Certain foods might make a difference this Valentine's Day

The love diet for Valentine's?

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s nice to know what the experts are saying about which foods to include - or avoid - in your cooking. 

There are certain aphrodisiac foods that are considered to guarantee a good time, like oysters, red wine and chocolate. Other famous aphrodisiacs include pistachio nuts, chai tea, avocado and asparagus.

According to New York City internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpal, using aphrodisiacs in your Valentine's Day cooking could make a difference in your relationship. 

“This concept is based on science, as traditionally it is known some foods possess chemical properties that could increase pheromones and heighten our interest and others may indirectly boost testosterone or estrogen levels, thereby increasing human sex drive. Others are considered arousing because of their appearance or texture.”

But RauDZ Regional Table chef Chris Braun says it's more about the overall meal than specific good or bad foods.

"I don't think there are any bad foods to cook. We try to avoid the cliche punched-out beets that look like hearts and that kind of thing. It's just good, honest food, cooked properly and delicious."

This Valentine's Day, he'll be cooking up food that showcases what local Okanagan suppliers have to offer, as well as a protein-based feature, three different starters and choice of dessert. 

Braised beef short rib and local ginger from Sunshine Farms will be included on the menu, says Braun.

He's also excited about the cooking classes for couples being hosted this weekend at Okanagan Table.

They had originally intended to just host the class on Friday and Saturday nights, but added the third night due to overwhelming interest. 

"We're trying to focus on Valentine's Day. Bring your loved one down and spend some time in the kitchen learning to cook together."

Tickets are still available for the Sunday night session, and can be purchased online at $119 per person plus tax and gratuity. 

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