It turns out when you order foods that don’t make any sense together, it actually makes you enjoy your meal MORE.
Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia had people eat pasta with garlic and oil after an appetizer. Half of them started with an Italian minestrone soup . . . and half of them started with a Thai soup.
And the researchers found people liked their meal MORE when they had the mismatched appetizer.
Their theory is that when you eat foods that are similar, you compare them to each other. So if you eat a minestrone soup that’s just okay, it brings down your entire attitude toward any Italian food you eat at that meal.
But when you have foods that don’t belong together, it’s easier to mentally keep them separate . . . so you can enjoy everything more since you’re evaluating them on their own.