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Culinary News & Notes 


Sarah Gleim

Photo: Heidi Geldhauser





alentine’s Day is all about celebrating you and your honey. But how can you spice up your evening and set the mood? With the right dinner. These four flirty foods are steeped with the goods to get your libidos going. So forget the roses this year; just order a dozen oysters instead.

Steamy and Raw The evidence behind what makes the oyster so erotic is the high zinc content. We love that we can enjoy oysters in every way possible, from fried to raw and on the half shell, like some of our favorites at St. Cecilia. They come served on ice with moscato mignonette, frozen Champagne grapes and house-made chile sauce.

Long and Lean Asparagus is chock-full of vitamin E that helps get blood flowing. It also boosts hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. And it tastes good, no matter how it’s

prepared. Try it grilled with truffle aioli and manchego cheese at Eclipse di Luna or shaved in a salad with biltong (a traditional dried meat from South Africa), heirloom tomatoes, radish and a poached egg at Yebo Ski Haus.

Banana Split This velvety fruit is rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are thought to be essential for hormone production, and minerals and enzymes that enhance male libido. If those aren’t reasons enough to share a few bites of banana with your better half, order the banana pudding desserts from Saltyard (banana pudding with chantilly cream, vanilla wafer and white chocolate) or South City Kitchen Buckhead (bruleed banana pudding with banana bread, sweet cream and lang du chat cookie), and you’ll see the light.

Mayans who discovered the cacao tree referred to it as “food of the gods.” Now we know chocolate contains feel-good chemicals that release dopamine in the pleasure centers of our brains. To reach that state of euphoria, go straight for a bowl of the Callebaut Belgian at Cape Dutch. It’s a decadent chocolate soup served with almond brittle, raisin-walnut bread, hazelnut and crispy rice. n

Cape Dutch 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road Atlanta 30324 404.343.0313 Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Circle Atlanta 30324 404.846.0449

Food of the Gods Chocolate has always been synonymous with love and romance. The

Saltyard 1820 Peachtree St. Atlanta 30309 404.382.8088

FOOD NEWS n Executive chef Ford Fry, owner of Buckhead’s St. Cecilia, King + Duke and Superica, recently won the Cochon555 Heritage BBQ contest at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. Ford was named “King of BBQ,” beating out other Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Hector Santiago, Terry Koval and Nick Melvin. Cochon555 contestants were given whole, heritage breed pigs and had to prepare six dishes that were judged on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and flavor. n High-end chocolate retailer La Fête Chocolat is now open at Lenox Square. It’s the first U.S. location for the Santiago, Chile-based company that sells premium chocolates, including milk chocolate, cookies and caramels.


January/February 2017 | Simply Buckhead

Start your night off with a shaved asparagus salad from Yebo Ski Haus, and end it on a sweet note with the bruleed banana pudding at South City Kitchen Buckhead.

La Fête Chocolat Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.233.7575

South City Kitchen Buckhead 3350 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.815.6677 St. Cecilia 3455 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.554.9995 Yebo Ski Haus 111 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.869.1992

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