A Jupiter couple is suing the Purple Lotus Kava Bar in West Palm Beach because they claim they've gotten addicted to their specialty drinks. The reason they're addicted, they say, is because of a special ingredient in the drinks called kratom, which is actually an opium substitute. Mmmmm opium... ... More >>
Aficionados of kava -- a drink made from the kava root, which is said to have a mild sedative effect -- are warning of ill effects from kava gathered in the wild. Apparently, free-range kava is to be avoided, and carefully cultivated varieties the way to go. Echoing a scare earlier in the milleniu ... More >>
After using blackface in theater to proliferate racist stereotypes in the early 20th Century, Americans eventually wised up. Eight thousand miles away in the South Pacific, Thailand didn't seem to get that memo. Dunkin' Donuts there released an ad to promote its chocolate donut using blackface. Hu ... More >>
Intricately intertwined in the folklore of the South Pacific, islanders from this remote pocket of the globe would drink this intoxicating pepper root, kava, for its relaxing, blissful properties. It took almost 3,000 years for this potent plant to reach our shores. But now that it's here at the Mys ... More >>
Like residents of most cities, there are a lot of things South Floridians take for granted. Seriously, how many times have out-of-towners asked why you don't have a year-round tan? The beach is probably not the only thing you're not taking advantage of. Whether or not you're aware, you live nea ... More >>
Over the past few years there has been a profusion of interest in mid-century tiki culture. And hey, it works for us. With our abundance of palm trees, beaches, and mid-century, South Pacific-themed spots, the trend definitely helps South Florida's tourism industry. With this weekend's grand tiki- ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale doesn't have the long history of cities like New York or Boston. With just over 100 years under the city's belt, you're not going to find landmarks like the Plaza Hotel. However, you will find mid-century gems like the Mai Kai. To many residents, the spot may be thought of as a qui ... More >>
After years of planning and months of delay, Fort Lauderdale's newest beachfront restaurant is opening its doors to the general public tonight. Owned by the Restaurant People -- the group that owns YOLO, Vibe, and Tarpon Bend--S3 brings a chic atmosphere with creative global eclectic cuisine and coc ... More >>
The exclamation point is an official part of the name Kapow! Noodle Bar in Mizner Park. That enthusiasm is brought in no small part by the CEO and co-founder, Vaughan Lazar. Although Lazar was once known for his skills as a DJ spinning house music at club parties across South Florida, today he's be ... More >>
In last week's cover story, we looked at why reef-building corals are being plundered from the South Pacific and sent to the shores of Florida. But the curio trade isn't the only industry fueling the death of coral. For centuries, jewelry makers have harvested precious red a ... More >>
This week's New Times cover story looks at why coral reefs halfway around the world are being decimated for Florida's curio trade. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at one group that's working to reverse the trend. Ken Nedimyer looked up from his omelet and asked if I get seasick. "Never," ... More >>
Last week, we told you about how seven species of coral found in Florida's waters are "extremely likely" to go extinct by the end of the century. But coral reefs around the world, not just Florida, are increasingly imperiled.This week's New Times cover story looks at how local shell shops and c ... More >>
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