Friday, October 22, 2010

Cincinnati Chili

Everywhere I go, they have a food they claim as unique, individual, and the best of whatever anywhere. Boston Clam Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Maryland Crab Cakes, Sheboygan Brat Fry Outs, Cincinatti Chili, Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Seattle Samon, Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, Pakistani Dahl, Kansas Steak, and New Orleans Cajun are the few off the top of my head that I remember. Every one of them has involved a person telling me that they make the best.

The fascinating part is that people want to tell you how awesome their home is. All you have to do is ask. I admit, I get nervous interacting with other people and talking to strangers. Staring into my cell phone is a safe way to pass the time and avoid getting out of my comfort zone.

To get past that I tell myself that they want to talk as well, but are similarly nervous about starting a dialogue. Then I just ask one open ended question. A yes or no question would not work. Asking for a recommendation of some sort is a great conversation starter. Asking how they recommend I spend my money (food, fun, time...) is another good one.

Take that first step, that first move. You never know what you will discover.

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