During the busy holiday season, it’s a brilliant entertaining trick to have a go-to main course that is as impressive as it is easy to prepare. That’s why we love the Slow-Roasted Pork Loin with Molasses and Balsamic Glaze from Food & Wine.
This sumptuous roast pork loin takes 30 minutes to prep, and most of that work can be done the night before. Then virtually all you have to do is slide it in the oven to cook while you wrap gifts, set the table or even take a nap.
A meal this delicious calls for an equally decadent wine, like the Beaujolais Pardon & Fils Juliénas Les Mouilles 2011, our Wine of the Month, part of Frontgate’s Reserve Top 12 hand-selected case. The Pardon family has been making acclaimed Beaujolais for six generations. This one hails from their family’s prized, single vineyard Les Mouilles – one of only 10 designated crus (or villages) in the historic Juliénas region.
Named for Julius Caesar, the village of Juliénas is home to some of the greatest Beaujolais of all. According to World Atlas of Wine legend (and big Beaujolais fan) Hugh Johnson, “no other cru has a higher overall standard.”
The Pardons’ recently released 2011 wine boasts all the fleshy red fruit and complex spice that make Juliénas wines so prized. And it’s already garnered 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
This superb red makes a great match for slow-roasted pork, as well as veal, most charcuterie and pâtés. Beaujolais locals often serve the wine slightly chilled (cellar temperature) … making it a perfect aperitif. If you have some left over at the end of the meal, try matching it with some semi-sweet dark chocolate.
Since opening its first destination spa resort in Tucson in 1979, Canyon Ranch has empowered people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative wellness.
Today, the Canyon Ranch commitment to wellness and vibrant living meets Frontgate’s dedication to beautiful design and lasting quality. Together, we’re introducing a collection of intentional design – from enveloping towels and exquisite aromatics to the pillow of your dreams. Yet it’s not just the state of your bedroom and bath. It’s a state of mind. Transformation starts here.
Begin your journey with a visit to Whole Beauty by Canyon Ranch, featuring expert advice, recipes and more to nurture your health and wellness.
Written by: Canyon Ranch Staff
While there’s a good chance you already have a bathing routine, what about a bathing ritual? You may hop in the shower each morning to get clean – fast – but regularly getting in the bathtub simply to relax, be alone and feel the warmth of the water surrounding you can restore you – mind, body and soul.
Cultures across the globe have employed the curative power of water for centuries. Unlike the names used to describe its use for restorative purposes today—hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, hydropathy—the basic science behind it is simple: Soaking in warm water triggers the dilation of blood vessels, which in turn relaxes muscles. This physical reaction can ease pain and encourage the body to let go of stress that may be manifesting as tight shoulders, a stiff neck or a sore back. Additionally, taking the time to relax and soothe your body in a tub of warm water can help with the emotional impact of stress, promoting relaxation and encouraging you to take a moment for yourself. No wonder traditional and alternative healers alike recommend warm baths to relieve symptoms associated with a host of issues, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, sleep disorders, overexertion and more.
The bath ritual that is most beneficial for you is a very personal thing, but it all starts with carving out the time. Thinking of your bath as a moment to give your mind and body a break adds a sense of importance and weight to what might otherwise be seen as an unnecessary indulgence. Choose the frequency that seems most helpful to you— say, at least weekly—and aim to devote at least 30 minutes to your bath; about half that if you suffer from chronically dry skin. Ask family members to respect this (that means no interruptions), and remind yourself that you deserve this gift.
Then, explore ways to help you engage your senses, relax and renew:
Set the mood. It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is palatial or pint-sized, there are plenty of things you can do to evoke tranquility. Clear clutter from countertops, introduce soft natural light or flickering candles, and add a touch of nature with flowers or plants. Soothing music is a nice touch, but leave other electronics (such as your phone) on the other side of the bathroom door.
Test the temperature. Ideally, bath water should be close to body temperature or a few degrees above. Overly hot water can dry or even scald skin, and it can be a health risk if you’re pregnant or have multiple sclerosis, a heart condition or other disorders. You should be able to comfortably enter and recline in the tub.
Add aromatherapy. Customize your bath with an essential oil or two. Typically, 12 to 16 drops (total) is enough, in whichever combination of oils you choose. To energize and beat fatigue, try grapefruit, ginger, rosemary or peppermint. For stress relief and relaxation, consider chamomile, jasmine, lavender or patchouli.
Quiet your mind. If you’re up to your neck in bathwater but you’re still obsessing over a work project or running a loop of a recent argument, it’s certain that you aren’t getting the relaxation you could if your mind was still. Calm your thoughts by repeating a mantra or affirmation (consider using the phrase “I am present” or “I love myself”), or simply focus on your breathing as you soak.
Pamper yourself. Incorporating often-skipped personal care steps into your bathing ritual is a wonderful way to treat yourself to something special. Take time in the tub to exfoliate rough spots, apply a facial mask, deep condition your hair or simply clean your body from head to toe. Though you may recognize that you’re attending to your physical self, caring for your person in these ways can bring about inner benefits, too.
