Spa Water at Home. and Monterey.

Today I arrived in Monterey California for a blogger summit hosted by Dole, on one of my all time favorite topics: salad. Yup, it's called "the salad summit" - I'm so freaking excited. Tomorrow, I'll get a first hand look at the true farm to table process, receive a tour of a Dole Growing Fields and Processing Plant - and immerse myself in what is only described as "Lettuce 101" - I think I could probably skip to Lettuce 102, but I'll humor them. So I can't wait to share all of what I learn with you guys very soon.

And to prepare for my trip, I have been chugging what I call "Spa Water" all week long. I like to nice and hydrated/relaxed when I embark on a travel adventure. Because lets face it, travel is usually anything but relaxing.

So, if you need a break from daily life - or just the dull glow of your computer screen - move into the kitchen and whip up a pitcher of this stuff. Instant Zen. My Spa Water recipe and the view from my room...

Not a bad view of the bay. Many more pics to come this weekend!..

This "Spa Water" is inspired by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's water that they serve in their spa facility. I adore the Mandarin. And every time I have been lucky enough to visit their spa (I was married at the Mandarin in Miami!) I have gulped down their spa water. Laced with floating citrus rounds, and usually with a light pink hue. I think the Mandarin may add berry tea or some sort of tea or fruit juice as well. But my spa water is minty citrus bliss.

This spa water is really not anything flashy or complex - but the basic premise of having a large jug of fruit slice-infused chilled water, flavored lightly by natural ingredients - is quite soothing It's always there for you to grab and chug. Zenfully chug, of course.

This water makes the process of "drinking water" into a spa-like experience that will hopefully take you to a place of zen.

drink up.

Spa Water at Home
makes 9 cups

6 cups chilled spring water
1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh mint sprigs
1 cup citrus slices

Allow mixture to "marinate" in the fridge for at least 15 minutes until serving.
Serve over ice.

Also try my Triple Citrus "Spa Lemonade" recipe here.

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