I’ve always thought of traveling as a time to be adventurous. It is a time to try new things and step outside of my comfort zone. You only live once, right? Might as well do something you wouldn’t do at home.
When Gary and I go cruising, that rule applies even more so when it comes to food. Since most dining experiences are included in your fare, I enjoy trying the ‘new to me’ foods.
Each night in the dining room, I challenged myself to try something from the DIDJA (as in ‘did you’ ever….) section of the menu.
Here’s a look at some of the adventurous eats I tried on our recent Carnival cruise.
Carnival has a section on their Dinner Menu called “didja (as in did you ever…) food you always wanted to try, but did not dare”.
Escargots ~ Burgundy Snails in Garlic Butter with Chablis and Pernod
Frog Legs ~ I’ve always heard that they taste just like chicken and after eating them (two times), I’m going to have to agree.
Rabbit ~ I’ve always wanted to try rabbit so I was pleased that this braised rabbit with garlic and red wine was on the menu and that they were able to make it gluten free. My gluten free version was much different presentation that the glutenFull version served in Phyllo.
Ox Tongue ~ Ox is just another name for a cow. Of all the parts of cows we eat – tongue is not high up on that list. In fact, tongue rarely makes that list at all (mostly because, you know, when you eat an animal you usually don’t try to eat it’s non-meaty parts like eyes, tongue, bladder, and testicles … unless you are Andrew Zimmern).
Alligator ~ I was so happy to see Alligator on the menu. You know why? Because I bought a package of alligator from our local Detwiler’s and I was wondering what the heck I would do with them. This appetizer was Spicy Alligator Fritters served on tropical tomato salsa.
But I didn’t stop being adventurous with the appetizers … no, I ate some new main entrees too. One of them was Ox Tail which I thought was pretty good.
It made for a fun experience each night at dinner. And while I tried something new each night, the only dish that I just couldn’t finish was the ox tongue. I was o.k. until I started thinking about what it was. Tongue! Really?! Then, I found myself a little squeamish. But, I certainly gave it a good try.
Are you adventurous with food and try new things when you go on cruises?