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Hotel Made of Cake Makes Ice Hotels Look Super Comfortable

Hotel Made of Cake Makes Ice Hotels Look Super Comfortable

Somehow this sounds like the best idea and the worst idea ever: A promotion from Tate & Lyle Sugars is creating a pop-up hotel in London's Soho neighborhood, except it's made entirely of sweets.

According to Metro, the cake hotel was created by 14 artists who collectively spent more than 3,000 hours baking everything from the windows to the walls, the rugs, the windowsills, and edible books.

"Visitors will be encouraged to eat their way through windows and walls clad with 2,000 macaroons, a rug made from 1,081 meringues hand-stitched together, 20kg (44lb) of marshmallow garlands, windowsills built entirely from fudge, and a bath filled with caramel-coated popcorn. The bedside table even features edible books and vanilla sponge cushions are included in the room service menu, so nobody will go home hungry," Metro reports.

Naturally, the cake hotel will only be available for one night, March 21, and it includes eight tasting rooms such as a Mediterranean room with floating meringues, a Pirates of the Caribbean room with edible pearls, and a South Pacific room with chocolate mud cake made into an Easter Island statue. There's also a Mayan room with a fudge temple, a Mardi Gras room with a five-foot long king cake, and a Guyanese-inspired room with turtle eggs of chocolate cake and cheese cake, a press release says.

As awesome as this sounds, however, the fact that the bakers used 1,323 pounds of sugar is somewhat frightening. While we would love to eat meringues and macaroons as we bathe in sugar water, having this around for more than an hour will definitely attract ants, not to mention rodents, cockroaches, and all sorts of hungry pests. Also, diabetes. But if you're so inclined, tweet @welovebaking with the hashtag #cakehotel for a chance to stay overnight.


10 International Cocktail Recipes to Whip Up at Home

There are few activities more transporting than sipping on a fine drink from another country. We gathered up 10 tried-and-true cocktail recipes from around the world that will instantly transport you to Mexico, Italy, Brazil, and beyond.


20 Milo Recipes That Take As Little As 10 Mins To Whip Up

First things first, it’s pronounced as mai-lou, not mee-lo. I don’t know if it’s just me but it drives me crazy each time I hear someone pronounce my favourite drink in the entire universe wrongly.

Determined to assemble the best collection of milo recipes on the planet, we scoured the Internet and found 20 milo recipes that will forever change how you look at this drink. It’s not limited to just “hot or cold!” I feel so motivated now to enter the kitchen and create these Milo treats just so I could devour them. That’s a feat considering how lazy I am because I thrive on cereal and microwaveable-anything.

‘Nuff said, and happy scrolling through this list. Bet you’ll be a convert even if you’re not entirely crazy about Milo. Be sure to check out the original creators of the recipes too in the links below.

1. Homemade Milo Ice-Cream

There’s nothing better than a scoop or two of creamy ice-cream bursting with rich chocolate and malt flavours. The best part of getting hands-on is that you can go all “milo dinosaur” on it and pile on heaps of Milo powder if you like it more Milo-ish.

Ingredients:

  • Heavy cream
  • Milk
  • Egg yolks
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk chocolate
  • Milo powder
  • Salt

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Cook Republic.

2. French Chocolate Macaron with Milo Filling

Macarons aren’t the easiest things to make but these babies look every bit delectable. I can only imagine how good it’ll taste with the crunch from the chocolate macaron shells and creaminess of the Milo-infused chocolate ganache.

Ingredients:

Macaron shells

  • Powdered sugar
  • Powdered almonds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Egg whites
  • Granulated sugar

Milo filling

Click here for full set of steps and recipe by My Domestic Bliss.

3. Milo Milk Trifle

Although tedious, the end result will be worth all your effort. This little glass of Milo wonder is so sophisticated, it is fit for dinner parties and weddings. Each modest glass contains sumptuous bits that deliver the perfect texture balance with the creamy, soft and crunchy individual components.

