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We had our "end of season" dinner with friends, Jan and Les, on Saturday night. They will leave the desert next week to spend the next few months at their home in Vancouver Washington. We have already noticed a drastic change in traffic, and a general emptyness around town, as the snowbirds and Pacific Northwest residents leave town for the summer. This is both good and bad. It takes much less time to drive around town, there is always a convenient parking space in busy parking lots like Trader Joe's, but we miss our friends and our social life decreases considerably as many leave to escape the desert summer heat. The good news is more down time, pool time, and time for Brad and I to enjoy just being with each other, and our own vacation to Italy!

We had a fabulous "Goodbye Dinner" at Blend Restaurant in La Quinta.

We started with seared Foie Gras, and Brad's steamed mussels in a green Thai curry and coconut lobster sauce.



Then we had a wedge salad with smoked bacon, tomatoes and a "Cool Bleu Dressing".


Our entrees were a grilled ribeye with asparagas, roasted shallots and fingerling potatoes, and Brad's pan-seared venison chop with port foie gras sauce, turnip, potato, and onion.



Desserts shared with the table included a passionfruit panna cotta with blueberries, and a caramel and banana mousse tart with banana ice cream.


Brad and Les, the red wine lovers, enjoyed a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir, while Jan and I sipped our lemon drops and some Pinot Grigio.

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