Ease soreness. A bath is often the prescription to soothe a sore body, particularly when you add magnesium sulfate. Better known as Epsom salt, it releases ions into the water that, when absorbed by your skin, help combat inflammation that can contribute to aches and pains. Its minerals are known to soften dry, rough skin and even help ease conditions like eczema and psoriasis, too. There are other oils – like arnica, ginger, basil, rosemary and ylang ylang- that can specifically help with aches and pains.
Finish your bathing ritual with the same level of attentive care as you began with. Pat (don’t rub) yourself with a plush towel, and moisturize generously while your skin is still damp to seal in all that beneficial moisture. Take a moment to revel in your relaxed state and appreciate this time.
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We are excited to introduce the Canyon Ranch® Collection by Frontgate, which includes five luxurious product offerings thoughtfully chosen to help you create an at-home spa ritual to prepare you for a good night’s rest. All the things you do before you go to sleep—from taking a shower to applying moisturizer to resting your head on the pillow—can become deeper experiences that not only feel good physically but also allow you to relax, reflect and take time for yourself. “The richness of this collection is what makes it so wonderful,” says Angie Day, corporate spa director at Canyon Ranch. “The high-quality materials and natural ingredients engage your senses and transform your nighttime routine into a meaningful experience—one that nourishes your body and your spirit.”
Our mission when putting the collection together was about much more than offering a variety of beauty items. “For those who have never visited, we want to give you a Canyon Ranch experience at home, and if you have been to Canyon Ranch, we’re hoping the rituals you practice with these products serve as an extension of your stay,” Day says. “When you feel good, it shows, and that’s why this collection is special—it nurtures your beauty from the inside out.”
Whether you’re relaxing in a bath or practicing a bedtime meditation, enjoying the beauty of candlelight during a time of solitude can be very powerful. The tranquil, soft glow of a flame can help calm both body and mind, and tune you into the present moment. Our Canyon Ranch Candles, offered as pillars or in a ceramic candlepot, emit soothing aromas, like lavender, to help you unwind and feel at ease.
The Red Flower Gift Set includes a unique combination of products that exfoliate, detoxify and moisturize skin. The Moroccan Mint Tea Silt Purifier, packed with antioxidants, calms irritation and extracts impurities from your pores. The caffeine in the Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub, which you can apply with the Sea Wool Sponge, helps to break up cellulite and constrict varicose veins. The shea butter base of the Tangerine Fig Butter Creme is ultra-hydrating, and the Moroccan Rose Petal Topped Candle offers a comforting scent that complements the other items.
Our Shower Spa and Pillow Mist allow you to experience at-home aromatherapy through the healing scents of eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. As the shower’s steam activates the Spa Mist, inhale the released fragrance to help clear your mind and let go of the day’s demands. The Turkish Cotton Spa Towel & Bath Mat provide the luxurious feeling we all crave when we step out of the shower or tub, and the silky feel of the Turkish Cotton Honeycomb Robe wrapped around you makes you feel like you’ve just finished a spa treatment. Turkish cotton is an essential part of why these products feel so good—its extra-long fibers make it strong and comfortable.
And finally, as you lay your head down to sleep, take in the stress-relieving scent of the Pillow Mist. “Make it a personal experience that you truly enjoy,” Day encourages. “That’s what creating this ritual is all about—feeling good while caring for your body and your soul.”
This is a second in a series of guest posts from Marc Friedland, stationer to the stars.
Gratitude. It’s not just a moment or a day. It’s a way of life. For some, it comes naturally. For others, it needs to be cultivated.
And when gratitude is put into practice, it can be life changing. Studies have shown that gratitude helps people feel more cheerful and more meaningfully connected.
Thanksgiving reminds us – gives us the opportunity – to be grateful. Yet the bustle of the day can distract us from the intent.
So how do we cultivate gratefulness, if even just for the holiday? Here are five ways.
1. Spend time – quality time – with the people around you. Whether that’s cooking, shopping, eating or watching football, be present in that activity and with that person. Your undivided attention is the most meaningful way to show someone he or she is dear.
2. If you are the hostess, use placecards as a means of telling guests what you value about them. A simple calling card – like that from the Writer’s Wardrobe – is all that’s needed for a short sentiment.
3. Use the interlude between dinner and dessert for others to share in writing something for which they are grateful. In this way, you’ll be ushering in what I like to call a new era in communication … awakening a deeper sense of personal connectivity and relationship through the handwritten word.
4. As a guest, you can express your gratitude to the host and hostess in a myriad of ways. Bringing a side dish, helping clean up, and toasting them at dinner are all appropriate and appreciated. Yet again, being in a fully present state of mind is the most valued. And afterwards, a thank you note, even to family, will endear you to them evermore.
5. Lastly, start a gratitude journal. Simply take a few moments each day to jot down something for which you are thankful. It may be humble or grandiose, short or long. Carry your journal (we’re partial to the embossed suede journal from The Writer’s Wardrobe) with you to record these sentiments as you have time, or keep it on your bedside table to bookend your day.
Putting these ideas into practice will help you have a richer, fuller experience at Thanksgiving and beyond.
More to come –
Read more about how Marc works to “Usher in a New Era in Personal Communications.”