About Michelle Roe

From ‘A’ for movie star Ashley Judd to ‘Z’ for fashion designer Zang Toi, former Marketing/Creative Director, Michelle Arzino Roe has covered entertainment, fashion, food, and travel with her written words having graced the pages of Palm Springs Life Magazine, Desert Publication’s 90 Days of Summer, Empire Polo Lifestyle Magazine, the book, Encountering Women, as well as various California media outlets. Her articles for Koolfog focus on the lifestyle benefits of Koolfog misting systems at amusement parks, restaurants, hotels and public events as well the valuable impact in various other industries.

Misters Make Summer Ball A Blast

Catching a summer baseball game just got a bit cooler, literally, in Palm Springs. The desert summer temperatures are scorching and create many challenges in organizing healthy outdoor activities. But management at Palm Springs POWER Baseball has hit a home run in its investment in misters to ensure that America’s favorite sports past-time can “play ball”!

A cool feature at the stadium?  Some areas of the stands have misters. Of course, misters are common at Palm Springs establishments due to summertime temperatures well into the triple digits, but, still, I think it’s really cool that misters were incorporated into the stadium. What a blast!”  – Yelp Review

Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Palm Springs POWER Baseball facility is a state-of-the-art sports complex located in Palm Springs, California. In addition to providing a venue for various events, it is a popular destination for baseball enthusiasts and athletes of all ages. It is home to the POWER baseball team, champions of the 2023 California Collegiate League summer season. This is a fantastic program that has seen many future Pros play through. The POWER program also offers lessons and opportunities to expose youngsters inspired by the game. The POWER Baseball facility offers top-notch amenities and a wide range of services to cater to the needs of players and spectators alike. These fields are meticulously maintained to ensure optimal playing conditions. The facility also features spacious dugouts, batting cages, and bullpens, providing players with everything they need to enhance their skills and performance. In addition to the excellent playing surfaces, the facility offers a variety of amenities to enhance the overall experience. Spectators can enjoy comfortable seating areas, concession stands, and restroom facilities conveniently located throughout the complex. The grounds are equipped with high-quality turf, lighting, and misters to cool those in the stadium.

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Misters Make All The Difference
“Bring on the heat” takes on new meaning for those faced with playing in 100-degree-plus weather and the thought of sitting through nine “red-hot” innings can be a tough sell. Placing misters throughout the property has allowed for a truly cool baseball experience as well as a “sweet spot” for hosting various tournaments and events. The misters can be a lifesaver as they can drop the ambient surrounding air temp, sometimes 10, 20 degrees. On any given game day, visitors may see company team building events or groups socializing under the misters with a POWER BBQ. What baseball game would be complete without hot dogs, peanuts and “Cool-Up” ice cream! The POWER concession stand serves all of your ballpark favorites and many more! Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, sunflower seeds, peanuts, chips, candy, ice cream, soda, Gatorade, water, and beer, as well as made-to-order salads.

Each July 4th the Palm Springs POWER and the City of Palm Springs launch a special celebration for residents and visitors to the Coachella Valley. The home game places the Power players to compete mid-league and after the game, there is a spectacular firework extravaganza to light up the night!

Stadium in the misty moonlight. SO fun! Great event while visiting the desert. The misters above the seats were perfect.”- YELP Review

Definitely put this “Little/Big League” experience on your list of “fun in the sun” happenings to share with family and friends. And enjoy the Koolfog misters!

 

Misters at the Tack Room Tavern Encourages Year-Round Revelry

Festival fans from all over the world are familiar with the Empire Polo Grounds as their favorite concert venue featuring Coachella Fest and StageCoach. The Empire Polo Grounds also offers many different areas on the property, serving as a popular year-round event venue, including the delightful Rose Garden and, as the name implies, is host to one of the desert season’s most anticipated sports, Polo. Whether tailgating or in the clubhouse, spectators can enjoy a weekend polo match and join the party on the field for the traditional Champagne Divot Stomp.  No matter the event, you will find equestrian aficionados, locals, and visitors hanging out under the misters at the Tack Room Tavern.

The Tack Room Tavern is situated in a charming building that exudes a rustic and cozy vibe, perfect for a casual gathering or a night out with friends. When you step inside the Tack Room Tavern, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and a lively ambiance. The interior is adorned with equestrian-themed decor, paying homage to the rich history of the Empire Polo Field.