Ingredients:

Milo milk anglaise

  • Milk
  • Pouring cream
  • Full cream milk powder
  • Milo powder
  • Egg yolks
  • Vanilla extract

Milo crunchy

  • Milo cereal
  • Plain chocolate cookies
  • Milo powder
  • Cocoa butter
  • Milky way bars (not the ones with caramel in side)

Milo brownie

  • Milk chocolate
  • Butter
  • Milo powder
  • Caster sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract

Milo truffle

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Feastie.

4. Homemade Milo Marshmallows

Store-bought marshmallows are just too mainstream. And boring. It’s so cool to know that you can make marshmallows from the comfort of your own home. I would volunteer as tribute and stuff myself silly with these pillowy homemade marshmallows dusted with Milo powder while playing Chubby Bunny with my friends.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Liquid glucose (or light corn syrup)
  • Gelatine powder
  • Egg whites
  • Milo powder (or ovaltine)
  • Vegetable oil (or melted butter)
  • Milo powder
  • Cornflour

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Raspberri Cupcakes.

5. Milo Slice

This is probably the easiest Milo snack you’ll ever make. No exaggeration. It’s so simple there’s no way anyone can screw up making these healthy, delicious slabs. Definitely the first recipe I’m attempting from this list of 20.

Ingredients:

  • Self-raising flour
  • Plain flour
  • Milo powder
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Rolled oats
  • Shredded coconut
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Butter

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by The Organised Housewife.

6. Milo Brownies

Chocolate brownies bore me – they are almost the same everywhere. It pays more to bake your own Milo brownies because your taste buds will thank you for letting them experience a more complex set of flavours from the marriage of cocoa and Milo in your recipe.

If this isn’t enough to convince you, consider that you’ll get to eat these 30 minutes after you start. Yes, baking time is included.

Ingredients:

  • Milo powder
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Plain flour
  • Butter

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe as listed on Wikihow.

Substitute Ovaltine for Milo using this recipe by Nestle to make these sticky, chewy cuboids of goodness.

7. Milo Cake with Condensed Milk Icing & Milo Ganache

100% Instagram and get-fat-worthy. Coming from me who’s always scared of putting on weight, this cake has worked its charms well. Being the annoying younger sister, I had to paste this Milo recipe on my brother’s Facebook wall because he learned baking in school. Hopefully he’ll get the hint and bake this chichi cake for me.

Round up your pals for a jolly baking session – there’s always someone in the group who has that coveted flair for making baked goods!

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Caster sugar
  • Plain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Milo powder
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk

Condensed milk icing

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Raspberri Cupcakes.

This ovaltine cake with layers of floaty, toasted marshmallows looks equally tantalizing. Follow these steps by Sweetapolita to bake this cake that’s bound to make your loved ones drool.

8. Milo Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

These gigantic, moist and soft Milo muffins are ideal for picnics or an afternoon tea with your girl pals. The dudes can, of course, stuff these down their throats while killing off monsters or enemies in their virtual gaming world.

Tip: Bake these muffins a day in advance and you’ll have no issues staving off those agonising hunger pangs in the morning at work or school.

Ingredients:

  • Self-raising flour
  • Milo powder
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Milk or semisweet chocolate chips
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Happy Homebaker.

9. Milo Balls

This is the quickest Milo snack you’ll make, ever. Even if everyone wipes out the first batch of Milo balls you just made, without leaving at least one in the bowl for you to savour, don’t weep – just head back into the kitchen and make another batch. And this time, don’t pass the bowl.

Ingredients:

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Sistermixin.

10. Milo Cupcakes

This is your mug of Milo with condensed milk in another physical form, only bigger and better. I would be more than happy to snag a bite off this glorious cupcake. These Milo cupcakes are way more economical than your minimum-$3-a-pop cupcake from the likes of Twelve Cupcakes or Plain Vanilla Bakery.

Tip: Leave the cupcakes in the oven slightly longer than instructed as per the recipe to achieve a crustier top.

