Eat MeFebruary 14, 2012
Chocolates and champagne are romantic enough for Valentine’s Day, but what happens when you need a little more, shall we say, pep in your step? Pharmaceutical intervention aside, a V-Day meal of aphrodisiac foods might well be your next best bet.
We’ve long heard oysters touted as all it takes to get the engines fired up, and Cosmopolitan reports that anything from hot chilies to avocado to bananas can do the trick. But down at the Cove, we’ve got a particular Caribbean favorite: conch. The delicious meat of the signature local mollusk—you know it for its pale, pink-and-white shell and spiraling top—conch has been getting Bahamians hot and bothered for generations. Why’s that, you ask? Well, according to the folks over at EatSomethingSexy.com, the meat is rich in lean protein, calcium and iron, which makes it an energy booster. And that translates into a certain amorous feelings.
At The Cove we’ve got conch to suit every palate: The poolside Cain at The Cove Café & Grill does it for you with a tangy conch salad starter, while at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, you’ll fall for the crispy conch appetizer served with a spicy yellow pepper-mango relish. (The hot temperature of the fried conch perfectly suits the hot flavors of the tangy sauce.) And over at Nobu, the master sushi chefs serve it to you an impressive three different ways: raw as sashimi, citrus-cured as ceviche and shabu-shabu style—meaning it’s cut very, very thin, cooked in a hot pot and served with Nobu’s signature dipping sauces.
So enjoy Valentine’s Day this year, and rock out with your conch out.