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June 15, 2011

Palate Practice

I love food and am always looking to learn more about it.  Food can be intimidating to people at times including me.  You don’t have to be a chef, a “foodie” or an expert of any kind to enjoy great food.  What you do need is to have an open mind, an adventurous palate and the opportunities to use them.  Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.  Get out to that new place everyone is talking about.  Try that bottle of wine or beer that was recommended in the latest food publication.  Grab that rack of lamb at the butcher and ask about recipe suggestions.  If you find the right places you will find the right people who are eager to help you find your way down the culinary road.  If you don’t know what wine to drink ask your server to suggest something and why they did so.  If you don’t know an ingredient ask what it is.  A good server or chef will be happy to introduce you to new things and make you feel comfortable while doing so.  In this section of the blog I hope to sit down with various people in the food industry to talk about things like how you taste wine and beer, what do you need to know about eating sushi, how do you tell a brie from a blue, all in an effort gain a border understanding of food and beverage and create that many more chances for great culinary experiences.

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