While Seattle Restaurant Week gave me the opportunity to try an "upscale" eatery at a discounted price (see last week's Sexy Feast write-up of The Coterie Room, which showed how a quenelle of anise hyssop ice cream taught a lesson about spooning), it also let me visit a restaurant that's long been on my to-do list: Nell's in Greenlake. I'd continually heard good things about Nell's, but typically forgot about it as a destination, and despite many walks around Green Lake, didn't even know its exact location.
As at The Coterie Room, rhubarb, in season, would show up in the dessert: strawberry rhubarb crisp with ginger ice cream. Preceding that: grilled top sirloin steak with celery root puree, Brussels sprouts, and shallot jus. And before that, the starter, pictured above, was Penn Cove mussels with sweet onions, wild nettles, coconut milk, and ginger. Although not as bold as I generally like my food, the dishes were delightful, and the dining room a pleasant place to enjoy good company over a nice meal.
So what does Nell's dinner teach us about sex?It's all about the mussels. Or should I say muscles?
Rhubarb is a good source of potassium, Vitamin C, and calcium, all of which keep muscles strong and working well. Meanwhile, ginger is said to relax and soothe sore muscles. Celery does the same, while beef--full of protein, creatine, vitamins, and minerals--helps build muscles. As for mussels, well, aside from the word play, they have strong muscles, clamping onto external objects or clamping its shells together. Their muscles are important.
As are yours, for sex.
You'll find that working on your muscles can enhance your sex life. While the advice comes from Men's Health, both genders benefit by building muscles in the shoulders, triceps, chest, and back, as you'll be able to support your body weight when you're on top--or in other sexual positions. Similarly, for thrusting, you'll want to develop your abdominals and lower back muscles. Working out will also help with your flexibility and stamina, enabling you to be more creative and enduring in your sexual play.
Publications for women promote Kegel exercises, but both men and women can improve their sex lives by doing Kegels. More on this another time.
And, yes, you can actually build your muscles by having sex. Turning again to a publication for men, an AskMen.com article describes how various sexual positions (standing, partner on a table, and partner on top) provide the equivalent of a gym workout.
Of course, the brain is the most important muscle in the body, even in the area of sex. Mussels contain omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12, and more that are healthy for the brain--which is all the more reason to eat mussels at Nell's.