Life Style

BayArea Parent – Healthy Trails

在灣區, 如果你有注意, 在一些人行道旁邊或是一些商店裡面或外面, 常有一些免費刊物: 包括和吃喝玩樂有關的The Wave Magazine, 以及與有小孩的家庭有關的Bay Area Parent. Bay Area Parent十月份的Silicon Valley版有介紹一個適合Family的活動叫Healthy Trails, 可以攜家帶眷去健行, 騎車, 跑步, 你也可以參加有人帶領的Guided Hikes, 網站上有詳細資料的PDF檔案供下載. 最近二次有人帶領, 且路線較為容易的健行日期/地點如下:
10/25 Sat. 9:00-11:00am  At Uvas County Park (Parking Fee), Waterfall Loop Trail.  Meet at the Uvas County Parking Lot.
11/16 Sun. 9:00-11:00am  At Mt. Madonna County Park (Parking Fee), Miller Nature Trail.  Meet at the Miller Nature Trail Parking Lot.

Life Style, Shopping

Modern Sofa Bed

我家有四間房, 其中除了主臥室外, 二個房間拿來做我和老公的辦公室, 另一間是客房. 但是六年多來客房的使用機會還真不多, 看著我和老公的辦公室的東西越來越多, 可放二台車的車庫也只能放一台車的同時, 腦筋就動到客房去了. 空著也是空著, 何不重新規劃擺設, 把它變成客房兼書房兼迷你攝影棚, 一房三用.

每次我家大風吹, 意指我重新整理/規劃/移動某個房間內的擺設, 花很多時間和體力, 但是最後我總能得到很大的satisfaction, 也許是我與生俱來的OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)的關係吧, 不過我的程度遠不及 Jeff Lewis (Bravo: Flipping Out), 不過每次我看他的節目, 我很有終於找到知音的感覺, 我相信我們可以合作愉快,  哈哈哈.

我把原來還蠻新的整套IKEA床組給賣了, 重新規劃. 在尋找沙發床的過程中, 看到各式各樣現代設計的沙發床, 不過沒有實際坐過或躺過, 所以不知道它的實用性和舒適性, 只是貼出來給大家參考, 如果你對其中一組沙發床有實際體驗, 或是有更好的沙發床建議, 歡迎留言!

以下是按售價排列, 由低到高:

WE577

1. West Elm: Futon Lounger $577 (Full size w/cover)
WE608

2. West Elm: Circle-cutout Daybed $737 (with cover)

WE799 
WE799-2

3. West Elm: Convertible Sofa $799

CB799

4. CB2: Lubi Daybed $799

BO899

5. BoConcept: Versa Sofa Bed $899

CB999

6. CB2: Flex Sofa $999 
DWR

7. DWR: Twilight Sleep Sofa $1650
DWR 2

8. DWR: Sliding Sofa $3500

DG

9. Ligne Roset: Everynight $ ??

Cosma-sofa

10. DDC: Cosma Sofa $5000

看起來沙發床的款式似乎大同小異, 但是價差挺大, 是需要好好比較比較; 其他品牌及網站還有更多沙發床, 我這裡只提供連結.

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Diaries, Life Style, Recipes: Desserts & Bread, Recipes: Hors d’Oeuvres

二對夫妻一起下廚

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我家每個月有一次固定的品酒會, 老公列酒單, 我列菜色, 所以我收集許多Tapas, appetizers, finger food, Hors D’Oeuvre 之類的派對食譜很想試做, 但是就二個人, 一定吃不完, 所以昨晚我準備了四個食譜, 買好所有需要的食材, 找了一對夫妻朋友(Mr. AB & Mrs. TB) 來家裡, 每人分一份食譜, 講英文的男生站一邊, 講中文的女生站一邊, 拿出我準備的一些起司和義大利火腿片, 開了瓶紅酒, 開始當晚的Cooking Swap.

當晚的菜單是, 二個前菜, 一個主菜, 一道湯和一個甜點.

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馬克將培根包棗乾 (Bacon-Wrapped Dates) 串起來進烤箱450度烤20分鐘, 我們準備棗乾和無花果乾二種, 來體驗一下這二種滋味之間的差別, 結果我們四人都一致贊成棗乾和培根的搭配最好.  培根的鹹和棗乾的甜, 吃在嘴裡的綜合滋味真是恰到好處, 而且體積小, 適合派對, 下週的品酒會打算再做一次, 和大家分享.(抱歉, 忘了拍照, 相片取自Foodnetwork)

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Mr. AB準備Portobello mushrooms with pesto and pine nuts, 這道菜很容易做, 因為所有食材都是買現成的, 然後把他們按份量組合起來, 放進烤箱烤就好了. 我很喜歡吃香菇, 所以收集許多與香菇有關的食譜, 成品多半很受好評, 不過因為Portobello mushrooms太大, 需要切塊才適合派對, 也許下回改用小香菇看看味道是否相似.

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Mrs. TB準備Butternut squash soup with coconut and ginger, 這道菜比我想像的要複雜費時, 那瓜要先烤, 再煮, 再用果汁機打, 雖然味道不錯, 除非在派對前一天事先做好, 不然絕對來不及上菜.  菜單上的份量說是六到八人份, 我倒覺得比較像是十人份, 因為最後還剩很多.

