Sexy Feast: The Aqua Erotic World of Risotto at Cafe Juanita

juanita_risotto_600It may not be the most photogenic dish, but trust me: Holly Smith’s risotto is sexy.

The latest version I had at Smith’s Cafe Juanita was Barbera risotto with Asiago, featuring a fabulous brodo and red wine syrup–and showcasing stringy Asiago DOP (Denominazione di origine protetta, or Protected Designation of Origin, which, according to promotional documents, certifies the authenticity of the cheese as a result of its unique production zone and detailed manufacturing procedure) mixed in with butter. The result is creamy and sensual and simply luxurious.

So what does Cafe Juanita’s Barbera risotto with Asiago teach us about sex?

It’s all about the bath.

Truly, there are many times I take to a dish so much that I simply want to jump into it. Such was the case with this risotto. I polished off the whole big bowl. I may have actually licked the bowl. I certainly wanted to bathe in that risotto bowl.

Bathing can be both a relaxing and erotic experience, and is one that surely should be brought into your lovemaking. As a Westerner, I was always one to take a morning shower, but now I’ve come to appreciate that a bath or shower is a wonderful way to unwind. Besides, isn’t it nice to be clean when you slip beneath the sheets?

And if you’re with your partner, why not play in the water? Wash each other’s hair. Scrub each other’s backs. And certainly don’t forget about each other’s fronts.

I was remembering that risotto when I was at a Good Vibrations store in San Francisco last weekend. There, I saw the I Rub My Duckie Junior Vibe–perfect for solo play in the bathtub. Or how about the Shower Power Bathtub Handle, which you’ll want when you’re enjoying a soaking session of stand-up sex with your partner. You can even bring the bathroom to your bedroom if you buy the Aqua Erotic DVD. This adult video is a heterosexual “couples” feature with water themes and a focus on female pleasure, which some will find refreshing.

Or, you can double your pleasure by seeing if you can pick up some of Smith’s risotto to go, and enjoying it in your bathtub.

First published in Seattle Weekly’s Voracious on March 17, 2011.

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