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Intraceutical Oxygen Facial

It’s called an oxygen facial – a non-surgical, no-botox method that plumps up and firms the skin, reduces or removes wrinkles and makes your skin glow.

What do Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Victoria Beckham and a ton of other stars have in common?, they are all followers of Intraceuticals oxygen facial treatments.

Intraceuticals is the only brand to offer a treatment with a serum specially formulated to be infused deep into the skin with oxygen under pressure. Intraceuticals treatments are immediate, and you can see the effects within 24 hours of the treatment. The effects are also cumulative so their is lasting long-term benefits.

The intraceutical oxygen-infusion process begins with a thorough cleansing. Then a combination of hyaluronic acid is applied along with a vitamin combination of A, E, C, green tea and Aloe Vera – nothing abrasive or harsh.

There is an oxygen massage that follows – tiny puffs of pure oxygen help the creams get deep into several layers of the skin so the results are longer-lasting.

View this video for evidence

Three treatments are available:

Rejuvenate: To hydrate, lift and tighten. The pressurized oxygen stimulates the absorption of Rejuvenate serum and naturally improves moisture levels of the skin while vitamins and antioxidants protect and defend. The combination of lightweight Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, C and E and green tea instantly smooth the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, restoring volume and firming. The treatment promotes the production of natural collagen and elastin. 

Opulence:To brighten, balance and smooth. The Opulence treatment helps reduce hyper-pigmentation and lightens blemishes, scars and blemishes. Katy Perry, who has long battled with acne, swears by this treatment.  

Atoxelene: To clear, refine and calm. Atoxelene is a replacement to injections. Say farewell to fine lines around the eyes and lips. 

It takes about an hour and is available at the Old Mill Spa in Toronto. In addition, there is a skincare collection of Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Boosters that come complementary and prolong the effects of the oxygen treatment.

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Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato & Corn Salad

When markets brim with the red, yellow and pink hues of cherry, beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes, here’s how to welcome them back into your kitchen.

Ingredients

2 cups mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh corn kernels, (1 large cob)
1/2 cup fresh basil, torn

 

GNOCCHI

1 egg
1 cup smooth ricotta
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan, plus more for garnish
2 garlic cloves, grated
3 tbsp chopped chives
3 tbsp chopped basil
1 tsp lemon zest
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
 

Instructions

  • STIR tomatoes, oil, lemon juice and ¼ tsp salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • GNOCCHI: Beat egg in another large bowl, then stir in ricotta, parmesan, garlic, herbs, lemon zest, 3/4 tsp salt and pepper until combined. Stir in flour until just combined. Divide dough into 4 portions. Roll each portion into 9-in.-long logs, then cut each into 10 pieces.
  • BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium for a gentle boil. Line a baking sheet with a kitchen towel. Cook gnocchi in 2 batches until floating and cooked through, about 3 min. Remove with a slotted spoon, onto prepared sheet.
  • HEAT oil in an extra-large frying pan over medium-high. Cook gnocchi in 2 batches, flipping once, until golden, about 1 min per side. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  • REDUCE heat to medium. Add corn and cook for 1 min. Add tomato mixture and cook until warm, about 2 min. Stir in fresh basil and add to gnocchi. Serve with more parmesan.

 

Kitchen Tip: We like a smooth, dry ricotta for velvety, light gnocchi. If needed, drain ricotta on a paper towel to absorb any excess water. If smooth ricotta is unavailable, press traditional ricotta through a fine-mesh sieve with the back of a spoon.

Kitchen Tip: For tender, pillowy texture, go light on the flour. Add gradually, using only as much as needed until the dough just comes together. This will prevent gluten formation.

This menu was found on Chatelaine.com and was so delicious we had to share!



Spa Tips For Brides

Planning your wedding can be a little stressful and have you feeling a little exhausted. Of course when it comes to your wedding day, you wan’t to look radiant, and there is no better place to relax and pamper yourself than spending some quality time at the spa. A little time spent at the spa will have you looking your best when you walk down the aisle; so here are a few tips to bring out the gorgeous in you!

 

Facials

If you’ve never had a facial before, you should have a trial facial about 4 months in advance to see how your skin will react. If you’re happy with your results, then schedule another facial with the same therapist, a week or two before you walk down the aisle.