馬克的主菜是Duck breasts  with mustard and candied kumquats, 可惜還不到金橘的季節, 也沒買到鴨胸, 所以就改用鴨腿和柳丁代替啦.  做法不難, 而且味道很不賴, 不過我想如果是用金橘應該更好, 因為金橘有點甜又有點苦, 那味道應該更特別一點. (抱歉, 忘了拍照)

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我這次做的Parma-style carrot cakes, 其實之前已經做過, 是應老公要求再做一次, 這回改用muffin cups, 因為我覺得muffin cups的大小適中, 加上上回用的那個星狀模型紙杯蠻貴的.

一邊煮菜,一邊聊天, 那話題可真是天南地北的,  加上Mr. AB是瑞典人,  但在日本居住過數年,  會說日文; 太太Mrs. TB是大陸人, 也來加州幾年了; 我老公是東岸人,  在台灣住過四年,  會說中文; 而我這台灣人也來美國七年多了, 既然我們四人來自世界各地, 可聊的文化差異話題可就多了.

我們聊台灣的檳榔西施文化, 也聊卡拉OK在日本, 大陸, 台灣之間的不同, 也聊台灣人和大陸人對彼此的看法, 以及我們四人一起到台灣和大陸旅行的可能性 (四本不同的護照), 這樣的文化交流, 應該多多舉辦.  我們實在玩得太開心了, 相信這樣的活動會常常進行, 很快的, 我可能需要更大的廚房.

Life Style, Travel

The Top 40 Silicon Valley + 5 SF Spas

Spa
[Editor’s Note:
The top five are ranked according to our 2005 Readers’
Choice, the remaining 35 are alphabetized.]

1. Watercourse Way $$

165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
(650) 462-2000

www.watercourseway.com
Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep muscle, hot stone), facials (natural scrub,
deep cleansing, Hungarian paprika, organic, honey and yogurt, vitamin C, moisturizing,
anti-stress, express, royal anti-aging, custom herbal peels), spa treatments (red
flower Sento ritual, rain dance revitalizing skin treatment, moortherapy, salt
glow, thermal seaweed wrap, Essensa’s 3D spa therapy), Ayurvedic rituals,
and foot treatment.
Special Features: This relaxing retreat boasts nine private hot tub rooms with
a range of décor and amenities, including multi-jetted spas, wood tubs,
saunas, and cold plunges.

2. Preston Wynne Spa $$$
  14567 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
  (408) 741-5525

  www.prestonwynne.com
  Services: Massages (flower field signature, warm stone, Hawaiian lomi lomi,
  deep tissue, stress relief, balneotherapy, couples, aromatherapy, Eastern, pre-natal,
  warm rose oil, reflexology), facials (flower-field, sinus relief, SkinVision,
  menopausal, prenatal, classic, collagen, deep pore, anti-oxidant with vitamin
  C, express, teen, purifying back), body therapies (revitalizing ocean glow,
  enzyme body peeling, detoxifying sea mineral wrap, body contour and cellulite
  therapy, toning treatment), nail services, make-up and waxing.
  Special Features: Preston Wynne Spa has intensive wellness programs designed
  to do everything from increasing self-esteem to preparing for motherhood to
  purifying the lymphatic system.

3. The Spa – Los Gatos $$$
  100 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
  (408) 354-5901

  www.thespalosgatos.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, warm stone, aromatherapy,
  pre-natal, lomi lomi, Endermologie®, reflexology), facials (DNA cryo-stem,
  glycolic, teen, back, gentleman’s, vitamin C and papaya enzyme), body
  therapy (body detox, chocolate dream, chardonnay bliss, bath rituals, hand and
  foot), waxing, manicures, pedicures, Vichy shower treatments, wraps, hydrotherapy
  treatments, make-up and hair salon.
  Special Features: All treatments at this large European-style day spa include
  a private aromatherapy steam session, plus use of a robe and slippers. Wines
  and hot teas are available while you wait in the well-appointed “library”.
  Along with the typical spa favorites of various massages and facials, The Spa
  – Los Gatos shows its dedication to the complete well-being of its clients
  by offering such services as oncology massage, detoxing body wraps, teen skin
  consultations and motherhood massage.

4. The Spa at Dolce Hayes Mansion $$$
  200 Edenvale Ave., San Jose
  (408) 226-3200

  www.hayesmansion.com
  Services: Massages (therapeutic, relaxation, lava stone, deep tissue, sports-specific,
  couples, four-handed, prenatal), body therapies (herbal back treatment, lymphango
  body wrap, Java body wrap, mineral bath foot therapy), facials (Dolce signature,
  Pevonia signature, purify/clarify, men’s, express), lip contour, distress
  eye treatment, hair removal, make-up, manicures and pedicures.
  Special Features: Tea and Tranquility treatment with Mandarin orange lightening
  and brightening facial masks, exotic Asian aromatherapies, Reiki foot treatments,
  and herbal teas from the tea bar will ease the most stressed body and soul.

