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  • Peg Mar 13, 2008 02:02 PM
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The taste of cooked root vegetables (carrots, turnips etc) makes me retch. (raw is yummy).
The very smell of honey is repulsive to me, let alone the taste which is indescribably disgusting.
I'm wondering whether this is because they taste different to me than to others, or because my brain (taste receptor thingies?) just don't like the taste?
(These are 'dislikes' I have not grown out of - as opposed to childhood dislikes like sweet peppers and wine).

What do YOU find repulsive that others seem to enjoy?

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  1. I know it's irrational, but cucmber pickles -- everything about it -- the looks, the smell, the taste. Recently I was looking at a painting that really disturbed me but couldn't figure out why. DH said it was probably because it looked like pickles. He was right. It did look like pickles and that was the reason why I subconsciously hated the painting. That post about the pickle popsicle grossed me out as well. I hated it as a kid and hate it now. I've outgrown a lot of things. Was the pickiest kid (couldn't eat egg yolks, celery, onions, etc.) But now I'm fine with most everything (excluding things like durian). However, I still can't get over the pickle thing. So no chicago hot dogs for me. Always order burgers and cubans sans pickles. My sister (the Buddhist) would probably say I had bad karma with pickles in a former life.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      Irrational, perhaps, but not unique. Here's a video clip of someone who is absolutely terrified at pickles - by it's very nature, of course, it does feature plenty of pickles, so be forewarned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjxOt2...

      When your post went beyond taste and smell and talked about the looks, or even depictions of things similar to pickles, it immediately brought to mind this case.

      1. re: cgfan

        Wow! And I thought I had issues with pickles. I mean, there's a pickle shop in NYC that I refuse to go into. But I don't go into hysterics like she does.

        btw, thanks for the warning. : )

        1. re: cgfan

          I feel the same way about Applebees

          1. re: chileheadmike

            omg hahaha... i'm with you on that... applebees/chilis/tgifridays/longhorns.... all evoke the same sort of uncomfortable itchy skin revulsion in me. if i ever have the displeasure of going there (as happens on business trips where my tastes are outnumbered), i never fail to look around in wonder at how everyone seems to be happily chowing down on food which, to me, was cut from the same block of over salted over cooked BLAH, some part of which is invariably fried on the same flatop as everything else, thereby making the pasta taste eerily like the burger like the fish like the salad.

            1. re: mrsjenpeters

              at least applebee's has a good salad bar, and chili's decent ribs.

              1. re: alkapal

                my problems with the salad bar are deeply rooted in fears of the unhygienic. and being that i just spent the past 8+ years in the south, and my husband grew up in texas, i can't abide by chili's ribs. but i admit i am an insufferable snob. :) to each his own.

                1. re: mrsjenpeters

                  i live in dc area, but hail from the south. here in dc one is hard put to find easy access to great ribs. great ribs chili's are not, but they will do in a pinch.

                  ps, i try to not blow my nose at the salad bar....
                  ;-)

                  1. re: mrsjenpeters

                    In the 70's, I worked at a Toronto restaurant (now defunct) that featured a salad bar. They had a crazy IMHO policy of not allowing the staff to eat during their shifts. Since most of the busboys and prep kids were teenagers still in high school, they had to rush over after school, and go to work for six or seven hours without any food.

                    This encouraged the staff to cheat. We had pre-sliced cheesecake and black forest in a large walk-in refrigerator. Bus boys would go in there, and grab a slice of cake, and try to wolf it down. The problem was when anyone opened the door, they couldn't tell if it was a manager, a waiter, or another busser. So they would ditch the half-eaten plates into the large garbage pails that they stored the salad dressings in. We had four styles - a Ceaser, a kind of garlicky ranch, Italian, and French. They couldn't ditch the plates in the Italian, as it was fairly clear. When the other staff found out about this, we had a secret meeting where we voted, and created what we referred to as "The Treaty of the French" - the French dressing was to be left alone. Whenever customers asked us for a recommendation, the universal reply was "I always have the French".

                    So I completely understand your fears of unhygienic salad bars!

                    1. re: KevinB

                      kevin, funny story! did any customers comment on the weird flavor of the caesar or ranch (dump-ee) dressing?

                      1. re: alkapal

                        I worked in a restaurant in Bethesda where the chocolate mousse was stored in large pails in the walk-in, (along with all the pails of dressings!!). Waiters would go in with spoons and eat out of the pail. (and anything else they could get their hands on).

                        1. re: susabella

                          wow! whatever happened? did mgmt. catch on, participate, fail to deal? was it a waiters' conspiracy of silence? yuk! talk about double dipping.....

        2. I hate coconut and canned peas.

          1. liver. fig newtons. and i can only handle so much raw-meat/fish texture and in only certain ways.

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            1. re: dani_k

              i had an epiphany lately when an in-law suggested i change a fish order to a different order and i realized, " im 50 years old, i dont like fish, i have never liked fish, i dont need to eat it any more...", enforced catholic friday consumption as a kid? for a long time, a reminder you were too poor to eat anything else? who knows, as a boston resident i grew up in fish heaven, people espousing the delicate nature of cod and potatoes vs. finnan haddie with baked beans. its all the bloody same and its all fertilizer. we have fished out the oceans, and its too expensive too boot. good riddance. IM FREE

              1. re: hyde

                It's fish for me too. When I was little my parents had a hard time finding things for me to eat because I was very sick and barely ate anything. Basically I survived on fish sticks and cheerios. I still like my cheerios, but almost any seafood product makes me ill just thinking about it.

                My SO loves sushi and I *finally* let him take me to a well known sushi restaurant in our city. I figured if anyone can teach me that fish is fantastic, this is the place.

                Not the case. I ate some sushi rolls (tuna and tempura shrimp) and even tried a halibut cheek. I was feeling pretty proud of myself, but all the rest of the evening I somehow felt...tainted. I couldn't get rid of the feeling until I literally had to rid myself of the offending product from my body (I'm sorry for the visual). I swear, I could taste and smell it for over a day and got ill just thinking about chewing it.

                Blllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeechhhhhhhhhh.

                1. re: mariannas

                  Oh, my, I thought I was the only one who doesn't like (most) fish! It's a smell/texture thing for me.

                  I spent part of last summer teaching in Denmark... not a good place to be a fish-hater. I lied and told people I was allergic. It was easier to deal with their sympathy than the conversion attempts ("but you'll love this... really!").

                  1. re: BethC

                    Oh, thank heavens I found this thread. I've always felt so ashamed of my loathing of fish! the only way I can eat it is when it is battered, then deepfried and smothered in tartar sauce. Preferably on a roll with cheese.

                    Otherwise - not for me. Lone exception is tuna - but I mean the solid white stuff in a can, not a tuna steak!

                    I thought I was alone in my fish-hating. BIG sigh of relief!

                    1. re: Catskillgirl

                      Those of you who hate fish... Have you tried fresh fish, as in caught that day? You know, catch lake trout, clean it, cook it and the enjoy?

                      1. re: miss_bennet

                        I don't think trout should be used as an great example of fish and it's flavor.
                        I LOVE fish, yet I find trout to be my least favorite fish, flavor-wise. For some salmon, I feel the same way. ANy yes, I have had it caught fresh and we've eaten it within 2 hours.

                        1. re: tatertotsrock

                          Especially trout form a lake that's stocked by hatcheries. I caught several one day (so proud of myself) and they tasted like Purina Dog Chow smells especially if you pour the dog chow into the mud first. I suspect that until shortly before mine were caught they were raised on Purina Trout Chow- really and truly.

                        2. re: miss_bennet

                          How about caught and eaten within 3-4 hrs? My wife loves fish and we go to mexico every year. I fish and she eats! I usually catch bonita and Spanish mackerel and sometimes Mahi or tuna, lots of sailfish,( I try to let go all that I think will live) I just cant do fish!

                        3. re: Catskillgirl

                          I'm another fish hater...I feel almost ashamed as everybody, my family in particular LOVES fish. It tastes metallic to me. I've tried it many ways..no tuna either..though the last couple of weeks I've thought about a tuna casserole....seafood is different to me..I don't have a problem with it..but fish...blech !! Take a piece of paper, wad it up, put it in your mouth and chew (did this when I was bored in grade school) Hey whats that taste? FISH!!!

                          1. re: Phoenix56

                            I totally disagree that trout can't be used as a great example. Trout can be wonderful, especially broiled or smoked! Not liking it is one thing; insisting that it's objectively bad is another.

                            1. re: tatamagouche

                              Trout is the only fish I DON'T like. Ugh, brown and murky. It just tastes strong in a bad bad way. And that is fresh caught. Frzen would make me sick.

                  2. re: dani_k

                    I second the fig newtons

                    1. re: dani_k

                      TT doesn't do liver or any other internal organs, like tounge, kidney, heart, lungs, and some external ones like ear, cheeks, eyes, and tripe (whatever tripe is).

                      TT

                      1. re: TexasToast

                        I agree, would not feed that stuff to a dog. Besides, the sodium content would be enough for a month!!

                        1. re: TexasToast

                          Tripe is spleen - internal.

                          1. re: thenurse

                            I thought it was stomach lining of one of a cow's three stomachs?

                            1. re: OCEllen

                              Tripe is the lining of the stomach, coming from three of the four chambers of the stomach.

                              1. re: jhopp217

                                Thanks! I don't believe spleen is edible at all. And tripe I have cooked and eaten...seems to be bland and takes on whatever one flavors it with!

                                1. re: OCEllen

                                  Spleen is perfectly edible. Have a vastedda at Ferdinando's in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It's spleen and fluffy fresh ricotta on a soft roll.

                                  Note that saying it's edible is not the same as saying it's delicious... I couldn't finish mine.

                                  Tripe is good in menudo.

                                  1. re: Panini Guy

                                    2nd what PG said. Yes, spleen is edible. And yes, it's certainly not for everyone. Tripe, however, in all its myriad forms.... yuuummmm

                                    1. re: Hunicsz

                                      Menudo, yum! (but their music sucks!)

                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                        Forced myself to eat menudo (otherwise I'd have starved) as a kid. Always hated the smell and the taste. And my mom and grandma used to eat it with pig's feet too. Eeeew. Gross!
                                        Agree that Menudo the band sucks though. ;-)

                                        Then again, they used to eat lengua (tongue) and some of my relatives ate sesos (brains) too, and it always made me feel sick just thinking of it.

                                        1. re: FoodieKat

                                          I hated pig's feet as a kid too and now I crave. lengua tacos, yum. All the ethnic foods I HATED as as a kid I want now that I can get it. Head cheese. Human nature or subliminal desires? Chicharones?

                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                            Oh, I used to love chicharones! Especially with hot sauce. Still couldn't pay me to eat lengua, sesos or any other body part of a cow, pig or chicken now though. ;-)

                                            1. re: FoodieKat

                                              Maybe reconsider lengua. Especially braised, it becomes deliciously soft and stringy (in a good way) with the most amazingly beefy flavor. And in many preparations it no longer resembles tongue at all. Of course, maybe you have childhood memories of a whole tongue simmering on the stove that may be unsurmountable. We all have those things. However, if you're at all inclined, maybe try again.

