Superstar Tim McGraw to Headline Festival

Tim McGraw Festival Headliner Greenwich Wine Food

The 8th Annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo just announced that Tim McGraw will headline this year’s event. McGraw will join other festival talent, including culinary special guests Daniel Boulud, Adam Richman, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Kevin Des Chenes, and Lindsay Perkins. The festival will take place September 21-22.

The festivities will kick off on Friday, September 21st when the 2018 Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs will prepare their gourmet cuisine at the Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner. This year’s chefs include: Ben Pope (Mr. Koo’s Kitchen), Ben Freemole (The Tavern at Gray Barns), Julio Genao (Prime Stamford), Cedric Lamouille (Bistro V), Susanne Berne (Bianco Rosso), Jay LeBlanc (Knot Norm’s Catering Co.), Armando Sanchez (Washington Prime), Antonio Selendic (Dubrovnik), Brad Stewart (Flinders Lane). The dinner will honor special guest chef, cookbook author, and Food Network personality Alex Guarnaschelli, who will be celebrated for her innovation and contributions to the culinary world. Scott Conant and Adam Richman will also be in attendance as special guests.

On Saturday, people can enjoy tastings and demonstrations at the Culinary Village, home to the Grand Tasting tent, where guests can enjoy samples from more than 150 of the area’s finest food, wine and spirits experts. Other tents in the Culinary Village will feature the best in burgers, BBQ, tacos and more. There will also be sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, Q&A sessions and cooking demos with top culinary experts, a celebrity green room with live interviews and an exclusive Meet the Masters’ Panel discussion.

The Annual Burger Battle hosted by Adam Richman will return, as will the Annual Top Bartender Showdown hosted by Gary Dell’Abate, providing heated competition between area restaurants. Ambassador Chefs will also prepare an exceptional dinner for VIP ticket holders on Saturday.

The 2018 festival will benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation and Ment’or.

3 Luxury Golf Courses That are Worth the Trip

Golf
The iconic Hole 7 at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California
Tee It Up: The U.S. Open returns here next June for the sixth time as the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links celebrates its 100th anniversary. Four greens have been rebuilt in recent years, most notably the distinctive hour-glass shaped surface at the par-3 17th hole. It’s far from the only game in town—not with Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Poppy Hills all nearby, plus private gems like Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Farther afield, but well worth seeking out, are Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley and the Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.

Fairway One
An elegant room at the new Fairway One resort at Pebble Beach

Where to Stay: Fairway One accommodations (from garden view rooms to four-bedroom suites, from $975) were recently unveiled alongside Pebble’s opening hole. The Lodge at Pebble Beach itself has undergone a thorough renovation of all 450-plus rooms. From $900 in advance of the U.S. Open
Off the Course: Check out the extensive golf memorabilia collection during lunch or a post-round drink at The Tap Room inside The Lodge. Cruise the famed 17-Mile Drive through the Del Monte Forest, or travel down the scenic coast to Big Sur. Wineries dot the landscape in nearby Carmel Valley, as do many dining options in the charming downtowns of Carmel and Pacific Grove.

Mammoth Dunes
Wide fairways on the Mammoth Dunes course at Sand Valley

Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Tee It Up:
Created by the owners of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, Sand Valley already meets the high standard set by its famous West Coast sibling. Located almost three hours northwest of Milwaukee (closer fly-in options are in Madison and Wisconsin Rapids), Sand Valley opened its doors last year with a dazzling Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-designed layout. It’s joined this summer by Mammoth Dunes, the work of architect David McLay Kidd. He built massively wide fairways amid a huge landscape, creating a layout that’s both extremely playable and very memorable. Also onsite is the Sandbox, a fun 17-hole par-3 course designed by Coore and Crenshaw.
Sand Valley
Where to Stay: A foursome of on-site lodging options includes Fairway and Dunes lodge rooms, cottages, residences and suites. From $155
Off the Course: You could eat plenty of local favorites, like cheese curds or walleye, in the Mammoth Bar and Lounge (a second dining venue is being added to the clubhouse this summer), or you could play more golf. Like at Kohler, a resort located an hour north of Milwaukee, where you can tee off on four distinct courses, including the bunker-filled Straits Course, which overlooks Lake Michigan and will be the venue for the 2020 Ryder Cup. Or take on Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open and just 45 minutes northwest of Milwaukee.

