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The perfect pairings for Red Wine Day

A big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon. A smooth, velvety Merlot. A rich, creamy Pinot Noir.  Whatever your favorite vintage or varietal, the perfect reason to delve into tannins, berries and bitter notes is around the corner. As Red Wine Day approaches, we figured that now is as good a time as any to usher in the flavors of the fall and share some tips on how to pair your favorite wines on August 28th and beyond.  So, let’s start with the basics… The basics of red wine People are often intimidated by red wine due to its bold flavors. Depending on what you choose, the flavor profile of your wine could be dry, peppery, complex, bitter or a variety of other notes, all of which...

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How to start your plastic-free journey

Here at spaZa, we believe in transparency so we’re going to keep it real - the biggest challenge in going plastic-free is going plastic-free. While you can understand the issue, commit to the cause and start making changes, you will inevitably find plastic creeping into your home and your trash at an alarming rate. That’s just the sad reality of the world we live in. But just because the omnipresence of plastic can make the journey difficult, it isn’t impossible! This guide is not meant to overwhelm you but simply to show you that living plastic-free is a possibility. It just requires a bit of extra planning and some effort. Remember that the goal is progress, not perfection. So do your best,...

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Go Green: The definitive guide to Sustainable Travel

It’s inevitable - if you are lucky enough to travel, you’re going to leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. And while planes may spew carbon emissions and plastic bottles may be the general order of the day, you shouldn’t let the guilt dampen your vacation. By being mindful and making simple choices to lighten the blemish on Mother Earth, you can lift the remorse and incorporate a few eco-conscious practices into your life in the process. After all, green travel is not a passing trend, it’s a portable lifestyle choice.  But what exactly is green travel and where does one even begin?  Green travel (or sustainable travel) is all about creating a positive effect on the communities that you visit...

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The curious case of the Hot Cross Bun

When I think about Easter, there are some very specific foods that come to mind. Amongst these are pickled fish, freshly baked bread and pickled fish. But the one dish that stands out among the rest is definitely the coveted Hot Cross Bun.  In my family, we would buy these over several weeks before and after the Easter Weekend and serve them warm, cut in half with a dollop of butter melting over the middle. And even though my love of spicy Hot Cross Buns has since changed to a penchant for the chocolate variant, this traditional baked morsel of deliciousness will always hold fond memories for me. While planning for this year’s Easter weekend, my mind wandered back to...

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The Beginner's Guide to Sourdough Bread

As the daughter of an avid baker, there are few baked goodies that I haven’t tried. From lamingtons to cornbread, my mom always had a new recipe that she wanted to try and I was happy to be the taste tester. Bread, however, was never really one of those things either of us had much interest in. That all changed recently when Julia sent me a gallery full of images from her bread baking adventures… To be honest, I never really thought of sourdough bread as a feasible means of sustenance. Yeah, sure, it made a nice sandwich base whenever I went out for brunch but it’s not really something I would actively make or buy. That is until Julia...

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