September 24, 2012 |
Each October, Santa Monica food blogger Andrew Wilder throws down a friendly challenge to readers of his Eating Rules food blog. He challenges them to spend the month of October shunning processed foods in favor of more wholesome fare. Last year, more than 3,000 readers signed Wilder's online pledge to do just that. Wilder's challenge was the subject of a story in Saturday's Los Angeles Times Health section. Now, we're catching up with Wilder this afternoon during a Google + Hangout to go more in-depth about the challenge.
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.
August 30, 2012 |
Labor Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with some good food, cold drinks and friends? If you're planning a barbecue, be sure to check out these 38 grilling and chilling recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen. Feel like having someone else do the cooking? Here are some food and drink specials happening around town: Rock and Reilly's is hosting a white party from 11:30 a.m. till closing. The Irish rock pub will be serving $5 Patron specialty cocktails, have DJs spinning and a slew of games to play including ring toss, corn hole and darts.
August 1, 2012 |
It's Wednesday afternoon, and the many L.A. bartenders, bar owners, spirits enthusiasts, bloggers and brand ambassadors who converged on New Orleans last week for the five-day 10th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail are still talking about how they just can't get used to real life again. That's not hard to believe considering the festival -- the largest of its kind in the world -- is a veritable Pleasure Island for the booze hound. A carnival of blunted senses, Tales pivots around the all-important pillars of partying and education.
June 29, 2012
David Lynch brought a sexy fog over Los Angeles to unveil his limited-edition collaboration with Dom Pérignon. At a multimedia exhibit at Hollywood's Milk Studios, celebrities and tastemakers walked through fog-filled rooms to see art installations, a short film and, of course, Lynch-designed bottles of bubbly. Notables included a barefoot Thomas Jane (brave, for all that glassware on passed trays), Topher Grace, Tracey Ross, Eddie Ruscha, Lady Victoria Hervey, stylist George Kotsiopoulos and Bret Easton Ellis.