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We're hearing another snow storm's coming in and that's making us want to cuddle up with something hot and body-warming (get your mind out the guttah!). A cup of hot chocolate would hit the spot, but not some old packet of Swiss Miss, which is all we have access to right now. Sigh.
So, we're doing what we always do, daydreaming about something decadent--namely the Haut Chocolat from the Four Seasons Vail where it's 9F. And boy, do they serve it up right! The ingredients arrives in a French ceramic pot and presented on a silver tray at the hotel's Fireside Lounge.
The drink is prepared tableside, and to make it thick and rich, your server muddles Valrhona chocolate with steamed milk, then pours the mixture over two giant hand-made marshmallows and a chocolate lattice that begins to melt from the liquid heat. But that's not all. Then it’s topped with whipped cream and chocolate streusel. Then they go OTT and add chocolate shavings and even more whipped cream. The price for this indulgence? $16.
We're thinking it's snuggle time now, don't you?
[Photo: Four Seasons Vail]
We know we can't be the only ones who pay serious attention to the dessert options in a hotel before booking a room there. And whether that's a new donut shop at the Four Seasons, or wine-paired girl scout cookies, all we really care about is getting our daily sugar fix.
But as it turns out, New York is a particularly good place to visit if you're a choco-holic. And we're not just talking about the M&M store in Times Square...
Downstairs in The Plaza, one of the city's most decadent chocolate havens is FP Patisserie, which offers Francois Payard's signature truffles, tarts, cakes, hot chocolate, and, one of our favorites—peanut butter and raspberry jelly chocolates.
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Ah, Greenwich, Connecticut, home to finance and insurance companies plus blonde monied madams (both young and old) sporting twin-sets and driving fast cars. Corporate viking GE is in nearby Fairfield, and they also come to play here. So, it's fitting that an old HoJo hotel was torn down to make way for the new J House opened last month care of Brenwood Hospitality Group. We drove our beat-up minivan to the hotel, handed it to the valet with nary a blink, and went inside for a look.
We at Hotel Chatter like to indulge our desires on a regular basis (cake from the Mandarin Oriental Paris, anyone?) and few come any more passionate than chocolate.
The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok with its splendid setting on the banks of the Chaopraya River is home to a confectionery cornucopia called, simply, The Chocolate Boutique.
The classy signature outlet is located on the lobby level and a heaven for chocoholics. After being greeted at the imposing entrance to the hotel by pith helmeted and putteed doormen, a homage to colonial style, head inside the chandeliered lobby, go forward and turn right and there you see it. The duck egg blue and rich mahogany exteriors and subdued lighting are enticing and suggest the dark pleasures that await.
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Unlike other industries, where it's just about guzzling free candy and wearing too many red cardigans, Valentine's Day is a special time of year for hotels. The January slump is suddenly reversed by couples seeking out romantic getaways, anonymous hook-ups, and indulgent spa treatments. Not to mention special food that puts you in that special mood. Here are our three picks for Valentine's Day hotels in NYC.
Remember when we found out Kimpton Hotels devoted an entire month to flaunt their funky leopard-, giraffe-, and zebra-print bathrobes? And remember how, unless you were a guest, it was kinda hard to get one? Well, that part is still the same. But they're making it more worth your while with a month-long "Robe-mance" package ($269, booking code ROBES) that includes a $25 dining and beverage credit and two robes.
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This is the kind of Christmas tree that you do not want to have around the house—because if you did, you'd just end up eating it.
Luckily, this 10-foot-tall beauty, made entirely of chocolate (white, dark, milk, fondant, you name it, it's on there), is on view inside the Jumeirah Essex House, which luckily isn't a place we frequent very often.
The chocolate theme is continued into the rest of the lobby with a weekend-only Chocolate Bar. Boy, this hotel is pressing allll the right buttons. Included in the mouth-watering buffet are a chocolate fountain, assorted truffles and house-made hot chocolate. Tickets go for $35 a head, but if you bump it up to $49, they'll throw in a glass of champagne.
Goodies at the Fifth Floor restaurant in San Fran.
Since Valentine's Day is over, Kimpton Hotels is shifting it focus from lovers to chocolate lovers. The company will celebrate Chocolate Lovers Day on February 17 with free sweets in hotels all over the country.
So in case you didn't get any chocolate valentines, you can get hopped up on the sweet stuff on our new favorite holiday. Plus, Kimpton's hotel restaurants will keep the sugar high going all month long with chocolatey desserts.
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Chocolate lovers, you now have a really good reason for popping into The Plaza.The Francois Chocolate Bar recently took over from Demel Bakery, the Viennese cafe that lasted just two years in the hotel's downstairs retail space.
Though originally billed as a pop-up store, FCB's rapid success at the hotel has led to more permanent residency.
"When we started last month, we didn't know," explained co-owner (and wife of the pastry genius) Fernanda Capobiano, "But the chocolate bar seems to have worked really well." Compared to its predecessor, the design at FCB feels brighter and more open, though its function is essentially the same: a quiet, refined snack spot tucked away inside one of the city's most luxurious hotel shopping malls.
Stumped for holiday gift ideas? Wish you could give someone an awesome stay at the Ritz Paris, but not quite making the bank to pull it off? You may want to consider a ball instead.
Not just any ball, though--a chocolate ball. One prepared by the Ritz pastry chef Sébastien Serveau.
The Ritz Paris Christmas Ball is now available--in a limited edition, naturellement--from the Ritz Paris Boutique.
What's a sure way to get us interested in a hotel promotion? It's pretty easy, especially on a Friday – just include some kind of chocolate in the deal. That's exactly what the fine Le Meurice in Paris has done, by letting us know about the Choc'Alléno special breakfast they've got going at the moment.
Put together by the hotel restaurant's head chef Yannick Alléno, the breakfast special includes original Choc'Alléno pain au chocolat and croissants, as well as a chocolate baguette, chocolate chip butter, jam and honey, fruit juice and a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. It already sounds good, but listen to how those special pastries get made:
If drowning your recession woes in booze isn’t tickling your fancy, perhaps a chocolate buffet will do the trick. And what better place for a chocolate buffet than Chocolate City? That's right, the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. has transformed its Lobby Lounge into what we’d like to call choco-pocalypse.
Each Friday and Saturday evenings this month and then again in February, pastry chef Jerome Giardot is whipping up a Chocolate Decadence Buffet of “candy, cakes and tarts galore,” yours for the gorging for $35 (that's for five items). More specifically, we’re talking Black Forest cake, Opera cake, white-chocolate-lemon crème brulee and Gianduja crème brulee; a selection of chocolate caramels, dark and milk chocolate bouchees, housemade truffles, warm chocolate-caramelized banana bread pudding, chocolate blinis, and more.
And…decadence doesn’t end there! (After all, how can you be expected to enjoy chocolate of such magnitude without the pairing bubbly?) Well fret not, for the Ritz is nothing if not in touch with the worries of the common man. Alas, the Champagne Flights of Fancy (an additional $38) include Moet & Chandon White Star, Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial, Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial, and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.
Sure, this all might sound a bit lavish, what with a global economic crisis, blah blah. Still, we’re going to have to go Liz Lemon on this one: We want to go to there.