October 26, 2011

Quebec's Le Nordik Nature Spa Expands West

The City of Winnipeg’s Crescent Drive Golf Course is getting the spa treatment sometime next year.

The city announced Tuesday it successfully wooed a top-rated Quebec-based spa franchise to open a new location, its first franchise in Canada outside Quebec, at the city-owned links.

Nordik Spa-Nature has agreed to build a $6-million spa at Crescent Drive Golf Course, which the city is sure will make the golf course a tourist attraction as well as giving an economic boost. The spa comes with 50 permanent full-time jobs and 50 contract jobs, the city’s announcement said.

The original Nordik Spa-Nature is located in Chelsea, Que. and since its opening in 2005, it has won accolades and awards, including being named one of Canada’s 10 best spas by The National Post.

The new Winnipeg spa is slated to open in 2012, the result of a two-year business courtship to lure the Quebec business to open a franchise on the prairies.

Le Nordik Winnipeg

July 13, 2011

Spa Cuisine - Niagara Summer Fruit Salsa

Niagara Summer Fruit Salsa

Just in time for summer, Niagara Falls' Marriott Fallsview Hotel has served up something to top off your next bbq. Chef Ron, from the Fallsview's Terrapin Grille Fallsview Restaurant has created a great summer recipe. This refreshing blend of fruits & veggies can be eaten alone or added on top of fish or chicken.

This recipe makes approximately 8 servings.


*2 diced peaches (preferably free stone)
*2 diced black plums
*1 diced red pepper
*1 diced yellow pepper
*1/2 diced red onion
*1 diced English cucumber
*1 bunch of chives finely chopped
*1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
*1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
*2 tbsp honey
*1 tbsp kosher salt
*1/2 tsp siracha (Chinese hot sauce)


Add all the ingredients and mix well. Flavors will be enhanced if made a day ahead of time. The salsa may be kept 7 days in the refrigerator. Serve with any grilled meat or fish.

Dietary information per serving:169 calories; 12g fat; 0g trans fat; 0g cholesterol; 11g carbohydrates; 2g fibre; 1g protein

Serenity Spa by the Falls, Marriott Fallsview 

April 14, 2011

Luxury spending set to rise

Spending by wealthy Americans on luxury goods is set to grow by $26.6 billion in 2011, with the number of affluent families planning to spend more almost doubling in the past three years, a poll found on Friday.
As the United States gradually emerges from its worst economic crisis in decades, the American Express Publishing and Harrison Group survey forecast spending on luxury goods to increase nearly 8 percent to $359 billion this year compared to 2010.

"It is a relief to finally be able to see a significant return of affluent consumers to the luxury marketplace," Jim Taylor, vice-chairman of Harrison Group, said in a statement.
But he said "the affluent consumer remains needs-based, resourceful and research-oriented."

"They will exercise discretion. They will pursue authenticity and extraordinary quality. They will engage in the art of the deal and the discount with relish. And, they will operate as families in need, not want," Taylor said.

The Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America polled 1,458 families with a discretionary income of more than $100,000 -- representing the wealthiest 10 percent in the United States who account for about 50 percent of all consumer spending.

It found that 15 percent of those families plan to spend more in 2011, up a quarter from 2010 and almost double from 2008, while the number cutting spending was nearly halved from last year to 9 percent and down two-thirds from 2008.

Taylor said that while 70 percent of affluent Americans still believed the country is in recession, they are less anxious -- concern over job loss has fallen 50 percent from 2010 and worries about the potential failure of their company are down to 11 percent from 28 percent.

"In the end, the increase in spending we foresee is not a return to the wanderlust of the past, but rather, an expression of sensible, resourceful, self-confident consumers expanding their portfolio of needs," he said.
"The nearly $4 trillion in their money market funds gives these consumers the power to purchase with cash. Their value equation reflects the price of recession: mature judgment," Taylor said.

A 2010 stock market rally, which pushed up the Dow Jones Industrial Average 11 percent, has also helped woo consumers.

Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, grew at a brisk 4 percent pace in the final three months of last year. But U.S. retail sales posted their smallest gain in nine months in March, as auto sales plunged and consumers felt the sting of higher gas prices.

The online wealth survey was conducted from January 31 to February 14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

February 2, 2011

A man of the ages - Hal Boucher, Four Seasons Biltmore

Hal Boucher
Life is full of surprises.  Especially when you're open (and take the time) to receive them.  This week, on a whirlwind trip through Santa Barbara and Montecito, I detoured off Interstate 101 to visit the Four Seasons Biltmore - off the grand dames of the South Coast of California.

Within a few minutes of stepping out of my car in front of the Biltmore, and casting my eyes on the waves crashing on the shore, I was greeted by a smiling sun-kissed gentleman dangling a SLR from his freckled grip.  The man was Hal Boucher - Society Photographer and The Biltmore's Historian. 

"I'm 85" says Hal, "and I've been doing this for over 50 years".  What followed was Hal's personal insight and history of being the photographer of choice for visiting celebrities and politicians to Santa Barbara.  "I shot John & Jackie's honeymoon at the San Ysidro Ranch in 1953".  A badge of honor Hal carries with him every day.

