Sitting at dinner this week – some friends and I had a conversation about how much we adore coconut – be it lotion to potion or cocktail to curry – we are obsessed.
We started listing out our favourite coconut items – and they then asked me to blog about it – so, here is where we are.
I started to think about why I just love the smell, and, as with almost everything I enjoy in life – my passion for all things coconut comes from vacations. The smell of coconut has an innate summer sense to it. From a young age slathering on the Hawaiian Tropic in the local pharmacy in July, could only mean one thing – Mum was getting us ready for holiday. Breathing the scent of coconut in on my warm skin as we lay on the beach in Spain or by the pool in Miami – the tropical scent and the summer sun just go hand in hand.
I realise now at the age of 31 – that my coconut obsession has expanded from sun lotion by the ocean to anywhere and everywhere I can possibly get away with it. So much so, as I am sitting at my coffee table writing this, my wonderful fiance walks over with a delicious concoction that he has mixed up for me – of course coconut inspired:
I don’t think I have got around to discussing the cooking and capabilities of my fiancé – so let’s just say this – I am very lucky!
So – since I mentioned the cocktail I asked my fiancé if he was happy with me sharing his recipe for this delight he has served me.
The Quickie Colada
4 oz of Pineapple Coconut Juice
1.5 oz Dark Rum
1 squeeze of lime
Shake over ice
Serve in a frosty glass
Garnish as desired.
Let me know if you love it – im sure my in-house mixologist will be happy to share other cocktail suggestions
buy * get * eat * sniff * sip * slather * smell
Just a quick rummage through the kitchen and I produce a number of delicious items.
From left to right:
I am sure you can buy it on the mainland – coconut syrup – which I ask all my friends going to Hawaii to bring back for me – delicious on waffles and pancakes.
Coconut cream – a standard in most bars – always on tap in our house for a full fat Piña Colada.
Zico Coconut water – the latest food fad – great for rehydration and in the Dallas summer – it’s good for keeping my hydrated after a work out. Also a side tip – it can be used as a skinny alternative in some coconut based cocktails instead of the coconut cream.
A breakfast requirement in my home – good quality pineapple and coconut juice – as we all know Pineapple is coconut’s greatest compliment. This juice is from Central Market but they sell similar in Whole Foods (US) and Waitrose (UK)
Not in my freezer today, but a standard is coconut sorbet or ice cream. Another foodie favourite of mine is sticky coconut rice – something that I pretty much enjoyed every day while on Maui, even better when served in a cliché coconut shell. In fact – for the coconut addict, Hawaii is like arriving at the steps of coconut heaven.
My travels this week also brought me:
- Toasted Coconut fresh marshmellows (Central Market)
- A toasted coconut and muddled strawberry martini from Seasons 52
- Chocolate Coconut Macademia nuts by Mauna Loa
A great new restaurant I was introduced to caters for the addict that I am:
I had a delicious meal at Dive Coastal Cuisine in Dallas –
Seared Ahi Tuna Wrap $13
Ginger slaw, cucumber, avocado, coconut rice & chilli ponzu sauce in a spinach tortilla.
The ahi was seared to perfection – the slaw fresh and crispy and the coconut rice – divine. It’s hard to find somewhere that can actually make a potent coconut rice – Dive manages to really bring out the flavour in a way that i taste creamy coconut in every bite.
I think next time I go, I will just have to order the side of coconut rice on it’s own, and take my self in to a corner and devour it.
If you do end up going to Dive – I can also recommend the twisted mojito and their skinny dips with plantain chips.
I will get quickly to the less calorie heavy coconut loves….
Today I caught myself running in to Tommy Bahama – not because I crave their floral shirts and cute island styles – but because of their scent. If I was a cat, I would roll around on the floor, rub myself up against the clothes and lick the air. That store is like crack (if I knew what crack was like) coconut crack. I have asked them to tell me what they use to make it smell that way. They told me the it’s the pineapple-cilantro diffusers – so like an addict, I stocked my bag up with diffusers, candles, tea lights and room sprays. Although the pineapple-cilantro scent is the scent I love – no number of candles and diffusers in my home makes it smell the same way their store does – believe me I have tried. They must have a super spray, or something in their air conditioning. Im contemplating getting a job there, just to figure it out and in the mean time, i can absorb the scent on my clothes.
My love – the one coconut item I cannot be without – my coconut papaya face and body mist. A light spritz of this spray and I am instantly transported back to Hawaii. I first discovered this product at the Grand Wailea Spa on Maui and now keep a bottle of it in my bathroom at home and on my desk at work. It’s great for a stressful day – just a spray and my stress melts away.
Some other items I have to keep stocked up on – low factor spray sun block with a lime and coconut scent and for hotter days – the oldie but goodie – Hawaiian Tropic factor 30. For post bath and showers I turn to coconut lotion – for when I am not needing to SPF up.
A few other great coconut bathroom items:
- Pre de Provence – Coconut Soap (I also love their Pineapple soap too – it’s washing myself in a fresh pineapple) – found in a great summer boutique called A Summer Place in Mahattan Beach, CA (as well as online)
- Body Shop – coconut body butter and coconut body scrub
- Bath & Body works – Coconut & Lime perfume
- Nourishing Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner
As you can see – coconut and I have quite the relationship.
I know there are a lot of things I have missed from my writings – so please – if you share the passion – let me know what you love and where to find it, in the mean time… my name is Lucy and I’m a coco’holic.