                                              1. re: Hunicsz

                                                it's the taste buds that get me!

                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                  I always thought the top layer of the tongue was removed = no taste buds. I lurv tongue sliced in madeira sauce. Like the most tender beef stew ever.

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    One skins the tongue after cooking. Maybe you're not had tongue prepared well.

                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                      well, it sure LOOKED like taste buds. and i would not be surprised it it had not been "prepared well."

                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                        Ha. Sorry, but all of this discussion about 'taste buds' has made me even more convinced that I will never try lengua.

                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                          Even with the skin removed, you can see 'evidence' of the tastebuds on that side of the tongue.

                                                          I loved my mother's tongue (should I say the tongue of beef prepared by my mother??), but have never had the Mexican preparation ... I'll have to try it.

                                                        2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                          "One skins the tongue after cooking"

                                                          Yep. Dad used to skin it at the table. A big cow tongue lolling on the cutting board. Which he would then turn inside out. Can't eat tongue. Nope. Nohow.

                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                            Sorry, my friend, but I've had tongue prepared very well: in England, at a Baron's house party. (How snooty does that sound?) Sinking my teeth into something that looked like meat, only to be met by "squish," was off-putting, to say the least. But for you, Sam, I'll give it another try.

                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                              Sounds like the cook forgot to peel off the top layer. Tongue's not supposd to go "squish" when bitten into (unless we're talking your own tongue here). It is one of the most tender meats out there, like it's been braised for decades...

                                                          2. re: alkapal

                                                            I know this is an old post but I read it just now. Do you ever think maybe the tastebuds find your taste rather unlikable as well? Just kidding! Sorry couldn't help it.

                                                            1. re: mimolette

                                                              two and a half years, mimolette. really?

                                                              but, when you're bursting with wit, why hold back?!

                                                              nah...just kidding.

                                              2. re: Panini Guy

                                                I truly doubt i'll ever make it myself, but I do love a big bowl of menudo- white, please, with lemon, cilantro, and scallion. Fortunately there are many Mexican restaurants and groceries here that make really good menudo, so I won't have to.

                                      2. re: TexasToast

                                        These are about the only foods I don't enjoy or won't eat. I've tried and give up. They are pretty yucky.

                                        1. re: TexasToast

                                          Ugggh...me either...Johnny Carson once said, liver tastes like "fried mud"..I have to agree!

                                          1. re: TexasToast

                                            Tripe is stomach...excuse me puke....you've seen it in the store..its white and full of holes...kind of like very loose weave cheesecloth..oh my god...and liver? Johnny Carson once said.."Liver tastes like fried mud"...I have to agree...

                                          2. re: dani_k

                                            The taste of fig newtons isn't half as bad as the texture...eeeew, it makes me think that it would be the same as if I was eating a cricket-newton...the crunch is so "bug" like....eeek!

                                            1. re: tatertotsrock

                                              the crunch reminds me of poppy seed strudel filling. i like poppy seed kaiser rolls, though.

                                              fig newtons are ok. whatever happened to apricot newtons?

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                I've never even known that poppy seed strudel existed...I would think they'd have the same texture...kinda creepy, eh?
                                                I loved apricot newtons but not the apple newtons...the apple newtons reminded me of bad air freshner.

                                                1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                  poppy seed strudel filling is fig newton crunch on steroids.

                                                  crickety-crunchy goodness! ;-D (Not....)

                                                  that reminds me of the old monty python sketch about chocolate covered crunchy frogs. made my dad laugh and my mom go eugh!

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    Poppy seed kuchen is food of the gods! I had this in Germany and it was sooooo good. I love poppyseeds though, so I guess it's an 'acquired taste' if you don't like 'em.

                                                    1. re: FoodieKat

                                                      Oh yes, we make a poppy seed cake (in strip form) at my bakery, and it is divine. I love poppy seeds in any form - a toasted poppy bagel with butter is among my all-time favorite breakfasts.

                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                        poppy seeds on a bagel, or in cakes is one thing --- but the strudel filling is overwhelming.
                                                        http://images.google.com/imgres?imgur...

                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                          Yes, that looks very similar to the one we make. Just pastry dough instead of strudel (although we do make apple strudel on occasion). Yummy poppy seeds!

                                                          1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                            catskillgirl, did you grow up eating that strudel? i think that makes a difference in how many poppy seeds at a time one can love! what is the poppy seed connection to strudel? are poppies grown there (where strudel is from)? hmm, now onto research about poppy seeds as food in geographic regions! more work....THANKS A LOT!!!!! ;-)

                                                            a beginning: http://www.foodreference.com/html/fpo...
                                                            http://www.cookingwiththebible.com/re...

                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                              Nope! I lived in NYC for many years, only started working at bakery and eating everything we produce *G* last year. I have always enjoyed the occasional poppy bagel or hard roll, but that was my poppy experience. So I'm an "adult onset" poppy freak.

                                                        2. re: Catskillgirl

                                                          Me too. I love lemon and almond poppyseed muffins too, and fresh kaiser rolls with poppy seeds. Good stuff!

                                                          1. re: FoodieKat

                                                            i love almond poppy seed too; so here is a recipe that looks good:
                                                            http://www.apinchof.com/poppy1036.html

                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                              This recipe looks great. And I can finally use the rest of that buttermilk I bought for my red velvet cupcake recipe. Thanks alkapal!

                                                              1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                foodiekat, most welcome. let us know your success, please!

                                            2. Watermelons and canteloupe. I cannot understand how people speak so rapturously about these. I find them vile.

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                                              1. re: nofunlatte

                                                I don't find them vile, but I don't necessarily seek them out (except I like refreshing watermelon on a hot, hot day). I find it interesting that you hate both of them because I find that they both share a similar component. I can't quite put it in words, but to me it seems that there's an aromatic component to them (kind of like menthol) in my mouth whenever I eat them.

                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                  Intellectually, I understand the "watermelon on a hot day" appeal, but only intellectually. I wonder if it's genetic--my father can't stand these either.

                                                  Miss Needle, if we are ever at the same picnic on the same hot day, I'll let you have my watermelon. Just let me have your cold beer :)

                                                  1. re: nofunlatte

                                                    No problem. I'm not the biggest fan of beer. Perfect! : )

                                                  2. re: Miss Needle

                                                    Interesting. I LOVE both watermelon and canteloupe, but they have weird reactions with me. Up until about my 30's, watermelon made my voice hoarse and canteloupe would make my lips swell a bit. These reactions have gone away (btw, it never stopped me from eating either) but still I cannot eat either and then exercise hard. They will come back up undigested.(sorry)

                                                    So...i wonder if your body is protecting you from an allergic reaction or difficulty of digestion.

                                                    I myself find blue cheese unspeakable.

                                                    1. re: danna

                                                      I have to agree...seriously...when did we decide moldy food was a delicacy? Blue cheese....ugg, and I worked in a cheese shop for 10 years!

                                                      1. re: Phoenix56

                                                        About a thousand years ago. Are you a Valley Girl?

                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                          Dude I love you for saying that

                                                        2. re: Phoenix56

                                                          all cheese is spoiled milk

                                                        3. re: danna

                                                          me an cantelope and some other melons too, I try so hard to like them, but I get the gag reflex almost every single time. I so want to love it, and I envy people that eat it. The other is mango, sometimes the same thing. Not when its mixed into a smoothie, its the flesh and the smell when it hits my nose....eek!

                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                            mango and papaya taste like dirt to me!

                                                            1. re: Emme

                                                              if that is so, i'd like to try that sweet, juicy tangy dirt you've been eating. alphonso mangoes are the epitome of what a fruit should taste like.

                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                Papaya tastes like eggs and pepper to me, I don't understand why. I can still eat it but I don't enjoy it.

                                                                1. re: Manybears

                                                                  Papaya seeds are dried and ground to use as a filler in ground pepper in India, because of their peppery flavor. An unethical practice, but it is done.

                                                                  1. re: weewah

                                                                    Wow! Good tidbit of information-- thank you!

                                                                    1. re: weewah

                                                                      I think if they're going to use a filler it should be papaya seeds. I think they're really tasty.

                                                                  2. re: Emme

                                                                    I adore mango, but papaya tastes/smells like dirty feet.

                                                            2. re: nofunlatte

                                                              Watermelons I can sometimes handle, but any type of melon, canatoupe (not really a melon I'm told), honeydew, gala, etc, I can't stand.

                                                              TT

                                                              1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                Melons of any sort cause me to gag. My husband has the same reaction, if he can even get the offending item past his lips. Unfortunately his melon gag reflex extends to all gourds - and I salivate over the prospect of winter gourds.

                                                                1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                  My mother used to say she craved two things the entire time she was pregnant with me: watermelon and sauerkraut.

                                                                  And I cannot abide the sight, smell, feel, or taste of either one.

                                                                  1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                    Sounds like a genetic disposition. no big deal. a lot of people have a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap.

                                                                    For me? I gag just THINKING about Miracle whip. I LOVE mayo though. Miracle Whip is an abomination. It's a just a vile, sugary, glob of goop if you ask me. I will never understand how people think adding sugar to sandwiches is a good thing. And how can people make something like tuna salad with the stuff? Fish covered in sugar? EWWWWWW!

                                                                    1. re: gordeaux

                                                                      "Miracle Whip is an abomination."

                                                                      Indeed.

                                                                      1. re: madgreek

                                                                        Agreed. I hate Miracle Whip. It is a betrayal to Hellmann's, the god of commercially-produced mayonaise. ;-)

                                                                        1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                          Yes! YUCK!

                                                                          1. re: OCEllen

                                                                            What is it about Miracle Whip? I think it's the same thing that creeps me out about mincemeat, Diet Dr Pepper Chocolate cherry soda and Miracle Whip. You think it's going to taste one way, and then BAM! It hits you with that nasty aftertaste.

                                                                            1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                              Yes yes yes! Can I add to my list? I cannot abide Miracle Whip, Dr. Pepper, root beer, cream soda or mincemeat, raw clams, oysters, calamari or sushi. Had a bad experience with sushi and the wasabi when I was in college and some lovely person told me it was guacamole...

                                                                              However, Thanksgiving is not complete without Crosse and Blackwell Plum Pudding with hard sauce (butter, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Go figure...

                                                                              1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                Yikes! Bet that was a shock to the senses. I hate cream soda too, but I do love both root beer and sushi. Especially the wasabi on the side, but definitely wouldn't be able to stand it in guacamole-sized portions. I used to hate the idea of eating raw oysters too, until I had them with cilantro (sorry, I know some people here hate the stuff) and chiles. That was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. Just like with nigiri sushi and sashimi though, you have to be sure the fish is very fresh.