Ingredients:

  • Plain flour
  • Caster sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Milo powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs

Condensed milk frosting

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Nestle.

11. Milo Mocha

I rather have a cuppa that I can concoct in my own kitchen than a $7 Starbucks drink that I have to queue 15 mins for.

Ingredients:

  • Milo powder
  • Coffee
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Milk/cream (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Click here f or the full set of steps and recipe as listed on Wikihow.

12. Milo Porridge

I’ve tried this before the even lazier way with instant oats for a super quick meal at home. This may look like baby food but it’s not that disgusting taste-wise.

It’s full of nutrients and tasted considerably decent with subtle hints of Milo. Some toasted nuts or fresh berries would definitely enhance the taste of this hearty bowl of Milo oats porridge.

Ingredients:

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Nestle.

13. Easy Fried Milo French Toast

This little food hack may just make your French toasts taste a whole lot better than if they were just plain old French toasts. Although soaking the pieces of bread in Milo sounds pretty quirky, those who love Milo should give this recipe a go for that unique sweet malty flavour.

Ingredients:

  • Evaporated milk
  • Milo powder
  • Egg
  • Vanilla essence
  • White bread (or whole meal bread)
  • Butter
  • Fine granulated sugar (optional)

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Peachpurple.

14. DIY Milo Bar

From the picture above, which one do you think is the one you can DIY at home – the nondescript-looking one on the left or the one fully filled Milo powder on the right?

Solely based on how they look, I’d prefer to eat the one on the right just because it looks more real and less laden with chemicals. Psst, you’re right if you guessed that’s the DIY version!

Ingredients:

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Digitalvoodoo.

15. Australian Milo Cheesecake with a Chocolate Crackle Crust

Source: Raspberri Cupcakes

Cheers to a no-bake cheesecake! This delightful cheesecake bursting with Milo flavours also boasts a heavenly combination of textures that will be an absolute hit with your loved ones.

For those who love their cheesecakes but aren’t fans of anything too gelat, take heart that this recipe ensures that the cheese is kept light thanks to the gelatine in the whipped cream.

Ingredients:

Chocolate crackle base

Cheesecake filling

  • Heavy cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Caster sugar
  • Milk
  • Milo powder
  • Gelatine powder

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Raspberri Cupcakes.

16. Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Milo Cream Filling

Look at that luscious velvety Milo cream sandwiched between the chocolate pies! It is amazing how the perfectly whipped Milo cream holds up to the dense, moist chocolate cake without showing any sign of collapsing.

Tip: Keep them away from kids before meal time in case they gorge on these chocolate burgers instead of their greens.

Ingredients:

Chocolate whoopie pies

  • Plain flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla
  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg

Milo cream filling

  • Thickened cream
  • Milo powder
  • Icing sugar
  • Gelatine
  • Cold water

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Scrumptious Magazine.

17. Milo Bubble Bars

This recipe requires minimal effort from your end while promising you a ball of a time furiously munching these sticky, sweet puffs. I can only imagine how fragrant these are and how good an alternative it is to regular sweetened popcorn.

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
  • White sugar
  • Milo powder
  • Crispy rice cereal

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Nestle.

18. Milo Nougat Bars

The only nougats that I’m familiar with are those sealed in wrappers from Golden Boronia. I never knew you could make your own nougats at home without any complex machines and tools.

Truth be told, nobody says these fancy Milo nougat bars are easy to make they are highly technical so do not be disheartened even if your first attempt doesn’t turn out as well as you’d expect. Just keep trying!

Ingredients:

  • Caster sugar
  • Water
  • Glucose syrup
  • Honey
  • Egg whites
  • Dark chocolate
  • Milo powder
  • Roasted hazelnuts
  • Dark chocolate

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Woman’s Day.

19. Milo Ice Blocks

Who hasn’t done this during their growing up years haven’t really had a childhood. It’s literally a #CheapThrill that is easily accessible within the home premises and costs next to nothing, Additionally, no parents would chide their children for having mindless fun making popsicles.

