The Watergate Hotel Celebrates Its History With 1970s-Themed 'Scandal Room'

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Ever since the Nixon administration helped orchestrate and cover up a break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate Complex, the neighboring Washington D.C. hotel has become synonymous with scandal. (And the suffix “-gate” has been used to signify all kinds of scandals, from “donut" to “ponytail”). Despite the unsavory connotations, the Watergate Hotel still has the same name decades later. Now, Travel + Leisure reports that it's embracing its scandalous history with a special themed room.

Room 214, the site where the criminal plot was planned, has been reimagined as the “Scandal Room” in honor of the event’s 45th anniversary. The interior reflects an early 1970s motif, down to the retro turntable and typewriter. Around the room, guests will find newspaper clippings reporting the story as it broke.

The room’s new name isn't just a reference to the theme: It’s a nod to its designer Lyn Paolo who also designs the costumes for the TV political drama Scandal. "I am beyond thrilled to work with Rakel Cohen [senior vice president of design and development and co-owner of the Watergate Hotel] to design our own interpretation of the Watergate scandal room," Paolo said in a press release. "I love interior design [and] politics, and, of course, I am inspired to help design a room with such a scandalous history.”

Guests interested in reliving one of the most infamous episodes in American politics can pay $800 a night to have the room to themselves when it opens in late fall. Visitors checked into other parts of the hotel will also find homages to its controversial history: The phone’s hold music is replaced with Nixon speeches, the robes are branded with the words “cover up,” and the room keys read “no need to break in.”

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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You Can Make the Royal Family's Traditional Christmas Pudding At Home

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You don't need an invitation to Sandringham House to feast like a royal this Christmas. As Town & Country reports, the royal family has published its traditional figgy pudding recipe, so anyone can whip up a holiday dish fit for the Queen at home.

The royal family's official Instagram account shared the recipe on November 29, which is also known as Stir-up Sunday. Traditionally, the Sunday before the start of the Advent season is when home cooks in Britain stir up the pudding mixture they plan to serve on Christmas.

"This year, chefs in the Royal kitchens have shared their recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding," the post reads. "We hope that some of you enjoy making it in your own homes."

The recipe calls for raisins, currants, sultanas, citrus peel, suet, breadcrumbs, flour, and spices. After mixing the dry ingredients together, add eggs and alcohol and transfer the mixture to a bowl to steam it. The pudding can be prepared ahead of time and reheated on Christmas Day. The full recipe, plus a video with step-by-step instructions, is included in the Instagram post below.

Figgy pudding, or plum pudding, doesn't necessarily contain plums or figs. The classic British dish can be made with practically any type of dried fruit. And unlike American pudding, it's more cake-like than custard-like.

This isn't the first time the royal kitchen has revealed its secrets to the public. Earlier this year, former royal chef Darren McGrady shared his recipe for the chocolate biscuit cake that's enjoyed by the Queen.

[h/t Town & Country]