Thursday, December 11, 2008

Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Cocktails

Author: Louise Truswell

If you are looking for a special treat, why not spoil yourself with a Champagne cocktail? Perfect for any party or celebration, you’ll get a truly spectacular cocktail, along with all the taste of your favourite Champagne. To help you get started, give these ideas a try.

Traditional Champagne Cocktail

For the classic Champagne cocktail, add four drops of Angostura Bitters to a sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Pour on a dash of brandy and top up with Champagne. Then sit back and enjoy the taste sensation as it changes from dry to sweet.


To make this famous fruity peach cocktail, add one-third peach purée to two-thirds Champagne. Mix together and enjoy!

Black Velvet

If you fancy a change from your usual pint of beer, try mixing Champagne with stout. Sounds an odd combination but try it and see. Simply add one half Champagne with one half stout. Guinness, in particular, works a treat.

Bucks Fizz

For a simple but refreshing cocktail, mix two parts Champagne with one part orange juice and serve.

Champagne Charlie

Mix a shot of apricot brandy with Champagne for the ultimate in Champagne cocktail sophistication.

Disco Fizz

For this super bright blue cocktail, add a dash of blue curacao, elderflower cordial, pineapple juice and lemon juice to a Champagne flute, and top up with Champagne.

Emma Peel

Pour a dash of pineapple juice into a shot of cherry brandy. Simply top up with Champagne and you’ll get the perfect summery cocktail.


There are a couple of ways of making this delicious cocktail but all of the recipes have similar ingredients. Try mixing vodka, cointreau and Champagne with pineapple juice, or triple sec, vodka and Champagne with cranberry juice and a squeeze of lemon. Not sure which one to go for? Why not try them both and see!

Kir Royal

This is a traditional favourite. Simply add Champagne to crème de cassis for a super-stylish and refreshing aperitif.

So you’ve got the ideas, now’s the time to test them out! Make sure you stock up on Champagne first, by visiting our website www(dot)virginwines(dot)com/champagne

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Puffer Fish - Fugu - Japnese Sex Food

Puffer Fish, or Fugu, is a term describing several related species of fish that are consumed in Japan and Korea. Puffer fish contains a powerful poison, and people die every year from consuming fugu. Yet people persist in eating the fish, and even pay hundreds of dollars per plate. Why part with good Yen and risk death for a food? According to enthusiasts, a non-lethal dose of puffer fish toxin serves as a power stimulant and aphrodisiac.
The trick in preparing fugu is to remove just enough of the organs that contain the nerve toxin tetrodotoxin. When a non-lethal dose is consumed, it causes tingling in the lips, fingers, and toes, and other, uh, extremities. It is also a nerve poison that increases stiffness of the, um, muscles. After a time (or with a larger dose), the toxin can cause numbness and anaesthesia.
Japanese restaurants must be licensed to serve fugu, and the fugu chefs undergo a rigourous training and examination process before they can prepare this food. Fugu is now sold in some Japanese supermarkets, where it must be accompanied by a certificate from the licensed preparer. A small serving may be bought for as little as $20 in the supermarkets, while a fugu meal in a restaurant typically costs $100 or more.
Some fugu today is raised on farms, and this tends not to be very poisonous, if it is poisonous at all. Tetrodotoxin is not produced by the fish itself, but by particular bacteria that live in the fish. In an artificial environment with a controlled diet, those bacteria are less active.
Tetrodotoxin is approximately 10 times more toxic than cyanide on a milligram for milligram basis, and a single fish may contain enough toxin to kill 20 or 30 adults. Tetrodotoxin affects the sodium ion pumps in muscle and nerve cells, switching them into an on position until the poison is metabolized or excreted. Because it does not pass into the brain, this compound causes a body buzz with no direct change to conciousness. There is no antidote, only a wait and see approach supplemented by pumping the stomach or administering activated charcoal to bind up with mechanical breathing support until recovery may occur. Tetrodotoxin victims are fully conscious up until the point where they may pass out from oxygen deprivation (or extreme pain due to muscle contractions).

