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FLOAT ON

Seeking profound relaxation? Melt your stress away in 11.8 inches of dense salt solution at AQUATonic Float Spa. Their floatation therapy uses 1,102 pounds of Epsom salts mixed in 220 gallons of water and heated to skin temperature in futuristic-looking, egg-like pods, each housed in a private room. While floating, a person’s brain patterns shift from beta waves to lower frequency theta waves. That night, you’ll sleep like a baby. 30-minute float: $40; 1 hour float: $79; memberships available. 4301 West William Cannon Dr., Bldg. B #145; aquatonicfloatspa.com

AN APPLE A DAY

Craft cider is making a comeback in Austin. Rather than the painfully sweet kind common in the U.S., this complex, crisp beverage contains layers of flavors depending on yeast choice, aging and strain of apple. Ed Gibson, who also operates a cider bar in Bristol, England, founded Austin Eastciders in 2013 and launched its urban cidery in October 2014. Along with their dry Eastciders Original cider, Texas Honey cider is now available in 16-ounce cans and on tap across town. A combination of dessert and bittersweet apples is blended with locally sourced honey to create a subtle sweetness that’s deliciously smooth. 979 Springdale Rd.; austineastciders.com

GREAT TASTE Tastemade, the multichannel YouTube food network and new Roku channel with headquarters in Santa Monica and Austin, has a free mobile app under the same moniker, showcasing the best places to eat in 24 cities around the world. Offering a crowdsourced, inside scoop through a global network of traveling food lovers, each bite-sized video is just over a minute long. With the app, users can easily create snappy episodes showcasing their favorite dishes with customizable themes, music and filters to fit the restaurant, or simply follow local “tastemaker” content for recommendations on nearby hotspots. tastemade.com