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The salty licorice thread that popped up here yesterday got me to thinking about things that start out tasting strange or downright unpleasant and develop into a rarified addiction. Retsina comes to mind. Also Liederkrantz cheese and oil-cured olives. Chartreuse and bitter lemon. Sardines with raw garlic. What is your favorite deadly little snack that elicits shudders of revulsion from the non-partakers?

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  1. Campari; strong blue cheeses; organ meats in general, sweetbreads and kidneys in particular; brussels sprouts; tiny whole dried and deep-fried anchovies, salted and seasoned.

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    1. re: ironmom

      I worked with a guy in Texas that ate raw pig brains for lunch every day. At lunch time, without fail, we had to stop at the same market every day so Lester could get his pig brains.`He never ate anything with them, either. No hot sauce--nothing.

      1. re: flavrmeistr

        OK, that's it--I haven't read all the other posts, but you win, hands down, no contest.

        1. re: Mike M

          Well, Lester wins, at least...provided he's still alive. I have to admit he had the most disturbing eating habit I ever witnessed.

          1. re: flavrmeistr

            Well, I didn't think anyone could top this, till I heard about Lester's pig brains. But here goes: as a child I watched in horror as my Polish immigrant grandfather would peel the layer of fat off the edges of liverwurst lunchmeat and make sandwiches on wonderbread--with the strips of fat, not the liverwurst.

            1. re: Babette

              is that fat? I always just thought it was a form of casing, like a sausage uses to hold it all together as a solid meat.

              1. re: sourpatch

                No, it was white fat around square slices of liverwurst lunchmeat, not the sausage shaped liverwurst in casing we get now. Maybe I'm showing my age!

                1. re: Babette

                  Spreading fat on bread is not really that weird. One man's butter is another man's Schmalz.

            2. re: flavrmeistr

              Are you sure his name was Lester, not Hannibal? Did he like fava beans and a nice chianti, too?

              1. re: Kirk

                With fava beans and a nice chianti??? I thought that was liver.

          2. re: flavrmeistr

            WHAT???!!!! that's pathological.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              I am nearly hurling just thinking about it.

              I was once in a Diner in Greensboro, NC and saw the following on the breakfast menu:

              Pork Brains & Eggs

              Granted it is nowhere near as foul as raw brains... But I just could not conceive of eating brains for breakfast in any way shape or form.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                You must have been at Robinson's Restaurant close to downtown Greensboro. I miss that place. But not for the brains...

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  I grew up in the mountains of NC, and my mom would occasionally bring home little containers of pig brains and scramble them up with some eggs. She was not a trashy woman, and I don't know when she developed a taste for brains, but it's a pretty common favorite with old-timers in NC. I never tried the dish myself....

                  My grandfather loved chitterlings. He boiled them up once in a while. I did try those...once....

                  1. re: uptown jimmy

                    Fried brains are tasty, but I have to say that I've never heard of anyone in the U.S. eating RAW brains. What immigrant culture does this come from?

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      I don't know anything about raw brains. Like I said, she scrambled them with eggs...

                    2. re: uptown jimmy

                      My father really liked scrambled eggs and brains ... the textures were similar ... and I recall trying them and liking them as a child. We were in western Pennsylvania, and his family background was German. Alas, I'm in public health now, and I no longer eat nervous system tissue.

                      1. re: Meann

                        My mom is Jewish, but I don't know what part of Europe they were from, or how far back.

                        I think the brains thing is just old-school "eat every shred of the animal" sort of stuff, you know? Subsistance behavior.

                        "I no longer eat nervous system tissue". That's a great line. I will use that in the future.

                    3. re: StriperGuy

                      Haha! I know that place. A certain Congressman enjoys those brains and eggs.

                      1. re: Sue in Mt P

                        I think everyone in Congress should make an effort to get all the brains they can.

                      2. re: StriperGuy

                        Maybe brains for breakfast is (was) a Southern thing----my great-grandmother used to make them, rolled in cornmeal and fried in salty bacon grease, and the object was to have the outside very crunchy to contrast with the gushy texture of the inside (I apologize for this post). Oh God, and when I was three I thought they were delicious---now I can barely write this.

                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          My Dad grew up on brains & eggs in southwest Missouri. They're supposed to be very 'creamy'. I'd try them.

                          One funny thing: In the Ozarks in the 40's people ate rice as a breakfast cereal with milk and sugar; they didn't know another way to cook it. That sounds awful to me.

                          1. re: weewah

                            That sounds a lot like rice pudding to me.

                            1. re: guilty

                              sounds a bit like a bit of trivia I once heard. Apparently when tea first began to be imported to the american colonies, the colonists used to toss out the water (i.e. the tea) and serve the leaves with cream and sugar; the fact that you could drink the liquid didn't become common knowledge till much later.

                            2. re: weewah

                              My mother is from north central Missouri and she made us rice with cinnamon, sugar and milk for breakfast regularly. She also made a mean rice pudding.

                              "Weewah"? That refers to the cake from the Little Rascals, no? That's pretty funny!

                              1. re: flavrmeistr

                                Now you've got me started- I'm going to be making that weewah sound all day, and giggling to myself! It's your fault whan others think I'm nuts, though it won't do me much good here...

                              2. re: weewah

                                Ouuuu; rice with milk and sugar is good...add a little nutmeg and it's even better. Okay, I'm a few (decades) over 21, but I've eaten boiled/steamed rice this way since 'forever' and I'm barely south of the 45th Parallel...but my parents were wed during the (earlier) Great Depression, both of traditional farm families with extended circles of family and friends from many countries and cultures, so we have eaten it all (just about.) Once, and only once, I did purchase a carton of brains but when I opened them, the odor was more than my senses could bear; now with a nursing career under my belt and several family members in police, emergency services, and hospital care careers, I just don't "do" organs....except heart and liver...and then only when I cook them myself on the rare occasion. Brains and eggs is rather 'normal' in a lot of cultures...did I say Grandma was from Denmark by way of Tennessee...my granddad was one of those very old TN families who used every part of the pig, and I'm afraid to (gag) say, the practice of drinking blood was part of the butchering ritual on some farms. (I hope/pray not on his....it was NOT on ours...) Raw brains? Hmmmm....sure sounds like a way to acquire chronic wasting disease (Mad Cow disease), good grief....rolfffffff.

                                1. re: OldGrayWolf

                                  Rice for breakfast.. i grew up thinking that was normal. Any sausage put in front of me.. i suspected blood. My Norwegian grandmother lived with us when i was a child

                            3. re: flavrmeistr

                              Did he ever say how he acquired the taste for raw brains? Was it even the taste that attracted him? Did he have some idea that they were good for him, or that they'd make him smarter? Are there porcine prion disease (mad pig disease, maybe?) So many questions.

                              1. re: optimal forager

                                Yeah I'm perplexed why anyone would develop a taste for raw organs of any kind. I find it disturbing, but then I opened a link someone has posted in here,(I forget the name-Don't eat that Dave!??)) and there was a can of filthy infected corn that is considered a delicacy in Mexico?
                                I swear....

                                1. re: chef chicklet

                                  You're probably referring to Huitlacoche, basically corn that's
                                  deformed and blackened by fungus infestation. sometimes
                                  euphemistically called "corn truffle". but if properly prepared,
                                  I can honestly say it is not bad at all! very unique musky flavor

                                  1. re: pushslice

                                    That was an ingredient on last night's "Chopped Champions"!

                                  2. re: chef chicklet

                                    That's huitlacoche, and it's delicious.

                                  3. re: flavrmeistr

                                    That is some serious trichinosis waiting to happen.

                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                      Ugh...that reminds me of "Night of the Living Dead" movies...."Moooooorre braiiiinnsss!"
                                      Eeek!! Gonna have nighmares if I could sleep tonight...

                                    2. re: ironmom

                                      Ditto on the Campari. This past Thanksgiving, however, I served a Campari, Limoncello, Vodka and Orange Juice cocktail to a group of mostly Campari haters. Everybody
                                      (age range 30's to 80's) had 2nds, 3rd's (and some 4ths).

                                      1. re: SJ

                                        Try this:
                                        1½ tsp Campari
                                        1½ tsp Cointreau
                                        1 tbsp sweet vermouth
                                        Put these in a Champagne glass with a sweet cherry and fill with sparkling wine.

                                        1. re: ironmom

                                          I love Campari, and will try that cocktail this evening!

                                          I am a pretty tame eater, but I do have a friend who follows a strange diet (loosely based on the beliefs of the Price Foundation) and eats avocados, raw eggs and raw calves liver every day, and not much else. We have to make a special trip to Whole Foods every day to get the liver when he visits, and he eats it in the car on the way home.

                                          1. re: Divamac

                                            One of my favourite Summer drinks is Campari and Orangina (or orange Pellagrino) over ice.

                                            1. re: Fydeaux

                                              Great idea. I always just did Campari with oj and club soda and a lime, but this sounds nicer, less sweet.

                                            2. re: Divamac

                                              Ah ain't ridin' in no car with no feller what eats raw liver...he just might get ta lookin' katty-corner at me...and mine.

                                      2. I used to keep a bag of dried shrimp in my desk drawer at work, until my colleagues complained of the smell when I opened it up for a quick snack. I love them though.

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                                        1. re: Pat Hammond

                                          I thought I was the only one! To ratchet this particular nastiness up a bit, when I get the ones dried in the shell at the Korean market, I roast them in a cast iron skillet, in a little oil and kosher salt. Eat'em like peanuts..You just haven't LIVED... ;)

                                          1. re: Pat Hammond

                                            I hate to admit it, but whenever I am in chinatown I filch a few dried shrimp from the bulk bin and munch on them right in the store!

                                          2. – Fernet Branca
                                            – The Mungo Sandwich (tunafish and peanut butter with red onion)
                                            – Scents gum. Haven't had it in years, don't know if it's still made. Tasted like violet soap.

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                                            1. re: GG Mora

                                              Choward's Scented Gum is great--in an awful perfumy sort of way. It's still around. I just might have to seek some out at lunch. They also make pastilles--in lemon flavor for the "normals" as well as that wacky violet.

                                              You have to admire Choward for not bothering to update their Art Deco package design since the Hoover administration. [does anyone know anything about this company that time forgot?]

