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Food you hate

Postby Zohar » Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

I can't believe there hasn't been a thread about this already!

There are three things I just never eat (well, except meat, but that's not because I don't like it):
Olives (not problems with olive oil)
Eggplants (anything I eat with eggplant in it gives me a burning feeling in my throat... I always try new dishes and I'm always disappointed)
Bamiah/okra - it just feels so weird. It's rough on the outside and slimy on the inside. It reminds me of how kitten tongues would taste like.

I have a (stupid) friend who won't eat anything containing: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers. Will eat tomato sauce, though. He needs to grow up...

Is there anything you just won't eat?
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Re: Food you hate

Postby cypherspace » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:07 pm UTC

I'll try anything, but again I don't like olives. I've tried them regularly to see if they grow on me, and they just don't. I cannot stand avocado - it's practically tasteless and the texture is horrible. Guacamole is great though. There's nothing I /won't/ eat unless its smell actually makes me physically sick.

Fussy people piss me off. I make awesome food and they insist on picking out the onions or the tomatoes or whatever. It's pathetic. Grow up!
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Azrael » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:11 pm UTC

Mayonnaise or anything that closely resembles it.


cypherspace wrote:Fussy people piss me off. I make awesome food and they insist on picking out the onions or the tomatoes or whatever. It's pathetic. Grow up!
And yet ... you won't eat olives.

Because this comes up frequently with me: Continuing to treat my food preferences as you would the transient dislike shown by a petulant 5 year old will only earn you disdain and a rather terse send off.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:51 pm UTC

Things I can't stand:

-Dill pickles, or anything pickled. This includes, but is not limited to: eggs, pearl onions, artichoke hearts, palm hearts, garlic. I like spicy sweet pickles in very small doses every once in a great while.
-Horseradish
-Hot mustard
-Potatoes
-Green beans
-Rye or pumpernickel bread.
-Any kind of punch, koolaid, popsicle, candy, etc. with excessive amounts of food coloring. I can *taste* the dye.
-Swiss cheese
-Grapefruit juice
-Cauliflower
-Jello of any kind
-Dates
-Most salad dressing, and definitely any salad dressing that is actually *on* my salad when it gets to me. I like to administer my own dressing if there is going to be dressing.
-Dark red apples. I love apples, but the red ones have a mealy texture that I just can't deal with.

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-beets
-garbanzo beans that are not in hummus form
-every canned vegetable that I can think of, except perhaps mushrooms.
-water chestnuts
-oysters
-brussels sprouts

I could keep going, but I won't. I'm actually not a picky eater, but there are just some things that make me shake. There are quite a few meat or meat-based products that disgust me (sausage, spam, hash, headcheese, lunchmeat of various types), but since I am mostly vegetarian now (once in a while I'll eat a bit of chicken or fish, but never red meat), I rarely come across these things.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Nath » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:57 pm UTC

I dislike marmite. I tried it recently to see if it was as bad as I remembered. It was.

Zohar wrote:Eggplants (anything I eat with eggplant in it gives me a burning feeling in my throat... I always try new dishes and I'm always disappointed)
Bamiah/okra - it just feels so weird. It's rough on the outside and slimy on the inside. It reminds me of how kitten tongues would taste like.

That's unfortunate, but I sort of understand. Outside Indian cuisine, nobody seems to know what to do with these things :).

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:57 pm UTC

Eggplant is great as an ingredient in a grilled vegetable brown rice pilaf. Just make your brown rice and set it aside, prep the veggies by slicing lengthwise (no more than 1/4 inch thick) with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and your preferred all-purpose seasoning (I use Prudhomme Meat Magic for tons of things, meat or not), and then grill them until char lines appear and the flesh starts to wrinkle. I usually use eggplant, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and a mystery veggie which might be red bell peppers, asparagus or broccoli. When they're done, dice them, mix into the rice, add salt if you like.

But I digress. I will not eat:
cauliflower
beets
garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
calamari

That's all I can think of, unless I start counting things like canned green beans (which I don't because I eat them fresh).
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Kineticka » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:06 am UTC

I'll try just about anything, but there are two things that I can't get around.

