And for a long time I didn't even really try them - there was not much in my food rotation that came from a foreign country.
That said, it's only in the past decade - and probably less - that I've tried Indian food.
And I love it - but once I find a dish after trying something new, I'll usually get it over and over again.
Which is why last week, when we ordered some Indian food, I decided to try something new.
My wife was picking up the food on the way home from work, so I told her to surprise me with something other than chicken tikka masala, which is my go-to dish. (But I told her to maybe get a small order of the chicken just in case I didn't like the New Thing she was getting.)
She ended up bringing home something called Lamb Rogan Josh, which in the menu is described as "tender lamb pieces cooked in yogurt with almonds and a blend of exotic spices."
Now, I don't know if this is a universal Indian dish like the tikka masala or if it's a dish specific to this one restaurant named after the guy who cooks it, Josh Rogan. (And I hope that's not offensive. If it is, I didn't mean it as an offensive joke - it's just, I look at the name of that dish and it looks like some guy's name.)
It was good - it was really tasty, and also spicy. (Full disclosure - one of the reasons I was reluctant to try Indian for so long was the spiciness - I thought all curry was spicy. I didn't know that, like buffalo sauce, you could get it made more mild. I'm not a fan of spicy anything. Turns out there's not much curry I don't like. And I love love love na'an. I will dip na'an in whatever kind of sauce all day long. Even if it's a little spicy.)
It wasn't too spicy, though. I had it with the rice, and I'm glad I expanded my Indian repertoire a little bit.
And when I was done, I cleansed my palate with a little bit of chicken tikka masala.