All the stress from your wedding planning will, unfortunately, show up on your skin. You can undo the damage by having a traditional spa facial, which is also great for making your skin a better makeup canvas. This indulgent service is great for all skin types. With exfoliation, toning and moisturizing – facials can be personalized for every skin type to give you that bridal glow.

And then there’s the Intraceutical Oxygen Facial, that the Spa at the Old Mill Toronto offers, which leaves skin looking positively radiant. It hydrates the skin, immediately firms and plumps it up to smooth out fine lines, and gives the complexion a nice glow.

Waxing

As well as exfoliating the areas you’re having waxed, it’s important to buff away dead skin cells to avoid clogged pores and ingrown hairs. Your last exfoliation should be at least two days before the wax treatment. Moisturize your skin properly until the day before the waxing to keep the area hydrated (and after to keep your skin looking fabulous, of course). Don’t forget to wear SPF to protect the newly waxed areas. Most importantly do not wax the day of your wedding – the best time is about one week before your big day. The Spa at the Old Mill usues Nufree Finipil, which is not a wax, so you won’t experience the pain of typical waxing. Extensive scientific testing, proves Nufree to be a self preserving antibacterial, antimicrobial hair removal system.

Massage

You may be sore after the massage, so it’s probably best to enjoy this ultimate form of relaxation the week leading up to your Wedding Day and not the day before.  This is normal with Deep Tissue massage, but it can also happen with the more gentle type of Swedish massage as well, and sometimes you may not feel the soreness until the next day. Your therapist can tailor the massage to your personal needs and desires, and make adjustments in intensity or technique as the session proceeds.A therapeutic massage is perfect for bridesmaid bonding, alone time or with your fiance, take the time out of your busy planning schedule to enjoy a massage, you will feel much better afterwards. 

Hair and Makeup

It’s important to secure your stylist ahead of time and do a trip about 1 -2 months before your Wedding Day. When it comes to your hair and makeup, you want to look like yourself as much as possible. Stick to the styles that make you feel most comfortable and match your bridal style. The Spa at the Old Mill is proud to use proud to use Jane Iredale Skincare Makeup. It provides flawless coverage with skincare benefits that conventional makeup can only envy! This mineral composition was designed to give you SPF, concealer, foundation and powder all in one.  Jane Iredale is not just makeup, it’s an extension of your skincare!

Nails

It’s always best to get your nails done the day before or day of so they look fresh and fabulous. Even Gel manicures can loose their lustre after a few days. You will want to show off your new wedding ring so compliment it with perfectly polished nails. Choosing a nail colour is right up there with the other tough wedding planning decisions. If your not into nail art, than your Wedding Day isn’t the day to start. Since You try on more than one dress (most of the time!), why shouldn’t you try on more than one polish?

 Body Wraps and Scrubs

Wraps are an excellent way to detox and are designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite or create a sliming effect while a body scrub will slough away dry, dead skin cells and leave you with luminous skin.  Remember if you are getting a spray tan, book it after your body scrub so your gorgeous glow won’t rub off!



Health Benefits of Tea & Shortbread Takes the Cake!

The Old Mill Toronto Pastry Chef knows what it takes to make a delicious shortbread cookie and they want to share this buttery Shortbread Recipe with you.  With a soft, crumbly texture that just melts in your mouth, you wont eat just one!

Traditional Shortbread

275g Unsalted Butter (softened)
140g Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract
410g All Purpose Flour
5g Salt
Zest of 1 lemon, 1 lime (optional)

Method:

1. Using a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

2. Add vanilla and citrus zest (if desired).

3. Add flour and salt, mixing well until a soft dough forms.

4. Refrigerate at least one hour before rolling out and cutting, as the dough will be very soft and difficult to work with immediately after mixing.

5. Roll out approximately 1/3 of an inch in height on a well-floured work surface and cut into desired shapes. Alternately, roll into smooth cylindrical logs or rectangles, chill, and slice. 

6. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 10-15 minutes, until the edges just begin to colour. May be dipped in chocolate or decorated with royal icing.

Health Benefits of Tea

A spot of tea in the afternoon with friends has more benefits than just good company. Drinking tea is beneficial to our health and goes great with a fresh shortbread cookie! 

Boost your immune system and help reduce the risk of cancers Camellia sinensis (Tea) contain catechins, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system. Vitamin H, also known as biotin, is present in teas which also contributes to a healthy immune system . In addition, tea contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that assists in the prevention of cellular damage, cardiovascular disease, skin disease and UV-induced DNA damage.

