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I Love Food

I love getting the ingredients, preparing, cooking, plating and eating. I love how it brings people together. I love how excited my wife gets when she knows I’m cooking. I LOVE feeding my family, exploring and trying new foods together. 

In my own pursuits and travels I’ve tried many different cuisines. I’ve gotten to sit around tables with people and eat everything from Southern fried chicken to Korean bibimbap and Polish Golabki to African Injera. I’ve eaten some nasty stuff too. But let’s keep that for another time. 

There’s not much I haven’t eaten. Elijah says he loves trying new food. When I asked why, he said “because if I never tried mango sticky rice I would have never known I loved it”. That pretty much says it all about why it’s important to try new food.

Trying New Food Adds Variety To Your Life

You might find your new favorite cuisine, dish or desert. In our family it’s important because we want our kids to not be boxed in by traditional American foods. We want them to “taste the world ”. Also, if we decide to visit places where we sit down with locals, we want them to already have a knowledge of the food so we don’t waste or offend. 

What I can tell you is that there are many misconceptions about regional or ethnic cuisines. There’s really no way to really know until you experience them. I remember in Korea getting a pepper with many of my meals. Most of the time they are mild, but every so often you get a real hot one. Oh man!! I remember getting one once in a restaurant and stood right up to look for a drink. Someone caught my eye from the other side of the place, grabbed their pepper and pointed to it to ask if that’s what I was dealing with. I just shook my head yes and we both got a little chuckle. 

It’s funny how food can break barriers like language, religion or even social standing. We all get hungry and we all eat. 

My Favorite Food So Far

For me personally, I think my favorite food is Mediterranean. Something about the simplicity of the food. It’s good without having to do too much. It’s also, in my experience, more communal. I really enjoy sitting down to a table full of food and picking as you go instead of individual plates. My favorite dish to make is another simple one. It just made my mouth water writing about it. The Greek Horiatiki (Village) Salad.

Jason eating Hodad's Burger

A Delicious Recipe

“If you’ve been looking for a Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) that actually tastes like the one served in Greece, then you have to try this authentic Greek salad recipe. A lot of Greek salad recipes include leafy greens, such as lettuce, cabbage, beets, radishes or even potatoes, while others suggest to coat with prepared dressings containing various herbs and seasonings. But the fact is that this kind of ‘Greek salad’ recipe is rarely found in Greece. A traditional Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) will always (and only) include tomato, sliced ​​cucumber, green pepper, sliced red onion, Kalamata olives or green olives and of course feta cheese. It must be seasoned with dried oregano and salt and dressed with good quality extra virgin olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar. This is a traditional Greek salad; fresh, locally produced ingredients, simple and uncomplicated. Enjoy!”

Full recipe here: https://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/greek-feta-salad/

At the end of the day, eating new foods can be just as adventurous as packing up and visiting new places.