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Make Flavored Spa Water Infusions: Water Cocktails!

5 Feb

Plain water is a thing of the past

At Evian’s Spa, their programs offer a different herbal water each day.  The idea is that different herbs have unique restorative properties and complement the spa treatments prescribed for each step of their guests’ health and beauty transformations.

We love this because let’s face it, plain water for many of us is so boring and we have trouble getting our 8 glasses a day.  That’s why we shared the Spa Water Infusion ideas below with our eHow audience.  Enjoy!  Once you try our versions, get creative and make your own water cocktails.

How to Make Spa Water Infusions for Young Glowing Skin and More Energy |


Les Sources de Caudalie Video Cooking Class via Gourmandia

29 Jan

Caudalie Chef Franck Salein gives video how tos for several spa favorites on Gourmandia.  Get ready to salivate over sumptuous and healthy dishes such as:

Bon Appetit!

Tajine Cooking a la Sultana Spa

21 Jan

A tajine is a pot used in moroccan cooking, it sort of looks like a teepee. A flat dish with a triangular lid on top. It’s a beautiful table centerpiece and serving dish in one. And best of all, it’s a super healthy way to cook. Simply pop ingredients onto plate of tajine, cook for around 1.5 hours over low heat & voila!

Use the Tajine recipe from below as a guideline, but feel free to change the meat, spices, veg to your faves!

We really like the Cherry Moroccan tajine by Le Creuset available at Sur La Table

Le Creuset Tajine

Chicken Tajine from Group Recipes

4 x chicken thighs
1 x leek
2 x red onions
1 x courgette
1 x yellow bell pepper
turmeric, cumin, coriander, Red paprika, Fenugreek, cayenne
spice powders
1 x can chopped tomatoes
vegetable oil

1. add approx 2tbs oil to base of Tagine or Casserole
2. Slice onions thinly and form a layer at bottom of pan
3, Remove skin from thighs and place on top of onion slices
4. Slice leek thinly and lay on top of onion slices
5. Open tomato can and pour contents over the veg and chicken
6. Slice Courgette and make another layer (also yellow pepper)
7. Sprinkle 1 x tsp of the Turmeric,Cumin,Coriander & Paprika over
the contents,add Half tsp Fenugreek and pinch of Cayenne
8. Turn on heat (low) and leave to cook for approx 75 mins stirring

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Taro Cake from Chiva Som

13 Jan

This Chiva Som dessert uses Taro root. What’s a Taro you may ask?  It’s a plant common to Thailand often the root is shredded and stir fried tempura style and served as a vegetable.  But it also makes a delicious cake as you’ll see below.  Did you know Taro Root is also a substitute for potatoes?  I wonder how potatoes would be in this recipe?  Hmmmm

500 ml (18 fl oz/2 ½ cups) coconut milk
350 g (12 oz) grated palm sugar
150 g (5 ½ oz) taro, peeled, cubed and streamed for 15-20 minutes
35 g (1 ½ oz) rice flour
10 egg whites
3 whole eggs

Taro Cake

Mix all ingredients by hand using a shredded banana or pandan leaf. Strain, and pour the mixture into a square baking dish, or into separate ramekin dishes. Place on a deep baking tray in 2.5 cm (1 inch) water. Place the bain-marie in the oven and bake at 145°C (300°F) for 20 minutes or until the cake is cooked. Leave to cool and cut cake as desired.

Nutrients Per Piece
428.32 cal
Protein 8.88 g
Carbohydrate 53.07 g
Fat 19.81 g

Baked Marinated Sea Bass With Turmeric Served With Spicy Green Mango Relish

13 Jan

Direct from Chiva Som – I know what I’m cooking for dinner tonight ; )

Marinated Seabass
200 g Seabass fillet
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey

Green Mango Relish
200 g green mangos, peeled and julienned
30 g carrot, peeled and julienned
30 g shallots, finely sliced
1 bird’s eye chilli, or red chili pepper finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lime juice
Coriander, for garnish

Marinated Seabass
Preheat the oven to 100C. Marinate seabass with turmeric, coconut milk, soy sauce and honey then bake for 10 minutes or until medium cooked. Set aside.

Green Mango Relish
To prepare dressing, whisk soy sauce, honey, lime juice and chilli in a bowl until well mixed. Add all remaining relish ingredients to the bowl with the dressing. Gently toss until evenly mixed.

To Serve
Arrange the baked seabass on the centre of plate, put the green mango relish on top of the fish, and sprinkle with coriander leaves.

Nutrition per serving
calories 341.1 kcal
Protein 52.1 g
Carbohydrate 25.0 g
Total Fat 3.2 g

The Dining Room & Patio – Ananda Style

7 Jan

One key element to bringing spa living to your abode, is to have a transition piece. It’s the thing that says goodbye world hello me. It could be a fountain on the patio, fragrant jasmine at the door or a supersoft rug in your foyer.

