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Jun 20, 2008 11:39 AM

Silly Eating Habits

The thread about the bread alignment got jfood thinking about silly eating habbits.

Here are a couple:

1 - When jfood picks up a hamburger, he spins it to find where the first bite should be
2 - Only rarely does he use the end piece of a loaf of bread in making a sandwich. Normally he uses it as a half sandwich by cutting that one slice in half
3 - when making a hero/sub, he places the meat first the the lettuce and tomato on top, never the other way around
4 - Hot dogs always get the mustard first then the sauerkraut or relish and always eat in one direction
5 - Corn - jfood eats across, never around

So what are some of your silly eating habits

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  1. My sister could never stand to have her food touching one another on the plate, so she would put just a tiny bit of the various food on her dinner plate and then eat each one separately, refilling as she went along. I finally found an old cafeteria style plate, with the three divided portions on it and gave that to her. She actually uses it!

    1. I really like to eat salad with my fingers

      anything spread on bread has to be a even coat all the way to edges, no dry spots

      if I make a meal that consists of a meat, a starch and a veg, I have to eat all the veg 1st.

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      1. re: LaurCar

        I eat pizza up to about an inch away from the crust, then eat the crust so that my last few bites will be of cheese and suace. I also have to have my sandwiches made fresh, not pre-made, so when I pack my lunch for work, I bring all the ingredients with me and assemble it at my desk.

        1. re: Sean

          Sean, we are twins on the pizza and sandwich front (except we have a kitchen at work so I can assemble sarnies privately!)

          1. re: Sean

            For pizza, I fold the slice, and eat from the point. I will eat to the crust, and then attack that from one end.


            1. re: Bill Hunt

              now if it's a nice and somewhat greasy street slice in NYC isn't this approach required by law, while angling the paper plate underneath to deflect the oil?

              1. re: hill food

                I didn't think street slices required a paper plate. You just lean forward enough to avoid having the oil drip on you.

                Napkins (or your jeans) for your fingers after licking them clean. ;-)

              2. re: Bill Hunt

                then there is the method of sliding the corner just over the edge of the paper plate. Take a bite and then continue the push and eat. Works especially well when it is an extra cheese slice where the fold would cause a major speed bump down the middle of the folded wedge.

            2. re: LaurCar

              So help me if I run out of butter at the diner before my piece of toast is covered edge to edge. The wifey is jealous of my buttering skill and she makes me butter her bread too cause of the coverage I get.

              In the rare instances I make grilled cheese at home, I make sure that I keep the two slices of bread facing each other as they were in the package, with the cheese in the middle.

              I always eat the burger first and then move onto the fries. 90% of the time, I won't even touch a fry until the burger is completed.

              1. re: ESNY

                That IS important about the bread when making a grilled cheese. And I have to have a thin layer of butter spread over the entire surface of both slices of bread. It's funny- one of my neices loves my grilled cheese sandwiches. She called me a few weeks ago on a Saturday- she works nearby, and wanted to know if I could make her a grilled chesse to go for her lunch. Was happy to oblige!

                1. re: macca

                  That's clearly love between you and your niece! Very sweet. I'm getting a kick from this thread.

                  1. re: amyleechen

                    We are a quirky bunch. Love this thread!

                  2. re: macca

                    It's amazing that something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich requires such precision.


                    1. re: macca

                      Have you ever had a problem with the breaking breaking because the butter was not soft enough? Try using mayonaise instead of butter the next time. Wonderful, and you (or your niece) will never be able to tell the difference.

                      1. re: macca

                        Macca, I posted this elsewhere on this forum so I'm not sure you saw it.

                        This applies if you have a problem with the bread breaking while buttering it, but I use this method all the time:

                        Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer mayonaise instead of butter. You (and your niece) will never be able to tell the difference.

                      2. re: ESNY

                        Bread must face properly for any sandwich. It bugs me when my sons or wife just randomly pick out slices and slap them together, leaving me with mismatched slices.

                        1. re: hannaone

                          Yes, a sandwich on bread from a load must be on 2 consecutive slices of bread. And never and end.

                          1. re: valerie

                            If there are no consecutive pieces of bread I make toast with peanut butter and jam.


                            1. re: valerie

                              I always toast the ends of the bread. Yum!

                          2. re: ESNY

                            I eat the french fries first, then move on to the hamburger 100% of the time. And, the burger is eaten upside down. I've always attributed this to being left handed....