Protect your heart  with the antioxidant found in green tea, EGCg, speeds up the recovery of heart cells and minimizes cell death after a heart attack or stroke. Green tea is also associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease because its high quantity of antioxidants, namely flavonoids, may reduce the amount of cholesterol in the artery wall. Tea acts as an anti-inflammatory and improves blood vessel function.

Reduce your risk of ovarian cancer - A Swedish study published in December 2005 claims that drinking two or more cups of tea a day can reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer by 46 per cent. The 15-year study involved just over 60,000 Swedish women.

Tea protects your bones - It’s not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non tea-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea’s many beneficial phytochemicals.

Tea is calorie-free - Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you’re looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.

Join us for our Afternoon Tea in recognition of a 103-year tradition. Since 1914, pedestrians, cyclists, canoeists and motorists have enjoyed afternoon tea at the Old Mill Toronto. Our Tea Menu includes a take home decorative gift box of our exclusive Centennial Tea Blend and a portion of the proceeds from the Afternoon Tea will be donated to Women’s Habitat.



Benefits of Massage Therapy

There are many reasons why massage therapy is good for your health, in addition to the relaxation aspect, massage therapy continues to be one of the most effective, safe and natural ways to treat mental and physical ailments, such as stress, pain, anxiety and depression.

Massage increases and improves circulation to help ease muscle pain.  Increased circulation improves blood flow, removes waste away from muscles and internal organs, lowers blood pressure and improves overall body function. 

Massage encourages a better quality of sleep and also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Massages provide pain relief through applied pressure, muscle relaxation and increased circulation. With regular massage therapy sessions, muscle cramps and spasms, stiffness and body aches are either reduced or prevented. 

Often, headaches are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches, even relieving headaches after one massage session.  Massage therapy also raises the body’s production and release of endorphins. These are stress and pain preventing hormones that enhance mood and boost immunity.

Massage therapy has been found to boost white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.  Massage therapy can increase your body’s natural ability to protect itself by improving the flow of lymph, a bodily fluid that fights infection and disease.

A single massage can do great things for your body, but regular frequent massages can be even more profound. Massage can help you maintain flexibility and range of motion by working the muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, and by stimulating the production and retention of the natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers.

Massage also appears to increase the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, which. improves your mood and makes you feel good mentally.

There are many different types of massage recommended for area specific treatments. Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, while Sports massage focuses on preparing the muscle tissue, relieving muscle strain, decreasing muscle fatigue and tension, maintaining flexibility, increasing circulation and flushing of toxins that build in the muscle after strenuous use. Swedish massage techniques relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, increase range of motion, breakdown scar tissue, decrease muscle pain and increase body awareness.

Relax and rejuvenate in a sanctuary created to heal both mind and body, an escape where our massage therapists provide a personalized spa experience in a peaceful and unwinding environment.



Why You Need A Romantic Getaway

 

Indulging in a romantic getaway at the Old Mill Toronto is the perfect way to escape the city for some much needed relaxation with your significant other.  Romantic Getaways are all about the romance, while getting cozy by a fire, luxuriating in spa services, or just soaking up the memorable, unique setting of your surroundings.

Other than relaxation, there are many reasons why couples should think about going on romantic getaway weekends. With today’s fast paced lifestyle, spending quality time together is often difficult to achieve.

Many couples that are overwhelmed with their own career and job are often compromising their relationship with each other.  Setting aside quality time for a romantic getaway can make your relationship much stronger.  

Spending good quality time together reconnecting with the person that you love gives you a chance to relax, unwind and helps you regain the balance and focus in your relationship. A change of scenery and time alone allows you to reconnect with one another while enjoying each other’s company. It’s just you and your partner with plenty of time to talk about the important things in your lives. It heightens the intimacy and keeps the romance alive.

Sharing a romantic getaway together creates lasting memories.  The gifts of love and sharing quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give to your significant other. Relationships are about spending quality time together and bonding.

The Old Mill Toronto’s ideal location invites you to Escape The Ordinary, where your Romance Package begins the moment you enter the lovingly appointed tranquility of your luxury accommodations. No detail has been overlooked to help take you ‘away from it all’. The luxury king-size bed strewn with heart-shaped rose petals, wine, signature truffles, lush bathrobes, and deep-soaking jacuzzi tub for two invites you and your loved one to begin your revitalizing escape by sinking into a candlelit bubble bath.

