Sunday, December 4, 2011
Westin St. Francis Hotel...holiday sugar Castle dazzles tourists!
If you're out-and-about in Union Square in downtown San Francisco over the holiday season, you may want to stroll into the lobby of the swank Westin St. Francis Hotel to catch a gander at the delightful holiday sugar Castle on display (pictured above).
The twelve-foot high creation - which resembles a French Chalet - was conjured up by Pastry Chef Jean Francois Houdre.
The celebrated baker hatched up the idea after a brief vacation overseas in Bordeaux in 2005.
The fanciful attraction boasts twenty towers, thirty rooms, and an eye-catching train that runs a track at the base of the Castle walls.
The novel treat (edible, I'm sure!) required 70 lbs of gingerbread, 130 lbs of powdered sugar, and a smattering of assorted candy to whip up, for starters!
For those of you interested in satisfying a sweet tooth, just down the hall in the Main foyer, Caruso's is offering up delectable desserts at $4.95 a pop!
A glass of chilled wine to wash it down with is a bit pricier, but what the heck, it's Christmas.
Spoil yourself, eh?