Yes, hydration, sun protection, and a relaxed attitude are total summer wellness staples—and no, you don't need full pharmacy status for every beach day or BBQ. But one thing that might help? This extra insight from an MD about the surprisingly common issues the season can throw your way.
"We all want to have a safe and healthy summer, but sometimes summer health hiccups can happen," says Karla Robinson, MD, a board-certified family physician and medical editor at GoodRx, the online resource dedicated to making health care affordable and convenient for all Americans. On top of the heat, "Many people are also participating in more outdoor activities, and may be more active in general, which can also contribute to other health concerns we see in the summer months.”
Those factors can play out in a variety of ways, from swollen feet to sunburns—but whatever pops up, Dr. Robinson recommends GoodRx Health as the go-to destination for trusted intel on health questions, so you can get back on your feet faster. The team of doctors, pharmacists, and health-care experts can help you sift through all the info out there (because let's face it, health care is complex). "Whether you are looking to save money on prescriptions or want to speak directly with a provider via GoodRx Care, we can help," she says.
Below, find out more about the surprisingly common health concerns to keep on your radar as you bounce from paddleboard to picnic (with GoodRx Health in your back pocket). And remember: "It’s important to listen to your body," says Dr. Robinson. "If you have a new symptom that worries you, make sure to discuss your concerns with your health-care provider."
Whether it’s a garden party or a backyard barbecue, you live for an al fresco summer meal. Here's the thing: Foods that are typically chilled, raw, or partially cooked—like meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy products—are susceptible to rapid bacteria growth when exposed to heat and humidity, says Dr. Robinson. And those conditions may lead to food-borne illnesses like salmonella. The easy fix? Keep a chilly cooler handy and be sure to store leftovers within one hour of serving.
Blame it on your sky-high seats at the baseball game—or just the season’s hot, dry air. “There may also be an increase in environmental allergens or pollutants in the summertime," adds Dr. Robinson. "These changes in the environment can irritate the lining of your nose."
To help prevent nosebleeds, she recommends using saline spray twice a day to keep nasal passages moist. And one more pro tip: “Most people think you should tilt your head back to stop your nosebleed," Dr. Robinson says. "It’s actually best to sit upright, but lean your head forward. This keeps the blood from going down the airway or into the stomach.”
Summer heat brings sweaty feet. “Heat and moisture promote the growth of fungus that can lead to athlete’s foot,” says Dr. Robinson. The infection, which is commonly spread at pools, showers, and locker rooms, is easy to avoid. “Wearing shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe and remain cool and dry can help. Make sure to dry your feet and toes well after sweating or showering.” supply your waterproof sandals a daily wash with soap and water, too.
And speaking of heat and moisture, be sure to supply some TLC down there. High temps, humidity, and hours spent in your bathing suit can lead to an overgrowth of yeast and cause discomfort in the vaginal area. “You definitely want to avoid tight clothing and fabrics that may trap sweat and heat,” Dr. Robinson recommends. “Instead, choose loose-fitting, breathable fabrics that keep you cool. If over-the-counter medications don’t work for your symptoms, contact a health-care provider.” Yes, that's yet another point for flowy pants.
Got more questions? Check out GoodRx Health for more health info this summer and beyond.
You’ve probably heard of plant-based meat, and even spotted them at the supermarket. More restaurants are offering plant-based dishes on their menus, and your friends might be eagerly lapping up this food trend.
Interest in socially responsible consumption among Singapore consumers has doubled from 2019 to 2020, cites a report by vegan food discovery platform abillion.
According to a November 2021 survey by Rakuten Insight, the top reasons why consumers choose plant-based food are healthiness (48 per cent), animal welfare (34 per cent) and following new trends (34 per cent).
An article published in Harvard Health notes that a plant-based diet rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals could help lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes and support the maintenance of a healthy weight.
It is good for the Earth as well. Shifting to a plant-based diet could reduce carbon emissions, which has a positive impact on climate change.
One of the latest plant-based food brands to join the fray is Hoshay Food, which prides itself on producing innovative and quality plant-based products rooted in decades of food manufacturing expertise. Here are some reasons to munch on its offerings.
Hoshay Food products are plant-based, high in soya protein, include a source of highly digestible plant-based protein, and contain no cholesterol. They are also free of animal hormones, MSG, peanuts and sesame.
Hoshay Food chief executive officer, Ms Chris Ooi says: “Our commitment to providing a more ethical and more sustainable food alternative has led us to make this promise to our customers.”
Apart from Hoshay being recognised with the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC), its products are also halal-certified and minimally processed. They are made from two key ingredients, shiitake mushrooms and tofu skin, which are packed with nutrients and health benefits.
Shiitake mushrooms support immunity and heart health, while being rich in taste (for that addictive yet natural umami flavour). They also have a “meaty” texture and are low in calories. The nutritious fungus is also high in B vitamins and is a source of vitamin D for healthy blood vessels and bones.
Freshly picked shiitake mushrooms are used in Hoshay Food’s plant-based mushroom meatballs that deliver a juicy – yet meatless – satisfaction.
Meanwhile, tofu skin is rich in protein, calcium and other nutrients. This ingredient is also low in calories, and a perfect grain-free option. It is also said to help your skin achieve a supple and youthful glow, thanks to the vitamin E contained within.
Tofu skin is the main ingredient in Hoshay Food’s plant-based crispy fried chicken, a juicy parcel of tofu skin seasoned with herbs and spices – an addictive snack on its own or a versatile pairing with fries, tacos and more.
The team behind Hoshay Food has been in the food manufacturing industry since 1995 – that’s 26 years of expertise! Its latest expansion plans include a new plant that is expected to be in compliance with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) food safety standards, and is estimated to be ready in the third quarter of this year.