                            1. re: mcel215

                              i always eat fries first too!

                              i also rarely eat the burger intact...i always eventually eat it layer by layer lol

                              1. re: pinkprimp

                                I always take a Big Mac apart when I eat it. I only do this with Big Macs, not any other hamburger. When I eat intact hamburgers, they are upside down and I'm not a lefty.

                                1. re: AlyKen

                                  My hubby has laughed at me for years because of the way I eat a Big Mac! I always order it with extra sauce and then I throw away the top bun, pick off the pickle slices (love 'em, just not on a burger), pull up the top layer that has the "middle" bun as the base and flip that over so that the "middle" bun is now the top bun. I guess I just don't see the need for the extra piece of bread!

                                  For some strange reason, when I have a Big Boy, I never feel the need to do this even though they are essentially the same burger (although I do add ketchup to the Big Boy). Gahhh, I think a once a year craving is coming on now!!.

                                  I also MUST order my fries well done at Big Boy and even though we don't have one locally anymore, they have always been the BEST at giving me the well done one's I love consistantly. I miss me my Big Boy's!

                              2. re: mcel215

                                I eat the fries first and my burger upside-down! But I'm not left-handed!

                                1. re: miss_bennet

                                  This is good to know ; ) .

                                  I'll have to check how my sis does eats, she is left handed too!

                                  1. re: miss_bennet

                                    I often flip the burger, or any sandwich, over if there are many condiments. The larger top bun helps hold the juicy goodness without it falling apart.

                                    1. re: miss_bennet

                                      I tried the "up-side-down" thing, but almost put my eye out.


                                    2. re: mcel215

                                      I have to eat the fries first, too!

                                      I don't eat the burger upside down, but on the rare occasions that I have a Big Mac, I dis-assemble it. I eat the middle piece of bread and meat first, then the bottom tier. The top of the bun is dessert.

                                      1. re: mcel215

                                        The ketchup must never touch the fries, it's on the side for dipping.

                                        My coffee cup gets the coffee first, then 3/4 teaspoon of sugar, and I pour my cream into my tilted teaspoon, to flow into the coffee. Just two teaspoons of cream though.

                                        My spaghetti gets chopped into 1/4" inch bits, by using my knife and fork in a chopping/sliding motion (like a chopped salad).

                                        1. re: mcel215

                                          You're so 'right on' about ketchup never-ever touching the fries.

                                          My husband cuts his pasta (I twirl - without a spoon) and, I swear, cutting the pasta makes it taste different. LOL Of course, my husband thinks I'm nuts. LOL

                                        2. re: mcel215

                                          i always eat it upside down too!!! and i'm right handed..... it seems to hold better that way, less drippage

                                          1. re: mcel215

                                            LOL, I do the same thing with the fries. Can't stand a fry that isn't fresh and hot.

                                            1. re: mcel215

                                              I don't eat a sandwich upside down, but if it's the kind of sandwich that one puts down partially eaten (sometimes this isn't possible or doesn't happen), I note that I generally put it down on the plate upside down. I think this just seems like the natural motion of arms away from mouth, I dunno.
                                              Husband and I eat fries first, but really that's because fries are the food that suffers most from being allowed to get cold. Fries are really only good hot, and so we tackle them while they are.

                                              1. re: occula

                                                If a sandwich is made out of two slices of bread, how do you tell if it's upside down?

                                                1. re: John E.

                                                  i'm guessing a baguette or mini loaf style bread that does have a top and bottom... not sandwich sliced bread ;)

                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                    Oh! Easy - regardless of bread type, a sandwich always has the meat or protein at the bottom, then cheese if any, and lettuce on the top. Or, peanut butter on the bottom, jelly on the top. :)

                                                    1. re: occula

                                                      I agree with the order of ingredients, but isn't that weird how we make these arbitrary decisions. I wonder if sandwiches would look upside-down to us in Australia, like their maps?

                                                    2. re: John E.

                                                      i walked into a sub shop in town 10 years ago and the owner was berating the new employee. He was screaming..."You put the mayo, then the meat then the cheese then the tomato and lettuce then the oil and vinegar. You do NOT (screaming) put lettuce and tomato on the bottom of a sandwich in the United States."

                                                      He firmly felt there was a top and a bottom and I firmly felt he did not deserve my business then and since.

