Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

As a fourth generation Texas rancher, Chef Nicole Davenport is dedicated to ensuring the finest quality of dining for guests. At her restaurant, Sugar & Smoke, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, all of the food is prepared daily from scratch without MSG or processed additives and features local meats and produce. Nicole's triumphs in slow cooking are well established stateside and abroad. She is competing in the upcoming season of the Food Network's Chopped Grill Masters, has been…

Forgetting Can Be a Good Thing

11th September 2012

Last week, I was talking to my sister by phone when she relayed a very cute story to me. She told me that her neighbor's four year old, Sam, had sprained his ankle and was hobbling around. My sister, Terri, and her neighbor were visiting when Sam limped into the room to tell his mother something very important. As he stood there excited to tell them this very important piece of news, a perplexed look crossed his face when he whined, "it took me so long to walk in here, I forgot what I…

The Power of Music: Part 1

7th September 2012

"Music is like a legal drug for athletes."
-Costas Karageorghis, PhD one of the world's leading authorities on music and exercise.

"Music provides the motivation to power the movement."
-Sharon Rekieta, PhD an instructor who has let "the beat" move her feet for decades.

After teaching thousands of classes set to songs specifically selected for the format and running thousands of miles while listening to a carefully chosen playlist, I am a true believer in the power of music and its…