5. Harmonie European Day Spa $$
  14501 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
  (800) 391-3300

  www.harmoniespa.com
  Services: Facials (deep cleaning, anti-aging, firming, acne prone skin treatment,
  hyper-pigmentation, desensitizing treatment, clinical and specialized treatment),
  massages (Harmonie signature, deep tissue, sports, tranquility, pregnancy, cellulite),
  body therapies (viva glow body exfoliation, hot salt lavender body scrub, hot
  alaea Hawaiian salt scrub, Riviera sun mist, vanilla orchid balm body mask),
  anti-cellulite therapies, post-surgery treatments, nail care, European skin
  care and makeup, spa day packages, and wellness plans.
  Special Features: Unwind with the Harmonie Vitoxy facial (packed with vitamins
  C, A, and E, combined with green tea, licorice and Echinacea) and detoxifying
  hydrotherapy baths.

6. The Alexandria Salon & Spa $$
  1346 The Alameda, Suite 8 San Jose
  (408) 268-7999

  www.thealexandriasalon.com
  Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep tissue, Shiatsu, Swedish, reflexology,
  sports and chair), facials (mini, full, European, thermo-plastic mask, algo
  mask, sea C spa treatment, hydro lifting and collagen 90 II), waxing, threading,
  manicure, pedicure, body treatments (parafango wrap, back parafango for men,
  body shaping and firming, Dead Sea salt glow and purifying back treatment) and
  make-up.
  Special Features: All skin treatments include a complimentary make-up retouch
  featuring Glominerals cosmetics, also sold at Alexandria’s.

7. Angel Face Day Spa $$
  833 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose
  (408) 247-3223

  www.angelfacedayspa.com
  Services: Facials (hydrating, revitalizing, de-stressing, alpha hydroxy, back,
  gentlemen’s and teen), body treatments (seaweed, European herbal wrap,
  European ocean glow, hair and scalp treatment), massages (Swedish, aromatherapy,
  deep tissue, acupressure), manicures, pedicures and make-up.
  Special Features: Angel Face offers specialty treatments like the Epicuren Enzyme
  Facial Treatment (natural enzymes, proteins, and botanicals free of chemical
  preservatives, fragrances and colors) and the Micro Derma Facial, which uses
  a specially formulated micro-crystal cream (that removes dry or damaged cells)
  to achieve results similar to that of a microdermabrasion machine.

8. An Essential Day Spa $$$
  433 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
  (408) 720-8297

  www.anessentialdayspa.com
  Services: Massages (deep tissue, volcanic stone, scrub and rub, prenatal, foot,
  hand and wrist), haircuts and colors, waxing, make-up, manicures, pedicures,
  facials (aromaplasty mask, European, men’s, alpha glow, enzyme exfoliation,
  acne, nutrisoin mask, dry skin, firming) and body cocoons (aromatherapy, marine
  algae, perfect legs, sea salt, tan).
  Special Features: Located in a nearly century-old house, the spa maintains a
  homey atmosphere, despite a major remodeling in 2001.

9. Atelier Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa $$
  378 Santana Row, Suite 1120San Jose
  (408) 244-4222

  www.ateliersalon.com
  Services: Facials (botanical skin resurfacing, men’s, self renewal), body
  treatments (Caribbean therapy, back), treatment enhancers, waxing, tinting,
  hair salon and make-up.
  Special Features: All hair services begin with a consultation to determine what
  procedures are best for you, based on your lifestyle, face shape, hair texture
  and length. Hair color consultations are based on hair color wheels that are
  used to calculate the best shade for your natural color.

10. Ayoma Life Spa $$$
  355 Santana Row, Fifth Floor San Jose
  (408) 423-5424

  www.ayoma.com
  Services: Massages (traditional Kerala sports massage, four-handed Ayuverdic
  massage, aromatic herbal oil, traditional Indian), waxing, hand and feet therapy,
  facials (Soundarya deep cleansing, Mukhralepa Ayurvedic herbal), body treatments
  and wellness plans.
  Special Features: This restful haven in Hotel Valencia is the only Ayurvedic
  (a 5,000-year-old healing system from India) wellness spa in the Bay Area, and
  offers consultations and custom spa packages.

11. Beauty Clinica $$$
  200 S. California Ave., Palo Alto
  (650) 326-3442

  www.beautyclinica.com
  Services: Massages (deep tissue, couples, aromatherapy, hot stone, maternity,
  lymphatic drainage), facials (clean & clear, European, urban defense, back,
  acne, aromaplasty, alpha glycolic, sensitive skin, hydrating, herbal peel, gentlemen’s,
  anti-aging, regulating, oxygen), hair removal, nail therapy, body treatments
  (de-stress aromatherapy body wrap, Dead Sea full body masque, passion- fruit
  body-salt rub and massage, anti-cellulite, aloe -vera-oil body wrap, sculptured
  firming treatment, aroma), hair salon, make-up, hair removal.
  Special Features: A trip to Beauty Clinica is like taking a mini-vacation, without
  the hassle of traveling. Their wide range of full- and half-day packages, which
  comes with a healthy spa lunch, will leave you feeling on top of the world.
  Especially popular is the Half-Day Getaway, which includes a facial, massage,
  body treatment, manicure, pedicure, and a hot spa lunch.

12. Being Spa & Tanning $$$
  1415 The Alameda, San Jose
  (408) 298-2900

  www.beingspa-tanning.com
  Services: Massages (deep tissue, Swedish, sports, motherhood, local area emphasizing),
  facials (DNA anti-aging treatment, signature Being Spa, deep pore cleansing,
  gentleman’s relaxing facial, teen, back treatment), waxing and tanning.
 
