A plate of Mexican foodIf you are a foodie, chances are you have a profound appreciation for anything that is edible — well, practically. But if you are just at the onset of becoming one, it is important that you are open to anything. This is the first rule you need to keep in mind if you want to try a new cuisine.

Trying a new cuisine can be exciting. Do not let the excitement overwhelm you, however, as it may make you end up with frustrations and unmet expectations. Whether you are planning to eat at a Mexican restaurant in Colorado for the first time or it’s your maiden trial of a European dish, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

Ask a friend for recommendation

If you are not sure of what to order, you can always ask a friend who knows the cuisine for some recommendations. You can also visit forums and food review sites to see their verdict on a particular dish. When asking for recommendations, make sure that you start with the basics — unless you are being adventurous.

Let your curiosity kick in

If you want a bit of excitement, why not let your curiosity do its job? Curious about certain dish because of its name or ingredients? Go ahead and try it! Just be open for some surprise.

Pay attention to details

Do not judge easily when trying a new dish. Instead, eat slowly and pay attention to the details of the fare. Grasp the texture. Describe the taste. Identify the ingredients. Paying attention to the details of a dish will help you give your judgment more objectively.

More importantly, it is important that you respect the dish. If you do not like it, do not spit it out in the restaurant. Be polite and try your best to show at least some appreciation, knowing that food mirrors cultures and traditions.