The menu at the Tack Room Tavern is diverse and mouthwatering, with named dishes honoring the equestrian theme. They offer a wide range of delicious dishes, from classic pub fare like burgers and wings to more sophisticated options like grilled salmon and steak. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, ensuring that everyone can find something to satisfy their taste buds. In addition to the delectable food, the Tack Room Tavern boasts an impressive selection of craft beers, wines, and signature cocktails. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or a cocktail enthusiast, you’ll find something to quench your thirst and complement your meal.

May we Suggest dining al fresco under the misters while sampling The Polo Club Paired with a glass of Prosecco? Find their full menu here: tackroomtavern.com

One of the highlights of the Tack Room Tavern is its vibrant outdoor patio. With ample seating and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink or a meal while taking in the beautiful surroundings. The patio overlooks the Empire Polo Field, providing a stunning backdrop of lush greenery and majestic mountains.

The misters on the Tack Room Tavern patio provide several benefits as they help to cool down the outdoor space during hot days. This is especially important in a desert climate like Indio, where temperatures can soar to uncomfortable levels. The misters also help to reduce dust plumes which are a part of the desert’s year-round charm. The Empire Polo Field can get dusty, especially during events and festivals, and the misters help to settle the dust particles and keep them from being kicked up into the air. This ensures a more pleasant and enjoyable experience for patrons sitting on the patio. In addition, the misters create a refreshing and pleasant ambiance on the patio. The fine mist creates a misty atmosphere that adds a touch of tranquility and relaxation to the outdoor space.

 

Misters contribute to a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for patrons at the Tack Room Tavern and enhance the destination as a must-visit venue for anyone looking for great food, drinks and a memorable experience.

 

It Can’t Just be the Outdoor Misters that Makes Sandwich Shop A #1 Hot Spot

The Sandwich Shop in downtown Palm Springs has lines out the door and a buzzing patio with outdoor misters to cool hungry guests. It’s a quaint spot with colorful “mix-matched summer” seating, set around soft foliage and fountains. Guests can see into the kitchen to view orders while in line, and it’s fun to watch the different sandwiches being crafted. The Sandwich Shop states that their “all-specialty” sandwiches are always fresh, and they make their bread on-site. You can order off the menu with aptly Palm Springs-centric Sammy names, build your own, or ask for your order to be made into a sans-bread salad. “Whatnots” include chips, cookies, blondies, brownies, cake, and bread pudding. They cater and offer kid-proof selections such as PB&J, Grilled Cheese, and the Munk: a choice of Sourdough, Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain, Jewish rye, or Marble Rye topped with Nutella, Bananas, & Peanut Butter.  Ok, so cute names, something delicious for the entire family, and yummy food. But the outdoor misters complete the experience!

What’s Their Secret To Earning The Top Spot On Not One, But Two Review Sites?
Both Trip Advisor and Yelp rate the Sandwich Shop as their #1 best deli sandwich spot in the greater Palm Springs area.  A foodie destination, the Coachella Valley has a ton of different restaurants, café, bistros, and grab-n-go venues to satiate an appetite for almost any craving. But if you peruse the reviews for the Sandwich Shop, they read like a gourmet critique from the finest culinary trade magazines: 

  • “Perfect proportions.
  • “Craveable composition.”
  • “Balanced flavors”
  • “Abundant in meat and fillings and the bread is a must order.”
  • “Overall:
    Probably one of the best — if not, the best — sandwiches I’ve ever had. Their crackly bread is a must-get, it gives you the satisfying crunch you want without tearing up the roof of your mouth. The aesthetic of the crackly bread is also just so fitting, it literally looks like the desert ground (so fitting considering where this place is located). The construction of the sandwich itself holds and doesn’t spill out after the first bite. The turkey defies the laws of gastronomy and is somehow not dry. The service and people working there are pleasant to be around. Anyone visiting the area must go here, it’s a non-negotiable.”

outdoor misters palm springs

Can the Outdoor Misters add to the experience?
It can be argued that meeting more than one sensory requirement can improve an experience.  So if you are hot and sweaty waiting for your food or miserably uncomfortable eating your food in hot weather, it might not taste as good. The Sandwich Shop mitigated this problem by outfitting their casual patio with outdoor misters. The outdoor misters dot their shade structure making for a welcome place to relax, sit, savor, and enjoy, each and every, bite at an unhurried pace. Outdoor misters, also, offer a visually pleasing cool mist that can draws attention to a busy patio.  The site of happy, smiling, crowds is a great indicator of a thriving place put on your “must-try” list. The Sandwich Shop crew also goes the extra mile to ensure customers feel cared for.  They have incredible customer service that is friendly and helpful.

outdoor misters sandwich shop palm springs

Could It Be Their Sauces?
Bomb Sauce
Buttermilk Dressing, Jalapenos, and Franks Red Hot Sauce
(should this be bottled in a jar to take home?)

