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Wednesday, Feb 09, 2011

Food porn

Helpful tips to seek out foods that’ll get your juices flowing

By Jenny Montgomery
eats The Mission’s banana-blackberry pancakes: tasty and titillating
- Photo by Kelly Davis
To goofily paraphrase chef Anthony Bourdain, if half the food in the world that’s touted as an aphrodisiac really did have those properties, then everybody would be walking around with a boner.

That said, there is certainly some science and history behind which vitamins and minerals stimulate blood flow to our special parts.

Besides, we all have to eat, so it certainly can’t hurt to go for the foods that might facilitate a trip from the kitchen to the bedroom.

Read on for a list of foods thought to be particularly helpful and places to find some delicious options.

Avocados: If you need any additional motivation to eat avocados, other than the fact that they’re awesome and scrumptious in every way, keep in mind that the original growers of avocados, the Aztecs, called them ahuacuatl, meaning “testicle.” Spanish explorers learned that the Aztecs thought of avocados as a romance-inducing food and quickly got on board with avocado reverence. By the early 20th century, the avocado business hit California, and our state has never looked back. Looking for another excuse to eat guacamole? Do it for your love life. Avocados are filled with good stuff, including folic acid, thought to boost histamine production, making it easier to reach orgasm. Check out the made-at-your-table guacamole at Su Casa Mexican and Seafood Restaurant in La Jolla.

Oysters: These little guys are top of mind when thinking of libido-boosting foods, and for good reason. The elevated zinc levels are said to boost sperm production as well as enhance amorous emotions. I like to think that the primal, straight-from-the-ocean slurping that comes with eating oysters stimulates our caveman brains to take action. And get action. Check out Flavor Del Mar’s Fanny Bay Oysters with creamed spinach, smoked paprika aioli and chive oil. It’s on the lunch menu, so eat up—and then go for a nooner.

Honey: Maybe those bees are on to something. Sticky as all get out, honey has been thought to be a mood enhancer since the days of the Vikings. Some have touted the presence of the mineral boron as both a metabolizer of estrogen and a testosterone booster. However, what appears to be a more likely cause of honey-horniness is the level of nitric oxide in honey. This hormone is important for opening blood vessels and encouraging, ahem, engorgement, in both men and women. Share a plate of Honey Cake from Café 21’s new Gaslamp location.

Bananas: Long used by sex-ed teachers to demonstrate proper condom usage, these phallic fruits are more than just visually stimulating. This perfect package is chock-full of potassium and B vitamins and is said to help stimulate the male libido. I say try the Banana Blackberry Pancakes at The Mission (Mission Beach, North Park and Downtown) and put that theory to the test.

Cardamom: This exotic spice is one of the richest natural sources of a compound called cineole. Aromatherapists know that cineole is present in many of the oils they use—it’s thought to break up chest congestion as well as stimulate blood flow when applied topically. You’re on your own there, but to help get things started, I’d recommend a loosetea Chai Latte from Café Virtuoso in Barrio Logan. They’re coffee and tea artisans over there, and if you’re looking for a boost of cineole, it’s not a bad place to start.

Gentlemen, ladies love to be wined and dined, and if you order correctly, you might find a few things on the menu to help improve your luck between the sheets. And ladies, they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. turns out, that also might be the way into his pants.

Be safe out there, kids, and bon appétit!

Write to jennym@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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