A few foods, like chocolate, red wine and champagne, contain chemical compounds that, in the appropriate quantities and circumstances, can incite passion. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, boosts serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, and contains phenylethylamine, a chemical in the brain that leads to feelings of euphoria and occurs in higher concentrations during orgasm and when you're in love.
If you're hungry for love, and none is forthcoming, you might incite passion with a new flame—or restore amour with a steady lover—with a meal based on some of these legendary aphrodisiac foods. Keep it light and clean; no one feels sexy with a bloated stomach. Start with small, simple appetizers, like figs stuffed with goat cheese, fresh papaya, or steamed and chilled asparagus with a honey-ginger glaze. For a main course, try a lobster and avocado salad served on a bed of arugula leaves dressed with truffle oil. Or go for the aphrodisiac standard: oysters. Steam them and serve with cocktail sauce or drawn butter, or try Oysters Rockefeller, made with Pernod, fresh spinach, tarragon or mood-enhancing basil instead of tarragon.
To finish, serve chocolate truffles, Bananas Foster made with honey, or fresh raspberries with whipped cream, and see where the evening takes you. What do you have to lose—except, maybe, a good night's sleep?