Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Folklore of Romantic Foods

The Folklore of Romantic Foods
Guest blog by Caitlin Haley

Valentine’s Day revolves around romance. Although only celebrated on one day, the entire month of February is spent promoting love. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon commercials, department stores, and grocery stores are stocking up with their generic Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates, and roses. For some people, this special day is spent celebrating the awareness of being single, and for some it’s spent celebrating a relationship with their significant other. While chocolate is a favorite dessert for February 14th, there are various romantic foods that are popular to eat with your special someone, or even with friends.

Most romantic foods focus on being an aphrodisiac credited with stimulating sexual desire. The term originates from the Greek Goddess Aphrodite who represents sex and love. It is believed that certain foods can help sexual arousal, although it is also believed that the idea that food can stimulate sexual desires is a myth and is used as a placebo: that if someone believes a food will give around them sexually, that’s what will happen. Regardless, most aphrodisiac foods are fun and altogether romantic. Below is a list of popular aphrodisiac foods as well as famous folklore romantic meals that can help make your Valentine’s Day unique and enjoyable!

== Oysters are a fun and romantic meal because they are not only light in calories, but contain omega-3 fatty acids which increase happiness. They also increase sperm production, making it an arousing meals. Recipe: Grilled Oysters can be good for any time of the year!

== In any meal that you’d choose to have, many popular folklore romantic foods contain honey, which not only sweet a meal but also contributes to the idea of a “honeymoon”. In Ancient Rome, the popular honey wine, Mead, was given to newlyweds after their wedding, which eventually leads to the phrase “honeymoon”.

Another folklore romantic add on for any meal are spices such as nutmeg or rosemary. A certain chemical in nutmeg was used on soldiers which caused them to get “good feelings” towards the enemy. Rosemary is known as a remembrance herb, another good addition to spice up any romantic food.

Link == An obvious romantic food is chocolate. Valentine’s Day consumers thrive on chocolate, and it is the perfect dessert for any romantic evening. Chocolate contains a type of sedative that can help relax and stimulate lust. Surprisingly enough, chocolate was banned from many monasteries in the 17th century!

== Champagne is a great drink of choice for any romantic meal. It is even referred to as the “drink of love” and the bubbly sensational taste can help increase a good mood. If you’re daring for some more fun, Sangria is always a fun mix with Champagne. Want to go light on the calories? Try this great low-calorie tropical Sangria recipe to complete your romantic evening.

A great meal for two, or even for a big group on Valentine’s Day, is any kind of pasta. Everyone likes pasta, and its filling and can have great flavor. A romantic and fun idea is a Bowtie Tomato and Brie pasta. It’s not only low-calorie, but easy to make! Nobody likes messy meals when dining with a date, and this easy, delicious recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Recipe: Tomato and Brie Bowtie Pasta.

Whether you’re dining in or out with friends or that special someone on Valentine’s Day, remember those foods that have a romantic tradition.


  1. It is tasty to share good food with others.
    Have any favorites of your own?

  2. I need to do work on that Tomato and Brie Pasta. Score some points with my future Mother-in-Law, don't mind if I do!