Whether Opulence or Opportunities, What Are You Willing to Taste?


I’ve known for many years that I rave over succulent shrimp, and I was naive enough to believe that I’d had them in just about every way possible.  As a lover of dishes that are Latin inspired, I’ve also had my share of fruit salsa, but when I sat in Benjy’s recently, I was incessantly intrigued by the Sauteed Local Rock Shrimp with Texas peach salsa, lime butter, and toasted brioche.

I’d not previously seen shrimp bathed in a citrus-infused butter like broth.  Nor had I seen chunks of ripened, sweet stone front, subtly accented by sweet red onions and herbs. Initially, I was reluctant.  I recall thinking that this isn’t how the salsa was supposed to look.  I couldn’t guess how the broth would taste, and I was nervous.  What if I didn’t like it?  What if the flavor wasn’t quite right?  What if I ultimately found this dish dissatisfying? 

As an open-minded foodie, I was willing to take the risk.  It was easily one of the best culinary experiences of my life!  The shrimp were so supple, lovingly lathered in that liquid with the perfect viscosity.

The peaches were luscious, tender, juicy and tastefully juxtaposed to the crisp, smoky, brioche that was a flawless vessel for soaking up the savory elixir.  As I found myself unwilling to leave a morsel or drop behind, my meal was followed up with the standard Brown epiphany.  What else was I willing to taste?

So often in life, we are faced with opportunities to experience, try, or indulge in things where there’s a point of familiarity, but several new factors that are unknown – and at times, we cringe.  We become very concerned about how different it is from what we’re used to.

We question whether or not we will like it.  We rationalize the legitimacy of refraining because it’s something that doesn’t align with our cemented notions of old; but, what wonderful sensations and meaningful milestones are we casting aside when we push back from the table?  The best ones.

I’d be remiss to say that everything we try will lead to the fulfillment of our dreams.  Nevertheless, I do believe that we owe it to ourselves not to let our fears sour our future.  I had no idea of what I was getting myself into when I ordered what now seemed peculiar on my plate.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed it enough that I’ve placed my palate pleasure on repeat since then with that dish.

Here’s the takeaway.  If you find yourself faced with new opportunities that may have some “unknowns” for you, don’t always assume the worse.  I’ve embarked upon such a transition of late, and while I have some questions, I’m already tasting the flavorful realities that I’ve made the right choice.

Choose what’s best for you.  Embrace the endeavors that are laden with promise.  Trust your instincts and know that your taste is refined enough to lead you to a delectable meal.  Whether opulence or opportunities, it’s time to feast on future success. Bon Appetit!

#pursueyourpassion, #catchyourdreams, #bethe1, #tastethis

Picture:  One of my favorite culinary delights found at Benjy’s in Rice Village – Houston, Texas.


One comment

  1. Thank you once again Carla. I hope your message was appreciated by a larger audience. While this example focused on food, it applies equally well to meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, travels across town or across the world. I urge your readership to broaden their lives by doing these things while young(ish). There is no better way to destroy stereotypes and prejudices! 🙂


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