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.
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.
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?