goodbye, picky eater! - The Dainty Squid

goodbye, picky eater!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

prosciutto wrapped dates, prosciutto + brussel sporouts, fried chicken tacos, mac + cheese with chorizo.

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.

hazelnut mocha, prosciutto + eggs, a po'boy, steak + asparagus

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!
xoxo

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  1. Oh my gosh, all of this food looks SO good! I just recently became more interested in cooking (I've always been the laziest person in the kitchen I swear!). So trying new things is something I'm definitely into right now. That Po-Boy w/ Fries looks AMAZING! I'm gonna search the internet for recipes for something like that now!

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    1. Cooking still isn't my thing but I think the more I like food the more inclined I'll be to get into it. So there's still hope for me yet!

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  2. Correct me if I'm wrong but haven't you been vegan some time ago? I missed out on several posts because I was busy the last months and had no time to read blogs. I thought you were vegan and now I'm kinda confused :D

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  3. I totally agree with this—I used the be super picky too, but I've tried/found a ton of foods that I love now that previously grossed me out. All of these things look amazing, but especially that mac + chorizo. YUM.

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    1. Dude, if you ever come visit I will take you out for that mac + chorizo. It's insanely tasty.

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  4. life is seriously too short to not eat well... it makes me happy to know that you're enjoying food so much now :)

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  5. I used to be a picky eater too. One year I read an article that said that you have to try a food 7 times. By the 7th time you try it, your taste buds will become accustomed to it. So, one year I made it my new year's resolution to try new foods. Surprisingly, there's not much I don't eat now. Tomatoes are my only food that I can't quite deal with. And that is really a texture thing, not a taste thing. Good for you for being open to new things.

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    1. That's super interesting, and totally makes sense. I used to hate coffee flavored things. I just kept trying them over and over, and now they're basically my favorite.

      Me not liking shrimp is texture (and how they look!). Maybe someday I'll get over my texture thing too.

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  6. That's so good for you, to be able to change your old habits! I'm a VERY picky eater myself. Not because I don't like trying new food though. I love trying new things. I just... hate most foods. I don't know why, they just taste bad to me. I hate it (and it's unhealthy) but I can't help it. :P

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    1. Maybe you're just eating food by people who can't cook very well! :P

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  7. Oh my god, this is literally me right now: I'm currently in the trying new foods phase, even if it is just switching up wild rice for quinoa or something simple like that. I have always sticked to the same or similar food things, and maybe it's because I'm in college and don't have much time to prepare things, or maybe I'm just using that as an excuse (probably). But now I'm graduated and going to have more time for preparing new things... which I'm actually super pumped for. I feel you on the not wanting to go out to eat--I still feel like that, a lot because I still have less-than-benevolent self-body image and a strange mistrust for other people preparing my food (so so weird, I know, but I like to know that what's going into it is healthy... hate myself for it, haha). Anyway, this post really resonated with me. Thanks so much for sharing! Hopefully in a year I can be just like you. :)

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    1. It's not all that strange to not trust people to prepare your food, but hopefully you can find some awesome restaurants to enjoy someday because going out to eat is SO MUCH FUN. I never thought I would say that but I have really really come to love it.

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  8. I'm a huuuge picky eater myself, but the mac and cheese and churizo sounds amazing!

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  9. I still remember the first time you tried Taco Bell. And the first time you had an ice cream cone! Miss you, you weirdo!

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    1. Hahahah. This made me snort. The face you gave me when I said I had never had an ice cream cone before was hilarious.

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  10. Good on you for trying new food :D I love mac and cheese add-ons; there's this food truck called the Mac Shack in Detroit that makes Mac and cheese with Pad Thai toppings and it's amazing!

    I'm currently going through this process with my boyfriend and it's been quite the entertaining experience. I never knew I've been taking my all-welcoming belly for granted. Being Filipino I just eat whatever's placed in front of me, but he *needs* to know what's exactly in his food! Over the years it's been getting better though, which is great since Filipino food has some of the strangest flavor combinations too.

    Have you tried any international food, and do you have any favorites?

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    1. I LOVE Indian food but aside from that I haven't really tried too much.

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  11. when they are back in season you should try clementines. In my opinion they are the best citrus. Tiny and sweet and not all stringy like oranges.
    and girl i hear you on learning to try things. I didn't try broccoli until i was 25 years old! and now I love it! Once i started branching out I was kind of mad at myself for missing out on so much for years.

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    1. I will! I want to like oranges so bad too. They smell amazing but the texture is just wrong.

      Exactly! I have so much catching up to do. I can't believe I never had some of this stuff until recently.

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  12. Man, chorizo and runny yolks — you are speaking my language. I went through a phase where I put a fried egg on anything. Chili fries? Lentils? Soup? Yep, yep, yep. There's a new burger place in town that serves a chorizo burger with fries and a fried egg on it and it is just unbelievable. Nice to hear you're having fun branching out, I used to be pretty picky, too. Off to make some chorizo mac now ;)

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    1. Hahah. I would probably do the same if I could figure out how to cook an egg. I've been taught a million times but I can just never do it right.

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  13. Looks like you've discovered the awesomeness that is prosciutto. So good =D

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  14. Yay!! Such a big step forward :) I've always been one of those people that will try any food once, but I also grew up eating some pretty strange things (French family...). Shawn is more reserved in his food choices, like you, but he has opened up a lot to eating new things since we've been together.

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    1. I do not come from a family of adventurous eaters. I mean, they liked more food than I did but they're mashed potatoes and beans kind of people. I guess I just always figured if I didn't like that stuff too much then why would I like something "fancy".

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  15. I can't eat shrimp either. Just, eww. One of my grandmothers had me convinced that they were aquatic bugs as a child. Just can't do it.

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  16. Have you tried avocados? I was so convinced that I hated them until I had them on a sandwich and found out that I love them with other food! By themselves I just can't get past the texture. But now I put them on everything. They're super good for you too.

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