by Ringo Le
I recently attended the Palm Springs Cinema Diverse Film Festival where my film, Big Gay Love, was selected to play at the festival...and received the Festival Favorite Film Award!
Joined by HIH's very own Hiko Mitsuzuka, we hit up several local spots that should be on everyone's PS Must List...
Brunch: Jake’s Restaurant (664 N Palm Canyon Dr.)
The best brunch place. Hands down. The Stand-Out: the BLT Bloody Marys (with bacon-infused vodka). Favorites: the “Eggs in Purgatory”: sunny side up over a bed of baked tomatoes, cheese, olives and sausage served with potatoes and fruit...and “The Lobster Po-Boy," their version of a lobster roll with generous heaps of lobster inside a brioche bun. To. Die. For.
Dinner: Wang’s in the Desert (424 S Indian Canyon Dr.)
This place has the mid-century modern American Chinese kitsch you’d expect in a place like PS. We had a table for 8, and the hostess was very rude and unaccommodating. The food was oily and bland. But if the company is fun, you’re fine. Redemptive are the $5 Mai Tais they had during dinner.
Hangover Cure: Pho 553 (1775 E Palm Canyon Dr., Ste 625)
Most of the time I love Ma-and-Pa restaurants. A little divey and a little disorganized I’m fine with. But when they have Western restaurant prices, I expect my bowl of pho not to be the size of a rice bowl. That’s just plain wrong. Size-wise, their mediums are really small, and their larges are really regular.
Across from the famed Renaissance Hotel is a Jewish deli. Who knew? What I love about this place is the American-style hospitality. And the portions are generous! I ordered matzoh ball soup, and it was huge! I couldn’t eat anything else afterward. Their bakery also has a wide selection from lemon bars to blintzes.
Dessert: Over the Rainbow (1775 E Palm Canyon Rd Ste 150)
I’m a sucker for red velvet cake -- or any cake for that matter -- and this place delivers. It’s so moist and without being oily, I don’t know how they do it. Next time I must come back for their bacon and pancake cupcakes!
Caffeine Break: Koffi (515 N Palm Canyon Dr.)
The aromas are so powerful here you can easily get a contact buzz. A regular cup of Joe will wake you up...And hands down the best getaway place in town to do a little writing.
And then there were our accomodations...
Renaissance Hotel (888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way)
The rooms are luxurious, and the pool is endless. No wonder: they hold the annual White Party here. Off season or during the film festival, it’s a perfect palce to have a drink on the porch with friends and catch up. The prices? Pretty decent.
Triangle Inn (555 San Lorenzo Rd.)
Clothing optional + gay men = trouble? If you’re looking for a relaxing time and a chance to do your own thing, this place is a piece of old-school Palm Springs that’s not to be missed. The owner is also one of the festival organizers for the Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival (filmmakers, get friendly).