This year: break a bad habit, learn a new skill, do a good deed, visit a new place, read a difficult book, write and send a letter, try a new food, take a risk.
As I’m sure you’re aware, cruising is the time to eat and drink to your heart’s content. I admit I’m not an adventurous eater, but some of us were willing to try a lot of new foods. We were not shy about ordering two or three appetizers at a meal (I had shrimp cocktail every night!) and perhaps one or two entrees. I won’t even tell you how many desserts we tried…but kept coming back to the pecan praline ice cream.
I made a conscious decision to not have any beef during the week, for fear of having a stomach issue. (Sorry!) So I missed out on prime rib, flat iron steak, and filet mignon. One night I had crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, fish tacos, and salmon for dinner. Even the waiter remarked about eating everything from the sea that night. It sounded impressive at the time.
One of our group, James, decided he was going to try foods he hadn’t had before. His girlfriend, Gabby, was not willing to try these foods, and we applauded James each night he tried something new. One night, it was escargot (“tastes like mushrooms”). Another night, ox tongue (“chewy”). Frog’s legs were the delicacy for the last night, and he ate every bit.
Like I said, I would not have tried any of those dishes, but James was on his first cruise, and can now brag about trying new and exotic foods. He might even eat these again, and I applaud him. Oh, to be 21 again.