Five Places to Eat Well in Suva

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Few hu­man in­stincts are as com­pelling as the de­sire for sex­ual con­nec­tion, with food play­ing an enor­mous role in the process. Through­out time, the mo­ment our ba­sic sur­vival needs of food, shel­ter and pro­tec­tion from the un­known have been met, we’ve sought sex­ual union, both for pro­cre­ation and plea­sure. And uni­ver­sal though it may be, sex is still the most en­dur­ing hu­man enigma. It rep­re­sents sur­vival in its purest form, en­sur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of our species, and at its worst is still fun; at its best, it’s mind-blow­ing. In spite of the in­trigue and ro­mance sur­round­ing it, sex­ual arousal be­gins as a purely prac­ti­cal in­ter­ac­tion of body pro­cesses and un­less the chem­i­cals in the brain and di­ges­tive sys­tem are all work­ing in tan­dem, feel­ing sexy is not an au­to­matic func­tion. Per­haps we’ve heard the ex­cuses from our part­ners of “I have a headache” or “I just don’t feel like it tonight, honey.” Hor­mones, en­zymes and neu­ro­trans­mit­ters through­out the body need to work to­gether to reg­u­late stim­u­la­tion and per­for­mance. The ner­vous sys­tem also has a part to play and is en­gaged to in­ter­pret, clas­sify and route sig­nals. Mean­while, the me­chan­ics of sex­ual re­sponse de­pends in part on the sim­ple fact of ad­e­quate blood flow to the ap­pro­pri­ate or­gans. But some­times, the blood and ev­ery­thing else, fails to flow. The rea­sons can range from the psy­cho­log­i­cal, phys­i­cal or chem­i­cal. That’s when cul­tures through­out time have turned to lustin­spir­ing foods. Aphro­disi­acs — named for Aphrodite, the Greek god­dess of fer­til­ity, beauty and de­sire—were orig­i­nally used to treat var­i­ous sex­ual disor­ders, from im­po­tence to in­fer­til­ity. Some of the most tra­di­tional are thought to be lust­pro­vok­ing be­cause of their re­sem­blance to hu­man gen­i­talia. These range from the ob­vi­ous, like ba­nanas, cu­cum­bers and cas­sava, to the slightly more sub­tle, like peaches, apri­cots, pomegranate and rasp­ber­ries, which are thought to re­sem­ble a woman’s nip­ples. And some foods, like lob­sters and prawns, are sim­ply sex­ier than oth­ers. Re­ally, how sul­try can you feel eat­ing rou rou or tinned tuna? Oys­ters, mus­sels and clams like va­sua are con­sid­ered rep­re­sen­ta­tive of fe­male gen­i­talia, and lob­ster is thought to en­hance the power and charms of men and pro­mote fer­til­ity in women. So strong is the as­so­ci­a­tion between seafood

and sex­ual de­sire that priests were long banned from eat­ing fish, lest it in­ter­fere with their vows of celibacy. The power of seafood may also help to ex­plain why prawns, lob­ster and mus­sels seem to be the foods of choice for ro­man­tic din­ners but for that ex­tra spe­cial per­son spend a lit­tle more on cold­wa­ter sal­mon in­stead of the ev­ery­day walu and mahimahi. Eggs are an­other love food be­cause they’re sym­bolic of the fe­male re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem, and are thought to not only in­crease de­sire but also to pro­mote fer­til­ity. They’re also high in lecithin and vi­ta­min A, which are key in the pro­duc­tion and se­cre­tion of sex hor­mones. And ba­nanas like vudi are leg­endary as aphro­disi­acs, for their shape, size and sen­su­ous, creamy tex­ture. Nuts and seeds, be­cause they’re part of the re­pro­duc­tive mech­a­nisms of plants, have also been con­sid­ered aphro­disi­acs. Al­monds are thought to in­crease fer­til­ity, and the aroma is said to in­duce pas­sion in women, whilst pine nuts have been used since me­dieval times to boost li­bido. Sci­en­tif­i­cally, nuts and seeds are also high in vi­ta­min E, es­sen­tial for trans­port­ing suf­fi­cient oxy­gen to the gen­i­talia. Vi­ta­min E also af­fects the an­te­rior lobe of the pi­tu­itary gland, which con­trols sex­ual or­gans and func­tions. Of­ten men­tioned in the Bi­ble, figs have en­joyed a ver­sa­til­ity un­matched by any other aphro­disiac food, be­ing com­pared al­ter­nately to all the sex­ual or­gans of both men and women. The sub­tle swell and folds of an ap­ple is thought to be uniquely fem­i­nine, and in days gone by, Hindu men ap­plied mashed ap­ple, honey and pep­per to the male gen­i­tals to pro­voke amorous li­aisons. As­para­gus, with its dis­tinctly phal­lic shape, has long been con­sid­ered an aphro­disiac. The av­o­cado tree was termed “Ahuacu­atl”, mean­ing the tes­ti­cle tree, by the an­cient Aztecs, who thought the fruit hang­ing in

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