                                                      1. re: jfood

                                                        oh, dear! I certainly feel, when making my own sandwich, that there is a top and bottom, but it's certainly nothing to scream about.
                                                        For the record, I'd do mayo, meat, mustard, cheese, lettuce, mayo, and bread. The tomato goes in the trash can before it gets my sandwich all slimy and pink. :)

                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                          Nope, doesn't deserve berating and I have no distinction between top and bottom but I do agree with the order of ingredients

                                                2. re: LaurCar

                                                  are we related? salad and fingers yes.

                                                  bread? No garden paths (that's what us Brits call them!) around the bread edges.

                                                  I eat veg first, then protein, then carb.

                                                  And I don't like my foods mixed either, but I'm not phobic if they touch.

                                                  1. re: LaurCar

                                                    I also really like to eat salad with my fingers. Actually, I prefer to eat most foods that don't require a spoon with my fingers, but for some reason, I find it particularly appealing with salads...often have to remind myself that this is not considered polite, when I am dining in public...

                                                  2. When I eat pop tarts (more of a rarity now than when I was twelve) I have to nibble the crust off first and then eat the center.

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                                                      1. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                        I used to unroll Yodels. I would eat the chocolate off the ends, and then eat the Yodel by slowly unwinding it. But -- I stopped doing that and eating Yodels a really long time ago.

                                                        1. re: RGC1982

                                                          Whenever I ate a Hostess cupcake, I would peel the frosting off the top, eat the cake part, and save the frosting for last. Haven't thought about that in years! (but we actually grew up with Yodels and Devil Dogs -- yum).

                                                          1. re: valerie

                                                            same process as RGC for yodels.
                                                            ditto on valerie's method for the cupcakes...also did it with tastykakes.
                                                            ring dings/ding dongs - split in half, lick out the filling, then eat the shell.
                                                            twinkies - split in half, eat the filling first, then the cake.
                                                            devil dogs - split open, redistribute filling evenly to both sides, & eat each side separately.

                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                              I'm with ya on the devil dogs. I hated when you took a bite and the filling squished out the sides.

                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                remembered another one...

                                                                mallowmars [or pinwheels, depending on where you lived]: separate the chocolate-covered marshmallow dome from the cookie base [which must remain in one piece]. eat the marshmallow first, by pulling apart into sections determined by the ridges on the outside. then eat the cookie in tiny bites.

                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                  pinwheels - stick your index finger in the whole and eat the entire circumference. Then the last bite is the "chocolate hole" in the middle. Same procedure holds true for Entemanns chocolate covered donuts.

                                                                  You are VERY good if you could separate the marshmallow from the cookie bottom.

                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                    hey, i was a determined kid - it was the only way i could eat it!

                                                                    chocolate "hole" in the middle of those entenmann's donuts was really the only part worth eating. i used to pick the chocolate coating off the outside, toss the cake part, & eat that little center piece. the glazed chocolate cake donuts with the little crumb nuggets on top were *much* better.

                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    No no no! You separate the chocolate-covered marshmallow dome from the cookie base, which is eaten FIRST, leaving you with a chocolate-covered marshmallow to savor.

                                                          2. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                            i did the opposite... i broke off the crust, ate the inside first and finished the crust last.

                                                            1. re: Emme

                                                              i'n with you, emme. had to finish with the crust to cut some of the sweetness from the filling & icing. come to think of it, i never finished the center always started to make me sick toward the end. in fact, just thinking about all that sugary-sweet artificially flavored gumminess [that always stuck to my teeth] is making me a little queasy right now...yet i went for 'em every time!

                                                            2. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                              When I ate Kit-Kats, I would eat the chocolate off the sides, then eat each layer individually.

                                                            3. My hot dogs always get the musard first. When eating steamed lobsters, I always get all of the meat out of the tail and claws ,then get rid of the tail and claw shells before tasting any lobster. ( I only eat steamed lobseter at home!). Don't eat french fries too often- but when I order them, I always ask for them well done, and use a separate plate with mayo and ketchup dipping ( never mix the may and ketchup, though). When I make a sub, I always put the onions, pickle, hot peppers and tomatos on before the meats and cheese.

                                                              1. hey jfood, you calling me silly? (that's my bread-alignment post you're talking about) ;)

                                                                pretty much everything above sounds right to me. i did get over the compartmentalized eating during (late) childhood, and i use the heel of the loaf for breadcrumbs, but there's nothing silly about the rest of it.