                                              To the list, I'm going to add pickled herring in cream sauce. yum.

                                              1. re: Wisco

                                                I will second creamed herring and add smoked oysters in tins with a dash of hot sauce on top - usually Frank's. D.

                                                1. re: Wisco

                                                  Pickled herring in cream sauce with thinly sliced dill pickles added in, eaten with fresh rye bread - even yummier! Also, mashed tomato herring sandwiches with sliced cucumber on toast.

                                                  1. re: Wisco

                                                    Herring in cream sauce chopped with green apples, pickled beets, onions and capers on rye!
                                                    And I will add sardines in oil on onions rolls with lemon for breakfast.

                                                    1. re: Wisco

                                                      there is a chewing gum called thrills in canada; not sure if it's also in the uk. it tastes like a soapier sen-sen. it is definitely a nasty little treat: you hate it, but you also have to love it. it gives you thrills.

                                                      basset's licorice allsorts. i don't think these are nasty in any way, but i gather that most everybody else does. i get a very distinct biannual craving for these.

                                                      1. re: emily

                                                        I LOVE allsorts. My Grandmother kept a jar in her china closet. Licorice smell always makes me think of her.

                                                      2. re: Wisco

                                                        Ooh, I love the violet pastilles. Even though (or because?) they taste like soap.

                                                        1. re: Wisco

                                                          Their clove flavor is delightful, too.

                                                          1. re: Wisco

                                                            Never had the gum, but I love the violets.

                                                          2. re: GG Mora

                                                            The mungo sandwich sounds like something I could come to like, however as I finally approach the end of a bottle of Fernet Branca, I can't even begin to imagine purchasing another. As much as I would have liked it to become a "treat", it still comes across as a punishment.

                                                            1. re: Bobfrmia

                                                              What does Fernet Branca taste like? I used to go out for business lunches in NJ quite often, mostly for Italian, and my boss always ordered a digestif drink - it was thick and dark, and somewhat reminiscent of Sambucca, but not. I enjoyed it, but never identifed it. Maybe it was Fernet Branca?

                                                              ETA: I just saw the description of it below...still think that may be what I was being served.

                                                            2. re: GG Mora

                                                              I love the violet gum...they have a candy too, but I don't like them as much.

                                                              1. re: GG Mora

                                                                For the uninitiated, is there an easy way to describe Fernet Branca? Is it similar to Campari in its bitterness or maybe like Cynar, the artichoke liquer? Just wondering. Thanks.

                                                                1. re: tony

                                                                  Bitter and sweet and very aromatic in a minty-anisey-herby sort of way.

                                                                  1. re: GG Mora

                                                                    Thank you. Like a mix of Pernod and Campari?

                                                                    1. re: tony

                                                                      Not nearly so heavy on the anise flavor.

                                                                  2. re: tony

                                                                    I always have descibed it as something like Vicks 44 and everclear, only not as sweet.

                                                                    1. re: Bobfrmia

                                                                      That's a night you won't remember :)

                                                                    2. re: tony

                                                                      I think "dilute menthol pinetar" sort of captures it. It's a drink! It's a
                                                                      medicated dandruff shampoo!

                                                                      1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                                                        No, if I knew the medicated dandruff shampoo wouldn't hurt me, I'd drink that first. Infernal Branca IS like Vicks 44 and Everclear but not as sweet, with some dilute menthol pinetar too. But there's a noxious green note missing in these descriptions... maybe parsley, algae, brussels sprouts?

                                                                        (And this is coming from someone who loves the taste of Jagermeister.)

                                                                        This is a wonderful SF Weekly piece, several pages long, on Fernet Branca.

                                                                  3. Matjes herring -- a Dutch delicacy available for only a short time each year (this is the time and I have several waiting for me for breakfast tomorrow).
                                                                    Boquerones -- a pickled white anchovy served widely in Spanish bars
                                                                    Peanut butter and pickle relish on a Ritz cracker -- my dad used to make these when I was a kid, but has since denied ever eating them. Maybe he just fed them to me???

                                                                    Looking at these, I realize that sweet/pickly/salty must be one of my "dirty" little flavor favorites!

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                                                                    1. re: Kirk

                                                                      I don't know...that all sounds pretty good to me. Especially the herring. My dad's favorite was limburger and garlic salami on hardtack with scallions washed down with many National Bohemians. The minute he opened the cheese, everyone cleared out.

                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                        Purchased limburger only once in my life; had to pull over on the highway and toss it out the window (apologies to the DNR)...bluuuuck. Nasty treats? Hmm...the appearance of nasty: I sprung a 'nasty' treat on my children when they were very young...stuffed dates with cream cheese and pecan halves...told 'em they were June bugs as I bit into one. My older son (about 11 then) gagged and ran from the room.

                                                                      2. re: Kirk

                                                                        My mom, who was from St. Louis, favored peanut butter sandwiches made with sliced radishes OR sweet gherkins, AND lettuce and mayonnaise on toast. I've never met anyone else who ate any combination of these ingredients, but they were delicious!

                                                                        1. re: Tony Miller

                                                                          My little brother used to eat PB and mayo on toast, and I considered it very strange. If he'd added pickles or radishes, we would've had him carted off to the funny farm!

                                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                                            Peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches! Yeah...they're good, really they are. Add crisp bacon if you need a change-up.

                                                                          2. re: Tony Miller

                                                                            My dad would do that but add Bologna. Sometimes he'd even pour tomato soup over the top. Called it Vern's Special.

                                                                        2. banana and mayonnaise sandwiches. mmmmmm.....

                                                                          1. Remember Sen-Sen? Tasted a little like soap, but after a while it was sort of good.

                                                                            My dad used to have a can of sardines in oil, along with saltine crackers and a beer, for his Saturday lunch. I never got into it, though.


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                                                                            1. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                              My Dad and I used to have sardine sandwiches on white toast with mayo and iceberg. We thought it was perfectly normal, and delicious!

                                                                              1. re: suzannapilaf

                                                                                My favorite was sardine sandwiches on Milbrook Dutch Dill bread with spicy mustard. Can't get the bread any more so a cracker will do now and then.

                                                                              2. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                                God that sardines in oil, crackers (Saltines, right?) and beer meal takes me back. Yum. The lunch of choice of my grandpa, too. I love it and have fond memories. I always associate canned sardines with old men, lol. It turns out, surprisingly, that sardines packed in olive oil or other low-saturated oil, are incredibly good for you, since you get the fish oil, calcium from the small bones, and low incidence of mercury because the fish are small, and a whole protein. I always used to think it was the height of unhealthy, and now it turns out it's not! What joy :)

                                                                                1. re: Mrs. Smith

                                                                                  Also, sardines have a substance (forget what) that's supposed to help you stay young. This is why we Scandinavians allegedly keep our good looks so long!

                                                                                  Anyway, one of my faves is sardines (the tinier the better) with avocado on sourdough french.

                                                                                  1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                    Thats sounds good, will have to try it..

                                                                                    1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                      You inspired me, Sharuf (is it Sha-roof or Shar-uff?). This evening I had smoked kingfish, avocado and balsamic vinagrette on Cuban bread. Yum!

                                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                        It's nice to know I inspired somebody, even if it is on this crazy thread!

                                                                                        BTW "Sharuf" is an amalgam, meant to be read, not spoken. Like "UCLA" or "IMHO".

                                                                                    2. re: Mrs. Smith

                                                                                      Sardines in oil (the small ones that come in two layers in the can) and cheddar cheese on saltines. YUM...A treat I have to enjoy alone. :> )

                                                                                    3. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                                      Yes, Sardines! Sardines, warm brie, mustard on toast.
                                                                                      Peanut butter, iceberg lettuce and mayo on white bread.
                                                                                      raw egg yolk mixed with white bread cubes with lots of salt.
                                                                                      brown sugar and butter on white bread.

                                                                                      1. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                                        I like sardines mixed with Helmann's mayo on a saltine with a slice of sharp cheddar and a slice of sweet pickle. Yum!

                                                                                        If you think that's nasty, I also love raw pancake batter, preferably buttermilk for that extra tartness.

                                                                                        1. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                                          ahh sen-sen, like licorice scented dish detergent...actually i can't stand the stuff.

                                                                                          sardines in oil i second, on toast, with hot sauce.

                                                                                          1. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                                            Sardines, saltines and sweet pickels make a great little lunch. Me and Papa used to eat that almost every day when I was a boy. Sometimes Vienna sausages instead of sardines...

                                                                                            1. re: Seattle Rose

                                                                                              my dad always carried sen-sen... i always thought of it as a treat he would give me on the way to sunday school..every week

                                                                                            2. Liverwurst, onion and Ketchup sandwich.

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                                                                                              1. re: FatBob

                                                                                                My mom used to make that sandwich for my lunchbox when I was in grade school, in the 60's. I loved it. Haven't had it in a few decades, maybe I should try it again....

                                                                                                1. re: FatBob

                                                                                                  Or liverwurst, onion, lettuce and mustard on rye toast.

                                                                                                      1. re: Tony Miller

                                                                                                        Liverwurst, dill pickles and mustard on rye.

                                                                                                      2. re: FatBob

                                                                                                        liverwurst, cream cheese, onions and yellow mayo on white bread.YUMYUMYUM
                                                                                                        I'll have to try liverwurst, ketchup and onions!

                                                                                                        1. re: kimmer1850

                                                                                                          I don't even know what yellow mayo is ...

                                                                                                        2. re: FatBob

                                                                                                          Appropriately named: Liver Worst! This is one I can't stand (and there isn't much I don't like.)
                                                                                                          I will on occasion buy it for DW, who considerately eats when I'm not around.

                                                                                                          1. re: FatBob

                                                                                                            Colbert made liverwurst and ketchup on when his guest was Martha Stewart. More mainstream than you thought!

                                                                                                          2. Childhood treats I have outgrown: bolgona and Miracle Whip rollups; A1 sauce on White bread; ham sandwich made with 1/4 c. mustard, all of them my own disturbing inventions.

                                                                                                            Current favorites: Campari; stinky cheese; sweetbreads; duck fat; anchovies and sardines; stinky cured meat; anything involving raw eggs and/or rare ground meat.

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                                                                                                              Caitlin Wheeler

                                                                                                              As a child, I like raw hot dog (I know they're cooked already, but these weren't recooked), dill pickle and mayo sandwiches on rye bread.

