By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWe.com
There's something about French restaurants that immediately conjures an image of a snotty, extremely expensive bistro where your waiter sneers, just waiting for you to mispronounce something. While this is certainly accurate in some cases, the truth is that French food, like any cuisine, is extremely varied in taste, price, and regional differences. From French cafes to casual bistros, there's a world of more casual, wallet friendly options in addition to traditional high-end cuisine.
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The reason French restaurants in general make such great date spots is that the French put such an emphasis on the meal. A traditional French repas is usually divided up into four or five parts: the appetizer, the main course, the cheese plate, the dessert, and of course, the wine. The important thing is not to rush: whether you order one plate or five, take the time to enjoy the food,
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- HowAboutWe | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 26, 2011 8:19 PM EDT
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by Steph Auteri for HowAboutWe
Smart foodies know you can't overload on the salty without then craving the sweet. It's why I always follow up Kit-Kats with Cheez-its. It's why - after overdosing on the marshmallows in my box of Lucky Charms - I run out to the Quik-Chek to pick up a bag of Combos. It's why I have a muffin top when I wear that one pair of jeans.
Different flavors can do different things for you. Sex is the same way.
Here are some of the most common flavors of sex, and what they can add to a good, healthy, hearty relationship. Which one do you crave?
1. The Sweet. Slow and sensual (and maybe a little bit cuddly), sweet sex is a comfortable stand-by. Having it regularly increases intimacy levels within your relationship, guaranteeing you stay connected even when other areas of your life threaten to overwhelm. And just because it's slow doesn't mean it's bland or boring. Try out different forms ofRead More »from What Type of Sex Are You Craving?
- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 24, 2011 7:53 PM EDT
Men's orgasms may never be as intense as the screaming, multiple orgasms that many women are capable of. But that doesn't mean that they can't be better than average or even earth-shattering, mind-blowing, toe-curling, etc.
Just like with women, there are psychological, emotional and physical things that contribute to the quality of a man's orgasm. Every guy is, of course, different, but here are 6 tips that will up the intensity that don't involve cough drops, donuts or or other bizarre gimmicks.
1. Know When It's Coming
Get to know your partner and learn the tell-tale signs. Is there a twitch? A sudden stiffening? Heavier breathing? If you can learn to tell when his orgasm is coming 'round the bend, you'll be able to make it more awesome when it happens.
2. Talk To Him
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- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 24, 2011 6:45 PM EDT
By HowAboutWe.comRead More »from Sexual Pet Peeve: Don't Leave Your Socks On During Sex
Okay, ladies and gents, let's talk sexual pet peeves. Mine is... socks on during sex. Ew. No. Gross. Why?
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I understand that sometimes, in the rush of the moment, not every article of clothing gets removed. Sometimes, only the bare essentials get unzipped. This is fine! But if you have time to fully remove every other item of clothing from your body, you probably have time to take off your socks. You don't even need your hands to do this! You can slip them off with your feet while your hands roam elsewhere!
This is purely an aesthetic thing. Something about socks with nothing else makes a person look, not alluringly nude, but rather stark naked. Socks put the absence of other clothing into sharp relief. Socks make you seem like you're waiting to be weighed at the Doctor's office or something. There's a reason Michelangelo didn't sculpt tube socks onto The David.
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Apparently there's a term for
- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Wed, Oct 19, 2011 6:51 PM EDT
by Scott Alden for HowAboutWe
If you're in the market for a serious relationship, then you know that finding one is not an exact science. The best place to start when you're looking for a girlfriend is to listen to what women actually say that they want.
The following five must-haves have been collected from various blogs, female friends and overheard conversations. Don't try to change your entire personality or act like someone you're not, but if you find that you consistently can't seal the deal, put a little energy toward acquiring the following things. (They're actually pretty easy.)1. A Real Bed
A futon mattress on the floor might be tolerable, but it's not exactly earning you any points. A frame, a box spring, a real mattress, and clean sheets apparently indicate that you've got your act together. Taking a quick trip to IKEA this weekend might help you more than a whole case of cheap cologne.
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- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Wed, Oct 19, 2011 5:56 PM EDT
By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWe.comRead More »from Is there a seven-year itch (or a three-year glitch)?
