Melissa

Wine Tasting Notes: Foley Chardonnay

Foley Chardonnay was one of the wines I tried while dining at The Harbor View Cafe in Pepin Wisconsin a couple weeks ago. This was a fantastic glass of wine that paired well with my lunch of Hawaiian swordfish with chimichurri. Golden color, lush creamy texture. Aromas of pear, tangerine, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and butterscotch.

Spa Cuisine: A is for… Alphabet Soup!

In honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend, this recipe is for the kiddos (and you too!) Who doesn’t secretly love to indulge in some of the comforting “nursery” foods from their youth? 🙂 In my opinion this dish can still be called “Spa Cuisine,” because it is good for the body and soul. This…

Luxurious Retreat Tip: Shopping at Ethnic Markets

“From Greenland’s icy mountains, from India’s coral strand, where Afric’s sunny fountains roll down their golden sand.” -Reginald Herber (Missionary Hymn) Ethnic Shopping is the next best thing to taking a vacation. The aromas, vibrant colors, textures and flavors of these little shops are a feast for the senses. This will change the way you…

Frugal Bath & Beauty: Cleopatra’s Milk Bath

Milk is rich in protein and fats that nourish and moisturize the skin. Soak in this milk bath for at least 20 minutes. I love using apricot oil in this recipe, but you can use whatever perfume or essential oil you wish. Garden of Eden is a fantastic resource for scented oils that smell wonderful…

maui mango crisp + coconut whipped cream

  Mmmmmm! Mango crisp is such a beautiful summer treat. It reminds me of a dessert I enjoyed while visiting a little restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. Whenever I cook with mangoes and ginger, the scents transport me to that amazing, tropical island. for the crumble topping: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cups…