We all have our favorites – the dish you can order without even glancing at the menu, or your go-to drink at the bar.
But trying things outside of our comfort zones and routines can give us a major energy boost. So if variety is the spice of life – let’s start with what’s on your plate. (Come on, what other New Year’s resolution sounds this delicious?)
Venture to New Areas of the Menu
I challenge you to explore new territories of the menu at your favorite restaurant. And if you’re scared of experiencing buyer’s remorse, go half-and-half on entrees with a friend. That way you can fall back on your favorite while still giving something new a chance.
Ready to try someplace new? Check if your city is participating in a restaurant week this winter. During this wallet-friendly week, participating restaurants show their stuff by offering limited-time, prix fixe menus.
A Fresh Way to Cheers
If you typically go for lighter spirits at the bar, challenge yourself to sip on something new. Matching an alcohol like whiskey with something sweet or sour is a great way to get started.
Feeling lost? Don’t be afraid to ask your server for a recommendation. I make sure my staff is knowledgeable about the menu, and they love giving suggestions. Tell them what you like about your go-to drink, and see what they recommend. If wine is offered by the glass many restaurants will let you sample it before you commit to your order, so don’t be afraid to ask!
My Must-Try for 2015
Not sure where to start? Let me recommend one of my favorite ingredients for 2015 – Kale.
This leafy green is definitely on the superfoods list, but some can find it a bit intimidating. If you pair it with tart or citrus flavors your taste buds will be asking for more. Check out this favorite recipe from our Spirit Cruises Menu:
-Combine spinach, kale, red onions and roasted red peppers
-Toss with a garlic lemon vinaigrette
-Top with Parmesan cheese shavings
Chances are this is one resolution you can keep going all year long.