A Wine + Chocolate Themed Spa Exists, Will Blow Your Mind
We didn’t think there was anything better than a day at the spa until we heard about a day at the spa that includes wine and chocolate. Yep, it’s true. Spa Evangeline, part of the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida, specializes in treatments that revolve around all things culinary. From cooking classes to an award-winning restaurant and even an on-site chocolate shop, this place is completely dedicated to food.
Spa Evangeline is dedicated to the idea of pampering your body and your palate.
Naturally, each treatment is paired with a glass of wine and takes place in a room named after a particular blend.
A seasonal homemade snack spread gives you something to munch on in the waiting room, and even the walls of the spa pay tribute to true foodie fashion.
A massive cork wall built from 20,000 corks provides the perfect backdrop to down a glass of Pinot. (Anyone up for an intense DIY? All you need to do is saw thousands of corks in half, then hot glue them to the wall! Maybe a small wall hanging would be a bit more feasible :)
But the treatments themselves are where it gets interesting — the menu (literally) includes homegrown mint, cilantro and other fresh ingredients from the live herb wall in the spa.
Just a sampling of the menu gets our mouths watering: The Quintessential Cabernet Massage uses a grape and brown sugar scrub, and the Dulce Delight includes a butter brûlée wrap followed by a dark chocolate mask. Yes, please. The sweetness of the treatments is topped only by that of the staff — all local-ingredient enthusiasts, the spa “sommeliers” can even work with you to create a custom product according to your tastes to use during your pampering session or to take home.
For those of us that can’t make the trip to Tampa, there’s still hope. Plenty of Spa Evangeline’s signature treatments have simple DIY roots using local ingredients. They’re known for their FarmHouse Fresh seasonal treatments, and the concept is simple. Just think about in-season produce, and make a simple scrub at home inspired by nature’s current specials. At the height of summer, we’re thinking lemon and honey, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, maybe tequila and watermelon!
What do you think about a foodie spa? We’re eating it up! Tell us what you think in the comments!
(Photos via Anna Petrow and Epicurean Hotel)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!