Friday, December 5, 2008


Increases energy and endurance
Increases stamina
Alleviates chronic exhaustion (fatigue) syndrome
Improves sexual function in men and women
Enhances fertility in people and animals
Reduces hormonal dysfunction during menopause & andropause
Can regulate hormonal irregularities
Aids in alleviating depression, gives a sense of well being, reduces anxiety
Reduces anxiety and stress
Has a beneficial action on the circulatory system;
Speeds wound healing and reduces anemia
Enhances memory, learning, and mental ability
Has a beneficial action on the circulatory system; gives skin a more youthful appearance
Helps treat anemia, rickets, osteomalacia, and stomach cancer
Good for healthy teeth and bones
Acts as a fungistatic and bacteriostatic
Acts as an anticarcinogen and antioxidant
Is an alternative to anabolic steroids, helps to build muscle
Is non addictive

1/2 Papaya peeled & chopped
1 Egg
2 Maca Roots
1/4 Cup Condensed Milk
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tbsp Honey
2-3 Cups Ice
Cooking Instructions
Place 2 maca roots in a glass jar cover with water. Close the jar and place in refrigerator to soak for at least one day.

Put maca roots and some of the soak water in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and as much ice as you'd like. Cover and blend to desired consistency.

Pour into a glass and enjoy. Maca root is used in Peruvian cuisine to enhance male and female libidos.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SEX FOOD - 5 Surprisingly Effective All-Natural Aphrodisiacs (That You Probably Have in Your Kitchen)

Forget the alcohol, Spanish Fly, Viagra, and other unmentionable sex enhancers, the most passionate aphrodisiacs are only a supermarket away. And we aren't talking about specialty items hidden in the international aisle, like some bark off a tree in South Africa, or a red-crusted algae that grows on the bottoms of a toilet seats located in Antarctica. The stuff we're talking about is common natural products that you probably already have in your refrigerator. And if you don't...then it's time to go grocery shopping, because you're going to love what these sex food can do for your sex life.

Surprisingly Sexy Ingredient #1: Cornstarch
The first item on this list isn't something you eat, it's about the feel of the cornstarch on your body (half- to full-nude body preferred). Just the initial sensation of cornstarch dropping on the skin mimics the sensation of liquid silk. Try a few drops on yourself and you'll see what I mean. Just a few sprinkles of this cool, tingly powder elixir onto the skin and you are almost guaranteed a few titillating giggles right from the get go. But don't stop at sprinkles; once you have enough on the body, take out a pastry brush and gently spread the cornstarch over your lover's entire body. Next, give a seductive full-body massage using the cornstarch instead of body oil. It may take a minute to get the pressure just right so that the cornstarch just flows across the skin through your fingertips, but once you do, it won't be too long before you are off to some other pleasures.

Surprisingly Sexy Ingredient #2: Tomatoes
Many food experts prefer to call the tomato, the "apple of love." Why is the tomato erotic? Two reasons: First of all, the sensation of eating a fresh, fully ripened, crisp, clean, juicy tomato is sexy all on its own. Watching a pair of sexy lips nibble on this fruit (or vegetable, depending on which school you belong to), is enough to make you hungry for other things. Of course, the juicier the tomato, the more chance you'll have of dribbling on yourself or your partner.but isn't that what tongues are for? Added bonus: Eating tomatoes is known to aid in sexual performance. They help calm pre-sex nerves, which can be especially helpful in a first-time-partner situation. Furthermore, the tomato is also known for improving muscle control, which can aid in a number of other between-the-sheets efforts, too.

Sexy Ingredient #3: Avocados
Okay, so now that you're in the mood and have all your muscles functioning for the action that lies ahead, it's time to prepare for the main course. Don't let that sexy tomato get lonely; add a side of avocado. The texture of the inside of this fruit is as delicate and soft as some body parts, and you can eat it or rub it on each others skin. In addition to its sensuous texture, the avocado also has a sensuous function. The high-quality Vitamin E content of this super-food can boost the state of arousal and intensity orgasm. From start (foreplay) to finish (orgasm), this little green love goddess has you covered!