 A Romantic Getaway allows you to focus your attention on the present moment while you reconnect with each other, and with a little effort, you can bring that same level of mindful awareness to your time together on a daily basis, outside of your getaway.



Canada 150 Event

Our Canada 150 Celebration was a grand success, with both adults and children getting their faces painted to celebrate the momentous occasion. 

Everyone was tapping their toes, clapping their hands and even dancing around the Buffet tables to the catchy tunes and the best of the best Canadiana Band – FIDDLESTIX.

Chef Martin Buehner and his talented culinary team pulled of a great spread of finger lickin’ ribs, BBQ’d Chicken, Cedar Planked Salmon, Carved Roast Beef and much much more.

 We have to mention the delicious Chocolate Fountain where you could dip fresh pineapple, strawberries, marshmallows and rice-krispie squares to name a few.

Thank you to all who helped celebrate Canada 150 in style at the Old Mill Toronto. 

Even the staff joined in with the face painting fun.

The colour theme of the day, of course was red and white, and many people also wore their best Canadian themed clothing.

For those of you that where impressed with FIDDLESTIX (how could you not) We will be bringing them back soon for a special East Coast Celebration…stay tuned!

Until than… all of the staff at Old Mill Toronto wish you a safe and Happy Summer. There are a lot of great things to do in Canada this year — more, even, than usual.

150 ways to celebrate Canada 150 in 2017

 



Canadian Maple Cookies

Celebrate Canada 150 with this simple yet yummy maple-rich cookie recipe. Your house will smell wonderful while baking these cookies.

  • 1cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1egg
  • 1cup real maple syrup
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease several cookie sheets.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar; add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, mixing until well blended.
  4. Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; add this mixture to creamed mixture and stir until well blended.
  5. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
  6. Place balls on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes; remove and let cool on a wire rack.


Wedding Dress Code Terms

One of the tricky things about planning a wedding, involves defining wedding dress code terms. There are a lot of options, and decisions, in some cases, an opportunity for miscommunication.

Heading to a wedding soon? Review these What colours not to wear to a wedding before the big day!

Black Tie: No-nonsense and pretty straightforward, this affair is, in a word, formal. That means tuxes for the gents, formal gowns for the ladies. Definitely an opportunity to head to fancy end of the wedding-wear spectrum.

Formal: At a formal wedding, the black tie may still make an appearance but is certainly optional. Men at this type of event are expected to wear at least a suit and tie, while women can wear a fancier cocktail-style dress or long, more formal dress.

Semi-formal: Still nice, but slightly more casual than its “formal” neighbour, a semi-formal wedding calls for a suit and tie and cocktail dress combination for men and women respectively. Also seen referred to as “cocktail” attire.

Garden party: With summer suits for men, and summery sundresses for women, this is about as casual as you can get and still feel dressed up for an affair. Khaki pants and fun prints are welcome, with a definite emphasis on lighter, nice-but-not-too-nice attire for what is a more casual, but still very special, event. Sometimes you may see this referred to as “beach formal” for an oceanside event.

A guest information packet or website is a good place to present your wedding dress code. Wedding dress code: 5 clever ways to tell guests what to wear

Remember the best rule is to overdress rather than underdress, and if you’re planning to wear a large fashion hat, it’s best to remove it for the ceremony so it doesn’t block the other guests’ view. And you should also remember to remove your sunglasses if the ceremony is inside.



Banana Bread

 
One of our all time favourite recipes – Banana Bread – perfect comfort food best accompanied with a big cup of tea.
 
225g (8oz) plain flour
1 teasp. salt
1 heaped teasp. baking powder
1 teasp. ground cinnamon
110g (4oz) caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
75g (3oz) butter, melted
a few drops of vanilla essence
65g (2½ oz) pecan nuts, chopped
4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
Makes 1 loaf
 
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Mix in the egg, butter and vanilla essence, but do not beat. Fold in the pecans and mashed bananas, using a fork. Again do not beat. Spoon into a lined 9x20cm (3½ inch x 8 inch) loaf tin and bake in an oven preheated to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 50-60 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown and springs back when prodded gently with your finger. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.