First is broccoli stalks. I'll eat the floret with no problem, but for some inexplicable reason the texture of the bottom bugs me the hell out.

Although I adore the flavor of it, I really don't like the texture of onions either. I'll add it to my food to get the flavor in there, but they'll alway be large enough for me to eat around.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Kendo_Bunny » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:16 am UTC

I can't see how not liking peppers and onions is babyish, but disliking eggplant and olives is not. I hate peppers, and won't eat anything that has peppers in it. The taste lingers- I can't just 'eat around it' or 'pick it out'. I find peppers of all stripes foul. I can cook with onions, I just can't eat them. The texture of cooked onions is so slimy and gross- and for the record, according to the several onion lovers in my family, I cook them perfectly, so it's not my method.

I also hate:

Olives. Olive oil, I love. But the smell of olives makes me feel ill.
Celery. My Dad says it doesn't taste like anything, but to me it tastes like sneezes. Stringy sneezes.
Anything spicy. I can't handle it at all.
Fish. I may like the flavor, but fish freak me out.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Will » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:33 am UTC

I absolutely can't stand the taste of uncooked onions or tomatoes, but for some reason, once they're cooked I find them delicious. Also, I can not stand bell peppers, no matter how they're prepared. Outside of those, there is very little food I dislike.

cypherspace wrote:I'll try anything, but again I don't like olives. I've tried them regularly to see if they grow on me, and they just don't. I cannot stand avocado - it's practically tasteless and the texture is horrible. Guacamole is great though. There's nothing I /won't/ eat unless its smell actually makes me physically sick.

Fussy people piss me off. I make awesome food and they insist on picking out the onions or the tomatoes or whatever. It's pathetic. Grow up!


If someone took a shit in your food, and then told you to "grow up" when you refused to eat it, how would you react? This is precisely how I percieve it when someone tells me to "grow up." I'm not going to eat something whose taste I *can't fucking stand* just to keep from offending your delicate sensibilities. If you can't handle that, you're the one that needs to grow up.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Zohar » Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:13 am UTC

Will wrote:Fussy people piss me off. I make awesome food and they insist on picking out the onions or the tomatoes or whatever. It's pathetic. Grow up!


If someone took a shit in your food, and then told you to "grow up" when you refused to eat it, how would you react? This is precisely how I percieve it when someone tells me to "grow up." I'm not going to eat something whose taste I *can't fucking stand* just to keep from offending your delicate sensibilities. If you can't handle that, you're the one that needs to grow up.[/quote]

The thing is, the guy I was talking about won't even try anything new. I never had anything with eggplant in it that I like. I still try any eggplant dish I can find (that's vegetarian). Childish isn't the right word, maybe I mean more "close minded".

Plus, it get annoying when trying to make dinner for some friends that we can't use some incredibly basic ingredients.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby podbaydoor » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:56 pm UTC

Raisins. Can't stand 'em. Won't eat 'em.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Kendo_Bunny » Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:40 pm UTC

Being childish for not trying anything new is way different than labelling someone childish because they won't eat something they don't like. The smell of peppers makes me gag, so I won't even try to eat them- but I don't see that as being childish. I'll give a taste to anything if I can tolerate the smell, but if I can't, I know it's no use trying. My nose is too sensitive.

For Mr. Picky, cook dinner for your friends normally, and make him Mac and Cheese. If he wants to isolate himself culinarily, then give him his wish- not like it'll hurt him to eat what he wants, and he may get curious about what the rest of you are eating (yes, this is the method prescribed for getting picky toddlers to try different foods). If not, then you guys are eating what you want, and he's eating what he wants.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby apricity » Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:14 pm UTC

I'm a picky eater, and if anyone told me to "grow up" for refusing to eat something I already know I don't like, I would never eat with them again. I know what I don't like. I know there are things that will make me gag if I try to eat them. I think it's probably more polite to not eat it than to throw up because I forced it down.

I definitely won't eat:
-Most cooked vegetables. I'll usually try them, but the only ones I can remember ever liking are tomatoes, carrots, pea pods, peppers, edamame, and corn.
-No raw cauliflower, celery, or olives.
-Any and all seafood. I have never, ever liked any type of seafood, with the small exception of tuna from a can with mayonnaise, but even that I won't trust unless I made it myself. I won't try it if it smells at all like seafood.