                                                                                                              I've never understood it myself, but some people have an aversion to raw oysters and tell me it's an acquired taste. I think I acquired it when I was 10, cause I can eat those babies all day long.

                                                                                                              I'm a big fan of sandwiches made with Colman's mustard and butter. That's it.

                                                                                                              1. Everyone finds someting disgusting. Here's what seems to disturb my friends most:

                                                                                                                - drinking half and half
                                                                                                                - eating cold butter alone
                                                                                                                - dipping extra sharp cheese hunks in mayonnaise (forget the cracker) - my dad taught me this one while we would watch football together
                                                                                                                - anchovies anchovies anchovies

                                                                                                                can you tell I have a thing for dairy?

                                                                                                                I have to say, I was grossed out by the pig brains. yowzas.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Celeste

                                                                                                                  My friends think this is disgusting

                                                                                                                  Smoked Oysters Rumaki: a smoked oyster (yes, from a can), wrapped with bacon, skewerd with a water chestnut slice. Broiled. Yum.

                                                                                                                  My European friends think that peanut butter on white sandwiches with milk is about one of the most disgusting things they've ever heard of. Of course many Europeans think PB is gross in general, and that adults drinking cow's milk is just plain weird. It seems so innocuous to most americans.

                                                                                                                  The Australians and also Brits eat vegemite and marmite. I mean gross!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Mrs. Smith

                                                                                                                    Nothing wrong with Vegemite! As long as it's spread 1/4 inch thick on top of 1/4 inch of butter, on white bread. *Drool!*

                                                                                                                    1. re: Mrs. Smith

                                                                                                                      Smoked oyster rumaki sounds a whole lot better than the chicken liver variety. I'd probably alternate them on a skewer with the canned water chestnuts wrapped in bacon also, naturally. i can see me eating a whole lot of those.

                                                                                                                      I love the shredded spicy dried squid they have in the Asian supermarkets, but I have to be careful who i'm going to be around, as in somebody else who will share them with me so nobody gets grossed out by the smell. It's a social guilty pleasure for me.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Celeste
                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                      My MIL and her friends, when in boarding school (in Hong Kong), apparently snuck down to the kitchen in the night to eat butter with regularity.

                                                                                                                      I've gotten some frowns for liking to eat raw piecrust scraps.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Celeste

                                                                                                                        Celeste, find a copy of "Murder on the Iditerod Trail" which tells a lot about how people survive driving the Iditerod. For energy in the extreme cold, at rest stops they eat whole sticks butter the way other people would eat a chocolate bar.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                          That actuallt makes sense, if you think about it. And in some ways, a stick of butter isn't all that different from some forms of Akutaq (eskimo ice cream) just using butterfat instead of animal fat (or crisco) and leaving the berries (or fish, or sugar) out. From a nutritional point and energy point of view it's probably pretty close. I understand that the people who work at the reaseach stations in Antartica have a similar hypercaloried diet to have sufficinet energy to work, I seem to recall something about each person eating a whole quart of ice cream for desert each night being considered normal. I alose seem to recall something about one time, when the food shipment was late (or deficient) one of the station crews supplementing thier diet by drinking seal milk (they sait it tastedsort of like a lard milkshake)

                                                                                                                      2. Liederkrantz cheese? Liederkrantz is for wimps! REAL extreme cheese lovers go for the all-out full-strength thing -- Limburger, no less!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                                                          Limburger and onions on pumpernickle washed down with a nice dark beer.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                                                            actually LIMBURGER is pretty wimply itself, at least if you consider just how truly powerful some of the other washed rind cheeses in the world are. The odor and taste of Limburger is NOTHING compraed to a full raw milk Munster Gerome, a Livarot, or a Mariolles (there is a reason why the French nickname for this cheese is le puiant, "the stinker"). If you want to add in firm washed rind chesses you can also add in things like Swiss Tete du Moine, probably the most powrful washed rind cheese a person in the US can currently get thier hands on (this is due to the fact that under the current USDA regs no raw milk "soft cheeses" even ones that are more than 60 days old are allowed to be imported so waht we get (al least legallly) are pasturaized versions, which tend to be tamer. Tete however is not considered "soft" and is more than 60 days old so it's okay. The Swiss like to use their little girolles to shave tiny wafers off the cheese, but true devotees (like me) like big heavy hunks of the stuff all at once. Actually that remind me of the nastiest thing I've ever developed an addiction to, Grilled Tete Sandwitches (smelly cheese gets smellier if you melt it) and Tete burgers!

                                                                                                                            Off the cheese eveyone else in my family thinks my fondness for Borjomi (a Geogian (country not state) mineral water) is pretty nasty. They just can't get used ot how salty it is.

                                                                                                                          2. I like Goya Pulpo, octopus in sardine type tins in hot sauce/oil. I eat it on crackers. I also like sardine on crackers, I picked this up from my grandfather who used to eat them often for lunch.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: M. Allen

                                                                                                                              Forgot that my Dad and I used to mash up canned sardines with mustard - just French's - and spread on saltines. Num, num! D.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Donna - MI

                                                                                                                                Oh yeah, well, top that with a slice of hard boiled egg, and roasted red pepper, then yer talkin'!

                                                                                                                                1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                  Will have to try that. By the way, this is off topic, but are you the one who gave the recipe for the ginger molasses cookies with 1 T. ginger in them? If so, I made them and they were delicious! If not, I thank whoever posted it. Far from a nasty little treat. D.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Donna - MI

                                                                                                                                    Yep, they were mine...Thanks. Now that you've made them, try increasing the spices a little each time, til they're Xtreme cookies...Heh,heh,heh....

                                                                                                                              2. re: M. Allen

                                                                                                                                I love Goya Pulpo en Su Tinta, octopus in it's own ink...Ambrosia...Straight from the can....Okay, I pretend it's a healthy meal, and dump it on a salad...

                                                                                                                                1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                  I had octopus in it's own ink in mexica a gazillion years ago and I still remember it vividly as one of the most very delicious things I have ever eaten. I have to try the canned...

                                                                                                                                2. re: M. Allen

                                                                                                                                  Doesn't the tinta turn your tongue blue?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sharuf

                                                                                                                                    No, I guess because it's cooked with olive oil, the staining properties are spent...It does look kinda muddy, but oh, that deep, earthy taste.... ;)

                                                                                                                                3. Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro sandwiches. The more fresh cilantro, the better. Can not eat near the husband. The mere presence of the herb nauseates him. Ditto Campari on the rocks.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ping

                                                                                                                                    I like the sound of that sandwich!

                                                                                                                                  2. Brilliant thread concept!

                                                                                                                                    Campari is a nasty little favorite of mine. Also, preserved tofu.

                                                                                                                                    1. I like toast with peanut butter covered with plain yogurt. Also thin slices of raw garlic on either toast or potato chips that have been spread with or dipped in sour cream.

                                                                                                                                      1. Durian. its a Southeast asian fruit that smells like sulfur. I generally have it as a smoothy but also eat it by itself. It is a big ugly spikey fruit that you cut open and eat the custardy flesh. The first time you eat it in an asian restaurant you will ussually get a crowd of waiters watching the gringo eat in order to see the first expression on their face. After the first few times to try this you fall in love with it. As an added bonus you can usually get the "real" dishes when the waiter finds out you like durian. They tend to not steer you away from some dishes because you aren't asain.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: John Scar

                                                                                                                                          ahhh.... the "king of fruits"! i'm a big fan. makes excellent, excellent ice cream too.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: BGrey

                                                                                                                                            Always wanted to try some of that. A fruit that smells
                                                                                                                                            of rotting meat sounds powerfully intriguing.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: John Scar

                                                                                                                                            John Scar, I really like your description.

                                                                                                                                          3. anchovy paste on saltines. Settles a dodgy stomach in a NY minute.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: annieb

                                                                                                                                              I love that! I was over at a friend's boat once, and the only food was a tin of sardines in louisiana hot sauce, goat cheese, and saltines. Surprisingly excellent combination. :)

                                                                                                                                            2. My dad and I used to enjoy canned Vienna sausages with saltines. I "outgrew" that little delicacy, but he loved it all his life (and lived to be 86).

                                                                                                                                              I love spinach in any shape or form, but will no longer eat cold, soggy, leftover spinach straight out of the refrigerator, as I did as a child.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Zorra

                                                                                                                                                really strong horseradish on buttered toast... with onion.

                                                                                                                                              2. how did i miss a discussion on salty licorice? where is it?

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: rachel b.

                                                                                                                                                  Not About Food, 12/11/02

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                    I can't find it either...and I searched too. Did someone say something bad?

                                                                                                                                                    peace, jill

                                                                                                                                                2. Laphroaig.

                                                                                                                                                  Cream cheese, anchovies, raw onion on rye or crackers.

                                                                                                                                                  Peanut butter and banana sandwich with hot sauce (no mayo).

                                                                                                                                                  When I was little I thought cottage cheese was always eaten with mayo. My parents disclaim any responsibility.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aromatherapy

                                                                                                                                                    I always have my peanut butter & banana on toast with a nice, iced, spicy-hot V8 on the side. If no spicy hot V8 is available, regular V8 with a big dash of Cholula will do.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aromatherapy

                                                                                                                                                      What kind of hot sauce?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Zorra

                                                                                                                                                        Whatever's handy. Tabasco, Frank's, siracha... hard to think of a bad match, actually. I like the spicy V8 idea.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: aromatherapy

                                                                                                                                                        Wait. You're not calling Laphroaig nasty, are you?????

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MobyRichard

                                                                                                                                                          Oh man, Laphroaig, mmmmm, nice and smokey. Tastes like peat moss and I mean that in a good way.

                                                                                                                                                      3. How about beef kidney made with a hard-boiled egg sauce and served on toast, with tabasco? Has anyone else ever had it? It is so so good. My mom used to make it every Sunday morning, boiling the kidneys for what seemed an eternity on Saturdays. It gave off a disgusting smell that filled the entire house, along with another repulsive gray foam that emerged on the top of the water, but I never complained, because I knew what we were having for breakfast the next day.

                                                                                                                                                        Other than that, I really like chocolate and Saltines.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bigskulls

                                                                                                                                                          Know that smell and foam well. Mom used to make dog food out of kidneys, along with rice and other organ meats.

