I found that the easiest way to stop saying no and really start my foodie journey was to start slow.
I had never really had oysters before so one day I ordered some butter parmasean fried oysters after all how can they be bad? Still with a little laugh and some trepidation I gave them a try. First thought……YUM! With those under my belt the next time I decided to give raw oysters a shot. Again with a nervous laugh and a grin down they went. This result was also great, I found them wonderful and refreshing. I have since repeated this so called formula with many items from sushi to beef tartar.
Be adventurous. That’s what I tell myself every time I see a menu. It is so hard not to order your favourite go to item at every restaurant. This is where I find tasting menus, tasting events and small plates a great idea. You can try a little of everything, find something you love, have more of it! Tried Something you hated, at least you tried it without having to commit to a whole meal!
Tasting events are my favorite and can range in price from $40 to over $100 per person depending on the food and if there are drink pairings included. They have given me a chance to try all kinds of gastronomical delicacies that I would never have thought to order had I seen them on a menu. Foie Gras mousse with confit blood orange on a chicken skin cracker? Ale-cured salmon roe on a trout skin crackling with smoked creme fresh and dill? Cognac soaked chicken livers on a crostini? All amazing tastes on small plates that I got a chance to try without committing to any specific one.
If you are going to a tasting here are my tips:
- Don’t be shy! Get in there, ask questions and try try try.
- You don’t have to love or even like everything that you try, don’t be embarrassed if you didn’t like it just continue on and try something else.
- Trust the chefs, they have amazing palates and can match together products and tastes you would never think of.
- Just because you have tried a base product and didn’t like it don’t be afraid to try it again. A new garnish, sauce or cooking method can make all the difference!
- Don’t listen to the nay Sayers around you, the “yucks” and “I tried that once and it was horrible” comments shouldn’t sway you. It’s your foodie adventure!
- Watch your local community magazines or simply do an Internet search for upcoming tasting events. They are held everywhere from formal resturants to liquor store tasting rooms.
One last thing, my husbands tip when we go to tastings is: unless you have a food allergy, taste the food first then read the information on what’s in it. Then you can say yes to your senses. Let your eyes, nose and tastebuds make the decisions and not to your trepidations!
Be adventurous, stop saying no and taste on!
Cheers from Your Everyday Foodie