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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pre-coital cuisine


It's Valentine's Day, which means it's the one day of the year when your to-do list may look a little something like this:

1. Eat a 5-course meal
2. Have sex

Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, underlying these simple tasks you are being asked to perform, we find a barrage of crippling social anxieties and endless potential for romantic failure. And let's not forget that after consuming a pound of steak and gulping down a bottle of wine, it takes a lot of effort to do anything other than nod off the second you hit the sheets.

So who thought up this sick scheme for Feb. 14? The exorbitant amount of food you get with most prix-fixe Valentine's Day menus is just not conducive to a long, lusty after-party.

At least one Atlanta restaurant took note of the food/sex conundrum and adapted accordingly. Tonight, Three Sheets is serving up an assortment of aphrodisiac small plates instead of a more traditional dinner menu. Flambéed bananas foster, oysters Rockefeller, and truffled deviled eggs are just a few of the tantalizing options, most of which cost $5 to $10. Here, at least diners have a fair shot at not overindulging, and what's more, they will be chowing down on famously libido-boosting foods.

In addition to some of the most well-known aphrodisiacs (oysters, dark chocolate, avocados), a Huffington Post article from today points those hoping to fulfill their sexual appetites in the direction of black licorice, tuna, spinach, walnuts, and citrus fruits.

But for those of you who say, "screw the Omega-3s. I want a ribeye," there's always booze and Viagra.

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