10 Aphrodisiacs to Get You in the Mood this Valentine’s Day

To get you in the mood and get the mojo going

It’s Valentine’s Day, and for those of you with significant others, you’re probably still looking for ways to keep the spark alive. One way to get your partner in the mood is by loading them up with aphrodisiacs! An aphrodisiac is defined as a food or substance that causes arousal or sexual desire. 

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Aphrodisiacs have been around since the dawn of time, in fact, the term is derived from Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love. But do they really work, or are we just fooling ourselves into believing that a few oysters before dinner will bestow us with some kind of primal power later in the night?

While there are emerging studies to back this up, the only way to know for sure is by trying it yourself! Here are 10 popular aphrodisiacs you can try to enhance your love-making. And hey, if it doesn’t work – you’re still in for a good meal.

1. Oysters

One of the most notorious natural aphrodisiacs is, of course, oysters! They’ve long held a reputation for being great for love and fertility, likely stemming from their vague resemblance to the female anatomy. Oysters are high in zinc – an important mineral in the production of  sperm and testosterone. 

Baked Oysters Rockefeller, Highlands Bistro | Photo from Booky
Foie Baked Oysters, Hungry Hound | Photo from @hungryhoundph
Oysters Rockefeller or Mango Cilantro, Prime Shack | Photo from Booky
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Oysters Motoyaki, Wantusawa Oyster Bar | Photo from @wantusawaoysters

TRY: Oyster Platter – Bondi & Bourke

Bondi & Bourke features a menu of Australia’s most loved dishes like meat pies and steaks. They also have a private dining room with its own Chef’s Table, where guests of up to 20 can get an exclusive behind-the-scene glimpse of the kitchen in action

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2. Chili

Perhaps it’s the bright and invigorating color of chili peppers that make it a symbol of love but one could also attribute it to capsaicin – the chemical compound in peppers which give it its heat. Eating food that contains chili peppers can stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate, and make you sweat – which all mimic how you feel when you’re turned on. Hot!

Eggs Purgatorio, Refinery | Photo from @hernameiswendy
Red King, Ramen Nagi | Photo from @onehungryteacher
Chemical Fried Chicken, Bad Bird | Photo from @bitebadbird

TRY: Fire Chili Snow Chicken Popcorn – Kko Kko

Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes from owner Grace Lee and her mom. They aim to bring together Korea and Manila through food. Try their Fire Chili Snow Chicken Popcorn, you’ll surely love it! Read our full feature here

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3. Strawberries

Nothing says romance like feeding each other strawberries but did you know that the fruit is packed with vitamin C – a substance that helps keep blood flowing to all regions of the body. *wink, wink*

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Strawberry Churro Ice Cream Sandwich, Dairy Depot | Photo from @razelbee
Strawberry Kakigori, Ikigai Kakigori Cafe | Photo from @janerruu
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Strawberries and Cream Meringue, Lola Cafe + Bar | Photo from @littlemissteapat

TRY: Strawberry Pancake Souffle – Le Petit Souffle

Le Petit Souffle is a Japanese-French cafe that that’s owned by celebrity Chef Miko Aspiras. Their Strawberry Pancake Souffle is topped with fresh strawberries, dusted with icing sugar, and served with creme anglaise on the side.

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4. Pistachios

In 2011, a study conducted in Turkey revealed pistachios to be a natural cure for erectile dysfunction. How exciting! We don’t know if this is true but unless you have an allergy to nuts it probably won’t hurt to see if pistachios give you a little pep in your step. 

Pistachio Cheesecake, Toby’s Estate | Photo from @iamdamnation
Burrata with Pistachios, La Spezia | Photo from Booky
Rose Latte with Crushed Pistachios, The Coffee Room | Photo from @marxcyrus
Pistachio & Hazelnut Affair, Gelatofix – Photo from Gelatofix’s Facebook page

TRY: Sicilian Pistachio – Manila Creamery

Manila Creamery had humble beginnings as a weekend market favorite and now has  four stores across the metro. The homegrown dessert specialist that aims to create world-class gelato while promoting flavors that are uniquely Filipino. Popular flavors include: Mangga’t Suman, Black Sesame, and Sicilian pistachio.

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5. Sushi

Haven’t decided where to have Valentine’s dinner yet? You may want to go for sushi. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and mackerel are believed to help produce sex hormones, while the selenium in tuna can increase sperm count.

