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A Taste of Palm Springs Restaurant Week: June 1-10, 2012

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From time to time we make our escape from the toils of Los Angeles; though this is a kickass city where there's always plenty to see and do, sometimes adventures await a couple of hours away. Much like we've made some trips to Vegas, another L.A. getaway for decades has been Palm Springs, and we've been doing some exploring.

Eating is by far one of the most delicious parts of traveling, and more so when dining is the destination. In the Coachella Valley, there's an evolving restaurant scene that will be showcased June 1-10 via the annual Palm Springs Restaurant Week.

Much like our Restaurant Week in Los Angeles, diners can head out to participating restaurants to lunch or sup from a three-course menu at a fixed price of either $24 or $36 per person. Palm Springs really ups the game, though, since they have made Restaurant Week more than just about the eating--they've got specials on things to see and do (like spas, live entertainment, sights, and movies) and places to stay (including a couple of our favorite spots like the ACE Hotel & Swim Club and The Saguaro).

But let's get back to the food, yeah? There are over 65 participating restaurants in Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Cathedral City, and they are each aiming to showcase a taste of what they do year 'round, and, for many, a taste of what makes them unique. While perhaps once known to be a place for steaks and martinis, dining has become more dynamic in Palm Springs, with many restaurants featuring more chef-driven and seasonally-focused menus.

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A full list of participating restaurants is available online, and each venue's Restaurant Week menu is available to view to help make your decision. On a recent trip out, we got to sample what a handful of the restaurants are doing and have in store for June 1-10. From the incredible farm to kitchen partnership of King's Highway at the ACE to the gorgeous dessert concoctions at Norma's at Night at the beautiful Le Parker Meridien, or the inventive dishes served two-and-a-half miles up the mountain at Peaks to the patio of Copley's on Palm Canyon at sunset, there is much to savor in Palm Springs.

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