                                                                                                                                                        2. Eaten separately, not in combination: sweet breads, smoked oysters and goat cheese. My girlfriend tasted goat cheese the other day by mistake for the first time and she complained about it for the rest of the night claiming she couldn't get rid of the taste. Lots of people consider goat cheese really rough to take.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Eaten separately, not in combination: sweet breads, smoked oysters and goat cheese. My girlfriend tasted goat cheese the other day by mistake for the first time and she complained about it for the rest of the night claiming she couldn't get rid of the taste. Lots of people consider goat cheese really rough to take.

                                                                                                                                                            1. As a little kid, I remember liking white flour all by itself. My grandmother was terrified that it would turn into glue in my stomach. I also loved the taste of envelope glue.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Lindsay B.

                                                                                                                                                                I used to eat that thick white kindergarten paste (the kind that had a small plastic spatula for spreading it attached under the lid) when I was in...well, kindergarten. I remember it tasting pretty good. I'm still around, so I guess having glue in your stomach isn't deadly. I like omochi as a grownup, so I suppose I haven't changed that much.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Lindsay B.

                                                                                                                                                                  I was a chronic papereater. I started with the paper napkins in kindergarten; after our treat, I'd eat part of the napkin. Then in other grades, I'd fold down the lined paper, tear off strips and eat strip after strip. Maybe I just needed fiber in my diet!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Seldomsated

                                                                                                                                                                    My friends taught me to eat the paper cupcake cups. Only after a cupcake has been in it though, not out of the package!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                      There's a word for eating non-food items like paper, paste, dirt...it's, it's...it's right on the tip of my tongue.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mickie44

                                                                                                                                                                          Actually, it's pica with a "c". I was severely anemic when pregnant with my first, and I had incredibly intense cravings for both dirt and laundry detergent.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Hunicsz

                                                                                                                                                                            The laundry detergent is kinda scary, but lots of rural cultures eat dirt. Georgia O'Keeffe loved eating dirt and tried to get others to join her. She'd've had you fulfilling that craving ;) My understanding is that clean dirt is an excellent source of minerals.

                                                                                                                                                                            I like chicken liver and, of course, foie gras ... lots of people consider those nasty. Chocolate with pepper was an acquired taste for me, but now I love it. (Like chocolate pepper cookies, or chocolates made with chilies.)

                                                                                                                                                                  2. In China there are

                                                                                                                                                                    100 year eggs

                                                                                                                                                                    red pickled(?) tofu

                                                                                                                                                                    In India
                                                                                                                                                                    Pan Parag-my husband now loves the jarred version

                                                                                                                                                                    Beetle nut

                                                                                                                                                                    In West Africa

                                                                                                                                                                    Kola Nuts (so bitter you want to gag, almost)

                                                                                                                                                                    peace, jill

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jill

                                                                                                                                                                      Kola nuts are great... in a astringent sort of way but WOW the amount of caffeine! A college prof of mine used to sneak them into the country years ago when they were illegal (are they still?) She was an addict in a big way. She gave me a few for final exam study help...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                        You must be able to get them in an African Grocery in Brooklyn! I remember one right around the corner from Brooklyn Tech. they were still wrapped in the leaves!

                                                                                                                                                                        peace, jill

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jill

                                                                                                                                                                          We were offered kola nuts recently at a Nigerian wedding. My husband politely ate his. I took a tiny nibble and furtively hid the rest in my purse. What a wimp.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. What a fun and totally revolting thread...
                                                                                                                                                                      Mine come from my brother's weird eating habits as a child...
                                                                                                                                                                      -French's yellow mustand on white bread
                                                                                                                                                                      -saltines mushed up in buttermilk
                                                                                                                                                                      -peanut butter toasted on white bread(I should say burned on, the burnt peanut smell never left the toaster oven)
                                                                                                                                                                      Mine are
                                                                                                                                                                      -burnt american cheese on toast (pull the black blistered cheese off first & eat it alone)
                                                                                                                                                                      -& from my drinking days still love club soda with lots of bitters

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WellFedRed

                                                                                                                                                                        my best friends (2 sisters) loved plain mayo on white bread..i myself was never interested...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: betsydiver

                                                                                                                                                                          I like dipping raw green beans in mayo, and also squeezing a line of it down a celery stalk. If there's bleu cheese to be had so much the better, but I don't feel like i'm doing without just putting mayo on those things.

                                                                                                                                                                          A slice of bologna with a mayo schmear, lots of pepper wrapped in a lettuce leaf- I love it.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. My husband loves unsweetened raw dough so much that when none is available he sometimes mixes flour and water to eat as a bedtime snack. When I make a pie crust I have to give him all the scraps of dough. Once I saved them in the freezer, to make tarts with, and he was really annoyed.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Zorra

                                                                                                                                                                          That's my craving too. Unbaked pastry is like a siren song to me. I know it's weird.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mrs. Smith

                                                                                                                                                                            i always save the leftover scraps from my pastry to have as a snack, i think that started when i was little, my mom always used to whack my hands with the wooden mixing sppon when i tried to sneak a piece..so of course i tried harder...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: RiJaAr

                                                                                                                                                                              If I make an apple pie, I dip the raw pastry scraps in the apples/sugar juice after I put the pie together... heaven. MJy daughter thinks it's gross, but does love grilled cheese with p-nut butter spread on top. Yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kloomis

                                                                                                                                                                                Raw pizza dough, raw cookie dough and... raw cake batter. A joke in the family when I was small was that a delicious cake tasted like my fingers.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pericolosa

                                                                                                                                                                                  YES, one time I ate almost this whole thing UNBAKED... oops...


                                                                                                                                                                                  (that's not my site, but it was tasty unbaked & baked!)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hey - I know I'm not the only one out there who can't resist raw hamburger meat with a little salt...

                                                                                                                                                                          Along the mayo vein - my fantasy snack is Bugles filled with mayo, battered, deep fried, and served with some sort of sour cream based dipping sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                            >Along the mayo vein - my fantasy snack is Bugles >filled with mayo, battered, deep fried, and served >with some sort of sour cream based dipping sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                            oh my goodness...this has got to be one of the most higly-evolved and revolting cravings ever. it's baroque; it's homeric (simpson)! it's wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                              I've been a card-carrying vegetarian for at least 10 years, but my childhood was spent sneaking into the refrigerator to eat handfuls of raw hamburger meat! YUCK!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                Try it with some Lawry's seasoned salt (the orange one) - my mom turned me on to it when I was a kid - part of the pre-burger-cooking ritual in our house.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to love that - especially just after my mother brought it home from the kosher butcher. I have been leery of eating raw beef these days. How safe do you think it is?
                                                                                                                                                                                  I also killed for the bloody juices that remained in the platter when my mom carved a roast beef. My vegetarian daughters would gag at the thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                    I love raw hamburger meat in all it's guises. At home with a little salt, kitfo at Ethiopian restaurants, tartare, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                      raw beef and mayo with red onion , S&P and brie on rye!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Grew up eating raw beef sandwhiches at Haussner's restaurant in baltimore.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG, I grew up on raw hamburger meat with salt, my mom would give me a little ball of it, and I would always ask her why I couldn't eat the whole hamburger raw. But it was really good meat, you don't want to do that with supermarket meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite "cannibal sandwich" from my childhood:
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sirloin steak from a good butcher, rinsed with cold water and patted dry, trimmed of all fat and ground at home. Lightly butter a slice of pumpernickel, top with a patty of seasoned ground meat, a few thin slices of sweet onion, a dollop of sour cream. Outrageously delicious! Lamb is also good.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to sneak little balls of raw ground beef and sprinkle salt on them in my mother's kitchen. If my sister caught me, she'd give it away and squeal "ooh, gross!" and then I'd get in trouble.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Shmingrid

                                                                                                                                                                                            Guilty-------------add pepper, garlic anad onion

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Some of the things I like bug out my friends and family and some I picked up from them.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Canned kippered herring snacks drenched with white vinegar and reconstituted lemon juice. No bread or anything just the mouth puckering fish and acids.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Those mashmallow orange circus peanut candies that are left out for a few weeks until they are really stale and hard as a rock.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Also stale mint pastelles.

                                                                                                                                                                                            A pint of cream whipped and then a full can of lychee with syrup dumped into the bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ground beef fried with onions, soy sauce, and hot sauce with sour cream added at end, scooped up with hunks of iceberg lettuce.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Heinz Veggy beans boiling hot poured over buttered toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Cold Brawn drenched with vinegar. (Homemade headcheese sort of stuff made from boiled veal, ox tail, carrots, celery, and onions. Poured hot into small bowls and cooled which makes it coagulate into an aspic sort of thing.)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Canned Fried Dace (black bean or preserved veggy) nuked and over hot white rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Seasoned japanese seaweed sheets plain as a car or reading snack. Lots of roughage...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried salt and sugared seaweed.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Smoked tongue, boiled tongue, and type of tongue... eaten plain or sandwich (except crispy fried duck tongues which just requires too much effort to eat.)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sauteed chicken feet any style as long as they are cooked so long the skin is falling off the foot so you can slurp it up easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Those little sweet and salty chewy dried Asian fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Homemade Durian milkshakes... I buy the frozen durian at my local Asian market which is much better tasting, just the pefect ripeness, and you just throw a few chunks into a vanilla shake.... (buying fresh durian has become too much of an adventure 'cause an overripe one is just too rancid and that benzine aftertaste... eww.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                              Forgot to add... I love Dr. Browns Cel-Ray soda... and also Pennsylvania Dutch Spruce beer and Souix City Sarsparilla... these are the only sodas I will touch. I am the only person I know who drinks this stuff. Everyone else thinks they taste like medicine.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't you drink moxie?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ironmom

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Try it. It tastes terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't tried it yet... but have been keeping an eye out for it the past few months...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Haven't seen it in a while (because I moved away about three years ago), but in Chicago there used to be a Canfield soda flavor known as "Diet Chocolate Fudge." It was like drinking a chocolate sundae ice cream soda, with no calories ... really great when you needed something sweet midafternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kirk

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like Barq's Chocolate Soldier. As I dimly recall, that was pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Speaking of nasty...Barq's Cream Soda.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Zorra

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But their red cream soda is good..