Ingredients:

Click here f or the full set of steps and recipe by The Whoot.

20. Milo biscuits

Just like humans, biscuits come in all shapes and sizes. And flavours. Try baking these toasty Milo biscuits for a change from the usual double chocolate chipped ones. Switch up the recipe by using less butter and perhaps a little coconut oil for a more complex palate.

Ingredients:

Click here for the full set of steps and recipe by Claire K Creations.

BONUS: Make Your Own Milo

Source: michtsang

Undeniably unimaginable but it can be done. Quite easily, in fact.

Rice Malt Syrup, salted butter, vanilla bean powder and raw cacao powder is all you need to MAKE your own version Milo. Follow these instructions and you’ll get your homemade milo in no time. The credit for this recipe goes to Alexx Stuart.

Time To Get High On Milo

Before you run off to the supermarkets to grab the ingredients required to make these divine Milo treats, here’s a #FunFact for you – Milo was actually founded in Australia in 1934 even though it is immensely popular in Asia and some of us may have even thought it was created in some Asian country.

We hope this exhaustive list of Milo recipes has been helpful for all you Milo fanatics out there. Have fun experimenting and tweaking your recipes to incorporate Milo because you’ll never know how it will turn out unless you give it a shot!


The best cake shops in Singapore

Birthday cakes. Wedding cakes. Cheesecake. Chocolate cake. Cake for one, just one. We sift through the best bakeries to present you with the best cake shops on the island. Don't worry &ndash the perfect cake is not a lie. But if you want to lie to yourself about the calories you're consuming, go right ahead.

Nesuto Patisserie

The cake selection at this Japanese pastry joint is fairly limited, but their quality and delicacy more than makes up for it. Popular cakes include Yuzu Raspberry ($65) &ndash light vanilla sponge sandwiched between layers of yuzu mousse topped with curls of Valrhona white chocolate, as well as Japanese Matcha Azuki ($65) &ndash a matcha souffle sponge filled with Azuki beans, dark rum and matcha mascarpone. Other cakes are as disarmingly simple, allowing Japanese inspired flavours like black sesame and hojicha and classic like chocolate and cheesecake to shine on their own.

Bob the Baker Boy

Bob the Baker Boy started off as the founder's Fong Mayee's quest to bake a delicious, yet low sugar cake for her diabetic father. Today, Bob the Baker Boy has over 400 creations in its impressive repertoire, ranging from the signature Belgium chocolate cake ($55) baked without any sugar to elaborate custom creations perfect for any celebratory occassion. Choose between eight different base flavours (from $50) including bittersweet chocolate, indulgent salted caramel with crunchy Valrhona chocolate bits, best-selling Black Velvet, and the refreshing honey yuzu studded with bits of nata de coco. For a cake befitting the occasion, let Mayee bring your sweet dreams to life with a bespoke creation. There&rsquos the kid-friendly fondant unicorn (from $258), or a jungle-themed cake with wild animal toys (from $148).

Ciel Pâtisserie

This humble bakery is hidden in a quiet neighbourhood of Hougang, and its cakes are just as unassuming. The simple strawberry shortcake (from $34) comes with soft, moist layers of sponge cake sandwiched between lightly whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Also popular is the Scarlet, a cream cheese mousse cake scented with lemon with a tart red fruit gelee hidden in the middle.

Rich and Good Cake Shop

The menu is limited but so what? Old-timey favourites like soft swiss rolls, walnut cakes and Pandan chiffon cakes are the star attraction here but if you only leave with one thing from the store, it has got to be the Kaya swiss roll. True to their name, these cakes are rich and good &ndash filled with delicious homemade kaya and priced at an affordable $8 a roll.