The brand is part of Everbest, a leading vegetarian food manufacturer in Malaysia, known for its halal-certified soya bean products made from non-genetically modified soya beans.
This familiarity with the production process also means that Hoshay Food is able to focus on innovation and its commitment to developing a diverse range of products for us consumers.
Plant-based foods don’t just go with Western-style dishes such as pasta, burgers and grilled fare. Hoshay Food’s plant-based options go well with zichar, donburi, wonton mee, or even briyani.
With Hoshay Food’s understanding of local palates and preferences, it has come up with some mouth-watering recipes using its products. They include teriyaki “unagi” served as sushi or atop rice bowls, mushroom meatballs in dry wonton mee or cooked in curry to go with fragrant briyani rice, sweet and sour “meat” served in wraps, and even Southern-style crispy fried “chicken” and waffles.
Of note is Hoshay Food’s unique plant-based unagi, which is made from TVP, or textured vegetable protein (a soya-based ingredient), and seaweed. What’s unique is that most plant-based meats typically mimic beef, chicken, pork and selected seafood, and finding plant-based unagi with homemade teriyaki sauce is indeed a rarity.
For time-strapped individuals, Hoshay Food literally brings convenience to the table as its products can be used to whip up meals in a flash.
From the Hoshay Sizzle range, enjoy plant-based mushroom meatballs and patties as meat alternatives for Western-style meals. These can go directly from the freezer to the frying pan and to your plate in less than 10 minutes flat. The meatballs can also be microwaved (just takes two minutes), boiled in soup or deep-fried.
The Hoshay Now range comprises delicious Grab & Go plant-based meals that include teriyaki unagi, sweet and sour meat, and tomato mushroom meatball. Again, these can be heated up in the microwave when frozen, and are ready in under five minutes! Just drizzle some sauce and prepare a side of your preferred carbohydrates for maximum enjoyment.
Last but not least is the Hoshay Munchies range, which is perfect for a midday pick-me-up or a party snack. For now, there’s only the plant-based crispy fried chicken, but this popular tofu skin snack is so versatile that you probably don’t need anything else. It’s also easily cooked from frozen, and can be air-fried for those who want to achieve the same shatteringly crisp skin and juicy interior without using oil.
A February 2020 YouGov survey found that about two in five (39 per cent) Singaporeans describe themselves as flexitarian. This means they are on a flexible vegetarian diet, where they choose to eat plant-based meals most of the time, with the occasional indulgence in animal products. Reasons cited for choosing this diet include health, concerns over health risks in meat and/or fish production, concerns over the healthiness of processed meat, and environmental reasons.
Recognising this, several eateries have partnered with Hoshay Food to offer delectable plant-based dishes.
For a quick bite, munch on Jollibean Vegan’s Tomato Mushroom Meatball ($9.90). Wash this down with a swig of its silky smooth soya milk. At Tonichi Tsukemen Singapore, enjoy plant-based unagi alongside cold dipping noodles in the Veggie Tsukemen with Plant-based Unagi ($15.50).
Head to halal-certified Lean Bento in Tai Seng for your daily dose of protein or have the tasty meals delivered to your home or office. Order the Plant-Based Unagi Rice/Noodle Bento (Promotional Price: $14.90, Usual Price: $16.90) that tastes almost like the seafood version, but without any fishy smell. Plant-based unagi is also a winner when it comes to higher protein content, lower fat and lower carb. The product also comes in a fun Plant-Based Unagi Croissant Box (Promotional Price: $21.90, Usual Price: $25.90), or you can opt for the Plant-Based Meatball Rice/Noodle Bento (Promotional Price: $13.90, Usual Price: $15.90) if you prefer the meaty bite of mushrooms.
The pet-friendly Canopy restaurant at the chill Bishan Park 2 dishes out hearty fare in its semi alfresco casual garden setting. Perfect for sharing with friends and family are its Hoshay Crispy Fried Chicken ($15) and Hoshay Tomato Mushroom Meatball ($15). Save some stomach space for the Hoshay Mushroom Burger ($25) that pairs the meaty and juicy texture of Hoshay Food’s plant-based mushroom patty with the fresh crunch of greens and perfectly toasted buns.
Mason Table, an upscale European restaurant near Fort Canning, also uses Hoshay Food’s products to create fine-dining menus. In fact, the plant-based food brand’s official launch event was held at this venue recently on June 29 where dishes such as Duo Unagi (plant-based unagi served two ways, grilled and tempura, alongside sushi rice), Crispy Fried Chicken with Mixed Salad, and Potato Dumpling Stuffed Mushroom Meatball with a flourish of creamy Diane sauce were served to delighted guests.
This just goes to show how plant-based foods can be easily integrated into one’s lifestyle and suit just about any occasion.
To sink your teeth into the delicious plant-based products by Hoshay Food, you can dine at the following restaurants:
Cheers to a healthier, more sustainable plant-based diet, just like the brand’s tagline: “Plant your inner warrior!”
LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 14, 2022--
Belmont Village Senior Living, nationally recognized developer, owner, and operator of best-in-class senior living communities, celebrated the grand opening of Belmont Village Senior Living La Jolla with an inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 14 at 11:00 am PST, taking place at the 17-story tower situated on 3880 Nobel Drive. In attendance were Bob LaFever, managing director of Greystar; Patricia Will, CEO & founder of Belmont Village Senior Living and Danielle Glorioso, executive director of UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging and the Stein Institute for Research on Aging. The opening marks the 15 th community in the state of California and is the 33 rd community in the Belmont Village Senior Living portfolio, providing unparalleled hospitality, the highest standards of quality care and first-class health and wellness-centered programs.
