I wasn't sure what to call this (ethnic food or whatever) but what is your favorite food culture?
When I was growing up, Mexican food was my favorite hands down. I liked pretty much everything I ordered at Mexican restaurants, except for soft tacos. I didn't like Chinese or Italian food very much.
Now that I'm older and have a more sophisticated palette, I don't really have a favorite international cuisine. I love Mexican, Chinese, Italian, German, Irish, Japanese, and so many other cuisines. I like to go to local food festivals since they offer a chance to sample foods from different regions. We have an Italian festival coming up this month.
There are many more types of food I want to try but I haven't gotten the courage to take the first step. For one thing, my city isn't big enough to have a lot of culinary diversity so we have some of the main ones but not some of the lesser ethnic foods. We only have two Thai restaurants, one of which is a buffet. We have only one Brazilian restaurant. The other problem is I'd rather go with someone to a new restaurant when I'm in an exploratory mood, especially if the other person has some knowledge of that cuisine and can help me choose dishes that will appeal to me. My friends, family, and co-workers are pretty fuddy-duddy and rarely venture outside the box to get something other than a burger for lunch.
I've been wanting to try Indian food for a while but I'm afraid I'll choose a dish I don't like and won't want to try it again. One of these days, when I'm in the right mood, I'll do it. I came very close to going to an Indian restaurant last night and trying Chicken Tiki Masala but chickened out and went to my favorite restaurant (Miller Ale House) instead. They were having a two lobster tail special and I love seafood!