My favorite weekend getaway spot is Palm Springs. Call me a lizard, but there's something about laying by a pool all day in 90+ degree heat that makes me sooo happy.
This time as we were walking around downtown Palm Springs, the bf and I discovered an adorable Greek restaurant called Greek Islands. The owner grew up in Corinth and several of the Greek isles that we happened to have visited, so we had a nice little chat with him about our adventures. Plus, Chris was wearing his Greece shirt which the owner loved.
We ordered the cold appetizer dip sampler which came with (from left to right in picture) Tzatziki - greek yogurt, dill, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, Tyrokafteri - feta cheese with roasted jalepenos and red peppers, whipped, Melitzanosalata - roasted baby eggplant whipped with garlic, fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil, and Taramosalata - red caviar whipped with lemon and olive oil. The tzatziki was delish (hard to mess up), but my favorite was the roasted jalepeno and feta dip. Very flavorful and not too spicy. The eggplant dip was ok, and I didn't care too much for the caviar (not my thing). It was really nice to try a bit of everything, though!
For my main dish I ordered the Moussaka (one of my favorite meals in Greece), which is a traditional Greek dish made by layering eggplant, potatoes or other veggies (in this case), spiced ground meat, and béchamel sauce. It's all baked in a clay pot. This dish will put you to bed, seriously. It's so savory and comforting.
Chris ordered the Youvetsi, which is lamb baked in tomato sauce served over orzo pasta. Also baked in a clay pot. The lamb was super tender and flavorful and the tomato sauce with orzo balanced out the heaviness of the lamb.
Overall: casual, friendly service just like in Greece. We really enjoyed the service, atmosphere, and food. Traditional home made Greek food with fresh ingredients. Oh, and I almost forgot - order the sangria! Best sangria I've ever had. Chris said it better, "I could drink like 5 glasses of this and get totally shitty."