Palm Springs is a notoriously casual place. Between festival-goers walking around in their cut-off shorts and retirees in their laid-back Sunday attire, most restaurants and events don't exactly boast any sort of upscale dress code. Which is why the arrival of the new Kimpton Rowan fills a big void in the Palm Springs scene. The new hotel is pretty luxurious, boasting a lobby lounge, rooftop poolside bar, and rooftop restaurant, 4 Saints. From Chef Stephen Wambach (whose resume includes stints at some of NYC's top restaurants, gigs around the world, and the responsibility of running the culinary program for the Four Seasons), 4 Saints is a beautiful, modern marvel overlooking the San Jacinto mountains. We had the pleasure of sampling from the Chef's small plates menu, which features global flavors with a Mediterranean flare.Read More
Though we had a lot of exciting events lined up in Palm Springs, we left ourselves plenty free time to explore the city, and luckily discovered some cool stores and cafes right along N Palm Canyon Rd in uptown Palm Springs. We were able to check out chic boutiques like Elizabeth & Prince, a very “Palm Springs” and resort-style curated boutique, as well as the ultra hip beauty store H2O closet, offering some of our favorite trendy beauty lines. And of course, the most important thing-- we drank plenty of coffee! Just down the street sat Ernest Coffee, where we frequented for our mid-day caffeine fix.Read More
Since you're already staying at Arrive, why not grab your morning brunch there too? For such a minimalist hotel, Arrive actually has quite a few dining options. With Customs Coffee, Reservoir, The Draughtsman, and Ice Cream Shop(pe), Arrive has gastronomically covered everything from coffee to breakfast to dessert and everything in between. Though we didn't get a chance to dine at their chic, laid-back gastropub, Draughtsman, we did enjoy brunch at their all-day eatery, Reservoir. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, their menu is an amalgam of American fare with some global influences as well.Read More
Welcome to Palm Springs week on The Editorialist LA! While we love writing about all things LA, we have to recognize that Palm Springs has become an even more popular destination for young Angelenos in recent years. What was once a sleepy retirement community and quiet destination for family vacations, Palm Springs has blossomed in the last few years, welcoming new, boutique hotels, cool restaurants, and even beautiful bars. Of course, it's still a huge destination in April for festivals like Coachella, but more than that, it has become a bigger destination year round (or, when it's not deadly hot to visit) for those in-the-know. This growing popularity is why we've decided to dedicate an entire week to Palm Springs, providing you a comprehensive, in-depth guide for all the cool spots to visit, best places to eat, and where to stay!
First up: our in-depth review of new hot hotel, Arrive!Read More
Other than its close proximity to the ocean, there aren't many reasons why El Segundo would be THE neighborhood that Angelenos associate with great sushi. Which is probably why it's such a coup to have the sister restaurant of one of West LA's great sushi spots, Hamasaku, who late last year opened Umi by Hamasaku at the chic new development, "The Point." Though the original location focuses on sashimi and omakase, this bigger, beautiful, and more modern space focuses on seafood izakaya in addition to sushi. From partners Jesse Duron, chef Yoya Takahashi and owner Michael Ovitz, the restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner, additionally offering seasonal shared plates and, of course, omakase. We popped by for an early lunch and got to sample a bit of everything.Read More