is… think cactus. I know what you’re thinking… Ew cactus? But don’t worry it doesn’t have a strange flavor and coincidentally was the largest out of the three tortillas.  (YAY MORE TACOS!)

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Just another shot of tacos.. cause.. tacos. 

My tips for next time you’re wandering through Rancho Mirage and wondering what to do for dinner maybe give Babes a try! I recommend grabbing a house margarita when you arrive and sitting outside on their open air patio. Take your time and cheers to the happy hour before you settle down with your menu. Maybe enjoy a trio of their new tacos or if you’re feeling a little bit hungrier try one of their fusion rib offerings!  Stuff your face with yummy meats and then order some churros while you watch the sunset over the beautiful desert sky! (I forgot to get a picture of the churros cause… YUM they were gone before I remembered hahahah oops!)

Babes is open this summer with a special 1/2 off of their Dinner menu from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. Sooo you know I’m gonna grab my friends and head over for a early dinner followed probably by a movie around the corner. Who knows! Let me know what you thought of the new menu I’d live to compare notes! But until next time everyone!

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New Latin Fusion Menu!

*This post has not be paid for or sponsored, I simply like to eat good food. *

Fried Ahi (Recipe)

 

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Panko is a well known ingredient that you can find at most grocery stores. The Japanese style bread crumbs are the perfect breading for any type fried fish recipe. This may look like a tricky fancy recipe but it is actually very easy and now I am proud to share my family’s recipe for creating foolproof panko fried fish. 

*This Recipe was also featured on BDoutdoors.com  *

 

You will Need

  • A Block of your fish of choice. I am using Ahi.
  • 1 Egg
  • Panko Breadcrumbs (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Oil for frying (I use coconut oil but you can use canola or vegetable oil)
  • A Large nonstick pan for frying.
  • Large plate lined with Paper towels

 

  1. Slice your fish into ½ inch to 1 inch thick cutlets.
  2. Crack your egg into a bowl and mix well to create the egg wash.
  3. Add panko and cornstarch into a bowl and gently mix with a fork to coat the breadcrumbs in the cornstarch.
  4. Heat your pan and add the oil, Be generous with the oil about ½ inch deep in the pan.
  5. Taking a slice of fish first place it in egg wash bowl to coat before placing in the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Make sure to press the breadcrumbs into the fish and then turn over and repeat.
  7. Once your oil is hot pick up breaded fish and gently tap off any extra breadcrumbs before carefully placing in the hot oil.
  8. Cook the fish on each side until the breadcrumbs have turned a golden brown using tongs to turn over. (about 1-2 mins per side)
  9. Once cooked remove fried fish from the pan and place on plate with paper towels to help drain off the excess oil (this keeps the fish crunchy)
  10. Serve the fish hot with soy sauce. Or any favorite sauce of your choice.

 

*If you are doing large amounts of fish you may need double up on the egg wash and breadcrumb mixture. Also if the pan starts to smoke remove the panko bits that have fallen into the oil then start over with a clean pan and new oil.

Seared Ahi Salad

I grew up in a family of sashimi eaters. Mom, dad, and my sister all loved raw fish but I couldn’t get past the texture. That is until one day I was given a bite of tataki, a seared tuna served with a citrus soy sauce dressing. From there I learned how to appreciate the delicate taste of raw fish. If you have a newcomer to the raw fish world, I suggest trying this recipe as a gateway to the world of YUM! This lightly seared tuna with the roasted sesame dressing does the perfect introduction without any of the ick factor. 

 

 

To Create this dish for yourself click the link below to my recipe posted on Bloody Decks Outdoors.

CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

 

Moving Day

I recently moved into my first apartment (YAY!!!) and boy has this been an eye opener. The whole process of just finding a place that fits your needs and wants is a whirlwind but the actual moving in process is nothing short of exhausting. (Stairs… you have become a mortal enemy.)

