Cara’s Cucina: Foods to Put You in The Mood

Today on Cara’s Cucina, Cara Di Falco travels to Edison to visit with Dr. Derrick DeSilva and get his professional opinion on whether or not food can really put you in the mood!

“There is some validity to foods being certain aphrodisiacs. And it all has to do with the properties of the food,” DeSilva says.

What foods make the grade? Dr. DeSilva shared some of the more unusual ones that you may not have thought of, like cayenne pepper.

“When you use something like cayenne pepper, what happens? You start to sweat, your nose starts to run, you may start to get a little warm. The reason for that is that, it’s called a vasodilator, it opens up the blood vessels and improves blood flow. And, of course, we know how important blood flow is as far as an aphrodisiac goes.”

Asparagus, avocados and bananas also made the cut, as well as honey and oysters.

Finally, what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? But be sure to get the right kind.

“We’re not talking about milk chocolate. We’re talking about 70-80% cocoa. You have to go for the dark chocolate, not the stuff that you would perhaps get on Valentine’s Day. You have to go for the good 70-80% chocolate.”

Pick up these foods today and have a great Valentine’s Day. To read the complete article, click here.

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Home Renovations with C.R. Interior Designs

Caitlin Rutkay of C.R. Interior Designs, a renowned #HipNJ interior designer with over a decade of experience, knows how to find her way around a renovation. Take this advice from Architectural Digest should you be looking to break ground on your own this spring!

Bruce Irving, a realtor and home renovation consultant, tells Architectural Digest how you should seriously consider hiring both an architect and an interior designer at the starting line. “The two disciplines are separate, with separate training and knowledge stores, and since I believe strongly in the wisdom of investing in good design, I think you should have both involved, and preferably from the get-go,” he says. More help needn’t even be pricier, and could even be cheaper in the long term. “Having both from the start doesn’t mean you’ll be paying for both the whole time,” Bruce notes. “It will mean that the new space will be generated holistically rather than serially.”

Here are two images of a 2017 renovation designed and managed by C.R. Interior Designs, kitchen view during and after:

To get a head start on your reno plans, visit CaitlinRutkay.com.

MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid On Media in the Trump Era

MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid sat with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss the relationship between the media and President Trump.

“What we have right now,” Reid says, “is a president who sees himself as an opponent of the media.” She explains that President Trump only sees media that praises him as valid.

She states that President Trump will continue to tell his followers that media that does not cover him with adulation is invalid. She says that at this time, a relationship between the White House and the media is nonexistent.

To learn more about Joy-Ann Reid, click here.

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