Secret Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic & Herbs

outdoor misters on patio palm springs

May be the secret to the Sandwich Shop’s success is their great service. Maybe it’s the sauces or fresh ingredients. Maybe it’s the daily baked bread. Maybe it’s the outdoor misters. Whatever their secret, they have created magic having earned their reputation as #1.  As one reviewer states, “The Sandwich Spot is everything a damn good sandwich should be.”

 

Looking for a “misting company near me”? Look no further than Koolfog!

When you google “misting company near me” you’ll find Koolfog at the top of the list. Koolfog has been designing, manufacturing and installing the best misting systems for over 35 years!  Our team expertly navigates client requirements to provide premium outdoor cooling. We have a dynamic client list comprised of residential, retail, commercial, agricultural, and industrial businesses with a worldwide presence.

On a local level, Koolfog calls the Greater Palm Springs Area home. You will see our service trucks all over the valley and we take tremendous pride in keeping our desert dwellers cool. It won’t be difficult to find a “misting system near me” as Koolfog has become a trusted local company with a reputation for top quality and unparalleled customer service. In fact, the Coachella Valley is dotted with Koolfog misting systems at various country clubs, residential communities, hotels, ball parks, schools, shelters, festivals, restaurants, and more.

The Best Misting Systems Around
Enjoying the finest advantages of the desert’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle is a snap when the absolute best misting systems are known to cool the ambient temperature in double-digit figures. Koolfog misting systems are engineered to cool an area efficiently. We create custom designs using high-pressure pumps, all stainless steel misting lines, tubing and connectors all the way through to our top-performing misting nozzles. This type of misting system works to create atomized droplets that fill the air and absorb heat as water evaporates, leaving the area refreshingly cool but not wet.

The Best Misting Systems Around
Enjoying the finest advantages of the desert’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle is a snap when the absolute best misting systems are known to cool the ambient temperature in double-digit figures. Koolfog misting systems are engineered to cool an area efficiently. We create custom designs using high-pressure pumps, all stainless steel misting lines, tubing and connectors all the way through to our top-performing misting nozzles. This type of misting system creates atomized droplets that fill the air and absorb heat as water evaporates, leaving the area refreshingly cool but not wet.

misting system near me in Palm Springs

Dining Under the Misters…
Sip a Deux:
Lotus Blossom
Cruzan’-mango Rum, X-Rated ‘infused’ liqueur, passion fruit puree, pineapple and cranberry juices, with floats of Black Raspberry Liquor and Gosling-Black Strap 151

Sample:

The Thai Smile Sampler
A medley of popular appetizers including 2 chicken satay skewers, 2 fried chicken spring rolls, 4 kanom jip, and 4 veggie dumplings.

Savor a Sweet:

FBI
(Fried Banana With Ice Cream)
Six Honey banana with homemade coconut ice cream.

thaismileps.com

Dining al fresco is a special past-time throughout the Palm Springs region as the sun shines brightly most of the year. Restauranteurs need to maximize their menus and table-top seating while keeping guests comfortable. Thai Smile is a restaurant with a reputation for sourcing the highest quality foods, serving fresh flavors and consistently delivering premium plates. The chefs at Thai Smile have excellent taste and Koolfog is proud to be selected to provide the owners with the best misting systems around. 

Our team designed and installed misters to wrap around Thai Smile’s outdoor patio. The effect as viewed from the busy street, not only draws attention but welcomes diners to share a dish in the open air. Guests can take their time perusing Thai Smile’s exquisite menu of curated wines and cocktails as well as an array of salads, seafood, meats, veggies, soups, noodles, and desserts without breaking a sweat. Thai Smile and Koolfog are excellent examples of the perfect pairing…  the best of the best in their area of expertise.

