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7 Hotel and Theme Park Recipes You Can Make at Home

Courtesy of The Brown Hotel
By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
April 24, 2020
With travel plans temporarily on hold, many people are using their time in quarantine to learn to cook or try new recipes. These AAA Diamond hotels and AAA GEM (Great Experience for Members) attractions are offering recipes of some of their signature dishes that you can make at home as you dream of your next vacation.
The Brown Hotel
Courtesy of The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., is a AAA Four Diamond hotel known for its elegant Georgian Revival architecture and Southern charm. It’s also known as the home of the iconic Louisville Hot Brown, created by the hotel chef in the 1920s when the hotel hosted nightly dinner dances. The open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich topped with Mornay sauce was a hit with hungry guests after a long night of dancing and grew into a culinary tradition that continues today. With simple, easy-to-find ingredients, the hotel’s recipe for The World Famous Hot Brown is the perfect way to experience a virtual visit to this historic property.
Cook up a bit of Chicago history with a recipe from Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel. Originally known as “The Palmer,” this downtown landmark, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, is actually the third Palmer House hotel at the corner of State and Monroe streets, completed in 1925. Potter Palmer built the first hotel for his bride, Bertha, in 1871, but it fell victim to the Great Chicago Fire just days later. A luxurious, seven-story replacement opened in 1875, and it was here that the hotel’s most famous confection, the brownie, was created when Bertha Palmer requested a dessert that could easily be transported in box lunches for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. They’re still one of the hotel pastry shop’s most popular treats, but you can make them at home with this original recipe for The Palmer House Brownie.
One of the best things about vacationing at a luxury resort is indulging in a fabulous room-service breakfast in bed. This is especially true at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, a AAA Four Diamond resort where you can sip your coffee with a spectacular view of the Santa Rosa Mountains that earned it a AAA Inspector’s Best of Scenic Views badge. The resort also boasts a AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping badge, something to keep in mind for future travel. In the meantime, put on your comfiest robe and dig into this recipe for Apple French Toast from the resort’s State Fare Bar & Kitchen.
Built in 1904 by John Jacob Astor IV, The St. Regis New York is a New York City Landmark overlooking Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The luxurious AAA Five Diamond hotel is steeped in New York history, including its renowned King Cole Bar, where bartender Fernand Petiot invented the Bloody Mary in 1934. In keeping with the refined tastes of its guests, the hotel later renamed the tomato juice-and-vodka cocktail the Red Snapper. Sip on the original recipe for the Red Snapper while daydreaming of a future visit to the St. Regis—which boasts both AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping and Inspector’s Best of Personal Favorite badges.
If you’re dreaming of a Disney vacation, you can have some theme park fun with your family now by making Disney recipes at home. The Disney Parks Blog is sharing recipes that are fun for the whole family to make together, such as Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana French Toast from Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel, a AAA Three Diamond hotel at Disney California Adventure® Park, a AAA GEM attraction.
Experience a taste of Universal Orlando Resort, a AAA GEM attraction, in your own home with recipes from the Eat and Drink section of the Discover Universal Blog. Kids will love the Green Eggs & Ham Tots from the Green Eggs and Ham Cafe at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, also a AAA GEM attraction. Or take part in the quarantine-inspired bread-baking trend with the recipe for Irish Soda Bread from Finnegan’s Bar & Grill.
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