One of the most romantic things in the world is sharing a wonderful meal with someone you love. Whether you are dining in or eating out, there are a number of wonderful foods that can enhance this experience and make it a meal to remember.
Some of the best picks for romantic foods are those that are termed aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiacs supposedly contain chemicals that enhance feelings of love and romance. From Cleopatra’s age, people have been eating certain foods to achieve this means. Examples of purported aphrodisiacs include almonds, avocados, bananas, mint, chocolate, eggs of all sorts (including caviar), figs, foie gras, and oysters. Although there is not a lot of scientific evidence to support the effects of aphrodisiacs, other characteristics of these foods could lead them to inspire romance. Some of them, including bananas, figs, and eggs, are symbolic of sexual organs or fertility. Others, such as caviar, oysters, foie gras, avocado, or almonds, provide an attractive contrast or sensual mouth feel. Just imagine the crisp texture of caviar pearls bursting in your mouth, or the smooth, rich feel of ripe avocado. Whether or not these foods have chemical properties, they are certainly worth a try for a romantic dinner.
If you are not interested in giving aphrodisiac foods a try, another great option is to set up an intimate menu involving finger foods. Using your hands to feed yourself, or your partner, is a very intimate and private experience. Examples of good finger foods include grilled shrimp, sliced cheeses, olives, caviar, crackers, sliced baguette, crab cakes, or thinly-sliced pieces of steak. For dessert, you could serve sliced fruits. A fun way to present a romantic dinner of bite-sized finger foods is to use a fondue set. Dipping your bread, apples, bits of chicken and vegetables into a cheese fondue can make for a fun evening. Make it even more exciting by feeding each other. You can do a chocolate fondue for dessert, or do something simpler that doesn’t need a lot of clean-up.
While there are a lot of options for romantic foods that can make the night fun, there are some things to avoid. Foods that are strongly-spiced or smell overly of onion or garlic may not be the best option. Gaseous foods, such as beans, broccoli, or cabbage, are also best avoided. When planning your meal, try to think of something that will be simple to clean-up, or that you won’t mind leaving until the next day. If your meal leads to more, you will not want to interrupt a romantic interlude to wash dishes.
When setting the table for your romantic food, try to keep things close. If possible, use a small table or situate your place settings so you will be touching your partner. Dim the lights and set out candles. However, be sure to use fragrance-free or lightly-scented candles and flowers so they will not overwhelm the foods you have prepared.
Whichever foods you choose to serve for your romantic meal, remember to have fun and let go. Eating can be a wonderful experience, and sharing this intimate act with a romantic partner can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.