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Try Something New

I am so not a foodie! I don’t even like the term foodie. I don’t know why. The term is just a little annoying. Kind of like “vegan.” (Note to my many vegan friends and family: that was a joke). I honestly don’t think I would ever qualify to be called a foodie because I lack what I believe to be the most important trait of all foodies. That trait is openness to new culinary experiences. Now, my love of food is well-established. But I tend to love “comfort food.” There’s something about food that feels familiar that can change a bad day into a good day. For me, the best part about food is its familiarity.

The best example of this could be my experience at my favorite restaurant. It’s a small, inexpensive restaurant that serves southern French cuisine. (That sounds fancier than it is. It’s essentially a hole in the wall). Every time I go in, I always get the same thing: A cheese and tomato (pronounced to-MAH-toh) quiche with the soup of the day! The chef, Madame Colette, knows me by name and always insists that I need to try something new. But I’m loyal to my once-a-week quiche and soup of the day.

Not Good to Never Change

A few weeks ago, when Madame Colette saw me walk into her restaurant, she informed me in a thick French accent, “Today, you will have a crepe. It is not good to never change.” (sic) I knew better than to argue with her and ended up eating the yummiest savory crepe I’ve ever had.

So as I begin this New Year, I do so in the spirit of Madame Colette. “It is not good to never change.” Therefore, I resolve this year to try new things, especially when those new things scare me. For I know that I’m in the care of a God who is an expert at new beginnings.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (1 Corinthians 5:17, ESV).

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Jael Amador writes from New York.

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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