Belmont Village Senior Living La Jolla represents a first-of-its-kind partnership with international real estate developer and manager Greystar, delivering an enhanced living experience through revolutionary built-to-purpose spaces and world-class amenities. Greystar is a blue-chip company with real estate expertise in ownership, operation, collegiate development, multifamily, corporate, and senior housing across the globe.
“The Belmont Village La Jolla building is a product of two strong developers working together to create an original, unique design and exemplary community for aging adults to fully enjoy all that Belmont Village and San Diego have to offer, and we are honored to have a hand in the distinguished addition – there is truly nothing like it,” says Jerry Brand, executive director of Greystar.
“The new La Jolla community is a testament to the Belmont Village Senior Living ethos, from the magnificent site and spectacular views, the thoughtful interior and exterior design, to our comprehensive senior wellness programs,” says Patricia Will, CEO & founder of Belmont Village Senior Living. “The introduction of the first-of-its-kind Living Lab, in collaboration with the Stein Institute for Research on Aging and operated by UC San Diego faculty and researchers, was created to enhance residents’ quality of life and represents our constant drive for innovation. With the launch of Belmont Village La Jolla, UCSD will also launch a sequel to their previous award-winning collaboration called Raise Your Resilience. The program is designed to foster social connections, enhance wisdom, and support well-being.”
“Community outreach and strategic partnerships are critical to the work we do at the Center for Healthy Aging,” says Danielle Glorioso, executive director, Stein Institute for Research on Aging. “Our mutual mission is to expand on the strengths of aging adults while helping them engage in the things that are meaningful to them. We are thrilled to partner with Belmont Village to gain hands-on experience and further understand longevity and healthy aging so we can help people live richer and more fulfilling lives.”
The 17-story tower at 3880 Nobel Drive includes 180 independent living, assisted living, and memory care apartments that will be ready for resident move-in late July. The state-of-the-art studio, one, and two-bedroom residences were designed to capture spectacular views. Valet parking will be offered in a secure underground garage.
Belmont Village La Jolla features abundant outdoor areas to enjoy San Diego’s idyllic weather. Indoor/outdoor amenities include alfresco dining at two restaurant venues; an entertainment venue featuring a central fireplace; a fully equipped and supervised fitness center; a salt-water heated pool; a pet-friendly dog park; a state-of-the-art screening room; a fully stocked creative art studio and multiple venues to enjoy the ocean breezes.
The new community will be led by James Arp, formerly the executive director of Belmont Village Westwood, which was recently ranked among the Top 25 senior housing communities in America by US News & World Report.
To book an in-person visit or to learn more about Belmont Village Senior Living La Jolla, call 858-450-2555 or visit https://www.belmontvillage.com/locations/la-jolla-california/.
About Belmont Village Senior Living
Now celebrating 25 years, Belmont Village is known for pioneering proprietary, award-winning resident programming, often in partnership with leading research universities and healthcare institutions such as USC, UCLA, and UCSD. Today, Belmont Village owns and operates 33 communities with just under 5,000 units, with an additional 1000 units in development. The company is a market leader in major markets including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Austin, and South Florida. Belmont’s communities are renowned for distinctive design, high standards of life safety, quality of care, and leading-edge, award-winning programs. Belmont Village is certified as a Great Place to Work® and has been ranked as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services since 2018.
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Consumer prices reached a new 40-year high of 9.4% in the UK, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal. Inflation is also at record levels in the 19 countries that use the euro, hitting 8.6% in June, as rising global energy costs have inflated the cost of oil, gas, food, and imported goods since the war began in Ukraine. Analysts expect food prices to rise further.
Commenting on the inflation figures for June, ONS chief economist Grant Fitzner said: “Annual inflation again rose to stand at its highest rate for over 40 years. The increase was driven by rising fuel and food prices, these were only slightly offset by falling second-hand car prices.
“The cost of both raw materials and goods leaving factories continued to rise, driven by higher metal and food prices respectively. These increases saw raw materials post their highest annual increase on record, with manufactured goods at a 45-year high.”
The ONS figures come after separate data from Kantar warned that grocery prices continue to climb. Supply chain issues have driven costs up across the industry and like-for-like grocery price inflation now stands at 9.9% over the past four weeks, it revealed.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: “Grocery prices continue to soar to near record-breaking heights and have jumped by another 1.6 percentage points since last month. This is the second highest level of grocery inflation that we’ve seen since we started tracking prices in this way in 2008 and we’re likely to surpass the previous high come August. With grocery price inflation at almost 10%, people are now facing a £454 increase to their annual grocery bills.
“All this means that people will be feeling the pinch during our first restriction-free summer since 2019. Taking a barbecue as an example, buying burgers, halloumi and coleslaw for some al fresco dining would cost you 13%, 17% and 14% more than it would have this time last year. Buying enough for a typical family barbecue, shoppers will have to put aside £9.94 rather than the £9.01 they spent last year.”
As prices rise, shoppers are adjusting their behaviour. A winner in the situation are own label products. “People are increasingly turning to own-label products to drive down the cost of their weekly shop. Supermarkets’ own lines are growing by 4.1% this period, while sales of branded items have fallen by 2.4%,” continued McKevitt. “It’s a complex picture and the grocers are busy negotiating with their suppliers to mitigate impact at the tills as far as possible. We’ve seen this play out in the headlines in exact weeks, with some well-known brands temporarily disappearing from supermarket shelves over pricing disputes.”
