The new season of The Bachelorette is on the way, and while fans are preparing for the drama, they may not be prepared for the fact that they can soon sleep in the same resort as the contestants in the reality show.
In July, a few eagle-eyed paparazzi and fans spotted then bachelorette Clare Crawley returning to filming just outside Palm Springs, California. The season is currently filming at La Quinta Resort & Club. If you are not familiar with the place, let us introduce to you this desert destination.
About This Luxury Resort In Palm Springs
The resort was built in 1926, and it comes surrounded by the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Springs. The hotel itself includes spacious haciendas and guest rooms surrounded by gorgeous desert plant life set against red-tiled roofs and whitewashed walls. In the resort’s adobe casitas, guests will be able to find patios so they can sit out and watch the sunset over the cactus gardens. La Quinta Resort & Club is also home to an award-winning spa, two golf courses, six restaurants, and a tennis club. The real cherries on top are the hotel’s 41 climate-controlled pools. 41 swimming pools, because why not?
The production is going above and beyond to keep everyone safe. Even though the cast and crew arrived before filming began and spent a few days getting used to the required protocols, the protective bubble will open up just a bit to include guests, and soon, people will be able to experience what it is like to be in this beautiful resort in Palm Springs
An Earthly Paradise in Palm Springs
The producers share that the health and safety of their team and guest members are their highest priorities. The guests will be required to wear masks in all public spaces and will be able to use contactless check-up upon arrival. The restaurants will be open, some for outside dining, others for takeout. What about the pools, you might ask? They will be open.
This leaves many people wondering if the bachelorette will stay six feet away from all her suitors in those hot tubs? We will have to wait for the new season and find out.
A fan of Oriental cuisine, aren’t we all? Do try this authentic delicacy, that you’ll find wafting in every traditional Chinese kitchen cooked especially during the Dragon Boat Festival Celebration: Bamboo wrapped Sticky Rice called Zòngzi in Mandarin! Though it’s elaborate, treat it as a weekend project and you’ll be pleased with your results. For, once the elaborate Zongzi is ready, the rolls can be stored in the freezer, and steamed whenever you and your family would like a taste of this festival favorite.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 min
Total Time: 3 hours 40 min
Ingredients: (to make approx. 1 dozen Zongzi)
30 – 35 bamboo leaves
3 cups of rice (glutinous)
For the Filling:
1 lb. pork belly / lean pork shoulder
3 Chinese sausages strings
1/2 cup shrimp (dried)
1 cup mushrooms (dried)
1/2 fried shallots (dried)
2 Tbsp. of cane sugar
1 tsp. of salt
1/4 tsp. of five-spice powder
1/4 cup of soy sauce (low sodium)
Step 1: Take Bamboo leaves and wash them thoroughly. Soak the bamboo leaves for two hours in hot water till they are soft. Wipe them clean and presto! They are ready to use. (We recommend starting a day prior to the actual cooking)
Step 2: Stir fry the rice using a little bit of water till it is fragrant yet not sticky.
Step 3: Cook the ingredients of the filling for an hour till the pork is fully cooked.
Step 4: Next, fold the bamboo leaves into a cone shape. Add some sticky rice at the bottom, put in a layer of the filling, and once again top with rice.
Step 5: Fold the leaf so that it is neatly sealed and tie it up together with cotton twine.
Step 6: Steam the bundles in a steamer for an hour and 25 minutes.
Voila, your delicious Zòngzi is ready! Open it and dive right in.