The Dining Diva digs into Ty.Ku Asian Citrus Liquer & More

Your Dining Diva loves sampling new foods and wines and I just received an exquiste bottle of a unique new adult beverfage called Ty.Ku,  it’s not only a delicious, low-sugar, low-calorie citrus liqueur, the refreshing  mint green libation comes in an sexy bottle that actually lights up when you pour it.  Drink it straight, on the rocks or mixed in margarita for an extra buzz (we did and it’s amazing). Unique in the liquor industry the LED techno-lighted bottle is about as much fun as the beverage. Priced in the $30 range, Ty.Ku has already swept the celeb world (Paris Hilton, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Foxx have partaken according to the company). It’s also been featured in magazines. Check out

Yummy…I am sitting here eating Sahale Glazed Cashews with pomegranate and vanilla and it’s the best snack I ever are. This stuff is really tasty. Perfect for holiday entertaining or stuffing in stockings. John & Edmond, who sign the packages make avariety of healthy options like Almonds with cranberries and sea salt or with peanuts and berries–it’s all good. Check it out at Order lots for your holiday

A Diva’s Day at New York’s Galaxy Day Spa’s Will Rhim

The Galaxy Day Spa ranks as New York’s Sexiest Sanctuary at  least for Linda Covello, jet setting, world famous photographer who succumbs to its salubrious allure regularly and can’t get enough of Will Rhim’s masterful massages…..

Nestled in the heart of New York City’s Flatiron District– steps from the intensity of a burgeoning neighborhood– but a galaxy away from the hustle and bustle, Galaxy Day Spa provides a sanctuary of sanity.

While the little charmer offers the gamut of day spa treatments, Linda says she’s hooked on  Will Rhim’s masterful massages.

Galaxy’s in-house therapist Rhim’s rubs turn this  fast lane lady whose high pressure photographic career and globe- trotting keep her moving non-stop. Like yours truly, Linda is a slave to massages and has had her share throughout the country and the world—from the Queen Mary2 to Hong Kong, Bora Bora, Paris, London Val D’Isere and beyond. She ranks Rhim right up there among the top. “He’s a lithe, quiet and serious man who performs massage therapy as a sacred art,” she sighs. “He even sets the mood with dim, candle lighting and unobtrusive music, even orchids place in beautiful bowl.

Linda Covello’s Sensuous Galaxy Scenario:

She lays face down inhaling aromatherapy oils :tea tree oil or lavender that clear her and relax her senses. Will’s strong hands grip the soles of her feet and slowing inch up her legs, warming her muscles and relieving all tension. Linda temporarily leaves this earth for nether land.    You feel his concern and mastery in the alternately tender and firm touch of his strong fingers and palms.  He has great strength and he applies pressure as if he is communing with your anatomy and knows precisely how much can be withstood.  His massage never feels too light or too hard.  It is always just right.  He stretches the legs and arms, twists limbs firmly yet gently, rotating the lower spine with so accurate a precision that my poor, wasted L5 disc feels warm and relieved in a way that no chiropractor has yet managed to achieve for me.  I let myself go into his care completely, my limbs totally limp and given over to Will’s ministrations.  For ninety minutes I experience and out of body transcendence and when I finally open my eyes and sit up.  I am flush with warmth of mind and body.  I leave the room a new woman, a warrior relieve of all tension and anxiety. Rambo turned to mush.

Patti’s Prattling:

My east coast readers or anyone planning a trip to NY and want a great massage should plan to book a session with this master masseur. It’s not easy finding a great massage therapist when you travel—take it from me, I know I’ve had the best of rubs and the worst. So it help when someone like Linda makes such a strong recommendation. And for any skeptics out there, she pays for her treatments. Although one would hope Will would toss her a freebie after reading her glowing review

Galaxy Day Spa,, 7 West 25th Street, NY 10010, 646-429-9542Galaxy Day Spa

Specialty facials using  Biodroga and Essensa;  manicures and pedicures that are rendered with care and expertise.  The Deluxe Spa Pedicure, an intensive treatment which combines far eastern massage with aromatic exfoliation, left my calloused heels soft as velvet, not a simple task on worn out feet that had just walked the streets of Venice for days in flip flops.











The Golden Door in Escondido Gives New Meaning to a Spa Vacation

  The Golden Door Glow……


The Dining Diva just spent another week of divine penance at the Golden Door in Escondido, California where I was pampered, pummeled and whittled down to size in salubrious bliss. The Japanese-style resort is simply the crème-de-la-crème of its genre—where a handpicked staff of fitness instructors, therapists, nutritionists etc are on hand to cater to the every need of each of its 40 weekly guests.  The elite facility, with a price tag to match of nearly $8,000 for the Sunday to Sunday program, attracts, as you might expect, a well heeled clientele who can easily afford the tab. Eight grand does get you plenty–like breakfast in bed everyday (following a killer 5 mile mountain hike–hey you got to earn it), a daily-in-room massage and beauty treatment (facial, body scrub, waxing, washing, hair, nails and more), a head spinning array of finitely-tuned workouts, fitness aid to guide you thick and thin, glorious spa cuisine–three squares plus yummy, healthy snacks, lectures and even a full wardrobe of workout wear for the week (do bring your own shoes, bathing suit and undies, however). You don’t even need to pack toothpaste or cosmetics–it’s all there in your attractive Japanese-style room. There’s no TV in your room but two large screens are available in lounges, along with a computer that’s hooked up to hi speed Internet for those of us who need our daily cyberspace fix (unfortunately that was my case, thought I could go cold turkey, but it didn’t work. However I only got on after doing due diligence workouts and following pamper sessions, which I never skip).  If the price is too steep for your budget you may want to consider booking a mini-three or four day break. Offered for the first time ever, The Door’s three and four day programs include a private trainer, fitness program, deluxe Asian style room, all gourmet spa meals plus snacks, three in room massages, make up lesson, manicure or pedicure, herbal wrap, cooking class and transportation from San Diego airport. Everybody should do the Door at least once in their life-warning –it can be addicting—I go once or twice a year and my body thanks me for it, so does my husband. The Door is open for women only with the exception of four men’s weeks and four coed weeks a year.  Hey for you June brides, this is the perfect place to shape up mind, body and spirit for the big day or to treat your wedding party. Do the quick fix mini-break and you’ll be glowing even more on your big day.  Check it out at or call 800-424-0777, tell them Patti Pietschmann sent you.