Royal Portrush
Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush Dunluce Course

Northern Ireland
Tee It Up: The Open Championship returns to the Dunluce Course at Royal Portrush in the summer of 2019 for the first time since 1951. In preparation for the biggest sporting event in the country’s history, two new holes have been created and others renumbered on a course already ranked as one of the world’s best. Other layouts of note in Northern Ireland are Royal County Down (perennially ranked among the top 10 courses in the world), Ardglass and Portstewart.

Slieve Donard Resort
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Where to Stay: The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle overlooks the Irish Sea and is just a short walk away from the first tee at
Royal County Down Golf Club. From $189, hastingshotels.com
Off the Course: Visit the geological coastline wonder that is The Giant’s Causeway, located a short drive east of Royal Portrush. For whiskey fans, The Old Bushmills Distillery is just a bit inland from the course, while the Titanic Museum in Belfast offers a thorough education about the famously doomed ship and the country’s rich shipbuilding history.

3 GADGETS TO TRY THIS SUMMER
Golf Watch

If you prefer to wear a rangefinder rather than hold one, try the Garmin Approach S10 Golf Watch. A 1.3-inch, high-resolution screen shows distances to the front, back and middle of the green, plus distances to hazards, doglegs and layups. $150

Arccos 360

Arccos 360 is the first and only fully automatic performance tracking system. Recently-upgraded technology relies on ultralight sensors placed in the grip end of each club to record and analyze every shot you hit. $250

Rangefinder

The Bushnell HYBRID Rangefinder combines the latest laser and GPS technologies for accurate yardages. It also provides a physical jolt to your hands when it locks on to the target. $400

Text by Tom Mackin
Photos by (Course) Pebble Beach Company; (Fairway One Room) Noah Webb; (Sand Valley) Ryan Farrow

New Cartoon Book from Jane Condon and Bobbi Eggers

Chardonnay

Cartoon Nice in BedTwo decades ago, Greenwich, CT-based friends, stand-up comedian Jane Condon and former ad executive Bobbie Eggers, started putting together cartoons based on their witty observations about suburban life (and mutual love of wine). With jokes like “Ever notice the bigger the house, the less the wife weighs?” they were quickly picked up by The Greenwich Post and their column grew a loyal local following. “We just tell the truth. We hold a mirror up to what’s going on—the book clubs, the sports, the fundraisers,” says Condon. Their new book, Chardonnay Moms, is full of the same themes and is finding readers well outside of Fairfield County. “Raising kids has its common ground and shared insanity, no matter where you are and what kind of soccer field you’re watching them play on. Pinot grigio playdates happen everywhere,” says Condon. $16

4 Hot Trends in Japanese Food

Japanese

Chef Brian Lewis of The Cottage recently opened the doors of Oko, a modern Japanese eatery in Westport, CT. Lewis is incorporating some of the hottest trends in Japanese food, seen on his travels throughout the country. Here are four he’s loving:

Traditional Japanese Cooking Lewis says this includes cooked dishes from ramen to tempura, and less Americanized maki (sushi rolls). (He notes Tony Pham’s Mecha Noodle Bar, with locations in Fairfield and South Norwalk, as a favorite local spot for ramen and other noodle dishes.) At Oko, expect to find traditional nigiri sushi (pictured above), with fresh fish from Japan as well as the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast over rice.   

Everything Made from Scratch In his kitchen, you’ll find Lewis making the dough for the gyoza and ramen. “This artisan approach is a trend but also something that will stick around,” says Lewis, who also makes his own wasabi from plant roots from the Pacific Northwest.

Slightly Unexpected Flavors Subtle but unique flavors, not found in traditional Japanese cooking, are something Lewis is seeing more of. He will finish a dish with a torch for a hint of smokiness or a touch of maple syrup for an understated sweetness. “I’m taking the traditional approach to sushi but going beyond just fish over rice,” says Lewis.

Uni (Sea Urchin) This staple of Japanese sushi restaurants is finally finding a home in the United States, says Lewis: “A few years ago it was foreign to people.” He uses it in a few ways, including on nigiri sushi and in seaweed wraps.

Pathways Hosts Lobsterfest

Pathways Lobsterfest

Pathways hosted their annual Lobsterfest at Greenwich Window Treatments with delicious lobster and fixings served by Fjord Fisheries.  This was a kick-off event for their annual gala which will be held at the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY.

