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A trio of lovely blasts-from-the-past links on this Valentine's Day ...

From the Feb 13, 1997 issue, Leonard Gill's feature on the book InterCourses: an aphrodisiac cookbook by Memphian Martha Hopkins and her Texas pal Randall Lockridge and featuring blush-inducing photographs by Ben Fink.

From the story:

Hopkins recalls: "Randall and I spent many hours on the phone saying, `Asparagus. Asparagus. What can we do with asparagus?'" (The answer? A topless female model in a hip-hugging micro-mini of asparagus stalks.) For the lead image illustrating chocolate, "the idea was to drizzle chocolate all over the model, but when we did that it looked like we'd stabbed him. So somebody said, `Hey, let's smear it on him.' So we hand-smeared it."

The Sadestskys
  • The Sadestskys
The Feb. 13, 1997 edition of the Flyer was one sexy issue, containing another memorable Valentine's Day story titled "Love Bites" by Sarah Hall. It featured three couples who own restaurants together: Gregory and Sylvia Sadestky of Cafe Samovar; Don and Leigh McLean of Lulu Grille; and L.B. and Mae Smith of the Marmalade Restaurant & Lounge.

From the story:

After 36 years of marriage, the Sadestskys have their own version of what it's like to run a restaurant together. "Hell," says Sylvia. "We are 24 hours together. We cannot exclude the business from our home." "I don't know what she said, but I'm happy," Gregory responds on cue from his wife. "I'm happy with my life and I'm happy with my family."

Finally, from the Feb. 7, 2008 issue, "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch," Chris Davis' sweet round-up of food related terms of endearment.

From the story:

Puddin': Puddin' (never "Pudding") describes a significant other who is sweet and easy to adore. That is to say, no chewing required. And remember, some significant others are as casual as a pile of banana pudding from the Germantown Commissary, while others are as prim and proper as Paulette's crème brûlée. Choose wisely.

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