Sexy Ingredient #4: Chocolate
You knew it was going to be on here...and, really, what self-respecting list of sexy natural aphrodisiacs could leave out chocolate? Is there anything sexier than a drizzle of the finest natural organic chocolate you can get your hands (or mouth) on? Chocolate is thick, smooth, creamy, and delicious, but you already knew that. It's also believed to be a natural source of phenyl ethylamine (PEA), the same feel-good chemical that the body naturally produces during those first moments of falling in love. Some studies even suggest that devouring chocolate stimulates the same feelings in the brain as making love. So, got Chocolate?

Sexy Ingredient #5: Buttermilk
Buttermilk is a popular ingredient in desserts for meals that call for a lush finale, and that same quality makes it a perfect post-coital reward, too. How? Try a buttermilk shower. The wonderful feeling of cool buttermilk poured over the body can be enough to start an encore. For the non-kitchen savvy, heed this important tip: Do not, under any circumstances, microwave or heat the buttermilk much above room temperature; doing so will make it curdle. Speaking from experience, stinky clumps of curdled buttermilk is not the best way to put an end to the evening. It's more of a humorous end—which can be memorable too—but since we're speaking about romance here, leave the laughs for that special moment when you decide it's time to share your junior high school photos instead!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Is it Chocolate Really Sex Food Or Is It Just A Myth?

I started to wonder whether or not chocolate was really an aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiacs, as you know, are those things that are supposed to make you sensitive to erotic stimulation. The name itself comes from the Ancient Greek goddess, Aphrodite, who was both feared for her might and worshiped for her beauty.

Chocolate's "love" qualities though could come from our own cultural understanding. We think that it is an aphrodisiac, so it becomes one. I mean, it tastes good. And, then there is that smooth, melting sensation on the tongue, since chocolate's melting point is just below human body temperature. That's sort of stimulating in itself, don't you think? But then we ought to consider the chemical composition of chocolate. What exactly is in the stuff? And where did this idea of it being an aphrodisiac come from in the first place?

The answer to whether or not chocolate is an aphrodisiac differs from person to person, but I will tell you what I found out and let you decide on your own.

According to some sources, the Aztecs, the first people to cultivate cacao, celebrated chocolate's aphrodisiacal powers. They used to eat vast quantities of food cooked with chocolate during the harvest time, and then engage in raucous orgies during festivals. But there are also reports that say that the men in Aztec society forbid chocolate-cooked food to women, because of its power as an aphrodisiac.

While both of these reports could be factual, I am not sure of them. Because it seems to me that if the men forbid women to eat chocolate, why did they have wild orgies during harvest time? Something doesn't add up. They would seemingly be forcing it on their women! But that's just the humble opinion of this author. Nonetheless, the Aztecs thought chocolate had erotic powers.

History is also replete with examples of others who were convinced of chocolate's powers. The courtesan of French King Louis XV, Madame du Barry, apparently made sure that her lovers drank a brimming cup of chocolate before they were granted entrance to her boudoir. And Casanova, the famed Casanova, drank chocolate daily at the Florian Cafe in Venice, proclaiming the drink to be better, that is, more stimulating, than champagne. And these are just some of the examples.

So obviously people throughout history have considered chocolate to have aphrodisiacal properties. But what gives it those properties? Chemicals! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, an amino acid that occurs naturally. Some claim that phenylethylamine can even cure hangovers, but it certainly is related to love. Your body, apparently, secretes it when you are struck head over heels. And that's not the only brain chemical that chocolate contains. It also has levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are pain killers and put you in a better mood. Serotonin even causes you to have a pleasurable feeling akin to the one you get when you stand in the sun.

