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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.

Downtown Somerville’s Fresh Dining Scene

Downtown Somerville’s dining scene is heating up, and #HipNJ has the scoop on all the delicious new eateries you have to try!

First, let’s shine a spotlight on The Salad House. This fast and casual restaurant specializing in fresh customized and signature salads is set to open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 2nd.

The Salad House of Somerville is the latest of the small New Jersey franchise to open under the ownership of David Delinko. The restaurant creates fast healthy salads and meals that are made-to-order or signature salads that put a twist on popular favorites such as the “Greek Out,” “Eat Cobb,” “Stay Classy Caesar” and more.

“We serve health-conscious, comfort food that is personalized to suit the individual taste, dietary and nutritional needs of each and every customer whether they dine in or choose from our wide selection of catering options for their home or office family,”  said Delinko. In addition to its namesake salads, the 20-seat restaurant serves soup, appetizers, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.

“Downtown Somerville has certainly earned its reputation as a ‘foodie destination,’ with more than 45 popular restaurants and eateries to please every palate,” said Beth Anne MacDonald, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “You can eat your way around the world here from Greek, Asian, Cuban, New American, French-inspired, Italian, Irish and more, but this year is particularly exciting because we’ve got several new concept restaurants and cafes that will add some new flavor to the downtown.”

Check out the list of all the new places you just have to try below!

Downtown Somerville’s New Restaurants and Cafes:

The Salad House, 58 West Main Street

Kuay Tiew Noodles and More, 42 West Main Street

Fresh Tiki Bar, 15C Division Street

Village Brewing Company, 34 West Main Street

Grumpy Bobas, 72 West Main Street

Café Spice Provides Easy Meals For Those On the Go

#HipNJ is proud to announce that the Café Spice, a family-owned Indian food brand, is producing meals for at-home delivery; now available through Amazon Fresh for New Jersey residents!

Designed by renowned Chef Hari Nayak, the meals are a convenient and nutritious alternative for those who are too busy to cook. Prepared in their Hudson Valley kitchen, all meals  are Gluten-Free with some dishes catering to Vegetarian and Vegan palates. 

There are six unique ready-to-eat meals like Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Saffron Rice and Channa Masala with Basmati Lemon Rice. Visit Amazon Fresh to see their full list of offerings. Be sure to stock your refrigerator and freezer now!

Instead of ordering the same old take-out when you arrive home too late to cook, grab a Café Spice heat and eat meal for a restaurant-quality Indian dish. 

Visit Amazon Fresh now and order next week’s meals!