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Inside the New Spa at Halcyon House

I didn’t notice my chipped nail polish until I walked into a room full of beauty editors.

I was at Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach, one of the best loved boutique hotels in Australia, to see the development of the new resort spa, alongside editors from all the major publications. SOMEHOW, I had forgotten to remove the remnants of a forgotten pedicure I’d had eight months ago.

Sorry Mum.


A Rugged, Private Island Off The South-East Coast Of Tasmania

Five years ago Kara Rosenlund took a trip to Tasmania that changed her life. While she was working on putting together her wonderful book, Shelter: How Australians Live, she bought a one-way ticket to Tasmania in search of shacks to shoot, and ended up spending time on the elusive Satellite Island.

Kara had a transformative experience after staying for three nights alone on the Island. Five years later, she returned with her family, to share the magic she found.

Here, Kara reflects on the Island she will never forget!

Your Secret to Burning More Calories at Rest

With all the effort we put into our workouts, it would be great if we could also burn extra calories while at rest, too. That’s where something called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or

The Canadian Apple Season is Here!

FOODThe Canadian Apple Season is Here!

The Canadian Apple Season is Here!

Apple season is here, so celebrate with these tasty alive recipes featuring the forbidden fruit.

Along with colourful, falling leaves and bulbous pumpkins, ripe, crisp, juicy apples tell us that fall is finally here.  With names such as Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, Spartan, and Golden Delicious, there’s a Canadian apple variety for all of your apple pie, apple butter, or applesauce needs.

An apple a day
As well as being just plain delicious, apples have great nutritional value. They contain high levels of dietary fibre, particularly pectin, which seems to bind to substances in the digestive tract and add bulk. Research has shown pectin to lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while leaving HDL (good) cholesterol levels unchanged. Further, apples are packed with free radical-fighting vitamin C—in fact, one medium apple contains 10 percent of our daily recommended intake (take that, oranges!).

Apple uses
When it comes to cooking with apples, not all varieties can be used interchangeably. The following will help you determine what to do with your locally picked apples.

  • Applesauce: Braeburn, Cortland, Jonagold, Jonathon, McIntosh, Newtown
  • Apple pie: Cortland, Jonagold, Newtown
  • Baking: Fuji, Granny Smith, McIntosh
  • Cider: Gala, Newtown, McIntosh
  • Dried: Gala

Get cooking
Visit your local apple orchard and pick up some tasty Canadian apple varieties. For recipe ideas, check out the following alive recipes featuring this “forbidden fruit”:

  • Baked Apples with Roses
  • Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Apple Crumble
  • Fruited Mead Soup
  • Ploughman’s Salad
  • Sweet Potato, Parsnip, and Apple Bisque
  • Cheesy Cinnamon Apple Slices
  • Golden Applesauce

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