What to do when it is 115 degrees outside
Day one: Indio California
I was invited by my boyfriend LH, to stay at his timeshare in Indio CA. Indio is about 140 miles away from L.A. in the desert. and it is about 30 miles from Palm Springs. I went on a Monday night because I was going to spend a mini vacation there before I had to go to work on the weekend.
I arrived to large resort in the middle of three golf courses. My boyfriend is a golf fanatic especially after Tiger Woods started playing. It was eleven thirty at night when I arrived and it was 98 degrees outside. My boyfriend had been there for a couple of days already playing golf with his friends. They left because they had to be at work on Monday.
He had gotten a two bedroom condo because he had one of his friends staying with him. When I entered the room it was nice and cool. I immediately went and took a shower to cool off. Even though I have air conditioning in my car, when you step outside you immediately start to sweat.
The next morning was a clear day. I could see the mountains which surround the property. I turned on to the weather Chanel to see what the weather was like. The Weather Chanel said that the present temperature for 9 AM was already 100 degrees and the high for the day would be 115. Damn I said that's hotter than hell.
I knew at that point I would be searching for more indoor activities. Well there are a few indoor activities which one could engage in such as making love until it got dark so you could go out to the many fine restaurants in the area.
You could also go to any of the casinos in the area. These are Indian casinos and they are like the casinos in Las Vegas. Some of them have buffet style dining and most all of them have fine restaurants. These casino/ resorts have full service spas which are an enjoyable experience. Some of the resorts which do not offer gaming also have full service spas.
There are plenty day spas in the area which where not more than a half an hour ride from the resort. I chose to go the spa on the property, The Oasis at indio. The spa was a short walk from our room. The walk was wonderful. The resort man made lakes which is connected by the river which runs through each of them. The lakes also have picnic areas which have the barbecue pits. The spa is next to one of these man made lakes
Mary who is the owner gave me an overview of their services. This spa is limited to the guests of the resort and of their sister resort in Palm Springs. I decided on the European facial and the Hot Rock Massage.The expert attention and pampering that the staff gave was excellent. I would highly recommend if you visit the Worldmark at Indio resort you make reservations to go. This spa also does treatments for couples. It is best to make your reservations in advance. I was lucky because it was a slow week I was able to call in the morning and get an afternoon treatment.
After my spa pampering which I didn't want to end I went back to our room took a shower and promptly called Domino's Pizza which is on the property so it took less than a half an hour to deliver our pizza. Wow that was better than when I order Domino's at home. When I was full of Domino's Pizza and fully relaxed from my spa treatment I went to sleep in the wonderfully air conditioned room..
- 1/2 pound of chopped beef and pork
- 1/4 cup of onion
- 1/4 cup of mushrooms
- 1/4 cup of bell pepper ( can be any color you choose I used the red)
- 4-6 whole wheat tortillas
- salsa of your choice
- 1/4- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoons Goya Adobo with pepper (this contains salt use sparingly)
- 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoons Trader Joe's 21 seasoning medley or seasoning blend of your choice
- Habanero Chile XXX sauce ( very hot use sparingly)
Rinse and drain the pork and the beef and place in a zip loc bag and add the vegetables, seasoning, habanero sauce and the olive oil. Shake the bag to marinate and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Heat your skillet for about 2-3 minutes on high to medium heat Put the contents of the zip loc bag in the skillet and cook for 5- `10 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the onion translucent and caramelized.
After the meat mixture is done then place on a plate with the tortillas and serve with sour cream and salsa.
Day two: It's still 115 degrees outside
Another clear beautiful day in Indio and hot. Weather Chanel predicts another day of 115 degree weather. I woke up this morning at eight o'clock and the temperature was already at 99 degrees. I was up before my boyfriend. I liked to eat breakfast when I'm on vacation. I had a bagel and cream cheese with a cup of ginger tea. I took my breakfast out to the patio and it was very warm I thought that it must have been 115 already. I quickly ate my breakfast and retreated back into the comfort of the air conditioning.
When I had finished eating and retreated into the room for cool and comfort, my boyfriend was awake and stirring around. I knew that I wasn't up for any outdoor activities today. I brought a bag of DVDs and I thought about going grocery shopping for lunch and dinner so we could stay in and watch movies. My boyfriend agreed with this plan.
The question was what were we going to cook? Should we cook something light and cool like a big salad or go for the meat and the potatoes? Decisions decisions, we settled on making roasted short ribs for dinner and the rest of the menu when we get to the store.
