Dabbling In Exotic Foods

food, humor, Modern PhilosopherI honestly don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, Modern Philosophers.

For years, I was paralyzed with fear at the mere thought of change.  Now I’m dabbling in exotic foods like I plan to have my own show on the Food Network.

And that’s a double whammy because having such a show would mean changing jobs again.  Why am I suddenly cool with change?

That wasn’t a rhetorical question.  If you have theories, please share!

Mr. Never Tries Anything New actually allowed himself to be talked into ordering Vietnamese food for lunch today.

I know, right?

Truth to be told, I didn’t even know Maine had a Vietnamese restaurant, let alone a hole in the wall establishment near my new office, that supposedly has the most delicious menu.

I was touched that my new coworkers asked me to join them in their Thursday tradition, and I have been making an effort to be more open to new adventures, so I figured I’d get all wild and crazy and say “Good Morning, Vietnam lunch place!”

Yes, I’m a picky eater.  But I’m sure you already knew that.

There are foods about which I’m almost passionate, and I like to limit my caloric intake to those dishes that I know will hit the spot.

Meal time is no time for experimentation, especially when one is starving!

In addition, I’m not exactly the Chef of the Future, so I don’t dabble in recipes that aren’t tried and true.

food, humor, Modern PhilosopherAs a result, I eat a lot of the same foods.

I’m not complaining.  In fact, I run so often because I probably enjoy my limited menu a tad more than the recommended daily allowance.

However, I do have a history of trying new foods once in a while, and then turning that item into a staple of my diet.

Would you believe I once hated Chinese food?  It’s true. I love it so much now, but when I was a kid, I would get so annoyed when we got Chinese for dinner.

I don’t think I ever had a bad experience with it.  I just made up my mind that I didn’t like it, so I wasn’t going to eat it.  If I’d only stayed so close minded, I’d be a lot skinnier!

Sweet and sour chicken was the only entree I’d try, and that was because I was told that was what I liked.

So for years, I begrudgingly downed sweet and sour chicken, and closed off my delicate palette to the other delights on the Chinese menu.

Knowing my past history with the exotic foods of the Far East, I decided to go out on a limb and subject my stomach to some Vietnamese cuisine.

I asked my coworkers for recommendations, you know, since they were the experts in exotic offerings from that part of the world.

I settled on the lunch special of the ginger chicken vegetable bowl.

Sorry for the lack of a spoiler alert, but I figured the fact that I’m alive to write this post gave away the fact that I survived my dabbling into exotic cuisine.

My lunch was pretty yummy.  The sticky rice was a pleasant surprise, and I actually enjoyed all the vegetables.

food, change, humor, Modern PhilosopherI will probably try it again, but it’s not going to become a weekly thing because I’m not that wild, and it was a bit pricey.

Sure, I’m still going to hide out in my basement bunker, embrace my inner introvert, and avoid people most of the time.

However, when I do come out of hiding, I might surprise you by trying something completely new for lunch.  Especially if you offer to treat…

What’s a new food that you’ve tried recently?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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11 Responses to Dabbling In Exotic Foods

  1. Bryntin says:

    Oh Austin, you got to try doing some more cooking, it’s got to be one of the best introvert activities to do… apart from reading and writing and photography and cycling and hiking and… well it’s nearly up there with those for me anyway. Perfecting your own Vietnamese stuff would make it a good deal cheaper too… and would be a great skill to have in your dating armoury I reckon!

  2. markbialczak says:

    Thanks to my co-workers at the library, Austin, I have been able to discover the wonders of a big bowl of Thai soup. The noodles, vegetables and beef are fantastic! By the way, I also like the Vietnamese soup, Pho. Wonton soup from the Chinese place to start the order is still my go-to for take-out for home, though …

  3. Jeff Cann says:

    Gettysburg doesn’t have Vietnamese. 😦 You should eat it twice a week just because you can. I can’t really remember the last time I tried something new, but that’s because the super markets and restaurants don’t have anything new. Maybe you should move here. Oh wait, we don’t have any comedy either.

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  5. Next is Thai. Try some coconut curry dishes. And then go for some Indian food, like chana masala with some matar paneer. Keep it simple in the beginning. Man, how I love all those spices. Curries and cumin and garlic and garam masala… oh, I could go on. Oh, there’s a great combo spice I found at Walmart (I know, but I live in a small town) called Ras El Hanout and it’s a North African spice combo. It’s wonderful.

    I make some mean Thai food. And by mean, I mean delicious. You can ask my kid. And by kid, I mean Josh, not Maya. Josh loves spice; Maya loves bland. I miss cooking for Joshie.

    That is all.

  6. AAristizabal says:

    Great you are enjoying some team spirit! Keep on the good vibes, and join your colleagues a bit more! I love trying exotic foods (and actually can tell a couple stories about being too risky in too far away places); but my favourites are Middle East food (which I also cook), Indian and Thai cuisine. Today’s lunch for my brother and I, BTW, was a bowl of vegetables with coconut milk, curry shrimp.

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