Michael and I love seafood. However, Michael’s palette is a bit more adventurous and sophisticated than mine. I mean, the man has not met any kind of seafood he doesn’t like – squid, octopus, scallops, sushi, etc. You name it, he’s tried it. I, on the other hand, am a cooked fish and shellfish kind-of-girl!
When in Lima, Peru we dined at a highly recommended restaurant. We both ordered fish. Mine, a tender fillet. His, with eyeballs and skeleton still in tact! His reasoning “I’ve always wanted to try it!”
It hit me then that I wanted (needed) to try something new too! Traveling is, after all, about new adventures! I was a bit apprehensive (What if what I ordered was disgusting?), but I did it by placing an order for ceviche – a dish of raw, marinated seafood – as an appetizer. Some describe the seafood as “cooked” due to the change in texture the seafood undergoes while marinating, but they can’t fool me! As I stated above – I don’t do raw fish! But, I gave it a shot. (When in Rome ….) I was pleasantly surprised that despite the different texture, I liked it enough to have a few bites. Stunned by my new-found courage, I was happy I sampled the delicacy!
Travel Lesson Learned: Try local cuisine, even if it is new to you.
Life Application: Don’t be afraid to try new things!
Even though ceviche is not my all time favorite dish, and I absolutely still want my fish cooked well done, I was proud of myself for trying something new. Is there something in your life you’ve been curious about trying? Maybe it’s not food. Maybe, you’ve been dying to take guitar lessons or learn how to speak a new language. Maybe you want to try to exercise more or complain less. Walt Disney once said “We keep moving forward, opening doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
It is scary to try anything new, but learning you love something is so much better than fearing the unknown.
P.S. Michael LOVED his entrée choice and has ordered many more similar dishes like this since! 🙂