Here is my list of the top 5 things you need to know when moving into an apartment. (for the first time)

  1. HELP, ALWAYS accept help, friends, family, that random person who asked if you would like carrying some boxes.. Honestly you never realize how much energy it takes to move your life from one location to another so put away the pride and don’t be afraid to ask for help. (Be sure to properly thank and do your best to compensate the help though, I have noticed that drinks or dinner/lunch seem to work best.)
  2. Measure twice, cut once. My grandfather always told my dad measure twice cut once and I never truly understood the value of this saying until I had to buy furniture and fit it into the tiny space I now call home. Don’t get me wrong it’s a blast playing Tetris with your living room but measure once.. mark it down and then measure again… and then after that make sure you bring your measuring tape with you EVERYWHERE you go.. it will really save you a lot of headaches down the line.
  3. Invest in a tool kit. When I graduated high school one of the most memorable and used gift I received was a pink tool kit. It came complete with a hammer, all sorts of wrenches, screwdrivers (with tons of different adapters), a measuring tape (see item 2), and a “stylish” pink matching carrying bag. My 18 year old self couldn’t imagine the amounts of times that this bag would become my best friend. There are countless uses for a tool kit in every day life but it is a real life saver when it comes to moving. Furniture, doors, appliances that require some assembly… you name it! I cannot stress how wonderful it is to have a tool kit with you when you’re trying to tighten and tweak things for your new home.
  4. Toilet paper, paper towels, a plunger, and trash bags. You should not enter the doors of your new places without these items.. Just trust me.
  5. TIME It’s not a race. Take your time and really get into the idea that this is real life and not one of those reality shows where the person moves into a dump and after the commercial break the place is completely put together. You will have tons of boxes. You will have moments of wondering if you are a a delusional hoarder. You will get there and one day suddenly realize that you’ve done it! You’ve finally unpacked your last box. Even if it takes a year before that happens!

 

What are your tips for people moving into a new place? I’d love to hear some helpful comments or experiences of your moves.

OH BABY!

Imagine a crepe and a custard had a love affair… and then after sitting in a hot cast iron in the oven at 475 degrees for about 18 minutes..they had a baby. A DUTCH BABY that is (also known as a German Pancake.)

Four eggs, a cup of flour, cup of milk, a healthy dab of butter, and a pinch of salt, thats it! These little.. or actually GIANT babies are AH-MAY-ZING! My preferred way of eating them is with lots of powdered sugar, butter, and a squeeze of lemon! If you’re looking to try making one of these yourself then I recommend “Brown Eyed Baker’s” Recipe.

Or you could be lazy like me and head over to Elmer’s. A classic American Style diner that serves these bad boys up just the way I like them. Years ago when I was much younger my parents would take me to the Elmer’s located in Indio (it has since closed down). Dad would get some eggs or such and mom would always get the “German Pancake”. I love the crisp puffy sides the way they billow over the giant plate.

Luckily after moving to Palm Springs I have rediscovered my love affair with the giant. If you haven’t tried one out grab a friend and order one for yourself! Bon Appetite!

4-H Farmers Market

Did you know that I used to raise chickens, pigs, goats, and so much more?

1996 Farmers Fair with my Chicken (Dovey) *Side note.. I smashed my finger in a car door, the chicken did not bite me*

Why? Because I was in a youth program called 4-H. Similar to FFA (Future Farmers of America) 4-H teaches children and teens about animal husbandry as well as other crafts and skills. I raised animals of all shapes and sizes and sold them at auction year after year until I was 19.

One of my goats (Lokelani translation: Heavenly Rose)

I like to believe that choosing to spend my spare time outside of school learning how to care for a garden and properly take care of animal projects shaped me into the person I am today.

Playing on the John Deer Tractor from RDO

Once a year my former club the Desert Sandblasters 4-H Club puts on their annual produce sale. This little produce sale has grown and transformed since it’s first year back when I was leading the charge! (Did I mention I was club president for a number of years?)

Sweet Corn donated by PRIME TIME at the start of the line!
Acorn and Butternut for sale!

Now days the club partners up with the Indio FFA as well as a couple of other local agriculture groups to have a one day produce sale. Commercial local growers each donate product for the kids to sell (Prime Time, Ocean mist, Peter Rabbit Farms, and so many more.)

Delicious chili baskets filled to the brim!
This Produce sale also had transplant babies from Headstart Nursery! Pictured: Baby basil

Getting out to go grocery shopping is great but doing it to support my local 4-H club is even better. Why not research your local 4-H or FFA and see what fun events they will be hosting next!

My sister, brother in law, and 4-H member Ryan Percy.

To see what my old club is up to check out their instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/desertsandblasters4h/