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I Found The Only Coconut Water That Actually Tastes Good

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It’s coconut water for people who hate coconut water

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I have a complicated relationship with coconut water. On the one hand, I know it's good for me—the hydration you can get from the water of a coconut can even put H2O to shame. On the other, I absolutely despise the taste and smell of it.

But people are always trying to convince me it's good. "Do you also know that if you drink coconut water after a night out, you will not have a hangover the next day?" one college friend asked. I didn't know, but, rest assured, I soon found myself chugging Zico, which at the time was the most readily available coconut water in stores, with my fingers pinching my nose before going to bed. And, while she was right—it's truly amazing how it can save you the next day (even if you only remember to drink it the morning following the night out, by the way)—I quickly abandoned that practice. The smell and taste were too intolerable to me, prompting a gagging response not unlike the one I get when my mom forces me to down a shot of vodka filled halfway with cayenne pepper when I feel like I am getting a cold (no bacteria—or person, for that matter—can survive that combination).

In the past few years, the coconut water scene has changed drastically. The Zicos have been relegated to the back shelves, and brands like Harmless Harvest, as well as in-house concoctions at juice shops, are leading the way on this new coconut tree-flanked path that favors organic, natural, and sustainable practices. Looking to get their fill of the potassium and electrolytes that prevent dehydration (which is not only good for hangover prevention, but also for replenishing post-workout) without the huge amounts of sugar of, say, a Gatorade, consumers have become more discerning about what they're imbibing. Still, not even the most prettily packaged coconut water had made a convert (or even an occasional drinker) out of me.

Then, along came CoAqua, the self-proclaimed "world's super-premium coconut water." And by super-premium, they mean super-delicious. At first glance, aside from the aesthetically pleasing glass packaging, it looks like any bottled coconut water. But the difference is apparent upon a closer look at the label; for one, it advises to drink the water "chilled." For two, it is the best tasting coconut water I have ever had. It is sweet, like a liquified version of a freshly cracked coconut, and has no smell. After I finished my first one, I immediately reached for the second one. It is coconut water that you want to drink regardless of its health benefits—it just tastes good, fresh and sweet.

If, when you hear "sweet," you instantly assume it's a sugar rush in a bottle, or full of artificial sweeteners, know that CoAqua is 100 percent pure and natural. The reason for its sweetness is that, unlike most coconut water brands on the market, CoAqua uses young coconuts, that are six-to-seven months into the maturation cycle and whose natural sugar content is at its peak. For reference, a young green coconut holds the sugar in the water, which is why its flesh is notoriously bland; an older coconut's natural sugar have already transferred from the water to the coconut flesh, which is why its water can be off-putting, but the flesh desirable.

At first glance, CoAqua founder Grier Govorko, doesn't seem like one to find an all-natural coconut water brand. Having previously worked as a photographer and designer (he was the senior production designer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the '90s), he discovered the taste of young coconuts while traveling all over Southeast Asia. Not wanting to cross to a different continent (he splits his time mainly between New Zealand and L.A.) to get a decent glass of coconut water, and unfazed by the fact that no one else was harvesting young coconuts for their mass-produced coconut waters, he eventually found Ben Tré in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, "a labyrinth of waterways and literally billions of coconuts," and CoAqua was born. When I tell him that I've never liked coconut water before this, he shrugs: "You're not the first person to tell me that." 

But while Govorko founded CoAqua to make a coconut water that everyone can enjoy, he wanted to make sure that he wasn't adding to the landfills with single-use plastic bottles, because, as CoAqua's website states, that's "a bummer." As such, CoAqua is bottled in recyclable glass, which is not only sustainable but also keeps the water tasting fresh and delicious.

Maybe I wasn't such a tough nut to crack after all. Or maybe, CoAqua is just that good.

CoAqua, Super Premium 100% Coconut Water, $48 for 12, available at CoAqua.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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