Here was the early New York Times food editor who made gastronomy a respectable profession, a restaurant critic in a world that did not know the term, the guy who brought us arugula, pesto, nuoc mam, and the salad spinner.
Experiment! Taste weird things in ethnic restaurants. Taste everything you can, even if it makes your parent fall under the table. You don't have to pretend you actually like tripe or pig's feet -- although you get points if you do.