“One out of 4 people will experience some sort of mental illness in their lifetime,” says Florence M. Griffin, Executive Director of Pathways, Inc. “The funds raised from the event will help those who suffer with a severe, prolonged mental illness by providing safe affordable housing, a day rehab program with client centered activities and a social work program with people who really care.”

The fun-filled event had creative cocktails, a full dinner and dancing.  The live auction included a trip to a Dude ranch in Wyoming; a Miami Weekend with tickets to a Miami Dolphin game; a Jackson Hole Wyoming Condo for one week; and Margin Street Inn in Westerly, RI which is the newly renovated luxury inn owned by the same owner as the Ocean House.

Three people were honored including: Katrina Camera, ESQ. who is conservator for many of their clients; and Peter Zimmerman, staff member for 18 years who recently retired; and board member, Don Marchand, ESQ. who has helped with many legal matters.

Current fundraising efforts will focus on building a new rehab center.

Photographs by Cheryl Moss

Greenwich Hospital’s Under the Stars Event Supports Women’s and Children’s Health

Jeff & Nicole Glor, Andrea Sinkin-Jaffe, Harry Jaffe, Jennifer & Ken Turano

The summer kicked off on a generous note at Greenwich Hospital’s Under the Stars event, which benefitted women’s and children’s health at the hospital. Attendees were greeted at Riverside Yacht Club with outdoor cocktails and scenic views of Long Island Sound before they entered the cozy and contemporary farmhouse-inspired tent. Country-pop music sensation and Greenwich native, Caroline Jones, headlined the night, accompanied by DJ April Larken and Fairfield County’s premier cover band, The Short Bus.

At the event, guests enjoyed tarragon lobster salad, filet mignon and salmon fillet. There were also one-of-a-kind auction items and a need-based donation Wish List compiled by Greenwich Hospital physicians and nurses that attracted generous donations. In fact, the fundraiser surpassed its goal by raising $600,000, which will help support the full range of women’s and children’s health services at Greenwich Hospital as well as attracting and retaining the nation’s best physicians, nurses, and hospital staff.

Greenwich Hospital President and CEO, Norman G. Roth honored Patricia Calayag, MD for her leadership and accomplishment in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Dr. Calayag’s great impact on the health of our community is admired and respected by her patients and colleagues. She is a wonderful role model of care excellence and professionalism. An asset to our medical staff and our hospital, she is most deserving of this award tonight,” he said.

Photographs by Cheryl Moss

Waterfront Living in Dolphin Cove, CT

Dolphin Cove
Of the 104 houses in Dolphin Cove, 96 are waterfront properties.

On a sunny summer day in Dolphin Cove, it’s not uncommon to see kids biking on the cul-de-sac while parents gather on their lawns talking to their neighbors. On the water, paddleboards, kayaks and boats dot the lagoon and the swimming pool is filled with everyone from children to grandparents. Welcome to Stamford’s private coastal neighborhood: Dolphin Cove.

Dolphin Cove marina
The yacht club has five sets of docks with deepwater slips.

“It has it all—waterfront living with your boat only steps away from your house and just minutes from schools, shopping, dining and the Metro-North railroad station,” says Russell Pruner, Realtor at Houlihan Lawrence. “Within this community is your own yacht club with beach, tennis, pools, large common pavilion and breathtaking views of Long Island Sound.”

And while there are several waterfront communities in Westchester and Fairfield counties, Dolphin Cove stands out. “The deepwater harbor provides access to boating at high or low tide. This is a unique feature because most waterfront homeowners in the Northeast are restricted by the tides, finding their boats sitting in mud or not being able to reach their mooring or slips upon return,” says Emile P. de Neree, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “It is every boater’s dream to have their power- or sailboat at their home, allowing for easy and quick access and sailing when there is wind. The lagoon provides excellent protection from wind and waves and is often referred to as the best hurricane hole in the area.”

Dolphin Cove Courts
There are two pools, tennis courts and a private beach at Dolphin Cove.

Dolphin Cove was developed in the early 1970s and currently includes 104 homes (96 on the water), and a three-acre club area with two swimming pools, one for little kids and a full-size one with swim lanes. There’s also a 450-foot beach, tennis courts and the Dolphin Cove Yacht Club, which manages five sets of docks with deepwater slips. A pool cabana and pavilion can be rented for private parties for a nominal fee.