The Seven-Year Itch (made famous in a 1955 movie, the one where Marilyn Monroe wears a white dress over a subway grate) is the idea that after seven years of a relationship, one or both partners will become disenchanted with the relationship and be tempted to stray. The theory is that after seven years, the honeymoon period is well and truly over: while people will still love their other half, they won't necessarily be as excited about them. They'll start to feel restless. And, as the line in the movie goes, "When something itches, my dear, the natural tendency is to scratch."
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A little food for thought: Ashton and Demi have been making headlines recently over rumored marriage troubles, and they've been married for six and a half years. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe separated after seven years. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt divorced after seven. It seems that among celebrities, the
- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 18, 2011 5:32 PM EDT
By Chiara Atik, for HowAboutWe.comRead More »from The 9 Most Annoying Things To Say To A Single Person
The good thing about being single is that people are usually pretty willing to talk about your romantic life, because, let's face it, it's probably more entertaining than that of your seriously coupled-up friends.
The bad news? Sometimes, people will want to talk about your love life regardless of whether or not you're in the mood to talk about it. And they will have opinions. And questions. And if you're single for long enough, a lot of these are gonna start sounding the same...
1. "Are you seeing someone? Why not?"
Amazingly, I get this question at least once a week. At least once a week! It's fun to turn the question around to the asker. "Why are you in a relationship?" "Because I'm in love!" "Right, well, I'm not." End of discussion!
2. "Have you tried online dating?"
Online dating? What is this new fangled thing you speak of?
(Of course we're online dating!)
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3. "It'll happen when you least expect it."
by Scott Alden for HowAboutWe
You don't have to be some kind of kinky acrobat to be great in the sack. Most of the tips, tricks and techniques out there that promise to heat things up in the bedroom (e.g. donuts as "pleasure props") won't do you much good if you're not already committed to creative exploration in your own sex life. Once you are, you'll be able to figure out your own tips, tricks and techniques. Here are five general suggestions to help you to be more playful, more passionate and more able to figure things out for yourself. The rest is up to you.
1. Enjoy Yourself
This, above all else, is what will make you a better lover -- enjoy sex. If you're not enjoying sex, ask yourself why not. It may be something very simple -- like an uncomfortable position or speed -- or something more complex that will require some work. Until you make having a good time a priority, though, it won't get any better.
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- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 13, 2011 6:39 PM EDT
By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWe.comRead More »from You Probably Aren't Having Nearly As Much Sex As Your Parents Did
Here's a disturbing study: our parents' generation was considerably more sexually active than our own.
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According to a new Italian study by Durex, the average age that people have sex for the first time, at least in Italy, is 15, where as a few decades ago, the age was 17. But though some people are losing their virginity at a much younger age, the total number of youths who are sexually active today is much less than in the 70s.
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These days, only 28% of people 14-18 are sexually active. In the 70s, this number was a whopping 65%. It's interesting to compare these two generations in terms of TV shows. Kids today are watching racy portrayals of sex on shows like Skins and Gossip Girl while their parents wholesomely watched The Brady Bunch, but look who was having more sex!
5 Bad Habits Women Have In Bed
The survey also proved that despite differences in
- HowAboutWe | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Oct 11, 2011 10:05 PM EDT
by Scott Alden for HowAboutWe
It's important to remember, whether you're in a committed relationship, or you're casually involved with multiple people, all heterosexual sex does not have to lead to vaginal intercourse.
There are many ways to have mind-blowing sex without putting a P in a V. Here are 6.
1. Say "I'm not going to have sex with you." Out loud.
Say this when you're making out and things are just starting to heat up. Grab their face, look them right in the eye and tell them that you're not going to have sex with them. Then don't slow down at all.
What's implied here is that "everything else" is on the table. Like some wondrous Dionysian buffet.
2. Use your hands
It's amazing what you can do when you commit to just using your hands. Because hand and finger work are generally considered foreplay, we don't often explore the vast range of what our hands alone can do. Namely, we can get a lot more specific Read More »from 6 Ways To Have Mindblowing Sex (Without Having Intercourse)