by sfgirl06 - 1 Reviews - 246 List
Sexy lingerie and expensive cologne will only get you so far-- Aphrodite works in mysterious ways, and sometimes you need to introduce some tantalizing foods to intrigue a new date or spice up an existing relationship. While our list of aphrodisiacs may not sound sexy (fertilized duck egg and lumpy truffles, really?), they're known to work wonders on your taste buds--and your date.
Updated: February 01, 2009
This dainty, bitter leaf, also known as the ?rocket seed,? is popular in gourmet salads and pasta dishes. It's rich in iron, which can't hurt, and has been prized as an aphrodisiac since ancient Roman times.
If you really want to get exotic, try this Filipino and Cambodian delicacy: a boiled late-stage duck egg that tastes like a cross between a hard-boiled egg and cooked duck. Find it at Filipino grocers south of the city or at limited Filipino restaurants.
Much like the large grocery stores on Clement street, this Mission street market sells a diverse array of Asian specialty foods. You'll have to cook it yourself, but you can find balut here (and impress your adventurous sweetie at home).
For an easy pleaser, try a rich chocolate dessert to inspire your lust. Whether it's the serotonin in chocolate that gets you going or merely the sensual pleasure of eating it, chocolate has been celebrated throughout the ages as a sexual stimulant. The Aztecs considered it the food of the gods; tribal leaders consumed it in mass quantities to keep them going with hundreds of sex partners. Here are some local favorites.
Find this aphrodisiac in its many forms at grocery stores on Clement or in Chinatown. It's known to be especially powerful for men and can be consumed directly as a dried root or cooked into soups, teas and meat dishes. Add bits of fresh root or ginseng powder when cooking rice to infuse the starch with an earthy, bitter-sweet flavor--then brace yourself for the full effect.
The Greeks may have Aphrodite, but it was the Romans who identified many of the foods still used as aphrodisiacs in modern times. They cherished the oyster for its erotic symbolism. Today, oyster bars across the city afford San Franciscans this decadent pleasure. Oysters have been found to contain sperm-enhancing zinc and acids that may increase testosterone--so keep those contraceptives handy.
No, not the chocolate kind. Be prepared to give an arm and a leg in order to please the rest of you with this pricey, seasonal menu item grown underground. Black truffles are popular through fall and winter and may last even longer. White truffles might only be on the menu for one month in late fall. If the price of fresh truffles (and the gourmet meals that tend to go along with them) turns you off, try cooking your own dish with truffle oil, available year-round.
If the truffle craving hits you long after dinner hours, head here for a midnight snack. Open until 1am most nights, Oola serves a unique truffle broth with their foie gras and incorporates truffle oil into many of their other dishes.
What better aphrodisiac than wine--and what better place to enjoy it than California? Some studies show that port wine is the most powerful alcoholic aphrodisiac for men, but other wines will likely have the same effect (when consumed in moderation!). Try one of these elegant venues or specialty stores, and let the seduction begin.