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Top Travel-Inspired Recipes From Our Kitchen To Yours

Transport yourself with these Hilton Grand Vacations favorites

The Vacationeer
A frozen cocktail pictured on a Hilton Grand Vacations bar with the pool in the background.

Culinary tourism or traveling to enjoy destinations and cultures through your stomach, is on the rise. In 2019 the global food tourism market was valued at $1,116.7 billion and is expected to reach $1,796.5 billion by 2027. 

The takeaway? Food and travel are two proverbial peas in a pod. 

"Food is central to traveling and is a vivid entryway into another culture..."

If you're looking for easy recipes to break-in your Hilton Grand Vacations suite kitchen or to spice up an average day while you await your next adventure, we've got you covered.

Here are our favorite travel-inspired recipes. 

Hilton Grand Vacations Signature Craft Cocktail Recipes

Vanilla Latte-Tini, Hilton Grand Vacations on The Boulevard

Escape the everyday and add a little pep in your step with this signature iced coffee cocktail from our "desert deco" design-inspired resort Hilton Grand Vacations on The Boulevard. It's the ideal drink for an afternoon pick-me-up before walking over to The Strip to explore the glitz and glamour of Sin City. Print the recipe after watching the tutorial and pack it along on your next HGV getaway. 

Ocean Blue 22, Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations

Bartender posing with Hilton Grand Vacations signature summer craft cocktail at Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations.    

Channel the Lowcountry's southern charm with this signature summer cocktail by Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations. Whip up this refreshing libation in your suite kitchen for a private happy hour after a day on the beach, before you stroll Myrtle Beach's signature boardwalk, or add a little Ocean 22 hospitality to your next dinner party.      

Ocean Blue 22

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Blueberry Lemonade Rum
  • ¾ oz. Blue Curacao
  • Top with Lemonade
  • Splash of Citrus Soda
  • Orange wheel (garnish)

Directions:      

Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into a glass and garnish with an orange wheel before serving.

What To Make For Breakfast: Piña Colada Crêpes

Add a little sunshine to your day with this bright and fresh Florida-inspired crêpe recipe shared by the Club Regency of Marco Island team. This sweet treat embodies the spirit of this Florida Gulf Coast gem. 

Centrally located to the island's historical and archaeological sites, Owners and guests enjoy quintessential Florida fun like water sports activities or strolling the shoreline. 

Aerial view of Hilton Grand Vacations exchange resort Club Regency of Marco Island in Florida.    

 

 

"Everyone loves Florida's local coconuts and pineapple. Here's a sweet treat that can be recreated by Owners in Club Regency kitchens. "

— Jitka P., Resort Director, Club Regency of Marco Island         

 

 

Piña Colada Crêpes

Makes 12 crêpes

Ingredients: 

Filling:

  • 1 C fresh pineapple
  • 1 C toasted shredded coconut

Decoration:

  • whipped cream
  • ·vanilla ice-cream

Crêpe batter:

  • 1.5 C flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 1 tsp. salt

Crème anglaise:

  • ½ C of milk
  • ½ C whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 3 egg yolks

Directions:

To make the crêpes:

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Let it rest for 1 hour at room temperature. Melt 1 TBSP of butter in a non-stick pan across the pan, add 4 oz. crêpe batter using a ladle and spread evenly. Cook for 3 minutes until golden. Flip it and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 

To prepare the crème anglaise:

Combine milk, cream, seeds from the vanilla bean and bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk hot milk mixture into yolk mixture. Return custard to the saucepan, and stir over low heat until thickened, about 5 minutes—strain sauce into a bowl.

To assemble the crêpes:

Make a crêpe, add small chunks of pineapple on one half, pour crème anglaise sauce over it and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Flip the other half of the crêpe over and decorate the top with whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, and shredded coconut.

What To Make for Dinner: Spicy Ahi (Tuna) Poke 

Enjoy a taste of Pacific paradise with this quick dinner recipe from The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort team. Perfect for preparing in your suite kitchen after putting through 36 holes on the championship course. Or make wherever you are and imagine yourself along the stunning Kohala coastline. 

"I can personally attest to this "ono" (delicious) recipe that has been a big hit, especially during HGV Waikoloa's fundraising efforts for the annual HLTA (Hawaii Tourism and Lodging Association) Charity Walk event the past three years!"

— Cheryl A., Resort Manager, The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach

Spicy Ahi (Tuna) Poke Recipe

Recipe by Elton Akana, The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach, Chief Assistant Engineer

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna), cut into ½" to ¾" cubes
  • 2-3 slivers green onions, cut into 1/8" pieces (bigger if preferred)
  • ½ small Maui or white onion, chopped into 1/8" pieces 
  • 2-3 TBSP Inamona (baked and crushed Kukui Nut with salt)
  • 1 tsp. Hawaiian Salt (rock salt)
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP or to taste Sriracha (or any hot sauce will work)

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 C finely chopped Ogo (Seaweed)
  • 1 TBSP Tobiko (orange fish eggs, small size)
  • 1 Tsp. white sesame seeds, toasted

Directions:

In a medium to a large mixing bowl, add your fish, onions, Inamona, Hawaiian salt and mix ingredients together. Next, add in your mayonnaise, sriracha and any optional ingredients. Mix thoroughly, refrigerate for ½ hour (to infuse flavors), mix again and serve.

*If Ahi is not available, use any fresh fish available. Ono (wahoo), A'u (marlin) and Aku (skipjack) make delicious spicy poke. 

**If you can't find any fresh fish, substitute frozen ahi cubes. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight in a colander to drain out the liquid.

What To Make for Dessert: Magnolia's Famous Banana Pudding

Next time you stay with us at West 57th Street by Hilton Club in the heart of Manhattan, make the eleven-minute walk around the block to Magnolia Bakery in Rockefeller Center for a taste of this iconic New York City dessert. If city lights aren't in your future anytime soon, the West 57th Street team wanted to bring a bite of The Big Apple to you with the official recipe. 

New York City Skyline with the Statue of Liberty.    

Magnolia's Famous Banana Pudding Recipe 

As copied with permission from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ C ice-cold water
  • One 3.4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix (preferably Jell-O-O brand)
  • 3 C heavy cream
  • One 12-ounce box Nabisco Nilla Wafers (no substitutions)
  • 4 C sliced ripe bananas

Directions:

In a small bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined, about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well, about 2 minutes more. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight, before continuing. It's important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well blended, and no streaks of pudding remain.

To assemble the dessert:

Select a large, wide bowl (preferably glass) with a 4-5-quart capacity. Arrange one-third of the wafers to cover the bottom of the bowl, overlapping if necessary, then one-third of the bananas and one-third of the pudding. Repeat the layering twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the pudding's top layer.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours—or up to 8 hours, but no longer—before serving.

Read Vacations With Access To Fully Equipped Kitchens Are a Big Deal, Here's Why for everything you need to know about Hilton Grand Vacations' suite kitchens. 

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