Discount retailers are also winning. Lidl was the fastest growing supermarket again this period, with sales up by 13.9%. Aldi was also in double-digit growth, boosting its sales by 11.3% compared with last year. McKevitt commented: “Over 67% of people in Britain shopped in either an Aldi or a Lidl in the past 12 weeks, with 1.4 million additional households visiting at least one of the discounters in the latest three months compared with last year. Both retailers reached a new market share high over the past three months. Lidl now holds 7.0% of the market while Aldi climbed to a 9.1% share.”
Separate research added that Brits are struggling to eat healthily because of the cost-of-living crisis. A survey of 2,000 adults carried out by Meatless Farm found four in five (84%) are concerned about the increasing cost of food and are having to significantly change their food shopping and eating habits with almost two thirds (62 percent) buying less fruit and vegetables, and lower quality food to get by.
With 8 in 10 (80 percent) forced to make changes to how we shop and eat, the research reveals how the cost of living is shaping the nation’s shopping baskets - exotic fruits such as grapes, melon, pineapple, and mango top the poll of what’s most likely to get cut followed by avocados and berries. Even one in five (20 percent) millennials are ditching the popular avocado fruit from their shopping lists.
Nearly half (44 percent) are thinking about how they will afford to eat healthily with shoppers forced to lower their standards - two in five are making the swap to cheaper quality meat (40 percent), frozen (45 percent) and tinned (39 percent) food.
A third (32 percent) admit they will fill up on pasta and rice, followed by baked beans (26 percent) and potatoes (25 percent) instead of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Other changes include making better use of leftovers (32 percent), home cooking (30 percent), shopping at cheaper supermarkets (31 percent) or choosing own label and reduced food (35 percent) and cutting out “treats” such as chocolate and crisps (35 percent). Over a third of us (38 percent) will also be enjoying fewer takeaways and meals out to reduce spending.
Morten Toft Bech, Founder of Meatless Farm said: “Cutting down on fruit and veg and replacing this with carbohydrates and cheaper quality meat is not a viable option for the future of our nation’s health, and the findings in this study are concerning for both the nutrition of our nation and the environment.
“The cost-of-living crisis has presented a real red flag for the urgency for a food system that encourages a more balanced mix of affordable quality protein sources and plant-based food so that the nation’s health is not set back.”
The cost of living crisis also risks eroding trust in the food sector, revealed the Trust in Food index from certification programme Red Tractor.
Together with market research firm YouGov it polled over 3,500 adults. Four in 10 admitted to not trusting supermarkets, believing the quality of food being sold is declining. Despite many value ranges being assured to high UK specifications, the survey found that consumers switching to these products assume production standards to be weaker.
“In 2021 we found high levels of trust in British food (84% of UK consumers),” said Rebecca Miller, Head of Communications, Red Tractor. “In 2022, while confidence in British food remains high and is still more trusted than anywhere else in the world, it has fallen significantly; especially amongst lower-income families.”
Shopping and eating habits are changing owing to the impact of global events and the cost-of-living crisis, she said. “Almost half of people have changed what they buy to feed their families, and people in lower income households are buying less meat, fruit and vegetables. This is a worrying trend for the health of the nation, but also a real challenge for the food sector, as shoppers believe that as circumstances force them to trade down to value ranges or away from brands, they are buying food produced to lower food safety and animal welfare standards… There is work to do as an industry to tackle this misconception.”
With the rising cost of living and pandemic-related uncertainty, it is never too early to start thinking about retirement and sorting out your finances. Investing in things that matter to you and taking concrete steps towards a more stable future can prove beneficial in the long run, and make you feel more comfortable and secure when it is time to walk away from your working life. This is the time to seek financial advice, design a pension plan tailored to your needs or land the home of your dreams. Here are some ideas to help get you started.
Use an online platform to plan your pension
Recent research conducted by Unbiased* revealed that 63 per cent of Brits have no idea what a pension pot should look like when it comes to funding their desired retirement.
But evaluating your finances and putting practical plans in place is important. Unbiased wants to help by connecting you to experts. Tell the platform how much you have saved up, when you want to retire and your retirement lifestyle goals, and it will match you with one of 27,000 independent regulated advisers.
The first adviser meeting is free. It will also provide you with informative articles and enable you to get an instant view of your pension pot using its free pension calculator tool. Find out more at unbiased.co.uk
* This research of 1,000 UK-based Britons aged 50 and over was commissioned by Unbiased and conducted by Perspectus Global during April 2022.
Invest in precious metals
As well as trading in bullion, Baird & Co offers CGT-exempt coins and produces its own bars in various sizes. Both can be used for investment purposes.
Individual customers or businesses can purchase gold for an existing SIPP (self-invested personal pension) or SSAS (small, self-administered scheme). Customers can take advantage of a loyalty scheme, as well as the Baird & Co buy-back scheme, and buy and sell their allocation at competitive prices.
With industrial products, numismatic coins and manufacturing materials such as casting grains, sheet, fancy wires, stampings and bespoke products, Baird & Co is a one-stop shop for all your precious metal needs.
The company sources its feedstock from the secondary market, meaning its bullion does not require additional extractive or environmentally damaging processes. Visit bairdmint.com, call 020 7474 1000 or visit the store at 48 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8EX.
Buy a bespoke chair that matches your height
For the past 16 years, Outwoodcare has been producing a wide range of wooden garden furniture. The family firm gives customers the chance to choose the seat height they want and, shortly after, receive a bespoke garden seat that’s been built in the UK specifically for them.
The seats are delivered fully assembled with no maintenance needed. Because we all come in different shapes and sizes – with some of us experiencing musculoskeletal issues – we need seats we find comfortable and can relax in.
If you are looking for pieces of furniture that are strong, secure and just the right height for you, Outwoodcare could offer just what you need. Learn more at outwoodcare.co.uk.