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-Any kind of yogurt or cooked oatmeal. I've tried so many kinds of both, but something about the combination of the taste and texture makes me automatically sick.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby CorranH » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:08 am UTC

lanicita wrote:I'm a picky eater, and if anyone told me to "grow up" for refusing to eat something I already know I don't like, I would never eat with them again. I know what I don't like. I know there are things that will make me gag if I try to eat them. I think it's probably more polite to not eat it than to throw up because I forced it down.

I definitely won't eat:
-Most cooked vegetables. I'll usually try them, but the only ones I can remember ever liking are tomatoes, carrots, pea pods, peppers, edamame, and corn.
-No raw cauliflower, celery, or olives.
-Any and all seafood. I have never, ever liked any type of seafood, with the small exception of tuna from a can with mayonnaise, but even that I won't trust unless I made it myself. I won't try it if it smells at all like seafood.


Yay fellow picky eater! Yeah, I'm like you, in that I tend to be pretty anti-vegetable, sadly. I like most fruits, though. And I'll eat pretty much any kind of meat. I can't remember the last time I tried a meat I didn't like. Seafood I have little experience with, but I do love shrimp, and I've tried crab and lobster, which is good, but very rich. Fish is okay. I love tuna from a can with just a bit of mayo. My big problem is I usually (and I'm not entirely sure why. Vegetables used in making them?) don't like the various sauces and stuff that food comes in. Most anything with that kind of consistency, I don't like. I don't like any kind of dressing I've tried, I don't like any kind of dip I've tried, anything like that. That's where I usually run into trouble. And I admit, I generally feel bad when people cook for me, because either they're going to cook something I don't like, and I either won't eat it or have to choke it down, or I feel like an ass for making them go out of their way for me. I generally just tell 'em to stick with meat and they can't go wrong, if they ask. And yeah, telling me to grow up? That'll earn you a quick invitation to go fuck yourself. I'm not afraid to try new things, but I won't eat things I know I hate.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby parkaboy » Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:01 pm UTC

okra, hominy, flan/tapioca, things with a slimy gummy texture. blech. i also dislike dark red apples - very mealy =(
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Angelene » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:28 pm UTC

Hmm, I'm actually pretty tolerant with food, in that there's really very little that I absolutely won't eat, but there's some foods I generally try and avoid having to ingest.

-I can't abide by cooked cabbage, the smell alone is gross, but I like brussel sprouts, and will eat spinach depending on the method by which is was prepared.
-Celery I find rather inedible, it's all stringy and bitter and gross. I quite like leek sometimes though, it can seem rather nourishing and wholesome, especially with potatoes.
-Anything pickled is rather vile, I can't abide by anything too vinegary, it always just tastes off to me, that includes even salad cream. Except for vinaigrette dressings and vinegar on steaming hot chips (fries).
-Olives I just can't eat, but I have no real issue with olive oil, though I don't really like it when I can taste its presence in something it's not so offensive as to cause me to not want to eat it.
-Red apples I agree are too mealy, though I'll eat one if it's all there is, I'd rather a different variety.
-Dates are rather vile, and most dried fruits, I just don't enjoy the texture, with the exception of raisins and sultanas, and then only in dry desserts, porridge or bagels/cakes.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Moo » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:05 pm UTC

1. FOOD I HATE AND CAN'T EVEN PRETEND TO ENJOY:
- Olives
- Raw onion (stop putting it in premade tuna mayonaise things!!!!!!!!!!!)
- Brussel sprouts unless they are very very young
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- Greenbeans or carrots mashed up with potato. Carrots: yum. Green beans: yum. Potato: yum. Combine the latter with any two of the former: it makes me physically gag and I have to swallow it in big lumps if I'm a guest and I don't want to offend.