So when you are searching for a “misting system near me”, remember that Koolfog will provide you with the best misting system that is of the highest quality for an efficient, functional, consistent, and aesthetically appealing outdoor cooling experience.

Misting Companies Add to The Fabric Of Desert Lifestyle Experiences

Misting companies have made the Coachella Valley their home for decades. Offering spectacular cooling effects to water features, outdoor dining spaces, and patios throughout the desert, misting companies like Koolfog have added to the fabric of desert lifestyle experiences. A unique part of desert culture is its reputation as a place to attend to the mind, body, and spirit. This has been influenced by the heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians as well as their tradition of “taking to the waters”, a soaking ritual practiced for thousands of years. Rich in hot mineral springs, known for their physical and spiritual healing benefits, the Agua Caliente people take pride in the sacred waters on their land.

Healing & Cooling Waters
Koolfog is excited to be a leader amongst the valley’s misting companies that have applied evaporative cooling technology to regional destinations. In early spring, The Spa at Sec-he opened at Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in Palm Springs. The Spa is a celebration of the sacred healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring and is a central theme throughout the 73,000 square foot wellness complex. The Sec-he Spa is home to a peaceful setting for guests to indulge in cutting-edge therapies and enjoy a host of amenities designed to pamper both men and women including mineral baths, a eucalyptus steam room, a menthol sauna, aromatherapy showers, halotherapy salt caves, men’s and women’s whirlpools, fitness room and flotation rooms. The outdoor environment features a resort-style waterfall pool, a zero-edge mineral pool, outdoor whirlpool and both indoor and outdoor dining. The state-of-the-art custom misting systems have been strategically placed to keep visitors refreshed in the desert’s dry seasonal atmosphere.

 

Misting Companies Create a Tranquil Spa Ambiance
Creating an inviting atmosphere is one of the things misting companies, such as Koolfog, try to accomplish with the design and installation of each misting system. When designing a misting system for a destination spa, attention to ambiance and comfort is a priority. Detail in creating a subtle sensory experience allows guests to see, hear, and feel a subtle mist that leaves one refreshed without getting wet. A spa invites its patrons to enter into a sanctuary to rejuvenate and relax the body and soul so it is extremely important for misting systems to seamless blend functionality with aesthetics. Koolfog has a reputation as the best of the best in luxury amenities with the highest quality products integrating innovation, aesthetics, technology, and customer service. With flourishes of mist and fog splashed in display at some of the most exclusive properties in the world, misting companies have made their mark on the desert scene. From golf courses to pool patios and fine outdoor dining areas to luxury resorts, it would not feel like the desert without a hint of mist. Koolfog is proud to work with valued customers such as The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian projects and we are thrilled with the opening of The Spa at Sec-he.

Patio Misters Make La Quinta A Cool Place to Visit

La Quinta, California is a resort city in the Coachella Valley. Known as the “gem in the desert”, La Quinta is a chic enclave nestled beneath the Santa Rosa Mountains with year-round warm weather to attract a cosmopolitan crowd. The city is unarguably one of the leading golf destinations in the United States and is home to rambling estates, ranches, orchards, vineyards and of course, the luxuriously famous, La Quinta Resort & Club. Sights and scents of lemon and jasmine dot the gorgeous landscape and nature trails draw outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists to La Quinta’s meandering paths.  Spotting a Big Horn Sheep or Chuckwalla isn’t out of the ordinary and artists flock to the area from all over the world to savor the cultured art scene. Soaking in the sun is a poolside pleasure that is desert inspired. Aqua pools reach up to azure skies with cool patio misters peeking from structural eves, cabanas, loggias, and more.

patio misters la quinta

Patio Misters on the railing at La Quinta Brewing Company, Old Town La Quinta.

Patio misters are not just comfortable amenities to counter arid climes. In fact, these high-pressure evaporative cooling systems are a daily part of life. When temperatures rise to extremes, a misting system can make a difference in how one spends their day. Misters can be found at many of La Quinta’s upscale golf clubs, residential spaces, restaurant terraces, poolside patios, hotel gardens, and shopping centers.

The shaded courtyard patio at TQLAS Agave Bar & Grill beckons cocktail connoisseurs and guacamole gourmands to check out some of the most authentic flavors in the region.

