Spring’s Sprung: Asparagus!

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April may be the cruelest month for some, but not for a perennially perky harbinger of springtime—by which we mean asparagus. (If you see it before March or after June, it’s imported.) In the lily family, it was cultivated by ancient Greeks and Romans, and a 16th-century Arabian love manual touted its erotic potential. You may assume this has something to do with a distinctive physique or that it can grow up to 7 inches a day, yet asparagus is rich in vitamin B6 and folate, both of which can boost arousal as well as vitamin E, which stimulates sex hormones in both men and women.

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Stein Erikson Lodge Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

At Utah’s only Forbes Five Star hotel and spa, European-style luxury includes overstuffed leather chairs and crackling fireplaces, as well as fine dining on seasonal cuisine at Glitretind, where Roasted Rabbit and Asparagus Salad, with lentils, mustard greens, golden raisins and tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette, is a popular choice. Over 24,000 sq. ft. of meetings space also awaits.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Nevada

Sushi Roku in The Forum Shops offers contemporary twists to its sushi and signature rolls (with nontraditional ingredients like jalapenos and olive oil) in a dark, dramatic dining room with Strip views. Among inspirations you won’t find elsewhere in Vegas—or Tokyo, probably—is Beef Ribeye Wrapped Asparagus. Pair it with one of the specialty cocktails, preferably one built with top-shelf Japanese whiskey.

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown, Texas

At Range, which pays tribute to ranching culture, your Cast Iron Seared Wagyu Meatloaf can be accompanied by grilled asparagus. It’s served with lemon aioli, a more refreshing alternative to the hollandaise sauce paired with these deep-green spears in steakhouses across the land. Private dining is available for groups.

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Florida

Perched at water’s edge close to the Port of Miami, and at the intersection of the Arts and Design districts, this hotel offers 20,846 sq. ft. of stylish, recently redesigned meeting space, inside and out. Most imposing is the 9,860-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Catering can host a craft Bloody Mary station with garnishes that include bacon and pickled asparagus.

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