2. FOOD I CAN'T EAT BECAUSE I WILL DIE:
- Shellfish

3. FOOD I DON'T LIKE AND DON'T EAT WHEN I CAN AVOID IT:
- Things that taste like ocean. See 2 above. It just reminds me too much of things I am programmed to avoid at all cost. Like calamari unless it has been deepfried, or mussels (yes I can eat mussels, it's just crustaceans that have it in for me).
- Okra
- Cabbage (cooked. Coleslaw is ok. Just ok though.)
- Parsnips
- Swede
- Oily things. I mean excessively oily - I like chips/fries, for example, but not if the oil was too cold and they leave your face all shiny.
- Raw celery
- Undercooked things (proteins). Runny eggs, pink-in-the-middle salmon, rare steak. It's all in my head I'm sure but I can't shake it and frankly I don't particularly feel the need to. I have my steak medium or even medium rare, don't get me wrong, it doesn't have to be cinders, but not still raw in places. This extends to carpaccio, sashimi, etc.

I find it very interesting how many times I've shuffled things between category 1 and 3.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:37 pm UTC

The main food I won't eat is mayonnaise, but only as a spread on a sammich. I'll eat it if it's used as an ingredient, in foods such as tuna salad, egg salad, potato salad, and cole slaw. Spread it on a slice of bread for a sammich, and I won't touch it.

I don't eat pickles either. When I go to a fast food place and order a cheeseburger, I always make sure to tell them ketchup and mustard only.

I won't eat avocado, or anything made with avocado.

I don't think I've ever had eggplant, so I don't know if I'd like it. I've had squash, which is in the same family as eggplant, and it's pretty good.

As far as mustard is concerned, I'll eat regular yellow mustard, but not the hot, spicy brown mustard. Yes, I have no taste.

I don't like alcohol. Of any kind. I might use beer once in a while in burgers, but otherwise I won't have it.

Radishes and beets. Hate 'em.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Kizyr » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:00 pm UTC

There are very few things I absolutely won't eat (pork/alcohol/other forbidden items don't count). In fact, only two come to mind:
1) Natto
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Ugh... I have tried it, and it's... ugh...
2) Lamb/sheep meat containing parts of nervous system
I have to be specific because I love lamb. But, if it contains too much nervous tissue--like the brain or meat near the spine--then it induces a gag reflex. I'm not sure why, but the smell and the taste of it is really unpleasant to me. Lamb brain especially. The different texture doesn't help much either.
3) Salmon roe (or fish eggs in general)
It's not that I won't eat it, but it just has zero taste for me. I've even had what's supposed to be "good" salmon roe, and it still just tastes like sand for me.

Now for some things that I love yet are common revulsions:
- olives (black olives more so than green)
- okra (preferably breaded and fried)
- coconut (shredded, flakes, coconut milk, coconut water, anything)
- dates (very specific though--the only time I liked them was when I had them in Morocco; otherwise they're too sweet)
- eggplants (especially fried and/or in a curry)
- any and all seafood, except sea urchin or fish eggs (all roe counts)

CaraInFrames wrote:-Dates are rather vile, and most dried fruits, I just don't enjoy the texture, with the exception of raisins and sultanas, and then only in dry desserts, porridge or bagels/cakes.

I used to not be all that fond of dates. But, I tried some in Morocco and they were very unlike the ones I used to have in the US. The kind you've tried, are they the kind that're too syrupy/sugary? Or were they proper dried fruit?

I'm not knocking your tastes, by the way. There're some foods that I've even had "good" versions of and still disliked (salmon roe, e.g.); and my sister for instance still really doesn't like dates, even the "good" ones. But, if the only kind you've tried have been the ones that're usually available in the US, it might be worth it to try to find a good brand or variety to try once--at the very least, then you can be sure it's the taste of the fruit itself you dislike. KF
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Angelene » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:04 pm UTC

I've not tried an American variety, but I've tried them on more than one occasion and in more than one manifestation...their inclusion has destroyed many a pleasant dessert for me. They tend to be used in healthier incarnations of cakes to add a sticky, sweet texture but I just cannot abide them.

I am always open to having my mind changed, though. There's no one food that would dissuade me from at least trying a dish.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Rodan » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

bleh. coconut...

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Azrael » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:14 pm UTC

Will wrote:I absolutely can't stand the taste of uncooked onions or tomatoes, but for some reason, once they're cooked I find them delicious.