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: M. Allen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hmm, I don't remember the red one...just that the yellow one was so disturbing to look at... I wonder if the red one was like this truly horrid (IMHO) but much-loved item we have here in Texas called Big Red--like a bottle full of the junk that goes on cherry snow cones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now everyone else from the Texas board is going to flame me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Kirk

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah this was pretty good. How about fresca for nasty? Love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fresca and Tab are probably the two nastiest sodas in the world!!! My Mom used to buy it when I was a kid. At least she didn't have to worry about us kids drinking it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like them both very much. Please don't trash us for the tastes we've learned to love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Boy are we touchy! I said Tab and Fresca are nasty. I never said anything about those who drink it. Heck, my own mother drank it. Please don't trash me 'cuz I can't stand the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's my favorite soda. Good as a mixer, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ironmom

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We always knew you had moxie, ironmom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I tried a Diet Moxie once. If bleach had been the only thing available to get the taste out of my mouth, I would have drunk a quart of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: ironmom

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Moxie is awsum!! I always stock up when I go back to New England! It doesn't taste much different than birch beer sasparilla. At least it's not so sweet that it will curl your teeth like some soft drinks do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                              When you go to NE do you grab some Eclipse Coffee Syrup? But I guess you can only get it in Rhode Island. Loved it as a kid. You add it to milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: miriamjo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You add it to milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I thought everyone knew that...and the proper name is a "coffee cabinet."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I prefer Autocrat brand, but it think they're all made by Autocrat now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Rhode Island a cabinet is what other areas call a milkshake. A coffee cabinet would be ice cream, milk and coffee syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LoBrauHouseFrau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anybody know why they're called that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've heard it comes from soda jerk slang, because the machines and the syrups were both kept in wooden cabinets, but I'm not sure how accurate that is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LoBrauHouseFrau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're right. I should have said "coffee milk" not "coffee cabinet."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now you know another who drinks the stuff. But I will drink other kinds of sodas too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haven't seen the Cel-Ray in quite a while. I had a craving for it a while back. It's perfect with deli sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                              ahh Cel-Rey...oh that was another thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The cirucs peanuts are my hubbies fav!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You would have loved our meal last night...duck heads, bottom jaw, with the tongues nicely sticking out at us, in an incredible mix of peppers, a dash of vinegar and lots of garlic. How do they get them to stick those little babies out I wonder?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              peace, jill

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good heavens, that's almost as bad as the pig brains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't know the marshmallow peanuts but surely they're like Easter peeps (marshmallow chicks), which improve greatly with age. A year is about right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like stale candy canes - they're chewy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: McWu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only if you live in a humid climate. At my house they'd be brittle forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: the rogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was wondering if anyone was going to mention tongue. I've loved it all my life. I'm prone to think that people who havent tried it because they think it to be gross actually dislike the IDEA of eating tongue more than the taste or texture or whatever it is that people think unpleasant. My mother made one and served it sliced up for a Cub Scout potluck dinner when I was a kid. Everyone raved about it until they found out what it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This whole thread puts me in mind of a line from a movie I saw recently: "Fortunately, his recipe for Duck a'la Banana goes to the grave with him."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Four Weddings and a Funeral! Wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Tongue sandwiches? Bleah! Eat what? But it's been in somebody else's mouth!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -- Sir Henry Rawlinson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "What you got on special today?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "We got tongue on special. Dollar ninety-five a pound."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Oh yuck, I could never eat anything that's been in some animal's mouth! Just gimme a dozen eggs."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sir Henry Rawlinson also said

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "If I had all the money I've spent on drink....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ....I'd spend it on drink!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Growing up there was always a jar of Mrs. Whyte's pickled tongue in our fridge Yup I live in Canada. One night, my dad opened the jar to make his sandwich to take to work. He stabbed a portion of the tongue and had to stretch it out on the cutting board to be able to cut it properly. At that very moment I realised that a tongue was a tongue !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We also had steak and kidney pie homemade by my mom. Fortunately our dog liked the kidney more than me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Liver was also a frequent offering at breakfast or dinner. Again, the dog did well those days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Anchovies- it started maybe when I was 10 -on toast before bed, and has evolved or rather regressed to sucking anchovey paste from the tube for a quick fix, also practically drinking fish sauce from the bottle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, a Virginia treat, very good!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -of course stinky cheese, oysters raw, raw meats, anything cured. and real lox! hard to get even i NY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And while not salty- I developed the habit of soaking chocalate chip cookies in water and ten microwaving for 2 minutes or so and eating with a fork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Anchovies- it started maybe when I was 10 -on toast before bed, and has evolved or rather regressed to sucking anchovey paste from the tube for a quick fix, also practically drinking fish sauce from the bottle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, a Virginia treat, very good!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -of course stinky cheese, oysters raw, raw meats, anything cured. and real lox! hard to get even i NY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And while not salty- I developed the habit of soaking chocalate chip cookies in water and ten microwaving for 2 minutes or so and eating with a fork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I salute everyone willing to post in this thread. Talk about finding a place where you know you are amongst friends, hehe......In the spirit of cameraderie, here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a kid I loved frozen peas, still hard and ice cold, mixed with mayo and rolled up in a slice of american cheese. I would make myself this snack when noone else was at home. I still like peas right out of the freezer, but I eschew american cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nowadays, the things I eat that I really can't offer to others include canned tuna mixed with hot black bean sauce (dinner when too exhausted to care), fermented tofu in chili oil straight out of the jar (sometimes I can barely coax people into it if I spread it on a nice hot steamed bun or english muffin) and the fatty caul from around a paté. If you are my friend, chances are you already like organ meats, bitter melon, natto and things made with blood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Things I've eaten and rather enjoyed for a number of bites until the full impact of the nastiness sunk in: leftover cold sea cucumber, red fermented tofu in rice wine lees, Trader Joes hummus (9th rung of Hell, as far as I'm concerned)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh- and please don't kick my azz- I had dog in a remote part of China and it was pretty damn tastey, if strangely gamey in patches. See how much I love all of you to admit this to complete strangers........

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jessica E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, you're right about being in a group of organ eaters. I almost chose "LiverLover" as my nom de plume!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. My sister and I always fought over who got to drink the brines and juices left in empty jars and cans of pickles, Spanish olives, and ripe olives. She has lost her taste for these over the years, but I haven't. I also like to take a few big swigs of vinegar whenever I cook with it. Cider vinegar is my favorite for drinking straight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  These seem pretty normal to me, but a lot of people get grossed out by pickled eggs, especially when they are made with beets so they turn purple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of my favorite breakfasts is toast or English muffins with a think layer of Cretons (Franco-American spiced pork pate).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Albie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pickled eggs! Love these and ate them growing up my Dad showed me how to make them with the beet juices! LOVE them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Albie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was a brine sipper, vinegar sipper and also soy sauce. But never gulped vinegar, you are harder core than me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: prunefeet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to gross my siblings out by drinking the left over juice from the dill pickle jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Albie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one of my favorite parts of christmas dinner as a child was drinking the black olive juice out of the can secretly while helping my mom clean up....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Albie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mmmmmmmmm i LOVE pickle juice!!! i get strange looks when i drink it. its so satisfying. and...dare i say thirst quenching :P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. My mom used to put brain (i guess beef or calf brain) in her ravioli filling: ricotta, spinach & brain. It makes the ravioli a little spicy -- really yummy! I never thought this was weird as a child until I told someone at school and they thought it was gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We also used to eat tongue in my house while growing up. My mom would brine it and we'd have it in sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I like all the fake cheese products - Cheez Whiz, Velveeta, the nacho cheese sauce at movie theaters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            McDonald's McRib sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also weird chicken parts - hearts, gizzards, livers - especially lightly salted and grilled on skewers at yakitori places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I was a kid, my mom used to give us chewy yeast "candies" that looked like M&M's. I got a kick out of fooling my friends who thought they were disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: McWu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wait, i vaguely remember those "candies" from my childhood...were they really made of yeast? They must be some Asian thing because my mom was the one who gave it to us...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: soopling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm pretty sure they were yeast. I think my mom gave them to us for nutrional reasons. They were really chewy, stuck all over the teeth and sure didn't taste like M&Ms!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: McWu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                McRib's - delicious!! Are they currently available here? Back in the late 80's, to my great dismay, they were discontinued here in the US. Imagine my delight, then, on going to Germany and discovering them there. The pickles, the onions, the bbq sauce, the (surprisingly) lean meat - mmmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LisaM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For a while in NYC, McD's had a junior McRib on their 99 cent menu. A little McRib, and small fries - what a great junk food indulgence! Alas, as mysteriously as they appeared, they've disappeared again. Next time I'm in Germany...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: McWu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mmmmmmmm- gizzards. I dislike most organ meats but i love gizzards.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  torta basilica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My daughter's favorite - chocolate covered gummy bears - YUCK!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwiches

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cream cheese and guava paste on saltines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raw oysters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sweetened condensed milk in a glass of coca cola w/ice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raw dough

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cold pancakes w/ sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sardines in oil straight from the can

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greeley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I forgot...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "straight" tonic water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fribble mix as a topping on icecream (fribbles are a shake-type dessert available at Friendly's stores in New England, for the uninitiated)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: greeley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        >> cream cheese and guava paste on saltines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's good stuff. My Norwegian-Cuban great aunt introduced me to that when I was a little kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do some people really find it revolting? It's hard to imagine anything more innocuous, except the cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: greeley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All good- like you grew up in my family (except the guava paste).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Raw shrimps and scallops and raw chicken - in fact I taste whatever I'm about to cook before I cook it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But when I eat raw seafood and especially raw chicken my friends yell at me saying I'm going to kill myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Gerber (or Beech-nut) baby meat sticks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Anon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              heh. baby food. I like the Gerber dry cereal, mixed flavor, stirred till mushy with skim milk and honey. It tastes so grainy! mmmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                have you tried the gerber fruit snacks for toddlers? they're great, like little fruit puffs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh those things are delicous! I lived with my brother and SIL for the first year after my niece was born and I'd always get yelled at for eating the baby's fruit snacks. she and I would sit together on the couch and watch blue's clues and eat her fruit snacks together. Great niece/aunt bonding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And the dry cereal...like cream of wheat only softer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Anon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i used to steal my little brother's peach baby food..yum. i now have a couple of nieces that will start eating baby food soon...yay!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always loved the fruit and the custards. One bite for the baby - 2 for me and so on. Sometimes I think I'd like to buy the baby food custard now and just eat it all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Anon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too on the meat sticks, the chicken ones are the best. The people at the grocery store know I don't have any kids so I tell them I use 'em for dog treats. I have no idea why I feel compelled to lie to the check out person but there you have it. I toss one to the dogs every now and then to ease my guilty conscience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. As a kid I loved leftover cornbread crumbled into a tall glass and topped with buttermilk. This was consumed with an iced tea spoon. Cannot get good buttermilk anymore. So sad, it was such a treat but I'd bet my DH would find it rather revolting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Definitely revolting. As was watching my father eat a bowl of white bread and condensed milk...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grover78

