New York

This Multi-Sensory Flavor Immersion Hotel Suite Has an Edible Wall

McCormick & Omni Berkshire Place are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind hotel experience giveaway.

Photo courtesy of McCormick
Photo courtesy of McCormick
Photo courtesy of McCormick

For the first time in 22 years, McCormick is bringing their annual flavor and food trend report to life through a hospitality pop-up in partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts in New York City. McCormick has launched the Flavor Suite, a vibrant multi-sensory hotel experience that infuses what the brand sees coming next in the culinary world into every corner of the room.

The renowned seasoning brand will transform the luxurious,1,000-square-foot Rodgers and Hammerstein Suite at Omni Berkshire Place in Midtown Manhattan into a creative destination with interactive interior design and whimsical amenities. The public has also been given a chance to win a two-night weekend stay at the hotel, from May 20-22, including one night in the Flavor Suite.

“We hope that guests will experience some of the exploration and flavor trends they would see traveling around the world,” said McCormick Chief Marketing Officer Jill Pratt. “Food, flavor and travel are very intertwined as people get very excited to try fresh, local, and new flavors when they visit international cities. Because we haven’t really been traveling much the past couple of years, it’s been a little more challenging. We’re hoping to bring that back to life here within this suite and help people discover or rediscover flavors from around the world.”

Photo courtesy of McCormick
Photo courtesy of McCormick
Photo courtesy of McCormick

The Flavor Suite will feature amenities that highlight the upcoming culinary trends such as an on-demand ice cream sundae service and a mini bar stocked with cocktails and mocktails to showcase McCormick’s theme of the power of time. The suite will also have a king-sized, ice cream themed bed with a scratch-and-sniff headboard, and an edible wall featuring global snacks to encourage guests to broaden their palates.

“The trends identified this year highlight the people, flavors, and ingredients both near and far that are so often overlooked,” said Pratt. “Through the Flavor Suite, we hope to create not just a fun-filled experience, but also whet an appetite for the world of flavors out there.”

In addition to the debut of their Flavor Suite, McCormick has also created new products for its Flavor Inspirations line, which features two limited-edition seasoning blends, Vanilla, Lime & Thyme and Miso Caramel. Those who are interested in checking out what new flavors McCormick is introducing can stop by Berk’s Bar in Omni Berkshire Place for a Blood Orange & Beet Margarita from now until the end of May.

Photo courtesy of McCormick
Photo courtesy of McCormick
Photo courtesy of McCormick

The free sweepstakes will be open until May 10 through McCormick’s Flavor Maker App, available on iOS and Android. For more details about the Flavor Suite and a deeper dive into this year’s culinary trends, check out McCormick’s website.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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