Author: Health and Life Magazine

A Peaceful Path

If you sometimes feel your hectic life has you going in circles, try an ancient means of seeking peace: walking a circular path.

KettleMANIA

Channel your inner strongman with kettlebells- old-school weights that yield big-time results

Flatly flavorful

"The better part of a year"-that's how long Chris "The better part of a year"-that's how long Chris Saville says he and wife Kate spent in their kitchen before perfecting recipes for the tasty, healthier pizza alternatives they serve up at The Flatz Company in Wyckoff

For the eco-epicure

If you crave a heaping plate of chemicals, hormones and preservatives, pass right on by the Green Door Café in Tenafly (201-567-8226, www.greendoorcafenj.com).

The loaf of the Irish

Soda bread is, for most of us, a Saint-Patty's-Day-only treat- so you might as well have the best there is! Here's how our judges ranked the local offerings.

Yoga for youngsters

"Child's pose" takes on a whole new meaning at the Happy Elephant Yoga School (201-788-5031, www.happyelephantyoga.com), a Franklin Lakes-based studio that offers private and group yoga to kids and families alike.

5 facts labels don't tell you

Savvy shoppers know that checking food labels is a key to helping your family eat healthy. The bad news? "They're incomplete," says Bruce Silverglade, director of legal affairs for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). He helped Bergen Health & Life identify five important points food packages fail to reveal:

Cuban infusion

We're guessing eating at your mom's place is nothing like this: At the new Madre's Cuban Cuisine in Teaneck (201-530-5100, www.kryptics.net/madres), expect dim lighting, sleek black furniture, crystal chandeliers-not to mention heaping plates of empanadas, paella, mofongo and other Cuban favorites.

Dad's pad

When Roy Weber first moved into his Ridgewood Colonial, the recently divorced father of two couldn't have told you what his design preferences were. "I'd never really thought much about decorating," admits Weber, 66, a lecturer at Rutgers Business School.

The ride of a lifetime

Maybe that Ferrari F430 or Lamborghini Gallardo is a bit out of reach as a permanent fixture in your garage-but thanks to Gotham Dream Cars (212-957-4400, www.gothamdreamcars.com), getting behind the wheel of a coveted car doesn't have to be a mere fantasy.

Culinary caboose

For a fun twist on a classic summer treat, stop by The Hot Dog Caboose in Midland Park (201-444-2531; www.hotdogcaboose.com) - a genuine train caboose parked off Greenwood Avenue.

ABCs of style

It's as if a huge home décor fantasyland dropped from the sky and landed beside Route 80.