This. Yes. And yet, people always look at you kinda funny when you say it.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Bakemaster » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:25 pm UTC

Both onions and tomatoes contain a significant amount of natural sugars, the taste of which is brought out by heat (the fact that the process is called caramelization is not coincidental). In the case of tomatoes, you want slow-and-low heat for sauces; if you cook off too much of the water, for some reason the balance of sweetness and acidity tips toward the bitter end. For onions, which have less water to begin with (and I think more sugar? I have heard onions are surprisingly high in natural sugars), you want either a charcoal grill or a frying pan/flat griddle. With charcoal grills, onions are easy; just slice thick, wrap in foil and place either on the grid or directly on old coals. For the pan/griddle, use a small amount of oil and preferably a heavy-bottomed or cast iron skillet; start with a high flame and a hot pan, then reduce to medium. The timing is hard to explain but if you keep it on high heat or do it in reverse, raising the heat later, they'll get too dry and may burn.

Will wrote:Also, I can not stand bell peppers, no matter how they're prepared.

Are you talking specifically about green bell peppers? Because they have a much stronger and less sweet taste than red, yellow and orange peppers. There are very few dishes I really enjoy green bell peppers in, but I use red ones in various ways in a lot of recipes.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:44 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
Will wrote:Also, I can not stand bell peppers, no matter how they're prepared.

Are you talking specifically about green bell peppers? Because they have a much stronger and less sweet taste than red, yellow and orange peppers. There are very few dishes I really enjoy green bell peppers in, but I use red ones in various ways in a lot of recipes.


My parents aren't big fans of green bell peppers, but I love them. I usually sautee them in a little extra-virgin olive oil for most recipes, including homemade spaghetti sauce and chili. My parents I think only put it in spaghetti sauce. My mom doesn't like bell pepper in chili.

I'm not much of a fan of red or yellow bell peppers. I guess the color plays hell on my psyche, and it makes me think they're hotter than the green, when really they're not at all.

Will wrote:I absolutely can't stand the taste of uncooked onions or tomatoes, but for some reason, once they're cooked I find them delicious.


The only time I can eat raw tomatoes or onions is in a salad. I can stand raw tomatoes on a cheeseburger once in a while, but if I can avoid them, I will. Same goes with onions. When I used to live by myself, the BBQ restaurant behind my house mad some of the best cheeseburgers I've ever had. I would ask for the sharp cheddar, or "hoop" cheese as they called it, and grilled onions. You can't match it anywhere else. Believe me, I tried. I think the closest I've come is at either Jack's or Hardee's, where they put diced onion on the cheeseburgers.

I mainly like onions and tomatoes as an ingredient or garnish/relish. The former is really good chopped up on chili dogs.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby zombie_monkey » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

I am yet to encounter a food that I can not enjoy eating.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby stockpot » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:08 pm UTC

Things I won't eat
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Re: Food you hate

Postby trickster721 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:42 am UTC

Black olives are oily salty goodness, green ones just taste weird.

Anything involving soggy bread is an abomination. French onion soup, French toast... the French seem to be the major offenders here. Breakfast cereal in a bowl of milk also falls into that catagory. Civilized creatures drink their beverages from a glass, ok? They don't mix their entire meal together in a trough and slurp it down.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Will » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:52 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
Will wrote:Also, I can not stand bell peppers, no matter how they're prepared.

Are you talking specifically about green bell peppers? Because they have a much stronger and less sweet taste than red, yellow and orange peppers. There are very few dishes I really enjoy green bell peppers in, but I use red ones in various ways in a lot of recipes.


Nope, I've hated every variety I've tried. It's that strong taste that has kind of a bite to it, I hate it, it's in every variety of bell pepper, and cooking doesn't affect whatever chemical causes it.

