Poll: What's Your Favorite Bedroom Food?: Sauces (chocolate syrup, strawberry sauce) Whipped Cream Fruit (grapes, cherries) No food for me, thanks.
This isn't another story about the current state of a mother's breasts, the kind that—if you've never had kids—makes you decide right there and then that you will not be nursing any future children. Solely because you can't imagine ever describing your own breasts as "saggy," "lifeless," or "uneven." This is, however, a story of ownership. From one relationship stage to the next, these breasts seem have fallen under someone's else's domain—except my own.
A recent study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany discovered that male chimps who share their meat with the ladies are twice as likely to mate with them. Researchers studied a group of chimpanzees in the Tai Forest reserve in Ivory Coast and recorded hunting and mating patterns. They discovered sharing food not only helps the males get laid, but helps the women beef up and become more fertile. Meat, the scientists explain, is an important element in their diet because it's high in protien, and lady chimps don't hunt so can't get it on their own. Which, is unlike us. We're fully capable of buying our own dinner, but like us, the ladies don't always put out immediately following the meat-sharing.
There's no better way to deal with a stilted morning-after conversation than to stuff your face. But what if you don't know what to serve that mediocre hunk of semi-coherent love whose name you can't remember? No worries. Nadia G is here with her One Night Stand Bitchin' Kitchin' Cooking Show to rescue your hungover ass.
Candlelight, red wine, freshly made pasta. Flirting at a small table in a corner infrequently visited by the waiter. Such are the makings of a great date. But not if you can't eat what they're serving. What if you must start with a 10-minute interrogation: Can the scaloppini be prepared without a dusting of flour? Can I forgo the bed of pasta and just have the red pepper salmon? Embarrassing. Your waiter takes a few trips to the kitchen to speak with the chef, and your date progresses in fits in starts. And – let's be honest – you might seem a little high-maintenance. Here, how to make two culinary palates work.
In his column this week on The New York Times Frank Bruni wrote about gender-based customs and differences in restaurants. Even in the age of third-wave feminism and political correctness, some restaurants still observe rules like serving a woman first, taking the wine order from the man and giving the man the check. Some of the rules have pretty much disappeared: giving a woman a menu without prices if she's there with a man, and seating a woman against the wall so she's facing out. I didn't know these were common customs, however I do prefer sitting facing out—doesn't everyone? That way you can check out the entire room. But apparently men and women do have different preferences when it comes to dining out, and proprietors have to take the variations into account when planning menus and decor. According to the article, women tend to like healthier menu options, while men ask about steak; if there will be lots of women at an event party planner turn up the heat, because women wear less clothing; gals want to know about lighting, men almost never do. According to famous chef Mario Batali, "'Women are looking for somewhere comfortable, men are looking for somewhere to show off.'"
Ever since I moved to the city, all I do is eat. Yes, I’ve been covering events, taking in museums instead of trashy movies, doing happy hours – all that predictable city stuff as well. But mostly, I’ve been eating. Why the over-indulgence, you ask? Especially when I love to cook…? Well, I learned pretty quickly that the first and only thing people say when you mention the new ‘hood you’ve moved into is, “Oh, Rajul I know the most amazing and cheap [insert mouthwatering foreign food here] joint RIGHT up the block from you.” And of course, I believe the hype and run there before they can even finish the sentence. Hype is a tricky concept though, since everyone has different taste. It’s kind of the same concept with men. Ever cringe when someone says they know a guy/girl who's perfect for you?
Despite my views, I find the recent speculation about the death of marriage absurd, if only because it doesn’t acknowledge the hypnotic power of matrimony. All the proof you need can be found in the tight smiles of single men at weddings, in the ever-teary eyes of the unwed women, in the fear and envy behind both. The very thing, I realized, that my girlfriend of two years and I were walking into as we arrived at the rehearsal dinner.
According to a recent New York Times article, finding a perfect match in the bedroom can often be overshadowed by a perfect match in the kitchen. In a time when passions run high for meat, against it, pro-wheat, or anti-animal-anything, dating someone who does not share one’s view can strain the relationship. When an omnivore and a herbivore unite, battle lines could be drawn. Says the piece: “Food has a strong subconscious link to love, said Kathryn Zerbe, a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. That is why refusing a partner’s food ‘can feel like rejection,’ she said.