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Dec 5, 2007 11:34 AM

is there a wrong time to eat garlic?

I love garlic. I will eat it anytime, anywhere with no shame. First date, no prob. Work lunch, absolutely!
I recently overheard someone at an airport restaurant asking for no dressing on their ceasar salad because they were about to get on the plane and didn't want to offend the person next to them.

Would you find this offensive?
I say eat and let eat!

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  1. I personally love garlic and the health benefits from it. I use it a LOT in my recipes, and never thought a thing about it until I had the in-laws over for spaghetti. They taught ballroom dancing, and hardly ate anything, but made comments about how "delicious" the meal was, but they were glad they didn't have a class to teach the next day as it might be offensive! They made this point several times, and of course I had garlic bread as well! I figure if you brush your teeth, gargle and scrap your tongue, it should be offensive to anyone. I found their comments to be "offensive"!

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    1. re: danhole

      I get the "you stink" from my g/f's sometimes after a heavy night of garlicing but nothing makes me happier than some roasted garlic with seasalt and olive oil and some crusty french bread. mmmmm...

      i put this in the same category as people that comment "that's gross" to whatever it is you're eating. Just plain ignorant.

      1. re: hotsauce28

        Years ago, when they first started saying all the health benefits of garlic, I took garlic tablets. They were supposed to be "odor free". After about 3 weeks of taking them my husband told me if I didn't stop taking them I was going to end up on the couch! That's when I threw out the tablets, and started cooking with fresh garlic. He has never complained! Just brush your tongue and get a tongue scraper to get the residue out. She'll thank you for it!

        Oh, yeah, roasted garlic! That is a bit of heaven!

        1. re: hotsauce28

          I've never found roasted garlic to be stinky.

        2. re: danhole

          Garlic to excess does come out your pores. Try smelling your skin the next day are having a lot of garlic. That being said, I eat it whenever I can. It tastes good and is good for you.

          1. re: scuzzo

            Well, so does alcohol, but does that stop me . . NO! LOL!

            Actually I think it would have to be a pretty excessive amount, but then if we are both eating the same thing, who cares! There is always cologne!

            1. re: scuzzo

              I can definitely smell it on myself if i went a bit overboard! Sometimes I even wake myself up at night!
              My ex and I used to fight a lot because of my garlic consumption and he actually gave me an ultimatum. I chose garlic.

              1. re: hotsauce28

                You made the right choice.

                I cook with garlic all the time. Sometimes I pop whole, raw cloves in my mouth. As long as I perform proper dental hygeine, I hear no complaints.

              2. re: scuzzo

                My mom doesn't even need to go to excess with the garlic. More than one or two bites of roast garlic and she'll smell like it for days. I pity her.

            2. I cook with and, subsequently, eat a LOT of garlic. Nobody ever complains, including my man who has to live with me... he minds onion or fish (or a nice lil combo of both) much more. One of my favorite salads is broccoli w/bacon & red onion in a creamy dressing, and I rarely have it because it so turns him off.

              That said, I'd probably forego eating garlic prior to, say, a job interview, or a first date.

              On the other hand, I've met people with offensive breath that had nothing to do with garlic. More like 'something crawled in their mouth and died' -- much, much worse imho.

              1. My husband chops garlic, fries it, and eats it by the bowlful. Just fried garlic. Nothing with it. I don't smell it on him, but I have allergies. I tell him that it supposedly leaks out through your pores, but I don't think he believes me. He has lots of friends, so I don't believe he offends anybody.

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                1. re: breadbox

                  garlic is my #2 favorite "food" on the planet. #1 is salmon. i've had more people complain about the smell of salmon than garlic.

                2. Sales persons, co-workers etc. and whoever is in contact with someone else in the conduct of business should abstrain. Going to the movie is another place where garlic smell is not welcome. Airplane and other confined places should be free of strong smells. IMO.

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                  1. re: lamaranthe

                    I find strong perfumes and b.o much more offensive than any food smells.

                    Thank goodness my business is done through email and phone. I can't imagine what I'd be putting my clients through! =)

                    1. re: hotsauce28

                      hotsauce - we must share a brain, or something like that! I also only deal with people through email, and the internet, so no one has complained about my "smells', as if I smell! And I also find strong perfumes to be disgusting (makes my throat close up), as well as B.O, but garlic is like nectar! And Salmon - meow! Only my cats like the smell of that!

                      I still say that with proper hygiene, garlic should not be a problem, unless you are washing your body with it! Plus, if you work out and sweat a bit, the smell will leave your body - unless you don't shower! Then that is really gross.

                    2. re: lamaranthe

                      You are so right about going to the movies, or anywhere you're part of an audience. My man and I once went to see the Three Penny Opera after having had marinated ciliegini -- there was tons o'garlic in the marinade, and I think the people around us weren't thrilled... I must've blocked that memory out of my mind.

                      1. re: lamaranthe

                        lamaranthe, I couldn't agree more. I was at Best Buy the other night with a salesman who just STUNK of garlic. I couldn't concentrate on what he was saying because I kept trying to step away from the odor protuding out of his body.

                      2. First date between my wife and I, we actually had a garlic compatibility discussion. Luckily we both love it. Subsequent dates also involved other food discussions and tolerance levels of new and different foods. We were/are matched chowhounders.