Trying New Foods

February 16, 2012
Picnic snacks for two gift basket tote

Welcome Back Readers!

Did everyone have a great Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day for some of you)? I’m not going to lie; I gorged myself on some chocolates and tacos and then promptly wanted to nap for the rest of the week. Let’s hope you all have better self-control when it comes to this gift. Congratulations to Carol (February 11, 2012 at 11:42 am), Maddy (February 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm), Meredith (February 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm), Jessica B. (February 16, 2012 at 7:57 am), and Cindy H. (February 16, 2012 at 10:44 am)! Send your shipping info to amariscal@1800flowers.com and I can send your prize out to you right away!

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m kind of worn out from all the Valentine’s celebrations this month. Today is going to be a somewhat light day, but still with some good information! Another “sort-of” holiday that I like is coming up for me and I really couldn’t be more excited. Chicago’s Annual Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend I plan on trying as many weird dishes and meals that I can handle! I have basically been reading up on menus all week in preparation and trying to figure out where to make reservations. For anyone who is unfamiliar, during Restaurant Week, hundreds of participating restaurants create a special fixed price menu with a selection of appetizers, main course, and dessert dishes to try, usually at a lower cost than normal. It’s a great way to get out of habitual restaurants and go out there to find new things (and food, of course)! So naturally, I love it.

I like to think I’m a pretty adventurous eater when it comes to trying new foods. I think escargot is amazing and I want to incorporate pork belly into every meal that I have, however, I will never touch sea urchin again. It looks and feels like a tongue. (Which by the way, tongue, not that great either).

Picnic snacks for two gift basket tote

Picnic Tote for Two Snacks Gift Basket $79.99; Product Code:94998

Either way, trying new foods can be fun or you can even make a good party out of it! This picnic tote can be a great starter for snacks to lay out for a taste testing party. Packed with honey mustard onion pretzels, lentil chips, Tuscan almonds, garlic and herb pita chips, chili citrus twists, smoked salmon, sesame crackers, cheese spread, chocolates, Chipotle sauce, and more; they would make great additions to new dips, soups, or meats that you want to try. Use the crackers, chips and twists as great scooping or tasters to go with new dishes, and don’t forget to add the Chipotle sauce in your cooking to some chicken or salmon. Make a fun night out of new recipes! Also, the tote is very cute and very reusable for when you’re done. This gift basket also works well as a nice little picnic for two or a great house warming present!

While I continue drooling over menus, tell me in the comments (1-2 paragraphs), what is the weirdest food you’ve ever tried? FIVE of you lucky and random readers will win this picnic snack tote gift basket!

Have a great weekend!