We went to the grocery store which had a Hispanic customer base so they had a lot of foods and spices that are found in the Hispanic community. I like the short ribs which are cut about 1/4 inch thick. These tend to roast better in a short time. We bought some chopped beef and pork. We left the meat department and went to the vegetable department. They had a wide variety of fruits and vegetables all fresh. We got a couple of ears of the white corn and some broccoli florets to complete the rest of the dinner and some peaches for desert. The market had a section where they made fresh tortillas so I picked up a package of fresh whole wheat tortillas. We also bought some Beringer White Zinfandel.
We didn't linger around long after we went to the store because the heat was rising. Fortunately we were not far from the resort. When we got back to the room and put our food away we sat and rested. It takes a lot out of you when it is that hot you could get dehydrated easily. We also made sure to drink plenty of water and to take water with us when we go out for short errands even just walking around the complex. Another thing to remember when you're outdoors in extreme heat you need to protect your skin with a sunscreen that is rated SPF 15 or higher, wear a hat or carry an umbrella to protect from the heat. If you have heart problems you shouldn't go outside at all because the extreme heat will cause your compromised heart to work harder. This could lead to a heart attack.
We weren't in the mood for watching a move so he went into the bedroom to watch the sports channel and I went to the living room and engaged in my hobby of beading. I have a portable beading kit which consists of most of the things that I have at home for beading the only difference is I don't have as great a selection of beads but it is enough to keep me occupied.
I studied my beads, the colors, the shape of the beads and see if I could get any of them to talk to me. I had some blue and purple beads which are very cool colors and made me feel cooler just thinking about the colors. I took some of the beads and started making a circle out of brick stitch.(read the hub What Kind of Bead Stitch describes You? ) Then I started doing another stitch called the Herringbone stitch and the small amulet bag began to take shape. I was content beading until he decided that he was hungry. So I made lunch. I made a dish called Steak Picata.
After lunch we watched Madea Goes to Jail, after the movie, my boyfriend went to the recreation room to exercise and I continued beading my amulet bag. After about an hour of beading I started preparing dinner. I was gong to steam the corn and the broccoli. I was going to roast my thin cut short ribs with a ginger glaze. While my short ribs were marinading, I took a nap.
When I woke from my nap I put on my short ribs and beaded until they were halfway done then I made the ginger glaze (see recipe for short ribs and glaze below). For desert I made a peach tortilla (recipe below).. The sun was setting and the temperature was dropping. After sunset it was bearable out on the patio so we had dinner out there. We had a very romantic evening out on the patio with the warm breeze blowing. This was a wonderful end to our very short rendezvous.
Peach and Ginger Tortilla
- 1 large tortilla
- 1/4 -1/2 cup of fresh peaches finely chopped
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup of fresh ginger finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of brandy
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1/2 cup of cream cheese
- 1 cup of sugar ( to be divided in thirds)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of hazelnut non dairy creamer.
Combine the sour cream, third of the sugar, cream cheese and hazelnut non-dairy creamer. Mix until smooth place in refrigerator.
Combine the peaches, ginger, half of the cinnamon, third of the sugar and the brandy and combine and refrigerate for 1/2 - 1 hour.
Spread the butter on the tortilla in a thin layer sprinkle on a third of the sugar to evenly cover the tortilla, then sprinkle the other half of the cinnamon evenly over the tortilla.
Take the peach mixture out of the refrigerator and spread it on the tortilla evenly.
Put the broiler on high heat and place the tortilla on a cookie sheet or a pizza pan. Cook the tortilla for 4-6 minutes until the peach filling bubbles and the sides curl and are slightly brown.
Top with sour cream and cream cheese mixture. Serve warm.
Short Ribs with Ginger Glaze
- 1 pound of 1/4 inch short ribs (about six ribs)
- 1/8- 1/4 teaspoon of seasoning medley of choice
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Rinse and drain short ribs place all of the seasonings and the olive oil in a zip loc bag and place in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and prepare a roasting pan with hole to allow the fat to drip off.
Roast meat for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until no blood runs out of the meat. When the meat is almost done turn meat and brush that side with the ginger glaze cook for about 5 minutes on that side, turn and repeat with the other side.
- 1/4 -1/2 cup of fresh finely chopped ginger
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
Combine all of the above ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then turn down heat to medium. When the mixture looks syrupy and the ginger is tender remove from the heat. Brush on meat.
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