Food is language. Like customs and traditions of people you are not familiar with, food can be either a terrifying barrier or a tremendous gateway. Never be too afraid to try something new, especially if it makes you feel foolish. Courage to test strange waters pays heavy dividends in the experience and wisdom category, regardless of what others may think. Chances are your self-consciousness is equal to their admiration for your gumption.
“I’ll take ‘Traits That Make Me A Cultural And All-Around Badass for a thousand’, Alex.”