Heart Attack

Bug Sex, Lectures And Private Clubs

When insects and dating intersect
May 3, 2012 4:31 pm

On Monday night, I was invited to the very swanky members-only Soho House in West Hollywood for a dinner called “Insex.” I don't usually go to dinners with titles – especially not ones based on bug puns — but this one promised lurid stories of insect mating rituals and, as a pseudo (foodo?) dating columnist, I thought it was my duty to go. After realizing that...

When The Food Doesn't Really Matter

Introducing, the Fate Date®
Apr 26, 2012 12:01 pm
Oceanside dining

There are moments in life when food doesn't matter. It's hard for me to admit that, but it's true. Some of those moments are so bad that your appetite just disappears. When you find out that your dad is sick and he's not going to get better, I can promise that you won't be hungry. But there's a flip side. It happens when things are so great that you forget food even exists. For me, the best of those moments is when I realize I'm falling in love with somebody.

Beyond Food: Finding Love At Festivals

Not all food festivals are made for singles
Apr 19, 2012 1:01 pm
food festivals

There have been roughly three million articles written about the best places to look for love. The library! The grocery store! Church groups! Devil worshipper speed dating nights! No matter where they tell you to go, it all boils down to the same piece of advice: go to a place where you can meet people with common interests.

What Exactly Are The "Salad Days"?

Riffing on a Shakespearean phrase about youth
Apr 12, 2012 12:01 pm

I've never really understood the term “salad days.” I always assumed it was supposed to mean the time when you were so poor that you could only afford to eat salad, but salads are pretty expensive so my theory doesn't make sense. Unless you're just eating a head of lettuce. 

Holiday Dinners With Your Family

Surviving Easter/Passover weekend with a new date
Apr 6, 2012 1:01 pm

It's a pretty eventful step in a relationship with you introduce your significant other to your parents. That step gets compounding by a factor of roughly a thousand when you're introducing her to your entire family for a holiday meal.

Michael Chiarello: This Guy’s A Charmer

The sex appeal of whole roasted sea bass, explained
Mar 29, 2012 9:01 am

I'm trying something a little different this week for Heart Attack. Instead of a straight-up column, I decided to interview Michael Chiarello about his thoughts on food and love. After watching him compete on Top Chef Masters and The Next Iron Chef, it's clear right away that the guy's a charmer.  So he seemed like a perfect choice to dispense some chefly advice.

What's the Best Hookup Snack?

After benefits, what do friends with benefits eat?
Mar 22, 2012 1:01 pm
food and sex

The whole FWB concept fascinates me. Basically, you like someone enough to sleep with them, but not enough to actually date them. It's like being in sex limbo. A friend with benefits is someone who you have sex with but don't have to make coffee for in the morning. I have all kinds of questions on the subject, but my biggest one is this: What do you eat together when your relationship is purely physical?

Beware The Ides Of March

Dating advice for a time of betrayal
Mar 15, 2012 11:01 am
Julius Caesar

In honor of the Ides of March, I thought it was about time for another Heart Attack Mail Call. There's nothing that says “questions about food and dating” more than a day known for ancient Roman betrayal.


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