A Spanish Colonial dining room, complete with mezzanine and a grand spiral staircase winding around a central fireplace, epitomizes the convivial atmosphere so important to The Ranch experience. Banners of traditional papel picados (paper cut into elaborate designs), festoon the beams. Doors on both sides lead to outdoor dining patios, where splashing fountains and shady olive trees welcome breakfast and lunch diners year-round (yes, the weather is that wonderful!).
At informal breakfast and lunch times, you enter through tall doors, walk the length of the room, and enter the kitchen foyer where colorful buffets are arrayed to either side. Ah, the selections are tempting and—best of all—healthful and delicious.
You can choose to dine at large round tables with new friends, or with a smaller group of your choosing, or alone…just as you would in any fine restaurant. A maître d’ greets you at dinner, which are sit-down affairs with an attentive waitstaff.
We believe meals should be satisfying in all ways—especially in support of a fitness program that heightens the appetite. We suggest portions sizes, but do not limit quantities.
Weekly nutrition lectures given by experts in the field on varying topics as they relate to food, health and trends. Private consultations available.
Sunday – Friday from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Served Buffet Style
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Dried Fruit and Nuts
Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee
Assortment of Teas
Sunday – Friday from Noon to 1:30p.m.
Served Buffet Style
Assorted Vegetable Buffet
Black Bean Soup
Barley Vegetable Soup
Garbanzo Bean Soup
Yellow Split Pea Soup
Ranch Style Pizza
Served At Table
Mexican Vegetable Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup
Mexican Corn Chowder
Fresh Halibut Tecate Style
Homemade Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms
Spinach and Mushroom Enchilada
Twice Baked Potato with Tofu and Vegetables
Steamed, Sauteed, or Stir-fried Vegetables
Options: Stir-fried Vegetables with Tofu and Brown Rice and Steamed Vegetables
Blueberry or Peach Cheesecake
Postre del Sol
Poached Pear with Raspberries
Tierra Alegre Organic Juice Bar
All of the produce used at Tierra Alegre, or “Joyful Earth,” is lovingly picked each day from Tres Estrellas, the organic six-acre farm that surrounds La Cocina Que Canta.
LOCATED AT THE ACTIVITY POOL: OPEN DAILY
*Additional charges will be billed to your room.
Fresh Fruit: 10:30 a.m.
Smoothies: 2:45 p.m.
Sliced Veggies: 4:00 p.m.
Message From Our Chef
“Many people have forgotten or never experienced what food can taste like in-season and at its peak of freshness. Great cooking does not have to be complicated. Ingredients—if they are the best—do not need to be enhanced by cream, butter or salt.
Most important, we believe that the food we eat dictates the way we feel. Organic, healthful meals enhance our energy. Great flavors allow us to enjoy food more… while actually eating less. Food is incredibly nurturing and fulfilling. Food is integral to who we are. It’s just as important as breathing, family, work and exercise. The better we eat, the better we feel, and the better we cook. The more we respect what we eat, the more we respect ourselves. Eating nutritious food enhances the very quality of life.”
—Denise Roa, Executive Chef
Wine is available for purchase in the Bazar Del Sol.