Edit: The Japanese do this strange thing with onions, apparently they soak them in water? Or something. Anyway, all the flavor gets leeched out of them somehow and they end up tasting like...well, not a whole lot. Almost like lettuce. I liked it, at any rate.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby __Kit » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:20 am UTC

Tacos. Fuck tacos.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby tenohsix » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:24 am UTC

Things that I avoid at all costs:
-There's this dish my mom makes with eggplant, tomato, and chickpeas that I have never been able to stomach. I usually like (cooked) tomatoes and most forms of chickpeas, and I can even eat eggplant if it's cooked in certain ways...but there's just something about the combination, the sliminess and the particular flavor it takes on.
-most Chinese-style pickled things
-seaweed (the very bland, cooked stuff that's occasionally in miso soup is okay; those crispy, fishy sheets of seaweed are not)
-milk on and after it's expiration date, even if other people say it's still good


Things that I generally avoid, but can eat if politeness or my mother absolutely demand it:
-the squishy/seedy part of raw tomatoes
-black olives
-mealy apples
-ripe bananas

I'm vegetarian, but actually am not repulsed by most meat (I don't eat it, but am not bothered if someone near me is eating it), with the exception of anything that smells remotely fishy.

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This is such an apt description - personally, if I have to eat something I strongly dislike, I get a literal shudder of disgust right before swallowing.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:10 pm UTC

tenohsix wrote:-milk on and after it's expiration date, even if other people say it's still good


A lot of people are that way. I guess one reason being that whatever brand of milk you consumed as a child, if any, probably expired right on the date stamped on the carton or jug, or the day after. The only brand of milk that I've found that is still good for at least two or three days after the expiration date is Mayfield brand milk. I think it has something to do with the containers they put it in, since it is made a thicker plastic than most milk containers, therefore preventing odors from other foods from seeping in, and blocking out light. I remember my ex-roommate having bought a gallon of milk in the regular semi-clear plastic jug, and about three days before the expiration date it went bad. It was a cheap brand as well. I told her you have to get Mayfield, since the container helps to keep the milk fresher. She tried it, and sure enough she learned I was right.

And no...I don't work for Mayfield, nor do I know anybody who does. I'm stating this from my own experience.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Moo » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:14 pm UTC

In the UK, Cravendale have similar thicker, white opaque containers and the milk lasts much longer. I could never buy 2l semi-skimmed and 2l skimmed for just me and Hubby of a different brand and have it not go off. I bought some today actually (22 January); the date on them is 11 February.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby dubsola » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:01 pm UTC

People say 'Grow up' when you tell them you don't like something for probably one or more of the following reasons, from more to less offensiveness:
1. They are stupid, and rude.
2. They cannot imagine anyone not liking something that they really like.
3. They used to hate that thing, and then grew to like it, and think you should do the same.
4. They have an idea that you might have tried that thing in it's most offensive form, and they will be / have prepared it in a potentially less offensive form, and they would like to see if you still hate it.

Regardless, they could stand to be a bit more polite.

For me, there were a lot of foods I thought I hated, like asparagus, raw fish, olives, eggplants, blue cheese, brie cheese and so on. Then I just kept trying them, in various means and methods, and in different moods - glutton for punishment? Well, now I like them. In fact I love everything I just mentioned. I suspect there's some sort of tastebud training process.

Olives are a good example: I'm 29, and only started liking olives in the last year - I HATED them for so long (as did my much-pickier girlfriend), and then we tried some small, green, marinated olives at a Spanish restaurant. They were actually pretty good - the staff told us that we'd like them, and we did. Since then I've tried to 'keep my tongue in' by eating olives now and then - my girlfriend hasn't, and consequently, I'll occasionally eat them, and she won't.

It's handy to be able to choke down foods when travelling, by the way.

I enjoy a heck of a lot of different foods, and can eat a lot of weird ones. However, there are some foods that just don't excite me - chicken's feet, at Dim Sum. It's pretty boring, fatty and chewy. Tripe is too chewy. Boiled cabbage is just stupid - it's watery, tasteless and slimy - FAIL. Celery is pretty damned boring and stringy.

There are heaps of ways to experiment with food to see if you like it - take sweet potatoes. Roast them, mash them, then mix in fried spring onion (scallions) and a hefty dose of butter, salt and pepper. Take fish - a lot of fish is too... fishy. So add stuff to it, to compliment and ameliorate the flavour of the fish - like coriander, lime and sesame seed-encrusted salmon. It's delicious, and pretty damned healthy. Serve it with some fried noodles and the salmon isn't so strong.

