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Weekend Edition-Ritz Round Up

Written by Patti on January 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Hope you all are having a splendid weekend filled with fun.

You know how I love The Ritz-Carlton. Not only are their properties to die for, but I have made some fabulous friends there, too. And they are always coming up with new and exciting things to delight visitors with. And with the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, they are planning the most divine scenarios imaginable. Take a look:

From way down south, my friend Paulina at The Ritz-Carlton Cancun shares a unique dining experience at Twelve. With seating for only twelve guests, you are welcome to step into the kitchen with Chef Rory and help prepare the night’s meal, if you would like. The Viking equipped kitchen overlooks the Caribbean Sea – Eric and I were so privileged to indulge in this gourmet fantasy over the Christmas holiday, so you can trust me when I say it is the ultimate foodie experience. Three set menus in Mexican, Southern and Mediterranean cuisine await you in this five course experience that you will never forget. How about that for whisking your darling away for Valentine’s Day? Perhaps to pop the question?

Cook with Chef Rory in this magical kitchen setting.

A little closer to home, Miss Christine from The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach is making magic with the reopening of their luxe eatery, Angle. If you ever wondered what it would be like to dine at Versailles or even with the Trumps, now is your chance. I spied this spectacular space when Eric and I visited in September and wondered why it was not being utilized. But it is now!  Just take a gander at this incredible dining room fit for a king (or twelve). I just can’t wait to return so we can enjoy an enchanted evening at Angle.

Why not extend your stay in Palm Beach for Valentine’s Day so you can engage in some beach front tootsie play in one of their cabanas? Ply your sweetheart with aphrodisiac cuisine such as fresh crab claws, luscious caviar, succulent shrimp and ending with the most scrumptious desserts imaginable. Sweep your Sweetie off her (or his) feet. It’s okay, you will both land in the soft, white Florida sand, giggling together in a champagne glow.

Imagine yourself at Angle...

Feeling frisky? How about The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans for a deliciously wild time? The always chic Char shared with me the most mouth watering news. M Bistro, helmed by my swell buddy Chef Matt Murphy, has been named by Travel + Leisure as one of the World’s Best Farm to Table restaurants. Chef Matt utterly spoiled us in July with his seductive cuisine. I have never had a dining experience such as the one he gifted us with. Incredible. Go and taste for yourself the new menu items that include Cauliflower Bisque, Roasted Sweet Corn Cioppino, Grilled Quail and Arugula Salad, Covey Rise Farm Salad, Duck Confit and Spinach Salad, Gulf Shrimp BLT, Crispy Pecan-Crusted Sweetbreads, Crispy Boudin Cake, Chanterelle and Morel Mushroom Gnocchi, Braised Rabbit Cassoulet, 17th Hour Veal Cheeks. If you are planning an engagement, Char can set you up in ways you probably have not considered. How about rose petals covering your bed? A shout out from the fabulous Jeremy Davenport during his show in the Davenport Lounge? Dinner in one of their velvet draped cheater’s booths? Hopefully, you only propose once, make it the most memorable event of your life at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Eric in the Cheater's Booth at The Ritz New Orleans

But what if your sugar plum is a die hard sports fan? Our pal Bonnie fills us in on a fabulous surprise weekend for the football fan in your life.  The Ritz-Carlton Dallas has the ultimate experience for you. Are you ready for some football????? Take your love to The Super Bowl in Dallas and stay at The Ritz. They are football fanatics just like you. In fact, for the big game they even have Football Concierges – what other hotel can make that claim? Before the game you can hang out with award winning Chef Dean Fearing and his team of Guacamologists in the lobby where they will be whipping up guacamole with fresh ingredients flown in from the teams hometowns. How cool is that? They also offer a men’s tv viewing spa complete with pre-game bloody marys,  game time bourbons and post-game brandies.

What? You didn’t get a chance to eat while you attending the world’s most famous sporting event? Never Fear(ing) – Chef has set up “Aftermath”, a late night nosherie consisting of a bacon & egg pizza with ranch dressing, an array of sliders and cold beer.

The lounge will be offering a super size (after all, everything is bigger in Texas) Chocolate Extravaganza. Let your sweet tooth run amok!

It looks like a weekend of Super indulgence, if you ask me. And that, my darlings, is always a good thing.

Holy Guacamole - that looks terrific!

So many options, so little time! Enjoy and indulge. You only live once.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Nat King Cole – I’m The Mood For Love


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