Friday, February 18, 2011


When I moved to Palm Springs two weeks ago, I went to the local 24 hour fitness because that was the gym I went to in Phoenix. Upon exiting my car, I noticed that the gym was directly next door to a movie theatre. I could smell the sweet sweet buttered popcorn wafting through the air. This was not good. I knew I must find a new gym immediately for fear of saying I was going to the gym, but actually bingeing on fake butter and hot dogs in a dark theatre where no one could see the shame and guilt all over my face. 

So, I decided to find a new gym. 

{We're getting to the macaroni and cheese part, I promise.} 

Based on Yelp reviews, all of the gyms in Palm Springs are super horrible. 

So, I chose based on location. 

I signed up on Wednesday, and decided that signing up for a gym membership is pretty much the same thing as a workout. 

And a workout= a REWARD! 

And a reward=Macaroni and Cheese.

I knew just where I wanted to go. 

I have been reading about the Ace Hotel and their restaurant, The Kings Highway Lounge, for about a year on trendy blogger blogs. All the cool hipsters are going. While I usually want to push hipsters on the ground and kick them in the junk, this place looked super cool and had delicious macaroni and cheese on the menu. I phoned in a to-go order (I had my gym clothes on, otherwise I would have dined in. Yes, I had gym clothes on even though I was only going to sign up. Wearing gym clothes automatically makes you skinnier. Duh.) while driving down Palm Canyon to the Ace. 

 I must admit. I was a bit worried after the phone conversation I had with the employee who took my order. 

Tay- "Hi. I'd like to place a to-go order."
Ace- "What can I get for you?"
Tay- "I would like an order of macaroni and cheese and would like to know what is in your steak salad."
Ace- "Ummm, it has steak and salad."
Tay- "Yes, I'd gathered that from the item name, 'steak salad,' what are the other ingredients?"
Ace- "Umm, I don't know."
Tay- "Wellllll, can you ask someone?"
Ace- "Ok. Hold on.................................. I think it has goat cheese on top."
Tay- "Seriously? That's all you've got for me?"
Ace- "Yep."
Tay- "Fine. I'll take the steak salad. Medium rare."

The steak salad was delicious; the macaroni and cheese was a bit bland (I think it could have used more depth of flavor in the white sauce) but was all better with some seasonings added at home. I loved the pasta to cheese ratio and the bread crumbs. Overall, it was a good to-go experience and I'll definitely be back for another side order of the Macaroni and Cheese. It was creamy and comforting and just what I needed after a long, hard workout gym sign up.


  1. Totally agree, signing up for the gym is the same as working out!

  2. "Push hipsters on the ground and kick them in the junk."

    Hilarious. And I feel the same way :)

    I'm going to make one of your mac and cheese recipes for the offspring this weekend. I have a cold and some warm, cheesy pasta will hit the spot.

    Hope everything is going well in Cali!