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Musings of a Spa Guy: 21 Day Meditation Challenge

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Twenty years ago, when Ste. Anne's Spa was in her infancy, I attended a seminar in Montreal given by Dr. Deepak Chopra.  It was a life changing event for me.  Since then, the wisdom imparted by Dr. Chopra has helped to guide the me through many of life's difficult decisions, and has been at the foundation of what Ste. Anne's is today.  I have signed up for this event, starting at 1:30 tomorrow (Monday July 16th), and I hope that you will join me.  Let's do this together and see where it leads us. Read more

Recipe: Creole Sauce

Monday, June 18, 2012

Want to add a kick to your tomato sauce? Prepared by Chef Christopher, Ste. Anne's Creole Sauce is easy to make and goes great with grilled vegetables, fish and chicken. Read more

Recipe: Assorted Mushroom Salad

Monday, June 04, 2012

Ste. Anne's Assorted Mushroom Salad is a must try for all mushroom lovers! Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Running for a Cause

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For several years now I have stood on the sidelines as friends of mine participated in a variety of athletic events; 5K, Pitter Patter, Around the Bay, IronMan, 10K, Marathons, Triathlons, etc.  I have been an observer as they crossed the finish line, often looking like they were about to die, sometimes throwing up, sore, exhilarated but always quietly proud of their achievement, and ready to do it all again.  But I just didn't get it. Read more

Recipe: Grilled Vegetables

Monday, May 14, 2012

Enjoy this quick and easy summer grilled vegetable recipe for the barbeque or grill. Read more

Recipe: Citrus Relish

Monday, April 23, 2012

Prepared by Chef Christopher Ennew, Ste. Anne's Citrus Relish is a lovely addition to any grilled chicken dish. We use the garnish here at the spa with our local trout plates too. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Reproduction

Monday, April 16, 2012

Since Good Friday I have been making two or three trips a day to the barn to see if Noche (a seven year old Friesen-Morgan cross, maiden mare) has had her foal yet.  About 11 months ago I introduced her to Titan, a four year old, sweet as molasses quarter horse stallion and they instantly hit it off.  Unfortunately, Noche isn't quite ready to give up her prize, despite the fact that she is well past her due date, and looks very, very pregnant.  Mind you, Noche has always looked pregnant - she loves to eat, and eat, and eat, but there are other signs that this is the real thing.  Maybe she just likes the attention.  As far as boyfriend Titan is concerned, he is overwhelmingly disinterested at this point. (Post script update; Noche gave birth to a filly at 1:30 a.m., April 20th.) Read more

Recipe: Lamb Tenderloin

Monday, April 09, 2012

You'll be sure to impress your family or dinner guests with Chef Christopher Ennew's Lamb Tenderloin with Mint Sauce for your next dinner occasion. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: A Love Lost

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This past weekend, I went with a colleague of mine to visit another Ontario inn. This inn however, instead of bustling with employees anticipating the arrival of new guests, was closed for business, and for sale.  Over the past several years I have seen a number of once popular inns and small hotels either change hands, in many cases under duress, or close.

Walking through a business that has exercised the option of closing it's doors rather than face the prospect of continuing to operate is a sobering experience. In this case, the beds were all still made, a table was set, but the life energy of the place was gone. In most cases, the death of a business is a slow, gradual process that once it actually happens, seems inevitable, but while it is happening, it rarely occurs to the operators until the final hours that something is actually wrong. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Why Me?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Well, I've been back from my vacation and back at work now for three weeks. Several times I've sat down with the intention of answering my own question (see previous blog); "Did two weeks doing nothing on a small Caribbean island allow me to relax?", and each time, something got in the way. So, here it is, Saturday afternoon on a snow covered March day in my basement office in Grafton and I'm at my desk trying to decide whether I was relaxed three weeks ago. Not an easy task, as it turns out. Read more