7 Foods I Didn't Think I'd like but do ...

I can sometimes be a picky eater. There are some things I can't fathom trying, because I just know in my heart I'll never like them. At least, that's the way I used to be, but I'm trying to get more adventurous. I want to try new and different foods, so I can really refine my palate. Some of the foods here aren't exactly new and different, but still, here are 7 foods I really didn't think I'd like, only to find out that I do!

1. Calamari

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Fried squid? Really? I actually got this for my birthday last year, at a mad incredible seafood restaurant in Salem, Mass. It was an accident, I didn't notice it in the description of what I ordered. Then there it came, little circles of lightly breaded, lightly fried deliciousness. I popped one in my mouth before really realizing what it was, and promptly fell in love.

2. Fried Pickles

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Before trying these, I'd been hearing a lot about them. For one thing, the Better Half's brother has a strange tendency to ask if we've ever tried them every. Single. Time. We see him. For another, well, I'm a closet Jersey Shore freak, and if you know about Snooki, you know about fried pickles. I finally tried them at the Beer Works also located in Salem, and again, fell in love. Warning, however: they're high on spice, thanks to prepared horseradish. Oooh, I love that stuff!

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Don't get me wrong, I've had sushi – kind of. Once I tried a raw bit of tuna – and hated it. After that I stuck to cucumber rolls and the like. Recently, however, I ordered Naruto sushi from our delicious local go-to. The description got to me, by describing salmon, crab meat, avocado, and tobiko, all rolled up in thinly sliced cucumber. I was in sushi heaven. Funny thing: salmon is on here twice, as you shall see. However, I cannot stand it cooked.

4. Smoked Salmon

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Strangely enough, I first had this at Gaucho's, an amazing Brazilian steakhouse that basically puts you into a meat coma. All that steak and beef and chicken and lamb, and I end up falling for a sliver of smoked salmon I got from the salad bar. Who would've thought?

5. Poached Eggs

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I have a love/hate relationship with eggs – and their yolks. I love scrambled eggs. Sometimes I get in the mood for sunny side up eggs, so I can dip my toast. I love the white part of boiled eggs. But I won't eat the yolk then, and if my fried egg gets too hard, forget about it. Then again, sometimes I can't be around any yolks – and poached eggs are mostly yolks. I never thought I'd want a mouthful of that – until I tried it. Oh my lovely cholesterol.

6. Bruschetta

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I like everything about bruschetta, technically. I happen to have a love/hate relationship with tomatoes too, though. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood. However, the Better Half recently put an original spin on this dish, and what did I discover? That I loved it, of course!

7. Gnocchi

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Thanks to Top Chef, I've been hearing about this forever. However, in spite of my passionate love for Italian food, I'd never actually tried it. Once at a local Italian place, the BH got some and let me steal a taste – I really enjoyed it … but then forgot about then. Then, however, we bought some fresh gnocchi from the fresh open-air market just down the street, and oh man. I never thought pasta made from potatoes could taste so good!

The BH is also a picky eater – but, I'm happy to say, is also getting more adventurous. I think it's important to try new things. I don't know, I kind of want to be a Julia Child style gourmand some day. Are there any foods you never thought you would actually like?

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