With how busy life is becoming, it’s becoming easier and easier to get stuck in a boring rut, especially when it comes to food. That’s why we believe having a more diverse, adventurous diet is a great solution to getting out of the routine. So, we’ve prepared some tips and tricks to ease your way into becoming the adventurous foodie you were always meant to be.
Find a ‘food buddy’
Food is best enjoyed with friends, so getting a ‘food buddy’ to accompany you on your foodie journey is a great way to keep yourself motivated. You embark on this journey together either by cooking at home or trying out new restaurants in your city, and even share recipes you find online for inspiration.
Food is also best enjoyed at its source, so if you and your friend have a passion for food specific to a region or country, this may also turn into the trip of your lifetime, full of memories and amazing food.
Pair up your food and drinks
One of the best ways to enhance your eating experiences is by pairing up your everyday meals with the appropriate drink that brings out all the flavours in new, unique ways. A glass of white or red wine, for example, can improve even the most basic pasta dish, and there are many other combinations that work beautifully (like red wine and red meat, or rosé wine and cheeses).
If you’re not sure what to start with, feel free to get mixed wine cases delivered straight to your doorstep – they are guaranteed to turn any meal into a true gourmet experience.
Think of new ways to eat your favourite foods
You probably already have certain foods you prefer over others – so consider still including those in your weekly meals, just in new shapes and in different combinations. For example, if you are a big fan of pasta, you can think of dozens of different ways in which you can eat it, either with a different sauce, or in different shapes, and even switching it up with similar alternatives (for example, switching the classic Italian pasta with Asian-style noodles).
Set a weekly theme
Another way to diversify your food palate is by setting up themes for yourself to follow every week. It can be a specific type of food, or food originating from a specific country only, or even setting a specific ingredient which you should use for the duration of the week, but in different ways. This not only makes cooking (and, of course, eating) more fun and diverse, but it can also help you learn more about the different ways in which food can be eaten, helping you gain more experience and becoming a true foodie.
Don’t knock it until you try it
A lot of people struggle to become more adventurous when it comes to food due to judging “a book by its cover” so to say, or by avoiding certain foods due to colour, smell, texture etc. It’s important to stay curious and open-minded when it comes to food and give things a try even when they don’t look like they’d taste good enough for you – sometimes, it may surprise you just how good something can be, and you’ll be glad you did it.
Don’t force yourself
On the other side of things, if you’ve tried something multiple times and just can’t bring yourself to like it, don’t force yourself to eat it as it may just ruin the whole adventure for you, and make you turn back to your ‘safe foods’. Food is meant to be enjoyed after all, so if you don’t enjoy it at all, what’s the point?