Pantler

Pantler knows what cheesecake fiends want, and how to do it just right. Which is why the classic cheesecake ($6.80/slice, $48/600g) is its bestseller. The cake&rsquos golden brown top yields to fork, and crumbles like no cheesecake does &ndash but in the best way possible, because you&rsquore delivered a well-balanced, textural contrast of fluffy creaminess against a crunchy biscuit base, punctuated with a tinge of zesty sweetness that never gets cloying. Helmed by Matthias Phua and chef Tomoharu Morita, Pantler also specialises in bread and pastries. For a sturdier, denser cake, the Opera (from $30/400g) is a sticky treat that may sit better with the &lsquoDeath by Chocolate&rsquo fan club. Cake orders should be placed three days in advance, with complimentary delivery in the CBD for orders over $100, or $25 for all other orders and locations.


35 Adorable Cake Pops for Every Occasion

Talk about the perfect party treat &mdash these cake pops are portable, precious and always-delicious. Grab your trusty cake pop maker ($19, amazon.com) and get to work, no matter the occasion.

This cute treat is a holiday craft and peanut butter dessert wrapped in one (with a big red bow, of course).

What you'll need: food processor ($24, [link href="https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-70740-8-Cup-Processor/dp/B00755KNCS/ref=sr_1_1_sspa" target="_blank" 0="data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"" link_updater_label="external"]amazon.com)

Breakfast or dessert, this bite-size treat takes only 15 minutes to bake and decorate with sugary-sweet icing.

Did anyone else try the epic peanut butter and Oreo combo after watching The Parent Trap? These pops have the combination down to a science.


Preparation

  1. Make cake and cones:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Butter pans. Line bottoms with parchment, then butter and lightly flour pans.
    2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
    3. Beat butter with sugar using an electric mixer (paddle attachment for a stand mixer) at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 10 with a handheld. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla, and beat until thoroughly incorporated, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 4 batches alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth.
    4. Stand cones, open ends up, in a 12-cup muffin pan and fill cones two-thirds full with batter. Divide remaining batter between cake pans.
    5. Bake cones in upper third of oven and cakes in lower third until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 15 to 22 minutes for cones, 25 to 35 minutes for cakes. Cool cakes 5 minutes in pans on a large rack and transfer cones to another rack to cool completely. Invert cakes onto rack and cool completely.
    1. Bring milk just to a boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk together yolks, sugar, and salt in a bowl until combined well, then add milk in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Transfer to saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until custard thickens and registers 175°F on an instant-read thermometer, 5 to 10 minutes (do not let boil). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 1 hour.
    2. Melt chocolate, then cool to warm.
    3. Beat butter with cleaned beaters (whisk attachment if using stand mixer) at high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes in a stand mixer or 4 with a handheld. Reduce speed to medium and gradually pour in cold custard. Add vanilla and increase speed to high, then beat until buttercream is smooth, about 2 minutes in a stand mixer or 4 with a handheld.
    4. Transfer 1 1/4 cups buttercream to a bowl and stir in warm melted chocolate to make chocolate buttercream. Transfer about 2 cups vanilla buttercream to another bowl and fold in crushed wafers to make cookies-and-cream filling.
    1. Halve cakes horizontally with a large serrated knife. Put 1 cake layer, cut side up, on a cake stand or plate and, using offset spatula, spread top with 1 cup cookies-and-cream buttercream. Top with another cake layer, cut side down, and spread with 1 cup cookies-and-cream buttercream. Top with another cake layer, cut side up, and spread with remaining cookies-and-cream buttercream. Top with remaining cake layer, cut side down. Spread side and top of cake with about 2 1/2 cups vanilla buttercream (total).
    2. Spoon chocolate buttercream and remaining vanilla buttercream into separate pastry bags.
    3. Halve each cone lengthwise with serrated knife. Attach cones (flat sides) to side of cake with tops of cones touching. (You will have an extra cone in case one gets damaged.)
    4. Holding pastry bag filled with vanilla buttercream vertically over cake, pipe about 2 tablespoons buttercream on top of every other cone (touching top of cake) to resemble soft-serve ice cream. Pipe chocolate buttercream on top of remaining cones in same manner.

