Monday, June 15, 2009

Explore the Foods of Other Cultures

Do you tend to cook the same meals, or eat at the same restaurant, over and over? Do you constantly find yourself asking what to do for dinner, and end up settling for something familiar or easy? Most people never explore the endless options of cultural cuisine.

With the invention of the Internet, it's easier than ever to find recipes, or restaurant locations, for exotic food. Try your hand at making your own sushi, it's easier than it looks. After exploring some Szechuan Recipes, I found that I can make a mean stir fry. My wife and I enjoy getting $2 pizza doughs at Trader Joes, and making our own exotic pizzas. Consider visiting a Brazilian Restaurant like the Ipanema Grill in Seattle,WA; the Puerta Rican Restaurant Sol Food in San Rafael, CA; or the Flavor of India in Santa Barbara, CA.

The next time you're wondering where to eat, try spinning a globe and blindly picking a random country with your finger. Then, use Google or Yelp to find recomended restaurants in the area with similar styles or themes.

Be adventurous and spuratically try something new. Finding good places to eat in your area, and trying new receipies will not only broaden you horizons, but it can bring excitement to an otherwise routine evening.

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