Koolfog designed, manufactured, and installed patio misters for the many businesses that make up the heart of Old Town La Quinta. Old Town La Quinta is an attractive outdoor marketplace with a main street lined with cobblestone walkways, white-washed adobe walls, and beautiful bougainvillea blossoms. The Renaissance-inspired architecture gives a village-like setting and is a fantastic place to chill out for an afternoon of boutique shopping, al fresco dining, or acquiring artisan finds. 

These ladies enjoy their haul on Main Street, Old Town La Quinta.

Old Town La Quinta is a great place for people-watching from the many sidewalk cafes, exquisite eateries, and cocktail hubs. The patio misting systems can be seen throughout the plazas with a haze of cool, evaporative air to refresh those in need of hydration or a bit of respite from the heat. Visitors do not have to look too far to find a misting system up and down, on balconies, on trellises on shade structures, and on restaurant courtyards. In Old Town La Quinta, misting systems are an integral part of “business as usual”.

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A misted patio is a must when it’s hot outside.

Porta Via Patio Misters Look Cool on El Paseo

Porta Via brings savoir fare to Palm Desert with an upscale bistro and bar that makes a statement on appetites as it serves up an appreciation for modern architecture. Located on the corner of The Shoppes on El Paseo, Porto Via caters to local needs for a uniquely sophisticated lunch and dinner spot. Porta Via means “by way of” or “take away” in Italian, and while its moniker gives the impression that guests will experience Italian-inspired dining, the Chef has curated a diverse mix of flavors from around the world (think Thai spices, parmigiana, jalapeño, and farm to table herbs). Menu items include new flavor combinations to tease and please discerning palettes, and for those seeking favorite comfort foods, there is no lack of fine meats and potatoes. Vegan-friendly as well as gluten-free options are peppered throughout the menu with generously proportioned dishes showcased in an array of sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steaks, chops, and more. Patrons can pair fine wines with selections or order off a beautifully crafted drink menu.

The gluten free “Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp”:
Spectacular in presentation, portion, and a palette pleaser, served with broccolini, cherry tomato & chili flakes roasted garlic olive oil.

Design That Gives Off Desert Vibes

With the same attention to healthy and high-quality cuisine, Porta Via has been meticulously designed from the inside out. The luxe interior space is absolutely exquisite, featuring a fresh take on mid-century modern design influences. The gorgeous green color is carried throughout, from the extravagant double door entrée to the plush fabric that drapes the sumptuous, curved booths. Splashes of gold accent hardware artfully accessorize the neutral lighting, materials, and furniture to reflect a crisp, cool atmosphere. Porta Via’s bar is beautiful with an open face to the restaurant, making grabbing a drink, socializing, and feeling a part of a fun scene accessible. After imbibing during happy hour, it’s good to know that there are 3 private unisex restrooms with sliding barn doors and a communal wash basin outside of the restrooms. Very en-trende.

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Dining Under the Misters

When it’s sizzling outside, you’ll find respite from the desert heat both inside and outside the restaurant. As you approach the building itself, a haze of fine mist wraps around the corner to cool off the path to the restaurant as well as create a visual effect that can be seen from both directions on El Paseo. Koolfog misters have been built into the structure without detracting from the clean lines that are distinctive to mid-century modern design. The misters have been installed flush with the outdoor structural white walls softening the accent block type trellis. With ample access to water and power, the Koolfog misting system pumps are discreetly set upon the roof to minimize noise and provide easy support for the various areas that are to be cooled. The distribution line and fittings from the pump to the mist line are all stainless steel providing extreme durability. A flow control valve for each unit also allows the mist output to be adjusted depending on needs.

The patio misters help enhance the ambiance with a desert boho chic vibe. The atrium-like setting invites guests onto the outside patio to gather, enjoy appetizers and a cocktail or relax under the misters. This is a polished area that sets a stylish tone. Refresh with a crisp cocktail and a sampling of the Chilled Seafood menu which ranges from a Farmer’s Market Shrimp Cocktail to Caviar Service depending upon your mood, the occasion, and your budget.

Our taste team highly recommends the Fried Calamari appetizer, grilled to perfection and not too greasy! Pair with Porta Via’s Summer in a Glass. Made with organic vodka, watermelon, lemonade, and mint, it’s a stunning cocktail for chilling!

For more information, please visit the Porta Via website.

