The way to a man’s heart / El camino al corazón

Love and food may just be the same thing.

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Magda & Pablo, Maiquetía, Vargas, Venezuela (circa 1962), anonymous photographer 

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach ” goes the line. And, let’s face it, the stomach is also the way  to a woman’s heart: that much I learned through the years. Both men and women love to be pampered and if someone else is doing the cooking for you, the person in question will likely gain  your affections. Romantic love and parental love nurture the other person, which is exactly what food does at the most elemental level. Strong liasons are born from a good meal together. Lifelong relationships and families are forged at the dinner table. There’s power in an “spaghetti alla bolognese”. There’s Eros in an artichoke, sweetheart! *

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El camino más expedito al corazón de un hombre pasa por el estómago. Y, sincerémonos, el estómago es también el camino más rapido al corazón de la mujer: eso lo terminé de aprender luego de todos estos años. Nos encanta ser mimados y si es otro el que cocina, seguro que ese otro conquistará nuestros afectos. El amor romántico y el amor de padres alimentan metaforicamente a la persona amada y la comida es la expresión tangible de esa alimentación. Los lazos más fuertes entre seres humanos nacen de una buena comida juntos. Relaciones sempiternas y familias enteras se forjan alrededor de la mesa a la hora de la cena. Hay poder escondido en unos espaguetis a la boloñesa.  Hay eroticismo en unas alcachofas, así es, mi corazón de melocotón! *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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