Last month, the 3-year old daughter of some friends was singing a cute little diddy from Daniel Tiger about how you need to try new foods ’cause they might taste good, and I thought, that’s some great advice.
It’s so easy to get stuck in the habit of eating the same stuff or cooking the same meals, so at the beginning of the year I set a goal to encourage myself to branch out and try new things. Number 123 on my adventure list – try at least 10 new foods/cuisines within one year.
So far in 2016, I have tried Ethiopian, Mediterranean, French, Turkish, American Indian, Egyptian, Scandinavian, Colombian, St. Lucian, and Austrian-German cuisines. I also tried some Japanese foods that were new to me. Of the dishes I tried, five were at restaurants I’ve never been to, and seven were samples from booths at an Ethnic Enrichment Festival in my city.
It’s hard to narrow down the list to which foods I liked the best, because I actually liked them all!
The Ethiopian food we had was especially delicious, my favorite thing being the injera (spongy, sour flatbread). Since our first visit, we have returned to the restaurant and plan to go again in the future.
I also loved the Mediterranean food we had. It inspired me to start making my own pita bread, hummus, and lentil soup.
I think the food I was most nervous to try was escargot…
but it was actually really good!
I was also surprised to find that at the Austrian-German restaurant, I loved the sauerkraut on the bratwurst appetizer.
Going to the Ethnic Enrichment Festival was an amazing experience. The only downside was that I got too full too quickly. 🙂 Next time, I would like to go to the festival on more than one day so I can try everything!
My favorite food at the festival was the Colombian empanadas (fried pastry with beef and potato filling, served with salsa verde).
You can read more here about all the new foods I tried. Although I can officially cross this goal off my list, it’s far from being over. I am actually just inspired to try more new foods. Because you know what? It might taste good.