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Day 2 started with a great breakfast: Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine

The Eggs Florentine was great, though I could only eat half. I didn’t bother with the sausage but had some extra fruit. After breakfast, I had my first treatment of the day, the Minerva Aqua Polish:

Begin your treatment with a hydrotherapeutic massage with the Scotch hose. The therapist then exfoliates and refines your skin with a choice of “Aveda Body Polish” or “Sea Salt Formulations”. Complete your treatment with a relaxing Vichy shower and an application of customized hydrating lotions.

The Aqua Polish was very nice and I again enjoyed the Vichy shower. After my treatment I put on my boots and Susan and I headed out for a walk on the grounds:

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After working up an appetite, we headed for lunch:

curried cabbage soup

Curried cabbage soup for starters and spinach salad with orange and honeyed walnuts in a yogurt dressing.

spinach salad

We enjoyed a wonderful gewurztraminer with lunch:

wine

This was spicy and slightly sweet. I actually wished I had brought several bottles of this wine. It was one of the best gewurztraminers I had ever tried. Cheers!

cheers

My entree was the asian noodle bowl:

asian noodle bowl

And dessert was a mixed berry crumble with fresh whipped cream:

berry crumble

Goodness, my stomach is happy just reviewing these photos! LOL I’ll have to do another post for dinner as there are just too many photos.  More to come….

Begin your treatment with a hydrotherapeutic massage with the Scotch hose. The therapist then exfoliates and refines your skin with a choice of “Aveda Body Polish” or “Sea Salt Formulations”. Complete your treatment with a relaxing Vichy shower and an application of customized hydrating lotions.

Ste Annes Spa Day 1

Well!

I’m back from a very relaxing 2 night stay at Ste Anne’s Spa. Things have been really stressful for me lately and I was careening towards the meltdown zone and decided to go away and refocus before that happened.

Luckily for me, I have had the pleasure of visiting Ste Anne’s several times in the past few years and have always found it to be a place of refuge and extreme relaxation.

Here are some shots of the main building as we arrived on a very blustery day:

St Annes exterior 1

St Annes exterior 2

The building is actually much larger in the rear than it appears to be from the front.  Very deceiving!

Anyhow, my friend Susan and I got settled in, and began with our treatments. I started off with the Moor Mud Hydro Wrap:

After a body masque of Ontario Golden Moor Mud and an exfoliation, you are submersed in the hydrotherapy tub containing Golden Moor Plus with pine oil, while a hydro-massage is directed on the body. Finish your treatment with a warm Vichy shower and an application of hydrating lotions.

This was fantastic! I’m very picky when it comes to spa treatments and I always go for the interesting ones and this was very original. The Vichy shower is a line of shower heads that shoot water in a straight line along your back and legs while you lie face down on a treatment bed. It reminded me of running around outside as a kid during a summer shower!
Then Susan and I met up for afternoon tea:

Tea tray 1

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I enjoyed this with a pot of Pear Cream tea. Fantastic!

After spending some much needed time in the outdoor hydrotherapy and eucalyptus steam room, we settled into our room and then went downstairs for dinner:

Amuse bouche

The amuse bouche was a strawberry smoothie. I selected the Seafood Medley as my appetizer:

Seafood medley

This was great. Shrimp, scallop and salmon on a small bed of fennel, carrot, onion, beet and sprouts. My only wish is for a little more acidity in the plate and I think if the beets had been pickled the dish would have been perfect.

Striploin with barley risotto

My entree was organic, free range beef striploin with a barley and squash risotto with seasonal vegetables. Although the striploin was very tasty, I have not had red meat in quite some time and it didn’t end up agreeing with me at all!

And how could I forget….

Henry of Pelham

I enjoyed my dinner with Henry of Pelham’s Cuvee Catherine, a Rose Brut.

Last but not least….the “trio of chocolate”

Trio of chocolate

A chocolate truffle, white chocolate creme brulee and chocolate velvet mousse with fresh whipped cream.

Needless to say, after such a difficult day of relaxation and gourmet food, I was wiped!

