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My Favorite Places to Eat

I want to share with you one of my very favorite places to eat in the Inland Empire. It is the Grand Oak Steakhouse at the Highland Springs Ranch and Inn in Beaumont, CA.
My wife and I visited several years ago for date night. We often explore new places to eat that are new because we both love adventure.

They offered what is called a Prix Fixe menu where you pick your appetizer, salad, entree and dessert from a list and it’s all for a set price. It’s a way to get a taste of some of the items they offer at a discounted price. Many higher end places offer this kind of menu.
Over the past few years, we have brought friends and family there for dinner and various events that they have throughout the year.
On that particular date night, the appetizer was a wild boar terrine served with fruit compote. I’m one of those people who like flavors and in this case, there was a flavor in the compote that had me stumped. It took me a while but weeks later, I decided it was bergamot, the ingredient in Earl Grey tea that gives its distinctive flavor.
All of their preparations are very high end and well done. I would guess that their chef is from Europe. There are flavors you don’t ordinarily get at other local places. Another reason I believe their chef is from Europe or has had European training is the preparations are well executed.
The atmosphere in the dining room is exquisite. They have a large picture window where you can look out over their lavender fields and get a view of the valley. It really is a nice place to take a friend or family member.
Aside from the restaurant, they are a full production farm. They raise cattle, sheep, chickens and produce their own milk, eggs and grow various heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs.
They are the home of Southern California’s largest organic lavender farm with over 4 different kinds of lavender growing on 20 acres of land.
They also have over 750 olive trees and press their own olive oil.
They have events throughout the year like the Lavender Festival and sheep shearing in the spring and the Olive Festival and Octoberfest celebration in the fall.
There are accommodations if you’re traveling or just want a vacation.
It’s really a fabulous place to visit. There’s so much to do and see. It’s one of the hidden treasures of the Inland Empire

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