Still, if you're happy with what you eat, that's fine - it's just a TINY bit disappointing to someone who does like what you hate, who thinks you are missing out. Don't get offended at the suggestion that you might like it, just get offended if someone tells you to grow up. Unless they're gruff but with a heart of gold - then it's ok.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby cypherspace » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:14 pm UTC

Fussy people piss me off. I make awesome food and they insist on picking out the onions or the tomatoes or whatever. It's pathetic. Grow up!


If someone took a shit in your food, and then told you to "grow up" when you refused to eat it, how would you react? This is precisely how I percieve it when someone tells me to "grow up." I'm not going to eat something whose taste I *can't fucking stand* just to keep from offending your delicate sensibilities. If you can't handle that, you're the one that needs to grow up.


Calm down, nutjob. If you won't try anything new, then you need to grow up. If you try things and then say sorry, you don't like them, that's fine. Not that I actually tell anyone to grow up anyway. But it *does* piss me off and will *continue* to piss me off when I make a damn tasty piece of food which everyone who tries it loves and yet there's always some stubborn idiot who refuses to even try it because they don't like one of the ingredients, even if you can't taste them properly.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:06 am UTC

cypherspace wrote:Calm down, nutjob.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby Will » Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:37 am UTC

Kizyr wrote:1) Natto
No explanation needed. Just: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natto
Ugh... I have tried it, and it's... ugh...


I've known people, gaijin even, that love natto. I think it's hideously disgusting. I do find it funny that a significant portion of Japanese people dislike it but still eat it for its health benefits. Except for Kansai. Can't hardly find it in that area.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby asad137 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:03 am UTC

Corn on the cob, or corn kernels, or anything like that. Absolutely disgusting. Makes me gag. Cornbread's fine, though, as is popcorn.

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Re: Food you hate

Postby The LuigiManiac » Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:28 am UTC

Food I hate with a passion:
  • Onions (except really crispy onion rings :P)
  • Garlic (in large quantities)
  • Coconut
  • Caramel
  • Peppers (exception: General Pepper)
  • Oranges
  • Most cream fillings
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Flying Betty » Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:58 am UTC

I'm a horribly picky eater. I hate it, probably way more than the people who get offended if I pick something out of their specialty dishes. There are some foods that I've tried again with an open mind and liked just fine, and some foods that I've tried again that had me gagging and diving for a glass of water. My eating habits are something that I'm actually kind of ashamed of, so I try to be really polite about not taking things and subtle about eating around certain ingredients. It works, too. If you point out loudly how picky you are while eating your chicken wrap for the 15th night in a row, yeah people will notice. If you just eat what you want and don't make an issue of it it's usually ok.

The list:
Any meat that hasn't been preserved beyond all recognition. (Bacon and pepperoni and that sort of thing are ok. That's really about it.)
Onions. They can be there for flavor but I have to pick out any chunks that are big enough to see/taste
Potatoes
Overcooked vegetables
Seafood. This goes along with meat except that it's so foul it deserves its own entry.

I will eat the occasional French fry, but mostly out of self defense (and drowned in ketchup). As you can see, fast food really isn't very appealing to me but it's hard to survive high school in America without compromising at least slightly. Before they had salads on a regular basis it was incredibly awkward because there would be absolutely nothing on the menu that I would eat at all. Though I do kind of miss the weird looks you get when I would try to order a bacon cheeseburger hold the burger.
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Re: Food you hate

Postby Mystify » Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:38 pm UTC

I'm a very fussy eater, and no, I won't eat food that contain things that I know I don't like. If you tell me something has eggplant in it, I will simply say "I'm sorry, but I really cannot stomach eggplant", and if you are going to get offended then I really don't want to eat with you. I've tried it, I don't like it, just because you can't really taste it doesn't mean that I won't. I try to try new things, but there are some food out there that I simply cannot bring myself to put in my mouth - especially those that look exceptionally slimy.

The main things on my list that I will not eat:

- Pumpkin
- Eggplant
- Olives
- Mushrooms
- Shellfish (I think I might be allergic, or I might just *really* not like crab)

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