Sushi Platter, Kessaku | Photo from Booky

Aburi Maki, Ooma | Photo from @ooma_ph
Oh Umi Maki, Soru Izakaya | Photo from Booky
Nigiri Sushi Mori, Nihonbashi-tei | Photo from @ceejtheday
Nigiri Sushi, Tsumura Sushi Bar & Restaurant | Photo from @chichajo

TRY: Nikkei – various branches

Nikkei is Manila’s first ever Japanese-Peruvian sushi bar and restaurant serving curated specialties by Argentinan Chef Christian Cejas like ceviche, sushi, causa, tiraditos, and Japanese craft spirits.“Nikkei” is a Peruvian cuisine culturally influenced by the Japanese who began to migrate to Peru in the 19th century and is quickly becoming the latest global food trend. 

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6. Honey

Honey isn’t just a cute pet name for your lover; it’s also a by-product of pollination making it the perfect symbol of procreation. Haven’t you heard of the birds and the bees? Honey can provide a natural energy boost and it also contains boron which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels. 

Honey Gorgonzola Cookies, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory | Photo from @tokyomilkcheesefactoryph
Honey Truffle Wings, Fritoss | Photo from Booky
Honey Classic Pizza, Fino Deli | Photo from @finodeli.ph
Honey Soft-Serve, Honey Creme | Photo from @honeycremeph
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TRY: La Spezia Alveare – La Spezia

La Spezia, a new Italian hole-in-the-wall that features fresh and simple Italian menu composed of timeless classics and standout desserts. The Alveare consists of honeycomb, gelato, figs, beetroot-ginger coulis. Read our full feature here.

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7. Banana

You know what they say – look good, feel good. With it’s phallic shape, you just know that this is a fruit that’s good for you. Rich in potassium and vitamin B, bananas can elevate energy levels. They also contain an enzyme called bromelain, which is said to trigger testosterone production.

Banana Popcorn Waffle, St. Louis Cafe | Photo from Booky
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Banana Caramel French Toast, Southern Dairy Homemade Gelato + Kitchen | Photo from @rayvercruz
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Banana Cream Pie, Wildflour Cafe + Bakery | Photo from @analdeocampo
Ricotta Pancakes, Sunnies Cafe | Photo from Booky
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Amazon Acai Bowl, Wholesome Table | Photo from @thewholesometable

TRY: Banana Hanjuku Chocolate Cheesecake Parfait – Osaka Ohsho

Can this get any prettier? With bananas, chocolate and cheesecake chunks, who wouldn’t fall in love with this parfait?

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8. Chocolate

Chocolate is sensual from its taste down to its smell, but dark chocolate has also been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. Chocolate also gets right to the heart of sexual pleasure by increasing the brain’s level of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that enhances arousal and sensation in both men and women.

Dark Chocolate Cake, Dean and Deluca | Photo from @deandelucaph
Dolci Dark Chocolate Mousse, FOO’D by Davide Oldani | Photo from @stuffmaxate
Sexy Chocolate Cake, Grape Escape | Photo from @grapeescapeph
Dark Chocolate Tart, Little Owl Cafe |Photo from @little.owl.cafe

TRY: OMG! – Todd English Food Hall

We’re pretty sure you’ll say it out loud once served. This impeccable chocolate lava cake from Todd English goes perfectly with the silky pudding with cereal crumble and chocolate gelato. A definite must-try!

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9. Watermelon

Watermelon is rich in lycopene which, in large amounts, may have a Viagra-like effect on the body. Lycopene, in case you didn’t know, improves circulation and relaxes blood vessels!

Watermelon Mint Shake, Little Owl | Photo from Booky
Watermelon Mojito, The Penthouse 8747 | Photo from The Penthouse’s Facebook page
Watermelon Keg, Gorda | Photo from Booky
Watermelon & Short-rib Sinigang, Manam | Photo from Booky

10. Avocado

It could be the sensuous shape or the rich flavor of the fruit that made the Aztecs give the avocado it’s name from their word “ahuacatl,” which means testicle. The fruit  contain high levels of folic acid, vitamin B9, and vitamin B6 which also help increase energy levels and testosterone production.

Avocado Crunch Rolled Ice Cream, Elait | Photo from @elaitph
Avocado Toast, Green Pastures | Photo from @hangrybellyph
Avocado Cheesecakes, Lia’s Cakes in Season | Photo from @liascakesinseason
Avocado Burger, The Farm Organics | Photo from @budgetaway

TRY: Gorda – Avocado Pie

Gorda, which means ‘fat lady’ in Spanish, is a family-oriented restaurant serving redefined Filipino-Mexican comfort food and cocktails. Their Avocado Pie is made with condensada, butter graham crust, and kalamansi crema whip.

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