  Special Features: Being Spa & Tanning specializes in anti-aging facials
  that promise immediate results during the first treatment that will last up
  to three months.

13. Body Kneads $
  810 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto
  (650) 852-0546

  www.bodykneads-dayspa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, aromatherapy, pregnancy, cranial sacral, hot stone,
  lymphatic drainage, reflexology, hot stone, Shiatsu, sports), facials (European,
  express mini, alpha hydroxy, mini, men’s, teen, crystal peel, back, vitamin
  C, eye treatment), body treatments (GX-99, cellulite, aromatic bath), hair removal,
  nail care, hand and foot therapy, permanent make-up, tanning.
  Special Features: GX-99 sounds more like a car than a body treatment, but the
  use of gyratory vibration percussion stimulates and nourishes your skin and
  tissues to help dissolve fat and cellulite.

14. Burke Williams Spa $$$
  355 Santana Row, Suite 2010 San Jose
  (408) 241-0071

  www.burkewilliamsspa.com
  Services: Massages (pure relaxation, deep tissue/sports, pregnancy, traditional
  Japanese Shiatsu, Swedish/Shiatsu combo, reflexology, Thai, Reiki, lymphatic,
  cranial sacral), facials (spa-style, the ultimate, nourishing, oxygen, organic
  enzymes, microdermabrasion, back), signature treatments (hunter’s retreat,
  Savannah’s surrender, salt glo, body wash, parafango), waxing, body wraps
  (thermal seaweed, detox/calming, Calistoga getaway), hand-and-foot therapy,
  and hair salon.
  Special Features: If you’re looking to host a business meeting or office
  party with a twist, Burke Williams has conference room and party facilities.
  After that, wash away work stress in one of their luxurious spa baths (herbal,
  seaweed, milk and mud).

15. Ciana Day Spa and Ciana Salon $$
  111 Main St. (Salon) and 107 Main St. (Spa), Los Altos
  (650) 941-1285

  www.cianasalonspa.com
  Services: Massages (hands and feet, LaStone, head, neck and shoulder, hydrotherm,
  aromatic oil), facials (men’s, LaStone, purifying facial for acne-prone
  skin, 55-minute express, microdermabrasion), waxing, hand and feet therapy,
  hair salon and make-up.
  Special Features: If you want the pampering to continue at home, throw a microdermabrasion
  party, where a certified esthetician from Ciana visits you.

16. Claremont Resort and Spa $$$$
  41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley
  (510) 843-3000

  www.claremontresort.com
  Services: Massages (therapeutic, warm stone, Shiatsu, deep tissue, aromatherapy,
  sports, neck and shoulder, reflexology, couples), herbal bath treatment, aqua-latte-milk
  bath and moisture treatment, therapeutic floatation tank, body wraps and scrubs
  (essential oils, moor mud, herbal, zen triology, grape seed body polish, coconut
  body polish, rosemary-citron Dead Sea salt scrub, chamomile, raw sugar and ginger),
  men’s specialties, facials (rose, therapy enzyme, botanical, custom),
  waxing, salon, bridal services.
  Special Features: The Tibetan Sound Massage combines the standard full body
  massage with vibrating sound waves from sacred Tibetan bowls placed on your
  body.

17. Day Spa Paradise $$$
  526 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
  (408) 245-4777

  www.dayspaparadise.com
  Services: Facials (anti-sensitive, anti-aging, anti-pigmentation, anti-acne,
  deep pore cleansing, deep hydrating, European, men’s, refresh, teen and
  back treatment), peels (diamond microdermabrasion, glycolic facial treatment,
  skin resurfacing AHA-BHA), massages (aroma luxe bodycare, anti-fatigue back
  care, silky hand and foot), waxing.
  Special Features: Spoil yourself and that special someone with Day Spa’s
  couple packages (relaxation care and rejuvenation care) or pick up one of their
  premier skincare products from Jan Marini and Yon-Ka Paris.

18. Destino Spa $$$
  4335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
  (650) 947-0203

  www.destinospa.net
  Services: Massages (Gardenia aroma Swedish, reclining Buddha-Thai, Shiatsu,
  prenatal, healing warm stone), facials (revitalizing pumpkin, collagen silk,
  Mandarin C aromatic, purification, men’s, tropical taste, deep cleansing
  back), resurfacing treatments (microdermabrasion, advanced exfoliation, sugar
  and beta peels, lactic acid and green tea), spa rituals (Bali bliss, sanur seaweed
  wrap, minty earth & sea mud wrap, lava purification wrap), foot therapy,
  body polishes, baths and soaks, waxing and make-up.
  Special Features: Feed your skin and senses with one of Destino’s appetizing
  treats. Try the Caramel Turtle Inspiration, which starts off with a dry brush
  exfoliation and delicious chocolate dip wrap. For something sweeter, have a
  go at Chocolate Chip Devotion, which includes a yummy chocolate chip scrub and
  strawberries-and-cream custom massage.

19. Delphi Salon and Day Spa $$
  540 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite D Los Gatos
  (408) 395-7260

  www.delphidayspa.com
  Services: Massages (aromatherapy, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, pre-natal,
  sports, chair, focus), facials (aromessance, men’s, teen, sea, sensitive
  skin, deep pore cleansing, antioxidant, glycol peel, back), body treatments
  (salt glow, moor mud, coffee scrub, airbrush tanning), waxing, nail care, hair
  salon and make-up.
  Special Features: Coffee lovers should try the Café Latte manicure, where
  the hands are soaked in coffee beans and steamed milk before the rest of the
  treatment.

