The New Food Challenge


Quick, what’s your favorite food?

Do you remember when you first tried it? Probably not. I’m guessing it’s been your favorite food for a long, long time.

I grew up a pretty picky eater. The cuisine in central Wisconsin consisted of cheese, bratwurst, cheese curds, frozen pizza, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, and cheese. Pretty adventurous, eh?

As a youngster I found myself in the proverbial pocket. I knew I liked chicken tenders and french fries. So, whynew-food-challenge try anything else when I went to restaurants? I may have only had one chance a month to dine-out. Why screw it up trying something new and adventurous?

It wasn’t until I moved to Arizona that I began to broaden my food horizons. I was introduced to a vast array of Mexican food and even started exploring other options a bigger city could offer.

A group of friends went to a Thai restaurants while I tagged along. I had not been exposed to much Asian cuisine living in the little b-f town of Wisconsin Rapids.

When I consulted my friends on what to order, they recommended the pad thai. I obliged.

Mind blown!

Now, pad thai is one of my favorite foods. I never would have discovered it if I hadn’t been at least a little adventurous. Sure, it would have been easy to check into a Applebee’s or Chili’s and stick to the same safe fare. Horizons need to be expanded if you truly want to test your limits.

My challenge for you today is to try a new food. It doesn’t have to be a three course meal at a fancy restaurant you’ve never tried. “I’ll have the foie gras, please.” No, it can be something as simple as a new fruit or vegetable or something simple you find packaged at the Asian grocer.

Author: Jeff

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  1. I was the same way growing up. Favorite foods are still good pizza and pasta, but due to getting older, throwing in some more rabbit food lately. I hadn’t had Mexican food until after college, believe it or not and that is now one of my favorites as well. In the last few years I’ve expanded a big into Red Curry Chicken and Padt Thai as well, but I’m still considered quite picky by normal standards. Since the wife is far more adventurous food wise, I will usually try a bite of something new every so often, but so far haven’t picked up any new favorites. Will keep trying!

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  2. So, Chris, does that mean you’re taking the challenge? Report back to me on what you try!

    You’re on the coast, how bout some ceviche? Tried it for the first time about a year ago in West Palm Beach. Blew my mind!

    I want to try something Marcus ate growing up. I’m sure that would be interesting.

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  3. Jeff, you will either love or dislike it. Do you have any Ghanaian or African food stores near where you live?

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  4. Ok, tonight I tried some Key Lime Cheesecake, no bueno. Not a Cheesecake fan, but I did try it! 😉

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