Meet Riviera Nayarit, a place where there are no rigid rules to follow, no rush hour, no worries. You’re in Mexico and time slows down when you land in Puerto Vallarta and becomes even slower as you head 10 miles north into Mexico’s newest tourist destination—the region known as Riviera Nayarit. Watch Cynthia’s Video segment on Riviera Nayarit on PCIN.TV. See the full post to see the video gallery. (more…)
Reminiscent of a Japanese onsen (hot springs), Ten Thousand Waves is an Asian-inspired mountain spa perched on a hillside surrounded by pinon and juniper trees in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The luxury retreat’s 1981 beginnings were modest – a small bathhouse, eight outdoor hot tubs and one massage room. Its initial focus was to showcase the remedial benefits of hot water in typical Japanese custom amid nature’s beauty, an emphasis that remains of utmost importance a quarter of a century later.
The outdoor backdrop is serene – dotted with lanterns, hummingbird feeders, scattered cedar seating and an assortment of indoor (ofuro) and outdoor (rotenburo) baths: communal, women’s and indulgent private baths (kazukoburo).
The bathhouse variety is impressive.
Shoji is surrounded by shoji screens, the translucent panels often found in traditional Japanese homes.
The irresistible appeal of Moon tub is its view, across the valley to the East – a prime spot to observe the rising (and full) moon.
Waterfall is the only bath heated year-around to body temperature – ideal for pregnant women (other baths are maintained at 104-106 F). This large free-form tub incorporates oversized rocks and features a waterfall flowing into a cold plunge.
Though Tokyo seems around the corner, a directional arrow indicates its other-side-of-the-world distance (10,070 km), a reminder that despite the fact that Ten Thousand Waves is mere miles from the Native American turquoise-and-silver scene of downtown Santa Fe, it transports spa-goers to another continent.
Going to traditional baths is a way of life in Japan – hot springs are routinely visited for after-work relaxation, socialization with friends and family time.
In the same spirit, Ten Thousand Waves was conceived but has since evolved into much more – a full-service health spa with massage therapy, body treatments and skin care regimens that complement its hot water offerings.
The spa menu is delectable, featuring such treatments as Indo-Asian Hot Oil Massage that utilizes seasonally blended oil to create a warming effect in cool weather and the opposite in warmer temperatures.
Master Massage is performed in a pagoda by one of the spa’s elite practitioners (a masseuse with a decade or more of experience; a minimum of four years at the Waves).
Both options were tempting, but my selection was neither.
I chose a custom facial with the mysterious and adventurous Japanese Nightingale masque – it’s the application of processed nightingale bird droppings to the face (no, this is not a typo). Treated by ultra violet light, the exotic “residue” is completely free of bacteria
“Do you know the background of this facial?” asked my technician.
I learned it’s an age-old beauty secret that has been passed down from generation to generation and was used by Japanese geisha to lighten and smooth their skin to perfection (the remedy is mentioned in the book Memoirs of a Geisha).
It’s said that the brightening properties were discovered when a nightingale bird’s dropping fell upon a black silk kimono and bleached the garment without damaging its delicate fabric.
Indeed, the tradition was intriguing. But upon discovering that Ten Thousand Waves is the exclusive importer of the product, it became an irresistible opportunity for a spa aficionado like myself – even though I was venturing into unknown, and possibly odorous, territory.
The skin treatment was much like any other. After selecting my preference of background music (choices included soothing, classical and upbeat) and my favored scent (lavender, rosemary and peppermint), the relaxation began.
Essential oils were added to the powder (counteracting its deep, musky scent) and a masque, formulated to my skin type, was applied in circular motions.
Granted, the facial was much like any other, but the results were unexpected.
Final verdict: I emerged with a brighter, well-toned, smooth-to-the-touch complexion.
For information call 1-505-992-5025 or go to www.tenthousandwaves.com.
- Don’t rush the Ten Thousand Waves experience. Allow ample time to enjoy a bathhouse, specialty treatment and cup of hot tea.
