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Chocolate is said to have aphrodisiac qualities related to tryptophan, a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal, and to phenylethylamine, a stimulant released in the brain when people fall in love. However, according to The New York Times, studies that have looked for a direct link between chocolate consumption and heightened sexual arousal have found none. (Sorry.)
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Ritz-Carlton presents cooking class with aphrodisiacs


To celebrate the month of romance, chef Marissa Gerlach of Raya at The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point and guest chef Richard Sandoval will host a pre-Valentine's Aphrodisiac Culinary Class from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the resort.

The menu will highlight pomegranates, oysters, avocados, salmon and chocolate, all of which are said to contain chemicals that tend to increase one’s romantic passions.

After the demonstration, guests will get to partake of the five-course menu along with paired cocktails.

The cost is $109 per person. Reservations are required. Call 949-240-5088.

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