                                                                                1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                  Are we related Mrsbuffer? I hate all those things too. I think that things I like would be a shorter list than things I don't.

                                                                                  1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                    My grandmother took some wasabi off of a buffet once and ate it thinking it was guac. She at a huge spoonful. It was actually sad but in the end quite funny. The story gets told a lot in my family.

                                                                                    1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                      Was she in Branson? I saw a woman do that once! Or actually, EVERYONE saw her AFTER she did it! It must've been awful : 0

                                                                                      1. re: weewah

                                                                                        she must have been used to really over-processed guac to make that visual mistake.

                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                          I have to admit I fell in love with Jackass when watching Steve-O snort wasabi.

                                                                                          1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                            (secret shame - LOVE Jackass, blew 10 precious dollars when unemployed on seeing that nonsense, no regrets)

                                                                                            and having had wasabi salmon roe maki I can sorta sympathize.

                                                                              2. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                Miracle Whip was responsible for my erroneous belief that I hated mayonnaise that lasted into my twenties.

                                                                                When I finally realized they are completely different things...I was doubly furious with Miracle Whip. Mayonnaise rocks! Damn you, Miracle Whip.

                                                                                1. re: KitchenCo

                                                                                  You said it! It seemed like every summer picnic growing up included some kind of salad made with Miracle Whip. It was just wrooong!

                                                                                  1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                    products like Miracle Whip became popular for a couple of reasons
                                                                                    1: Mayo, even store bought was highly unstable and went rancid very fast.
                                                                                    2. eggs were fairly expensive in the Depression and then rationed in WWII.
                                                                                    3. refrigeration wasn't as widespread and reliable until post-war, but by then the habits were formed.

                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                      how does miracle whip differ on those points?

                                                                                      i just thought miracle whip was like mayo with extra sugar and added mustard.

                                                                                      and recently we had a thread on whether hellman's/best foods mayo had to be refrigerated, and the consensus was "no" -- not to ensure food safety. maybe for flavor or aesthetics. but refrigeration is not required. (I always have, never even thinking i would not...)

                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                        I like mayo (Hellman's) and MW. I like to dip Cape Cod potato chips in MW! But most of the time I use mayo. BTW - I think fat free mayo is disgusting. We could start a separate thread on which zero-calorie and/or fat free foods are best/worst. Diet Coke rocks and is so much better than regular Coke, which hurts my teeth.

                                                                                        1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                          i'm liking the coke zero, but it is not as fizzy!!!

                                                                                        2. re: alkapal

                                                                                          if I'm not mistaken Miracle Whip is oil based (like butter vs. margarine)

                                                                                          I do like MW in some things like a straight up school cafeteria style tuna salad

                                                                                          god leave mayo out in my mom's house...go ahead take your chances.

                                                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                                                            I like Miracle Whip on ham and Mayo (Hellmans) on turkey or anything else. Tuna, chicken salad etc..Miracle Whip is better..I went for years being a pretencius snob ( even to my parents) proclaiming I would NEVER eat anything buy Mayo....one does grow up...

                                                                                          2. re: alkapal

                                                                                            Egad, if I knew somebody wasn't refrigerating their mayo after opening I'd not eat a thing there. I understand that it's been vilified unfairly and damnded for the company it's forced to keep, but still- no way would I knowingly eat long-stored room temp mayo, homemade, Best Foods, or any other.

                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                              AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                    2. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                      Except the God in question is actually Duke's mayonnaise :-)

                                                                                      1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                        I've read a lot and the only difference I can find is Miracle Whip has more lemon juice and is cooked. Mayo has less and of course the true versions use raw egg yolks....I don't think commercial brands could do this..I called Kraft foods about it and they would not give me definitive answer...

                                                                                        1. re: Phoenix56

                                                                                          MW has way more sugar than Best Foods mayo. It's disgusting to me but I can see why it would appeal to some people.

                                                                                      2. re: madgreek

                                                                                        Miracle Whip is down there with lungs, spleen, most franchise food, fake whipping cream, boxed cake mixes, and margarine.. uck uck.

                                                                                        1. re: fromagina

                                                                                          Bofe--smoked lung--in Colombia is really good. What do you have against lung?

                                                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                            Have to say I've never had lung. But that's mostly because I was told by a chef from Brooklyn that the NYC health dept. banned serving it awhile back for health reasons that I don't recall (he mentioned this is why the Red Hook vasteddas use spleen today - they used to use lung). So I've stayed away because of that.

                                                                                            So what's it close to in taste/texture?

                                                                                            1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                                              Chewy/slightly rubbery, good rich flavor--more like meat than organ. Good thinly sliced and done either adobo or curry.

                                                                                              1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                                                I realize I'm horning in here, but I photographed too many surgeries and autopsies in my time to want to have anything to do with the smell or taste of nearly any organ meat. I love chicken gizzards, though, never had to photograph a diseased one of those!

                                                                                            2. re: fromagina

                                                                                              Lungemost in Norway, just like hamburger, almost.

                                                                                            3. re: madgreek

                                                                                              eeeewwww Miracle Whip --- would rather starve to death than eat something with MW on it...

                                                                                            4. re: gordeaux

                                                                                              I am SO with you on the Miracle Whip. That stuff is downright revolting. My RM loves it though so it's always in our fridge. Euuwww....

                                                                                            5. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                              Thought I was the only one who hates watermelon! Always have. I do like canteloupe though. Love the idea of refreshing fruits on a hot day, but watermelon just doesn't do it for me. I'd much rather have a lemon Italian ice.

                                                                                              1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                FoodieKat, it's funny, as a kid I loved Watermelon, but hated Cantelope nd Honeydew. Now I find them all so refreshing, but in totolly different ways.

                                                                                                I remember growing up in brooklyn eating Itlain ices from a cart with sahved ice and that delicious syrup. Heaven!

                                                                                              2. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                I love a good cantaloupe, when they're in season and nice and soft and mushy, with salt. But I cannot abide watermelon. It's mostly the texture, I think, and the seeds. My husband loves watermelon, and always has one in the fridge in the summer, and inevitably tries to get me to "just try a bite--oh, come on, you'll like it!" No, I won't.

                                                                                                1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                  Ewwww on the cantelope and honeydew. I can handle watermelon but that is it.

                                                                                                  1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                    I am so happy to find someone else who hates watermelon!

                                                                                                  2. Canteloupe, Honeydew, Eggplant, Reb Bell Peppers, especially roasted...uggg.

                                                                                                    Blech!!!! I think these things are like ear wax or something...nasty.
                                                                                                    I'll eat/try anything...give me a pig's ass and I'll be happy to try it, I am no squeemish, I jsut can't stand those melons or peppers...I have no idea why. They just taste rancid/acrid.
                                                                                                    Hhhhmmmm....

                                                                                                    1. bacon...can't stand it or the smell!

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                                                                                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                                                                                        OHMIGOD! I thought I was alone in the world! I've never met anyone else who hates bacon! I keep trying it, but I just don't like it!

                                                                                                        1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                          You're both crazy! Unless you have a religious obligation not to eat it, how can you not like bacon. I never in a million years thought I would see one person, let alone two people who didn't like bacon.

                                                                                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                            three people :D

                                                                                                            Just the smell makes me nauseous.

                                                                                                            1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                              look at it this way: more bacon for you and me!

                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                Bacon is my favorite food group!

                                                                                                            2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                              can't stand the smell of bacon, it makes me feel sick

                                                                                                          2. Ripe bananas. Hard boiled eggs. Ugh.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Snackish

                                                                                                              Ripe bananas for me too. I prefer my bananas when they have the consistency of a potato, I know I have no taste ha ha. If there is a little brown freckle, I will start getting a fermented taste. I could eat it if there is nothing to eat at home; but usually it goes into banana bread or something that would hide the smell and texture.

                                                                                                              Eggs. Undercooked egg whites are one of the other (very few) things that I will refuse to eat; but it is more of a texture than a taste thing. Undercooked yolks on the other hand are perhaps the most delicious thing ever.

                                                                                                              1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                undercooked egg whites! ugh! cooking scrambles and omelettes can be a problem for me because i cannot cannot cannot handle raw egg whites so trying to get the eggs done but not overcooked is a challenge.

                                                                                                                1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                  I hate ripe bananas! They have to be green and pre-ripe for me to eat them. I think you have taste!

                                                                                                                  I can't deal with any sort of fake lemon taste. I had some awful medicine that tasted like that as a kid and ever since, if I get a whiff or taste of it, the gag reflex kicks in and I have to remove myself from the situation.

                                                                                                                  1. re: abs294

                                                                                                                    i'm okay with just-ripe bananas, but i can't stand them when they're overripe or mushy.

                                                                                                                    btw, abs294, i have the same problem with fake orange flavoring - reminds me of baby aspirin. i gag just thinking about it.

                                                                                                                    1. re: abs294

                                                                                                                      Ripe bananas - eeech. They make me gag every time.

                                                                                                                    2. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                      I have a hard time with as The Cone Heads say..Raw Chicken Embryos.........oh, I'm going to pass out.........

                                                                                                                    3. re: Snackish

                                                                                                                      Hard boiled eggs scare me. Oh, they are awful. Their only use is for coloring at Eastertime! They do make lovely decorations. But eating them??? Nope. Not gonna happen! For me it's very much a smell and texture antipathy. The rubbery glop of the white, and the chalky dryness of the yolk, along with that smell... ugh.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                        Wow! amazing that there are other people who hate hard boiled eggs and ripe bananas. Ripe bananas smell like nail polish remover. But I like them when they still have a bit of green on the tips, and eggs other ways are fine. I never eat processed food with artificial ingredients and MSG makes me break out in a cold sweat.

                                                                                                                        I like liver, tripe a few bites, and I LOVE (looking for a pattern here) artichokes, spinach, licorice, yogourt, rioja, sauerkraut and miso--I spread it on toast. These things have something in common, but WHAT IS IT?

                                                                                                                        1. re: cassis

                                                                                                                          "nail polish remover"
                                                                                                                          Holy cow! I've never quite put my finger on that smell, and I think that's pretty close.
                                                                                                                          I am a ripe-banana dis-like-er....yuk! Smelly, smushy, and pukey.

                                                                                                                          1. re: cassis

                                                                                                                            Hmmm. Hate liver, never tried tripe, love artichokes and spinach and licorice and yogurt, intensely dislike sauerkraut, love miso.. I don't know what the common thread is.

                                                                                                                            1. re: cassis

                                                                                                                              Umm....except for licorice they're all delicious? Can't believe no one on this entire thread has mentioned the most vile taste of all: BASIL! Disgusting soapy rotten food ruiner.

