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My Best Valentine’s Day: Part II

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So after checking in and checking out the grounds, Jeff and I made it to the pool. I’m not really comfortable posting bikini pics and definitely not okay with posting pics of people without their knowledge, so instead here is a shot courtesy of Miramonte.

Gorgeous.

We spent the day lounging poolside, taking lunch there. The food was amazing. I went with a salad off the spa menu with baby spinach, grilled shrimp, raisins, walnuts and pears. Yum.

After lunch I made a quick run to the room to get some more sunscreen and this is what I walked into:

Jeff really went overboard this time. ;) I was so surprised by all of his romantic touches.

For dinner we decided to get off the resort. I spent hours researching the perfect restaurant. I yelped, open-tabled, read NYT and Frommer’s and finally selected Cork Tree. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much addicted to Yelp. I won’t deny it, I’ve definitely been misguided in the past, but not this time around – Cork Tree was PERFECTION.

I knew from the moment I saw the menu that it would be good, even with a prix-fixe Valentine’s menu. Imagine my surprise when I learned we could order off the whole menu! That meant two things: one I wasn’t going to be forced to pay for something I wouldn’t necessarily choose and/or eat and two, I could mix and match to my hearts desire.

We started with the most amazing artichoke dish I’ve ever tasted. For some reason its not listed on the menu, but if my memory serves correctly it was wrapped in prosciutto and topped with a creamy cheese, cracked pepper and micro cilantro.

For our next course, we opted for a Valentine’s Day special, the Seared Rare Ahi Tuna and Jumbo Lump Crabmeat. I don’t know how its possible but a restaurant in the middle of the desert has honestly had the BEST tuna I’ve ever tasted. See for your self.

Perfectly Pink. Yum. My mouth is watering right now.

Since we had eaten quite a lot already, I kept my main simple and went with the Baby Iceberg Wedges. I know you’re thinking how boring, but this happens to be a favorite of mine and Cork Tree’s take was the best I’ve ever had. Their version included roasted tomatoes, applewood bacon and Point Reyes bleu cheese. The roasted tomatoes made the meal.

Jeff on the other hand, being the bottomless pit he is, went with the Grilled Lobster Tail and Scottish Salmon, which came with Maine lobster ravioli, asparagus, lobster bisque and mashed sweet potatoes. Talk about indulgent.

No great meal is finished without a little something sweet and to my surprise, Jeff selected an apple dish. It included some sort of cake, warm apple compote and the best vanilla ice cream that’s ever passed these lips.

This meal was perfection every step of the way, from the food, to the service to the ambiance. If you ever find yourself in the Palm Springs area I highly recommend you give it a try.

So I bet you think that wraps up the V-Day post, but I have one more meal to share. Keep your eye’s peeled for the last part tomorrow.

Hope you’re having a fantastic Tuesday.


3 Responses to “My Best Valentine’s Day: Part II”

  1. MelissaNibbles Says:

    Wow! What a getaway. The meal looks incredible. I’m so glad you guys had such a special Valentine’s!

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