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.

patio misters palm desert

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.

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.

Outdoor Dining Under the Misters!!

Just Installed!!

Enzo’s Restaurant, Rancho Mirage ,California

As one customer happily shared, “We ate on the patio and were pleasantly surprised by how cool it was. When we left, we discovered the temperature in the parking lot was 110 degrees.  We sure didn’t feel the heat under the misters.”

Enzo's Rancho Mirage

Enzo’s Rancho Mirage Misters

LG’s Prime Steakhouse Installs Koolfog Misting System To Create a Special Outdoor Dining Experience.

Let’s face it… a special night out during this COVID-Era can be a much-needed treat and a chance to capture the best of life’s moments in a shared meal.  In a quick pivot to respond to evolving Covid-19 mandates, LG’s Prime Steakhouse in La Quinta has installed a distinguished Koolfog outdoor patio misting system on their terrace to provide a comfortable, cool, environment for guests to celebrate an elegant outdoor dining experience.

outdoor patio misting system

According to Daniel Phelps, General Manager and a member of the LG family legacy, “Due to Covid-19, we have focused our reopening efforts on creating a comfortable patio environment and I would say that installing Koolfog’s misting system has been imperative to maintaining our business operations.  Our patio business has more than tripled and with repeat customers, we have the confidence that we can offer an optimal dining experience.“

Dining Under the Misters, we recommend this fan-favorite:

LG’s signature 30 oz. PRIME Bone-In Rib Eye paired with Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet

Similar to its Palm Springs location, LG’s La Quinta patio has come to life with an open and airy atmosphere to match its sophisticated charm.   Shade umbrella’s and a robust outdoor patio misting system welcome guests al fresco to ensure a fresh culinary adventure.   Phelps says he is more than happy with the results attributed to Koolfog’s misting system.  “Koolfog has been fantastic.  They were responsive, very personable, and did a clean installation job.  The misting system coverage is phenomenal and serves every purpose we need them for.  We’ve had compliments from guests about how cool the terrace is despite our raging desert heat…in fact, I think our outdoor dining experience is pretty special right now.”

 


 

As family-owned and operated restaurants, LG’s La Quinta continues its impeccable reputation and is pleased to offer its full menu 5 pm-10 pm daily including its PRIME beef selections and award-winning wine list.  LG’s Prime Steakhouse has restaurants in Palm Springs and La Quinta. Located at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta’s LG’s Prime Steakhouse sits on the southeast corner of Highway 111 and Washington Street.  Please phone 760-771-9911 for inquiries and reservations.

For more information visit lgsprimesteakhouse.com.

 

Patio Misters at “The Nest”

The Coachella Valley has long been a resort destination attracting those sun seekers drawn to fine weather and amenities during colder Winter months. As Summer’s blistering heat fades, the desert comes alive and just as birds fly South for Winter, the “Snowbirds” arrive.  Snowbirds is an, aptly applied, endearing term referring to visitors that return to the desert each year to celebrate a new season of camaraderie and the best of California desert lifestyle.   

Since 1965, Snowbirds and locals alike have flocked to The Nest to reminisce, make new memories and have a great time. Located in the heart of Indian Wells, The Nest has become a gathering place to come together for a fond welcome, amazing food, entertainment, and old-fashioned hospitality.  The Nest serves up colorful cocktails and a masterful menu set to a lively scene in a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Not just for dining and private banquets, the venue is a destination for live entertainment, dancing, and revelry.  Earning its reputation as hot spot to be and be seen, The Nest mixes vintage charm with sophisticated tastes to please a crowd.

It is not uncommon during evenings to see a line of eager guests waiting outside the restaurant and bar ready to enter this exciting venue. Tempting guests with its festive vibe and what is known to be a great time, The Nest can be seen from Highway 111 with passersby intrigued by the haze of the patio misters. 

Koolfog patio misters help restaurants keep guests comfortable while they eat by combating heat while adding to the overall ambiance.  People that wish to enjoy their meal on the terrace can enjoy the fresh air and enjoy an outdoor dining experience.  The Nest recently renovated their patio area with a new shade structure…the perfect place for a Koolfog patio misting system.  Misting line was installed around the perimeter of the structure with a new Gibson series misting pump discreetly set upon the roof.  The misting pump comes with a wireless key fob remote module to make turning the misters on and off easily.

Dine under the misters with your choice of menus:  The Nest Menu, Early Bird Menu, Happy Hour Menu, Wine Menu, Summer Specials Menu and a Gluten Free Menu!

