One of my 2015 goals was to try twenty new foods. For years and years I was a picky eater. Like THE ultimate picky eater. I basically lived off of a rotation of just a few foods. I refused to try others. Going out to eat was my worst nightmare. I ate because I had to, not because I enjoyed food. I was also a food purist. Nothing could touch at all or I wouldn’t eat it. When I first started dating Jeff he learned all this and I think made it his personal goal to get me to stop being so darn picky.
Just over a year later, my eating habits are completely different. It’s kind of crazy that it just took a bit of patience and an understanding of what I did like to get me to branch out. It doesn’t hurt that Jeff is an incredible cook. Y’all, I LOVE trying new foods now. I will basically try anything twice – except shrimp. I just can’t. Ick. Old Kaylah hated when things were added to food that was already “perfect”. That mac + cheese with chorizo (or as I have been calling it “mac + chorizo”) above
was literally one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had. I’ve also
picked up lots of little habits that totally grossed me out before such
as dipping food in egg yolk. Oh my god. So good. That po’boy below? Basically Kaylah from a year ago’s worst nightmare. So many foods touching, and why are there french fries on it?! Yeah, that was amazing. Messy but amazing.
It’s funny because the last few emails I’ve gotten from people
wanting recommendations for what to do in Cleveland my response is
nearly all food related. Cleveland is just this food mecca! We have so
many amazing restaurants here. (Also a crazy thing for me to say since I used to hate going out to eat!) It was really the perfect city for me to fall in love with food.
Other things not pictured that I tried include; sauerkraut, calamari, some tasty pea salad thing my mom made for Easter, granola, an orange, an apricot, grapefruit, and tons of different flavors of things. Trying different flavors is something I would never do before. “I like this so why would I try that?” I’ve ditched that mindset and embraced new flavors!
So that this isn’t just a post of me sharing crappy iPhone photos of delicious food I ate, I want to encourage you to try something new. I hear so many people claiming to not like certain things but really when was the last time they tried that item? Tastes change and there’s a great possibility that thing you haven’t eaten in 5+ years will be a new favorite! One of the best parts of this all has been that I actually haven’t
disliked very many things at all, basically just shrimp and citrus
fruits, that means this whole time I’ve just been missing out on so many amazing foods!