At Ananda, guests are welcomed by a herd of peacocks when they drive up to the gate! Talk about regalia! But not only are they signal you’ve arrived, but they foreshadow what awaits inside. Because the decor reflects their regal feathers.

Welcome to Ananda

For instance, the Viceregal Tea Lounge. Yes a WHOLE ROOM devoted to sipping tea! Has a lovely navy, royal blue, gold and cream palette reminiscent of peacock feathers.

Viceregal Tea Lounge

Bring a touch of Viceregal to Your Dining Room

Dining chair seats are a super quick way to change or add personality. This Kravet Woven Jacobean fabric would be stunning accented with short bullion fringe around the cushion (also by Kravet) for a truly regal feel.

Kravet Jacobean

Kravet Bullion Fringe

Walls take on a tea stained lustre with a yellowed ivory (like Hepplewhite Ivory from Benjamin Moore), accented with bright white molding. Use toe molding to create panels to frame your artwork. So elegant!

Hepplewhite Ivory from Benjamin Moore

Elephant in the Room: And don’t forget to put an elephant in the room somewhere – maybe a small sculpture, or in your placemats, on a bowl – they are thought to bring good luck! I like this Novica Buddha & The Ruby Elephant teapot available at World Market.

Posh Patio Ceiling

The Yoga Pavilion’s ceiling is another stunning design element. Almost like a real flying carpet, you can do your asanas looking at a sea of blue.

Yoga Pavilion

Paddington Blue Benjamin Moore

SpaHome Solution

I love the way this cozies up an outside space – perhaps your covered patio could use a color boost? I’m not saying glue a carpet to it (though that’s something I’d like to attempt!), but why not try painting it a rich blue? Paddington Blue by Benjamin Moore available at is a rich and calming choice.  *Note color swatches courtesy of

Next week’s feature spa launches Monday. I wonder what it will be? If you missed any episodes of Ananda click on the 2011 Weekly Spa Tour category tab to the right.

Live, love & lounge, Candy

Five Flirty Fall #Spatinis

22 Oct

First thanks everyone for all the love for our summer martinis!  But guess what?  We get thirsty in the fall too!  Sip these babies while passing out candy to the kiddos or at your next tailgate!

Or at this week’s #SpaWeekGossip Spa Halloween Masquerade Party!

1. Spiced Caramel Apple Martini from  JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Phoenix via

1/2 ounce Crown Royal
1/2 ounce Skyy vodka
1/2 ounce Concentrated apple juice
Pinch Ground cinnamon
Splash Apple Pucker schnapps
Splash Cranberry juice
1 slice Caramel-coated apples

Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sugared rim and the caramel-coated apple. Servings: 1 martini.

2. Pecan Pie Martini from Rachel Ray

½ cup dark corn syrup, plus more for garnishing rim
2 teaspoons brown sugar
¼ cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
Ice cubes
4 ounces (½ cup) vodka
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. On a small plate, stir together 1 teaspoon corn syrup and the brown sugar. Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses in the mixture, then in the chopped nuts.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1/4 cup vodka, 1/4 cup corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Strain into 2 prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

3. Pumpkin Pie Martini from Haunted Bay

• 4 oz of Smirnoff vodka
• 1 oz Stolichnaya Vanil vodka
• Cocktail Candy Vanilla Shake cocktail sugar
• Pumpkin spice

Pour liquid ingredients into a shaker 1/4 full of cracked ice and shake. Allow shaker to rest while rimming two iced martini glasses with Vanilla Cocktail Candy Rim Sugar. Strain martini into glasses. Garnish with a shake of pumpkin pie spice.

4. Spiced Pumpkin Vodka from The Four Seasons New York (via Epicurious)

Drink on it’s own as an after dinner drink or create your own autumn libations. Fills a one-liter bottle (a scant quart).

1 1/2 cups (750 ml) Stolichnaya cinnamon vodka
3/4 cup (175 ml) Stolichnaya vanilla vodka
3/4 cup (175 ml) Stolichnaya vodka
2 whole vanilla beans
2 cups raw pumpkin meat, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Combine vodkas in bottle or other glass container. Add pumpkin meat and vanilla beans and let sit for 1 week. If necessary, when mixing cocktails strain the vodka as you pour it into the shaker. Consider using toasted pumpkin seeds or some of the vodka-soaked pumpkin as garnish.

