Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Palm Springs, California, April 5, 2011—
WE CAME HERE TODAY for only one reason, really: Lindsey wanted to introduce Anneke to the pleasures of the date milk shake. She'd done her research, Lindsey had, and had decided the best were to be had at Palms Springs Fudge & Chocolates, 211 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (888) 653-8343
and I would not disagree.

So after checking into a motel Frank Sinatra is said to have patronized we consulted Zagat as to possibilites for dinner, and decided what the hell, we're in Palm Springs, why not eat Austrian?

I ordered off the weekly specials, splitting a delicious salad with Lindsey: raw Brussels sprouts, good Parmesan shavings, good walnuts, lemon-juice vinaigrette — a salad we'll have to duplicate at home from time to time.

And then, while Hans and Anneke and Lindsey had veal and chicken and pork schnitzel, respectively, I had thin-pounded rabbit cutlets in a mustard-tarragon sauce, with broccolini and mashed potatoes. Excellent.

The dessert was sketchy: an apple strudel, "the best ever" according to the menu, but more a Dutch apple pie than a millefeuille strudel (not that there's anything wrong with Dutch apple pie), warmed up, to judge by the consistency of the pastry, in a microwave. Well, we were closing the place. Still.

Sauvignon blanc, Kunde (Sonoma Valley), 2009; Riesling, Bonny Doon, NV
Johannes Restaurant,196 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (760) 778-0017

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