Top 10 Food Aphrodisiacs

Yes, oysters are on the list but there are some surprising foods which seem to stimulate love.  The food you consume can have a direct impact on your sex life, affecting your hormones, brain chemistry and energy and stress levels. Some foods have psychoactive properties, others arouse because they are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase blood flow to the genitals. And if it does not have all that aphrodisiac effect, at least it’s healthy and it will do you good!

Asparagus-An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners. Apparently for a good reason: asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.


Almonds-Through antiquity, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols. The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in females — or so thought the poets and scribes. The scientists say that almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber. Therefore, there seems to be something in the almond myths after all.


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North America: The Presidential Turkey Pardon

President Obama Pardons a Lucky Turkey Photo © Alex Wong/Getty Images

The presidential pardoning of one lucky turkey is a fairly modern practice.  Although Abraham Lincoln could get  unofficial credit according to some historians.  Supposedly, their family had a pet turkey that Lincoln’s son viewed as a pet and asked to be spared.

President John F. Kennedy spontaneously spared a turkey on Nov. 19, 1963, just days before his assassination, but did not grant a “pardon.” The bird was wearing a sign reading, “Good Eatin’ Mr. President.” Kennedy responded, “Let’s just keep him.”

In 1989, George H.W. Bush became the first president to pardon a turkey. Before then, turkeys were presented to the president and consumed by the president.

The concept of a turkey pardoning was first mentioned by president Regan as a joke, but H.W. Bush made it all possible with the following words: “This fine Tom turkey, has been granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

The History of Labor Day

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In North America and Canada, the first Monday in September is Labor Day. The holiday serves as a celebration of workers and commemorates their respective economic and social achievements.

Labor (Labour) Day in Canada has its origins in an 1872 demonstration held by the Toronto Trades Assembly (TTA).  Serving as Canada’s first significant campaign for worker’s rights, the demonstration was created to garner the release of 24 leaders of the Toronto Typographical Union (TTU). During this time, trade unions were illegal and the TTU leaders were imprisoned for striking to campaign for a nine-hour working day.

The TTA held large parades and picnics and received a large public following.  The parades became so empowering that Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald repealed “anti-union” laws and in June of 1874 parliament passed the Trade Unions Act. Contemporary Canadian celebrations of Labor Day consist of picnics, fireworks, trips, and parades.


New Multi-Cultural Image of Charlie’s Angels

Lucy Liu helped to change the face of the beloved Charlie Angels.  The kick butt band of women made their mark in the 1970’s when every little girl wanted to be either Jill, Sabrina or Kelly. In the early 2000’s producer and star of the Charlie’s Angels reboot, Drew Barrymore originally had Thandie Newton among the consideration but she became pregnant.  Lucy Liu was cast and fit like a glove for the new face of the Angels.  READ MORE

The History of Valentine’s Day

Like many holidays, Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery and is the result of merged customs and cultures.  The holiday, as we know it today, contains elements of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

One legend maintains that St. Valentine was a third century Roman priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s anti-marriage decree for soldiers. The brave Valentine secretly married soldiers until he was discovered and put to death.

Another version of the legend attributes Valentine’s Death to his efforts to free Christians from harsh Roman prisons.


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Is ethnic beauty the new ‘it’ factor?

(CNN) — Women who desire a more “exotic” appearance are looking to the fashion world’s growing multi-culturalism for inspiration.

There was a time when the Caucasian girl-next-door looks of Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford and more recently Kate Moss dominated the fashion pages. Then came new fashion icons: Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce – and then Giselle, Kim Kardashian and Shakira.

More voluptuous figures, fuller lips and darker skin, features traditionally associated with women of African, Latin and Asian cultures, are “in.” Over the past decade, an appreciation for ethnic beauty has been on the rise, and these natural features are becoming popular among Caucasian women who desire to look more “exotic.”

Click here to see who made the list of exotic beauties

Standards of Beauty in the Media

When it comes to the media, we are used to seeing certain standards of beauty. When we see an ad for food, clothes, or even cars we see slim women with flawless skin. The truth is the average woman isn’t a size 2. This standard of beauty is not realistic and puts a negative image in the minds of young girls and women.

For most girls, going through their teenage years can be very difficult. When they see a girl their age in a magazine with “the perfect body” they begin to believe everything they read or hear. For example, a girl who is insecure with her body might buy a certain beauty product or outfit if she sees a skinny woman in the ad. These young girls are at risk. Research shows that exposure to images of thin, young, air brushed females are linked to depression, loss of self esteem, and unhealthy eating habits in young women and girls.

Most of the images of female beauty used in the media are unattainable for all but a very small number of women. Many of the images of women seen in magazines and television ads have been retouched and are not representative of what the women in the picture actually look like. Photo retouching can make the females in advertisements seem slimmer, tanner and basically flawless. The truth is that most of those women don’t even look like their own photos in reality.
Although in America we have certain standards of beauty, there are many different ideals of beauty across the world:

  • Thailand the women of the Kayan tribe have a standard of beauty that doesn’t rely on someone’s height or weight. Known as “long necks,” women from this tribe put brass rings around their necks and add more as they age. The rings give their necks an elongated appearance. The most beautiful women are said to have the most rings.
  •  In Ethiopia, the women of the Karo tribe place scars on their stomachs to attract a husband. This scarring process starts at the young age of 5 and is finished when the woman is ready to be married and have children.

As you can see, there are standards of beauty that involve more than weight and height. The more aware we are aware of these different standards of beauty, the more we can see ourselves as individual beauties. Diversity is a beautiful thing and everyone has their own beauty that makes them unique.

Toronto: International Cuisine in the Kingsway Neighborhood

Photo Credit: Heather Zorzini, Toronto Examiner

Visitors to the anglo-centric Kingsway will be pleased to discover a delicious range of ethnic eateries. Greek, Thai, Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese restaurants are part of the elegant line up along Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road. TTC travellers can disembark at the Royal York subway station.

Along with fabulous international cuisine, the Kingsway coddles shoppers with high-end clothing boutiques, salons and an independent movie theatre. Wrought iron lanterns, benches and flower-filled boulevards complete the charming scene, and colourful seasonal banners delineate this small but chic stretch of commercial real estate. READ MORE

Yamashiro Garden Market Series: Wine Tasting



There’s a new Garden Market perched in the Hollywood Hills.  Nick Spano manages the market and his vision is not your grandma’s farmer’s market.  Afterall this is Hollywood, the “H” in Hip put on the map in this town.  Spano knows how to make going to a Garden market a deliciously entertaining experience.

Moreover, the Yamashiro Garden Market is a Multi-cultural experience.  Italian gelatos, Australian Coffee, gourmet tacos with an Asian twist, and German foods at it’s Wurst(That’s good).

Yamishiro Garden Market Webside One: Wine Tasting