A Recipe for Rejuvenation

I recently created a new weekly ritual.  I’ve been sneaking away  to my favorite Asian neighborhood for  pho and a foot  massage. It’s a way to unplug for a few hours for some much needed mid-day relief. 

The ritual starts with a  steaming bowl of broth and noodles. The asian name for this kind of soup is pho.
It comes in all kinds of varieties:  vegetable, beef, chicken, each have their own special name and variation. I am liking pho ga right now.
 The broth is clear and crisp, with just a subtle hint of flavor from the poached chicken slices neatly arranged at the bottom of the bowl. A plate of condiments for garnish is stacked high with Asian cilantro, fresh basil leaves , bean sprouts and a wedge of fresh lime.  Simple and fresh, no extraneous flavors needed.

 This is  a dish where what is left out is just as important as what is put in.  Restraint is required and thoughtfulness is the intent.  

When the last mouthful of noodles have been slurped down and the bowl is empty, it’s time to head next door for a foot massage.  As I enter the spa, I'm greeted by the warmth of a dimly lit space and an offering of tea.  I take my seat in  an oversize reclining chair stuffed with cushy pillows.  A wooden barrel filled with warm water is set at my feet. I soak for a few minutes before the foot massage begins. That's the last I'll remember until the reverie ends with a back and shoulder massage.

Many cultures, like the Asians, believe that massage is not a luxury, but rather a way to keep the energy in the body flowing and the functions working  properly. At $25 for a full hour of decadent care-taking,  I call it a luxurious necessity.

By the end of the afternoon, it's been a full-on feast for the senses. I'm either totally relaxed or rejuvenated. Either way, it's a great way to finish the day in a healthy way. 

Buon appetito!
copyright 2010 Alisa Barry


bethany said...

Good for you.
Mind sharing where you go for pho and the massage? I'm guessing somewhere on Buford Hwy or near the Super H, but I'd love to learn specifics :)

Alisa Barry said...

HI Betheny,

I go to Pho Hoa in Asian village for pho. Right next door to the village center {on the right as you are entering} is a place called Spa 18.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy the goodness!

buon appetito.

Hungry Passport said...

Weekly pho & foot massage, eh?

This sounds like the smartest--and most affordable--self care I've heard about in a very long time.