Day 2 to come….

Yummies….

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re all having a great day! Here are some random meals from the last week as I haven’t been able to do a proper post:

Valentines Pancake

Pancakes and strawberries from my valentines day breakfast. My hubby’s was heart shaped :)

Blueberry yogurt

Some plain nonfat organic yogurt I had the other day with wild blueberries. I nuked the blueberries for a bit before adding to the yogurt. A nice cold/hot combination!

Apple salad

Yesterday’s salad: spring mix, apple, carrots, avocado and red onion. I tossed it with salt, pepper, rice wine vinegar and a ginger mandarin grapeseed oil. Tasty!

I also bought a juicer about a month ago:

Juicer

I had some gift certificates for a local department store so I went with the slightly higher end model. It’s the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Works really well and clean up is no more than 5 minutes.  I pretty much feel that I can’t go wrong, so far every juice I’ve made has been very tasty and enjoyable :)

Anyhow, I’m off to one of the country’s best spas for a glorious 3 days and 2 nights.  I’ve been really stressed out here and I have not been taking good care of myself at all. I haven’t been exercising and my eating waxes and wanes between eating well and eating horribly (ex. fast food! OMG!) Hopefully these next few days will help to get me back on track.

All the best. Hope you’re all having a wonderful day :)

T

Back

Hola

I’ve been gone for about 6 weeks, I won’t get into details now, but I really needed a break from the blog world. The more and more time I spent away from the blog however, the more and more I missed it and realized just how much joy it brought into my life. So yes, I’m back. For good. This happens to be my birthday weekend, so I’ll be off enjoying many culinary delights and do a proper post once done with the festivities.

I’ve really missed everyone and look forward to catching up with all of you.

Cheers

Tania

Xmas Break….

Hey everyone!

Hope all is well, things around here have been uncontrollably busy with (unfortunately) lots of work and somehow trying to get ready for Christmas. I’ll be taking a break from posting and will return December 28th.

I wish you all a healthy, happy holiday! :)

Tania

Tuesday–ready to GO!

So all my eats are planned, calculated and ready to go!

Breakfast: 1C nonfat yogurt with 3/4C raspberries. I also plan on having a large coffee with milk in the morning.

Yogurt with Raspberries

Lunch: Salad with mixed greens, baby carrots, red bell pepper and kidney beans. Dressed in 1/8C balsamic and 1 tsp olive oil.

Bean Salad

Morning/Afternoon Snacks: an apple and baby carrots

Apple and baby carrots

Dinner: 5 oz cooked salmon and baby spinach, red bell pepper, shallots and sliced almonds. Dressed in 1/8C balsamic and 1 tsp olive oil.

Salmon and Spinach Salad

My plan is to hit the gym straight after work for at least 30 minutes of cardio. I’ll be having a clementine as a post workout snack.

I’ll check back later, stats to be updated later today!

Cheers

T

Monday’s Eats

So I started the day off light as 1. I wasn’t hungry, and 2. I knew I was going to be consuming the majority of my calories at dinner!

I had a grande coffee at Starbucks with a good amount of nonfat milk. (not pictured) Once I got home, I snacked on a juicy persimmon:

Persimmon

This was so juicy and sweet, I could have used it as a jelly on toast!

After my snack, I got busy getting the house ready for my dinner party. I finished the last of my grocery shopping, ran a few more errands and started cooking!

I ended up using Giada’s Chicken Tetrazzini recipe as the backbone of my baked pasta dish. I followed her recipe for the sauce to a T but otherwise made many adjustments, cutting out the rest of the fat that is recommended in the recipe. I also added baby spinach along with the suggested mushrooms. This was warm and comforting, perfect for a cold winter’s day. :)

Chicken Tetrazzini

I also served a huge bowl of plain mixed greens dressed in balsamic vinaigrette (not pictured). Dessert was chocolate molten lava cakes with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream and raspberries.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

I also had a glass of Woodbridge White Zinfandel and a coffee with milk with my dessert.

All in all, a very tasty (yet calorie laden) day!

Cheers!

T

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