March 6, 2011 |
It was evidently good enough for Gilligan and Robinson Crusoe. But is coconut water a healthy choice for people who aren't stranded on a deserted island? A longstanding treat in tropical regions across the globe, coconut water hit U.S. supermarkets a few years back and is now being marketed with a vengeance. Sometimes billed as nature's sports drink, the slightly sour beverage has also acquired a reputation for being able to improve circulation, slow aging, fight viruses, boost immunity, and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2013 |
I curate a bi-weekly recipe column for The Times' Saturday section called "Destination: Cocktail. " To date, I've culled 100 recipes created by some of the city's best bartenders, for some of the city's best bars and restaurants. I just finished poring over them all in order to pull out my favorite ones for Father's Day. My criteria was simple: Nothing too sweet; nothing "girly," ie: nothing made with sugary fruit juices, strawberries, bananas or lotus fruit; nothing with too many steps; nothing made with infused liquors or housemade syrups.