Its no wonder that chocolate's so popular! Tasty, uplifting, stimulating, what more could you ask for? Oh, aphrodisiacal? Well, none of the sources I could find gave a concrete opinion on whether or not chocolate was really an aphrodisiac. But, in all honesty, who cares? With all the other stuff going for it, does chocolate need to be an aphrodisiac for you to want to eat it? Now if you'll excuse me, I have some exquisite dark chocolate to nibble on.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Aphrodisiacs and Sex Food -Trick or Treat for Your Libido

Author: Lena Laursen

There are so many article and contradictive information regarding sex aphrodisiacs that it is almost impossible to tell the truth from fallacy. People continue experimenting with different substances trying to improve their sexual life.

As you might know, aphrodisiacs are substances which can enhance your libido. Therefore we shall not consider Viagra and the like means against impotence to be aphrodisiacs, because they imply physiologic interference aimed to fulfill the already existing sexual desire.

For centuries people have been trying and testing various kinds of food, drinks and chemical elements hoping to discover the magic element for libido enhancement.

Some of the ancient aphrodisiac explorers found the similarities of particular plant shape with human genitalia, considering them to have the effect on libido due to their shape likeness. For example the root of parsley was told to have amazing effect.

Others believed that the results can only be achieved by eating genitalia of certain animals. For instance, bull's testicles, which still can be found on the menus of some restaurants in Latin America. Sometimes completely absurd ideas about aphrodisiacs were popular, like the powder of the rhinocerose's horn. Horns in general were used for this purpose, not only those of rhinoceroses but also deer's bull's, etc.

However, this doesn't prove that real aphrodisiacs don't exist at all. In fact, they are easy to find. But the side effects of them are sometimes too unpleasant to use them.

A research held by American food committee proved that all substances acknowledge as aphrodisiacs have one or more side effects. And some of then were claimed to be dangerous.

Thus one of the most popular aphrodisiac called Spanish fly or Lytta vesicatoria contain dangerous element cantaridin, which blocks blood vessels in genitalia's area. Eventually, that results in hard erection for men and pleasant feeling on sexual excitement in female genitalia, but the excessive usage of this aphrodisiac can lead to dangerous diseases like permanent erection (priapism) and swelling of female genitalia. Both are very painful experiences.

Therefore when buying another magic potion, carefully read the ingredients it contains and make sure they won’t cause any side effects.

Some people use alcohol and other drugs (cannabis, amphetamines, etc) as aphrodisiacs. Certainly, when the control centers of her brain are switched off, a woman can turn into a wild animal lusting for sex only. However, these experiments are no less than a sexual abuse and any forcing or tricking into drinking of such 'aphrodisiacs' is recognized by law as a rape.

By the way, the pioneer of practicing drugs as aphrodisiacs was the notorious marquise De Sade. He began his 'career' of a sex pervert by adding some of the above mentioned 'aphrodisiacs' in food, usually at a ball or other social gathering. After this spiced with aphrodisiacs meal, he enjoyed watching the orgies, provoked by the effect of aphrodisiacs. That was his way to get inspired for his writing.

You don't have to necessarily search for exotic animals' genitalia or weird flies in order to enhance your libido. Keep in mind that the majority of our erogenous zones are in the brain. A romantic dinner with champaign and strawberry can also be a great aphrodisiac. Especially if you manage to create the area of intimacy. Consider that the combination of strawberry and champain stimulate the genesis of female hormones. But alcohol has nothing to do with that effect. The effect is provoked by the fruit sugar and carbonic acid.

