Celebrating Our Favorite Valentine's Day Pair: Chocolate & Bubbles

Feb 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Despite whatever your initial reaction is, Valentine’s Day is an occasion you shouldn't over-think. Private island jet-aways, 15-course meals, elaborate excursions that take months of planning — these luxury gifts are great any time of the year. But if you're too busy for a long weekend of traveling or you don't like the pre-set Valentine's Day menu at your favorite romantic restaurant, there's a symbolic, classic gift that lets your sweetheart know you care — and keep them sweet on you until you can plan a private holiday. In case you didn't already guess, it's mostly chocolate.

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From Vegas to New York: Our 10 Favorite Holiday Hot Chocolate Experiences

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Creamy, sweet, savory and sometimes even spicy, hot chocolate is an indulgent staple of the winter holiday season. We rounded up the most memorable hot chocolate experiences and photo-worthy displays, because in the era of Instagram, you enjoy first with the eyes and then with the other senses.

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10 Classic Kiddie Treats Go Gourmet For the Summer

Aug 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

With cupcakes being basically an entire genre of reality TV these days and cronuts being scalped for five times their retail price, it’s no wonder every food entrepreneur is out to kick-start the next big snack craze. This summer’s assortment of frozen fruit cocktails, popcorn mousse and, most recently, “gourmet” crisped-rice treats is proof: Kiddie treats have grown up and gotten sophisticated. So indulge without shame.... Read More

Sweet Recipe for Baked Pears With Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil

Aug 14, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Sent to us from Cat Cora's Kitchen by Gaea, this recipe for baked pears continues our experimentation with desserts and olive oil. While they may not seem to go together, Iron Chef Cat Cora thinks differently and pairs them with chocolate ice cream — which goes with anything, in our opinion. Not only is this a light alternative to that after-dinner craving, it's a great way to impress your friends and family!... Read More

Wet Chocolate Cake With Olive Oil From Iron Chef Cat Cora

Aug 7, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Experimentation in the kitchen is booming, with unique new recipes being created every day. Whether it's the cooking method that's unusual or the ingredients, there's always something new to discover, including this neat recipe that combines olive oil with cake. This Wet Chocolate Cake with Olive Oil, created by Cat Cora's Kitchen by Gaea, is a light alternative to assuage that sweet tooth and seems pretty easy to make too.... Read More

The Ultimate 12-Layer Coconut Cake From Famed Peninsula Grill

May 24, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

It's hard to beat a good coconut cake, especially if you live in the South, but the actual baking can be a pain on your own. It's not because the cake is necessarily hard to get right, it's just that it may take more time than you're used to. If you're in the South — let's say Charleston — and you're in need of a decadent coconut cake, you probably won't find anything better than what comes out of the Peninsula Grill.... Read More

Quick Recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Milk Custard with Granola

Feb 21, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While being able to whip up a five-course meal for a dinner date is impressive, all that really matters is the dessert, in my opinion. Getting take-out is even acceptable if you make something impressive to eat afterwards. This recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Milk Custard with Fruit and Nut Granola fits the bill perfectly because, after all, how can you go wrong with chocolate?... Read More

Chef Michael Aguilar Debuts French-Inspired Dessert Menu at WP24

Feb 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

We find any excuse to dine at downtown LA's WP24. A magical city view, sexy decor and Puck's scrumptious Asian fusion make this Ritz-Carlton restaurant one of LA's finest. Recently our excuse for a treat was the newly curated dessert menu, created by WP24's latest addition, Pastry Chef... Read More

Sorbet Recipes: Spiced Green Apple and Carrot Lemon Thyme

Feb 12, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

It may be chilly out there but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying cold desserts, especially if you have a fire to curl up in front of. When it comes to something icy, it's hard to beat a bowl of fresh sorbet. Not to be confused with ice cream, sorbets are made without using any dairy, making it a low-fat dessert alternative. Plus, skipping the dairy and whipping process that ice cream needs helps make sorbet super dense and flavorful.... Read More

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles Recipe From Spork Foods

Feb 7, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

A lot of people think of desserts as being incredibly unhealthy, but they don't have to be if you have a trustworthy baking source like the talented ladies behind Spork Foods. Based in Los Angeles, Spork is a gourmet vegan food company owned by sisters Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel. Their recipes - dessert and otherwise - focus on organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, each dish intending to win over even the most avid of carnivores.... Read More

Fairmont Pittsburgh's Classic Gingerbread Recipe

Dec 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Planning to make a gingerbread house as part of your holiday family fun? Or maybe just a platter of gingerbread cookies to snack on in the afternoons? Here's the essential recipe - and it's surprisingly easy to make. The decorations are up to your imagination...... Read More

Decadent Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bread Pudding Recipe

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The salty and sweet of pretzels and chocolate go so well together, so it's no surprise that Executive Chef Ben Erjavec from Baltimore's Sullivan's Steakhouse has concocted a delicious dessert that uses both, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bread Pudding. With the cold weather coming in, there's really nothing better than a nice warm dessert to end the night with and nothing really satisfies as well as melted chocolate. For your next night in try this excellent dessert that not only uses chocolate and pretzels, but also brings in some sweet cream cheese icing with pinnacle whipped vodka.... Read More

Get Rid of Those Holiday Leftovers by Baking Candied Yam Bread Pudding

Nov 6, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If there's one thing we tend to have a lot of during the holidays, it's leftovers. Whether they're from a trial-run meal or the big feast itself, our refrigerators are usually packed full to capacity with containers of comfort foods. If you're looking for a new recipe to try that will make use of some of those leftovers, check out this one for Candied Yam Bread Pudding.... Read More

Sweet Dessert Recipe for a Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Aug 29, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

This deep-dish dessert recipe for a Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie comes to us from Joe's American Bar & Grill. Made from scratch, served warm, and topped with vanilla ice cream with chocolate/caramel sauce and walnuts, this recipe is a decadent combination of a cookie, pancake, and ice cream sundae!... Read More

Abe & Louie's Butterscotch Bread Pudding Recipe

Aug 27, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  3 Comments

This tasty Butterscotch Bread Pudding dessert recipe comes to us from Boston steakhouse Abe & Louie's. Known for their upscale atmosphere, complete with Hollywood-style booths and bronze chandeliers, this restaurant looks to have great taste when it comes to dessert. Serve the warm bread pudding with a nice scoop of ice cream and enjoy with someone special!... Read More

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