20. Dolce Vita Day Spa & Salon $$
  630 N. First St., San Jose
  (408) 287-0200

  www.dolcevitaspa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, aromatherapy, pre- and post-natal, Shiatsu, deep
  tissue, reflexology, foot, hot stone), facials (express, deep cleansing, oxy-vital,
  hydrating, botanical Botox, glycolic acid peel), body treatments (micro-buff
  body polish, sea salt, aromatherapy, moor mud, detoxifying seaweed, cellulite
  body wrap), manicures, pedicures, hair salon, make-up and waxing.
  Special Features: Singles and couples can detoxify and hydrate their skin with
  water therapies, like the purifying steam sauna and the balneotherapy aroma
  bath.

21. European Day Spa $
  40643 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont
  (510) 770-1237

  www.europeandayspa.com
  Services: Massages (hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, aromatherapy,
  prenatal, spa hand and foot), facials (European deep pore cleansing, dermalift
  non-surgical facial lift, glycolic acid, acne, back, men’s), body treatments
  (salt glow body polishing with hydrotherapy bath, cellulite, seaweed body wrap,
  mud body wrap, slimming/detoxification), make-up, eye treatment, manicures and
  pedicures.
  Special Features: Spa packages are the way to go if you can’t decide how
  best to pamper yourself. From career women and moms-to-be to teenagers and couples,
  European Day Spa has you covered.

22. Face Forward Skincare $$
  1610 Blossom Hill Rd., Suite 3
  San Jose
  (408) 206-2426

  Services: Chemical peels, post-surgical treatments, facials, waxing, microdermabrasion,
  body wraps and treatments.
  Special Features: Personalized service, value pricing, flexible hours, and results-oriented
  products and services make Face Forward a great find. A series of six microdermabrasion
  sessions costs $500.

23. Heaven A Day Spa $$
  4301 Scotts Valley Dr., Suite 1 Scotts Valley
  (831) 438-3888

  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue), facials, body scrubs, body wrap,
  hydrotherapy, waxing, Botox, acupuncture, pedicure and manicure.
  Special Features: With 10 treatment rooms, a couples-only room, and professionals
  on hand for Botox and collogen injections, Heaven A Day spa is one of the largest
  and most comprehensive day spas in the area.

24. Inspiration Day Spa $$
  325 Sharon Park Dr., Menlo Park
  (650) 854-5885

  www.inspirationdayspa.com
  Services: Massages (bronze and buff, deep tissue, heated desert stone, neck,
  back and shoulders, prenatal, reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish), facials (advanced
  exfoliant, back, collagen veil mask, express, men’s, teens, eye treatment,
  purifying, herbal peel, DNA CryoStemTM skin therapy system, microdermabrasion),
  body treatments (Java Lulur body wrap, fresh lavender wrap, seaweed wrap, salt,
  glow and honey), waxing, hair salon, make-up and nail care.
  Special Features: The DNA CryoStemTM skin therapy system fuses the synergy of
  DermaNutraceutical technology with cryogenic bio-cell therapy to hydrate your
  skin. Integrate it into your day at the spa and take some home for later use.

25. La Belle Day Spa $$$
  95 Town and Country Village Palo Alto
  (650) 327-6964
  36 Stanford Shopping Center Palo Alto
  (650) 326-8522

  www.labelledayspas.com
  Services: Massages (deep tissue, hot stone, couples, hand and foot reflexology,
  lymphatic draining, post-and-prenatal, sports, Swedish), facials (anti-acne,
  anti-aging, botanical calm, jet lag rejuvenation, purifying, royal touch European,
  sea essence), body treatments (endermologie, aromatic mud, wine-and- roses scrub),
  waxing, laser hair removal, salon services, nails, regular and permanent make-up.
  Special Features: Turn back the clock in just four hours with Timeless Radiance,
  the anti-aging spa package that combines a Forever Young Facial to minimize
  wrinkles and brighten and firm skin, and an invigorating full-body glycolic
  body exfoliation. Also, check out their extensive menu of services for men,
  which includes grooming and sports manicure and pedicure.

26. La Concha Spa $$$
  1042 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
  (408) 286-8612

  www.laconchaspa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot
  reflexology, pre-natal, sports, chair, Reiki, lymphatic drainage), facials (Fruitopia,
  hydrating, deep cleansing, regenerating, acne, glycolic, back), mineral and
  herbal oil baths, body scrubs and wraps, tanning, cellulite treatments, manicures,
  pedicures, hand and foot therapy, hair salon and make-up.
  Special Features: Heaven has a new name and it’s the Grand Escape Spa
  Package. For $699, a couple gets seven hours of aromatherapy sauna, body scrub,
  choice of baths, full facial, one-hour massage, lunch, manicure, pedicure, shampoo
  and blow-dry.

27. New Image European Skin Care and Day Spa $$
  14432 Union Ave., San Jose
  (408) 371-5974

  www.newimagedayspa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone), body treatments
  (back, hydrotherapy bath, seaside salt scrub, contouring body wrap, seaweed
  body wrap with body exfoliation), facials (acne, European, glycolic acid, teen),
  waxing, including Brazilian bikini, tinting, electrolysis and make-up.
  Special Features: New Image specializes in unique packages, including The Mini
  Getaway for Two, The Royal Treatment, The Men’s Club, and much more.