                                                                                                                              1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                Whoa. Your name is southernitalian and you HATE basil? Talk about a disconnect... :-D

                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                  I know it lingua. It's a problem. I can take it in small doses but if it's the main ingredient, like pesto, I'm out. It just doesn't taste like something people should eat.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                    Ha. I used to feel that way about cilantro (let's not get into that, there's been a million&1 threads about that). Soapy. But if you like Thai or Mexican food, it is inevitable. Slowly 'got over it', and now genuinely enjoy it. Although, a cilantro pesto would be pushing my limits, too ----

                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                      "Although, a cilantro pesto would be pushing my limits, too ----"

                                                                                                                                      and jam the blade on your food processor as well (voice of experience/cilantro lover)

                                                                                                                              2. re: cassis

                                                                                                                                Are they all bitter? I too love artichokes, but hate licorice and miso. Spinach and yogurt are fine.

                                                                                                                                1. re: cassis

                                                                                                                                  Add me to the ripe banana and hard-boiled egg hating crowd. I also dislike licorice, tripe and tofu (the last 2 are a texture more than a flavor issue).

                                                                                                                                2. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                  AMEN

                                                                                                                                3. re: Snackish

                                                                                                                                  Oh, you hit my big two. I got sick on both as a child and can't stand the smell of either as an adult. DH loves both, unfortunately.
                                                                                                                                  My other ughs are olives,organ meats, rare anything, crunchy "cooked" veggies and brussel sprouts.

                                                                                                                                4. I always get strange looks when I say I can't stand chicken, ranch dressing or mayonnaise (or miracle whip). And no, I won't even eat it mixed into things such as tuna salad, egg salad, etc. It's not a texture thing because I love sour cream, yogurt, and other foods of similar texture. It has a peculiar smell to me and tastes just like the smell. Also, I like tomatoes in every form (raw, soup, juice, etc.) except for ketchup. I think it's something about it being sugary...sugar and tomatoes don't go well to me. Other than that, I would eat just about anything.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: almccasland

                                                                                                                                    I can't stand ranch dressing either - It smells like vomit to me and tastes the same (I do love mayo and micracle whip though!) Any ranch flavored thing, like cool ranch doritos just seems vile to me. Only other thing I can think of is Uni - tried it once and found it very bitter and acrid and haven't tried it since.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodhypnosis

                                                                                                                                      I agree on the ranch dressing. GROSS!
                                                                                                                                      Add to that Thousand Island, tartar sauce and miracle whip. I do like Hellman's mayo, and canola mayo. The miracle whip just turns me off.
                                                                                                                                      Also can't stand ripe bananas, sweet pickle relish, raw green bell peppers,
                                                                                                                                      And I never ever liked cow's milk.
                                                                                                                                      Those jello "salads" with stuff in it...GAG! Carrot and raisin salad with miracle whip is one of the most disgusting things I have ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                        Seems most people who like (love) mayonaisse HATE Miracle Whip. Not many people like them both equally! I keep 'em both in the fridge seem to have very specific preferences - turkey gets mayo, ham gets miracle whip, add swiss to the ham and it has to be brown mustard, while cheese with the turkey would get honey mustard...
                                                                                                                                        Just remembered how much I dislike that white frosting that's on bakery cakes - the kind I think made from crisco. Always looked good and then I'd bite into it and blegh. Almost never eat cake because of that frosting.
                                                                                                                                        And reading further down the page - I agree on Fluff - nasty stuff.
                                                                                                                                        And somehow cooked cherries make me queasy - I can eat a pound of fresh cherries in a sitting, but put them in a pie - or worse a black forest cake - or even worse a chocolate covered cherry -and i can't stomach it. Slimy.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodhypnosis

                                                                                                                                          Crisco? That's what's in that stuff? God that's revolting...and it's kinda' gritty too...

                                                                                                                                          Nasty.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: morrigan

                                                                                                                                            actually, the grittiness in frosting is usually undissolved sugar.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: foodhypnosis

                                                                                                                                            FOODHYPNOSIS- I am exactly the opposite...cherry pie? Yum!! Fresh cheries? No thanks...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Phoenix56

                                                                                                                                              OY! Okay, more for me. I will trade you cherry pie for fresh cherries.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: foodhypnosis

                                                                                                                                              I'm the same way with cherry. LOVE fresh cherries and will sit there eating them till I make myself sick. But cherry flavored anything, not a chance in hell. It's not just the cooked cherries themselves but even anything cherry flavored. I all but gagged on some cherry flavored tums or rolaids my roommate handed me once.

                                                                                                                                              I also can't stand plain yellow mustard. I'll barely tolerate it if it's the only option but just barely, and only if I don't have anything else to add to the sandwich at all.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: JasFoodie

                                                                                                                                                agreed, candied, syruped, whatever cherries - no thanks. as a duck glaze maybe.

                                                                                                                                            3. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                              Oh I completely forgot about jello salad. Another 'wonderful' invention which always appeared at picnics when I was a kid. I always thought the stuff was just vile. Plain jello, fine. But why ruin it with pieces of canned fruit and Cool Whip? Nasty.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                                The first time I was served carrot and raisin salad I just looked at it horrified and wanted to ask 'you're kidding me right?' It was served buffet style at a dinner for about 50 international students where we all shuffed through the line and had volunteers glop a serving of each item onto our plates for us. I noticed after dinner was over that almost everyone still had a mound of orange goop on their plate.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: foodhypnosis

                                                                                                                                                I agree with you on the ranch dressing. it is vile tasting.

                                                                                                                                              3. re: almccasland

                                                                                                                                                I'm with you on the ranch dressing. I'm not sure it smells like vomit to me, but the smell does make me queasy. And I, too, love yogurt, sour cream, etc... Did you eat the Kraft brand when you were a kid?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: almccasland

                                                                                                                                                  I hate the smell and taste of mayo; however, I can eat it when mixed with salads of some kind. Crazy I know.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: almccasland

                                                                                                                                                    Yep,
                                                                                                                                                    Ranch dressing smells like kindergarten vomit...YUK!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tatertotsrock

                                                                                                                                                      "Kindergarten vomit" evokes the taste and smell of ranch dressing like no other phrase I've come across. Nicely done.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: almccasland

                                                                                                                                                      can't stand ketchup either. disgusting. i much prefer my fries with mayo, which i love!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mrsjenpeters

                                                                                                                                                        I like A-1 steak sauce on my fries. Not on a good steak, though.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                          I'd like A-1 steak sauce on a flip flop.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                                            see I hate flip flops and just on principal (and for their sonic value)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                              I had to explain to a friend in Oslo, a Jimmy Buffet fan, what "stepped on a pop top, blew out a flip flop" means and why he couldn't find Margaritaville on a map; it's located between the ears.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                i go nuts getting stuck following flip-floppin' folks in the grocery aisles -- and it's esp. maddening when the person semi-shuffles. i have to move to another section of the store.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh alka, you'd have a tough time at the grocery store behind me. My manager said to me the other day, "Why are all your shoes so audible?". I wear "fancy" flip flops to work!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                                                    you are correct madam! i would have to move to a different place in the store -- or kill you -- but i think it is better to move, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                    (and not to be nosy, but don't you think it could affect your career growth to have audible shoes -- esp.with a manager commenting on it!).

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      the sound of flip-flops freaks me and makes me nervous (sorry)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                        I hate footwear you can hear. Flipflops are pretty bad, but thick heels on an uncarpeted floor are much worse. I agree with you on "affect your career growth," Alkapal. A footnoise-producing employee automatically gets points off when compared to s/he who wears sneakers.

                                                                                                                                                                        And gum clickers are another group of people who have no right to live. And bracelet bangers.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                                                                          so much hate, so little time '-P

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                            seriously. makes one wonder how one deals with actual problems

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                                                  Dear friends,
                                                                                                                                                                  I am a flip-flopper. Not in a restaurant or any place decent, but still... I am. Please accept my apologies.
                                                                                                                                                                  Allie

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                    allie despite what I posted I really don't hate them on principal. I just get nervous when followed closely by anyone in loud footwear (SF's Financial District with type A's stomping up Montgomery in spikes, art school with creative types in stacked creative shoes shuffling along because it's the only way to not fall over.)

                                                                                                                                                                    so if you're at the next table I really don't care what you're wearing. or if even nothting, my only reaction to that would be "who the hell leaves the house in a city without anything on? have they heard of broken glass?" but I wouldn't say it out loud. just don't closely follow me around.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator's confession made me think: why isn't there a "flip-floppers anonymous"?
                                                                                                                                                                      of course i knew the answer immediately. they can't be anonymous.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                        Name that Tune: "Stepped on a pop -top, blew out a flip-flop." I had to explicate this to an Oslovian.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                          let me have a margarita and consider it

                                                                                                                                                            2. The common foods I disliked as a kid (and still do, unfortunately) were: plain milk (to drink), watermelon and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Lunches at my friends' houses were often a nightmare! I was always polite and ate everything but it was an effort to force myself.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                                                                                                I"m joking so don't get offended. Milk, Watermelon, and Peanut Butter - are you sure you just didn't hate being a kid?

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                  I know, it's so weird! I was the only person I knew that didn't like those things. Although for the record, I do like peanut butter and I love jam, just not the two together! (Actually, I don't care for any 'peanut butter & ___' sandwiches, such as pb & bananas or pb & Fluff)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with you on that one Ms.C I hate peanut butter and jelly. I do love peanut butter with bananas and raisins though, and honestly, I don't like raisins that much. PB & Fluff is nasty!

                                                                                                                                                                    When I was growing up, my father, who loves PB, bought the natural kid, so we had to stir the oils up into it. Much different taste than the store bought kind, a much more peanut-y taste. Some were good some were bad.

                                                                                                                                                                    Another great combination is peanut and apple butter.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                      i also hate pb&j sandwiches, and remember forcing them down in some instances because people assume that all children love them.
                                                                                                                                                                      peanut butter cookies are another one,so maybe it has something to do with pb and intense sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                        Reply to Fara...I love peanut butter....but I won't even buy it beacuse I'll devour a jar in 2 sittings!! Bot jelly on top? For gods sake WHY?

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                                                                                                      I love pb & j, but don't care at all for 'the Fluff'. It's just sickly sweet. Why on earth would you want to eat it with something that's already sweet?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                        That marshmallow "fluff" reminds me of another "gag me".. those big Easter egg-shaped candies with a sugary shell and some kind of sickly sweet fluff inside.. makes my teeth hurt just thinking about them!
                                                                                                                                                                        I don't like the sweetened hydrogenated "creamy" peanut butter.. it tastes like candy, not food. Real freshly ground peanut butter (as from that grinder in Whole Foods) is Food of the Gods. Bacon and Peanut butter sandwich with red onions.. heaven!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fromagina

                                                                                                                                                                          I wrote about those eggs on the "most digustign candy" board. (Shudder)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fromagina

                                                                                                                                                                            i never understood bacon and peanut butter sandwiches... but now that you put red onion in there... i think i can hang with that. got my lunch plans for saturday now, thanks! :)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mrsjenpeters

                                                                                                                                                                              A nice little trick is to grill the peanut butter a few moments.. warm peanut butter is very good! A few slices of avocado do absolutely NO harm to this sandwich. For those of us who DON'T find peanut butter a disgusting food, I'm beginning to believe that it is a much under-utilized food!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not sure if it's true, but a food show I saw said that peanut butter was originally considered one of those foods that only adults could like and that no child would eat even if forced. Also, it always contained other things like for example you would buy a jar of peanut butter with bits of bacon in it. Then somebody came up with the idea of selling plain peanut butter, and everybody thought they were crazy because no one ate plain peanut butter. And they were right, no one bought it. Then they decided to market it to children, and everybody thought they were extra crazy, because not only did no one eat plain peanut butter, but everyone knew you couldn't get a kid to touch peanut butter. Only this time they were wrong, plain peanut butter was so popular with kids that it outsold the old peanut butter-with-stuff in it so much that eventually plain became just about the only way to buy it. It turned out kids didn't hate peanut butter, they hate the meats and pickles and other stuff that were in it.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HarryFromMarydelDE

                                                                                                                                                                          see this: http://inventors.about.com/library/in...

