Weekend Staycation at St. Regis Hotel

A weekend at the cottage holds no appeal for me. I prefer a weekend in the city. A stay-cation at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel is my idea of a getaway.

The dramatic black and white marble entrance of St. Regis takes us far away from the chrome-to-chrome traffic of Bay St. An afternoon of quiet comfort enjoying a book with a cup of Sloane Tea passes quickly. And the welcome gift of a chocolate replica of the hotel as well as other sweets is appreciated. Continue reading “Weekend Staycation at St. Regis Hotel”

Beautiful Skin Breakthrough

The best revenge is looking great!

We don’t like lines at the airport, the bank or at the grocery store. But the lines I like least are the ones that have suddenly appeared on my face! Well, it’s a fact of life.

And then I began using products from Vivier

I have never recommended a personal product before this, but I do so now. I have been using the serums and night cream now for two whole months. These are the results: the skin on my cheeks is baby smooth; the part of my face between my nose and lip seems more plump; there are no fine lines on my forehead; no dryness and fine lines on my neck at all; and there are no fine lines under my eyes. Am I getting more sleep than usual? I doubt it. But there are no bags and dark circles under my eyes.

I read the fact sheet more carefully to find out exactly what was in these vials. According to the Montreal manufacturer, Vivier Pharma, Vivier Skin is formulated with high quality pharmaceutical ingredients that are meant to be stronger than typical drugstore bands. So, the company distributes many of their items through select spas and dermatology offices, rather than department stores.

  • TMR Anti-Wrinkle Peptide Serum
  • Radiance Serum
  • Nightly Age Defying Moisturizer
  • Sheer. Broad spectrum SPF 45 Lotion with transparent zinc oxide.

And I have been drinking Sproos

Enhanced collagen beverage crystals called Sproos Up Your Skin & Hair in citrus green tea flavour, as well as Sproos MCT Collagen Creamer with hydrologized collagen peptides for my coffee. Sproos is a Canadian owned company, and their products are formulated with hydrolyzed collagen peptides sourced from North American grass fed bovine and wild-caught North Atlantic fish.

All of this has certainly benefited my complexion. I get compliments daily, and that hasn’t happened for a while.

Don’t take my word for it. As a travel writer, I pass through Customs and Immigration at airports often. I always have a laugh since I am usually eyed with suspicion and questioned about the age listed on my Passport.

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Into the Blue…Mountains

…Mountains, that is. Take a bite out of Ontario big apple country

Time was, Collingwood built lake freighters, navy trawlers and ice breakers. It then developed as a winter destination for skiing and eventually became an all season destination for hiking, caving, golfing, paddling and zip lining. Then, from Georgian Bay’s fruit basket, apples became the core of tourism.

What we’ve discovered is, an escape to The Blue Mountains, with its endless outdoor activities and festivals, offers many ways to appreciate and enjoy Ontario’s quintessential fruit: the apple. Continue reading “Into the Blue…Mountains”

Brust: Two Friends, Cold Brew Coffee and Protein

Two students in an MBA class at the University of Western Ontario: one, Josh Barr, an Iron Man triathlete; the other, Amar Gupta, a professional squash player; both in search of the perfect protein beverage.

One shiny day between class and the gym, Barr and Gupta nodded in agreement that the “protein drink” needed a makeover. “We drank a lot of protein drinks.” They acknowledge. “It always seemed that drinking protein was a chore for us. It’s something we never enjoyed doing.” High caloric content, complex ingredients, chalky taste—they both knew there just had to be a better way. This athletic duo had one more interest in common: endless hours studying for their degree required more than a few cups of coffee.

And Thus A Brilliant Idea Was Hatched!

A light bulb went off as Gupta and Barr recognized their calling. Why not combine the two things we love most? A protein drink with coffee; or a coffee with protein? They knew what needed be done.

