It is a family affair…thanks to my Dad for contributing again! Another guest post from Rodney Broughton.
Being 56 years young, I can be very stubborn when it comes to my diet. Not one to venture away from my normal fare, I tend to get the same dish at a restaurant repeatedly. I am the one at the table never willing to try one of my dinner mates’ choice, because I have never had it before.
You see, I was raised on Southern cooking. Coupled with that, I live in a small oceanside community that does not get the variety of food as well as the niche eating establishments that the larger metropolitan cities do. By now, you might have guessed that when I travel to larger cities, I am a fish out of the water.
My daughter is a self-professed “foodie,” and like her mom has the travel bug that I never seem to have. Slowly, they have convinced me to venture out of my small city comfort zone. As a result, my daughter is constantly teaching me new culinary terminology…and not without a little humor.
On one trip to Chicago after a busy day of shopping on the Magnificent Mile, my daughter suggested a tapas restaurant. Being a little hard of hearing from my younger days of playing the eight-track too loud, I thought I heard topless and was a little stunned. After clearing up the confusion we went to a sidewalk tapas café – something I would have never tried on my own.
Since then, my daughter has managed to get me to venture out and try new foods with great success. So, the message I am trying to get across to the stubborn is that when traveling, or if curiosity strikes you, step out of your comfort zone and try something you deem outside of the norm. You might just like it. I did.
My next venture….karaoke. But it has to be far away from home.