Many, many years ago, when I was a child, I made a new friend.
She was Greek, and in the white bread suburb where I grew up, this was pretty exotic.
She asked me over for dinner, and my mom was concerned that I might be confronted with strange foreign ways at their house.
She warned me that they might not eat foods that I familiar with.
Doubtless she was expecting some odd Mediterranean concoction that would totally weird me out.
Nonetheless, she told me, be polite.
Whatever they put on your plate, it doesn't matter what it is, you eat it and say you like it.
Well, sure enough, there was something there I'd never seen before: