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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.
DoubleTree has made their baked-fresh-daily walnut chocolate chip cookies an important part of the operation. So important, that the brand decided to embark on a Cookie CARE-a-van tour this summer, spreading joy (and sugar highs) all over the country.
But, as it turns out, people want more. What else is new? According to a rep for the hotel, Doubletree regularly fields requests from guests all over the world to experiment with different variations of the recipe. Add coconut in Costa Rica (DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Puntarenas shown above). Add more nuts in Siberia. But what the kitchen wants those people to know is: it ain't happening!
Sometimes, if you're lucky, your hotel may have its own packaged cookies or chocolates to sell, or even honey, but if you're at a luxury hotel in Asia, it's a whole other ballgame indeed.
Take for instance Peninsula Hotels. It's a standard for Peninsulas (around the world) to have gift shops complete with their own private label itemsfrom detailed tins of tea to a variety of wines. Even better are the fresh pastries and handmade sweets, like the "Peninsula Signature Macaron" we encountered (and then devoured) at The Peninsula Bangkok.
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Back in July, we remember hearing something about a Mister Softee truck pulling up outside the Distrikt Hotel and supplying over-heated guests with some free ice cream. Though wildly successful, a Distrikt employee had explained this was "not a normal thing" and no other such events were planned for the near future.
Until yesterday! Anyone lucky enough to be walking down W 40th St between Eighth and Ninth Avenues between the hours of 4pm and 5pm were rewarded with a free item (and drink!) from Sweetery NYC.
The graphic dessert truck was parked directly outside the hotel's front door—to the delight of guests and staff members alike—and didn't really seem to discriminate between hotel peeps and non-affiliated passersby. "Yep, it's totally free," one friendly concierge noted, at which point we smiled widely and raced over to claim our mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Ever since we watched Macaulay Culkin order room service from his Plaza suite in Home Alone 2, we've fantasized about combining two of life's greatest pleasures: ice cream and fancy hotels. This Sunday happens to be National Ice Cream Day (don't say you've never heard of it!), as declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and we've done our best to compile the top hotel participants.
The pet-loving Loews hotel chain has been celebrating ice cream all month long, so now it's time to catch up. From 4pm to 5pm daily, roaming carts filled with bomb pops, ice cream sandwiches, fudgesicles and creamsicles will be stationed in the lobbies of all 18 Loews Hotel properties across North America. For free!
Remember that DoubleTree cookie tour we told you about in May? Since kicking off in New York, the dessert truck has made its way across nineteen states in the country, and today, they roll into downtown Colorado Springs, CO. We figured you could use a little pick-me-up to get you through the end of the week. And free cookies definitely have that uplifting quality to them!
For those who live in the area, prepare to get your cookie around 2:30pm this afternoon. The CAREavan will show up at the corner of Tejon St and Colorado Ave, about five miles north of the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs. Everyone is entitled to a free cookie—no singing or Cookie Man dancing necessary. Cookies will be available until 5:30pm, at which point you should go find yourself a proper meal.
As summer heats up and it starts to get gross outside, The James Chicago comes to the rescue with Jove T's Big Daddy Cone Ice Cream Shop, a new pop-up ice cream spot that opens today for a month-long stint.
Although it's part of David Burke's Primehouse, the ice cream shop won't be manned by meat master Burke. Instead, executive pastry chef Jove Hubbard will show off his skills, making new signature flavors each week and selling them in the hotel's JBar entrance.
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Sure, summer is almost over, but we can still pretend that it's not going anywhere. One way to do that is by indulging in alcohol-infused Sno-Cone cocktails at the Liaison Capitol Hill's Art and Soul restaurant, which has a whole menu dedicated to the delicious icy treats.
But you won't just get boring old cherry here. Instead, these more adult versions of crushed ice are drenched in alcohol like St.-Germain and cachaça and are served in a cone-shaped martini glass.
Remember when you were a kid and you had to be bribed into doing anything with ice cream? What? Oh, that was just yesterday? Great news! You're now primed for a visit to the W Fort Lauderdale, which has been bragging about the ice-cream sandwiches at Steak 954 all over Florida.
Frankly, there are other things we can be wooed with, but the dessert pastry chef Sarah Magoon created for the restaurant sounds pretty damn tempting.
The Hotel del Coronado may be known for its picturesque beachfront location, but we were too busy getting a sugar high all over the restaurant to notice. Whether you crave candy, ice cream or cake, the Hotel Del will hit the spot.
Find out three ways to get sugar shock at the hotel after the jump.
Chicago's Palmer House Hilton has some serious bragging rights when it comes to dessert. The hotel invented the brownie. According the Palmer House, socialite and owner Bertha Palmer asked the hotel chefs to create a sweet for the Women's Pavilion at the the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and they came up with the all-magnificent brownie.
We headed to the Palmer House to see if the first brownie house served up a killer dose of chocolatey goodness after 116 years. The newest brownie incarnation in the hotel restaurant, Lockwood, is different from the original treat, which supposedly had an apricot glaze and nuts. Our version, our waiter told us, is only the base of Bertha's original brownie.
We didn't know this but it's actually Elvis Week, an entire week devoted to all things Elvis Presley.
While the planned Elvis Hotel for Vegas is not open yet, there is another way you can combine your love of hotels, the King and truffles.
Whist at The Viceroy Santa Monica has created Elvis Truffles as part of the restaurant's new dessert menu which was unveiled this month. Here's what's inside a $12 truffle:
milk chocolate, toasted peanuts, nueske's bacon, caramelized bananas
OMG. Thank you Viceroy, thank you very much.