My name is Erica, and I have a confession to make: I am not a foodie.
I love food, but for many, many years, the foods that I loved could have been counted on two hands. Chicken and rice (though only if made by mom or grandma). Pizza (just cheese, please). McDonald’s. Vanilla soft-serve ice cream. Bagels.
I was picky, but I was happy. I loved my handful of foods, and I could have eaten them — and nothing else — for the rest of my life.
I never understood why other people would gasp in horror, their mouths hanging open, when I told them I didn’t like chocolate or that I had never eaten bacon.
Over time, I did add a few more delicacies to the list, but until about a year ago, I would have told you that green beans were gross and that I’d rather eat dirt than raw fish.
My eating habits weren’t the first thing to change in my life last year. I got a new, much more satisfying job. I moved to a new neighborhood. I left a relationship with a fellow finicky eater (me, to my best friend after talking to him on the phone for the first time: “and he doesn’t eat vegetables either!”) and began one with someone who will eat anything but mayonnaise.
Slowly but surely, a taste here and a taste there, I began adding more foods to my repertoire. Arugula. Cheddar cheese. Brussels sprouts.
I’m still not a foodie. I’d be just as happy at the Cheesecake Factory as I would at French Laundry, and, as I discovered recently when I tried to serve dessert to some friends who stopped by, I only own one spoon. But I’ve become more interested and more involved in the pursuit of good food than I ever thought I would be.
That pursuit has led me here to FreshDirect. So I hope you’ll join me as I explore the site, place my first order, nearly miss my first delivery, cook my first meal for friends in my current apartment (even though I’ve lived here for nearly a year) and have many more culinary adventures.
Maybe I’ll find the foodie within me after all . . .