A Look Into Birba's New Pasta Menu

Making pasta by hand is a time honored Italian tradition, one that is lost in most modern day households as it is so readily available and inexpensive to purchase.  In an effort to honor their Italian routes and pay homage to this tradition, Birba launched a new pasta menu a few weeks ago featuring a variety of hand made pasta dishes!  I had the pleasure of going into their kitchen and photographing a little bit of the process of how their ricotta and mint raviolis are made.  I've never been to Italy, but chatting with Joe, Birba's sous chef about life and our roots, as he rolled out the dough and formed each little square by hand, made me feel as if I was in Italy chatting with an old friend around the kitchen table.  You can truly taste the time, love and care that goes into each of these dishes.  For me, knowing that someone took the time to fill each of the raviolis on my plate individually, really made me sit down and not only taste but appreciate each of the components in the dish, out of respect for the food and for the person who made them!  Well?  What are you waiting for!  Head on over to Birba with some friends and try out a few (personally I love the raviolis and the pappardelle but they are all great!) xx sarah

F10 Supports the PS Animal Shelter!

This month F10 is super excited to support the Palm Springs Animal Shelter!  For the whole month of November proceeds of our vegan "PERFECT PITTie" pizza will go directly to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter! The PS Animal Shelter is the only municipal no-kill animal shelter in the Coachella Valley, in a town that is so animal friendly we think it's incredibly important to show our support, raise awareness, and give back to establishments that share in our same values and protect our furry friends.  The shelter cares for between 400-600 animals every day, and depends on donations to continue to be there for the animals that depend on them.  All you need to do is stop in, enjoy a PERFECT PITTie pizza and grab some cocktails with friends! What else could be better than that?

More info at www.psanimalshelter.org
Volunteer at www.psanimalshelter.org/volunteer

Happy Friday! - F10 Updates!!

Happy Friday folks!  There is something so exhilarating about the start of a new weekend, 2 full days of freedom!  YIPPEE!!!!
 
I have a few fun updates for you all regarding F10 happenings!

If you haven't been to Birba lately, we have new menus!! High quality with a great artisanal feel to them!  Not only are the menus new, but there are a few new items on the menu too!  We have some great seasonal dishes right now including the squash blossom and pancetta pappardelle, one of my personal faves!  

You also may have seen a few new faces on the property, formal introductions to come soon but someone who I am very excited about working with is our new resident mixologist and beverage director straight from New Zealand, Steen!  Steen will be helping to create new cocktail menus for our restaurants as well as help create some fun recipes to share with you all on the blog!  Be on the look out for a full feature with Steen soon!

If you haven't noticed, the Alcazar has been looking mighty relaxing lately!  I sat down with Robert Hunt, the hotel's GM a few weeks ago for a fun interview which you can read here!  We are also running a few AHHHmazing deals at the hotel right now which you can see here! Including the 1-2-3 or Blue Skies, both offering specials for a 3 night stay!  Perfect for a staycation or extending your vacay into the week!

And last but certainly not least, Mr. Lyon's!!  Click Here to see what you can expect to feast on at the newest addition to the F10 line up.  I am incredibly excited about having fritto misto back in my life and about trying POTTED RILLETTES (wild boar, duck confit, wild salmon) -- and pretty much every.single.one of the side dishes.

That about covers it!! I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Don't forget to check back for more updates and another Coachella Essentials Guide!! xo sarah

Caxton-LOCAL 622 @ Birba

I absolutely cannot wait to hear Caxton play at Local 622 this Thursday, February 12th at Birba!!  They are an alternative indie pop band based out of Palm Desert who have been gaining a solid following for quite some time!  Please do yourself a favor and check them out on itunes (Something Human and Do I Know You? are two of my faves!)  They have played countless venues across Southern California including The Viper Room, House of Blues, Glasshouse and the Roxy, just to name a few!  If you aren't familiar with our Local 622 live music showcase it is every Thursday night at Birba from 7-930 and it is not to be missed!  So come join us for some cocktails, pizza and great music!  Learn more about Caxton below!

photo by Jon Perlo

photo by Jon Perlo

Your Name - Christina Reyes
Band Name - Caxton
Band Member Names - Adam Surdin (guitar), Brett McLaughlin (bass/vox), Brian Pelletier (drums), Christina Reyes (vox/keys)

How did you get started? 
Adam, Brett, and Brian started playing music together in the desert during middle school and continued through college. In 2005, Adam and I met while studying music in Los Angeles. By 2008, Adam wanted to move back out to the Coachella Valley to reunite with Brett and Brian. He asked if I would be willing to do the same and the rest is history.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
That's a tough one since it's constantly changing. Musically, I'd say we're mostly inspired by the artists we grew up listening to (classic rock, punk, jazz, etc). Lyrically, we draw from stories in pop culture, social issues, and personal experience. We share a lot of the same influences but we also have such diverse tastes and interests that I think explain our eclectic sound.

Do you have any loves other than music?
Music is definitely in the foreground for us but we have some other hobbies, for sure. I'm big on reading books and traveling as often as possible. Brian is really into camping and fishing, he digs being outdoors. Adam has a keen eye for art. Whether he's at a gallery/museum or framing it himself, he definitely knows what's good. Brett was a film major in college and super artistically gifted. In fact, he's responsible for most of our flyer and posters. You can catch him splicing up vintage footage and even drawing full blown cartoons for our music videos. As a group, we're all also really into trying new/local beers, watching weird shows on Netflix, and being probably too into our pets. 

What do you think about when you're performing?
I can't speak for everyone, but for the most part, I think we're all just in the moment. We feed off the energy in the crowd so when they're hyped, so are we. After almost 7 years together, I'm still so humbled by the love and encouragement we have out here. Sometimes when I look out and see people dancing and singing along, I'm overwhelmed by the constant amount of support. Plus, it never gets old playing with your best friends. We honestly just have a blast every time we get together. 

What else can we expect from you in the future?
We're currently in the midst of writing our new album. We've released a few singles and EPs in the past year so now we're working on another full-length record. Most exciting, however, is our race to play Tachevah this year. We made the finals again and are hoping to go all the way this time. Our showcase is Wednesday February 25 at The Hood in Palm Desert and would love to see everyone there for support. 

What’s the best advice you've ever been given?
We've been given a ton of great advice over the years. I think what stands out most often for us though is to never give up and always remember how great those small victories feel. This isn't an easy industry by any means and that isn't lost on us. We are so grateful for all the amazing opportunities we've had so far and we use all the support we receive to fuel our drive even further. 

Who are you currently listening to?
It's constantly changing but for me, it's The Pixies, Devo, and The Smiths. Other artists we're hip on right now are Dr. Dog, Tame Impala, Jack White, and The Strokes. 

What is your secret food craving?
Nothing too secret. I'm a total sushi lady and we're always up for a good za (pizza that is for us less- hip folk, yes I asked just incase maybe it was some super awesome new food I had been missing out on!)

Do you have any hidden talents?
90s trivia. Nobody can touch us on that.

Is there anything else you’d want us or readers to know?!  Tachevah! That's really where our immediate focus is right now since our chance to play is coming up in just a couple weeks. Beyond that, we have acoustic shows at Wolfgang Puck's (Feb 11), Birba (Feb 12), Schmidy's (Mar 6), and Plan B (Mar 12). We're stoked on writing this new record and can't wait for everyone to hear it. Thanks to everyone for the awesome support over the years, we seriously appreciate it.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?!
instagram -
@caxtonmusic
official caxton facebook
  
itunes / reverb nation