September 30, 2011

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

When I was in New York for the Hellmann’s Chicken Challenge, we stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue, near Union Square.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

The Gansevoort was a beautiful hotel — ultra sleek and modern. I got a kick out of these suggestive pink ladies above my bed!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

And the suggestive book on the cafe table by the window. Oh la la. I loved the bright pink and green accents with the grey walls here.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

How cool was this sink? You could bathe a couple of cute little babies in here.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

Fun chandelier.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

I loved the striped walls here with the gallery-style artwork!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

This was the view from my room on the 18th floor. We were on the highest guest floor, with two penthouses above us.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

And guess who was staying at the penthouse that weekend? Kim & Kourtney Kardashian. There were paparazzi camped outside the hotel constantly! Other guests of the hotel included Sissy Biggers, one of the competitors in the Chicken Challenge, and David Bromstad, winner of Design Star and host of Color Splash on HGTV. We saw him at brunch on Tuesday morning at the table right next to us. I never saw the Kardashian sisters, but one of the other bloggers in our group saw them and got a photo!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

I really enjoyed the Union Square location of the hotel, it was a nice change from Times Square where we usually stay. The best part about the location was that it was walking distance to Max Brenner!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

On Sunday morning Shaina and I met up with Amber for brunch there.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

Max Brenner was such a fun restaurant. We ended up going twice in one day! This is probably one of the most fun dining experiences I’ve ever had.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

First they have a “chocolate bar” where you can come in and order chocolate treats to go. For brunch they had pearl sugar waffles with plenty of fun and extravagant toppings.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

Need a chocolate boost? How about a shot of chocolate!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

My brunch came with a sweet sugared biscuit with chocolate drizzle. So yum!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

And the dessert menu — insane! We tried the Profiteroles Fondue with a vanilla bean cream filling, banana chocolate fudge, and chocolate dipping sauces.

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

These eggrolls were stuffed with chocolate fudge and sea salt caramel — oh yah!

Max Brenner and The Gansevoort Hotel | Union Square, NYC

This chocolate pizza was my favorite, hands down! Melty chocolate, gooey marshmallows, and to-die-for peanut butter sauce all topped with perfectly crunchy hazelnut bits. Glorious!

If you’re ever in the area, definitely check out Max Brenner, as well as City Bakery (get the pretzel croissant and chocolate chip cookie for sure!) and Baked By Melissa for the most delicious mini cupcakes ever. They’re all within walking distance of fun and bustling Union Square.

Have a great weekend!



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30 Comments





1
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 30, 2011 at 2:37 am

chocolate pizza, chocolate stuffed eggrolls, a super fun meetup, and those pink curtains…Oh I love everything about this post :)

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Kathryn September 30, 2011 at 3:03 am

Oh wow, what a great post. It makes me want to get on a plane and hop over to New York right now!

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Jane Crawford September 30, 2011 at 5:27 am

Stop!!! You’re killing me! :)

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Angie September 30, 2011 at 6:09 am

First, I love the images from the hotel. Makes me want to paint my bedroom gray and put up some hot pink curtains (but the hubs would probably veto that idea)! I’m always so tempted to go the modern route in decorating, but have the fear that I can’t pull it off.

Second, I don’t think I’ve ever drooled so much reading one post! EVER. I might have to have chocolate for breakfast this morning. And waffles. And more chocolate ;)

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Francesca September 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

Max Brenner!!! Ahhh, I used to live in NYC and Max Brenner was my FAVORITE! Love the waffles with chocolate sauce and toffee bananas on the side. I moved from NYC 2 years ago and I always look forward to going back just to eat there again. Oooh, can’t forget the hot chocolate. My word, it’s to die for delish. I love the “hug mug” it comes in…you can wrap your hands around the warm mug and just enjoy. Absolutely an amazing restaurant…especially for a chocoholic like myself.

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Betty Halvorson September 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

Oh my,,, I don’t know how you do it …You live the best life,,,Id be afraid to eat ,would gain all I lost …Love your site ,keep up the travelling so we can all enjoy,,,Havent been to NY,yet,its on the bucket list .

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

I loooove when you do these updates!

Would it be rude to just knock your head back and shoot the chocolate syringe straight into your mouth at the table? *grin*

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Rosemary Hayes September 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

Love this post. I bet those people on that roof had no clue they were being shot. haha And, what?? No picture of David? He’s such a little cutie patootie.