                                                                                                                                                                          also read about a truly genius american hero, george washington carver.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                            He was The Man.

                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                                                                                                        Funny--I disliked milk as a kid (not too crazy about it now), still despise watermelon, but peanut butter, which I hated as a little kid, has grown on me (figuratively and literally--low-calorie it ain't!) My brother and sister would eat peanut butter sandwiches, but I prefered cheese (didn't like the PB). By teendom, though, I'd eat it. And now I think it's food of the gods (the natural kind, that is!)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite sandwich as a kid was Tomato and Provolone with mayo. I had that pakced for me almost every day for lunch. On the other days it was usually PB with banana and/or raisins. As A kid i hated Ham and Cheese more than anything. To this day Ham is not my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                                                                                                          Hey, i was the same way about Peanut Butter until i turned 30! Then 2 things happened:
                                                                                                                                                                          1) it suddenly dawned on me that the sesame noodles i loved so much were made with peanut butter.
                                                                                                                                                                          2) Someone brought a chocolate peanut butter pie into the office & i devoured it.
                                                                                                                                                                          Weird, but true.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. Hard boiled yolks, lima beans, raw celery and carrots, beets, fruitcake, pork rinds, custard, cottage cheese, rice pudding, refried beans...just to name a few.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: six dower

                                                                                                                                                                            Cottage cheese looks like, well, I can't say on this board, but it's just not right.

                                                                                                                                                                            TT

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                                                              I like it -- well, I'll eat it. But an old girlfriend hated it; when she heard me say that's what I'd brought for lunch, she exclaimed, "Lumpy milk? You eat LUMPY MILK?"

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                JMCKEE I love it! Its something about the curds (cheese) and the coldness of the liquid...I like large curds the best..how about you?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Phoenix56

                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the smaller curds. I always add a dash of hot sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cooked eggs - scrambled, poached, hard boiled, fried... Sometimes I'll try to eat eggs benedict, but I just hate egg. No amount of salt or hollandaise or ketchup can make me like them. On Christmas morning, I had eggs benedict without the egg and it was delicious. I don't like bacon, either. I think the common eggs, bacon and dry toast (I was allergic to milk so couldn't have buttered toast) turned me off breakfast for the rest of my life.

                                                                                                                                                                            I just don't understand the egg thing. I thnk they're horrid. Even some ice creams are unpalatable to me because they have too much egg in them. Creme brulee? Yuck. I have to stop talking about eggs now before I make myself ill.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                              When you say cooked eggs, are you implying that you like them raw? Can you have them in a cake or cookie?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm never eaten them raw except in salad dressing. When they're mixed into cakes, salad dressings and other things, I'm ok UNLESS I CAN TASTE THEM. (That's right, the taste of eggs scares me.) I've definitely bought things (cakes, ice creams) and said that they taste eggy but most other people think I'm crazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                Oddly, though, I love angel food cake and hard meringues. Do those taste eggy? Maybe I should try scrambled egg whites... No. Probably not.

                                                                                                                                                                                And I was just thinking... I had quail's eggs once in "across the bridge noodles" while in China. They were put into hot borth raw, and they were absolutely delicious. So maybe it's just chicken eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                  You may have a problem with just the yolks. My sister and I both weren't crazy about the yolks as kids (probably not to the same extent as you hate them). We would only eat the hard-boiled whites. When we put an egg in our ramen and noodles dishes, it was only the egg whites. Never a fan of eggnog. But we loved our ice cream and loved eating Korean sushi rolls with egg omelette in them. If the yolks were mixed with other stuff, we were able to eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                  As a person who freaks out at the sight of pickles, I understand your pain.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, but that makes me laugh! I'm not quite at the point that ia freak out at the sight of them. In fact, I can't truly imagine freaking out at the sight of any food readily available in Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Now all I can picture is a woman panicking at a painting that vaguely resembles pickles..I'm sorry to laugh at your pain...It's just a little funny! Sorry!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                      Like someone else further upstream on this thread, I can't stand hard boiled eggs, and that includes the whites.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Also don't like fried eggs, both yolk and white.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I do like omelettes, souffles, scrambled eggs if there's tomato and things in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      But not hardboiled eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                      Right with you on the eggs, miss bennet. Except hard meringue which I find not worth eating but not repulsive. I adore pancakes, cakes, waffles, etc. as long as they do not taste eggy. One egg per cup of flour is enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Plain milk is undrinkable yet it seems fine when soaked up by cereal.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Liver: disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                    miss_bennet...Eggs are tricky...runny yolks eeewww, liquid chicken! Omelettes are better, but if you want eggs in your diet try a nice quiche...you won't know its eggs!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Phoenix56

                                                                                                                                                                                      miss phoenix, you sure have lots of food "hates."

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Refried beans - whenever mrbuffer and I go to Taco Bell (it's a craving, nothing more) he KNOWS to order my nachos bel grande without the vile things that look and smell like turds.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Corned beef and cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bleu cheese tastes like soap
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bread and butter pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                    split pea soup
                                                                                                                                                                                    giblet gravy

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                                                                                                                      MrsBuffer, I love your list. I love gravy, I love bread and butter pickles, I love bleu cheese probably more than any other cheese, but I will agree with you on the corned beef and cabbage and split pea soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                      But here's why I am responding. One drunken day, years ago, we took our leftovers from a mexican restaurant home with us. On the rirde home, we saw an ice cream shop, that said "we will make any flavor." So we asked the two fine ladies in the back if they would make refriend bean ice cream. They said they would but we had to promise to eat it, because they said cleaning the machine would be tough and they weren't going through the trouble for nothing. In the machine it went and out it came. Out into four cones for the four idiots standing in front of them. It's amazing what you'll eat after spending the day drinking margaritas, and other tropical drinks. So probably the craziest thing I've ever eaten was refried bean ice cream. And Mrsbuffer - it tastes as good as it sounds!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree with mrsbuffer on the corned beef and cabbage and the b&b pickles. Last weekend we went to a St. Patrick's day party and as soon as we walked in the smell of corned beef and cabbage was overwhelming. I couldn't wait to leave.

                                                                                                                                                                                        When a friend of mine was pregnant with her first, she craved bread and butter pickles, despite her hatred of them. One day she went grocery shopping, bought a jar, and had to pull over to eat some pickles. She ended up eating the entire jar in her car before she got home.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: irishnyc

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not surprised this happened. My mother told me that during her 3rd trimester on all three kids, she craved sweet pickles and ice cream. I wonder if this is a subconscious need for certain nutrients, like acetic acid and full fats to help complete the baby's development. Still, pickles and ice cream sounds like a pretty weird combo!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! If bleu cheese tastes like your soap, I could probably save money by eating your soap.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE a good bleu!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                            And the Maytag variety is not for the laundry!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                              gordeaux....I worked in a cheese shop for 10 years..I know the mold on blue cheese is a cultivated mold, but it didn't start out that way..a little shepard boy left his lunch in a cave and when he came back some time later (the story goes) he found it molded ate it and liked it. If such is the case once a month I could send you some lovely things from my fridge with mold. Bon Appetite!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow Mrs. Buffer, you're the un-southernitalian. I'm indifferent to the gravy and corned beef and cabbage, but blue cheese is definitely my desert island food, and I eat B&B pickles all the time, right out of the jar. I also love split pea soup, with or without ham.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                                                                                                                One of my favourite sandwiches is just bread, butter, and B&B pickles. Of course, I also often add a piece of ham or turkey, but the plain sandwich is just fine. And a favourite snack is an apple, cheddar cheese, and B&B pickles. I really enjoy the contrasts in texture and taste when you slice off a piece of cheddar, put a B&B on it, and then munch away - sweet, salty, crunchy, yielding, and melting all at once. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Coconut... Just can’t stand it. It’s the texture... I’m not wild about the taste either, but I can live with it. If a dish is made with coconut milk, it won’t bother me too much, but... THAT TEXTURE! ! ! There’s just something about the way the stuff feels in my mouth and against my teeth... It’s like fingernails on a blackboard for me. It doesn’t matter if it’s a curry or a Mounds Bar. I’m giving myself the creeps just writing about it....

                                                                                                                                                                                              Uncle Ira

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Uncle Ira

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh man! I didn't even go into textures I can't stand! That should be a whole other thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Uncle Ira

                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm so there with you - it's the first thing that came to mind when i saw this thread. eating dessicated coconut is like chewing on straw that was soaked in sour milk & left out to dry...or something equally vile. just thinking about the way it squeaks between your teeth when you chew it makes me shudder. i still don't understand why people insist on ruining carrot cake by adding that stuff to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  on the positive side, i was never tempted to eat girl scout samoa cookies :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Marmite, vegemite, Hittites, Luddites.... (kidding about the last two).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. cucumbers. i hate the smell. i hate the taste. i hate the texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    WON
                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I balk at blood sausages and marshmallows. But for you to be intolerant of honey is sad. What does it leave one to look forward to, the land of Milk and Sauerkraut?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...mmmmmm.... sauerkraut.. YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yum indeed! I make my own sauerkraut too. Love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We grow the cabbages and make the kraut (kapusta) almost 20 gal! I grew up making it w/ grand parents , parents & aunts & uncles. My rite of passage was when I was invited to the cellar to grate 350 lbs. of cabbage on a mandolin and drink beer w/ the men at about 16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            With a son teaching in Korea, I've learned to make kim chee too. Now that's an aquired taste!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I can't stand cucumbers, though I love pickles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fish--actually anything that used to reside underwater.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mayonnaise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any sort of melon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. My story: I've traveled all over the world and seriously sampled cuisines. Tasted lots and lots of things. Grew up in a very adventurous food-eating family. I established likes and only a few dislikes, but that's all. No food really bothered me terribly. Or so I thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          One day I go to visit my parents in our family house -- this was about fifteen years ago -- and my mother was making this Alsatian pork and fried apples dish. I smelled the cooking and was immediately nauseated, to the point I was quickly going to vomit. I said to my parents, I'm so sorry -- I know I just got here -- but the smell of those fried apples is so bad I'm going to be sick -- I have to leave. My mother says, But you love apples. My father was silent -- I guess dumbfounded all this time -- looked at me and said, My father, your grandfather, loved all foods, but the ONLY thing he COULD NOT STAND was the smell of fried apples -- it made him sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. I realized then there has to be some sort of genetic hard-wiring that can cause us to be revolted by certain smells and tastes. This isn't general dislike -- in the sense of I've tried this food and I don't care for it. This is the body being revolted by something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone found this same wacky thing -- that other members of your family are revolted by the same foodstuff as you are? (BTW, thanks for listening.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: maria lorraine

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is a remarkable thread. It gives me an appreciation for the depth of dislike of those who really can't stand certain foods. There was a similar discussion about cilantro as being a 'hard-wired' nauseous taste for some people (I was told that Indonesians generally dislike it as a 'dirty' taste). Fortunately I don't have any such aversions, but from now on I'll be more tolerant of those who do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maria lorraine

                                                                                                                                                                                                              maria lorraine...My whole family loves fish and I'm the only one who can't abide it..seafood is fine..but not fish..It even looks good to me..but one whiff, one taste, and I'm done for! I think it is genetic hard wiring....

