Saturday, September 03, 2016

Oh Coconut! - Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil innovates a natural product

I have a long history with coconut oil, and when my friend Chris Abraham mentioned that he was working  with  Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil, I could not resist  the temptation to try out the products.

Growing up in India, our family believed in the healthy properties of coconut oil and massaging coconut oil into our hair was a daily ritual. Coconut is also a staple ingredient both in the raw form and as a cooking medium in many southern states of India. In Potomac, Maryland our family is having a revival in using coconut oil both as a natural skin moisturizer and as a healthy hair conditioner.
Coconut Oil
I sampled 4 products from Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil.
  • Oil Pull
  • Body Butter
  • Facial Oil
  • Sugar scrub
  • Coconut Oil
If you are familiar with oil pulling , this is a an ancient Indian Ayurvedic  technique where you swirl the oil in your mouth  and spit the oil out after a few minutes. Our ancestors believed that the oil detoxified the mouth and killed the bacteria. With Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil they added a flavor of menthol to their product that makes it better.

As a kid it took me a long time to believe that the beautiful people I admired had the help of cosmetics and beauty products to look their best. I had presumed that they were born that way. How naive! The Facial Oil from Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil  I am pretty sure will make your face look much smoother and healthier. I would recommend applying before bed and waking up refreshed.

The Body Butter is enriched with almond oil and I used it a as a after shave application to get a nice and smooth , comforting facial feeling.

I am very familiar with Coconut Oil  and if you notice my hair shine in my selfie's , it's getting healthier with coconut oil in my hair. Recently watching the movie - Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 - there is a conversation about how Greek men have oil in their hair. I bet they know something we don't and in the case of India we use coconut oil instead of olive oil.

Coconut in any form is healthy. I have yet to try the Sugar Scrub and that will the topic for another post. While living in India, one of the rituals in our home was to have a coconut oil bath, where we would apply coconut oil all over the body and then wait for 20 to 30 minutes and then have a nice hot water bath. Growing up I remember the whole process made me sleep very well. The properties of the oil and the body's delight at being touched with the oil. I am looking forward to using the sugar scrub soon.

Skinny and Co are definitely on the right track , introducing coconut oil to us (in my case re-introducing). Go ahead and try their products and let us know what you think.

Things they could improve:

a) Have the text much larger  on the bottles or send a nice booklet along with the product as the text is hard to read
b) Coconut Oil is transparent and as you apply it if any of the oil falls on the counter, you may not notice it. Would recommend a container with a spout to prevent drips.
c) Adding coconut oil to tea or coffee. I did not try this. wonder if they should have a coconut flavored coffee?

Note: As mentioned in the beginning of the post, I received free samples of the product but this did not influence my opinion in this piece.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 City of Rockville Farmers Market Gets Even More Exciting

Farmers' markets are getting exciting. It's not just about vegetables anymore. Today I chanced upon two farm breweries doing wine tasting at the Rockville Farmers Market.

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Every third weekend of the month I am used to seeing the Elk Run Vineyards ( I highly recommend their Red Door wine)

Viva! Elk Run Vineyards in Maryland

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This year we have an new entrant "The Salt Cave"

New #smallbiz discovered this weekend

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According to the Washington Post "been a place where true believers could make their weekly investment in the future of local and sustainable agriculture." But times are changing "These new farmers market visitors tend to be young. They arrive for a bite or some booze, maybe a pizza at Red Zebra or a bottle of gin from One Eight Distilling. They’re “shopping with the eyes,” says Lester, “and they don’t care about the season"
Rockville Farmers is awesome, get your friends to hang out and have green juice freshly made or lunch from the Amish stall or coffee from Zekes Coffee, get your fill of Kale or purple cauliflower and make a speicla Aloo gobi

Cauliflower Calling!

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Wine Tasting From Planet Wine Shop March 26th

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Another reason to watch TV tonight - DCs own Chef Vinod Debuts on Food Network

Many of you know Chef Vinod from Indique (One of the best Indian restaurants in the DC area).Tonight is his big debut on Food Network, for the show #BeatBobbyFlay. Hope you will watch and cheer #teamvinod 

Want to spread some online cheer- here is a quick status update for you.

"I will be cheering for DC's own Chef @kvinod of Indique in @FoodNetwork #BeatBobbyFlay tonight 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3 Wonderful Places To See in New York and New Jersey

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Highline

Jersey City
The Hudson Walkway, Colgate Clock, Empty Sky Sept 11, 2001 memorial and the Central Railroad terminal in LIberty State Park

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Graduating from Coffee University at Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville

Vigilante Coffee Company is on Route 1 in Hyattsville's Art District very close to the Palette Apartments and the surrounding new retail with BusBoys & Poets, Tara Thai, Curry 6 and others.

Vigilante Coffee company hosted a Yelp Elite event and explained the intricacies of Espresso coffee making, brewing coffee and the drying and roasting of coffee beans. Vigilante Coffee has arrangements with coffee growers to ship beans from different coutries in the world. At this event I saw beans from Nicaragua, Rwanda, Columbia. 

Can't make it to Hyattsville you can order the coffee beans online on the Vigilante Coffee website

While brewing coffee, I learnt that you should pre-soak the paper filter. That would help me at home definitely. Measuring the water and pouring while on a brewing scale. At least that is what I think it is called makes the coffee making an art along with being a carefully measured practice.

The coffee at Vigilante Coffee Company is dried, roasted and ground every three days and is distributed to a few stores around the DC area.  It was great to meet friends and fellow Yelp Elites at the event and learn about coffee brewing.