 

Try a Family Recipe:

  • Chevapcici – Sausage Style Ground Beef with Bosnian Pita Bread and Relish

Savor Chef’s Favorite:

  • Parmesan Encrusted Sole, Penne, Artichokes, Asparagus, Tomato, Lemon Cream Sauce

Indulge in a decadent dessert:

  • Panna Cota of the Day

 

The Nest
75-188 Highway 111
Indian Wells, CA. 92210
760-346-2314     

www.gotothenest.com

 

Restaurant Misters & Spritzers at Kitchen 86

Recently, our Koolfog Taste Team found itself checking out the local scene on El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. As we all know, the desert heat can cause malaise and it’s been brutal this season.  To our delight, we saw our restaurant misters blazing full of fresh air, cooling patio guests at Kitchen 86 + Bar.  Taking this visual note as a sign, we stepped in for a bite…and stayed for a cocktail. 

Even with typical decreased tourism throughout the Coachella Valley in July, there was a wait for a table (another good sign) so we decided to sit at + Bar to see what, all, the buzz was about.

As we tried to decide what to order from their amazing “Modern Eclectic Small Plate” menu, we were intrigued with the colorful cocktails being served in front of us.  We began with one of our favorites, Prosecco with a serving of the Kitchen 86 Bread with wood fired garlic, extra virgin olive oil, herbs and pecorino.

drinks at Kitchen 86 palm desert

This mixologist we encountered not only poured superb drinks… he introduced our team to what seems to be the “it” summertime spirit: The Aperol Spritz.

Ultra-refreshing and light, this Italian inspired gift truly is the perfect summer beverage.   Served with equal parts Aperol, Prosecco and a splash of San Pelligrino sparkling water, it blissly bubbles as you sip in its sunshine.  The classic orange citrus garnish hints to the mandarin orange flavor of the Aperol and adds a delicious desert hue to the glass that some have liked to that of a “sunset over the Italian Riviera”. Grazie!

aperol spritz palm desert

Speaking of good things Italian, as we enjoyed our cocktails, we found the Kitchen 86 restaurant menu to have many Italian influenced dishes infused with local and organic ingredients.  Feeling well-nourished with our starter and aperitif in hand, we moved to the outdoor patio to dine under the misters.  Sitting under the cool mist, we comfortably ordered our main courses.  We shared an, especially, tasty lasagna as well as a mouth-watering chicken pesto sandwich.  

pesto sandwich kitchen 86

 

The evaporative nature of the misting system gave us a true break from the heat by decreasing the terrace’s ambient temperature, giving us a wonderful opportunity to eat while gazing upon one of the most beautiful streets in the world.  El Pawseo Drive sits within the heart of Palm Desert and features a world class hub for shopping, dining, and culture.  Art galleries as well as public art pieces dot the rue flush with posh designer boutiques, Euro-styled salons, a high-end cannabis dispensary, and a bevy of swanky gourmet experiences to entice the most distinguished epicureans.  The al fresco dining options are plenty and you can be sure to identify them easily by, of course, looking out for those misters!  Prego!

You can check out the ever-changing menu at www.kitchen-86.com . However, we suggest you don’t overlook the + Bar to bring a smile to your lips! Kitchen 86 + Bar is located at 73-130 El Paseo, Suite I, Palm Desert, California.

 

Dining Under the Misters at La Brasserie Bistro & Bar

restaurant mistersAt the corner of one of the busiest intersections in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta’s La Brasserie Bistro & Bar stands out.  Plumes of beautiful mist create a welcome approach to the restaurant by bringing attention to this fabulous foodie find. La Brasserie prepares classic Parisian bistro style fare with an abundance of farm fresh and seasonal menu items in an authentic European setting. Serving up an elegant spread of food, wine and aperitifs, awarding winning French chef and owner, Emmanuel Janin and his wife Kara have blended traditional European influences with modern California cuisine.

 

Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite:

Escargot de Bourgogne : Baked in Parsley-Garlic Butter this mouthwatering dish delicately delights the palette with authentic French flare.

La Brasserie’s friendly staff and impeccable service compliment the cooking to make for a perfect spot to enjoy good food and friends.  As always, our Koolfog “Taste Team” prefers dining under the misters…in this case, the sun-drenched patio garden area. The terrace is always full of life with an open and airy atmosphere to match its sophisticated yet casual charm.  Shade umbrellas and a robust misting system make dining al fresco comfortable and cool to ensure the lively environment maintains its pulse.  During summer months, La Brasserie celebrates the treasures of the Mediterranean showcasing lighter plates inspired by Spain, Greece, Italy and of course, France.  

Each week during the summer months, Chef Janin offers a special, every-changing prix fixe menu to entice the most discerning gourmands and fans of simply amazing epicurean experience.  The combination of pairings and flavors is a treat for the senses….colorful, fragrant, and sensational to the taste.  Like many desert restaurants, La Brasserie Bistro & Bar will close for vacation Sunday, July 28th.  We encourage you to take advantage of the diner feasts of the week in a fitting send off to Chef Janin, his family, and friends before they reopen for season on Wednesday, August 29th at 4:30pm.  We also suggest reservations for their first evening open to celebrate their return and the joy their kitchen has given to the area. 