Move to a contemporary retreat designed for retirees
Tingdene Residential Parks offers modern living for the retired and semi-retired over 45. The company creates park home communities in towns and rural and coastal areas across England, with all essential amenities nearby.
Your brand-new, fully furnished home could lower your cost of living, with reduced energy consumption and A-band council tax. These low-maintenance bungalows come with a 10-year warranty.
Once you have chosen the park and style of home you want to live in, you can select your own furniture and colours to personalise it.
Private outdoor space — garden and driveway — is included, and a garage can be added at an additional cost.
To join a ready-made community of like-minded people in a safe environment, visit tingdene-parks.net. Part-exchange and assisted-move schemes are available.
Unwind in your own sheltered glass veranda
One of the perks of retirement is having free time, and what better way to spend it than relaxing on your tranquil patio? Crocodile has created a glass veranda that serves as a normal terrace, but with the added benefits of glass surroundings.
Built as an extension to your living space, this solid, open structure with a glass roof creates cover, shade and windbreak, and helps keep the space warm and light. It’s constructed using powder-coated aluminium and is maintenance-free.
Crocodile aims to make your home more attractive for alfresco dining, ensuring you enjoy garden time all year round. To find out more and order a bespoke glass veranda, visit crocodile.co.uk.
Rent or buy property in a retirement village
When you retire, deciding where you want to live is very important. With easy access to a range of facilities, as well as community support, Enterprise Retirement Living’s villages could be for you.
You can either buy or rent one of the village’s properties, which are surrounded by lovely landscaped gardens. Buying will supply you a new place to call home, while renting offers the flexibility to move on, if you wish, after the first 12 months.
Whichever you choose to do, you will enjoy frequent events and daytime activities. Not sure this is for you? Spend a complimentary night in the "Try Before You Buy" apartment to meet other owners, explore the grounds and see if the community is your next step. Visit erl.uk.com.
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Globetrotters’ favourite, National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine champions sustainable travel and celebrates journeys focusing on place and culture. With compelling storytelling, wish-you-were-there photography and insightful, reader-friendly information, it is bound to inspire you to get up and go.
The articles supply readers a strong sense of place, opening a window into unknown corners of the world. You can now subscribe to the magazine and enjoy award-winning travel content delivered straight to your door.
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Consider whisky casks as an investment opportunity
Like the idea of investing in a tangible asset that could bring you long-term financial security? You might want to consider whisky. It is dubbed liquid gold for a reason — investing in whisky casks could generate 10-15 per cent returns per annum.
Cask Whisky stores the distilled spirit in fully licensed, HMRC-bonded warehouses, with no capital gains tax and with the product exempt from VAT while stored in bond. There is no inheritance tax either if it is held for seven years.
The casks are fully insured, and storage costs are covered by the company free of charge for the first three years. Benefactors can be named upon purchase and shown upon certificate. Book a free consultation and explanation into the market at caskwhiskylondon.com/whiskyguide.
Shop unique and stylish wall art
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Artze’s unique designs reflect your stories – from the modern to the vintage or the eclectic. The brand’s solid wood frames, made exclusively of FSC-certified wood, are handcrafted at its studio in Manchester.
In line with Artze’s commitment to helping the environment and fighting climate change, its products are packaged in post-recycled materials. Use code STYLE22 to get an additional 20 percent off the Homes Event Sale Prices at artzewallart.com. Offer valid until 23.59 on August 28 2022.
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Floridians are experts on al fresco dining so it should come as no surprise that 11 businesses made OpenTable’s annual list of the "100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America for 2022." It should also come as no shock that two of those places happen to be right here in our backyard, and appear on my annual list of the best waterfront restaurants in Sarasota – with another among my top spots to visit in Tampa along the Riverwalk.
OpenTable, the popular online restaurant-reservation service, reported that the number of establishments listing outdoor dining as an option has grown 54% compared to pre-pandemic 2019, and that their "best restaurants for outdoor dining" report was curated from more than 13 million Verified diner reviews.
“The list identifies restaurants coast-to-coast with great views, delicious cuisine and above all, an incredible outdoor dining experience,” OpenTable said in a press release issued July 13. “This year, 25 states feature restaurants on the list, making seeking out one – or many – a breeze, whether at home or away.”
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The restaurants are presented in no particular order (at least not one that I could figure out) with Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Longboat Key appearing first among the two Sarasota picks. The seafood restaurant, opened in 1989, is given four and a half out of five stars, based on 6230 reviews. “Been coming here with my family for several years now at least once a year on our vacations trips,” reads the Dry Dock user quote OpenTable chose for the “100 best” story. “This place doesn’t miss a beat the food, service, staff and ambiance is top notch.”
The national honor is the second for Dry Dock in as many months. I recently wrote about Dry Dock being among the four Sarasota-Manatee restaurants appearing in the “15 Best Seafood Restaurants in Florida” article by travel website Trips To Discover. Overlooking Sarasota Bay – with covered open-air seating as well as umbrella tables that place you right on the water for prime pelican and dolphin watching – Dry Dock definitely deserves a place on any list of best restaurants for outdoor dining thanks to those awesome views.
Plus, Dry Dock serves excellent seafood. Their blackened grouper sandwich is one of my favorite grouper sandwiches in town and same goes for their citrus grouper entree. Like I noted in my dining review last summer, the fillet is lightly breaded and sauteed, locking in all that juicy grouper goodness, with a citrus cream sauce that lovingly recalls liquified Key lime pie.
Best waterfront restaurants on Anna Maria Island: And what to eat and drink there!
