The following is a guest post from Aly Walansky.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the Genova Pesto World Competition as a guest of the Italian Tourism Board – and aside from leaving the event (and the ensuing lunch) needing bigger jeans; I came to a pretty startling revelation.
In short, pesto and sex are the same thing.
I’ll illustrate a few examples:
1. If you add heat to your pesto too quickly, it changes the flavors and will ruin the dish.
2. The pesto grows bitter when you remove and crush the garlic’s heart. Enough said.
3. There’s not one recipe for pesto – and everyone has their own type – some like their pesto saltier, some more garlicky, some with more cheese, some with more oil, etc.
4. Apparently as you continue to press and work the pesto, its darkness emerges.
5. There’s not one recipe for pesto – it’s those fine notes that make one pesto different from another.
I can’t even make these things up.
Inherently, pesto itself is a firestorm of aphrodisiacs. Basil has a long history of being used as an aphrodisiac, garlic contains allicin (a known libido booster), and pine nuts are known to increase stamina and virility! Basil is some serious magic – in pesto, obviously, and many mystics believe a pot of basil or basil growing in your garden is a major aphrodisiac.
Obviously, with this in mind, you should be having pesto for your next date – especially if you think it’s going well. Here’s some of my favorite spots to indulge:
Russo’s Mozzarella and Pasta: TRY THEIR WALNUT PESTO. You’ll die. (In a sexy way.)
Da Nonna Rosa: Basil pesto and toasted pignoli nuts.
Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe: Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella and mixed greens.
Aly Walansky is a popular New York City based lifestyles and travel journalist who seeks no greater mission than the perfect spicy tuna roll. Her writing can be seen in dozens of online magazines and print publications. Visit her blog at www.alittlealytude.com and follow her on twitter at @AlyWalansky.