28. Nilou Day Spa $$$
  18772 Cox Ave., Saratoga
  (408) 866-5036

  www.nilou.com
  Services: Massages (aromatic, stress reduction, pre-natal, deep tissue, lymphatic
  drainage, foot reflexology), facials (Epicuren, aroma, oxy, hydra, beta, alpha,
  teens and men), targeted facial treatments (microdermabrasion, glycolic enzyme
  treatment, fruit-acid exfoliation and eye opener), permanent make-up, body treatments
  (La Stone therapy, anti-cellulite treatment, seaweed body wrap, sun free tanning,
  detoxifying herbal body wrap), waxing, tinting and nail care.
  Special Features: Indulge in a unique body treatment like the Persian Hamam,
  which starts with a soak in Nilou’s exclusive hydro bath, followed by
  a waterfall shower.

29. Pavia Day Spa $$$
  12840 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd. Suite 300, Saratoga
  (408) 741-1555

  www.paviadayspa.com
  Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep tissue, foot reflexology, cellulite,
  lymphatic drainage), body contour wrap, dry skin soother, aromatherapy salt
  glow, deep cleansing back, sunless tan, facials (classic, antioxidant, deep
  purification, hydrating, intensive firming, glycolic, upper chest) make-up,
  manicure, pedicure and waxing.
  Special Features: Pamper your extremities with the Head, Hands and Feet massage
  ($85 for 60 minutes), a pressure point massage using a customized blend of essential
  oils.

30. Plum Spa $$
  74 S. First St., San Jose
  (408) 971-9713

  www.plumspa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, sports, aromatherapy, reflexology),
  facials (deep pore cleansing, aromatherapy, microdermabrasion, sea, anti-oxidant,
  teen acne), body treatments (detox essential oil wrap for cellulite, bamboo
  and lemongrass body buff, plum crush body buff), hydrotherapy, hair salon, makeover,
  permanent cosmetics, waxing and nail care.
  Special Features: This urban retreat is one of only 10 spas in the nation to
  offer the elaborate Jamu Indonesian spa rituals. The Javanese Lulur™ Royal
  Ritual, which begins with a Balinese massage and culminates in a luxurious petal
  bath and a slathering of Jasmine Frangipani lotion, is fit for a queen. This
  ritual is administered to royal brides 40 days before the wedding as a skin
  purification and beauty ritual.

31. Primrose Country Day Spa $
  630 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay
  (650) 726-1244

  www.primrosespa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, warm stone, couples,
  prenatal), facials (pumpkin, resurfacing, teen, enzyme peel, hyper pigment treatment,
  acne), body wraps (herbal, mud, seaweed) and scrubs, waxing, tinting, hand and
  foot care, and electrolysis.
  Special Features: Facials are Primrose’s specialty, with options like
  Epicurean enzyme and oxygen treatment, salicylic acid, microcurrent eye treatment
  and frozen live cell therapy.

32. Sachs Day Spa $$
  1375 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
  (408) 298-1375

  www.sachsdayspa.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep muscle, reflexology, heated stone, lomi lomi,
  pregnancy), facials (deep pore, papaya enzyme, glycolic, pumpkin, aromaplasty,
  rejuvenating, pumpkin, teen, men’s, back, microdermabrasion, body treatments
  (mango polish tanning, self tanning, rejuvenating body mask, spa pure), waxing
  and make-up.
  Special Features: Add a little oomph to your facial with Sachs’ intensifiers
  like the aromaplasty mask, a multi-vitamin mask that revitalizes the skin, or
  an evidence mask, an anti-aging treatment to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

33. Sanctuary Day Spa $$
  16A Seascape Village, Aptos
  (831) 688-7727

  www.sanctuarydayspa.com
  Services: Massages (warm stone, reflexology foot therapy, deep tissue, stress
  reduction, pregnancy), facials (microdermabrasion, glycolic, deep pore cleansing,
  vitamin C, teen, gentleman’s, express), body and bath treatments (milk
  and honey wrap, seaweed detoxification wrap, body scrub, cellulite reduction,
  hydrotherapy bath, airbrush bronzer), medical spa treatments (Botox, fillers,
  fotofacial RF, laser hair removal, acid peel, extreme skin rejuvenation, corrective
  acne, cell regeneration).
  Special Features: Take advantage of Sanctuary Spa’s rewards program that
  includes a newsletter and offers discounts with plans like the MyTime Spa Membership
  (one free treatment, weekday and weekend discounts, medical spa discounts and
  monthly specials) or the NurtureMe Series (purchase six facials, massages or
  body treatments and get the seventh free).

34. Sona MedSpa $$$
  2880 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 240 San Jose
  (408) 248-7662

  www.sonamedspa.com
  Services: Laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation programs (healthy skin system,
  skin illuminating system, skin renewal system, sun repair system, acne care
  system, skin resolution system and Sona select system).
  Special Features: Experience the Sona Concept: a personalized treatment program
  that targets each anatomical area for treatment during the exact window of time
  most effective for hair removal and anti-aging services.

