Isabella’s new chef, Mario Rodriguez-Feo has created an eight course Valentine’s Day tasting menu of sensual foods that are guaranteed to create the mood for romance. Including aphrodisiac ingredients, these foods are believed to stimulate the libido by stirring up one’s hormones.
Isabella’s Edible Aphrodisiac Menu is available Thursday, February 13th through Saturday, February 15th. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call (484) 532-7470 or click here.
Below is the menu:
Isabella’s Edible Aphrodisiac Menu
Heirloom beets, organic greens and chevre tossed in aged balsamic and olive oil
One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac.
Fresh oysters on the half shell with a champagne mignonette
This is one of the most widely known aphrodisiac foods. They are high in zinc, which helps in the increase of sexual drive.
roasted asparagus with poached egg and vinaigrette
This vegetable is said to boost the production of histamine, a crucial pleasure hormone necessary in both males and females.
Cauliflower puree crusted diver scallop with bacon and pomegranates
As legend has it, the goddess Aphrodite was carried to earth on the shell of a scallop. And, thanks to this very high profile job of one lowly bivalve, scallops have enjoyed an aphrodisiac reputation since the time of ancient Greece.
Sunchoke bisque marcona almonds topped with crispy serrano ham and crème fraiche
In the 16th century, eating an sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke) was reserved only for men. Women were denied the pleasure because the artichoke was considered an aphrodisiac.
Grilled hanger steak, with a garlic jus and roasted garlic mousse, potato Swiss chard
Garlic loaded with an ingredient said to increase blood flow around the body.
Salmon with basil creme over melted leeks
Basil’s sweet aroma is said to not only have a positive effect on mind and body, but an aphrodisiac effect, too.
Warm chocolate cake with Irish coffee ice cream
Pure chocolate increases the same hormone (dopamine) associated with euphoria.
Creme brûlée – can be substituted for chocolate dessert
Soothing on the tongue and sweet on the tooth.