Feel-good Friday: have a chill out weekend

A pleasurable daily Dog Walk at River Walk in Palm Springs

a short walking distance from where we stayed
a short walking distance from where we stayed in South Palm Canyon
something to smile about
something to smile about – view from where I sat for lunch at Thai Smile – just chillin!


Sometimes it’s nice to do nothing

Simply Satisfying – Vegetarian Ceviche

Why shouldn’t vegetarians get to enjoy ceviche too? 

That’s exactly what I was thinking after sampling a delicious veggie ceviche on an appy menu at the Trio restaurant in Palm Springs.  I almost phoned them for the recipe but then it dawned on me – why don’t I just make it my usual way but substitute using tofu instead of white fish?  Here’s how:

Cut a block of extra firm tofu (in the package) into half lengthwise and then into 1 cm. cubes. Place in a pyrex dish and add enough fresh lime juice to cover the entire thing – about 6 regular size limes in total.  Cover with plastic wrap & leave sit in fridge for about 4 hours, then discard juice and add the following items to same dish:

Getting it together
Getting it together

*Cut up the following into roughly the same size pieces except for the jalapeño which should be seeded & finely chopped :

1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes

1 small red onion

1 small jalapeño

handful of fresh Cilantro

Kalamata black olives

1 not overly ripe Avocado

1 not overly ripe Mango

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, course salt and black pepper to taste.

Serve with sliced lime for extra tartness & tortilla chips.

*I also had a side of tomatillo/avocada salsa.  Rave Reviews!

Link to my white fish ceviche post below:

last time I suggested the scallop bowls for serving - this time I used them.
Scallop shells for serving adds a nice touch


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Seen in Palm Springs: Bob Hope’s Architectural Masterpiece for sale.

hope house 1 hope house 2 hope house 3 hope house view

Bob Hope’s legendary Palm Springs mansion has gone on the market for an eye-watering $50m.  It is the most famous property owned by the legendary comic, who was extremely passionate about architecture.

No wonder he was so cheerfulthe entertainer was often cited as the biggest private landowner in California.   Bob Hope had this house built in Palm Springs but never actually moved into it.  The house he lived in was much more modest.  If you can afford it and love living large then there’s a lot of HOPE for this house.

The futuristic California home was designed by renowned Modern architect John Lautner especially for the funnyman and his beloved wife Dolores.The concrete, steel and glass house was built in 1979 and has about 22,000 square feet of living space, and its unique design is somewhat reminiscent of the USS Enterprise.Buyer’s will get to boldly go where no-one except the Hope family has gone before.

Viewtiful: Bob had it sited on San Jacinto mountain to have a spectacular view overlooking the Coachella Valley – stunning. The property was specially designed to take advantage of the glorious natural landscape
The living room is said to have a gigantic boulder jutting into it.
Good luck to the new owners – whoever they may be!

P.S. – Some books I really like.

Books are some of my favorite things.

Books 1

More and more people are using a kindle but there’s nothing

I should have written this one.
This should be mine.  Glamping by Debbie King

like turning the pages of a book. I’ve always fantasized about having a library.  My friend Natalia has built an enviable floor to ceiling library in her house in L.A. – if only I had the space.  I go into stages of reading and not reading and have many books to catch up on.  My friend Louise recently gave me the book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle which I’ve wanted to read for the longest time.  I must be the last person on the planet to be reading it. Here are a few coffee table types that recently caught my eye – from and about Palm Springs.books 2books 3

Considered the Cadillac of Campers.  I wouldn't mind one of these.  Always loved the Airstream rounded aluminum bodies.
Considered the Cadillac of Campers.  I wouldn’t mind one of these.  Always admired the rounded aluminum body of an Airstream.
Of course our visitors would have their own guest house.
Of course our visitors would have their own trashy guest trailer.