Love Bites: What Aphrodisiacs to Eat to Make Love Tonight
Feb 14th 2011 12:00PM / by Nanette Wiser
Looking for Love Potion #9? Feed your Valentine legendary ingredients purported to incite lust and inspire a frisky night after you've painted the town red (or pink). Consider the folktales: Aztecs ruler Montezuma drank chocolate before satisfying his harem while Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, rose from the sea in an oyster shell. Athenian lovers drank honey to sweeten their interludes, hence ... honeymoon? Sip and nibble aphrodisiac delights at these romantic restaurants:
El Bizcocho: Four-course Valentine's meal kicks off with oyster shooters with yuzu mignonette and another
aphrodisiac, avocado (in the white asparagus soup), derived from the Aztec word "ahuacuatl" or testicle tree. For dessert, $75 per person will get you
a choice of red velvet Valrhona chocolate or rose-infused ganache with white chocolate cream.
Mille Fleurs: The aphrodisiacal menu features hot and cold asparagus with blood orange hollandaise, pan-roasted
chilies with avocado, and mousse au chocolate topped with sautéed bananas and Meyer's rum sauce. An Islamic tale says banana leaves hid Adam and
Eve's naughty bits, and what man hasn't swooned seeing his Cupid delight in a banana?
Terra: Honey miso dressing drizzled over beets, greens, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and shave asparagus and bubbly kick off the $59 per person four-course meal,
topped off by dark chocolate mousse clouds with raspberry bursts. Best of show entree is the filet mignon and vanilla butter-poached lobster tail.
Photo Courtesy of Mille Fleurs
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