11th Annual AsiaSpa Awards Honours
the Best in the Travel, Spa and Wellness Industry in a Dazzling 2015 Celebration
[Hong Kong, 10 November 2015] Hong Kong’s most anticipated spa and wellness event of the year, the 11th annual AsiaSpa Awards took place on November 10 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, which was filled with the best in the business for the glamorous occasion. Themed ‘Oriental Harmony’, the 2015 Awards honoured nominees, industry icons and special guests, who were dressed to the nines in luxurious white and gold.
Zucchini Pasta Salad with sun dried tomato pesto, black olives, capers and basil
A flavorful Mediterranean pasta salad with healthy zucchini pasta
This salad can be served as an appetizer or as a main course. For a warm “pasta dish” heat the dressed noodles in a double broiler until warm to touch (40 degrees maximum) so you will retain all the nutrients. For a variation, swap the tomato pesto with a fresh basil pesto.
A new baby is always a time of great joy for a family. To celebrate this blessing, the Hindu tradition suggests a mantra should be chanted to your new baby in a beautiful and intimate ritual.
Vegan Caesar Salad with cherry tomatoes and lime pickled red onions
The classic Caesar salad, but with a vegan twist
Our Caesar dressing gets its anchovy flavor from nutritious raw nori and kelp powder, and the Parmesan cheese taste from nutritional yeast and white miso. The dressing will keep chilled for up to one week, so you can keep the leftovers for the next few days, but of course fresh is always best. The lime pickled onions are a nice condiment to have on hand for many dishes, especially salads. They also keep well for one week.
Spafinder Wellness 365™ announced Fivelements has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 global Wellness Travel Awards. The final candidates for the second annual awards were named across 20 categories by a panel of 33 wellness travel editors and experts, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions.
Makes one pie, which can be cut into 12 to 16 pieces
A rich, dark and decadent chocolate ganache tart flavored with exotic spices, this recipe sends every chocolate lover to Shangri-La. And yet the secret behind this dessert is its choice of ingredients, which create a sweet treat that is actually very good for you.
One of the main ingredients, cacao, brings a very high nutritional value, especially when you use it in its natural state, for example like raw cacao nibs or cold processed cacao powder.
If you’re a foodie, there’s nothing quite like being witness to a talented chef’s imagination, beautifully presented on a plate, for the first time ever. To give feedback and perhaps have some sway upon whether it appears on the regular menu brings you closer to the experience of being a chef. Minus the stress, sweat and tears, it’s the next best thing.
Even though there are thousands of so-called super foods out there, a true super food is any natural food with a high nutrient density in its original state.
Usually these foods grow in the wild and are often pulled out as weeds in the garden. They are not cultivated or hybridized, but are sturdy plants with a strong life force energy. In addition to their nutritional value they often have medicinal value; they are both food and medicine.
These potent life-giving foods can assist us to meet and exceed all of our body’s nutritional requirements and nourish us at the deepest level possible. They are an excellent choice to improve our overall health, boost the immune system, elevate serotonin production, enhance sexuality and cleanse and alkalize the body.
Best of all, eating these superfoods can be fast, easy, fresh and fun.
1. Raw Cacao
I like raw cacao for its rich, deep taste and layers of tropical flavours. Raw cacao is the purest, highest quality of cacao, and it can make us feel euphoric and energized for hours. It also has therapeutic properties and is a medicine for the heart.
Into the Light, Fivelements monthly meditation and spiritual teaching series
Topics like morality, biopsychology, how to have a meaningful life, fasting, Tantra, yogic science and the mystery of creation are all on the table and can take an infinite number of paths depending on the personal experiences shared.
Through his satsang talks, Balinese spiritual teacher Acharya Vibhakarananda Avadhuta (Dada), provides an opportunity to do just that. To feel yourself rise above the cares of the week, absorb the calming energy of the natural world around you, and deepen your understanding of what it means to live with the spirit of love, harmony and human progress.
“Let the soul of the produce shine.”
Chef Felix Schoener
The most recent addition to Fivelements’ award-winning Sakti Dining Room™ is exciting new chef Felix Schoener. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Chef Felix has had an illustrious career apprenticing and working for a series of exclusive and Michelin-starred restaurants, before developing a passion for sustainable organic living and the natural, vegetarian and raw food movements.
He has trained with Fivelements’ friends Gabriel Cousens at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Centre in Arizona and Cherie Soria at the Living Light Culinary Art Institute in California, where he also instructed.
Since then, experimenting with his own healing path has led him to marry his love of raw living foods with a fascination in the ancient philosophies of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, as well as macrobiotics, avant-garde, modernist cuisine and the emerging green gastronomy movement. Taking raw living cuisine to the next level, it is this combination of holistic lifestyle philosophies combined with culinary arts that he presents as part of Fivelements' unique revolutionary cuisine concept, Sakti Dining Room's™ famous tasting menus and the retreat's Cuisine for Life™ program.
Was becoming a chef a passion that stemmed from an early age?
My biggest influence was my Grandpa, a great pastry chef. In our family, like in many, love was shown and expressed through food, and my Grandpa had so much love to share, which you could taste in every meal he prepared for me. Everything he cooked was so tasty and nourishing.