Monmouth Health & Life - December 2010

Spas with a plus

Set in a lush, 7,00 square feet adorned with live plants and softly glowing candlelight, Castle Rock at La Cantera—named one of the nation’s top 100 spa resorts in Condé Nast Traveler—is home to four massage rooms, two facial rooms, a salon space and more.

Crazy Good

If you’re in the mood for Italian fare in a high-energy atmosphere, odds are you’ll enjoy the flavors, fragrance and pace of Pazzo.

New life after a brain tumor

Thanks to a novel chemotherapy regimen, a patient who had a dangerous stage IV brain cancer is back to his active routine.

A birthday break

He turned 13 in the E.R. with a leg fracture, but it didn't slow him down for long.

Sweet soiree

Planning a holiday party and deciding what to serve can be a headache. This year, why not simplify things by focusing on those two can’t-lose crowd-pleasers, chocolate and coffee? When chocolate’s feel-good endorphins pair up with the energizing power of coffee, you can practically hear them whispering, “’Tis the season to be jolly!”

Fixing reflux

An incisionless procedure may relieve GERD when medications don't.

Divine dinner party

Looking for inspiration for an unforgettable holiday repast? Morris Health & Life called on three Morris County chefs to create a three-course menu for a festive dinner you can create in your own kitchen. Each course serves six to eight people.

Topping your table

Color, fabrics and lighting are the building blocks upon which your fête will be set. Red, always a hallmark hue for the season, needn’t be your only option. Golds, silvers and winter-whites can also add sparkle to your table. And speaking of sparkle, candles will enhance the ambience, especially if you place them near glass or mirrored pieces that will twinkle in their light.

Planning a kids' bash

Don’t forget the young ones when you plan the season’s entertaining. Kids deserve to party too, and you may even catch a moment to hobnob with their chaperoning parents. You’ll find that a savvy selection of colors, decorations and tasty treats can help make your bash a smash.

Cyber Monday steals and deals

Cyber Monday is a godsend to those of us who did not want to be seriously trampled during the Black Friday stampede at the big chain stores. Enjoy today’s online deals and finish shopping for everybody on your holiday gift list. Cyber Monday sales boast free shipping, additional savings on already reduced items, freebies with your purchase, and more! Check out the list of gift categories and online resources

Operation Sleighbells/Holiday Giving

Looking to help families in need this season? Check out operation sleighbells/holiday giving, the century-old program run by Long Branch-based Family & Children’s Service (732-222-9111,

Tomato Fever

Two Guys Food Group (201-954-6051, has canned tomato sauces made with only Garden State tomatoes.

Clean Ocean Action's Sunset at Sandy Hook

at the clean ocean action’s “sunset at sandy hook” event at sea gulls’ nest Restaurant on sandy hook, locals enjoyed fare from more than 30 area restaurants and caterers, plus auctions and live music. Funds raised will aid the group’s effort to improve the quality of the marine waters off the new Jersey/new York coast.

Chocolate, Jersey style

Decadent 2¼-ounce Jersey Girl chocolate bars by Chester-based Jersey Brands (908-879-3072,, retailing for about $2 each, promise to leave your taste buds in a blissful state indeed.

Care for an 'angel'

The Cassilianos were in good hands. When Monmouth Medical Center opened its Regional Newborn Center in 1968, the hospital made perinatal history by becoming the first hospital in New Jersey and the first community hospital in the nation to establish a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Now a state-designated level III regional perinatal center, it has consistently attained one of the highest infant survival rates among NICUs in the country.

Find that special someone

FLIPME is an innovative new dating service that involves passing a card with a catchy pick-up line to someone who catches your eye in person, then allowing the connection to kindle online.

The Slice is Right

Open since March, the casual eatery keeps the earth in mind with every slice, serving pizzas and other fare made in-house with about 75 percent organic ingredients.