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Indulge & Imbibe
There’s a long and noble history of human beings
attempting to augment their — shall we say,
romantic? — experiences by way of the right
foods. Historically, would-be Casanovas turned
to substances from the humble oyster to ground
up rhino horn or blister beetle (better known as
“Spanish Fly”) to peak their performance. Scoff if
you will, but if there are foods that can exhaust
you (turkey) or perk you up (coffee), then what’s
to say there aren’t others with effects that make it
a bit easier to get in the mood for love? It’s simple
science, folks. Here are a few real-life aphrodisiacs,
and a bit of insight into how they work:
It’s that special time of year again — and no, we’re not talking about Feb. 14.
Who cares about that when you’ve got a small army of celebrity chefs and
foodies descending on South Beach to over-indulge in all things culinary? Want
to learn about dim sum from Ming Tsai, or get sipping tips from the experts
at Wine Spectator? Paula Dean, Giada de Laurentiis, Rachael Ray — the list is
endless at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. We’re lucky to
live in a city that attracts more than its fair share of world-class events, but this
one tops the list; Feb. 24-27; 2011.SoBeFest.com.
Anyone who’s anyone on
Key Biscayne has been to
La Boulangerie at least
once. Most, however, have
been countless times. If you
haven’t visited this grand
spot for delicious French fare,
stop in for breakfast or an
early lunch — just make sure
to try one of their croissants;
328 Crandon Blvd. #125;
305.365.5260. 1. Chocolate: This time, there’s truth behind the
cliché. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine
and serotonin…the “feel good” chemicals our
brains naturally release when we’re feeling
happy or passionate.
2. Honey: Rich in B vitamins and boron, honey
provides key elements needed for the production
of testosterone — that hormone that had all of us
squirming in our seats through puberty.
3. Licorice: You either love it or hate it — but for
its benefits, all you need is its smell. According to
a study in Chicago, the scent of licorice increases
blood flow to an important part of the male anatomy
by 19%. That jumps to 32% when combined with a
lesser-known aphrodisiac: doughnuts.
› Jacquelyn Benson is Associate
Editor of The Culinarian, a publication
at The Culinary Institute of America.
She is also an avid home chef and
gardener who is currently working
on a book about the tastes, history
and politics of heirloom vegetables.
Her blog, ScratchRealFood.com,
gets under the surface of some of her
wilder culinary experiments.
“My doctor told me to stop
having intimate dinners
for four, unless there are
three other people.”
— Orson Welles
26 Huge ‘Shroom
Everyone’s got a favorite ice cream flavor
— chocolate, pistachio, rum raisin, raw
horse flesh…Yeah, you read that right.
Called basishi, raw horse is a Japanese
delicacy. But we’re not sure that means
you should have it for dessert.
Oregon is home to the world’s largest
mushroom — a 2,400-year-old,
3.4-square-mile fungus by the name
of Armillaria ostoyae. Even better?
Apparently, it’s totally edible — and
Next time you’re thinking of indulging
in a 7-11 Double Gulp, make sure there’s
a bathroom nearby. At a staggering 64
ounces, it actually contains twice the
amount of liquid capable of fitting into
the average human stomach.