Outdoor Misters Welcome Palm Spring’s Summer Travelers

Many people would not put Palm Springs on their list of summer destinations simply due to the extreme heat. Maybe it’s post-pandemic travel fever. Maybe it’s the ease of poolside pleasure, or maybe it’s the invitation to vacation in this luxe paradise without the crowds. But summertime is an excellent time to visit the desert. Venues offer top-rate concerts, pool parties, and spa packages that you can’t come by during the season. So why not!! Take the trip, grab the deals, and don’t forget to seek out those venues that use outdoor misters to ensure you stay cool. You’ll find misters in most outdoor settings…think restaurants, cabanas, loggias, patios, and more. And the Palm Springs Airport welcomes with one of the coolest spots for visitors coming and going!

 

First & Last Stop… PSP Coffee House & Wine Bar 

Ah, the joy of summer travel. Whether waiting to board your flight, weary due to 2 hours early check-in or just plain tired from a long day en route…you deserve a great place for travel relaxation. Not to worry!! Palm Springs airport has you covered!! The PSP Coffee House & Wine Bar should be your first stop oasis right out the gate. Just look for the outdoor misters as you clear security and head to the open-air courtyard to feel refreshed while you quench your thirst. Welcome to the desert!!!

A Spritz Under the Mist

Amazing outdoor misters have been artfully installed by Koolfog, Coachella Valley’s own experts in evaporative cooling, fog, and mist, to make sure that visitors arriving and departing from Palm Springs airport have a comfortable place to enjoy the valley’s blue skies amidst one of the most unique mid-century modern architectural wonders.  Arriving a few hours early? Why not savor that last bit of Palm Springs playground vibe before getting back to the daily grind with a cup of joe featuring Coachella Valley Coffee beans. Or before you jet off to your next adventure…  a spritz under the mist could be just the thing!!

 

A Savvy Airport Ambiance Makes An Impression

Airports play a key role in inviting people to a city and at least leave an impression. For savvy travelers, there are airports you cringe at having to frequent versus those that really take care in providing guests with easy amenities. Just think…you’ve saved all year for the perfect summer getaway or a quick jaunt to celebrate a fine desert sunset at cocktail hour. After flight changes and nagging travel fatigue, the last thing you want is to step out onto the tarmac to, literally, melt under the sun’s torching rays. Imagine the disappointment in finding that you’ve arrived at your destination to basically cook in the 100-plus temperature heat… baking on arrival.  Not a great first impression for a world-class resort town that offers the finest in luxe dining, shopping, entertainment, and accommodations. Outdoor Misters to the rescue!! 

 

Outdoor Misters Show You Care!

Chambers of Commerce, City Councils, and County Development offices clamor to find ways to entice tourists to their towns. They promote events, landmarks, places to be and places to be seen. Marketing the attributes of a destination is great…but not if basic comfort is forgotten.  Installing outdoor misters in public places shows visitors that you care…  you care about their comfort and want to ensure they have the experience they are looking for in your backyard. Often, the little things make a difference in a positive or negative experience. And outdoor misters in seasonally hot environments can be that difference!!

 

 

Of patio misting systems, magnificent brunches, munchies, and more.

There’s something special about celebrating brunch (that window that celebrates breakfast and lunch and everything in between) sitting under a fabulous patio misting systems to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of an outdoor environment.

So, when considering where to brunch in the desert, Wilma & Frieda rises to the top of the list. Not only is the food fantastic but the vibe is just cool all the way around. Cool people. Cool menu. Cool patio scene. The restaurant’s popularity has gained it nationwide attention having been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. But you won’t second guess your choice to spend a relaxing meal when you see both vibrant venues filled with hungry patrons. Yes, there are two locations. After the success of their Palm Desert destination, they expanded to establish a presence in downtown Palm Springs and serve more starving fans.

The overall Wilma & Frieda vibe is fresh with a farmhouse café feel. The ambiance is light and airy but welcoming at the same time with guests invited to “EAT” in Palm Desert or hit up the “GARAGE”, a large bar area at the Palm Springs location.

Upon arrival at both locations, you’ll note their patios, especially if it is warm outside. A light stream of mist will be flowing to cool guests sporting cool sunglasses while savoring their favorite dishes. The Koolfog patio misting systems use evaporative cooling technology to chill the ambient air to decrease the outdoor temperatures without getting diners wet. This is a huge draw both visually because it’s a cool effect to look at but it allows for an al fresco experience with great views offering the perfect setting for people watching.