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I wouldn't go so far as to say I find it "disgusting," but I'm slowly approaching 40 and I still have serious problems with grapefruit. It's nothing but pure, undiluted bitterness to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you a supertaster, and have you ever tried Ruby Red grapefruit? I remember being amazed as a child that anyone could actually drink grapefruit juice!! Instant ack!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Second on the grapefruit. Never tasted one that wasn't bitter to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Someone else hates grapefruit!!! Oh I hate it, so bitter that I could never keep from choking on it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was a kid I used to regularly stay w/ a family whose mom served grapefruit juice, or grapefruit mixed w/ Tang every day at breakfast. Never just plain Tang. We were not allowed to decline this drink (I'm sure she thought she was giving us our vitamins).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was an ordeal for me my whole childhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: weewah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting. There's definitely bitterness in the pith, but the pulp is for me delicious; even when I was little I preferred grapefruit to all other citrus. (Then I met pomelos.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I hate green onions. As a Korean, this is very difficult, because they put it in everything. I am not a fussy person, and there are many things I eat. But when I feel a green onion in my mouth, I have to spit it out or swallow it whole. It is a combination of the taste and mouthfeel. My mother is about to disown me. I have tried, but I just can't get past green onions...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      moh, mgod, I'm mshocked!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes. You should be shocked. My mother thinks I'm an alien...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I'm with Sam on this one. Do you pick all the scallions out of your banchan (like the spinach or soy bean sprouts?) I used to do that as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I still pick out the green onions to this day. Chopsticks are such a perfect tool for this! I am a very patient person, and very thorough. I rarely miss any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But a breakthrough has occurred. I don't mind some green onion in Pa jon. I am hoping this will lead to increased tolerance. I'm working on it! I'm still trying!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a number of relatives (Chinese) who also don't like green onions... so we've ended up asking them to remove it from the dish... or my dad and I get first dibs and we eat the green onions. Mmmm... I love green onions. For me it's raw mushrooms. Think it developed one day when I was waiting for some people and I was a bit peckish. So I dug into a bunch of raw enokis and just ate them. From that time forward eating raw mushrooms (especially just by themselves) makes me almost want to gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my husband hates them too! its unfortunate because i love them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          he also has trouble with raw tomatoes, cukes, and green bell peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          strangely enough, his fave salad is greek salad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dani_k

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wow. that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            greek salad: tomatoes, cukes, green bell peppers (yes, and feta, red onion, lemon and olive oil). strange '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. What a fascinating thread to read! There were foods that I didn't even realize I vaguely disliked until I read these posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm also not very into coconut milk or coconut flavoring (definitely not genetic, there; my mother, who grew up on a tropical island, loves the stuff).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hated egg yolks when I was a kid (I like them now).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And one thing no one else has mentioned: I really don't like pineapple. I see people go nuts for it and I like the way it smells ripe, but the tongue numbing astringency makes it completely inedible to me. I guess I've generalized the discomfort it to a general dislike of the flavor, even in non-astringent canned stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the other hand, I really do kinda like durian, so go figure. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm amazed that no one else has mentioned durian. I think it's the most vile thing in the world. My wife loves it, but I have to leave the room when she eats it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My daughter and I also love Durian, but I have to beg a green grocer to order it for me. She spent the month of January in Laos and Thailand on a college interim, and she was the only person of the group who would eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Milk to drink (fine with it cooked in things), peanut butter (but plain roasted peanuts & an occasional reeces cup I like) and peas. As an adult I have grown to like eggs, strawberries & bananas - which all repulsed me when I was young.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I cannot stand the smell nor the taste of white milk (if I drink it it must have some kind of syrup in it - chocolate or strawberry).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, I can't eat pineapple. I'll drink the juice, but that's about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Oooh! Water! Plain, still, average tap water! Drives me nuts! I hate drinking it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But that's because it doesn't have a flavour to be repulsed by, and thus I am repulsed by the lack of flavour.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hate water too! Granted on a hot day, I am willing to chug an ice cold water. other than that, I need my liquids to be flavored. I know, it's awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's also why I hate mashed potatoes! They're just so bland and usually mealy. (I don't know how to write the sound that emanates the digust I make when thinking of mashed potatoes.) And it doesn't matter if they're instant, homemade, fine dining "roasted garlic mashed"...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm fine with other potato preps, though. But that's cause they're usually falvoured wih something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This thread scares me. First someone says they don't like Bacon and now this. What is the world coming to?>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's me! I don't like bacon OR mashed potatoes! What do you LIKE about mashed potatoes? Or do you just like gravy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mashed potatoes - I love the velvety texture. I love the the fact that you can add stuff like garlic, herbs, butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, etc and it becomes something totally different. It's truly a blank canvas. I love potatoes any way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it's funny you mention the gravy - unless it's KFC's gravy (has a little kick to it) I freak out when gravy touches my mashed potatoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See, you didn't mention anything about the TASTE of mashed potatoes that makes them good, except perhaps that they're a blank canvas i.e. flavourless. I mean, if you add butter, garlic, herbs, cheese etc then the potatoes taste like those things. That's essentially my problem with mashed potatoes. They're nothing alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then again, I've tried making roasted garlic, herb, cheese and even caramalized onion mashed potatoes, and I still don't like them. I just want to eat the cheese, roasted garlic etc. without the potato. The potato means that I have to eat so much more just to get the (good) flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I thought I said I love potatoes any way. My favorite food probably, aside from a good steak!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Really good potatoes DO have a flavor -- buttery, sometimes a little flowery... all you have to add in my book is butter and salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New potatoes with drawn butter, maybe some parsley and a pinch of salt is one of the best things in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been reading this thread and I have yet to think of a food that truly repulses me. But I'm only half way through '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a bad dairy allergy as a child, and I wasn't allowed butter. And I never used salt. That was one of my childhood dislikes. So I just ate smashed, white potatoes. And hated them. Now, I love boiled new potatoes with butter and salt. And even then, the potatoes are merely a vehicle for the delicious combination of melted butter and salt. But mashed potatoes are still boring to me. They are flavorless, therefore "empty" calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not flavorless to me ... every potato has a flavor, some better than others (my preference is for yellow and purple potatoes--yellow banana fingerlings have the best flavor of all).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also can test every variety of water I've ever had ... presumably I'm tasting the minerals, etc. I once saw an article where a sommelier tasted bottled waters and wrote them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's not the potatoes or water--it's your sense of taste that has nothing to say about them ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right : ) I love Yukon Gold's the best. And I am w/ you on water too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a well at home and am not on city water. I do not know how people who have to drink that chlorine reeking nightmare can stand it. I carry well water with me in bottles to town when I go, and can't drink water in a restaurant unless it is well masked w/ lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG, say it ain't so. Mashed potatoes and gravy are my favorite comfort foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh and mine too. or when I'm sick, mmm.. well not REAL sick. Maybe a light case of the cocktail flu sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have only heard a handful of people mention "I feel a touch of the cocktail flu" love it, but sounds a bit fey coming from a guy (and def. doesn't garner much sympathy from work)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              many ordinary things repulse in that condition...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Umm, if that's the new parlance for a hangover, I could never eat anything other than pizza rolls. For some reason they settled my stomach. Pepperoni flavor, of course. *G*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women have a song about it: "Cold Pizza & Warm Beer; the Morning After..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too! I can't stand the taste of water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or blood sausage. Or hard-boiled eggs. Or cottage cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sailrox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blood sausage is revolting. My dad had me try some when I was in HS and I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for 3 days - completely nauseating. And I'll eat almost anything else - except Miracle Whip, Hot Dogs, and Bologna.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          water here in western Arkansas DEFINITELY has a flavor . . . all the chemicals that are put into it to "purify" it. Back in the 50's, our town had some of the best-tasting water I ever knew . . . I was finicky about water even then; on vacations, I'd never taste water until Daddy had tasted it and pronounced it to taste like "home".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Needless to say, as our small town grew and started putting more and more chemicals into the water supply, I drank less and less of it. Now I go months at a time without drinking ANY plain water. I just tell people "it rusts my pipes".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chowdawggy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The tapwater in my parents' hometown of San Angelo, Texas is positively disgusting: the hardest water I have ever seen, with so much dissolved calcium that a glass drawn from the tap looks milky white. You do eventually get used to it, but...blech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tap water here in Boston is delicious, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm told by my son's orthodontist that Texas water contains a ton of fluoride. What he said was that fluoride stains, and Texans have brown teeth but you could hit them with a bat in the mouth and their teeth wouldn't break.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No idea if he was bringin' it or not. I know that the water here is naturally fluoridated but now we're on a mix of groundwater and imported and the fluoride level has plummeted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I love yogurt, raw cucumbers and carrots . But I ***** up when these three are combined into a "raita'. If the raita has raw onions..that is even worse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I keep thinking of more!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Canned baby corn and sometimes bamboo. They smell like urine to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lol, what brand are you buying?!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't even buy them. But I've gotten them in Asian food, and I think they're unpalatable. Extremely good panaeng can redeem bamboo, but baby corn? Yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. to this day I dislike cooked carrots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm trying hard to think of things I just can't eat. I don't like ccoked carrots, but I can eat them. I have a problem with walnuts, but that's because they make my tongue split. Don't ask! I'm drawing a blank on things I just can't eat. One thing I really can't stand is cherries. I just hate the taste and they d make me gag a little, but can't think of anything if a gun was put to my head, it would cause me trauma to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dishes I hate that people think I'm strange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corned Beef and Cabbage - hate the smell of cooked cabbage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pot Roast - I love tender beef, but hate Pot Roast, go figure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Squid or Octopus that whole - tentacles and all - texture issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Portabella mushrooms - too soggy for me, but I have had them ways I've liked.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yogurt - never liked it. Why eat something that tastes like nothing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love shellfish - but not a big fan of oyster.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Squash - it's a textrue issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Liver - I guess that's common.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I actually only started eating Pork recently (aside from bacon and sausage). Honeydew Melons and cantelope are another thing I only recently started appreciating. Swordfish is something for some reason I hated, but the last two times I tried it, I really liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fish. I try to like it, but I don't. I want to like it. I love food and I'm ashamed that I don't like fish. It's silly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hate raw walnuts too. So bland and kind of greasy-tasting to me. Yuck! I don't mind chopped walnuts in things though - like chocolate chip cookies. But plain walnuts? Gross!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Raw walnuts taste like dirt to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jayaymeye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wALNUTS i LOVE!!! i LOVE THIS STRING!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Amazing what some food can do to some people. I never met a food I didn't like in some form, so far at least, although I'm not in a terrible hurry to run out and try fish eyes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know, fish eyes aren't bad. They don't taste like much, there are no strong flavours. And the texture, well it's kind of like eating the soft bones you sometimes find in canned salmon and sardines. It's more the concept that is the problem. But give them a try if you happen to see them (no pun intended)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passed out in a coma..............

