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Here's to a healthy new year!

JANUARY 2011 TASTES NEWSLETTER

Yoga in Peru? Check. Panchakarma detox in Zanzibar? Check. Heart-healthy diet? Check. Sipping biodynamically-grown Grenache? Check. It looks like January is shaping up to be an exciting month. Here's your guide to living a healthy and happy 2011!

There are lots of reasons for picking a restaurant (brand new, good chef, great cuisine…), but why not choose one with an eye toward keeping your ticker in top-form? Our list of Heart-healthy Restaurants Near You features eateries from coast to coast that help you to sup well and live well.

Choose a heart-healthy restaurant near you! Zamani Retreat Kempinski, Africa's first holistic health retreat


Or up the ante by booking a trip to one of the Top 10 Health Resorts or Top 10 Yoga Retreats in the world. Among our picks: Zamani Retreat Kempinski, Africa's first holistic health retreat, and Jangala Retreat, secluded deep in the Peruvian rainforest and offering yoga in a palm-thatched meditation center perched above the Amazon River. Even if you can't get there, they make for a fascinating read.

You can also recharge your batteries at one of our Top 10 Detox Spas, featuring Portugal's first integrated preventive medicine and anti-aging spa, but also plenty of stateside picks such as the luxurious Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami. Our other top choices for spa escapes this month include Bliss Spa at W Barcelona or any of the Top 10 Spas in New York City. Or claim your place in the sun at one of the Top 10 Hotels in Mexico such as Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, a longstanding favorite with travelers who want more than just the latest fad.

Other ideas for staying healthy include loading up on potassium-rich-pineapple, cooking low-sodium soups like Crab Chowder, sipping antioxidant-packed green tea such as Lotus Leaf Tea or a vino from our list of Top 10 Organic Wines, offering fine varietals from the leaders in the organic movement. Haven't you heard? Wine is good for you!

If all that "health" talk is making you hungry for, say, hearty French bistro fare, dig into a velvety cheese soufflé or filet mignon with a bracing peppercorn sauce without abandon at Benoit, John Mariani's pick of the month in New York City. Alain Ducasse's Benoit has emerged as one of the best and sexiest bistros in the city. In the Golden State, gourmets celebrate the arrival of California Restaurant Month where you can splurge, savor and save at restaurants, bistros and cafés throughout January. (For more information on participating regions and how to save on eating out, go to www.visitcalifornia.com.)

The sporty, driver-focused 2011 Honda CR-Z Pineapples are loaded with potassium and vitamin C

If you want to "Cook Restaurant Dishes at Home," read our review of acclaimed UK chef John Campbell's Formulas for Flavour. Another great new book is The Wine Year offering a great way to deepen your knowledge of how wine is made, the best way to entertain with wine and important wine regions around the world.

Finally, if your plans this year include reducing your carbon footprint, look into getting a hybrid such as the sporty, driver-focused 2011 Honda CR-Z or any of the eco-friendly performers on our list of Top 10 Hybrid Cars.

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