What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
I love calling Chino Canyon home. No sidewalks, homes set at odd angles to the streets, boulders the size of a small car — and the desert is at your door. Plus, I’m only a block away from Old Las Palmas; the best dog-walking spot in town.
Ernest Coffee. Jaime and Chris have created a spot that both locals and visitors embrace. Named after Ernest Gantt, who founded Don the Beachcomber at that very spot, it still feels like a local watering hole, even at 7am. Favorite barista? I couldn’t name just one — I never have to ask for almond milk, it just magically appears.
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
Do I have to pick just one? 1. Seymour’s, the not-so-secret speakeasy at Mr Lyons: terrific cocktails and an awesome soundtrack. 2. The outdoor bar at Tropicale: you meet the most interesting people. 3. the front bar at Dish: order a perfect Manhattan (and a flatbread).
Date night destination?
By the fireplace in our courtyard — burritos from Loco Charlie’s so the dog can join in.
Buzziest new restaurant?
Probably Truss and Twine. But buzz is a coastal thing — folks in the desert tend to take a “wait and see” attitude.
Favorite find in the neighborhood?
I’m a little addicted to Cut Barber. They say hair grows faster in warm weather, so I’m a regular in Michael’s chair. The Shops at 1345 is like a “best-of” for shopping — vintage, fashion, and art in one of my favorite E Stewart Williams designed buildings.
Where do you go for a hostess gift that will guarantee a return invitation?
Any gift, really. Trina Turk. Trina and Jonathan have such a great vision and so much love for Palm Springs, it’s one-stop shopping.