5. Candy Corn Martini from the Martini Diva

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SpaHome Entertaining: Grilled Cheese and Wine Bar

7 Oct

The Food Network show Man v. Food inspired this idea to elevate your next wine and cheese party. The spa twist is, of course, ours ; )

Instead of cheese cubes and crackers at your next wine party, have a grilled cheese bar to accompany your wine selections. Lay out the fixin’s below, let guests concoct their sandwich and grill. (Just think of all the cubing you’ll avoid!)

If it’s not grill weather, a grill pan allows you to cook multiple ‘wiches for fast prep. Or let your guests grill their own.

Bread –
Rosemary Focaccia

Cheese –
Sharp Cheddar
Blue Cheese

Optional – Go Gourmet! Add a few bowls of fresh herbs & spices to the bar. Try basil, horseradish, garlic, cilantro and/or paprika.

WineBath Favors

Here’s a fun spa way to recycle all those empty Wine Bottles and create inventive guest takeaways:

Buy your favorite bubble bath or bath salts in bulk at Costco or other retailer. WITHOUT RINSING the wine bottle (wine is good for the skin) funnel liquid bubble bath into the bottle and recork.

Print labels from your computer like:

Cooking with Caitlin
Wine Bath
Vintage: (date of party)

& stick over the back label. See guests grin.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

PS:  Don’t forget to hang out with us on Monday 1PM PST for Foodies Night In #fni on twitter.  This week’s topic wine and cheese!

Degunk your Bunk: Five Fall Eco SpaHome Housekeeping Rituals for Stellar Skin

22 Sep

The first day of fall is upon us. And not far behind, winter. Most of us will be staying inside more and enduring the dying effects of heating systems. Not to mention the dirt & dust from summer residing inside our home.

Though we all hear of spring cleaning – is fall dirtening?  Not! Try these five tips to prime your palace for indoor living that’s soft on skin:

1. De-bunny heating vents.

Gross, I know – but dust bunnies often gather on & in heating units & if you don’t clean them, guess what? That “bunny” may just hop into your pores causing breakouts. Grosser!

Vent filters

How to: Remove vent cover. Wash in warm, soapy water. Vacuum inside of vent, then use a cloth to dust off the slats. (SpaHome Secret: Add essential oil to the water, your room will smell fab for a few weeks after.) Insert a vent filter like these from Home Depot.

2. Fall into the fridge.

You are what you eat. If you want a delicious complexion eat fresh. First get rid of the garbage from fridge & freezer. Pick out the popsicle from the ice cube tray. Compost outdated food.

Think about your fall/holiday plans. Do you want to lose weight? Are you hosting lots of parties? What staples will you need to accomplish your goals?  Make a list and go shopping. SpaHome Food Tip – Include lots of fresh salmon & veg for a fab fall face.

3. Freshen the entry.

Your door symbolizes the gateway to your sanctuary. A dirty, cluttered entry can lead to the same on your face. Ick! Cleanse your door w/vinegar & water & don’t forget the handle. Put away the shoes and other paraphernalia cluttered around it. Get a new doormat.

4. Orchestrate an orchid invasion.

Orchids are one of those plants that clean and add fresh oxygen to the air. Not only are they gorgeous to look at when summer color is fading, but they get rid of toxins and free radicals that age skin.

5. Launder the linens.

What’s next to your skin more than the fabric in our lives? Gather the tablecloths, place mats, sheets, throws and towels that you’ve been using and the ones you plan to use for winter.

Wash them in Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent from The Ecology Works. It cleans and removes allergens from dust mites, pets, molds and neutralizes odors. Best of all it’s plant-based and eco-friendly.

What are some of your favorite fall cleaning rituals?  Share with us in the comments below.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Owly Oasis – Wise Finds to Feather Your Nest

18 Aug

Who knows better than a wise owl how to feather the ultimate nest?  Especially Owly from Hootsuite he’s been flying around at night & hooting my ear off about:

Hate the hard feel, not to mention the heat of your coffee cup? Warm up your Cafe and keep your hands happy with the Cupcoat from Bright and Bold

Who better to design barware than a DJ? Sagaform ice buckets, martini shakers and more put a Spa spin on your cocktails at Unica Home

Check out these exquisite stove hoods made from Greek artifacts by Phoenician Stone. Zeus would approve!

If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Not a very spa like attitude, but now your kitchen can be anywhere you are. Wave of the future? We think moving around instead of standing at a counter is a more fun & active way to cook. Portable Carre kitchen concept designed by students for the Berlin Design Festival via DesignBoom

The Battersea Sofette is the closest thing you’ll ever get to swimming in butterscotch pudding. Ubersoft leather and brilliant lines make it comfy and beautiful. And double bonus, no pesky cushions to arrange and clean under. From Anthropologie

The Westin Heavenly Bed I’ve been sleeping on this the past month (living at a Westin) and have had some of the best zzzzz’s ever!

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