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Last week, staff writer G. Daniela Galarza wrote about the negative connotations the word “exotic” can carry when associated with food, and the impact that ripples outward from its use.

But when it really boils down, writes Daniela, “Ultimately, there are just two kinds of food: food you’re familiar with, and food you’re not. If any particular food fits into the latter category, for you, rather than expressing disgust or disdain, ask yourself: Why am I not familiar with it, and don’t I want to change that?”

If you do — and/or you have — we’d like to hear about your experiences expanding your culinary horizons? If not, why not? What’s holding you back?

If you’ve had experiences where food you loved was deemed “exotic” or “strange” by others, tell us about it!

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