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The one thing I have hated the taste of all my life is Tomato Juice. I love tomatos in every way, raw,stewed,sauced,ketchup sun-dried whatever. But as juice Yech!! Goes for V8 too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just cannot develop a taste for beets, shrimp, lobster, mussels, oysters or 99% of seafood. However, I love clams and Fish and Chip's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I hate cashews, canned veggiies other than kidney, white or garbonzo beans. I cannot stand cinnamin or nutmeg. I despise ham. I was born without a sweet tooth...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And along those lines..I also love tomatoes (including straight tomato juice with lemon and salt in it. However, Campbell's tomato soup makes me gag. Something about the sweetness of it...even the smell makes me sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And Campbell's tomato soup is comfort food for me..weird isn't it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I left out Skate, a definite texture thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh! Yes, I do not care for skate at all. The texture is the problem. If it were made into a mousse I'd probably be fine with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I should add Okra and Mangos...Slime factor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. i love how reading these threads always reminds us of things we wouldn't have listed right away:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                v-8 juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                raw oysters [though i'll gladly eat them cooked]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mushrooms and Cilantro. Blech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lanersg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate mushrooms. I won't eat them and I pick them out of everything. I think it's a taste and texture thing - they're rubbery little blobs. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Bananas. I don't care if they're ripe or not, they completely gross me out--the smell, the taste, the texture, [shudder]. I like green plantains in the form of mofongo, tostones, etc., but NO BANANAS. Nor sweet ripe plantains either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am also one of the army of cilantro-haters. But a thousand times worse than cilantro is cumin, even in the teeniest quantity. Tastes like armpit. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And peppers, any color, raw or cooked, as a vegetable (that is, hot peppers as a source of spiciness are fine). This is particularly irksome because they're colorful and pretty, so people scatter them all through their food willy-nilly as if they're a harmless decoration, and they dominate the taste of the whole dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cauliflower is vile, and people who feel that it can substitute for mashed potatoes are surely smoking crack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, I hate beer. Though I'll cook with it happily.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ditto on the cilantro. I think it tastes like soap. and I have always said that cumin smells like BO. I am SO glad i'm not the only one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On another note, I won't eat ground meat. I can't get past the texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Reene902

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You'd think the "soap" taste would cancel out the "BO" taste, but sadly, no ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            quite funny, indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (i was wondering how an armpit tastes.....so sad i will have to put that inquiry at the end of a very long line of things to try.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it all depends on what flavor antiperspirant has been used on the armpit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Speaking of disgusting....how about "Escargot?" Let me dig something out of the yard, add some garlic..and tell you its not a bug!..Its a delicacy!..Yes it has the texture of an eraser.....I say its a delicacy because I'm wierd..so just go with it...OMG..we can be talked into anything!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Phoenix56

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are you for real? you sound like a stand-up comic. i mean eggs are "liquid chickem"....mold from your fridge.....eraser-textured bugs.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Phoenix56

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You really hate food, don't you? It's okay, you have the right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Reene902

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I completely agree with the cumin/b.o. thing. Can't stand it in large applications, but a VERY subtle cumin taste I can handle. Forget anything "cumin dusted"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cilantro is one of the cleanest most resfreshing smells and tastes there is in the culinary world. How can you not like cilantro?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know many people who hate cumin. I put it in almost everything I can. I think it adds the most wondeful flavor to everything. A little cumin and tumeric in a burger, and you've created and entirely new meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't like cauliflower when it's whle, but creamed, as a substitue for mashed potatoes is decent. There is no sbstitute for real mashed potatoes though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beer - oooooh! How can you be from Boston and not love a pint. You may be the only person from Boston that doesn't!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jhopp, I'm afraid I cannot eat at your house! I live in fear of people who put cumin into everything to make it "tastier." But I would be happy to join you at a cozy pub where I can drink cider while you drink beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was thinking how I couldn't eat at yours becuase everything you listed I eat throughout the week...LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (AND i was thinking hmmmm califlower to replace mashed potatoes...great idea!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  slow roast cauliflower rubbed with olive oil and kosher salt --- it is a whole new animal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Cauliflower is vile, and people who feel that it can substitute for mashed potatoes are surely smoking crack.' That is funny and true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Black licorice. Ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I love refried beans unless I am the one who opens the can - whoa, who did that? Others:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lima beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black-eyed peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Squash of any variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sweet pickles/relish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tofu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carrot cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grape-Nuts

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your refired beans thing is hilarious. Opening a can, you think you've bought Alpo by mistake. I'm somehwat the same way with Gifelte fish. I lvoe it with a little horseradish, but if I have to see that jelly it comes in, I lose my appetite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tofu is pretty nasty also, no matter how it's prepared, but it's basically bland, not vile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like sicky sweet things, but not liking Carrot Cake? It's delicious if it's made fresh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gefilte Fish! That makes me laugh! I married into a Jewish family and every Passover....gack. However, I have learned to love that little oval patty as long as it comes from a Jewish deli and NOT from a jar, which looks like a high school science experiment. I also despise cottage cheese. Texture problems, I have no problem cooking with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cookiehound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cookiehound, your hs science experimetn comment made me spit my coffee onto my keyboard! Great one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe I'm naive, but what do you cook that has cottage cheese in it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Noodle Kugel! So wonderful, quick and easy. Good for breakfast or brunch. If you would like a recipe I would be happy to comply, jhopp217. This is a savory kugel, not a sweet one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: cookiehound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would have added gefilte fish if I had ever screwed up the courage to have tried it. It could definitely share shelf space with various other embalmed goodies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will give you that and raise you Charoset. Truly a "one and nevermore" culinary delight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jhopp:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            agreed, Gefilte has to be home/hand made

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            no tofu fan here, but we came up with what we call tofu tots, cube, toss in cornstarch (will give the surface a nice crunch) and pan-fry in veg. oil with a dash of preferred flavor. serve like tater tots or toss in peanut sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Beets. They taste like dirt. And green peppers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: litchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirt is EXACTLY how I describe the taste of beets...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to retch at beet for that same reason. I now find a small amount of roasted beet with soome goat cheese to be really tasty. That kind of change is pretty amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love roasted beets (esp w/goat cheese in a salad) -- I guess they do taste like dirt - I just prefer to think of them as EARTHY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dwilde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They're good sweet-pickled too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Anything with even the hint of the taste or smell of mint makes me gag. And it is sort of a ubiquitous flavoring. Even my chart at the dentist's office has 'no mint' on it in big red letters!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And my chart has 'no orange flavor' ... hate it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Egg yolks - can't stand them, even cooked (although mixed in like scrambled eggs is fine).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UNripe bananas. Any hint of green and I'm gagging. There HAS to be a few spots on 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Milk to drink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cilantro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cottage Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bleu Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mushrooms (texture)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sushi (I just dont get it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Watermelon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mango

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You had me at "Mango." But the rest of your list is like a list of my favorites. Milk, take it or leave it, Cilantro - the greates smell and fresh flavor. Cottage Cheese - i love it. Bleu Cheese - my favorite cheese. Pickles, any variety, I love em all. Mushrooms - hated them until about 3 years ago. Now I like them alot. Sushi - I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you haven't had sashimi grade tuna right off a boat. You'd change your mind. it's like the best filet mignon you've ever had, uncooked. Watermelon - is there a better summer dessert?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cream cheese, cream cheese, cream cheese, cream cheese. Even typing it/ thinking about it makes me gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I know I am a tiny minority but how can meat taste or smell good? Hot seared body parts from unhappy and probably unhealthy creatures. Grosses me out beyond disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ElsieB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you, ElsieB...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't like red meat. Never really have. Don't eat poultry either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. -green peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -carrots cooked by themselves, (in soup is ok)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -pb& very sweet things like cookies or jam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -chopped celery in a mayo-based salad like tuna or chicken, why destroy the texture with these foreign objects?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -bbq spare ribs, or anything from the grill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -smoked turkey or smoked ham cold cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -plain sliced jarlsberg on a sandwhich, though I like all kinds of other strong swiss cheeses like gruyere

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. can't bear peanut butter but I like peanuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            can't stand salt and vinegar crisps (chips), in fact all flavoured crisps and chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I find blueberries taste of plastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With you on the salt and vinegar crisps. Hate the way they smell and taste. I like almost every other kind of crisp/chip though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also hate mincemeat in anything - pies, baked apples, anything at all. Blech! It takes like it has vinegar in it. Just wrong.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hate the look of, taste of, and consistency of both custard and creamed corn. Also hate french cut canned green beans, because of all the years I was forced to eat the nasty things. Love fresh green beans though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, and I also hate lima beans. And black licorice. But I don't mind anise flavour, and like Ouzo (with lemonade though). And I stopped eating red meat or poultry 15 years ago and never looked back. I hate the taste of beef, makes me feel sick, to be honest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodie cat I also hate mincemeat, eww it's just too sweet and cloying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that's the thing about mincemeat for me, smartie. You think it should just be sweet, but then it hits you with a really NASTY sour aftertaste. I don't mind most dried fruits, especially raisins, and I love most spices. And I'm weird - I actually like fruitcake, especially if it's got cherries in it. But it's something about mincemeat. I just can't handle it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Fantasic question. I have liked or loved almost everything people have mentioned as vile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The only foodstuff I have ever eaten that still causes a gag-induced fit is bleu cheese. Everytime. It tastes like soap and earwax to me. The smell alone make me feel queazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have done a complete 180 on cilantro though to where it once induced a throat-closing gag response, I now crave it, and the crisp smell as I chop it makes me feel springtime-like joy. So that's interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: corgette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corqette I cannot resist. As bleu cheese is one my favorite things in the world I have to ask... where and when did you taste ear wax?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I knew my comment would bring both these points.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) The Undying Love for Bleu Cheese. I really like that so many people LOVE bleu cheese, to such a passionate extent. I feel like that sort of passion legitimizes the strong taste and the sort of instinctive love/hate reaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) My Vile Analogy. I used to wear earplugs almost daily when I first moved to NY for grad school, and also tend to bite my nails when stressed, which I often am, so the unfortunate collison of those two worlds was inevitable, providing a most unpleasant taste experience. On the upswing, it trained me out of biting my nails REAL fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gross, I know, but it also seems to evoke the vile ickiness I feel when I eat bleu cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: corgette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to feel that way about bleu cheese (except for the dressing, which strangely I've always loved). I hated it until I tried blue stilton. For some reason, that totally turned me on to it. I love bleu cheese now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do feel like there's something I'm missing about it that may one day click. I do love lots of different powerful cheeses, so every few years, I give some bleu another go, and find it just isn't my thing. But I do believe tastes change, so I keep giving it another shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's how I came to adore lobster, and get a good taste for beets lately too. It's kind of a game, "what do I no longer find revolting?" Good times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: corgette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is very true. Ha, and I like your way of putting it. What can I no longer find revolting? There are a lot of things I hated as a child that I now love. I guess once I got over the 'ick' factor I discovered there are some great foods out there. It's a gradual process though. Baby steps!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodieKat...I f you have to have bleu cheese...Stilton is the one without a doubt..it has a sirt of musty taste, but try it with pears...not bad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Borscht - how the heck could I forget Borscht. Probably one of the worst tastes I've ever had in my mouth