Named after the owners’ two grandmothers, the restaurants serve, as they say, “comfort food with a twist”. In addition to homemade pastries, brunch fare includes flavorful breakfast items, crave-able lunch foods and seasonal bits for everything in between.

The Palm Desert and Palm Springs Menus have some of the same house specials while varying their selections at different locations. Check out the eggs-cellent EENY, MEANY, MINEY, & MO plates that build upon each layer as it goes:

EENY
Two eggs any style, with choice of hash browns, house potatoes, fruit, or mixed greens choice of toast, house-made biscuit or English muffin.

MEANY
It’s an “Eeny” with your choice of bacon or sausage.

MINEY
It’s the Meany but you get the best of both worlds – bacon & sausage.

MO
3 eggs any style, with both sausage & bacon, and classic thick-cut French Toast. (Does not include a side of toast or potatoes)

The open space and ingredient-rich kitchen make brunch at Wilma & Frieda’s special. Dining under the patio misting system, in our opinion, of course, balances each bountiful bite with the beauty of finding culinary joy under clear desert skies.

For more information, visit wilmafrieda.com

Get Your Breakfast FIX on El Paseo and Enjoy the Restaurant’s Parklet Misting System

On any given morning, you’ll see desert dwellers and visitors embarking on their walks. Their destination, a wonder, because if you stay out too long, it gets too hot outside to enjoy yourself. Springtime, however, is special in the desert because you can get in an early and easy workout without worrying about the creeping heat. Let’s face it…you gotta get moving before 7:30am because after that, it can get frighteningly hot. Then again, you can always reward yourself by cooling off under a restaurant’s parklet misting system when you’ve worked up an appetite.

palm desert parklett mistingMembers of our Koolfog taste team ventured out on one such morning. We could smell the blooming jasmine as we walked amidst the cactuses on our way to El Paseo. You would think that this shining ode to boutique arts and shopping would be desolate this time of day, but a long line in front of The Fix Restaurant said otherwise. We hadn’t set out with a breakfast place in mind but we could not miss this buzz.

The Fix Restaurant has taken its service outside and has created a welcome parklet, dotted with umbrellas and set with well-appointed tables to entice the most discerning guests. A bonus…the parklet misting system that keeps the outdoor air cool while diners enjoy their mimosas and brunch fare. The parklet misting system is nestled atop a railing in between globe string lights and beautiful flower pots hanging from the fence When turned on, the mist not only cools the outdoor patio area, but it brings attention to the parklet as a visually stunning focal point. The overall vibe is a refreshing, relaxing atmosphere.

The “W’s” about a Restaurant Parklet Misting System

Who:
Koolfog Parklet Misting System

What:
An evaporative cooling system using high-pressure pump and pneumatic technology.

When:
Any time it’s too hot to enjoy an outdoor dining experience.

Where:
Parklet’s designed as outdoor dining spaces (previous parking spaces, repurposed during the pandemic).

Why:
Misting systems have always been a “go-to” as popular hospitality solutions to ensure guest comfort. With the ongoing pandemic, utilizing outdoor spaces has become a significant part of restaurants’ strategic Covid-19 response allowing for more “butts-in-seats” to affect the bottom line.

 

Whatever Did We Eat?

The Fix Restaurant has impeccable service and we were very well attended to while we perused the menu. To begin, we ordered Americano’s and Latte’s as we relaxed into our breakfast mode. The menu has a variety of interesting items to temp the taste buds, so we chose the following mouth-watering choices:

SMOKED SALMON BENEDICT
Poached eggs on English muffin, smoked salmon, grilled tomato, caper Hollandaise (one the side), sliced onions and fruit.

CLASSIC BREAKFAST
two eggs, choice of meat, side and toast

AVOCADO TOAST
poached eggs, fresh avocado spread, heirloom cherry tomatoes, sundried tomato pesto, micro greens on hand-cut multi-grain toast, choice of side

The artful plates delivered to our table were colorful in presentation and equally delicious. Looking about the patio parklet, brunchers were happily settled, chatting it up, while delving into their meals. They seemed comfortable, cool, and satiated.

By the time we finished our own delightful dishes, doors were beginning to open up for ready shoppers. The Fix Restaurant is located next to Sunny Days boutique and with the restaurant parklet misting system keeping the walkway cool, we couldn’t help but linger. A sunny day indeed.