35. Sunset Sauna and Massage $
  1214 20th Ave., San Francisco
  (415) 753-2559

  www.sunsetsauna.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, couples, deep tissue, four-handed, reflexology,
  sports, chair), salt glow, body polish, mud pack, kelp and aloe wrap and facials
  (herbal clay, acupressure, rose petal, Burt’s Bees).
  Special Features: Private Finnish saunas are available for $10 per person, per
  hour.

36. Spa at Chaminade $$$
  One Chaminade Ln., Santa Cruz
  (800) 283-6569

  www.chaminade.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep pressure, aromatherapy, prenatal, couples),
  body wraps and scrubs (essential oils, tricrystal salt scrub, green tea and
  ginger sea enzyme, chai tea mud), facials (purifying, vitamin C, anti-aging,
  Epicurean enzyme, silver ion mask, microdermabrasion), waxing and make-up.
  Special Features: Throw a two- or three hour private spa party, which includes
  massages, facials, champagne, wine and a hors d’oeuvres reception.

37. Spoiled Rotten Day Spa $
  9039 Soquel Dr., Aptos
(831) 688-7714

  www.spoiledrottenspa.com
  Services: Massages (deep tissue, aromatherapy, aromatherapy foot treatment),
  body treatments (total body buff, the ultimate body wrap), facials (clinical
  deep cleansing, oxygen blast, Victorian, aromatherapy, European, glycolic acid
  peel, microdermabrasion), nail services, salon services including make-up, Botox,
  permanent make-up.
  Special Features: Try toning, a procedure that uses painless low-level electronic
  impulses to “reprogram” muscles in the face to assume nearly their
  original shape and to support skin tissues to become healthier.

38. Tova Yaron Day Spa & Salon $$
  1600 Saratoga Ave., Suite 411 San Jose
  (408) 866-8682

  www.tovayaron.com
  Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Shiatsu,
  hot stone, prenatal, aromatherapy, lymphatic, foot reflexology), facials (normal-to-dry-skin,
  oily/combination skin, sensitive skin, aromatherapy, teen, back, vitamin C,
  oxygen, collagen anti-aging treatment, hydrolifting), body treatments (body
  salt glow plus sunless tanning, moor mud, seaweed, honey and almond body glow,
  mineral rich Dead Sea salt glow, purifying and slimming detox, anti-fluid, Dead
  Sea mud), microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, waxing, electrolysis, hydrotherapy
  tub, nail services, hair salon services and make-up.
  Special Features: Experience relaxation at its finest with Tova Yaron’s
  “Total Escape from Reality” spa package – seven-and-a-half
  hours of pampering, including an age-defying oxygen facial, a hydrotone body
  wrap, a calming hydrotherapy bath, a relaxing hour-long massage, hair styling
  and shampoo, make-up, a manicure and pedicure. Lunch is included.

39. Visual Image Salon $
  5200 Mowry Ave., Suite C, Fremont
  (510) 792-5922

  www.visualimagesalon.com
  Services: Facials (signature, traditional European, acne, glycolic acid peel,
  microdermabrasion, back), eye, lip and neck treatments, eyebrow and lash tinting,
  waxing, hair salon and make-up.
  Special Features: Become a model and get your haircut or color for free. Models
  are used for training future hair stylists and qualified educators are on hand
  to supervise.

40. Salon De La Vie $$
  1044 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
  (408) 277-0911

  www.salondelavie.com
  Services: Hair treatments (cutting, color, thermal straightening, perms and
  deep conditioning), waxing, facials (aromatherapy, deep cleansing, acne solution,
  peel, European, gentleman’s, back, diamond microdermabrasion), manicure,
  pedicure, massages (prenatal, Swedish, sports, deep tissue, aromatherapy)
  Special Features: Special events are their forte. Salon De La Vie offers make-up
  and hair styling services to help you look your best for your prom, weddings
  and other special occasions.

TOP SAN FRANCISCO SPAS

International
Orange Spa Yoga Lounge

2044 Fillmore St.
(800) 387-7918

www.internationalorange.com
“BEST SPA 2004” – San Francisco Magazine

Prima Facie Skincare Salon
  561 Castro St.
  (415) 626-7700

  “Voted Best of the Bay” – SFWeekly

Spa Sole – A Restorative Wellness Spa
  2500 Clay St.
  (415) 929-6886

  www.spasole.com
  “The ultimate place to go for maximum pampering” – Spa Daily

Therapeia
  1801 Bush St.
  (415) 885-4450

  www.therapeiaspa.com
  “Best Massage in San Francisco” – Allure Magazine

Tru Spa
  750 Kearny St.
  (415) 399-9700

  www.truspa.com
  “Best Facial in San Francisco” – Tru Spa


NEW SPAS

American
Male Salon

560 Showers Dr., Mountain View
(650) 941-9994

www.americanmale.com

The Pet Spa
  1516 Pollard Rd., Los Gatos
  (408) 379-8911

  www.spa4pets.com

Clarity Spa
  40000 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
  (510) 656-2100

  www.clarityspa.com

JEM Skincare
  1370 El Paseo De Saratoga San Jose
  (408) 674-1356

  www.jessicarom.com

Juut Salonspa
  240 University Ave., Palo Alto
  (650) 328-4067

  www.juut.com

Lavender Beauty Spa
  47854 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont
  (510) 353-1311

