Last weekend we joined friends at a restaurant that featured cuisine from countries that you might have found if you traveled the silk road. All menu items were served tapas style/size; each item a size to allow four people to each have a couple of bites.
It was a great time. The conversation and laughter flowed freely. It was made better by the fact that we were all willing to try things that we had not had before, or would not normally have ordered. It was a free for all taste treat. No holds barred.
We tried three wines, and settled on a favorite and then ordered a bottle for our dining accompaniment. We started with three items that may have been more along the appetizer line. Unanimously we agreed that we liked our humus to be heavier on the garlic. That was the worst thing we said about anything all night long. It was doubly fun in that each round we picked 3 or 4 things we had not yet tried on the menu. When we were done we had tried 14 different menu items. At no time did anyone speak up and say I don’t think I would like that. We ordered and let the chips fall where they may.
I am not traditionally a fish eater. Yet I ate and enjoyed three fish dishes. For me the item that I will remember as a taste treat was the Tuna Tartare. It was also the dish I was most unsure of, almost to the point that I wanted to speak up against it when it was ordered. I am so glad I did not. I loved it. I would gladly order it again!
It was a reminder to me about my life. You don’t know until you try! Limiting yourself you can miss out on some life’s best experiences. Amazing how a dinner can dish up a life lesson.