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The Grape Escape

By Cathy Christensen July 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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I recently enjoyed a brief, yet amazing, escape to Sonoma—at the hands of LeeAnn Davis, an incredibly skilled esthetician at Nurture, the spa at the Luxor Las Vegas. Upon entering the spa, I was feeling the kind of tired that only Las Vegas supplies, and Nurture was not the dark, cavernous, cool spa that I expected from the Luxor. Instead, it was a breath of fresh air—light, energetic and welcoming—mirroring Davis’ disposition, which promised the perfect transition from hectic to heavenly. The Escape to Sonoma service I enjoyed is a body treatment that focuses solely on the grape seed and begins with a warm, calmingly fragrant grape seed oil full body massage. Next, a sea salt and grape seed body scrub left my skin silky and smooth. After a quick shower, my escape was completed with a moisturizing wine body wrap that boasted the aroma of a fine Chablis. I was a new woman.

In the kitchen

Grape seed extracts and oils are beneficial in every application, from cuisine to skin care to health care, due in large part to their antioxidant content. In the culinary setting, grape seed oil is used in salad dressings, marinades, deep frying and baking. It also can be utilized in stir-fries, sautéing and fondue, and has a clean, light, nutty taste.1

In fact, the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin, recently changed all of its salad dressings to a grape seed oil base, and Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, features Pan Seared North American Elk with Kiln Dried Cherries, Black Walnuts and Port Wine Jus. Similarly, the Elmwood Spa in Toronto, offers Steak Frites with Red Wine Jus as an entrée on its spa cuisine menu. In a refreshing twist, The Spa at Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, offers a colorful and healthy starter that features balsamic-marinated vegetables with eggplant mayonnaise, focaccia, mixed greens and fresh grapes. For another perfect summer recipe, see Chicken Pomona Salad from executive chef Frank DiDomenico, Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

In the spa

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