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You never did like milk anyway.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My entire family, over a certain age, lol, eats that, but in plain milk far as I know. We're the descendants of hillbilly dirt-farmers in the Ozarks and that was poor people food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. cream cheese and sliced green olives on white bread. yum. i could never sell that one to my friends. oh well, more for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i also am a fan of the campari, the raw dough, the sardines/anchovies, the tongue, the durian shakes, the drinking of pickle brine... and really anything bitter and/or salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and though it's not for lack of trying, i just can't get behind many of the salted fruit items some of my asian friends enjoy, like those salty plums - gah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      funny to see the trends that emerge here. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: litchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cream cheese and dill pickle on rye. Cream cheese and olives, and egg salad with olives, were my mother's standard sandwich fillings when I was growing up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: litchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cream cheese & oives,sandwiches definitley as well as stuffing into celery as easy hor'durve!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Every year the Jones Soda Company (Seattle, WA) comes out with special holiday sodas flavored as Turkey & Gravy, Brussel Sprouts, Pumpkin pie, etc. We tried mixing the Brussel sprout soda with Vodka. I think the taste combination is capable of actually hurting someone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Walters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            being 1/2 japanese, i had the opportunity to eat some pretty funky stuff growing up. it's all comfort food to me now...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -natto (especially with raw egg...the slimiest combination on the planet)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -fresh hot white rice with a raw egg, scallion and soy sauce. i actually crave this when i'm under the weather.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mermaidsd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tororo imo is slimier; I've referred to it with great conviction as 'snot on rice.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MobyRichard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh, yes...i forgot about tororo. delicious in the slimiest sort of way!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                as for describing it as snot on rice, i can't think of a better description.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Boy, has this thread exposed the dark side of food enthusiasts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm almost ashamed to be seen in this company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, but...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have this enthusiasm for thick Limburger cheese and onion on rye with mayonnaise and LOTS of spicy mustard and...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            when my wife isn't looking, some braunschweiger as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OK- I'm out of the closet. I'm one of you.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't do pig's brains, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MikeLM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Braunschweiger with French's yellow mustard on white bread was one of my favorite sandwiches growing up and the only other person in the house who wasn't revolted by it was my dad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Doritos with hot sauce is sounding pretty mainstream now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When I was in high school I used to love either peanut butter and turkey sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly with pickle and cheese sandwiches. Sounds gross but they are great. Pickle adds crunch and cheese adds that great creaminess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. plain potato chips with jerk sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pickle brine..yum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the brine from my mothers homemade dilly beans (pickled really really spicy green beans..crunchy and hot..omg i'm craving it now)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I enjoy a good cream cheese, tuna fish and doritos (regular or cool ranch) sandwich on a bagel. Yum. It was my standard lunch when I went to sleep away camp every summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also like to dip doritos in Hummus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Creamed Pickled herring is delicious too. Eaten right out of the Jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Raw oysters go without saying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ketchup on leftover mac & cheese (the real thing not the microwaved/boxed glop)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Not so much a specific food but... I actually like some things slightly stale: popcorn, pizza, croissants, etc. Not to say I prefer them over fresh, but I definitely won't pass up the second-day bag of popcorn...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I hate to admit this, but when I was a kid I liked miracle whip with rice chex!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. my dirty little secret is that i love cold leftovers of almost any kind...roast or fried chicken, steak, chow mein, previously hot sandwiches, just about anything...maybe i just like eating out of boxes? :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree with Soypower for I too have a strong affection for cold lefovers! All of it- pastas, stews, Chinese food, meats, everything. Popeyes spicy chicken is it's best after it has been chilled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of my fav's is cold fried chicken livers on a roll with mayo, lettuce, and lots of pepper...yummy. Might have to fry up some chicken livers today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gfctampa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmm...cold leftovers. My favorite thing about the holiday season is the opportunity to eat cold turkey and/or ham dipped in cranberry sauce mixed with mayo-based coleslaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I take dinner leftovers to work with me for lunch every day and I almost never heat them up. My favorite is a chunck of whatever meat (steak prefered. Chicken or sausage also good) cold and speared on a fork and eaten in bites instead of cutting it up. I blame my mother for that one...when I was hungry and we were headed out the door she would just stick a fork into the leftovers container from the night before, stab something and hand it to me. "Sausage lollipop. Let's go."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also a big favorite that I get funny looks for is the peanut butter lollipop. Spoonfull of peanut butter. Mmmmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                +1 it's usually better the next day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Mayonnaise, with a spoon, straight from the jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Natto. That slimy, fermented soy bean product from Japan that even some Japanese won't eat. Mix in some soy sauce, crumbled nori (dried seaweed), and a raw egg for extra slimimess. Pour over hot rice. YUM! It's an acquired taste, but well worth the acquisition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Ah, cream cheese and olive sandwiches! Have to use the olives stuffed with pimentos, though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm amazed at the number of people who think that pb and bacon sandwiches sound nasty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As a kid I loved dipping my pb and grape jelly on white bread into tomato soup. LOTS of people thought/think that's nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Sour cream. With a spoon. Straight from the jar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With a little bit of sugar mixed in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. childhood odd eats:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vanilla ice cream with cheerios stirred in;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iceberg lettuce leaves wrapped around crumbled potato chips

