Aphrodisiacs and Other Spices at Market in Amman, Jordan

Sexy Recipes From Around The World

 

Aphrodisiacs, defined as any substance that increases sexual desire, are named after the Greek goddess of love and sexuality, Aphrodite. Scientists insist that most natural aphrodisiacs have a placebo effect, working only because users believe that they will. But, as anyone who’s ever enjoyed a sumptuous meal followed by an extended makeout session will tell you, the human mind (and desire) can be a remarkably powerful thing.

 

For some ingredients used in the sexy recipes below, the aphrodisiacs passion-inducing properties may be psychosomatic. Oysters have been regarded as a libido-booster since ancient Roman times, in part because they look like a certain aspect of the female anatomy, and in part because we slurp and suck them seductively. But, like Pine Nuts, they also have lots of zinc, which is believed to increase testosterone. Avocado was known by the Aztecs as ahuacuatl (or “testicle tree”), and young maidens were kept inside while the fruit was being harvested. And I don’t think we even need to tell you why Cucumbers fit into this category.

 

But while some of the ingredients in these sexy recipes are labelled as aphrodisiacs primarily for the suggestiveness of their physical properties, many others may create physiological responses that lead directly to sultry evenings requiring a Barry White soundtrack.

 

Basil, with which women used to dust their breasts because its scent drove men wild, is said to improve circulation. Carrots, which were used as aphrodisiacs in ancient Greece and Arabia, are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which improves mucous membranes and can help increase natural lubrication. Chocolate, whose potency was legendary among the Aztecs, contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that causes elevated heart and energy rates and a euphoria not unlike being madly in love. Cinnamon produces heat within the body, increasing both physical and sexual appetite; and a drop of its oil on the genitals is said to produce incredible sexual stimulation akin to Spanish fly.

 

From Cayenne and Coriander to Ginger and Garlic, each of these sexy recipes is chock full of aphrodisiacs believed to get your motor running so you can head out on a highway of prolonged passion. We’ve set the menu for you, so now all you need to do is get your partner in the kitchen and start… erm, “cooking.”  –Bret Love

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

Bosque del Apache

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Tourist Attractions in New Mexico

(The following is a guest post by writer Billie Frank and photographer Steve Collins.  For more of their work, check out their website Santa Fe Travelers, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a blogger interested in contributing a guest post, please contact Editor In Chief Bret Love at [email protected])

 

There are quite a few eco-friendly tourist attractions in New Mexico. There are more than 30 million acres of public lands in the state, belonging to the National Park Service, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. There are numerous archeological treasures and unique geological formations to visit; there is wilderness and wildlife galore; sustainable agriculture thrives on small farms here; and hot springs bubble up from the bowels of the earth. Here are 5 of our favorite New Mexico attractions:

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Penguins of Antarctica, Chinstrap penguin

Chinstrap Penguin, Chilling (Literally)

Penguins of Antarctica

“Everyone who comes here is eager to see the Penguins of Antarctica,” our Antarctica XXI naturalist guide told us as we prepared for our first shore excursion. “Don’t worry: I guarantee that you will see them! By the time this trip is over, you will say, ‘Yawn… another penguin.'” He was right about the first point: We saw thousands of penguins during our 5 days in Antarctica, including 3 different species, mama penguins with eggs, adorable baby penguins and even a rare albino penguin. But he was dead wrong about the latter, as we NEVER grew tired of watching them.

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 Vision Sisters fight gender based violence in Tanzania 

 Preventing Gender-Based Violence

& Empowering Youth In Tanzania

 

In January of 2012, my longtime flirtation with Africa transformed into a full-blown affair. I spent 4 years of college studying the continent– everything from its fragmented history and ancient archaeology to the political strife and economic pitfalls. But nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming connection I felt when I set foot on the continent’s rich, fertile soil for the first time.

 

That first trip would last 4 months, taking me all over Kenya and into parts of its neighbor to the south, Tanzania. The first portion of my trip was fairly heavily planned out as part of the Canadian Field Studies in Africa program, for which I conducted research on the political changes and subsequent implications that would accompany the implementation of a new constitution in Kenya.

 

After that I was set loose in Nairobi to discover it for myself and intern with a locally based NGO, Maji Na Ufanisi (which means “water and development” in the Swahili language). I worked with a women’s group in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, to establish a Women in Crisis Center for their community. It was there that I began to understand the necessity for preventing gender-based violence in developing countries.

Barack Obama Clean Energy Plan Revealed

How Will Obama Address Global Climate Change in 2nd Term?

 

It’s safe to say that many environmentalists cried tears of joy when Barack Obama‘s victory was announced in November. Most had nightmares about the impact a Ryan/Romney Administration could have had on Global Climate Change, matched only by hope for the Clean Energy initiatives the President might be able to push through Congress with the added momentum boost provided by winning a second term.

 

But as we celebrate the Obama Inauguration today, the question remains: How far will the President go in trying to address Global Climate Change over the next four years? And how far will those who profit from the exploitation of fossil fuels go in order to stop him?

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Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
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Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
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