Prepare a sensual meal chock full of aphrodisiacs—and prepare for a night to remember.
Step 1: Put out salami and cheese Start with a platter of salami and cheese as nibbles. Both contain phenylethylamine, the euphoria-inducing chemical your body produces when you fall in love.
TIP: Brie cheese contains a fatty acid that makes women secrete a scent that triggers a powerful sexual response in both men and women.
Step 2: Start with oysters Serve oysters as the first course. They’re loaded with zinc, which may increase testosterone levels and promote vaginal lubrication.
Step 3: Serve fish Prepare salmon, tuna, catfish, flounder, grouper, cod, or snapper as the entree. All are high in L-arginine, an amino acid that may boost sexual function. Sprinkle on some crushed pecans to add a dose of zinc.
TIP: Avoid serving meat. It’s difficult to digest, so it leaves diners sluggish. Plus, one study found that the smell of flame-broiled meat reduces blood flow to the vagina!
Step 4: Serve sensual sides Serve sensual side dishes that you can eat with your fingers, visually stimulating your partner. Try asparagus dressed with butter, almond-stuffed figs, or a whole artichoke.
TIP: Go easy on the booze. Alcohol may put you in the mood, but too much will make the follow-through more difficult.
Step 5: Choose the right dessert End the meal with pumpkin pie or doughnuts if your guest is male. If you’re entertaining a female, serve a dessert that smells like licorice, such as anise cake. Studies have indicated these aromas increase blood flow south in the respective sexes.
TIP: If you’re expecting your dinner date to spend the night, have cinnamon buns on hand for breakfast: A study found that some men found women more attractive when they smelled cinnamon in the air.
Step 6: Pour tea Serve ginseng tea with dessert instead of coffee. Some Asian cultures traditionally prescribe ginseng as a sex-drive enhancer.
Step 7: Offer some chocolate Open a box of chocolates. Besides containing the love chemical PEA, chocolate has a small amount of cannabinoids, the same chemical compounds that give marijuana its relaxing properties. Is there a tastier way to put you both in the mood?
FACT: Legend has it that ladies’ man Casanova began each day with 50 oysters--which he ate off his mistress’s breasts!