And don't forget about pheromones and stimulating scents.
Experiment with tastes and scents to find your personal aphrodisiac.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Oysters have long been considered as a Sex food or if you prefer a very effective aphrodisiac. Dated back to the early second century AD, in a satire by a Roman poet, Juvenal, he described how women acted so lewdly after having some wine and giant oysters! What makes oysters such a popular aphrodisiac is the fact that these slimy mollusks contain a high level of zinc. Zinc deficiency, as nutritionists point out, can cause impotence in men. Any food rich in zinc, therefore, has a beneficial effect on the libido.
Baked Oysters with Eggplants
2 medium eggplants
20 - 30 oysters, drained
8 - 10 slices bacon
3 large onions, chopped
8 tablespoons butter
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
salt and ground black pepper
Put eggplants in a shallow baking dish and bake at 400º for about 35 minutes.
Set aside until cool.
Saute chopped onions in a skillet with 3 tablespoons of butter.
Fry bacon in another skillet until crisp.
Peel the cooked eggplants and cut into small cubes, about 1 inch each. Mix with the sauteed onions.
Crumble the bacon into the eggplant mixture. Then add oysters, salt, pepper and ½ cup of bread crumbs.
Melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan.
Divide the eggplant/oyster mixture into 4 portions and put each portion in a baking dish.
Pour the melted butter and sprinkle the remaining bread crumbs on each portion.
Place all 4 baking dishes on a baking sheet and bake at 425º for about 20 minutes.

Oyster Recipes
Oysters in Blankets
2 cans smoked oysters
Bacon strips
¼ cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
Wrap a bacon slice around each oyster and pin it with a toothpick.
Heat oil in a skillet. Add garlic.
Add the wrapped oysters and cook until the bacon is crisp.


The word "caviar" derives from the Persian word "khav-yar", which means "cake of strength." It is said to help us restore our physical power and enhance good health. Caviar is a famous party food and also regularly served by most airlines to their first-class passengers. Loaded with vitamin A, zinc and omega-3 fatty acid, it is believed to increase blood flow to the genitals and stimulate the formation of testosterone. For people who have to limit their cholesterol and sodium intake, however, caviar should only be a rare treat.

Caviar Recipes
Caviar in Potato Nests
2 medium russet potatoes
2 ounces caviar
3 ounces cream cheese
4 tablespoons melted butter
Grounded black pepper
Boil water in a saucepan.
Add potatoes. Cook until only half-done. (You should be able to insert a knife through the potatoes but not too easily.)
Set aside and let the potatoes cool down.
Peel the potatoes and grate them roughly.
Brush muffin tin cups with melted butter.
Fill each cup with grated potatoes. Make it look like a nest. (Make about 20 - 30 nests total.)
Bake them in a preheated 450º oven for about 25 minutes or until they turn golden-brown.
Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 - 10 minutes.
Remove the nests from the tin cups carefully with a blunt knife. Season with pepper.
Fill each nest with one scoop of cream cheese and one scoop of caviar.
Caviar should be served in glass, ceramic, plastic or wooden containers. Never serve or keep caviar in a metal container because oxidation can easily impart metallic taste to it.
Always keep it refrigerated, but not frozen.
The most popular alcoholic drinks to be taken with caviar are Champagne, Vodka and dry white wine.


Nicholas Culpepper, a renowned English botanist and herbalist, once stated that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." Some people say asparagus is considered an aphrodisiac simply because of its phallic shape, but in fact its suggestive form has nothing to do with its aphrodisiac effect. Being rich in potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E, it amazingly stimulates sex hormones and glandular function. Asparagus, like an all-purpose medicine, can boost up your sex drive and enhance your general well-being.
How to cook asparagus
Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese
1 lb medium-sized asparagus
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
salt and black pepper
Rinse asparagus and diagonally slice into small pieces, about 2 inches each.
Boil water in a medium saucepan (only half full).
Put asparagus slices into the boiling water and immediately reduce to a simmer.
After 2 minutes, remove from stove and drain the water.
Mix asparagus with the other ingredients in a bowl.

Stir Fried Asparagus with Ginger
1 lb medium-sized asparagus
4 -5 slices fresh ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup roasted cashews or almonds
salt and pepper
Slice asparagus into bite-sized pieces.
Heat olive oil in a skillet (at medium heat).
Add ginger slices and let them sizzle for about 30 seconds - 1 minute.
Add asparagus. Stir fry for 4 - 5 minutes or until crisp.
Add nuts, salt and pepper and stir fry for another 30 seconds.