Rekindle your love, this Valentine's Day, by dishing out tasty delicacies containing aphrodisiacs. Ashishwang Godha brings you a list of foods you can indulge in to ignite that passion
Bite into a smoked salmon
Packed with the Omega 3 fatty acids, Salmon is a mood-enhancer. Omega peaks testosterone production and obviously a meal of delicious salmon in a romantic ambience sets the perfect Valentine mood. We recommend a meal of salmon at the new Bistro at Oakwood Premier.
Begin with a Seafood Bruschetta (Rs 345) with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers, linger over a Papa Bear Pick pizza (Rs 645) topped with red onions and smoked salmon and round off with a Grilled Fillet of Salmon (Rs 995) with caper lemon butter. Lip-smacking heaven.
At Oakwood Premier, 81 Mundhwa, Koregaon Park Annex.
Call 67257788 / 26747474
Head to the herb garden
Basil, the herb that can make you feel fresh and rejuvenated, is an aphrodisiac with health benefits. Try making a Penne Pasta with basil pesto for your loved one. Basil pesto is available in 200 gm bottles at Dorabjee's for Rs 99. Add it to complete the delicious fresh pasta.
At Dorabjee's, Moledina Road Camp and Viman Nagar.
Indulge in sinful chocolates
Dark chocolate has always been considered food of the Gods. The most popularly known aphrodisiac, it releases phenylethylamine or the romance chemical in the pleasure-points of the brain that peak during orgasm. Cacao relaxes and excites, the key emotions of a romantic night. While chocolate is great by itself, couple it with some hot chillies for an added rush. Capsaicin, a chemical found in fiery chillies, can give you an adrenaline rush. Chocolate and chilli come together in an unusual dessert at the Westin, Pune � the Chocolate Chilli Tart (Rs 95). This is a generous sized tart that comes with gooey chocolate and a hint of chilli. The first spoonful gives you nothing of the chilli, but wait for a while and the spice will hit you at the back of your palate.
At Daily Treats, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.
Worshipped by Greeks as fertility fruits, Figs have traditional been considered aphrodisiacs. Munch on them freshly sliced or opt for something more sinful. Natural Ice Cream has a creamy Fig Ice-cream (Rs 180 for 500 gm) that is sure to tantalise your taste buds.
At Natural outlets across Pune.
Dig into Garlic Prawns
We know garlic does not sound like an aphrodisiac, especially considering the foul smell it leaves in the mouth, but it contains the chemical allicin, which increases the blood flow, proving to be an effective aphrodisiac. Our suggestion: Indulge in the Butter Pepper Garlic Prawns (Rs 450) at Mahesh Lunch Home, go home, brush your teeth and use a mouth freshener before you enter your bedroom.
At Mahesh Lunch Home, 18, Ashoka Pavilion, Camp.
Delicious and sweet, honey is one of the easiest and best aphrodisiacs, one can use. It contains minerals known to enhance testosterone (the hormone responsible for our sex drive) levels in blood.
You can buy a cute little carry-box of Assorted Honey (Rs 499) from Little Bee. They come in jar-bottles and are available in different flavours including coriander, spice, organic and more.
At Lower Ground, Phoenix Market City, Nagar Road.
Watermelon relaxes and unwinds you with its high water content and sweet taste. But, this summer fruit is also high on a chemical called Phytonutrient Citrulline, that spikes nitric oxide in our body, helps our blood vessels relax and improves circulation. The result? Faster arousal.
A Watermelon Martini
So, how about a Watermelon Kaffir Martini (Rs 300) at Malaka Spice to spice up your evening. The martini is a lovely blend of cooling watermelon with a kick of lime, a perfect cocktail for a perfect evening.
At Lane no 5, off North Main Road, Koregaon Park.