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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 portion...it 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.

                                                                1. When I eat cupcakes I try to get some frosting in every bite. I either break off the bottom of the cake and stick it on top to make a cake-frosting-cake sandwich, or I break off little pieces of cake and use it scoop up some frosting.

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                                                                  1. re: manraysky

                                                                    I'm the opposite. If someone is having a cake, I try to wait until people have cut into the center so I can have as little frosting as possible. I was so excited in Japan when I would buy their "muffins" that were the same as cupcakes with no frosting!

                                                                    1. re: queencru

                                                                      ha, that's great.

                                                                      My problem with cupcakes is that I that I feel like as is, you always get a bite of just cake or just frosting. My ideal cake is one with multiple layer, so each bite is cake and frosting together.

                                                                      1. re: manraysky

                                                                        SOOO glad to hear this...I am a woman of a certain age, dignified in all respects (well, the ones that show!) but I LOVE my frosting, find myself glued to the cake cutting and serving rigamarole and feel really gypped if I miss out on that corner piece because some 7-year-old got it!

                                                                  2. Reese Pieces - I have to stack two of them together and crack the candy coatings, and then pop both in my mouth.

                                                                    1. I eat pizza crust first to save the best for last.
                                                                      I also like to eat most kinds of cereal soggy, so I have to set it up a few minutes before I want to eat it.
                                                                      I have to eat cake/brownies (anything with icing) cakey part first, icing last.

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                                                                      1. re: Blush

                                                                        I have a similarly obsessive behaviour towards pizza, though I generally eat equal amounts of pizza and crust until I'm left with a small piece of crust I can hold onto without dirtying my fingers and finish that last. I also save a single bite of the best part of a dish for last and I always finish my rice before I finish my rice-accompaniments.

                                                                        1. re: Blueicus

                                                                          Blueicus, you have described my eating habits to a tee...

                                                                          Re: the pizza, sometimes it turns into a disaster when the small piece of crust is not quite strong enough to support the rest of the pizza that is left.

                                                                          And I always have to finish with my favorite part of the meal...

                                                                        2. re: Blush

                                                                          I eat my cereal soggy too. In the mornings crunchy cereal is too loud in my head, although I do that if I eat it for dinner on the rare occasion too. I really like corn chips and other crunchy things though, just not cereal.

                                                                          1. re: wendy8869

                                                                            i like my cereal softened, but not completely soggy. super-crunchy is too much for me if 'm eating it with milk, but [obviously] ok if i'm eating it dry, straight from the box.

                                                                          2. re: Blush

                                                                            I eat pizza the same way, and cereal just the opposite. I hate soggy cereal and will literally shovel it in to eat it before it gets soggy - and I'm a slow eater normally! One time at work (on our break) I was "shoveling my cereal" and my boss asked me something and I refused to answer him until I was done - he had a good sense of humor and understood

                                                                            1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                              I hate soggy cereal as well. I keep the box open and repeatedly dump a small amount into the bowl at a time, so all my bites will be crunchy.

                                                                              1. re: gmm

                                                                                gmm: that method makes a LOT of sense.

                                                                            2. re: Blush

                                                                              I second soggy cereal.
                                                                              It makes the milk taste so much better

                                                                              1. re: Blush

                                                                                I was a soggy cereal kid, too. I couldn't stand the noise in my head and always waited a minute or two before getting into it.

                                                                                Nowadays, I'm the exact opposite. I want it nice and crunchy, and if I take too long to eat it, I start gagging on the soggy bits.

                                                                                1. re: Blush

                                                                                  I'm the opposite - soggy cereal never!! To avoid any loss of crunch but maintain some moistness for chewing purposes, I pour literally a few tbsps of milk in the bowl and if I need more I add it bite by bite. They do have a wonderful cereal bowl which apparently does the same thing but at $15 it's not really worth it and I don't eat that much cereal.

                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                    That's funny, I do the opposite for the same purpose. :) Pour a bowl of milk, and sprinkle in a couple of tablespoons of cereal. Eat...another sprinkling of cereal, repeat.

                                                                                2. I always eat across the ear as well, always from right to left, starting with the bottom of the ear on the right. The dogs wait for the cob - a real delicacy the consumption of which must be monitored, lest a dog swallow a large chunk which becomes stuck in its gut.

                                                                                  When I was a kid, my mother got me to eat creamed spinach by mashing it in with the boiled potato and putting gravy on it. Didn't outgrow that till college.

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                                                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                                                    I was just talking to someone from a country in Central American, where apparently they eat the cobs too! She moved to the US when she was in elementary school, and once they served corn on the cob for lunch, and when she ate the cob, it flipped out all the other kids.

                                                                                    1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                      I've never seen, met, or heard of a cob eater in years of work in Central America.

                                                                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                        Hmm. It was clearly a painful memory for her, as a new child in a U.S. school. She grew up extremely poor in Central America.