Our conversation turned to the present ownership of the Biltmore and San Ysidro - both owned by 'Beanie Baby' creator Ty Warner.  Turning from the ocean and looking back at the well-cared for Biltmore, Hal said and I agreed -  "If you've got the money, I can't imagine owning anything better".  Truly, a man in love with his job.

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

January 23, 2011

Jack LaLanne passes away at 96

Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.
LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.
"I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.
He maintained a youthful physique and joked in 2006 that "I can't afford to die. It would wreck my image."

Former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker credited LaLanne's encouragement with helping him to start exercising often.

"He never lost enthusiasm for life and physical fitness," the 87-year-old Barker told The Associated Press on Sunday. "I saw him in about 2007 and he still looked remarkably good. He still looked like the same enthusiastic guy that he always was."

LaLanne (pronounced lah-LAYN') credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.
"The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."

His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.

He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.

When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the "You Asked For It" television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco – handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.

"I never think of my age, never," LaLanne said in 1990. "I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I'm just me. Look at Bob Hope, George Burns. They're more productive than they've ever been in their whole lives right now."

Fellow bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger credited LaLanne with taking exercise out of the gymnasium and into living rooms.

"He laid the groundwork for others to have exercise programs, and now it has bloomed from that black and white program into a very colorful enterprise," Schwarzenegger said in 1990.

In 1936 in his native Oakland, LaLanne opened a health studio that included weight-training for women and athletes. Those were revolutionary notions at the time, because of the theory that weight training made an athlete slow and "muscle bound" and made a woman look masculine.

"You have to understand that it was absolutely forbidden in those days for athletes to use weights," he once said. "It just wasn't done. We had athletes who used to sneak into the studio to work out.
"It was the same with women. Back then, women weren't supposed to use weights. I guess I was a pioneer," LaLanne said.

The son of poor French immigrants, he was born in 1914 and grew up to become a sugar addict, he said.

The turning point occurred one night when he heard a lecture by pioneering nutritionist Paul Bragg, who advocated the benefits of brown rice, whole wheat and a vegetarian diet.

"He got me so enthused," LaLanne said. "After the lecture I went to his dressing room and spent an hour and a half with him. He said, 'Jack, you're a walking garbage can.'"

Soon after, LaLanne constructed a makeshift gym in his back yard. "I had all these firemen and police working out there and I kind of used them as guinea pigs," he said.

He said his own daily routine usually consisted of two hours of weightlifting and an hour in the swimming pool.

"It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life," LaLanne said. "How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.

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January 18, 2011

Lose inches with Body Beautiful's Universal Contour Wrap

Body Beautiful Canada Limited 
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One of Body Beautiful Canada's signature treatments is the detoxification inch loss treatment: 
Universal Contour Wrap.

The Universal Contour Wrap is a detoxification inch loss treatment, with two unbelievable guarantees.  If you do not lose 6” in their first treatment, the treatment is FREE. Secondly, you are guaranteed to retain that 6” loss for 30 days, or you will be re-wrapped again for FREE, provided your weight has remained constant.

The Universal Contour Wrap treatment takes about two hours to achieve incredible results, it been a sure-fire winner with everyone. Celebrities like Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton, and Jean Smart are lining up along with everyday clients to experience these results.   Whether walking the red carpet or simply enjoying a romantic meal with your loved one, you’ll feel your absolute best!

To learn more please contact:   Body Beautiful Canada Limited

January 11, 2011

Reconnect in the Midwest - Sundara Inn & Spa

True to its origin from the Sanskrit word for ‘beautiful’, Sundara Inn & Spa is a destination spa nestled in a fragrant 26-acre pine forest in the heart of Wisconsin. Created with a respect for the environment and guided by the principles of Feng Shui, Sundara offers an unexpectedly sophisticated sanctuary from stress and a place to reconnect in the Midwest.

The spa incorporates the finest organic products from around the world, while Sundara’s signature collection draws on ingredients indigenous to the area. There are 14 treatment rooms, with two ‘Spa Together’ rooms allowing for side-by-side spa treatments. Guests may select from a full menu of massages, body treatments and facials. A full-service salon provides spa-like hair and nail treatments. Guests of Sundara may enjoy all the facility has to offer: indoor bathhouse with Purifying Bath Ritual, Relaxation Lounge overlooking the grounds, outdoor infinity pool heated year-round, and fitness facility. All-day spa cuisine is available.

The Sundara's signature treatment is the Sundara Sandstone Polish Body Treatment - an invigorating treatment using Sundara’s own Sandstone Body Polish as an exfoliating agent. The sand in the product was discovered at the spa’s excavation site and its source is an ancient Cambrian-era sandstone. You are treated to a Vichy shower, then the Sundara Signature Hydrating Mist and Signature Nourishing Body Milk, leaving your skin renewed, healthy and glowing.

Sundara Inn & Spa