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: toodie jane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do the Cheerios in ice cream thing too. It's even better if you toast them first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How do you get them back out of the toaster?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, either I put them in the toaster oven (in the tray) or I do it in a skillet - either way, it's wasy to get them out (as opposed to using a regular toaster, where they'd sink, get stuck and burn).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. KD with canned tuna.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Huitlacoche enchiladas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Deli ham (the nasty watery kind) spread with cream cheese and wrapped around dill pickle spears.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ham, pineapple and sauerkraut pizza.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pickled jellyfish... pure cholesterol.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Akvavit. Nobody can stand it. "Ew, it tastes like RYE BREAD!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          God, I'm salivating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ham spread with cream cheese and wrapped around pickles is a typical party buffet item in Berks County, PA. They use whole dill pickles and then slice them so it comes out looking like a sushi roll. My brother and I actually call them Berks County Sushi. I love them but he thinks they are the devil. I love anything with pickles though...including the brine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm also a lover of anchovies. My BF refues to eat them so I have to have some on hand for whenever we get pizza. My favorite is anchovies and mushrooms, mmmm, fish and fungus pizza. I also sometimes just buy a loaf of french bread, a tin of anchovies and some stinky cheese and eat that for lunch. Smear some cheese on a hunk of break, drape some fishey goodness on top and shove into mouth before it drips onto desk. Mmmm..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Favorite reading snack as a teenager: A very specific brand of jalepeno stuffed olives. The olives were HUGE and the jalepenos very hot and I would eat them in little tiny bites. With a giant frosty glass of milk. I loved the contrast of the spicy/salty with the cold creamy milk. I could make 4 of them last for ~200 pages. I haven't been able to figure out what brand it was and haven't found any as good since.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wawajb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am in Tampa and we have a store called "Tuesday Morning". They sell giant green olive stuffed with all kinds of "nasty bites". They have the ones with jalapenos but my husband eats the one with habeneros. I have found that almost anything can be ordered online so if you would like me to send you the brand name let me know. I have found many of my favorite foods -that have been discontinued at my local places- online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Does akvavit really taste like rye bread? Because I believe I'd drink that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. When I was a kid, I was a serious weird-taste freak. I'd sneak saccharine pills from my grandma's stash and dissolve them on my tongue, marvelling at the transition from unbearably bitter to insanely sweet. I also snitched squares of unsweetened chocolate from the pantry, which I consumed in tiny nibbles, letting the chocolateness sort of unfold across my tongue. And I've told you guys about surprising my grandpa by asking to taste the smoked oysters that he loved and nobody else in the family would even try, and falling in love with them on the spot, which both delighted and dismayed him as he now felt himself obligated to share them with me (though by no means equally!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've not had brains, but I do love tripe, and my one excursion into chitterlings was mostly pleasant, though I'd not pick them as a feature of my last meal...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OMG, I so did do the saccharine pill sneak treat. I don't understand the brouhaha about the various sugar substitutes, if it works for you fine- if not, don't use it. But then, I LIKED saccharin...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And I love menudo (white, please, with lots and lots of cilantro, scallions, and lemon).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. my mom, aunt and sisters all love the traditional korean dish of barbecued chicken anuses! i used to eat them when i thought they were chicken livers but discovered what they were when i watched anthony bourdain's trip to korea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i should have known better, the name, loosely translated, is "chicken poop house". egads!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ahahah! these are served w/ beers. very chewy. in orange county, min sok chun has them and they're actually very popular even w/ non koreans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. top 5 yummy bad stuff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  good german rye bread with leberwurst and two slices of tomato with sprinkled with salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rye with kielbasa, havarti and strong mustard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rye bread with dijon, genoa salami, blue cheese, and tomato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nacho chips dipped in salsa mixed with sour cream, sprinkled with cheddar and microwaved for 1 minute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 18-day chicken embryo/eggs (balut), BBQ chicken feet, stuffed bitter gourd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Has no one mentioned putting potato chips (or tortilla chips) on your sandwich to give it some texture? I started doing this as a kid, to jazz up those boring chipped ham on white bread sandwiches I took to school. Back then, I'd chip up the sandwich and then put it under a book to compress the whole thing, to get it nice and dense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And my son puts ketchup on his corn on the cob. I prefer Patak's pickled garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And for you raw hamburger eaters: please don't. A nice peice of sirloin, sure. But don't eat anything you get already ground raw. Leave your E. coli on yout lettuce where it belongs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Potato chips and mayo on squishy white bread was pretty good at one time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No. the raw meat I was eating from freshly ground from a very good butcher. Certainly not shrink wrapped supermarket ground meat! No worries. And YES, potato chips are very good on sandwiches, I like them on cheese sandwiches, learned that from my college roommate. Oh my, this is in reponse to an old post...well, so what.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey, I thought I'd have nothing to contribute to this list, but I ADORE Patak's brinjal (eggplant) chutney on hot dogs or garlic sausage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. A slab of cream cheese about 1/4 inch thick with grape jelly on white bread. Fantastic. And of course, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, also on white, which seems perfectly ordinary to me, but strange to others. My mother eats peanut butter and bacon sandwiches. Can't bring myself to try that combo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KrisH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Absurd. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a classic Southern staple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like mine with just a bit of mayo, fried in a skillet with just a pat of butter. Absolutely divine. One of the great tastes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My dad used to eat peanut butter, banana and Miracle Whip sandwiches for a midnight snack. I can't stand Miracle Whip! And sometimes it would be just banana and Miracle Whip. And he grew up in North Carolina.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PDeveaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Late reply: I'm from NC, too. But Miracle Whip is not to be eaten. It's all a bout the Hellman's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: KrisH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peanut butter and bacon sandwiches are amazing...have to be on crappy white bread. Of course I have not had one since I was a child...my grandmother used to make these for me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Nobody has ever understood these, although to me they're totally normal & obvious (and delicious!):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Bacon, raspberry jam and mayonnaise on Wonder bread. Preferably with a little extra bacon fat drizzled over the jam. Salty, sweet & oily: what a combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - And yes, Meann: old cheddar, salt & vinegar potato chips and Thousand Island dressing on white bread. Mmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love this thread!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: spigot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, your bacon, jam & mayo concoction sounds great. I'm sure I'd love it. Sadly, bacon is not part of my current low sodium diet :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I'm sorry. I still have the bar of soap out trying to cleanse my mind's eye of the "raw pig brains". Sweet momma.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Umm...for me?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raw lemons.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raw garlic cloves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A can of anchovies dumped on italian bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hellman's mayo spread THICK on wonder bread, then topped with crumbled potato chips, and another slice of bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I was traveling through the jungle in Burma, and a local who wanted to treat us to a tasty snack took a smoking stump of wood and shoved it into a tree trunk, from which thousands upon thousands of fire ants came streaming out. Once the ants had evacuated, the tribesman reached in and scooped out handfuls of ant eggs, which were then wrapped in thick green leaves from the canopy overhead. He dropped them in the coals of a fire and waited a few minutes until they were smoking, and pulled them out, handing each of us our own packet. I opened mine to let it cool, and then licked out the goo that had formed. It tasted like the most heavenly smooth, oddly sweet and mellow custard you have ever eaten. Delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I grew up in the South with a father who ate pretty much everything, I gross my friends out with the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sardines with vinegar and pepper or hot sauce on saltines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pickled beets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brussels sprouts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pork rinds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fatback biscuits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fried liver pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fried chicken livers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pickles of all sorts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      okra fried and boiled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my annual bite of souse from the Neeses booth at the state fair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      radishes dipped in mayo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My father prepared pig brains scrambled with eggs many times in my childhood. It was never a favorite of mine though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      he also liked to eat butter on saltine crackers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Canned kippered herring with kim chee on wheat toast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hungarian salami with kim chee on triscuits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zwack Unicum! Like Fernet Branca, only way better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baconfat on bread, Polish-style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gefilte fish with slices of raw garlic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7-Eleven hot dogs with all the fixin's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and Moxie rules.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. When I was preggers with my son....OMG....I craved hot & spicy sardines with cottage cheese (mixed) ate it on saltines. Can't stand the taste of it now lol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My son ( Jerad ) loves fish & most seafood , I have often wondered if it was from all the fish I ate when I was pregnant. hmmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. While definitely not nearly as "nasty" as some posts, my dad often slices vienna sausages into salsa, and eats it on crackers. I suppose this isn't so much nasty as strange.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linz_e_moore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't hold a candle to most people in this thread...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But...sugar packets, the ones in restaurants. Chew 'em like gum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Back in high school we would do shooter contests in the diner at like three in the morning, seeing who could drink more of those little half and half creamer singles as fast as possible. I think the record was 80?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. For me it's chicken gizzards (but not the livers). I coat them in masa and fry them up in a cast iron skillet. Eaten on a slice of French or Italian bread with horseradish mayo. Another of those treats enjoyed alone in my house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another childhood favorite: bologna and potato chip sandwiches (preferably ripple chips) with yellow mustard on white bread. An adult treat is bologna rolled up and dipped into Dijon mustard.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as a kidlet I loved plain Granny Goose p. chips rolled up in the outer green leaves of iceberg lettuce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Corn flakes or Cheerios on vanilla ice milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I am surprised, with the variety of "treats" mentioned in this thread, that no one expressed an affinity for Spam. Then again, maybe there *are* things too disgusting to eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hmmm. I LOVE Retsina... takes me back to the pine trees around the little church in the hills outside of Athens. As a little kid, 4 or 5, one of my stocking stuffers was a tin of anchovies, each wrapped around a caper. And toasted PBBLTs:buttered toast, peanut butter, bacon,tomato, lettuce, mayo, and another slice of buttered toast! MMMMM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: spazita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never had a PBBLT's Sandwich but I may try it now =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I miss my mom frying hearts for breakfast on Sundays and making her liver and onions with fried green plantains... so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pickled Pig's feet with a good Rum & Coke a tradition on Saturday nights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Highschool my friends would laugh because I loved just having wonder bread with Mayo for lunch =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now the winner was breaking the traditional Hot Dogs... pork hot dogs with pineapple marmalade, mayo and potato chips on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheers, great topic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: helenahimm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of my favorites growing up was crickets caught in the park near the house. We would wash them up and then cook em with garlic and onion and butter. Well, ok I did most of my friends just looked at me like I was insane. Of course there is also the breakfast of death. Not so much disgusting as if you eat this your likely to get Diabetes, a heart attack high cholesteral and every fitness guru that has died will arise from the grave to smack the hell outa you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's thick cut bacon deep fried in butter to begin with. After you take the bacon out to let it crisp, you fry up eggs in the grease. You place this on a slice of texas toast with a large amount of your favorite cheese. I would sometimes add the crickets to the sandwitch. But not often. Any way you add the cheese and your sauces Katchup, mayo what ever you wanted. Add jalapeno peppers.. Then you make hash using more bacon and butter. And a hunk of cheese. You searve all this with a chocolate shake or when we got older a cold beer. Tasted great, not so goood for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spam is a big treat - or maybe a staple - throughout the Pacific. I encountered this when some Filipino friends hosted a tea party at their house. Cookies, fruit and other simple treats, but they went all out and also offered a big platter of Spam - sliced *very* thin and fried *very* crisp. Like low-rent bacon - very good and made a good contrast to the sweets that formed the rest of the spread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's horrible cold, though, unless smothered in mustard and white bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. onion bagel (real bagel), toasted, slathered with Philly cream cheese and topped with hard salami

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. beef tongue, preferably in a taco or torta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "You're ordering whaaat?? eeewwww."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Eating lupini beans in jars, like olives. They are disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love lupini beans ...I drain and mix with hot peppers and garlic...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are not! I have a big jar in my fridge right now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: miriamjo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just stumbled upon this thread and it made me curious. I had never heard of lupini beans so I ordered some from LaTienda. My first impression, when I tried them right from the jar, was that I wasn't sure if I liked them or not. Thinking about trying them in a salad. Any other suggestions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I like to eat capers straight from the jar, but am not permitted to do so in front of anybody. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. This is the most entertaining thread. Here's my nasty food vice, a common drinks snack in Japan is very tiny sardines gutted but dried with head-on, then'candied' in a sugar-sake-soy sauce so that they are fishy-sweet-salty-crunchy. You munch them whole, they are maybe an inch long. So yummy but many are averse to eating anything that is looking back at you. I also love salmon heads but they are not acceptable to serve in America in mixed company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, the deli fat on bread thing is from our European forebears, in Germany a good deli platter features slices of both fat and lean ham. Whether you eat bread with butter, schmaltz, or sliced ham fat, it's really the same thing. A typical serving would be one slice of dense, whole grain bread with one slice of fat meat for lubrication and flavor. Not so strange after all, anyone ever eat a bacon sandwich?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: feastygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have no problems with the dried fish-I love anchovies, after all. But why mix them with SUGAR?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know it's the Asian sensibility of having all 4 tastes (salt sweet sour bitter) in the same meal but...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sugar tempers the bitterness in the dried fish, and there's really very little of it, along with some mirin, a sweet sake-like syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The skin from a fillet of smoked trout, crisped in a blazing-hot oven. Savory, crunchy smoky.....great on it's own, or folded into a slice of bread with lettuce, tomato and mayo (like a BLT).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 4Snisl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Guasteddu", or Spleen,(can't buy in U.S. legelly) it is a specialty snack in Sicily, A sesame seeded roll filled with Spleen and Caciocavello Cheese.This Palermo treat is a traditional mid-morning/afternoon Merende!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love crispy fish skin! There is a Sushi restaurant in Seattle, Toyoda Sushi, where the only non-Japanese sushi chef makes a special "Kyle Roll" using crispy salmon skin. It's so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Natto! It's so wonderfully nasty. Fermented tofu, as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Condiments eaten and pickle and olive brines drunk directly out of their containers. Garlic dill pickle and kimchi brine especially. Capers straight, AC vinegar straight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Raw onion and garlic for snacks, and in any lazy non-composed throw-together salad/sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cynar! And campari, certainly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pickles and peanut butter, with or without jelly. Even better if jelly is included with sriracha.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizzelle used to scoop up marinara sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Slices of stale bread soaked in broth, with nutritional yeast and chili-garlic cholula dumped on top, then mashed a bit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate and olives eaten together.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Avocado sushi with a slice of banana dipped in soy, or if I make the sushi myself, banana, sweet potato and peanut butter inside, dipped in soy. Improved upon only with spicy peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to drink straight up broth with a few dashes of cayenne daily, until how such huge amounts of sodium affect my body and brain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've got that affection for flour, too- I'd mix flour and maple syrup, and sometimes salt, form balls, freeze them, then suck on them for snacks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My favorite breakfast from ages 8-10 or so was chicken-flavored ramen and a blueberry muffin on the side- I'd peel off the muffin top, break pieces off and dip them into the broth, and forgo noodles entirely. At that same age, I'd make an after school snack for myself of rice, whatever sweet cereal was on hand (preferably capn' crunch, but frosted flakes would do) crushed into the rice, and soy sauce. I often wonder now, where were my parents?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gwendolynmarie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gwendolynmarie deserves some kind of prize. I am impressed with this level of nastiness. Smiles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mickie44

