My post title contains Italian, French and English words which is actually quite fitting since diversity is the subject of this post. On nice days in St. John's you have to take full advantage becuase you never know when you will see the next one. If I were mayor, I would declare civic holidays for every day that was above 20 degrees in St. John's. Seriously.
Anyway, one of the ways we take advantage of nice weather is to dine outside and what I have discovered is that the novelty of eating outside seems to counter act my toddler's opposition to trying new things. Whether it is salad, corn on the cob, hamburgers, or pesto pasta, my toddler has a much more adventurous palate when we eat in our backyard or have a picnic in the park.
To a lesser degree this tactic works inside as well, when we have meals away from the dinner table, like a picnic on his bedroom floor or at the kitchen counter, he'll tend to try more diverse things as well. It was at the counter that we discovered his love for grape tomatoes, for instance.
What sorts of tricks and tips do you have for encouraging your child to try new foods?