In conjunction with the food science program at Guelph University they sought to create a beverage rich in coffee flavour and high in protein. What they came up with had to meet their requirements of being low in sugar, low in calories, and nutritionally sound. They used cold brew coffee rather than artificial coffee flavour, and combined it with clean-sourced grass-fed protein rather than a synthetic. They sampled twenty different iterations until they discovered the right recipe.

It’s What’s Not Inside That Counts

No GMO’s; no gluten; no nuts; no soy; no eggs; no gums; and 99%+ lactose free. It’s not thick, not grainy and not chalky; and there’s no lingering aftertaste. There are less than 7 grams of cane sugar and only 120 calories–substantially less than any other on the market. And, it’s not coffee flavour; it’s actual coffee! Arabica beans from Columbia and Brazil, cold-brewed for a more pure, less acidic and less bitter flavour combined with 20 grams of lean grass-fed protein.

What’s In A Name?

Brüst is clean energy composed of simple ingredients with clean taste. Cold brew coffee with a boost of protein = Brüst. It’s available in slick tetra packs at fitness clubs like Equinox and Cross Fit, and supermarkets from Farm Boy and Foodland to McEwan, Sobey’s and Longos. There’s free shipping in Toronto, which is good for me, as my workout of the day is sitting here at my computer, racing to meet a deadline, fueled by my light and refreshing Brüst.

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My Life as a Tomato

Tomatoes love the sun. It’s in our genes. We once grew wild in Peru and Ecuador, in blazing colours varieties and flavours. The Spanish conquistadors came in the 16th century and were knocked out by our gorgeous colour, appealing shape and unique fragrance. They uprooted us, took us to their ships, and we began an adventure that made us world-class cuisine stars. We bombed in Spain. So they took us to Morocco and billed us as pomi di mori or Moorish apples. We opened in Naples as pomodori, Golden apples. In France, we brought the house down as pommes d’amour, love apples, and were given aphrodisiac status. They pooh-poohed us in the British Isles. Our family cousins, Belladonna, deadly nightshade, are well known poisons. Only our leaves are toxic. Still they admitted we were gorgeous and used us to decorate arbours. By the 19th century, we were superstars, the core of Mediterranean cuisine. Continue reading “My Life as a Tomato”

Chasing Happiness in Antigua

I arrive on a Sunday and head over to Shirley Heights Lookout on English Harbour to watch the sunset. The sounds of a steel-drum band are mesmerizing and suddenly I’m swaying to the music. The crowd on this plateau is in the hundreds, and there’s a sense of camaraderie and fun. Everyone knows that this is the best barbecue on the island. The aroma is intoxicating. I pass my plate to the grill man, and he piles on ribs, chicken and fish until I say stop, then with Rum Punch in hand, I squeeze onto a bench at one of the picnic tables and gaze out at sea and sky. “You’re a long way from home, Sara Waxman,” I say to myself, and I know that my vacation has begun. Continue reading “Chasing Happiness in Antigua”

Staying on Track With Your Fitness Plans

Okay. You’ve joined the gym and created a program for yourself. You’ve packed the workout essentials you need for the gym. You imagine a new, tight, sleek body for the summer season and a barely there wardrobe. You begin with great zeal and go to the gym regularly, do your workout and follow a healthy food plan. You see some results, and then, you slack off. It seems that it is never the right time: too early, too late, too busy, too tired, and then, you just stop thinking about going. Motivation has vanished. You pay your monthly fee and try to forget. Why? Why? Why? Continue reading “Staying on Track With Your Fitness Plans”

The Bordeaux Wine Route

The world of wine swirls around Bordeaux. Bordeaux is a style, a quality, and a symbol of status. The soul of Bordeaux is vested in the newly minted La Cité du Vin. Is it shaped like a decanter? What is it? We ask. In fact, it’s a “non-shape.” It is an abstract representation of the flow of wine pouring into a glass. Sheer brilliance. A magnet for oenophiles and for those simply curious about the alluring and iridescent mica and glass structure, changing colours as it reflects the sun like a glimmering temple nestled on the riverbank. Continue reading “The Bordeaux Wine Route”