I went out to dinner Saturday night with some girlfriends. I ordered my usual at the place: a simple but buttery filet mignon, grilled vegetables, and a glass of Pinot Noir. One of my friends semi-jokingly remarked, "Ohhh, red wine and steak, so sexy!" after I ordered, and we were instantly catapulted into a discussion of what food actually IS considered 'sexy'.
One of the girls argued that anything French or Italian is considered seductive. None of us could disagree with the Italian part of her stance. She has two aunts that live in Italy and come to visit her family every single summer. I've met them several times, and I adore them. Everything about them is earthy, sensual. They make the simplest dishes, like perfumed oranges with aged balsamic, olive oil, and thin slices of prosciutto, seem like an intoxicating, exotic treat.
However, I brought up the whole aspic fiasco that went down in Julie Powell's book as she worked her way through 'Mastering The Art of French Cooking' and we agreed that not ALL French food gets your pulse racing in a good way.
Someone else said sexy food is messy food, and referenced an old commercial where a couple slurps on peaches while gazing salacaiously at one another from across the table.
I mentioned that I'm a sucker for old school seduction fare: strawberries, whipped cream, champagne, chocolate souffle, chocolate truffles, chocolate anything, really.
So what does the rest of Chowhound think? What foods, recipes, even menus strike you as sexy? Sensual? Romantic? Lust-inducing? etc?