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Mar 13, 2008 02:02 PM

Most disgusting taste (of normal foodstuffs)

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.

      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.


                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 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.

                    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).


                      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: 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

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

                                          1. re: TexasToast

                                            Tripe is stomach...excuse me'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.

                                                        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:

                                                            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:

                                                            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: 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.


                                                              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."


                                                                      1. re: madgreek

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

                                                                          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 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.

                                                                                    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.