Written by: ADRIANNA COSTA :)
Despite the recent drop off in eating out, restaurant owners are beginning to adjust to the times by offering Specials that are way too tasty to pass up. And by “Specials” we mean, multiple course meals topped off with your favorite volcano cake for a fraction of the cost. If the word “orgasmic” comes to mind, stay on that train of thought. Unlike restaurants, the sex industry hasn’t taken a hit since John Holmes left the biz in the 80's. For proof, the owner of an Ohio-based condom manufacturer says business is exploding right now, eh hem, pardon the expression. Here at "Fashion or Fiction," we’ve decided to combine the two; sex and food, for an amazingly delectable experience. With the help of two of my favorite food connoisseurs, Neil Kohan, www.foodmarathon.com
and Supermodel turned Super Foodie, Aiste, www.luxeat.com
we're hand-picking the sexiest restaurants from coast to coast, all the while, proving you can eat like a king and still afford rent.
As we zig zag our way across the states, our first stop is in one of the world's most undeniably sexy cities, Miami. Miami is known for its rich and diverse culture, white sandy-beaches, gorgeous men and women, ultra-hip hotels and super swanky cafes. After mixing together all those ingredients, we've come up with a seductive spot that really encapsulates the Miami lifestyle. It’s "Blue Door" at the Delano hotel. The restaurant (shown above) offers French Cuisine peppered in with other global influences. The super sheik eatery is decorated with sexy billowing drapery and offers just enough sensual lighting to hide any blemishes but still recognize Leo Dicaprio in the corner booth. Right now they’re offering a complete 3-course meal for just $35!!! It’s called the “Miami Spice Dinner Menu” and boasts everything from Blue Crab Salad as an appetizer to Oven Roasted Chicken for your main course, and a raspberry napoleon for dessert. (www.chinagrillmgt.com/bluedoor)
Moving on up, our next stop is in New York City, arguably home to some of the best eating on earth. While there are so many restaurants to choose from, Aiste narrowed it down to a favorite that won’t cost you the down payment on your next car. That spot is “Momofuku.” Come on, the name alone screams SEX! And despite the restaurant’s minimalistic décor (wooden walls and stools neatly aligned at the bar) this popular hangout is all about the grub. According Aiste, a culinary highlight is the steamed pork bun. It’ a combo of steamed buns, delicate but crispy, along with pork, scallions, slices of cucumber and spicy Hoisin Sauce.
“Momofuku” was just listed as one of the top cheap-eats in “New York Magazine” this month. The article suggests Pastry Chef, Christina Tosi has a curious mind and unapologetic palate with creations like banana-green-curry bread and deep fried soft-poached egg sandwich on homemade English muffin with black-pepper butter. So what exactly is sexy about “Momofuku??” For starters, the menu changes daily. Doesn’t the saying go something like…. “Who wants to eat Vanilla ice cream everyday when you can have chocolate too???” Point being, it’s sexy to accommodate your ever-changing appetite with different foods, just try not to do the same with your partners. There’s nothing cute about herpes. Ha!! For more info, check out www.momofuku.com
From east to west, our next stop is in the uber-fabulous city, Scottsdale, Arizona. There, we find, the magical “Sol Y Sombra.” The food is contemporary Spanish. The backdrop is luxurious, yet modern with indoor/outdoor seating. Get this, there’s a $1 and $2 tapas menus, which is perfect for the wallet and figure, if you ask me. You can sample everything from figs and goat cheese on toast to ham and cheese croquettes with tomato aioli. For a heartier appetite, “Sol” has a vast menu filled with seafood, meat and even some vegetarian choices, all reasonably priced. This is a perfect first-date spot especially if you’re looking for a little action after dinner. If the food and ambiance haven’t closed the deal with your date, maybe the endless list of wine pitchers will.
With a quick hop, skip and jump, you’re in Los Angeles. But don’t think just because there are more Bentley’s flying around than birds in the sky, this city doesn’t have some incredible culinary offers. It does…and Neil raves, at the top of the list is “Ludo Bites.” If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because owner, Chef Ludo was just featured on “Top Chef Masters.” That’s when I fell in love. He’s hot as hell, a genius in the kitchen and has more tats than Kat Von D. Well, maybe that last part’s a stretch, but you get the picture. He’s also taken…by someone equally as delicious. Here’s a little background; Ludo’s wife, Krissy, posed for a sizzling hot spread in “Playboy” and appeared on Donald Trumps, “Apprentice.” Chef Ludo and his wife are the sexiest husband/wife team running a restaurant, certainly in LA, maybe anywhere. Now, about the food; “Ludo Bites” is a guerilla style pop-up restaurant with revolutionary cuisine that features Michelin style French Tradition with modern technique at affordable prices. The portions are sized perfectly, the taste is titillating!! The menu literally changes by the minute. You can get updates at www.twitter.com/chefludo.
Keep in mind, this heavenly pop-up will be poof, gone in just a few weeks so be sure to book a reservation now.
Last but not least on our list of sexiest supper from sea to sea lands us in Sin City. Let’s face it, it’s tough to find subtlety in Vegas but Neil has uncovered a little gem with a lot of heart. It’s called “Bubble Bar” at Guy Savoy (pronounced ‘gee’ ‘sav-wah’) at Caesar’s Palace. “Guy Savoy” is easily one of the priciest restaurants in the city, running around $300 per person in the main dining room, but there’s actually a way to eat there and still spare your Louboutins. The small plates menu at "Bubble Bar" allows a window into the sexy world of fine dining, at an affordable price ($40 for four items). Savoy's artichoke and black truffle soup and oysters in ice gelée (as shown above) are among the dishes that can be sampled. You know what they say about oysters?? Mayyjaahh afrodisiac!! The restaurant boasts a long, sleek fireplace running along the wall, a roaming champagne cart and some of the richest, most-decadent food you’ll taste. For more info, check out www.guysavoy.com
You guys may notice that I haven’t mentioned any restaurants that would typically fall into my “Fiction” category. We’ve decided to stay away from pointing out eateries that try to be sexy but miss the mark. That’s because times are tough enough for restaurant owners right now so rather than focusing on the negative, we’ve chosen to strictly highlight the “best of what’s around”, as Dave Matthews so appropriately puts it. Hope you’ve enjoyed the tips.
A BIG thanks to Neil and Aiste for their wonderful input. Bon appetite!!!
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