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I wish to present to you fine folks an idea that Pretty Pillion and I do and have done for years now. We live in the heavily populated Northern Virginia area chocked full of restaurants from all world/ethnic backgrounds.

We are from two different worlds ourselves. She grew up on Luzon Island in the province of Pampanga. Evidently, some consider the food here to be the best in all of the Philippines. I grew up in cattle country Texas. Where much food worth eating can be cooked on a campfire or under one or grilled.

The US Navy took me to over 60 countries where I ranked them on their food. Singapore is number followed by S/E Turkey as number two. I love food!

She gets paid on one Friday and I get paid on the next. The idea of a Friday date night turned into Fridates. Whomever gets paid that week, chooses the restaurant we eat at. For two straight years, we never ate at the same place twice on a Fridate. Once we started running out of nearby places, we changed the rule to say that if we ate at a repeat place, we had to choose something different from the menu. At times, we would plan an hour-long ride to find a new place for supper.

Doing this has opened our eyes to many great dishes from all over the world. And a few choices we will never enjoy again...

Stepping outside of one's comfort zone is important I think to better understanding of the world out there. One great experience we both enjoyed was eating at an Ethiopean restaurant. She ordered beef and I had goat. We had several side dishes we had never heard of. The meal came out on a single, very large diameter metal platter roughly 36" across. The bottom was a single piece of bread. It had many holes in it and used as the tool to eat with; no silverware at all. Just rip some bread and pinch the portion of food you wanted and eat it.

I could not stop eating long after my stomach was full. Pretty Pillion seemed to love it too, especially eating with her hands; something she grew up doing.

A not-so-good meal was the following Fridate at a restaurant from Ghana. We chose basically the same dish but this time the seasoning was harsh and somewhat bitter for both of us. We didn't finish and instead went across the road to a Checkers Burger joint to fulfill our dietary requirements.

So, let us hear of your food experiences outside of your normal haunts and whether or not they turned out good. And consider doing something like Fridates with your own significant other.
 

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That is a great tradition. I rarely eat in a restaurant, it has gotta be 5 years since I had a sit down meal in one. Then again, I work in hospitality and we have several restaurants so the last place I wanna be when I am off work is in a hotel or a restaurant.

I do love to cook though and will experiment a bit. After thinking that sushi was absoultely revolting my whole life I decided out of the blue that I was going to try it. Instead of buying some from a proper restaurant I decided I was going to make it. It actually turned out good! We had friends over for dinner one night and I made it again for them. Apparently I did well. I wish I had stepped outside that box much earlier in life.
 

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@Tinsnips this is a great segway to one's own kitchen expansion concerning the foods we cook at home. For example, my Pretty Pillion loves to cook. But, she didn't learn any of her skills until after she came to America (except cooking rice) simply because her parents had her focus on college and not domestic activities. YouTube is our friend. She will see a dish on Facebook or some other media and then make it. A few months ago, I asked her to make me a pot of Gumbo. She looked it up and nailed it first try. She had never tasted Gumbo and yet, I could not have been happier.
She stepped out of her comfort zone and made me fatter!

Here is the roux which takes at least 30 minutes to make.
Food Ingredient Kitchen appliance Fluid Cuisine
Food Tableware Ingredient Recipe Cuisine
Food Ingredient Recipe Cuisine Dish

By this point, the house was smelling so delicious I was salivating.
Food Stew Ingredient Recipe Soup
Food Ingredient Staple food Recipe Leaf vegetable
 

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Like the of idea different eateries if they have good deserts. Y'all can laugh, but I'm a big, really big desert eater. I look at the desert menu first at a restaurant, then order main course based on desert menu and how much room I want to leave. Wife gets so mad at me, she looks at a desert and gains 5 pounds. She says I have the metabolism and sweet craving of a hummingbird. I weigh 120 to 125 on a heavy day. Here's a few shots of my goodies my wonderful wife make me. I get a pie or cookies weekly.

Food Tableware Ingredient Recipe Cuisine


Food Ingredient Kitchen appliance Recipe Cuisine


Food Ingredient Recipe Cuisine Dish


Food Ingredient Cuisine Dish Recipe


Food Table Tableware Ingredient Cuisine


This is my current stash.

Food Tableware Ingredient Recipe Baked goods
 

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I've never had gumbo. I'd like to try a bunch of the American dishes. I am a suck and will usually cry if you give me anything spicier than fish & chips. I am working on that. I would really like to have one of those Louisiana Craw Fish Bakes where they dump the food right down the middle of the table & you pull out of the pile.
 

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I've never had gumbo. I'd like to try a bunch of the American dishes. I am a suck and will usually cry if you give me anything spicier than fish & chips. I am working on that. I would really like to have one of those Louisiana Craw Fish Bakes where they dump the food right down the middle of the table & you pull out of the pile.
Just come on down, we do several craw fish boils a year. But if you don't like spicy you might be in trouble, especially the next morning. 馃槈
 
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