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    Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make in Your Hotel Room

    Yes, the “free” breakfast might be alluring in theory, but we all know that the greasy, processed food served up in most chain hotels are not something you should start your day with. Here's how to cook up a better meal, all in your hotel room.

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m not advocating that you shouldn’t treat yourself while on vacation or business trips – there is nothing more amazing than breaking free from the daily hum-drum of your kitchen and noshing on dishes you normally wouldn’t at home.

    While on vacation, in particular, it can be so easy and comfortable to drop some extra cash on meals right on your accommodations’ property, and there are many hotels where I would say you should do so.

    Struggling to cook healthy? We'll help you prep.

    But don’t be upset with me when I tell you that you should probably skip that free hotel breakfast – especially if you find yourself at a chain hotel, motel or inn.

    You might be asking: what kind of well-traveled vacationer would opt out of free things? It’s the self-respecting tourist who understands that you should start your long day of activities with a wholesome, satisfying yet light meal, and you’re not going to get that at the hotel buffet.

    Some hotel groups are putting emphasis on trying their best to offer eyebrow-raising, alluring upscale options like cinnamon-glazed French toast or a Santa Fe ham-egg-and-spinach bagel (yes, that’s available at Hyatt hotels).

    But more often than not, the promise of a free hotel breakfast is the reality of pre-prepared “just add water” items that really can do a number on you before you’ve even stepped out your door.

    Cooking while on vacation might not be the first thing on your to-do list, but I’m here to convince you that you can put together a satisfying and healthy breakfast without even leaving your room. And it’s going to be so much better than anything you𠆝 ever pick up in the hotel lobby.


    How to Make a Cake Moist

    There are many steps in the cake-baking process where things can go awry. Follow these three simple guidelines for a moist cake.

    1. Use Ingredients Called For and Measure Carefully

    What makes a cake moist? Precision, for one. Baking requires using exactly the ingredients called for. For example, some cakes use milk, buttermilk (or an acceptable substitute), or sour cream for liquid. These ingredients are not interchangeable. The same goes for oil, butter, or shortening use exactly what’s called for. When butter is listed be sure to use real butter and not a substitute substitutes contain water, which will not give the same tender crumb as the fat from the butter.

    What about baking soda and baking powder? Nope, they aren’t interchangeable either. Following the ingredient list to the letter is the key to making a moist cake. Measuring your ingredients properly can also help you achieve a moist cake. For example, too much flour can cause a dry cake.

    2. Follow Exact Mixing Steps

    Another secret to a moist cake is to follow the exact steps in the recipe (we know, it sounds like a no-brainer). That means following all beating times given and using the utensil called for. Some cakes are beaten with a KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. Stand Mixer ($280, Bed Bath & Beyond) or a handheld mixer ($30, Bed Bath & Beyond) while some are simply stirred together with a wooden spoon. For a moist cake, follow the recipe to the letter!

    3. Avoid Overbaking

    Baking a cake for too long or at too high a temperature can also cause a dry cake. Follow these baking steps to avoid a dry cake.

    • Preheat your oven at least 10 minutes, and use an oven thermometer ($7, Target) to make sure that the oven reaches the proper temperature.
    • If you&aposre using dark cake pans, reduce the oven temperature called for in your recipe by 25ଏ.
    • Start checking cake doneness after the recipe&aposs stated minimum baking time.

    Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Kataza House

    Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

    Singita Kwitonda nails sustainable luxury / ©Michael Turek

    Close-knit and just a little bit more intimate than its safari neighbors, Singita Kwitonda nails sustainable luxury. In true Singita style, the lodge was born out of the defining pillars of the brand: luxe design intertwined with the landscape, its culture and its people — an ethos admired so much that Paul Kagame, the president, personally invited the company to invest here. Overlooking lush meadows and the Sabyinyo, Gahinga andMuhabura volcanoes of Volcanoes National Park, the entire complex was designed using local materials with buildings hewn from volcanic rock, river stone, handmade ceramic tiles and oven-red clay bricks crafted by the surrounding communities.