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Borscht is pantheistic manna from heaven, you heathen infidel! Repent before the Judeo Christian Slavic Gods punish you w/ a second bris! (Oh mighty mystic, moderators, please let this slide. It is called humor.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organic Garden Borscht Man

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sadly I had a second bris. Apparently the first doc wasn't a moil and two weeks later it was utter tur-moil! Sorry! But the second one was the truth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      God works in mysterious ways, you know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tried borscht once. Awful stuff. How the heck do they get it that bizarre magenta color too (maybe it was just the restaurant I ate it at :-0)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's BEET borsch(t). And that's how they get the colour. But borsch is really like spaghetti. Every time you make it, it's different. And from person to person, it's different. I don't think anyone discount borsch because of a bad beet borsch experience. Ideally, it's just a fantastic vegetable soup. See if you can find it without beets. It's totally different and amazing. Then again, if you don't like cabbage, don't even bother.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The magenta is from sour cream. Great cold summer borscht is called holodnik. Better than gaspacho!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love cabbage, and beets too, so I'd definitely be willing to give it another try. Maybe it was just the restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've swung Borscht off into a pot of jalapenos and cilantro and made it into an aspic. with a dollop of sour cream and roe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Pop Tarts are Orc food, not fit for humans! Twinkies too! Na nu, Na Nu!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Morc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Can you imagine going to a dinner party with this crew, or worse, catering that dinner? It can't all be genetic, given the admittedly few examples of gag-to-crave changes. Fortunately, no one appears to have all these aversions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Challenge: come up with the dish (or a menu) that would gross out the maximum number of guests. My favorite fish head curry with cilantro might be a good candidate (fish, cumin, identifiable bosy parts, cilantro). Bon apetit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Leucadian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Live Korean baby octopus, dog, Norwegian whale steaks, Jap. whale bergers, Bolivian iguana, llama steaks, guinea pig, Rocky Mountain Oysters and yes, hot dogs!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But the very worst of all............... sucessive weeks of c-rations in the Vietnamease jungle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Leucadian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This "please everyone" theory of catering is why so many weddings I've been to have been so...bland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Between my beloved's odd aversions, and my sisters' nitpickiness, I can't even imagine trying to please two families' worth of picky eaters, which is why eloping sounds better every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Shrimp. I will eat just about any other type of seafood, but I just can't stand shrimp.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: raytamsgv

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shrimp. You mean what is called in some circles "The Cockroach of The Sea"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. SPAM, in the jungle of Viet Nam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I ain't no wienie, I'm a man,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Give me cans of limas and ham,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brek. of beans and dogs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              creamed chicken in the can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But, oh God!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never again give me Spam instead of ham.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to leave cans of spam for the V C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the hope they'd eat them and be gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              permanently.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Think about it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is precious little I will not eat and enjoy of real food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              God Bless us and forgive our silly weaknesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There but for fortune go you or I....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh dear - poor boy. But I can't tell you how happy I am that you're with us!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had Spam just once. Simply because I wanted to know what all the shouting was about. It was very salty, and had no discernable taste to me. "Never give me Spam instead of ham."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You know it's true and I never really thought about it. Pre-Viet Nam I was a fussy eater, no doubt about. After Nam I guess I associated new foods with being alive and I still can't get enough. Forty years ago, on Thanksgiving, I was wrapped in my poncho in monsoon rains, on patrol in North Viet Nam, eating cold creamed chicken from a a C-rat. can and I swore that if I got out of there I'd never whine about food again. What new foods will I find in Costa Rica next month? Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My advice is try out the local restaurants, but also visit the local groceries; they have versions of sauces and vegetables we just don't get in North America. I remember buying some soup cubes with a hot flavour that made a terrific difference to our regular sauces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Waldorf Salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raisins (especially all bloated from being cooked in things)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beef Tongue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Poultry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Black Berries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sea Urchin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hawaiian Punch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hazelnut Coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I just can't bring myself to eat raw oysters. I want to but as soon as they get near my mouth I gag. Being land-locked most of my life, I'm trying to taste different fish, but haven't found any I really like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cooked carrots are nasty, beets, sweet pickles, miracle whip (unless it's in mac salad), raw meat-again I try, but i just cant seem to swallow it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always considered myself very open to trying anything, (because that's what real food lovers do-yeah right!), but you know as I get older, I realize it's ok if I don't like or don't want to try something. I can still be a "foodie" w/o all the "gourmet" foods!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh and animal organs. Just can't do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I just can't bring myself to eat raw oysters. I want to but as soon as they get near my mouth I gag."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe you should try them again. I have a very good friend who was just like you but hadn't tried them in 20 years, we went for dinner with another friend who also loves oysters (like me!) and we convinced her to try one. After several more she actually quite liked them. Try little ones (we had Beausoleils from New Brunswick), they're a lot easier for neophytes to handle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hsk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yea, same here. Oysters used to make me gag before I could get them down. Fast forward to the year 2007, where I was at a seafood buffet with plenty of oysters. Thinking what the hey I plunged right in, and now I *really* like them... just had half a dozen of Blue Points in Bawlmer and they were delicious. Humongous and delicious. But I can totally understand how people who hate them could call them snot. It's both an acquired taste and texture thing, me thinks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am not fond of bamboo shoots. I will not eat them on the occasion that I go out for Chinese food. I can't even describe the flavor, but I don't like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cauliflower I like (it is best deep-fried in a pita w/garlic sauce), but my mom used to nuke whole heads of it, and it stunk up the apartment like nothing else. It smells like sewage, but I'll eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I absolutely loathe potato dumplings. They taste like nothing, really, and the texture is fetid. You take a bit, and it immediately velcroes itself to the roof of your mouth, like glue. Dis. Gus. Ting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Ginger. When used as an ingredient in anything, I usually just omit it. I've found it just doesn't really add anything to the recipe. Oddly enough, though, I will eat pickled ginger as a palate cleanser when eating sushi. Go figure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: madgreek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so interesting... ginger tastes like soap to me, and i can identify it, even hints, in any dish, so eating it during sushi time is just horrific to me... the first time i ate it was the first time i had sushi w/ my friend and her mom as a kid--my friend said i had to eat it to cleanse my palate, and i literally thought they had coated some normal food/root w/ soap... apparently, that's just the taste of ginger (and subsequently blue sweettarts :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have a few but raw Cilantro tastes like aluminum to me. Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxhills

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that made chills go up my spine. thinking of biting on aluminum! eek!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Mayonnaise! Hate it, it's terrible! Why spoil the taste of meat or fresh vegetables with something so vile? Somehow, though, a freshly made garlic aoili is pretty good -- go figure ... don't like beets but baby beets can be tasty. Certain things in tiny doses are good but awful in larger amounts, like cloves, blue cheeses, and then there's ... feta!!! This stuff is just terrrible but these days people are just heaping it on, and it's worse than dirty feet, or stale, stinking sweaty nylons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Uni. As in raw sea urchin. I can't believe I'm only the second person on the board to mention this one. You put uni sushi in your mouth, chew...it sort of explodes and coats your tastebuds like less sticky peanut butter...no taste yet... Then you take a breath...still nothing...then you exhale... And suddenly it hits you...my mouth tastes like the smell of raw sewage... That "hmmmm...there must be a water filtration plant nearby" smell...and it's in your mouth. And then the taste just lasts and lasts...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pure evil if you ask me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (The texture of soft tofu is pretty repulsive too.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: morrigan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HATE UNI.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's the only sushi ingredient I don't like and I REALLY don't like it. Nasty nasty stuff. And it looks like hell too, though that's never stopped me eating anything. I love raw oysters, steak tartare, raw egg yolk, whatever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weewah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my first experience with Uni left me that way, but then I tried it again years later and actually loved it. texture is still a little odd, but the first time was nigiri and after that (at a much better place) a maki, and now I can do the nigiri. although granted that could turn into an expensive experiment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Kidney -- who wants to eat something that smells like urine?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tongue -- the slithery texture is quite gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oooh, I like tongue - such a fine texture - but have never tasted kidney. They smell like urine, really? No thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I dislike liver. All liver. I don't care how much bacon you wrap around it or teriyaki you soak it in. That flavor comes through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I have a fair list...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Avocadoes!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bananas!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oranges!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ginger!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bell Peppers!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Potatoes (White)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blue, Feta, Goat Cheeses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nuts (all except pistachios and caramelized cashews)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't eat red meats or game, so I'm not faced w/ the issue of organ meats...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm guessing from your list that texture is a big issue for you. acadoes and Bananas have some mush issues, but how can you resist guacamole?. Oranges and bell peppers at times can be more work than people are willing to put forth. Ginger - even I'm up in the air on this one. Strawberries - if not fresh can be terrible, but I can't think of anything better than fresh strawberries. Potato - my favorite food probably, so I'll leave it alone Salmon - i hate the smell an I'm not crazy about the taste. To me tastes like metal, but I love Lox - go figure. Blue Cheese & Goat Cheese - my two favorites. Nuts I'm with you on, although I do like them, I can do without them. No red meat? The honeymoon is over!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Undercooked omelettes - I had one in Paris that put me off eggs for six years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aspic and jelllied meat stuff in general

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Borscht, noodle kugel, gelfite fish – can't do it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not texture at all... I love most textures, but it's taste... the taste of bananas, avocadoes (guacamole), etc. All on my list are taste issues. I even forgot mangoes and papayas, which taste like dirt to me.