August 28, 2011 |
A septuagenarian anticorruption activist ended a 13-day hunger strike Sunday with a glass of coconut water after India's Parliament bowed to his demands, agreeing to create a powerful, independent lokpal , or ombudsman, with authority to go after high-level corruption. Whether or not the new agency has teeth or ultimately does much to stem endemic corruption remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that activist Anna Hazare ("Anna" is an honorific title meaning elder brother)
September 15, 2012 |
Every couple of years a food or beverage is crowned with what nutrition experts call a "health halo. " Some of the foods -- wild salmon, blueberries, flax seeds -- deserve it. But others gain status for no apparent reason. Acai berry, anyone? It's not that the trendy food is unhealthful. It's just that if you're already eating a well-balanced diet it's unnecessary. And possibly expensive. The latest entrant in this category: coconut water. Coconut water -- the mildly sweet liquid from the center of young, green coconuts -- has been popular in tropical areas since, well, as long as people have lived among coconut palm trees.
September 15, 2012
Potassium Coconut water contains about 570 milligrams of potassium in an 8-ounce serving. A banana and a sweet potato have about the same amount; a white potato has 900 milligrams of potassium. Calories Unsweetened coconut water has about 50 calories per cup. Adding fruit juice adds calories. A medium banana has about 90 calories. And a white potato that's 21/4 to 31/4 inches in diameter has about 130 calories.
September 26, 2013 |
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is expanding the wellness program at its Strip hotel, offering healthful snacks, purified tap water and an air purification system, among other perks, to guests who choose those accommodations. The entire 14thfloor of the MGM Grand's main tower now boasts rooms and suites embracing the hotel's Stay Well program . A total of 171 rooms - more than four times the number with which Stay Well began in October - offer various special features. Wellness experts at Delos created the 17 in-room enhancements.
December 30, 2011
Daniel "Dandy" Nelson, the mixologist for Hollywood's recently opened Writer's Room, has an impressive resume. Not only is he helming a bar in a room where F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Chandler might have drowned their sorrows, he has also worked at Spago and the Doheny. For the Writer's Room, he's crafted a variety of signature cocktails including the Kaffir Rickey, which tips its coconut-water-topped hat to Thai Town with tangy kaffir-lemon grass syrup and a solid shot of dry gin. -- Kaffir Rickey by Daniel Nelson 2 ounces Plymouth gin 3/4 ounce lime juice 3/4 ounce kaffir lime-lemon-grass syrup* 3/4 ounce carbonated coconut water** Combine lime juice, lime-lemon grass syrup and gin in a shaker.
January 16, 2014 |
Actor and "Man v. Food" TV host Adam Richman will tell you he's an out-and-out foodie. That, coupled with an innate wanderlust, fuels the native New Yorker's desire to discover different cultures, different dishes, different everything. Richman will appear at noon Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show to talk about sampling foods while on the road, such as pinxtos (little sandwiches) in Spain's Basque region of San Sebastian, and other culinary obsessions. For his latest TV venture, he's on a quest to find hidden gems, restaurants that make amazing off-menu items or secret dishes.