Palm Springs and … hot sauce?

October 4th, 2013 | by Rob Hopwood | Comments
(Medjool dates grow at the Oasis Date Gardens in Thermal. / Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun)

(Medjool dates grow at the Oasis Date Gardens in Thermal. / Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun)

San Diego is known for beer because it’s brewers make good beer. Philadelphia is known for sandwiches because its sandwich shops make great sandwiches. Chicago is known for deep dish pizza because its pizzerias bake delicious deep dish pizza.

After reading the Movoto blog, which lists Palm Springs as one of the “10 Best Cities for Hot Sauce Lovers,” it is understandable that someone might mistakenly think the “Golf Capital of the World” makes great hot sauce.

How did Palm Springs make the list? It wasn’t because we make good hot sauce, and it wasn’t because of our Mexican restaurants. It’s because we know how to host a chili cookoff, according to Movoto Real Estate’s blog.

“… what (Palm Springs) lacks in locally made hot sauce or nationally acclaimed Mexican food, I’d say it makes up for in its spicy events.”

The author is right about one thing, the Coachella Valley knows how to throw a party. We host everything from cookoffs to galas.

The fun begins in January when Hollywood shows up for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Things quickly heat up with Modernism Week, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, the White Party, Dinah Shore Weekend and Splash House. As the weather begins to cool, Palm Springs turns its attention to the valley’s fall events.

The Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs hosts two of those events next weekend. The Last Chance Chili Cookoff and the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff will help showcase what the Coachella Valley is known for, enjoying good food with family and friends while having a great time.

Visitors to Palm Springs can expect to find everything from great Mexican restaurants to late night pool parties. What they won’t find is great hot sauce.

Palm Springs, however, is one of the best cities for dates. About 90 percent of the world’s supply is grown here in the Coachella Valley.

Visitors who want to enjoy our dates should drive to the east valley and buy a date shake or grab some of our prized Medjools for snacking. Or for something truly indulgent, rejuvenate after a weekend of partying at the Spa at Desert Springs, where guests can choose the Palm Springs Peel, a facial peel made with local dates, or a date scrub.

Those who want great hot sauce should visit Los Angeles or Vernon while they are in town. Both cities are a short drive away.

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