  www.lavenderbeautyspa.com

Persona Day Spa
  1166 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
  (650) 328-2836

  www.bodynsole.com

Pure Bliss Day Spa
  6055 Meridian Ave., San Jose
  (408) 268-5300

  www.pbdayspa.com

Sage Beauty Spa
  812 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 140, San Jose
  (408) 244-2102

  www.sagebeautyspa.com

Serenity Day Spa
  1123 Luchessi Dr., San Jose
  (408) 448-7546

  www.serenityds.com

SkinSpirit Clinic & Spa
  701 Emerson St., Palo Alto
  (650) 324-9600

  www.skinspirit.com

Thermae Day Spa
  103 Gilbert Ave.Menlo Park
  (650) 833-3131

  www.thermaespa.com

Yelka Day Spa
  2049 Grant Rd., Los Altos
  (650) 969-1117

  www.yelkadayspa.com

1240 Salon & Spa
  1240 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose
  (408) 295-3886

SPA DO’S AND DON’T’S

DO:
  TIP. It’s customary to leave 15 to 20 percent for any
  personalized service. Gift certificates don’t generally include gratuity.
  When in doubt, ask.

SHOWER BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT. Though your massage therapist
  will likely use scented oils and such, nothing can cover a day’s worth
  of mountain biking. And bring stuff for your post-shower treatment, too.

TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE. The only place more inappropriate
  for a mobile phone would be a funeral.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR THERAPIST. Tell them where it hurts,
  and where you’d like more or less pressure throughout the treatment. Don’t
  get bossy; just don’t be shy.

RELAX. Massage and meditation are soul mates. Go ahead, fall
  asleep.

HYDRATE. Massage breaks up toxins. Drinking water before and
  after your treatment will help your body’s natural elimination process.

CHECK FOR OTHER AMENITIES. Some spas have hot tubs and steam
  rooms for guest use. It’d be a shame if they went to waste.

USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT. ’Nuff said.

DON’T:
  WEAR HEAVY PERFUMES OR DEODORANTS. Some therapists have allergies
  or are sensitive to overbearing fragrances.

BRING BABIES OR TODDLERS. Apparently, this isn’t obvious.

ASSUME IT’S OKAY TO NOT SHOW UP. Space and time are
  reserved for you, and cost the spa money if you flake.

BE AFRAID TO GET NAKED. Clothing is optional, of course. But
  a trained professional knows how to maintain your privacy while having access
  to those glutes and lower back (spots clothing usually covers).

SHOW UP DRUNK. Massage is a detoxifying treatment. Don’t
  mix the two.

EAT A HEAVY MEAL BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT. This will only make
  your body work harder at breaking down toxins.

 


THE PERFECT WEEKEND SPA GETAWAY

SYCAMORE HOT SPRINGS WEEKEND GETAWAY
1215 Avila Dr., San Luis Obispo
(800) 234-5831

www.sycamoresprings.com
Don’t tell your partner where the two of you are going. Just tell him or
her to pack one nice outfit, swim trunks, a toothbrush, a pair of hiking shoes,
shorts, some sunglasses and a crossbow (or something throw ’em off the scent).
Then drive to Sycamore Hot Springs for your surprise weekend getaway (after you’ve
made reservations, of course). You will be the hero. Be sure to ask for a room
with its own mineral spring hot tub (there are several), which delivers mineral-rich,
104-degree water that will make you immortal (not really). Take a dip in one of
the three freshwater pools (one of which, “The Oasis,” is a 30-person
hot tub nestled amongst the rocks and trees); pick your degree of difficulty and
hike to some of California’s most breathtaking coastal views; indulge in
a variety of therapeutic spa treatments, including massages and facials; and relax
in one of the many redwood hot tubs tucked against the hillside. Rinse and repeat.

TOP 10 YOGA STUDIOS

Yoga
Yoga
Source Palo Alto

158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
(650) 328-9642

www.yogasource.com

Yoga Center of Los Gatos
  Nine Montebello Way, Los Gatos
  (408) 395-5356

  www.yogacenterlosgatos.com

Bikram Yoga Studio
  5289 Prospect Rd., San Jose
  (408) 255-9910
  1500 Norman Ave., Suite. 201 Santa Clara
  (408) 562-0055

  www.bikramyoga.com

California Yoga Center
  570 Showers Dr., Mountain View
  (650) 947-9642

  www.californiayoga.com

Cambrian Yoga, Pilates & Fitness
  1900 Camden Ave., San Jose
  (408) 377-3866

  www.cambrianyoga.com

Willow Glen Yoga
  1188 Lincoln Ave., #4, San Jose
  (408) 289-9642

  www.willowglenyoga.com

Dahn Yoga Center
  1082 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara
  (408) 241-0328
  42130 Blacow Rd., Fremont
  (510) 979-1130
  1776 Miramonte Ave.Mountain View
  (650) 960-1717

  www.dahnyoga.com

Yoga Source Los Gatos
  227C N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
  (408) 315-2096

  www.yogasource.com

Yoga Los Altos
  343 Second St., #3Los Altos
  (650) 941-9642

  www.yogaoflosaltos.com

Los Gatos Ballet & Pilates
  16 Lyndon Ave. Los Gatos
  (408) 399-7577

  www.bodyinmotion.com

   

 

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