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Brenda September 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I enjoy all of your posts. I’ve never been to NYC … but planning a trip soon. Max Brenner will definately be on the “list” … I don’t know if I should thank you or blame you! haha

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Melanie @ Mailbox Journey September 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

First time here & all I wanna say is…
Love the Blog
Love the Layout
Love the Graphics
Love the Photography.
I Love it All! :)

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sandy September 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

love all the great photography and info you give on his particular shot.
your dialog is very cute, and you take awesome pictures.

you are very lucky to go to these things.

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Staci September 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Everything looks so fun and delicious!

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Anne September 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

WOW! What a fantastic hotel! I would go to NYC just to stay in that hotel. Then, of course, since it’s so close, pay a little visit (or two wink!wink!) to Max Brenner. You sure are having the best travels this fall!

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Katie Evans September 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I just found your font site through pinterest and I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the fonts!! I’m so excited to use them. I really appreciate the time and effort it takes for you to provide them for us.

Also, I just love your blog. That hotel look amazing. And I love the pictures of NYC. I’m so glad to have found you and I look forward to seeing many more posts in the future!

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Adam and Kim October 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

My husband and I are jealous….Is this what you do for a living? What an amazing job if it is!

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Brook October 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Amanda–I really love your blonde highlights….are they new?? They just look soo pretty in this post!!

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Suzanne Shepherd October 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I was thinking the same thing, Brook. Amanda, your hair always looks so pretty, but the highlights are lovely.

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Giannini October 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

wow! Many things to remember!

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Elizabeth October 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

I LOVE Max Brenner!!! That was actually my fiance’s and my third date. Everything there is so good :) Glad you had a fun time in NY.

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Virginia Smith October 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

oh how I love Max Brenners. I took about 15 kids (twenty somethings, kids to me) there as a treat for having volunteered for Katrina relief work. We had every kind of chocolate you could have as well (as a great lemony salad with chicken) everyone had chocolate all over their faces along with a smile. We had the best time ever, been there several times when I get to New York. LOVE IT! I now have a nice collection of hug mugs for serving salted caramel hot chocolate in.
BTW It is possible to have a chocolate hangover from Max Brenners

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Kelli Valentine October 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Wow! I always enjoy reading your blogs and seeing all the yummy food and places you explore! But this one tops it for me. I LOVE chocolate and must put Max Brenners on my list of places to go. Your photos are amazing and a “mini break” for me as I sit at my desk daydreaming of chocolate, photography and traveling. Thank you for sharing!

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Judy Klimschot October 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

Hi! I’ve recently discovered all the wonderful blogs on the internet and especially love fonts! I don’t do a lot with them but personal stuff and I attempt to be crafty and love to cook. I made the Chipotle-Lime-Crusted Chicken. I went on the Hellman’s site and based on the comments associated with the recipe, I added crushed garlic, pounded the breasts to 1/2 inch and sprinkled with fresh cilantro. We tried dipping the chicken in Wholly Spicey Guacomole and fresh salsa, yum!!!

I am also an Auburn alum, graduation in 1978. As far as I know our homes is the only one in Omaha, NE proudly displaying an Auburn flag! If you haven’t been here before, according to most everyone here including the newspaper, there is only ONE college football team, The Huskers, and everything is red and black. I’ve lived here for 11 years, moved from Atlanta, originally from Tampa, FL. Loved seeing the pictures from the AU game. Haven’t been to once since living in Atlanta. One of these days…..

Thanks for all the great ideas! Keep them coming. Your pictures are beautiful too.
Judy Klimschot

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Brandi@hisshabbyherchic October 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

You always stay in the most fabulous looking hotels! Also, the pictures you take of food make me so hungry!

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Martha October 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

What a neat place and yummy food. I love to see all the photos of the places you travel.

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shelly (cookies and cups) October 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I LOVE Max Brenner…I totally bought those chocolate shots too!

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Aimee S. October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I was seriously licking my lips! lol! I can’t wait to get back to NYC to try these treats!

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Denise October 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Dessert Eggrolls? Oh my. I think I had a little moment with myself when you said Profiterole Fondue …. and yes, it was good for me! What a place! Sorry if TMI but they are some amazing looking desserts!

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Denise October 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

P.S. Kidding about the moment, but I do want to sample those desserts ASAP!

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Kristin Murdock October 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love New York, The Gansevoort {I hope you guys got a hoot out of the hip and happening bar upstairs!}, the Kardashians, and this post. So fun!

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mia April 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

Those foods are really yummy!! Please make a tutorial on how to take pictures of foods with that kind of effect. thanks!

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