- Whenever I say "I never..." write it down, and by the end of the year try about 60% of what I never did before. (unfortunately I had to factory reset my phone and I lost my list of I never's and couldn't remember all of them - and then I stopped writing them, this list was as of August)
See a Fox Eat at Red Plum (local restaurant) Try Korean Food
- Drive in NYC
- Get divorced and remarried
- Had a threesome/orgy
- Smoked a cigarette
- Tried any drugs
- Been to Europe
Buy & use canned chicken Attend a show/concert/play alone Have ice cream with pineapple Watch any episode of any of the housewives (Beverly Hills S4 E8) Tried an apricot Had hot Chinese mustard
- Played Clue Jr.
- Been to Baltimore
Had lemon meringue pie Used my food dehydrator Saw Swiss Family Robinson Saw King Kong Had Whiskey
- Float down a river in an inner tube
- Been to the Caribbean
- Been to an NFL game
Been to MetLife Stadium Had a brown shelled egg Had escargot
- Had beef jerky
- Played hand ball
- Rode on a motorcycle
- Be more spontaneous
- Be in the moment more...enjoy the time when there, and stop trying to look past that time. Enjoy the person I am with, as I might never see them again. And if I don't want to be somewhere, well, suck it up and ENJOY it anyway.
- Move --> moved back into apartment 7/2013
- Spend less money on clothes than I did last year
- 2012 - not less than $2,514.70 (I lost some Quicken data)
- 2013 - approx $1,611.42
- Try 10 new foods
- Korean Food. EUI Special; thinly sliced beef with vegetables in broth with stew & rice (1/4/13, see above link under I never)
|Korean Food at Don's Bogam|
2. Panna Cotta. I went out to Park Avenue Winter for NYC restaurant week. A very interesting combination of textures, this was cranberry and brown sugar crumbs. It was much more flavorful than I thought it would be.
|Park Avenue Winter - Panna Cotta|
3. Fuyu Persimmon. While at the farmer's market, I saw some things I've never seen before, and figured this would be a great opportunity to try something new. I went with the Fuyu. It sort of looked like a tomato but smelled a little sweeter. When I got home I googled the Fuyu to discover it was a persimmon, and ways to eat it. One suggested peeling the skin, even thought it is a tree to mouth food. I peeled it and sliced it in circles to see the pretty star pattern. The fruit was soft and sweet. I actually really enjoyed it, wish I had more...but it was a $1 for the small guy...so it is one of those things I'd have to keep my eye out for in the future - I think their season is September - December.
4. Hot Chinese Mustard - I don't like regular mustard, so to try this was a little difficult. As my picture shows, I didn't enjoy it.
5. Hot Chinese Oil - I was having dinner over my sister's house and the hot oil came up. who liked it, who didn't. I haven't taste that yet, so I figured why not? I put it on my dumpling. It was good, I enjoyed it.
6. Eel - the best way for me to taste eel was in sushi. So, while I ate it, there were other flavors that distracted me, like the asparagus (that was the first time I had asparagus in a sushi roll also).
7. Guava - I went to a fruit stand and decided to pick up three new foods, but this was the only one I tried. I liked the guava, but the seeds were a little hard for me.
8. Apricot - The apricot size, shape and feel reminded me of a small peach. But it was sweeter, it had a really good flavor; when I was done with the apricot, I wanted more. Delicious I hope to buy these more often...although they aren't as prevalent in the grocery store as other fruits, I had a super small selection on purchase date.
9. Red Snapper - I eat a bunch of fish, but I have yet to have red snapper...I thought it was time to try it. I made it an Indian version - using turmeric, curry powder, cilantro, lime juice, Greek yogurt, etc. The marinade was delicious - I am going to make again with chicken. The red snapper wasn't bad...not my favorite, but I'd eat it again.
10. Lemon Meringue Pie - I was out with a few friends and one ordered a lemon meringue pie slice. I never had it, and I remembered my list of nevers...and figured I should grab a fork and taste a bite of her's. I did. I didn't like it, but then again, I am not crazy about lemons...so I had a feeling it wouldn't rise to the top of my favorites list.
11. Escargot - I was with Mountain Man and he suggested escargot as an appetizer. I haven't had it, and not that I wanted to impress him, but I was all about new adventures and trying new things...so I said sure...it isn't a delicacy for no reason. I had two on a small piece of bread.
12. Chicken Heart - At Fogo de Chao in Rio de Janeiro, they brought the chicken hearts over a few times, finally I said I'd try it. It was very tough and chewy. I didn't like it.
13. Oysters - I tried my first oyster with Mountain Man in San Diego. I was nervous, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I expected it to be big and chewy, but instead it was big but soft.
14. Hominy - I tried hominy as part of a food cooking challenge. I have to say, I liked it, I would definitely eat it again.
15. Spam - I tried this as part of the same cooking challenge. As soon as I cracked open the lid, it smelled like cat food. I pan fried it and added it into brussel sprouts and whatnot...but it was disgusting. I will avoid this going forward.
My resolution roulette challenges:
- Plan a monthly get together with my family friends
- January (holiday party), February (diner), March (Applebee's & trivia), April (going away dinner), May (diner), June (Applebee's), July (March Madness party), August (bar), September (pizzeria), October (home), November (home), December (holiday party)
- Do 12 hours of charitable work
- 3 hours in a soup kitchen 1/18/13
- 2 hours tutoring with Biology 6/9/13
- 3 hours working local carnival 6/29/13
- 3 hours working local carnival 6/30/13
- 4 hours working local carnival 7/2/13
- 6 hours working local carnival 7/4/13