The community is very social, with beach and dock parties held regularly in the summer and monthly TGIFs in the winter months. The social committee organizes yoga, plays and speakers.

“The community is large enough to afford a stunningly beautiful and private club area, yet small enough to be intimate and friendly, where neighbors go out of their way to support and look out for each other,” says de Neree. “The lifestyle of Dolphin Cove feels like resort or vacation living. Most people, myself included, sometimes have to pinch ourselves to realize we actually live here.”

ON THE MARKET

121 Dolphin Cove Quay
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 full, 1 half  Square feet: 2,351
Price: $1,795,000
Highlights: “This home is perfect for anyone looking to live on the water and be
just steps away from their boat,” says Russell. “It offers a first-floor master
suite with renovated master bath and a large rear yard to entertain family and friends.”
Contact: Russell Pruner, Houlihan Lawrence, 203-698-1234, rpruner@gmail.com

253 Dolphin Cove253 Dolphin Cove Quay
Bedrooms: 3  Bathrooms: 4 baths  Square feet: 4,028
Price: $2,800,000
Highlights: This home was renovated in 2002 and has a master suite sitting room with balcony. The outside has formal seaside gardens, an entertaining space on the deck and a bi-level terrace.
Contact: Barbara Lusk, Berkshire Hathaway, 203-321-1668, blusk@bhhsne.com

22 Flying Cloud Kitchen22 Flying Cloud22 Flying Cloud Road
Bedrooms: 5  Baths: 6 full  Square feet: 4,337
Price: $3,395,000
Highlights: “This home was redesigned after a gut renovation and taken down to
the studs, adding new floors, windows, doors and mechanicals,” says de Neree. “It faces southwest and was designed for entertaining, inside and out.”
Contact: Emile de Neree, 203-637-4581, emile.deneree@coldwellbankermoves.com

Photos by: (Harbor) Emile de Neree; (121 Dolphin Cove quay) Hicham Bensaoui; (22 Flying Cloud Road) Emile de Neree

Want to Know Local Chefs’ Secret Ingredients?

Ingredients

Some of the 2018 Greenwich wine + food festival chefs share the recipes they make that are so simple, they barely need to be written down. Plus, the secret ingredients they turn to again and again.

DebDebra Ponzek’s Go-to ingredient: White miso paste
“I whisk it into salad dressings, use it as a marinade on chicken and fish, and I love to baste roasting vegetables with it. I love to mix it with garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil, grape seed oil and a touch of peanut butter to make cold sesame noodles, or I mix it with some olive oil and cumin and brush it on Japanese eggplantbefore roasting!”
Aux Delicés in Riverside, Greenwich, Darien and Westport, CT

Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso Paste, from $5.25

Bill TaibeBill Taibe’s Go-to ingredient: Orrington Farms Chicken Broth Base and Seasoning
“My secret ingredient of the moment is Orrington Farms Chicken Broth Base and Seasoning ($27, amazon.com), or commonly known in our kitchens as “Chicken Powder.” It’s made locally in Wilton. It’s a great salt and umami additive and is extremely versatile between both proteins and produce. We toss it with roasted potatoes, cured meats and use it as a salt replacement.”
Jesup Hall/Kawa Ni/The Whelk, Westport, CT

JesJes Bengtson’s Go-to ingredient: Avocado
“Avocado literally can go on any dish and it works; the health components are insane and it’s an incredibly versatile fruit. I love making a condiment or sauce out of avocado and losing the mayos, oils and creams.”
Terrain Garden Café, Westport, CT

 

Matt StorchMatt Storch’s Go-to ingredient: Pomegranate Molasses
“I am in love with it; the consistency is perfect for plating, the flavor is both sweet and sour, and in cooking it provides a beautiful glaze to any protein or sauce! I use it with poultry, lamb, foie gras, root veggies, dressings, sauces, morning granola or oatmeal, or just a few simple drops on a plate! My family was curious why our Thanksgiving turkey was so bronze and beautiful, a quick baste with pomegranate molasses, BOOM! Originating in Middle Eastern food, I first discovered it about 15 years ago when someone marinated a leg of lamb with it. Blew my mind…”
Match, South Norwalk, CT; Nom-Eez, Bridgeport, CT; Match Burger Lobster, Westport, CT

Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses, $6, Whole Foods Market

RuiRui Correia’s Go-to ingredient: Piri-Piri (Portuguese hot sauce)
“I love Piri-Piri because it evokes nostalgic memories of my youth. Its taste is sweet and
sour and slightly salty making it complex and versatile. It can be used on almost anything. I use it on chicken, steak, fish, eggs, vegetables and in a Bloody Mary.”
Douro, Greenwich, CT
Pick up Correia’s homemade Piri-Piri sauce up at Douro!

