About a year ago I was in Chicago at The W Hotel on Lakeshore Drive. I personally love W properties. Working in meetings and events, I see a lot of hotels...a lot. W hotels are consistently well designed, have great service, and while not the cheapest, are an affordable luxury experience. Plus they allow pets, so think of all the $$ you save on dog walkers while you're gone!
But I digress. It was particularly sweltering during my trip and a friend and I had been up and down the city all day long looking for interesting local shops (for which I highly recommend hopping on the L and venturing to the Armitage shopping area in Lincoln Park). We were hot, sweaty, exhausted and not feeling very chic when we made it back to the hotel. Trying to rally ourselves for dinner, we flopped down in the on the patio area to enjoy the rocking chairs and great view of the lake.
And, inside the lobby was a little drink station with self serve lemonade that we still rave about to this day. Not so much the lemonade, but the ice cubes. Inside each highball glass was a large round ice cube that had strawberry puree, strawberry slices and chopped up mint frozen inside. Besides looking cool, as we sipped our lemonade the ice gradually melted, infusing our lemonade with the strawberry-minty goodness. Not many people get this excited about ice, but there you go...I was hooked.
I so badly wanted to recreate this at home. I looked all over and found every shape of ice cube tray imaginable, but no big round spheres. We tried to recreate with regular old cubes for a baby shower event, but we just couldn't hit the mark.
Until today when browsing through the MoMA website (I should have known to start there in the first place), there they were. My long lost ice trays...found at last! And apparently I'm not the only one in love with these, because they're on back order, drats!
P.S. Let the countdown begin for the W Washington, opening July 8. See you on the Sky Terrace (aka. rooftop bar) for the best view in the city.
I was too exhausted to think about taking photos. Luckily someone else did, so these are from here, here and here