A Christmas Miracle: You Can Now Dine Inside This Edible, Life-Size Gingerbread House

12/09/2015 at 04:06 PM ET

Gingerbread Restaurant Ritz Carlton
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Looks like we can all give up on making gingerbread houses this year.

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona outside of Tucson has built an entire dining space enclosed in edible gingerbread walls in their lobby, putting all of our straight-out-of-the-little-box ones to shame.

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According to a press release, creating the space required 400 lbs. of honey, 856 lbs. of sugar, 350 lbs. of flour, 100 lbs. of ginger powder, 50 lbs. of cinnamon, 250 eggs and 10 lbs. of nutmeg. The interior consists of one table that can seat up to six diners and a fully functioning fireplace (not made out of gingerbread, we imagine).

Gingerbread Restaurant Ritz Carlton
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Want to make a reservation? You can rent the space for a private meal for a $150 fee and order from the hotel restaurant’s three- or four-course menu — though the scent of warm spices alone will probably make you want to skip the apps and entrées and go straight for dessert (or the walls).

Don’t worry, we’re sure the one you made is super cute too.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Did this need to be so snarky? What happened to, “Wow! Look at this cool thing!”? Does it have to be, “Look at this thing someone made better than YOU ever will!”?