There’s nothing as special as a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with a good bottle of wine . . .
Always strive to create temptation – a glimpse of the pleasure to come – . . .
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price – Jean Baudrillard . . .
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted . . .
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster – Jonathan Swift . . .
A gentleman seduces his lady’s mind before he even touches her body . . .
First we eat. Then we do everything else – M.F.K Fisher . . .
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away . . .
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a taste of seduction

Haute cuisine, culinary alchemy or perhaps both? Grant Achatz is a master of seduction. See for yourself in the slide show below as one flirtatious dish after another is presented, leaving you to smile in amazement and wonder at this chef’s incredible skill.

My initial response was full praise for Grant’s culinary artistry and provocative presentations. Next I imagined how one would actually eat each dish. Fingers, fork, knife, spoon, spear, or using some contraption he has devised; how intriguing. How fun!  And, my fascination is done through mere photographs from his beautifully designed cookbook–Alinea, a “must-have” book for your collection. How I long for my next trip to Chicago so I can experience this in person.

Photography by Lara Kastner, Courtesy of

Alinea, the cookbook has all the ingredients to become the “hot” coffee table book / gift of the moment. Between the story of Achatz’ meteoric rise as culinary superstar, his fascinating food creations and techniques, to the seductive photographs by photographer Lara Kastner–you can’t help bring this book to your lap and slowly devour each page. Grant and his partner Nick Kokonas have created a web site to go with the book that features demos, recipes, and techniques.  What the videos to witness the passion behind each dish.

I will say, this is not a cookbook for home chefs, the 600 recipes are complex and require special equipment , ingredients, and patience.  Consider this a beautiful book that shares a glimpse into the world of Grant Achatz, molecular gastronomy or hyper modern cooking, and need I say–perfection.

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Terry Dagrosa

Terry Dagrosa, founder and publisher of As President of Digital Marketing Collective and Tara del Mar Productions, she has extensive experience in sales, design, digital marketing and social media. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget, so we’re thrilled to introduce our very special and highly-talented contributors and friends.  They’ll share their mouth-watering recipes, cheeky anecdotes and delightfully creative perspectives with all of us. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them, too – we promise you’ll learn to love and cherish them as much as we do!" xoxo

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Seduction Meals is about Food + Romance, and everything in-between. . . a sumptuous menu, alluring presentation, sensuous music, luscious cocktails and the right ambiance. Like a precious gift, preparing a romantic meal for two is about making that certain someone feel extra special. With just the right combination of ambience and culinary delights, you too can create a memorable, delicious experience for your loved one. Seduction Meals. Everyone has one - what's YOURS?



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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.