It's my first full day in Prague, Czech Republic, where the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will play in the 2019 Global Series at O2 Arena on Friday (2 p.m. ET; SN360, NBCSP, NBCSCH, NHL.TV), and I feel the need to apologize to my mother.
When I was a kid -- actually, until my mid-20s -- I was a finicky eater. I had three favorite foods: bologna sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and anything that involved pasta/rice, as long as there was no meat sauce (told you I was finicky). My mom is the one who had to deal with it, trying to create menus that worked around my picky palate.
So fast forward to Tuesday, when I'm chowing down on fried pork neck at a little café in the city. This comes less than 24 hours after I had pork knuckle for dinner. Both were delicious. But if you mentioned pork to me about 20 years ago, let alone pork knuckle or neck, I would've scrunched up my face in horror.
But this is the beauty of travel: it broadens your palate, or at least you should allow it the opportunity to do so. If you're going to hit the road, why not try everything that city/region/state/country is known for? (Technically the Czech Republic has two food groups: bread and meat. But they do wonderful things with both.)
There's not much I won't eat these days and traveling around the world is a big reason for that. There are some tremendous dishes out there. You must at least give them a try. Sorry it took me so long to realize that, mom.