Farther down OpenTable’s list, but no less impressive, you’ll find Ophelia’s on the Bay, which overlooks Little Sarasota Bay from Siesta Key, and was given four and a half out of five stars, based on 4994 reviews. “Everything was delicious,” reads the user quote OpenTable chose for the “100 best” story. “I loved the crab cakes with fried green tomatoes. Lamb was tender and generous. Tuna delicious and the snapper was yummy. No I didn’t order all these myself, just enjoyed tastes from everyone at my table! What a great place!”
A Siesta Key landmark opened in 1988, Ophelia’s on the Bay is one of the great special-occasion restaurants in Sarasota. It’s where you go for birthdays, anniversaries, and third dates for exceptionally prepared local seafood, perhaps a sous vide rack of all-natural lamb, and a gorgeous dining area that places you right on the water.
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If, like me, you're interested in visiting as many great restaurants as possible in the Sunshine State, listed below are all 11 restaurants that made OpenTable’s exact list. In addition to Dry Dock and Ophelia’s, I highly recommend Ulele, which is owned by the Columbia Restaurant Group that also owns and operates the Columbia Restaurant open since 1959 on St. Armands Circle and sister restaurant Cha Cha Coconuts, which I reviewed for my Best Things to Eat column last September. Ulele, by the way, appears in my 2021 story, published by our sister publication USA Today, about “famous places for outdoor fun in and around Super Bowl host city Tampa.”
Citron Bistro – Vero Beach, FL
Continental Naples – Naples, FL
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill – Longboat Key, FL
Kyle G's Prime Seafood – Jensen Beach, FL
Latitudes Key West – Key West, FL
Mediterrano - Naples – Naples, FL
Ophelia's on the Bay – Sarasota, FL
Palace – Miami Beach, FL
Raintree Restaurant – St. Augustine, FL
The Boathouse – Lake Buena Vista, FL
Ulele – Tampa, FL
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Wade Tatangelo is the Herald-Tribune’s dining and entertainment editor overseeing the weekly Ticket publication. He's also author of the Best Things to Eat and Top Things to Do columns and co-leader of USA Today Network's Uniquely Florida team creating statewide content. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Support local journalism by subscribing.
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Whether you’re a yogi who loves to run, or a runner looking to invest in a yoga mat for that soothing post-run stretch, we’ve got you covered.
Regular yoga practice improves your mental and physical health by improving mobility, building muscular strength and helping you to de-stress. It can also help to fend off injuries, keeping you running for longer, so it’s important to find the right mat.
There’s no point splashing your cash on a slippery mat that offers no support. To help you out, the Runner’s World Lab tested 18 of the best yoga mats on the market to find those that strike the perfect balance between grip and comfort. These were the 12 top performers:
Never ones to shy away from a test, our editors also got involved. They set out on a mission to unearth more hidden gems, and these were their top picks:
There’s an almost overwhelming number of training mats available on the market right now, and most can be split into two categories: yoga mats and exercise mats.
An exercise mat will be slightly thicker and more durable, able to take the strain of dropped dumbbells and rugged footwear as users blitz through HIIT and weights sessions. If that sounds like your bag, our tried and tested edit of the best exercise mats you can buy should be your next port of call.
Yoga mats, meanwhile, tend to be slightly thinner, with most mats between 0.4mm and 0.6mm thick. They will usually be made with slightly more delicate materials like rubber or latex, providing a stickier surface for your hands and feet. Unless the manufacturer says otherwise, it's best to avoid wearing shoes on these mats and complete your practices bare foot so as not to damage them.
Jazzy patterns catch the eye, but put them aside and you’re left with four simple criteria:
Grip: This applies to both the top and underside of the mat. It’s impossible to enjoy a relaxing yoga session when you can’t plant your hands in downward dog without slipping. Consider mats made from sticky materials, such as rubber, or those with a non-slip coating. Your mat should lie flat on any surface, from carpet to tiles, and provide the most stable base possible.
Support: Look for a mat that’s thick enough to protect your spine from hard floors but not so cushioned that your limbs will sink into it, throwing you off balance. Mats that are between 4mm and 6mm thick tend to be just right.
Durability: Your yoga mat won’t have to withstand intense HIIT workouts or dropped dumbbells, but it should emerge unscathed from dynamic practice, without any rips or dents.
Portability: A mat with great get-up-and-go credentials can be a great yoga companion if you’re a fan of an al fresco session. Look for thinner mats that roll up easily and have a carry strap if you prefer Pilates in the park.
On our quest to find the best yoga mats, we also considered sustainability, style and any original features before naming our favourites.
We brought 18 yoga mats into the Runner’s World Lab for testing, tasking our resident expert with sifting out the strongest products. They used each mat for everything from dynamic yoga sessions to yoga nidra (a form of deep rest) to check whether it could handle a range of practices. The top performers offered great grip, even when wet, and kept us comfortable as we flowed between poses.
Best yoga matSweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat
Runner-up yoga matYogi Bare PAWS Extreme Grip Yoga Exercise Mat
Best for sweaty handsWith Every Atom Natural Rubber Alignment Yoga Mat
Best long yoga matYogamatters Reclaim Sticky Yoga Mat
Best for beginnersLululemon Take Form Yoga Mat
Best for travelYogi Bare Teddy Lightweight Travel Yoga Mat
Best for meditationSundried Jute Yoga Mat
Best for styleKati Kaia Yoga Mat
Best value for moneyYoga Studio The Grip Yoga Mat
Best on a budgetDecathlon Domyos Travel Yoga Mat 1.5 mm
Best eco credentialsYogamatters Aqua Evolve Mat
Best for gripSweaty Betty Eco Yoga Mat
The best all-rounder: Manduka Pro
If you can afford it, this is one of the best yoga mats out there. Luxuriously thick for a comfortable practice, the mat comes with a lifetime guarantee, so if it begins to wear away, you can swap it for a new one.
