I went to a Vietnamese restaurant for the first time the other day, and ordered what looked like a good "sampler." It had sliced beef, some sort of meatloaf that might have been pork, a big fried egg omelette, and some mysterious but tasty brown meat, all over white rice, along with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber slices. It was all very tasty, particularly the beef. I ordered vermicelli instead of rice, but they brought me the rice, and it was the same price so I didn't feel like sending it back. Anyway, it was all very good, and I'd love to sample more since my city (Orlando, FL) has a large Vietnamese population and a district with many restaurants and shops. I've also gotten good bahn mi subs at an Asian supermarket before, which are made with a variety of mysterious sliced processed meats, veggies, hot peppers, and cilantro. I assume there are other kinds of bahn mi, but that's the only one this supermarket makes. In the future, what else can I order that's good? I've heard great things about pho soups, but it has been so hot here, not exactly the best hot soup weather. When it comes to food, I'll try anything once.
I'm also fascinated by Indian food, which I've only had a few times ever. I've liked just about everything I've tried and don't mind a little heat, but I always get intimidated by all the selections, and never know exactly what to order. I've had lamb curry that was great, but mostly stuck to items on lunch buffets. Does anyone have favorites, or recommendations? I should mention that I would eat every sandwich for the rest of my life on naan bread if I could.
I should note that my friends are not very adventurous when it comes to food, so whenever I want to sample hole-in-the-wall restaurants and exotic, ethnic cuisines, I have to make solo missions -- never as much fun as sharing a new culinary experience with other people.