Ian Vest

Ian Vest’s Go-to ingredient: Fennel
“I feel like fennel is one of those ingredients that not many people know how much they actually like. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, the seeds left whole or ground, the bulb shaved thinly and served raw, or even cooked slowly in olive oil until it is sweet like candy. At Back 40 Kitchen and Mill Street Bar & Table we use fennel seed in our bolognese sauces with fresh pasta; you can’t go wrong.”
Back 40 Kitchen and Mill Street Bar & Table, Greenwich, CT

Photos by (Debra Ponzek) Jessica Bernstein; (Avocado) masa44/shutterstock.com; (Ian Vest) Taylor Scarponi; (Fennel) Nattika/shutterstock.com

Two Spots for a Weekday Brunch

Brunch

Two new spots—Roost in Darien, CT and Wellmade Market in Cos Cob—are serving weekend-style brunch dishes in relaxed settings throughout the week. “Crave-worthy breakfasts and lunches are no longer just a weekend thing. Whether it is a Monday breakfast meeting or a late lunch with friends mid-week, our customers want great tasting and satisfying food all week long,” says Mike Pietrafeso, chef and owner of Roost (and Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee in Riverside, CT). Both Wellmade Market and Roost specialize in interesting egg sandwiches (try “The Cardinal” at Wellmade, which incorporates spicy beef chili) and variations on avocado toast (Roost tops their version, shown here, with shaved radishes, cilantro and pickled onion).

Photo by Nataliya Lalor

6 Beauty Treatments to Get This Summer

summer beauty treatments

After months of your body being hidden underneath jeans and sweaters, it’s time for your big reveal! Are you ready? If not, try these beauty treatments to get your body smooth, slim, and bronzed just in time for beach season.

Detoxifying Body Wrap

Summer isn’t the best season for facial skin treatments (many require that you stay out of the sun), although you can still get microdermabrasion if you can’t wait until fall to banish those brown spots. Now’s the time for treatments that smooth and slim your body. The Detoxifying Body Wrap treatment at the Delamar Spa does both. The aesthetician has you lay on a heated bed while she gently exfoliates your skin and performs a relaxing lymphatic drainage massage to reduce water retention. “It’s good for digestion, de-bloating, and releasing toxins,” says aesthetician TJ Charaporn. She pays extra attention to your belly (to release trapped air and water) and your face (to clear your sinuses—a boon for those of us puffy-eyed and congested from seasonal allergies.) Then she wraps you in a warm blanket to sweat out toxins. The final step: Using a bumpy rubber glove designed to break up cellulite, she massages you from head-to-toe with anti-cellulite cream. A truly luxurious way to beat bloat. The 90-minute treatment costs $235. Delamar Spa, 500 Steamboat Rd, Greenwich; www.delamar.com

Nevisense

Former sun worshippers live under an umbrella of fear about melanoma. And if you’re old enough to remember Magda from Something About Mary, you’ve probably had a suspicious mole or two cut out by your derm. Nevisense is a new technology that can instantly detect a melanoma simply by pressing a little wand connected to a computer onto an atypical looking mole. “Nevisense can let us know if something needs to be taken off, which prevents unnecessary biopsies,” says Gary Goldenberg, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. “It can also detect an abnormality in moles very early, allowing us to remove abnormal lesions at an early stage, before they have a chance to potentially become melanoma skin cancer.” The whole procedure is completely painless and takes under 30 minutes. There is only one Nevisense device in the United States approved for commercial use, and it’s located at Goldenberg Dermatology: Cost: $250. 14 E 75th St, NYC; www.goldenbergdermatology.com

