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Diane’s Diner

We eat most of our meals at Diane’s Diner, the exclusive restaurant in the Dream Machine.  Diane’s serves a variety of locally-inspired and classic dishes at very reasonable prices.  The chef works with limited kitchen facilities and creates everything without recipes.

Diane cooking in the small galley kitchen of our motorhome with roasted green chilies on the counter

Behind the scenes at Diane’s Diner



Fresh avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, lime, and cilantro served with organic blue corn chips.

Tuna Salad

A fresh blend of romaine lettuce, green onions, grape tomatoes, avocado, olives, and tuna dressed with olive oil, lemon, and red wine vinegar.

Caesar Salad

Romaine lettuce, shredded parmesan, and a classic dressing of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, ground anchovies, and spices.


Small crispy tortillas baked with fresh tomatoes, green onions, cheddar cheese, and Queso Fresco, served with chipotle salsa.



Chicken Spezzatino

An Italian stew of boneless chicken thighs, kidney beans, tomatoes and other vegetables.

Spaghetti Koroluk

Creamy bolognaise sauce over spaghetti noodles.

Strip Loin

Grilled strip loin streak served with crispy rosemary potatoes.


Roast turkey breast with pan-fried potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce.

Patrick seated at the table with a roast turkey dinner on the plate in front of him and a glass of wine

Turkey Dinner on my Birthday

New Mexican Rice & Beans

Sautéed chicken with fried rice, black beans, corn, and jalapeno.


Ground beef, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, salsa, and fresh guacamole on small, warm corn tortillas.


Ground beef, re-fried beans, tomatoes, green onions, salsa, lettuce, and shredded cheddar wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla.

Tex Mex Skillet

Sliced grilled pork and red potatoes fried with a tangy bar-b-que sauce.

Green Chilli Burger

A beef burger smothered with roasted green chilies sautéed with onions and garlic on a toasted bun.

Toasted bun with a hamburger piled higher with strips of green chili on a wite dinner plate

Green Chili Burger

Chicken Enchiladas

Strips of chicken sautéed with tomato, green chilies, black olives, onion, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, oregano, salt, and pepper, wrapped in flour tortillas, covered in enchilada sauce and baked with cheddar cheese.  Served with rice, salsa, fresh guacamole, and sour cream.




Masa filled with potato and green chili wrapped in a corn husk.

Grilled Ham & Cheese

Sliced ham and cheese with a hint of mustard on bread grilled until brown.

Turkey Quesadilla

Roast turkey, cheese, and fresh tomato layered between grilled flour tortillas.

Greek Salad

Chopped cucumber, green pepper, roma tomato, black olives, and feta cheese in a light dressing

Picante Cristo

Ham, pepper jack cheese, and red onion sandwich dipped in an egg and milk mixture and fried to a golden brown.



Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Healthier muffins containing oatmeal, ripe bananas, fat free vanilla yoghurt, and cinnamon.


Klondike cakes with mixed fruit and syrup.

Diane seated at a picnic table with pancakes and gruit ready to eat with a lake in the background

Pancakes with a view


Hot oatmeal with a mix of fresh cut bananas, apples, oranges, and strawberries.


Thin crepes with melted butter and sugar or mixed fruit.


Onion, tomato, greed pepper, and cheddar omelette with roast potatoes, buttered toast, and jam.

Breakfast Burrito

Scrambled eggs with red onion, sweet orange pepper, grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese and Queso Fresco topped with chipotle salsa and wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla.

Banana Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sweet muffins made with ripe bananas, dark chili chocolate, and Ghirardelli chocolate chips.  Equally good for dessert!

Chez Diane

We eat most of our meals at Chez Diane, the restaurant in the S&M Motel.  It serves an excellent variety of delicious local specialities and old favourites made with fresh ingredients.  Always close at hand, it offers European flavours and homemade charm. And the service is excellent.


Cauliflower Soup
Creamy soup of leek, potato, and cauliflower.

Minestrone Soup
Italian vegetable soup with white beans served with bread.

Caesar Salad
The classic salad of Romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, fresh garlic, and black pepper.

Greek salad
A fresh salad of tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, black olives, and feta cheese with a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, parsley, and pepper.

Niçoise salad
A traditional salad from Nice containing fresh lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red peppers, tuna, onions, black olives, and anchovies with a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Bruschetta topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions, fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, olive oil, and fresh basil.

Baked pastry filled with meat.

A variety of prepared meats (salami, Iberian Jamón, French saucisson made of duck and wild boar), European cheeses (emmentaler, edam, gouda, camembert, chèvre, gorgonzola, roquefort), sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and nuts, served with fresh toasted baguette accompanied with extra virgin olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar.


Chicken Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad topped with grilled chicken breast slices.

Fresh white bread generously coated in extra virgin olive oil and filled with Niçoise salad.

Fresh pasta (penne, rotini, cappelletti, or tortellini) with tomato-basil or bolognaise sauce.

Fresh soft dumplings with pesto sauce.

Three Meat Ragu
Ragu of chunky chicken, veal, and sausage accompanied by gorgonzola risotto.

Curried Chicken
Chicken breast in a curry sauce of sautéed onions, garlic, ginger, and cumin, accompanied with dhal (lentils) and basmati rice.

Aloo Gobi
Sautéed cauliflower and potatoes mixed with tomatoes and fragrant Indian spices, served with dhal and basmati rice.

Fried beef or pork, rice, re-fried beans, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, salsa, and guacamole wrapped in a warmed flat bread.

Chicken Fajitas
Chicken sautéed with onions and red peppers in a spicy sauce with fresh tomatoes, guacamole, and salsa wrapped in a warmed tortilla shell.

Beef Chili
Chili with beef, kidney beans, tomato, onion, carrot, and garlic.

Pork Medallions
Pan seared pork medallions with mushroom pan gravy, boiled potatoes, and green salad.

Breaded Chicken
Breaded and fried chicken breast tenderloins accompanied with rice and steamed vegetables.

Paupiettes de Pork
Sachets of sausage wrapped in veal served with gorgonzola mashed potatoes and ratatouille of aubergine, red onion, tomatoes, olives, and basil.


Fruit Salad with Yogurt
A mix of fresh kiwi fruit, pineapple, apples, oranges, and grapes covered with flavoured yoghurt and topped with muesli.

Cereal and Toast
Muesli with fruit accompanied by buttered toast and jam.

Bacon and Eggs
Fried eggs, thick cut bacon, and buttered toast.