At 6mm thick, this is one of the most padded mats on the market – good for joint protection and versatility on any surface. The dot pattern on the bottom of the mat prevents it from sliding or bunching underfoot and the closed-cell surface keeps bacteria from getting into the mat, so it won’t go smelly. The only downside we could find is the price tag, but for those who practise often, it’s worth it.
Dimensions (cm): 180 x 66 x 0.6 (or 215 x 66 x 0.6 extra long option)
Weight: 3.4kg (or 4kg extra long version)
Thickness: 6mm (medium)
Colours available: Black, black sage (green), midnight, odyssey (blue), black magic (purple), sea foam colourfields, surf, amethyst violet colourfields, verve (red), amethyst violet light colourfields, dresden blue
The best for portability: Eko Superlite Yoga Mat
If you’re looking for a mat to (literally) slip into your bag and carry to and from practice, the Eko Superlite is a good choice. At just 1.5mm thick it can easily be folded away with your sweaty gym kit, while still offering superior grip in the sweatiest of yoga classes.
The surface design prevents sweat from seeping into the mat, plus the mat is made from sustainably harvested tree rubber, so you can relax into child's pose knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet, too. The only downside here is that this mat, being so thin, won’t be suitable for all workouts.
Dimensions (cm): 180 x 61 x 0.15
Thickness: 1.5mm (thin)
Colours available: charcoal, clay stripe, coral, midnight
The best for advanced yogis: Yogi Bare Paws Yoga Exercise Mat
If you’re practising for 90 minutes and longer, this mat offers an amazing level of grippy-ness, while still being padded and comfortable. The brand promise that after you’ve tried it once, you won’t be able to wait to ‘get your paws on one’ and while we can’t confirm this, we’ve got to agree it does make for a pretty comfortable practice. It’s a little shorter than some of the other mats on this list, so tall yogis might need to be careful in certain postures.
Dimensions (cm): 180 x 66 x 0.4
Material: Natural rubber
Thickness: 4mm (medium)
Colours available: Black, green, grey, ocean blue, red
The best for under £10: Domyos Essential Yoga Mat
If you're experimenting with doing your yoga practice at home, instead of the studio, this is a good, affordable option. It's only 4mm thick, so won't be the most comfortable mat on the market, but has a good amount of grip and won't break the bank if you're also investing in some other home gym equipment (like these weights, exercise bikes and treadmills).
Dimensions (cm): 172 x 58 x 0.4
Material: PVC-free foam
Thickness: 4mm (medium)
Colours available: Dark green
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Looking for a hotel with a hot tub in Ireland? There’s little more luxurious than being enveloped in a cloud of hot air while gazing at the scenery or stars during wintertime.
ot content with building gigantic kitchen islands and utility rooms, the economically privileged are now installing outdoor bathtubs into their rolling gardens. And we’re not just talking Jacuzzis, the 1980s status symbol that enjoyed a revival in the Noughties and peaked in 2012 when a YouGov study found gardeners were more likely to splash out on a hot tub than a potting shed.
These days, al fresco dippers worth their Himalayan bath salt are more likely to scour vintage shops and junk yards for reclaimed clawfoot roll-tops or wood-fired cauldrons, for that ‘rustic’ vibe. Not everyone though can afford such indulgences but, thanks to hotels and lodgings investing into wellness amenities like never before, we can all tap into the outdoor bathing trend.
Just add champagne, cocktails, and a smug face for when you inevitably Instagram the occasion.
Here are 10 top tubs worth dipping more than one’s toe into (note: room/lodging rates are based on two sharing).
Press Up may be synonymous with city-slicker hospitality, including The Dean, whose newest property opens in Galway on February 25. But it has worked its millennial magic on what was once a tired Co Westmeath golf resort and now Glasson Lakehouse, transforming it into a haven of on-trend ‘cabin porn’, with a trio of steaming bathtubs overlooking Lough Ree and an all-year-round heated outdoor pool. The pièce de résistance, though, is the one-bed cabin suite which has a free-standing copper bathtub on a private outdoor deck.
Details: €€€; glassonlakehouse.ie
The humble copper bathtub – set beside an open hearth back in the day, its filthy water shared by entire families – is the literal hotspot du jour at Cliff at Lyons in rural Celbridge, Co Kildare. The estate’s Well in the Garden Spa was always a triumph for its expert therapists, cottage-chic relaxation room and own-brand natural body and skincare products. The lack of a pool has been more than compensated for with a beautiful new outdoor thermal suite, where a pair of copper tubs sit side by side in a private garden beside an outdoor shower and sauna.
Details: €€€€; cliffatlyons.ie
Get bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a loll around The Rabbit Hotel’s Relaxation Burrow Spa. Tucked away in Templepatrick, Co Antrim, a 20-minute drive from Belfast city, the Rabbit has a supernova spa stretched across the rooftop, with salt, sauna and steam rooms nestled in different nooks and crannies. The giant disco ball suspended over a large pool complete with swim-up bar is certainly attention-grabbing, but simple pleasures await in the many hot tubs and jet pools, as steam billows around the mezzanine area.
Details: €€; rabbithotel.com
If you go down to the woods today while at Cabü by the Lakes… you might see the resident red squirrel(s) leaping about the canopy as you repose in your very own private Japanese bath. Its woodland vantage point is just right – far enough away from the main buildings to feel immersed in nature but close enough should a scary movie, such as Eden Lake or A Quiet Place, pop into your mind. The tub itself is single-person sized and adjacent to a Hobbit-ish sauna. Pan out further and there’s a bevy of traditional hot tubs beneath a gazebo and some of the loveliest and hippest cabin accommodation in Ireland – Cabü, a very special self-catering retreat in Co Cavan’s Killykeen Forest. Read our Cabu by the Lakes review here.
