Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cheeky's: Brunch in the desert

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Yesterday we made the drive from Santa Monica out to Palm Springs for a little extra heat and relaxation. Most of the day was spent poolside pretending to be in a Mad Men episode. No, really. The whole town is still decorated in a "modernist" theme circa the 1960s. It's pretty cool to see that era preserved.
Downtown Palm Springs has a couple of streets with restaurants and artsy shops.
On our way to our hotel, we checked Yelp for a good suggestion.  We were lucky to find a little outside cafe called Cheeky's. Apparently everyone else in Palm Springs had the same idea. 
We were seated after 20 minutes in a really pleasant garden. 
We first ordered fresh pressed blood orange juice to refresh us from the desert heat. 
The offerings all sounded amazing, but finally I settled on the Huevos Rancheros.
These were some of the best I've had. The were two tostadas toasted to a crisp. 
Underneath and between the two tostadas was layered a white bean purée. On top were two fried eggs, melted cheese, and a scoop of guacamole. The whole thing was drizzled with a garlic tomato sauce that was more of a purée than a chunky salsa consistency. I tried to get a little of each ingredient in each bite, and it was total perfection. 
Martie ordered eggs poached in artichoke heart cups. They were nestled on a bed of creamed kale and topped with hollandaise like a traditional benedict. The artichoke cups were freshly steamed and added a nice change from the traditional English muffin.  
The rest of our day didn't involve too much interesting food, so I will update you next on our Saturday brunch in Malibu. 


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