So I have a problem....with food.
I love food so that's not a problem.
My problem is that I'm picky about food. I don't like to try new things when it comes to food and I'm picky about the food that I do eat.
This is very unlike how I am in other aspects, in fact I think of myself of wanting to try new things and being open-minded. Yet food is a different story.
I think about how will I ever get to travel the world and explore new cultures if I'm not willing to try such an important aspect of it. I don't want to be THAT GIRL that has to eat at the nearest McDonalds half way around the world.
I am the worst person to take out to try new exotic foods.
My family (especially my mom, who has cooked food for me since I was born) and my roommates (they also use to cook for me - yes I know, I had great roomies!) are fully aware of this and while they accommodate to my needs, I know they wish I was a little more flexible. Although at times, they decide to be sneaky and slip a little something that I tell them I don't like - it works only sometimes.
I know that when I traveled abroad to Europe, I did make an attempt to be more open about the food, I tried Wienerschnizel, a traditional Austrian dish and also ate a traditional Austrian Sunday food that was amazing. It was in a little town in Austria and don't remember I ate was called. Greek food was delicious and I really enjoyed some of the Mediterranian dishes. Yet there were also times where I would just play it safe and pick things that I knew I would like (ex: pizza).
I know I want to travel so many countries in pretty much every continent that I know for a fact serve food that I would not usually eat. For example, I don't like seafood and I would love to go to places like Japan or Korea and their food includes a lot of sea food.
So on Monday, I was feeling pretty daring and adventourus and decided to try sushi. So apparently everyone and their mom loves sushi but that still never convinced me to try it. It's a Japanese food that is now pretty common in the U.S. however the thought of raw fish made me quiver. Never would I try such a thing! Then I talk to my friend who is just as picky as me and she had told me that she really liked it. I decided that maybe I shouldn't be so close-minded and well that maybe I could give it a try if the opportunity arose of course.
Unexpectedly Monday became the opportunity. And so I entered the Japanese restaurant not only anxious because I was going on a first date but because I was going to try sushi!
And you know what? It wasn't so bad. I tired different types of sushi. I tried salmon sushi first, and then a crunchy roll which had crab inside. I opted not to have the sushi where you the crab legs were sticking out. I tried some other type and finally I had a caterpillar roll. It was plenty of avocado (which I love) so I enjoyed that.
The taste was different but it wasn't bad and the texture was also different so that took me a while to get used too. I chewed for a long time and my date was thankful that I didn't spit anything out (at him, lol).
While I know that eating sushi for the first time is not really something that most people would be proud of doing, I feel like I reached out of my comfort zone and did something that I wouldn't usually do.
This has motivated to be more willing to try new foods and maybe even go out to eat sushi again! :)
P.S. - my mom, brother and roommates were very proud of me.