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i agree. that flour/maple syrup thing scares me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I remember well the IndoPak beverage Kanji. It's made from pickled black carrots and assorted spices, including whole mustard seeds. The concoction is fermented in the sun for a few days to develop a deep red color and pungent aroma. Served with a sprinkle of kala namak (black salt) to add a sulfur kick. This drink is widely consumed during the summer and is very cooling for those who survive. How could something so stink taste so good?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: shaun theewe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm loving this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            when i was a kid, I'd eat sugar cubes. I also used to eat raw, cold hot dogs righ tout of the fridge. And an after school snack was a whole can of tuna mixed with so much mayo that the tuna was basically there as an aside, eaten on Ritz crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These days, it's <gasp> bottled Gefilte fish. I love the frozen, I love homemade even better. But there's just something about that bottled stuff... and I love canned vegetarian (Bush's or Heintz) baked beans. And canned Bel Monte zucchini and canned spinach. My foodies friends would be horrified. I can't admit it to them. They just wouldn't understand :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. As a kid I used to eat raw hot dogs, I loved them and everyone else definitely thought it was nasty and now I'd have to agree with them! I used to eat raw pasta aswell, lots of raw things it seems and I thought it was amazing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jar(not the cold stuff) cream cheese on white bread with salt flavoured chips, one of my former favourite childhood sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Avocado with condensed milk, I still love this, ohh it's soooo good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hard boiling eggs, mashing them up with a bit of milk, salt and pepper on any kind of bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            two egg yolks, four teaspoons of sugar, vanilla and whip it up untill thick, light and creamy. My mum and nonna (grandmother) used to to make this for me for breakfast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dinnerwithfox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Avocado with condensed milk got me thinking of an Avocado Milkshake and those aren't nasty at all and I'm going to make one today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Gefilte fish! Cause who doesn't love fish from a jar??
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I saw that someone mentioned circus peanuts--those are great when super stale! Although my dad prefers stale marshmallow Peeps. We still have a package from last Easter that "isn't quite ready yet."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just last night I had some tortilla chips with apple butter. I ate that all the time when I was little! I guess it's sorta like french fries dipped in milkshake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jvwool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shhh, don't tell. Sometimes I sip soda through a straw made of a Red Vine (red, or course!)! did this as a kid in summer camp and it's still a nsty little secret when no one is around to see me. Don't even care much for the damn things anymore but when they're in the house, that' what I do :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And once in a while, I eat chocolate milk with Corn Pops or Honey Smacks cereal. This is very rare, but it's been known to happen...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jvwool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A lot of candy is better stale. Twizzlers for example. Hard candies when they get a bit chewy. Marshmallow anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caramels and Callard & Bowsers licorice toffees are also better for having aged on the shelf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where on earth are you getting the C&B licorice toffees? I thought they were gone gone gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sweet memories. I was able to find some non-C&B licorice toffees in an English specialty shop not long ago. They were nice and stale. Oh, how I miss Callard and Bowser's!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too. And I know exactly what you mean. They (and the chewy toffees) got a kind of coating on them from precipitated sugar or whatever when they were stale. Nice to bite through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Old chocolate-covered peanuts. Is that stuff even real chocolate? Guilty treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gator28

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And something similar for this gator: blazing buffalo pringles. So good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never seen those! I will have to look for them. I love buffalo flavored anything. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Malt powder right out of the jar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes. By the tablespoon, followed by a slug of milk straight from the carton. I haven't seen Carnation malted milk powder in years

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to eat Qwik like that unless my mother caught me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I loved that stuff "raw"....all grainy while you work it around against the roof of your mouth, turning into a big gloop of slimy chocolatey deliciousness. This was before I knew about real choccy, and it SO worked at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Exactly!!! Sisters in so many ways.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I used to eat jiffy dry chocolate frosting mix righ out of the box

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. i don't think this is too awful, but lots of people seem revolted by it: smoked oysters on Triscuits with swiss cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Banana and mayonnaise sandwiches. About the only reason I ever buy white bread is to satisfy this craving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Iceberg lettuce and plain old yellow mustard sandwiches on Roman Meal whole wheat bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oil-packed tuna, drained, with a few drops of toasted sesame oil, fresh lemon juice, soy sauce and nutritional yeast. Either over salad greens (no dressing needed) or as a sandwich filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vanilla ice cream topped with fresh-ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and honey. Mmmm, gritty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: meltygarden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your sardines on crackers sound pretty darn good to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. As a kid, I'd coat a peeled banana in dry jello powder as a snack, but only the red flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also loved a dish called "sufrite" (that might not be the correct spelling) that was prepared at the annual Italian feast in my neighborhood every summer. It was a chunky tomato-based stew, and I had no idea what was in it at the time or I'm sure I never would have gone near it. Apparently it was a mixture of lungs and hearts and spleens and other organs with tomatoes, garlic, peppers, onions... thank goodness I didn't know what was in it! They had to stop serving it when the USDA banned lungs for human consumption. I've seen some recipes for it using veal hearts... tempted to try it again and see if it I can recreate the taste memory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JerseyGrrl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like a combo of latin Sofrito and Menudo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I like the small deep fried anchovies the OP mentioned...and I like them candied. They are a good snack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like what the Phillipinos call "Balut", in my parents' homeland, they call it, "Kai louk" (egg baby or baby egg) which you prepare by steaming them until they are cooked. The proper way to eat it, is to tap the bottom of the egg with a fork, remove a small portion of the shell, poke a hole in the membrane and drink the broth out first. Then you go in with a fork and finish the rest. Fear factor did it wrong, if you roll them on a table, you lose what I consider the second best part of the baby egg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like BBQ beef tongue...yum. Also gizzards in a stir fry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Raw pork brains sounds dangerous to me...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: S_K

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gizzards...you've reminded of one of my favorite alterations. Instead of Dirty Rice, I make Dirty Quinoa with chopped chicken gizzards, hearts and livers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mickie44

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fried gizzards with salt and a little Tabasco. Chased with cold beer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cottage cheese, tuna and soy sauce -- all mixed together and eaten with saltines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuna salad with big gobs of yellow mustard added and slightly stirred in, eaten on saltines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fried potatoes with vinegar and soy sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buttermilk with a few big grinds of black pepper before drinking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apple slices with salt and black pepper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jello toast -- Butter bread, sprinkle with any flavor Jello powder, toast under broiler. The strawberry jello powder turns bright red and tastes intensely jammy. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bacon candy -- sprinkle bacon with brown sugar and roast in oven.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kool-aide Pickles. -- They remind me of candied watermelon rinds: salty, vinegary, sweet and fruity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ramen noodle soup with hotdogs, kimchi (loads) and American cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love Campari -- with soda and a twist of lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirty martinis with GIN and anchovy-stuffed olives and a heaping dribble of the anchovy olive juice. Drink while snacking on smoked oysters out of the can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Divalicias

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Divalicias, I like how you roll...especially with the tini. I bet that olive would be fantastic with some cheese stuffed in it too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Divalicias

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'd like to try apple slices with salt and pepper! i'm guilty of apple slices with brown mustard. :) has to be a nice crispy apple though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: frannieface77

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Divalicias I am in awe of your list...ecept apple slices..that's a health food;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm so down with the dirty anchovy gin martini w. grilled blue cheese toast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oven Chips- thin sliced potatos, tossed in olive oil, s&p, baked on high till super crispy..then dipped in mayo&chipotle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maple bacon...Maple cure bacon-JUST cook it and eat it-it must be like your bacon candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KD-straight...no nothing.....just KD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lobster-I will buy it cook it and eat it...no sharing, to telling no special occassion, just me and a lobster...and butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Champagne...see above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Big bad stinky cheese...with above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and...home made candy....carmelized sugar in a cast iron pan...pour it on tin foil..toss roasted nuts on it.....grind some salt on them...then throw some chocolate chips on it. wait till it's cool enought to eat...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ice cream at 4A.M

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marrow bones on toast with caviar...pricey and time consuming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. My new favorite nasty little treat is what I call my very own Sandra Lee special.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Add anywhere from 1-1/2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of espresso powder (depending on how striong you like your coffee) to instant vanilla pudding mix and mix with cold milk as directed and you get what I call cappuccino pudding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dear Lord, is it tasty. And addictive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BabsW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think that sounds like I need to get some instant vanilla pudding...pronto!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doooo it!! omgoodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've made it 3 times using different amounts of espresso powder... in the interest of Science, of course. :p

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 T of espresso powder verges on too strong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1-1/2 teaspoons was just right, as Golidilocks would say...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am trying to show restraint. lol I have a package of pudding mix waiting for this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BabsW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heretical maybe but...would the sugar-free one work? Anyway, we need our calcium.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haha, I've been using the sugar-free version since' I'm dong South Beach. It works GREAT. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I just finished mine. A hostess chocolate Zinger cake spread with strawberry jelly and chilled in the fridge. Eat it with a fork, yum!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My dad was a serviceman in the Navy in WWII and told me that there was a guy who would trade his steak for the rings of fat that comes around steaks. I dunno more than that ( i.e. WHY?? And if he traded it proportionally).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MysticYoYo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steak fat tastes good with a bit of char on it and it's melting with fat. :P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: S_K

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I love that stuff. It's got to have that charred part on it though. My dad got me eating it when I was coming up. Bless him, he passed away at the age of 64 with a massive heart attack. If he ever found out a food was good for you he would quit eating it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I'm a salt fiend. Sometimes I eat those little instant stock cubes like they're candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And somehow my blood pressure is significantly below average.