Kristin Vukovic

The Meaning of Malas

September 20th, 2016

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Organic Spa Magazine’s September/October issue hits stands today! If you’ve been wondering about the significance of 108 or those mala necklaces with tassels you’ve probably seen around town, check out my mala article:

Organic Spa Magazine, September/October 2016: “The Meaning of Malas”/p. 48-49

Cosmonauts Avenue Long List

September 15th, 2016

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An email arrived yesterday to let me know that I’m on the long list for the first annual Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize (!) Returning to my literary roots has been a goal this year, and I couldn’t have asked for better encouragement to keep pushing on my fiction. Stay tuned for a future issue of Cosmonauts Avenue, where “Barren” will appear.

Ruminations On Cheese

September 12th, 2016

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Thrilled to have two pieces in the quarterly cheese magazine, Culture. I reported about endangered Balkan donkeys in Serbia, and a cheese that is made from their milk. I also wrote an essay that is as much about Croatian Paški cheese as it is about memories of my grandmother’s cooking and connecting with my roots.

Read them here:

Culture, Autumn 2016: “Ruminations: Lost in Translation”/p. 128

Culture, Autumn 2016: “Farm Animal: Liquid Gold”/p. 22

Turn Back Time

September 12th, 2016

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For Organic Spa Magazine’s annual Skin Care Guide, I wrote about products and treatments designed to turn back the clock on aging, as well as Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, which is getting a facelift.

Organic Spa Magazine, Skin Care Guide 2016: “Local Skincare In Croatia”/p. 27

Organic Spa Magazine, Skin Care Guide 2016: “Turn Back Time”/p. 29-30

Sparkling Rhine

August 10th, 2016

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The areas just outside Frankfurt offer wines of a different nature—check out a couple here:

Fathom, August 2016: “A Drinking Tour of the Sparkling Rhine”

Serbia’s Asses’ Gold

July 28th, 2016

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I traveled to Serbia to taste Serbian donkey cheese—the most expensive cheese in the world. Read about my adventures at Zasavica Special Nature Reserve below:

BBC Travel, July 2016: “A cheese made from…donkey milk?”

Where to Spa in Sydney

July 28th, 2016

Gourmet Food & Travel

If you’re headed Down Under and need some R&R, check out these spas:

Organic Spa Magazine, August 2016: “Where to Spa in Sydney”/p. 69

Cheese In Your Bones

May 11th, 2016


Thanks to Ellis Avery for publishing this short literary piece on Pag island in Croatia. Pag will always hold a special place in my heart.

Click below to read it:

Public Books, May 5 2016: “Cheese in your Bones: The Sheep and Shepherds of Pag”

The Authentic Life

March 28th, 2016


In this issue of Organic Spa Magazine, I loved interviewing fashion designer/organic food guru Melissa Sweet, who uprooted her New York City life to follow her heart to Costa Rica. Read more about her story and Vida Auténtica here:

Organic Spa Magazine, March/April: “The Authentic Life”/p. 72

I also enjoyed writing about a wellness trip to Puerto Rico and seaweed and salt products that harness the healing power of the sea:

Organic Spa Magazine, March/April: “Healing Seas”/p. 40-41

Organic Spa Magazine, March/April: “A Taste of Island Wellness”/p. 61

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Here’s a short one from the May issue, with a great quote from the director of the Spa at the Broodmoor: “If you don’t invest in yourself, you’re not a good investment for others.”

Organic Spa Magazine, May/June: “Women’s Weekend of Wellness at the Broadmoor”

American Spa

February 29th, 2016

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From December 2015 through February 2016, I filled in as executive editor at American Spa Magazine. I got to write about cryotherapy, green spas, meditation in spas, Asian beauty trends, and much more.

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Check out the March issue for my “Mind on Meditation” article (p. 60-66):

American Spa, March 2016

Also, check out this Chef’s Corner piece for a refreshing Papaya Ginger Soup recipe, courtesy of Chef Christophe Gillino at The Leela Palace New Delhi (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE):

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In the April issue of American Spa, I wrote a lot about green to celebrate Earth Month, including green spas (pages 38-44) and matcha (page 18). CLICK IMAGES BELOW TO ENLARGE.



Check out the green issue (April) here:

American Spa, April 2016

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I wrote about on-demand massage (pages 34-38) and Asian skin care (pages 50-58) in the May issue of American Spa:

American Spa, May 2016