Foodbuzz 24,24,24: Palm Springs BBQ

BBQ | March 29, 2009 | By

Mexican Inspired BBQ In A Mid-Century Home

A “Carne Asada” is the Mexican equivalent of an American BBQ. Traditionally held under festive circumstances, the Mexican Carne Asada is full of drinks, food, and celebration. While both terms refer to an event, they also refer to a specific type of food, and carne asada is nothing more than marinated grilled steak.

For my 30th birthday party, Michael and I decided to rent a fabulous Mid-Century home in Palm Springs and invite all of our friends for a day in the warm desert sun! Full of mid-century style and ease, Palm Springs exemplifies so much for me: Leisure, Elegance, and Simplicity.

More pics and full menu with recipes in second part of post…

While leafing through cookbooks for menu ideas I had a flash of genius!—Why not have an all-day Carne Asada for my birthday weekend? Only, this Carne Asada will be re-invented using Mexican flavors and techniques—a Carne Asada with a twist! Perfect I thought.

What better way to celebrate my birthday, enjoy the company of my friends, relish in the cool pool, and take in the glorious Palm Springs sun?! Luckily for me, Foodbuzz agreed with me and selected this meal as one of 24 meals for their 24 blogs, 24 meals, 24 hours sponsored event! Thanks Foodbuzz!

Birthday Carne Asada In The Desert – The Menu

Check out the menu below and click on each item to arrive at the recipe.

Hand-Muddled Margaritas with Chili-Salt Rim
Classic Guacamole with Oregano
Mexican Fruit Salad in Chili-Lime Dressing
Traditional Carne Asada with Cilantro Chutney
Classic Cheeseburgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Lemon Blackened Chicken with Coriander
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter
Black Bean Salad with Red Onion and Jicama

Birthday Celebration In The Sun

The food we made tasted all the better because of the beautiful setting. The weather was perfect—sunny and warm, but not too HOT. And of course, having a wonderful set of friends made all of the difference. Below are some images of the party during and after the feast! We ended the day with a lovely night time swim in the pool—a perfect day indeed!