    The eight family-friendly dwellings are bold in design, blitzed in molten lava colors and a mix of textures curated to spotlight these handcrafted, artisanal details, but for families looking for a truly unforgettable experience, check in to Singita’s fabulous Kataza House. The exclusive villa is set right on the edge of the National Park and is within easy reach of its elusive silverback gorillas. It has two spacious suites: a junior master suite and a lavish master suite, along with a two-bedroom staff residence, plus a wine cellar, fitness center, cinema, massage treatment room, interactive kitchen, two heated plunge pools and a roaring fire pit. Bathrooms are framed by floor-to-ceiling timber windows that welcome the breathtaking scenery, and there are also dozens of extra touches to praise, from scented candles and aromatherapy oil burners to woody incense sticks and organic bath products.

    Kids are well looked after with tailored activities designed to suit their interests, including cooking classes, crash courses in Rwanda’s arts and crafts scene, tours of the Akarabo Nursery (Singita’s on-site nursery is home to hundreds of thousands of newly planted trees), birding, cycling expeditions and, if the kids are 12 or over, golden monkey treks in the wilderness. Food and drink offerings are truly flexible, so order what you want, whenever you want it. Less is more sums up the plant-based farm-to-table Rwandan small plates and bowls that make up the menus, and there’s a deli fridge in the lodge bar perfect for snacking at your leisure. Dinners must be paired with Singita’s legendary wine list.

    Expect luxe design intertwined with the landscape, its culture and its people / ©Michael Turek

    Gorilla trekking, naturally. It’s reserved for teens 15 and up (younger children are well looked after in the nursery) so keep this in mind before you book a stay here. For those who have never done it, seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat for the first time is an introspective, deeply personal experience, and one that will create long-lasting memories for years to come. Pack your camera and extra tissues because it’s emotional, in a good way.

    Singita Kataza House from $6,877 per night. Contact Lydia Nzayo, general manager, [email protected], +27 216 833 424, singita.com


    Scooby BBQ Sliders for Dogs

    In a previous post about Pet Friendly Travel , I wrote about traveling with your dog, and how wonderful the Loews Vanderbilt in Nashville was for this reason. Well, they are now offering up a “Dog Days of Summer” package through August 31, 2010…

    “No matter if your dog is a city slicker or beach lover, Loews Hotels puts the WOW in Bow Wow this summer with the Dog Days of Summer package. Included is a deluxe room, a special barbeque meal created by our Master Chef Marc Ehrler just for your hot dog – amazing “Scooby BBQ Sliders” that are veterinarian approved! We’ve partnered with Wendy Diamond pet expert and author of “It’s a Dog’s World” to provide tips on proper dog walking, also included is a “Fling Thing” Frisbee from West Paw Design perfect for catch in the park on a beautiful summer day.”

    This cool package includes:

    • Deluxe room
    • “Scooby BBQ Sliders” meal for pets
    • Fling Thing Frisbee from West Paw
    • Dog Walking Tips from Pet Expert Wendy Diamond

    Even if you can’t make it out to Nashville this summer to partake – we have got the recipe for the Scooby BBQ Summer Sliders for your dogs here. Treat your dogs at your next BBQ.

    Scooby BBQ Summer Sliders

    Ingredients:

    4 oz Raw Ground Beef
    2 oz Rendered Bacon, soft, chopped
    3 slices Large Button Mushrooms
    3 each “Pupperoni”
    3 ea Mini Dog Biscuits
    1 TB Parsley
    1 tsp BBQ Sauce (NOT HOT)

    Mix ground beef, chopped rendered bacon, chopped parsley. Shape into 3″ patties. BBQ for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

    Place 3 patties on a rectangular plate. Garnish with pupperoni, mushroom. Top with mini dog biscuit. Drizzle the BBQ sauce on the plate.


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