Don't fear old-fashioned romance

Don't fear old-fashioned romance

I'd like to think that I'm quite the romantic. But even I have a hard time finding someone to share the romance. Unfortunately, I feel that most people nowadays are too afraid to be thoughtful and compassionate for fear of being too clingy, too pushy, too awkward - the list goes on and on. Let me just say: even though you can easily cross the line, don't be afraid to show a more genuine attentive side because it will really go a long way - especially when the common opinion on our campus is there is no one to date!

This week I'd like to give you two options to show someone a little more passion - an option to stay in, and an option to go out.

Now if you like to go out and have a night on the town, I have the perfect solution. Bars can be tacky, restaurants expensive and clubs make it hard to hear each other. However, what's a way to get close to someone, to talk and to not pay money?

Take that special someone to free salsa dancing at the Kennedy Center with "Dancing under the Stars." Bio Ritmo, who describe themselves as Afro-Cuban/Puerto Rican styles with a hint of jazz, urban and electronic influences, will perform this Saturday. Plus, you get free salsa dancing lessons before the live band. The lessons are from 8:30 to 9 p.m. and Bio Ritmo is on from 9 to 11 p.m. Think about swiveling your hips and holding that significant other close, while being super sexy and passionate! Really, salsa is one of the most fervent dance styles out there.

A nice way to top off the evening is if you stop by Georgetown Cupcake before heading home from salsa. Take your delectable treats and stroll down the Potomac under the stars (dancing under the stars, strolling under the stars ... come on!). You will certainly have worked up an appetite - for more than just tasty cupcakes. Cupcakes are $2.75 each and I highly recommend the red velvet.

On the flip side, maybe you want to stay in, cuddle up close and cook a delicious meal. Listen, guys love food, and girls love when guys cook. So if you're a girl cooking for a guy, he loves it. And if you're a guy cooking for a girl, you're totally in!

A great source for recipes is a cookbook from Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge called "InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook." Aphrodisiacs are foods that arouse and intensify sexual desire. The two recipes I recommend are Black Bean Salsa and Sun-dried Tomato and Avocado Fettuccine. These recipes deal with aphrodisiacs like black beans, peppers and avocados. Oh yes, we are running with the hot and steamy theme of salsa!

If you add up the costs of the ingredients in these dishes, the total for a passionate stay at home dinner is less than $35!

This meal can be used across the board for meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike. After your delicious meal, cozy up together with some hot cocoa, coffee or libations - all of which are also aphrodisiacs!

Whether you stay in or go out this weekend, I hope you find yourself being sexy and passionate with everything you do.

Next week, sex! Keep splurging to or drop questions off in box outside of MGC 252.

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