This semester we’ve starting taking our students to try new foods. They’re not required trips, but anyone who wants to expand the ol’ comfort zone is welcome to join. In January we took nine brave souls to try Indian food for the first time. February found us with seventeen students trying Vietnamese. And last week we took a whopping thirty-five kiddos on a maiden voyage to a Greek place near campus.
Greek food -- according to them -- is distinctly less “weird” than either of the previous ethnicities. We started out with a few orders of hummus and pita to get the party started, and then moved onto dolmades, grilled shrimp, and beyond. Lookin’ good...
Most students ordered Gyros for dinner and were pleasantly surprised with the stack of crispy French fries that showed up alongside. They loved the thin slices of meaty lamb and adored the soft, steamy pita bread. A few students went one step further, ordering shish kebobs, crab cakes, or pastichio, and then raving about it all afterward.
We ended the night with a few orders of baklava to share for dessert, and reactions were decidedly mixed. Most enjoyed the consistency of the Phyllo and the sticky-sweet flavor of the honey-soaked pistachios, while others were terribly vocal in their hatred.
The entire evening was fun and festive. The good news is that the kiddos have really taken to this new food thing! They love asking what’s what on the menu, sampling new flavors, and giving their opinions afterward. The bad news is that the group size was a little overwhelming... I don’t want to limit the number of students that go, but thirty-five teenage diners is, um, quite loud.
Next up? Crawfish and oysters at Floyd’s. I know next to nothing about crawfish, so will be learning right alongside the students. If there are any experts out there who’d like to give up an evening to join us down on Nasa Road 1, please, please, please let me know. I’ll buy your mudbugs!