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To be able to love, it has been said, we must first appreciate the gift of life by caring for ourselves. Treating our bodies with respect, helps us feel more comfortable in our own skin, and thus more sure of our powers to attract. I have always held this notion to be true and made conscious effort to be in the position to attract. I therefore try to work-out to stay fit and in shape. I had been out of job for a while and was searching for a new one.
One labour agent called me one morning and asked me to come to his office for a discussion about a job he had found for me. Immediately, I dressed up to correspond to the day. It was the 14th of February, Saint Valentine’s day. It’s not widely celebrated here in Korea but it is one of my favorite days in the year because I believe the pursuit of love is humanity’s most universal quest.
On reaching the agent’s office, i met one lovely girl who was also there to look for a part time job called “Arabyte” in Korean parlance. She was a student in one of the top universities here in Korea. We began conversing and it was as if we’ve known each other for a long time. Each of us took turns to speak to the agent and decided to have dinner afterwards.
Korea is full of wonderful restaurants and places to hang out but to choose a place to match our meeting and the day which is assumed to be a day for lovers, we opted for 33 Love Cafe, a new place in town.
At 33 Love Cafe, The ambiance computes the elements of a transcendent dining experience: beautifully lit, warm, intimate, sensuous decor plus adventuresome, imaginative cuisine multiplied by a delicate balance between formality and fun, and absolutely nothing is left to chance. There are special foods, drinks, fragrant herbs, flowers, spices, essential oils having aphrodisiac qualities inspired by the soul and spirit of the cafe’s name- 33 Love Cafe.
Combine all this with music from cultures around the world and 33 Love Cafe appeals to all the senses, especially sensual and spiritual fulfillment. 33 Love Cafe speaks to the celebration of the gift of life, living life to the fullest, and the abundance of lively conversations with friends while feasting and celebrating the pleasures of the ecstatic union of persons in love.
For some reason we ordered a meal called ‘The Pretty Periwinkle Dish’. This dish has an interesting background. Periwinkle holds a special place in the lexicon of love. The medieval alchemist Albertus Magnus prescribed a strange recipe in his “Boke of Secrets” involving periwinkles and earthworms, “insisting that it induce love between man and wyfe if it bee used in their meales”.
Nicholas Culpepper echoed this 400 years later, writing that the leaves eaten “by a man and wife cause love between” without worms. With the history behind the meal, we decided to bind our love by eating The Pretty Periwinkle Dish.
We are still together today, planning to get married in the fall. The Pretty Periwinkle Dish must have worked. I am really grateful for the existence of 33 Love Cafe, for making these recipes fit for gods and goddesses available to mortals like us.
* Korean version : https://nancen.org/1876