Details: €€€; holidays.cabu.co.uk
Those moments when day turns to dusk turns to night become even more magical when winter slowly but surely segues into spring. And where better to enjoy the sunset than from one of Galgorm’s many, many hot tubs. In fact, the Ballymena resort’s outdoor wellness facility is so vast it’s called a Thermal Spa Village, such is the plethora of wallow-worthy pools, chill-out spaces, steams and saunas. As such there are more package options – including day passes for non-residents – than you can shake a birch branch at, some including suites with private outdoor hot tubs. Pure escapism.
Details: €€€; galgorm.com
Wicklow’s BrookLodge was an early exponent of the outdoor hot tub and little beats having a good bubble on the lawn before sloping back to your stylish room for the necessary ablutions before a certified-organic dinner at The Strawberry Tree, many ingredients of which have been foraged, or grown, on the estate. It’s not called Macreddin Village for nothing, with a spa, golf course and more cafes, delis and restaurants on site.
Details: €€€; brooklodge.com
The exquisitely curated Unique Homestays currently has five Irish rental properties on its books, two of which have outdoor baths. But arguably it’s Limehouse Cottage in middle-of-nowhere Co Kerry that has the edge, for its astonishing site beside Coomasaharn Lake and enveloped by MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The cottage itself is a Famine-era dwelling, its renovation worthy of an interiors magazine centrefold, a glass box extension offering superlative views of the valley. Even the bathroom bathtub is special, positioned flush beside a picture-box window that opens fully. However, it’s the double-end tub carved out of stone on the lakeside that takes outdoor bathing to an almost mythical level. Read more about it in our Fab 50 list of the best places to stay in Ireland.
Details: €€€€; uniquehomestays.com
8. Center Parcs Longford Forest
Center Parcs Longford’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise gets much of the fanfare, as a 3,500sq m enclosed wonderland of swimming and paddling pools, rapids and water slides at an all-year-round temperature of 29.5˚c. But for relaxation fiends, Aqua San Spa makes the biggest splash: 2,500sq m of swish Nordic-inspired wet rooms, saunas, solaria, pools, high-tech chill zones and hot tubs with dreamy woodland views. Minimum age for spa entry is 14, while all guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult – so parents will have to draw straws as to who’s watching their child whoosh down a water slide for the umpteenth time and who’s chilling in the spa. Also note: spa access is €56pp for a three-hour session, with treatments priced separately. Read our Center Parcs Ireland review here.
Details: €€€€; centerparcs.ie
The banks of the River Moy in Ballina, Co Mayo, were always a canny spot for the Ice House, which opened during the 1990s and, three decades on, is in rude health. It recently expanded its outdoor thermal facilities with a raised deck featuring sunken outdoor tubs, plus private baths for seaweed treatment rituals – and those nourishing waterside views. Read our Ice House hotel review here.
Details: €€€; icehousehotel.ie
If you’re planning a milestone event, such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary, Cloughjordan House, in the wilds of Co Tipperary, ticks a plethora of boxes. It’s available for exclusive hire for up to 86 guests across its stately main house, coach house and dairy house, while the stylish and cosy Cow Sheds and glamping pods rock a five-star music fest vibe, the nearby wood-fired hot tub for blissing-out the body and soul.
Details: €€€; cloughjordanhouse.com
€: Budget bolthole
€€: Affordable for most
€€€: Mid-range magic
€€€€: Luxury at a fair price
€€€€€: Eye-watering, but worth the splurge
NB: This story has been updated since it first appeared online on 20/02/2022
Food Junction at Lot One has recently undergone a facelift, and has reopened on 18 July 2022, after closing for renovation since 1 May 2022. Exhibiting a new logo, the interior unveils a contemporary look, while encompassing the essence of serving quality food options at affordable prices.
Design elements symbolising road junctions can be seen throughout the food court, illustrating how good food is available in all directions— such clever thinking! The revamped foodcourt even boasts an alfresco area mimicking an outdoor bazaar with fairy lights and neon lights, and has an genuine Vespa scooter too. I can see a lot of photo opportunities happening at this place.
There are a total of 19 food stalls featuring a mixture of Halal and non-Halal food offerings, with the addition of renowned local brands from the local hawker scene. Lets take a look at some of them.
BURGS (Halal certification pending)— known for their popular Halal burgers such as Crispy Fish Burger, Bacon Cheese Burger and their Marinara Burger. If burgers aren’t your thing, they also offer Chicken Coney Dog, Salmon Roll, Chilli Cheese Fries and even Lotus Biscoff Milkshake— my tummy is already rumbling!
Putien Heng Hwa— specialising in Putian Xinghua cuisine, some of the dishes that you must try include Putian Lor Mee, Heng Hwa Fried Bee Hoon and Heng Hwa Sweet Lychee Pork.
Other stalls include Fortunate Dim Sum, Blanco Court Beef Noodles, Kjjong-9 Korean (Halal-certification pending), and Toast Box.
Food Junction Lot One also features four mini kiosks selling popular street food snacks, such as Fortune Popiah‘s Kueh Pie Tee, Chinatown Tan’s Tutu Kueh, to even Ding Ding Candy and Dragon Beard Candy to relive your childhood! The kiosk vendors are also changed every two months so there’s something new for diners to look forward to.
With so much to offer, what are you waiting for? Head down to Lot One right now and check out the newly revamped Food Junction this weekend!
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