Nevisense machine

Spray Tan by Anna Stankiewicz

Since we all need to stay out of the sun (see Nevisense, above), summer calls for frequent spray tans. Models, actresses, magazine editors, and even politicians flock to Anna Stankiewicz at the Louise O’Connor Salon & Spa for a natural-looking faux glow that’s customized for each client’s skin tone. After a thorough consultation about your tanning goals and history, she will meticulously spray every inch of you body with her organic, mineral-infused Suvara formula, using a sponge brush to blend tricky areas like the ankles and wrists. “It’s like foundation, you need to blend it for a natural look,” explains Stankiewicz. She also favors a less-is-more approach for certain areas. “When the face is too tan, it’s obvious it’s a spray tan, and I don’t go heavy [in spots that don’t naturally get sun.] No one ever has tanned armpits!” says Stankiewicz. Cost: $94 at the salon and $200 for house calls within New York City. (She also offers an express service which lets you shower after an hour for light color, two hours for medium color, and three hours for a dark shade—as opposed to the usual seven to eight hours of waiting time.) Louise O’Connor Salon & Spa, 33 E 61st St, 3rd Floor, NYC; www.louiseoconnorsalon.com.

miraDry®

If you’re a sweaty person—with a wardrobe of blouses, T-shirts, and tennis whites with yellow rings under the arms to prove it—it may be time for miraDry®, which is a non-surgical treatment to permanently eliminate under arm perspiration. “We have patients who come to us because they are suffering from hyperhydrosis (overly active sweat glands), but many of our patients shop at Whole Foods and are health conscious and don’t want to be putting chemicals under their arms every day to control sweating,” says plastic surgeon Sachin Shridharani, MD, founder of Luxurgery in New York City. The doctor will place a device directly on your underarm skin, which releases heat to destroy the sweat and odor glands in your armpits. (As an added bonus, it also destroys hair follicles, minimizing hair growth). MiraDry® itself is painless (although the shots of lidocaine to numb you up sting a little) and you’ll have some swelling under your armpits for a week. Two treatments, spaced three months apart, are needed if you have hyperhidrosis, while one will do the trick if you’re an average sweater. Cost: $2,000-2,750 per session. Get it at Luxurgery, 880 5th Ave, NYC (luxurgerynyc.com); Westport Dermatology & Laser Center, 325 Riverside Ave, Westport (www.westportderm.com); Advanced Dermatology, 449 North State Rd, suite 203, Briarcliff Manor or 100 South Highland Ave, Ossining (www.advanceddermatologypc.com).

Renuvion Powered by J-Plasma Skin Tightening

If you’ve lost weight or had a baby, you probably have loose skin on your stomach—which no amount of dieting or exercising can remedy. Tighten it up for bikini season with a Renuvion treatment. You are put under local anesthesia, and the doctor inserts a cannula devise (the same type is used for lipo) that releases helium gas to shrink the belly skin right on contact. You’ll see results immediately, skin will continue to tighten over the next six months, and the skin tightening effect is permanent. “Renuvion is a complete game-changer—people are seeing incredible results,” says Christine Gould, MD, who notes that this procedure is also effective for tightening skin on the arms, butt, face and other areas of the body. This super safe treatment takes about two hours and expect to be a little sore and swollen for a day or two (and off from exercise for two weeks). Cost: $6,000-$8,000. All About You Med Spa, 79 S. Benson Rd, Fairfield; www.all-about-you-med-spa.com

Spruce & Bond Bikini Wax

Most people are lasering away hair now instead of waxing because lasers hurt less, you don’t have to grow hair out between visits (not so pretty), and the results are permanent. But since it usually takes five or six appointments—spread out over several months—to laser hair off a body part, your best bet this time of year is a bikini wax.

Take the edge of this typically not-so-pleasant experience by booking an appointment at the chic Spruce & Bond outpost in Scarsdale. This New York City staple (it was formally called Completely Bare) uses two types of wax imported from the UK: A creamy paraffin base plus a hard wax to grab every last hair with minimal pain—in well under 15 minutes. No wonder people come from all over for their famous, lightening-fast waxes. “I have people flying in from Miami, Mexico, and Canada to get a wax from me!” says aesthetician Nikki Babian. The salon offers non-waxing beauty services as well, so get some lashes and a blow out while you’re there. Signature Bikini Wax, $75. Spruce & Bond, 12 Chase Rd, Scarsdale; www.sprucebond.com