The Falls, Palm Springs, Ca.
1 Golden Spoon
We started our experience in the bar. Dominic pourer our Martinis complete with a panache of dry ice. Very fun and he was charming. We actually became excited about the potential experience based upon his great care. But…then everything went downhill.
We were escorted to a corner table and presented with menus. Atmosphere was fine, but tired. We perused the menu which was a traditional steak house menu but the descriptions were lackluster. This should have been a sign. We opted for The Falls Caesar Salad described only as “Prepared from Scratch Table Side for Two for $20.” Seemed safe.
Anyone who is a bit adventurous can make their own warm octopus salad. The trick is a quick sauté in olive oil of thinly sliced fresh octopus with par-boiled peanut size potato bits, cherry tomatoes, and lots of chopped parsley. A dash of lemon juice and a touch of salt finishes the dish. Give it a try someday. Ciao!
Two Medium Tomatoes
One Round of Burrata Cheese
The acidity of the tomato compliments the sweetness of the Burrata, a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. What was once considered an exotic cheese carried only by the finest fromageries, Burrata is now readily available in most high-end grocery stores and, on occasion, you can even find it at Costco! The outer shell of the Burrata is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream giving it an unusual, soft texture. For this salad, you simply slice off the top of two tomatoes and scoop out the seeds and part of the fleshy center with a spoon to make a well for the cheese.
Salt and pepper the inside of the tomatoes. Take a ball of Burrata and slice it in half, being careful not to disturb the cream inside. Place the half ball of Burrata, “skin” side down in each tomato, leaving the creamy inside facing up. Drizzle with Aceto Balsamico which is a sweet thick balsamic syrup. If you can’t find it pre-made alongside Balsamic Vinegar, you can make your own by taking a ½ cup of Balsamic with a ¼ cup of sugar and boiling it down until it is very thick. Finish with a touch of olive oil. This recipe makes two individual servings.
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