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Getting A Real Rush From Food

On Saturday I made a big batch of chicken soup. I could not resist rendering the chicken fat, with some finely chopped onions and frying the liver in it. I knew eating this would wreck havoc with my cholesterol but decided to toss caution into the wind. It was so delicious, I really felt like I was doing an illicit drug or something. Even though I knew it was bad for me, I chilled the fat and now continue to eat it spread over rye bread sprinkled with some salt and pepper. Each time I eat it, I feel wonderful! I know as soon as I am done with it, that's it, my habit will be kicked, but for now I am in some sort of food high heaven.
I get a similar rush when I eat hot food, prepared with chili peppers, and I often crave it, but this was different, a bit more euphoric. Any other food rushes out there?

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  1. I have definitely gotten "high" from chomping on one of those dried red chiles you sometimes find in Chinese food. A real endorphin rush.

    I get a ecstatic feeling from smelling black pepper...or saffron.

    1. Our local Thai joint has a traditional dish they call Suki. It's a noodley, brothy, meaty delight, similar to Pho. They say that most Americans don't like it, but give it to me now! And I like it spicy as hell.

      1. I get that from wassabi. Especially if I drank a little too much the night before and I have it at lunch- clears the head right up and makes me feel more alive for a brief time.

        1. There's this little Mexican place here in Chicago that makes the greatest salsa - always just fresh and perfect. When I'm making Mexican food at home, I get a to-go container. I swear that after the fourth bite, I'm feeling extra good. Not unlike the way I feel after a nice martini.

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          1. re: bryan

            Please tell us where you have this salsa experience.

            1. re: xena

              I get at Garcias in Lincoln Square. The food is only so-so, but the salsa is great.

              1. re: bryan

                Thanks, will make a note of it!

          2. Endorphin Rush salsa at Tijuana Flats. Just thinking about it makes me sweat.

            1. I definitely get a sugar rush. It is short-lived and diminishes as I keep eating but it's there.

              1. I am like that with chocolate mousse... If I make it for a dinner party (which i do very rarely), I cannot stop myself from continually going back to the left overs for spoons full, each bite brings a combination of pure joy and guilt! Then I have to run the rest of the left overs under a hot tap so I don't eat quarts!

                1. The next day after eating a lot of shrimp for dinner I feel more awake and I have much more energy.

                  1. Very good Kimchi and Tortas ahogadas

                    1. starfruit makes me woozy.

                      perhaps it's a mild allergic reaction, but it feels like i'm high after i've had a couple bites. my brain doesn't function completely right, the world is a little off kilter and it's a rush to my head.

                      1. Beauty, joy, the glory and miracle of existence can give you the best rush around. Here's what I wrote after dining at Jean-Georges in New York:

                        "I've just got back from Jean-Georges. Whenever I experience greatness, be it a painting, a film, or a musical performance, I am overwhelemed by an electric, soaring epiphany, and so it is now. How to put into words something that goes beyond words? Be silent, Wittgenstein says. But I am a human and, as Godard wrote, humans talk. That's what we do."

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                        1. re: Brian S

                          Fresh carrot juice... that hypes me up for hours!

                        2. I get that feeling from raw onions. I've always been afraid to tell people that because it seems a bit weird. But its a cheap high :-)

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                          1. re: janetofreno

                            If I haven't had sushi/sashimi for a while, I get a real high about 20 minutes after eating it, while walking around.

                            Other than that, I'm a real chile head. For lunch yesterday, I ate two entire serrano chilies, one bite at a time, while dipping rice crackers in really spicy refried beans.

                          2. Really rich, creamy cheese. Burrata, langhe robiola or La Tur, some sheep's milk brie I had the other day. It makes all the pleasure centers in my brain light up.

                            1. Deeply inhaling the scent of fresh rosemary makes me go a bit wobbly.

                              1. An Oyster shooter will fire me up-- rarin' to go.

                                1. These days I get my fix from chili peppers. I don't think I at this again ever since writing this posting!