Food Has Many Tastes

4 years ago

Food Has Many Tastes

I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead.  Not sick.  Not wounded.  Dead.  ~Woody Allen

Discussing food and different tastes seems appropriate to talk about, since Thanksgiving is upon us.  The day to over eat and mix a smorgasbord of flavors.

Kyle's 1st Birthday...hanging with pap 7/2002

Kyles tastes are certainly changing the older he gets.  Personally I love it!  It's neat watching him develop his own likes and dislikes for food and really expanding his pallet.  My favorite is watching his new discoveries with specific edible items.  Is this a new behavior for Kyle to try new foods?  Nope!  Not even close.  Ever since he was little, we always encouraged Kyle to at least sample an unknown taste.  Our deal was, if he tried it and didn't like it, he would never have to eat the unfavorable item again and I would never say anything about his choices in sustenance.  You know what?  He lived by that deal.  Sometimes he would turn his nose up to certain items or shy away from the sheer mention of a food, but when it came down to it, he always gave it a shot.  Surprisingly, whether he liked the item or not, he was proud of himself for giving it the good old college try.  Then, when he discovered a new favorite taste, he bragged about it and would go off on a tangent. He would even push the food on us to try it if he felt it was a new discovery.  I was always content with Kyle just trying.  My belief is, how can a child make a decision without knowing all the facts?  I guess more people should use that belief with everything in life.

What really cracks me up about Kyle is his consistent behavior.  Kyle is now eleven and he's been like this for years.  He has his "usual" at specific places.  There was a time when he would never deviate from the "standard".  I mean, I know other adults who do this, but for a child?  No one can say that I'm like that, not at all!  I like to change things up, try new items, crave different foods. I like to explore the menu and try the specials.  When Kyle only orders his previously established standard, set by himself, he reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.  He's the uptight genius who has to have everything a certain way, being very consistent and particular, especially with his food. That's Kyle.  Well, maybe not that extreme, but not far off the mark.  I will give Kyle credit though, he has a much better sense of humor and personality!

As I mentioned, for the longest time, Kyle had his favorite items at certain places.  I say places because that includes mom and dad's house, my house, his Aunt Nikki's, plus different restaurants and gas stations etc.  However, I've noticed he's been trying new items and changing it up a bit.  Not a lot, let's not get silly, but subtle changes.  Now indulge me while I outline a few examples.  Instead of his "usual" items he gets at these  places... he's been introducing his pallet to new flavors and variations of the food.

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