When traveling with kids, the one thing that always preoccupies us is food (ok, so maybe you don’t have to travel with kids to be preoccupied with food, but I digress). It’s natural to go away and worry ourselves about what our kids will eat, what they will like, etc. We’d all love to say our kids have no pickiness whatsoever, but in reality, that’s not always the case.
My husband and I have instituted a rule when traveling. Our kids must try one new taste every day. It does not mean they have to like it. It does not mean they even need to order a whole plate of it. But, they have to be open to trying new things. In doing this, we’ve gotten our kids to taste alligator, rabbit, cactus, rattlesnake (thank you Cowboy Cafe in Sedona, AZ!), escargot, and more. In most cases, they have liked what they tried and they’ve developed a bit of pride in themselves for trying something different and living to tell about it.
While there is an entire world out there of delicious food, I have found that cruising offers up some of the best opportunities for the picky eater. Besides the fact that there is the sheer variety of food and choices, you have already paid for the food in your cruise fare. So, you shouldn’t be afraid of ordering something out of the ordinary, because the ordinary is readily available. Our last cruise is when we did the great escargot experiment. My husband and I already love it. But the test was to see how our kids reacted. As we were on a cruise, I had no problem ordering a generally pricey appetizer as a test. My 8 year old son? Scarfed it down and asked for more. Our 11 year old daughter? Thought she was going to die if she had to swallow it. And that was ok. Because we weren’t paying any more, we had no problem in letting her choose another appetizer to satisfy her.
In short, it’s so important to have our little travelers step out of their comfort zones and try new things. You never know, they may actually like the rattlesnake (which, incidentally, is quite tasty).