- Take the spa home – a kimono, chopsticks or a specially formulated Wave bath and body product (choices: Hinoki, evergreen; Yuzu, citrus and Shobu, wild iris).
Door County. Where? If this question is your response, you are not in the minority. But to overlook Door County, called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, would be making a mistake.
Keep reading to learn why.
First, let me tell you just where Door County is located. This region is the Wisconsin peninsula that juts into the water between Green Bay (to the west) and Lake Michigan (to the east). (more…)
When the Live Fit Magazine & Films team travels we always look for the best restaurants to introduce to our readers and viewers. A lot of times we turn to the Yelp app on our smart devices for its helpful reviews.
In a strip mall in Artesia, California we found La Tavolata, an Italian pasta cafe; it’s well worth stopping by. The area doesn’t have a lot of Italian restaurants. Artesia is a city in Southeast Los Angeles. It’s between the cities of Cerritos and Norwalk. The town of about 17,000 has a landmark ice ring co-owned by the former Olympic ice skater, Michelle Kwan. And former First Lady, Pat Nixon’s childhood home was here…bordering the Cerritos area. Another landmark in the town is the 50,000- gallon Artesia Water Tower which looks like it holds a lot less and was featured in a couple of movies, according to writings on Wikipedia.
What a great find! It’s not very big and not very fancy but it was perfect for us. The food is delicious and authentic. After you place your order, they serve free fresh garlic bread topped with grated parmesan and sliced tomatoes. They brought us seconds upon request. You’ll likely want more as well.
The faint chime of cowbells amid a high altitude backdrop, an up-close-and-personal view of a snow topped “wedding cake” mountain and an impulsive dip in a natural springs pool only yards from the crashing sea; all are mere perks of traversing the globe by hiking its trails. Motives vary: from searching for adventure and seeking out nature to gaining fitness and losing pounds. But whatever the inspiration to indulge in this out-of-doors phenomenon, it’s clear that the passion gives the directive “Take a hike!” a meaning that is good for all soles. Here are six one-of-a-kind hiking haunts.
Austrian Alps (Northeastern Tyrol, Austria) Hiking in the heart of the Alps translates to 600 peaks topping the 10,000-ft. mark, more than 9,000 miles of marked trails and nearly 500 mountain farmhouses and taverns for rest and relaxation (intrepretation: pints of beer and platters of hearty grub). A favorite is Gruttenhutte, a famous hiking hut reached after an ominous trek up Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor).
Green Mountains (Central Vermont, U.S.) “New England quaint” best describes the landscape, known for colorful farmhouses, Victorian B&B’s and densely forested hills. Many hiking paths follow the renowned Long and Appalachian Trails; of the others, Mt. Tom is one of the most picturesque, where a walk through a covered bridge from the Norman Rockwell-like town of Woodstock leads to the trailhead. Prime time: foliage season (typically 1st week in October).
Haleakala National Park (Maui, Hawaii, U.S.) Though 27 miles of trails may seem modest, the varied landscape is staggering – from a sun-drenched path that drops into the volcanic Haleakala crater to the lush land of O’heo Gulch (informally called Seven Sacred Pools). This trek passes a series of pools (many more than seven) and through a highly concentrated bamboo forest before culminating at the dramatic 400-ft. Waimoku Falls.
Khao Yai National Park (Pakchong District, Thailand) Home to one of Asia’s largest untouched monsoon forests, the country’s oldest national park is populated with bears, tigers and one of earth’s few remaining wild elephant herds. Guided hikes are advised on some of the 13 tracks (many configured by animal activity) that zigzag the park. The best viewing spot for elephants: Elephant Crossing.
Kootenay Lake Forest District (British Columbia, Canada) The setting is pristine – an alpine lake flanked by the rugged Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. Negotiating fast flowing rivers and flower-laden meadows, most paths follow turn-of-the-20th-century miner trails. Highlight: after traversing grizzly bear country and scrambling over innumerable boulders, the reward of Whitewater Mountain trail is an unparalleled view of the glacier-topped peak.
