Pine nuts: Bac­cha­na­lia

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Ac­cord­ing to re­search from Texas A&M Univer­sity, wa­ter­melon has the po­ten­tial to af­fect the body sim­i­larly to Vi­a­gra. The South­ern sum­mer fruit sta­ple con­tains ly­copene, beta carotene and cit­rulline, the lat­ter of which has the abil­ity to re­lax blood ves­sels like the lit­tle blue pill.

Though out of sea­son right now, At­lantans can en­joy the fruit pre­served in a glass of an­other South­ern sta­ple, moon­shine, at Twisted Soul Cook­house & Pours.

“We are a South­ern-owned restau­rant and the South is known for its peaches and its wa­ter­melon. I had not seen a wa­ter­melon moon­shine out there that didn’t taste more like syrup,” bev­er­age direc­tor Lor­raine Lane said. “We wanted some­thing more au­then­tic.”

Though Lane couldn’t give away her se­cret recipe, she said the moon­shine in­fu­sion fea­tures fresh wa­ter­melon and fresh jalapeño pep­pers, dou­bling its ru­mored love po­tion sta­tus.

“The jalapeño pep­per is clearly dis­tinct in there. It hits the back of your throat,” she said. “I’ve en­joyed [the wa­ter­melon moon­shine] with the black-eyed pea salsa. It def­i­nitely lends it­self to a spicy dish, but it’s also a nice com­ple­ment to the South­ern mari- Clock­wise from top: nated fried chicken as well as the sweet tea baby-back ribs.”

Wa­ter­melon moon­shine is avail­able by the glass or as part of a moon­shine flight at the restau­rant, and Valen­tine’s din­ers can en­joy it along­side a deca­dent prix fixe menu that in­cludes lob­ster canapés, a co­coa-rubbed rack of lamb and sweet orange and basil crème brûlée.

Twisted Soul Cook­house & Pours is lo­cated at 1133 Huff Road, At­lanta. For reser­va­tions, call 404-350-5500.

Be­fore his death in 200 A.D., physi­cian and philoso­pher Galen of Perg­a­mon rec­om­mended eat­ing 100 pine nuts be­fore bed, ac­cord­ing to HowStuffWorks. The nuts, which are ac­tu­ally seeds of cer­tain species of pine trees, are high in zinc, a min­eral shown in some in­stances to in­crease “sex­ual com­pe­tency” in male rats. A study done by the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health on the topic showed that though high doses of zinc can de­crease li­bido, it could have some ben­e­fit on pro­long­ing ejac­u­la­tion in hu­mans.

Though pine nuts are com­mon in­gre­di­ents in pestos used on piz­zas and in pas­tas, ATLiens who want some­thing a lit­tle more up­scale for their sweet­heart can dine inside Bac­cha­na­lia, which of­fers a pine nut-stud­ded cheese course as part of its prix fixe four-course menu. The seeds are del­i­cately plated around a tangy, ev­erso-soft quenelle of Capra Gia goat cheese and gar­nished with beets and sauces.

Bac­cha­na­lia is lo­cated at 1198 How­ell Mill Road, Suite 100, At­lanta. For reser­va­tions, call 404-365-0410, ext. 22.

Fe­bru­ary 3, 2017

Bac­cha­na­lia of­fers pine nuts as part of its Capra Gia goat cheese dish, a choice avail­able with the prix fixe menu. (Photo cour­tesy Bac­cha­na­lia). Ford Fry con­cept The Op­ti­mist of­fers a ro­tat­ing tap of oys­ters, a food with aphro­disiac ori­gins aris­ing from its re­sem­blance to fe­male gen­i­talia. (Cour­tesy photo). Wa­ter­melon con­tains cit­rulline, a com­pound be­lieved to act like Vi­a­gra. The fruit can be found year-round in the wa­ter­melon moon­shine of­fered at Twisted Soul Cook­house & Pours. (Photo cour­tesy Twisted Soul)

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