Sample Bistro 4-Course Menu $42 
Menu Changes WeeklyAperitifGlass of Crémant “Queen Bee Royale”

Soup Choice Of:

Soup du Jour
French Onion Soup Gratinee
With Cave Aged Gruyere Cheese

Salad Choice Of:

Grilled Stuffed Calamari, Arugula Salad
Chopped Hearts of Romaine “Caesar”

Entrée Choice of:

Roasted Jidori Chicken Breast
Buttered Noodles with Pancetta, Riesling-Porcini Veloute
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon
French Green Lentil Salad, Sauteed Fingerling Potatoes
Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette

Dessert Choice of:

Crepes Soufflees
Blood Orange Sorbet

Artisanal Cheese Plate
Citrus Honeycomb

Enjoy a glass of Anjou Cabernet Franc included in your menu
(no substitutions)

 

La Brasserie Bistro & Bar is located on the southwest corner of Highway 111 and Washington Street in the Vons shopping center. 760-771-4400;

www.labrasserielaquinta.com.

 

Dining Under the Misters: Palm Springs Restaurant Week, May 31st- June 9th, 2019

Now in its 13th year, the upcoming Greater Palm Springs Area Restaurant Week shines a sunny spotlight on the delicacies of over 100 participating restaurants as it celebrates the Coachella Valley food scene.   This year’s theme, “’TREAT’ your heart out” brings out the best in foodie finds to indulge, without breaking the bank.  Participating eateries are offering a valued selection included in a 3 Course prix fixe menu for $29 (a $45 value). Don’t miss this opportunity to feast, and feel good too, by making a reservation to give back to our community.

According to the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the organization is Restaurant Week’s producing partner in collaboration with Sysco ™

and Agua Caliente Casinos.  For every reservation booked via the dineGPS.com website, $1 will be donated to the FIND Food Bank, The Desert’s Regional Food Bank.   FIND Food Bank assists approximately 85,000 Coachella Valley individuals each month. A $1 donation will provide 7 meals.

Our Koolfog “Taste Team” thinks you need to “TREAT” yourself at this year’s GPSA Restaurant Week, with an immersive sensory extravaganza at TRIO Restaurant.  Visit TRIO to indulge in a unique experience that delights with aromas from the kitchen, visually stimulating and colorful décor, lively conversation, and amazing flavors designed to satiate.  TRIO is a desert hot spot known for its welcoming atmosphere and top-notch hospitality.   This friendly venue sets the mood with great food, music, and a quintessential Palm Springs vibe.

Want to feel cool, at this local favorite? Dine on the patio under the misters!   Fresh air meets California sidewalk style as Trio serves up dishes infusing traditional Midwest Comfort Food al fresco.  And the patio, well, of course, we are partial to this fun outdoor setting sporting a miraculous misting system.  Koolfog cool water mist provides comfort and cooling to create a relaxing ambiance for customers to enjoy their meal and the view. Sitting under the patio misters at TRIO is the perfect place for people watching while seated along one of the most popular destinations to witness “what’s hip?” in Palm Springs famed Uptown Design District.

 

 TRIO Restaurant offers a diverse and mouth-watering menu. 

 

May We Suggest?

 

First Course

 Coachella Valley Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bleu Cheese Stuffed, Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped

 

Second Course

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Brown Butter, Crispy Sage, Bread Crumbs

 

Third Course

House-made Pudding

This sounds so good, the Koolfog “Taste Team” says, “This!”

 

For complete Restaurant Week menu and details, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as regular priced menu selections, go to TrioPalmSprings.com.

 

Find your Foodie Fix and “’TREAT’ your heart out” at:

Trio , Where Palm Springs Eats
707 N Palm Canyon, Uptown design district
Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-534-2851

www.triopalmsprings.com

 

 

Johannes Patio Misters Tune Up

Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs serves European Cuisine from Austrian born Chef/Owner Johannes Bacher. Their patio utilizes a misting system to ensure comfort at all times of the year. The system was tuned up at the beginning of summer ’17 and working perfectly! Our patio misting systems are great for restaurants because they don’t leave any wet residue behind, which means your tables and guests’ food will stay dry.

Our patio misting systems are designed to enhance your restaurant patio dining areas with a cooler atmosphere during the hotter months of the year, to extend your rushes, to increase your capacity and to enhance your ambiance. Misting can provide even the most distracted person relief and relaxation. Food is meant to be, as it always has, a place for all of us to come and be together.

Empowering your restaurant to maintain a consistent revenue stream throughout the year can be a challenge. The very nature of a restaurant circles around “rush” hours and “dead” times. Utilizing patio misting systems can lengthen or even maintain existing peak periods for optimal table turn-over rates while giving your guests the subtle statement that you have carefully considered every detail of comfort. Smoking areas become welcoming and the passing crowds are drawn to your call of comfort.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your restaurant a hot spot all year round. Contact us to get started with a patio misting system installation.