|Forget bringing your own gear. Westin will loan you what you need.|
Westin has created what it calls “6 Pillars of Wellness,” which comprise of Sleep Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, Play Well, and last, but certainly not least, Eat Well. The advertising tagline for all this is “Let’s Rise.” Westin’s Sleep Well pillar derived from its 1999 introduction of “Heavenly Beds”. The rest of the pillars are more recent arrivals, including everything from hiring “Run Concierges” for joggers to “Gear Lending,” New Balance workout wear delivered right to your room for a nominal fee. In certain Westin locations, you don’t even have to leave your room to workout. You can book a guestroom with a treadmill or a stationary bike.
And then there’s Eat Well. Everything from SuperFoodsRX menu items to a Champagne Cocktail with a shot of antioxidants (recipe follows)is now offered at Westin. A wide selection of nourishing juices and smoothies are on tap at Westin Fresh by the Juicery. And in meeting rooms, Westin now features a whole selection of healthy snacks to replace those bags of chips and empty calories. But the Eat Well Menu for kids may be the most interesting development of all.
A team of SuperChefsTM adopted a strategy most parents and grandparents already know: If all that’s on the menu is healthy and nutritious food, that’s what kids will eat. Breakfast items include baby spinach and cheese omelettes, oatmeal with apples and walnuts, and build-your-own granola parfait. For lunch and dinner, look for favorites like chicken quesadillas, turkey wraps, fish tacos, and tuna salad sandwiches. And for dessert, how does an apple fruit salad or a lemon cornmeal cookie with sorbet sound? What more could a kid want? What’s missing from the menu? Well…there are no French fries on the kids’ menu… but a smart kid could probably coerce a weak-kneed adult into ordering a side of truffle fries from the regular menu.
Directions for homemade cinnamon syrup:
Use 1-to-1 ratio hot water and sugar; stir until dissolved. Infuse with cinnamon sticks. Keep refrigerated.