New England National Park (New South Wales, Australia) An ecosystem wonderland, the World Heritage park includes an Antarctic beech rainforest. Situated on the edge of the Great Divide is Point Lookout platform (5,000 ft.), which treats hikers to a Pacific Ocean view on a clear day. Bushwalking throughout the trek network varies; 1.5-mi. Eagle’s Nest circuit along a steep cliffside is one of the most dramatic.
I’m always looking for good movies to watch with my kids, movies that not only will they enjoy, but a movie that doesn’t actually have me daydreaming about all the things I could be doing instead of watching it! So when we noticed Mirror, Mirror was available on On-Demand, it seemed like the perfect movie for us. My kids had wanted to see it when it was in theaters, and it was appealing to me, as well.
Mirror, Mirror is basically the story of Snow White with a twist. This seems to be the trend right now in Hollywood, turning well-loved fairytales into comedy dramas with well-known actors and an extension/diversion from the original story. Examples of this include Tangled, Enchanted, and EverAfter, all movies I thoroughly enjoyed.
What made Mirror Mirror so great begins with the casting. (more…)
It’s been called aging in place, universal design and now the more eloquent term: “Forever Homes”.
“I don’t like to call it aging in place because it’s depressing. Nobody likes to think about when they’re old. So I call it a ‘Forever Home.’ Really what that means is that you’re planning on staying in your home forever and eventually you’re going to get older and so to plan for the future is wise,” says Steven Mark, Senior Design Consultant with Marrokal Design & Remodeling.
Late Chef and culinary innovator, Patrick Clark, had a penchant for teaching and sharing his ideas with fellow chefs, employees and his culinary students. It is in this spirit of sharing that we give you our take on Patrick Clark’s recipe for Salmon Roulade with Leeks and Gazpacho Sauce. Live Fit Magazine writer, Chuck Douros, made this version of Chef Clark’s roulade recipe and served it to his family and friends on Thanksgiving.
What is it?
The visually stunning coin-shaped appetizer is served chilled with a clean, light gazpacho sauce. While recipes usually don’t have hard-and-fast rules, this one does. It is absolutely essential to use only fresh ingredients. Ignore this one rule and you’ll be disappointed. The light “breathiness” of the gazpacho sauce relies on fresh cucumbers and ripened tomatoes. To prepare the salmon, you’ll be pounding it, so a firm, fresh fillet is essential. Frozen fish will pulverize and fall apart under the mallet. (more…)
The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network connects businesses and tenants to help them learn cost-saving strategies to conserve energy and preserve the environment. Live Fit Magazine toured Marine Group Boat Works to see how one family-owned business is making a large environmental impact. As San Diego’s largest yacht repair facility, the company needed to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The creative solutions came from an SDG&E energy audit. Phoebe Chongchua has the story about how Marine Group BW is saving money, conserving energy and preserving the environment.
The Green Business Network is an integrated energy efficiency and sustainability effort spearheaded by the Port of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Members of the Network which include Port tenant restaurants, marinas, hotels and attractions all striving to reduce their environmental impact by taking advantage of free technical assistance, attending monthly training on green business tactics, and sharing best practices with fellow businesses.
Editor’s Note: This segment made possible by The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network and San Diego Gas & Electric.
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In a word, pumpkin and butternut squash lasagna is winter’s “comfort-food.” Ok, maybe that’s two words, but you get the idea.
Even in California, October has a way of letting you know the seasons are changing. Our trees may not show-off like their Eastern cousins and our rooftops may not sport an early-season snow, but we know it’s fall. Temperatures drop 50 degrees F, and our lawns turn to rust. Take a look at any local restaurant menu and you’ll see the seasonal changes. Gone are the light summer salads and fruity drink recipes. The best restaurants usher in seasonal favorites using fresh ingredients like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and snow peas. Pumpkin and butternut squash grows plentifully this time of year.
Here’s a great make-ahead recipe for a vegetarian lasagna that oozes warmth and comfort, and makes your kitchen just smell like winter. (more…)
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