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Old 03-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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New Food Experiences

There has been some comments in another thread, about lamb, that have peaked my curiosity. What was your first reaction/sensation when trying something new? I've have friends that came from families that kept mostly kosher, that broke away from those traditions. I've heard things like, "Where has this been all my life." Maybe it was something you have been reluctent to try like an ethnic cusine.

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Old 03-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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I remember trying lobster as a little kid. Wonderful! Clam chowdah, from the can, wonderful too! Conch, squid, octopus, raw oysters, loved 'em all. Still do.

I used to love sardines as a kid, till I dissected one and found the skeleton. Nevermore.
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Ha! I used to like canned sardines. Now every time someone mentions them, I can't get the picture of this guy eating sardines in mustard sauce by picking them from the can with pieces of angelfood cake, like a sandwich.
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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I grew up in a military household with no dietary restrictions, and all my life I loved trying new stuff. Mom's friends and our neighbors were often "war brides", women from all over Europe and Asia, so I was exposed to lots of different cuisines quite young. Doesn't mean I liked everything I tried, the first time I tried it. In the small-town Midwest, and once when I lived in the south, I met many people who simply hadn't had the opportunity to try new things. Over the years, my husband and I have served as sort of ambassadors to new cuisines, with friends who wanted to try something different but were rather afraid to.

My advice to anyone who wants to try something new but isn't willing to just plunge in, take a friend familiar with the cuisine, who knows you well and won't think it is funny to feed you something that will blow you away, and make you spend money on food you probably won't eat. Restaurants (especially Asian types) that serve food "family style" are great for this; a group can go, each order what looks appealing to them, and the adventurous one in the group can order a dish everyone can taste. We've introduced many people to sushi over the years, and almost all liked it ... with the proper introduction (that is to say, no raw fish for beginners, and inside-out rolls (can't remember what they're called, but California rolls are an example) for people who are unlikely to like the texture of nori.

When I was in my late 20s I met a man who had orders for Hawaii, and we'd decided to make a couple. At the time I disliked all seafood, had since I was a child. What a revelation. I've always loved raw beef, and ahi sashimi just really turned me on to the entire experience. we've been together for 30+ years (married for 28), and yes, a shared love of different cuisines is a part of the relationship.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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My ex's parents had a little farm.

My first visit there was quite exciting.

The ewe had a baby lamb while I was there .. what an experience for a city girl !

They named the lamb Brenda and it was so fun to watch her grow.

On one visit we arrived after dark and sat down to dinner.

I took a bite of the potatoes and asked what the meat was.

They said .. Oh .. that's Brenda !

I was horrified .. OMG .. all I could see were those big eyes that used to look up at me !!

So I have a really big aversion to lamb .. can you blame me LOL

One time my Dad asked if I had ever had Menudo .. I'd never even heard of it. He said you are going to love this.

So he heated up what he had leftover from the night before. I must say it was quite tasty. But .. stupid me .. I just had to ask what was in it .. that was all she wrote .. couldn't take another bite. I'll always remember my first impression ... but just can't go there again .. been there and done that !
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:57 PM   #6
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Eeeek! Brenda!

I guess some unknown animal intestines might be better, if cooked right. Even after having been to Mexico many times, am still not interested in menudo.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
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We enjoyed Irene, the goose. She was nice for a goose.
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I was a youngster the first time I had a lobster (on Cape Cod). I can still remember two emotions. 1. WOW! This is really good! 2. There isn't enough meat, I'm still hungry.

I can't remember ever being grossed out by a new food I liked the taste of. Most of my aversions are for vegetables - beets, cauliflower, parsnips, turnips, rhubarb. I'm OK with raw shellfish, snails, squid, etc.
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I was pleasantly surprised when I tried some frog legs in Mexico.
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Most of the foods I cannot eat are vegetables, mostly the cabbage family. I'm just now starting to appreciate broccoli.
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