                                                                                    2. re: greygarious

                                                                                      I eat corn the same way, except the bottom of the ear is on the left.

                                                                                    3. Here is my mother's procedure involving salads; all of us (her adult children), stop to watch this method:
                                                                                      Salad on plate
                                                                                      Pour salad dressing over
                                                                                      Mom then uses her fork and knife to chop salad up and mix thoroughly, tossing and clanking knife and fork together, all while turning the plate in quarter turns. Yes, quarter turns of the plate. The plate must be turned a full 360 degrees twice, all the while, with this clanging and chopping going on. You cannot believe now much noise is generated by this activity.
                                                                                      We refer to it as 'performing surgery' on a salad. It takes at least 5 full minutes to prepare the salad so it is ready to eat. All conversation stops and we just stare at this process. My mother is not OCD about anything except for the salad routine.
                                                                                      In fact, it is so mesmerizing that when my sister got engaged and had her future in laws over to the house to meet my parents, she begged my mother not to 'peform surgery' on her salad or her in laws would think my mother nutty!

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                                                                                      1. re: mschow

                                                                                        i do this..... minus the clanking, lol. Everything has to be chopped to a slightly larger than thumbnail size, then add the dressing over the top, then i turn the plate around as i toss it to thoroughly incorporate the dressing (and salt and pepper). It usually takes me around 5 or so minutes to prepare my salad to eat.

                                                                                        Also i always eat my reese's cups chocolate first, then pb. Actually, i try to do that w/ peanut butter m&m's too, candy and chocolate, then the pb.

                                                                                        I am an incredibly slow eater as i was taught as a child to eat with tiny bites only, lest i appear rude. I am usually about 1/4 through my dinner when my date or whomever is finished (much to my embarassment). Yet cereal? Oh yeah, i eat it rather quickly because i can't eat soggy cereal. I'd throw it away rather than eat it, and i hate to waste food.

                                                                                        If I make my lentil salad I usually pick out the beets first, then the baked tofu, then the lentils.... So why do i bother mixing it? huh.... don't know, maybe so i can eat it all in one bowl?

                                                                                        I have many many others.....

                                                                                        1. re: kubasd

                                                                                          i eat really slowly too. i chew and taste my food. my family is horribly fast. in fact, i feel like i'm holding people, particularly my mother, who gets antsy if forced to sit and "do nothing" for so long.

                                                                                          i can understand with picking things out... when i get an omelette, i prefer the filling just placed inside before the egg is folded over. otherwise, if it gets made frittata-style (which is resent :) ), i have to pick the veggies out of the egg...

                                                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                                                            I eat every piece of lettuce on my salad before even touching a vegetable.

                                                                                          2. re: mschow

                                                                                            Good lord- I'm surprised my husband doesn't do that. Really surprised, now that you mention the behavior- I can see him doing just that. You should see him with a baked potato- has to butter every single square nanometer. An old roommate of his in college once yelled at him to just eat the goddamn thing already.

                                                                                            1. re: mschow

                                                                                              My husband and son perform surgery on their salads. My husband does it neatly; my son with vengeance.

                                                                                              1. re: dojemi

                                                                                                My dad has a friend who is a retired surgeon. I saw him eat a half a grapefruit once with one of those grapefruit spoons with the serrated edge. I thought he would do a neat job of it since he was a surgeon. He did not. It looked like a crime scene.

                                                                                                1. re: dojemi

                                                                                                  I once discussed salads with an innkeeper in France, who had garnered his first Michelin star for his restaurant. His comment was, "if a diner has to cut one of my salads, then my chef has not done his job."

                                                                                                  I think that the concept of a half to quarter wedge of lettuce is a US thing.

                                                                                                  Every US salad, that I can recall, needs major cutting, to eat, unless one has a mouth, like Joe E. Brown, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_E._B...


                                                                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                    my Grandmother taught me a (lettuce) salad needs to be able to be folded on the fork (French) but in the UK or US cutting is not unusual (not wrong, just accepted)

                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                      Yeah. Whenever I have to cut up my salad, I think of many various threads on this, and other boards, about "Americans cutting up their food." Then, I am reminded of my friend's admonition about any diner HAVING to cut their salad.

                                                                                                      Another little quibble - I love all sorts of micro-greens, and fresh herbs, but to put them out, when they need to be cut a half-dozen times, to get easily into a diner's mouth, then I am puzzled. I just quickly cut, and hope that all my Euro/UK friends are not taking notes, and then posting about "Americans."


                                                                                              2. I always eat my apple rotating it counter-clockwise.
                                                                                                Corn, I eat around, and again, my tendency is to rotate it counter-clockwise.
                                                                                                On the rare occasions I eat a gummy bear, it's always off with its head first. :)

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                                                                                                1. re: anzu

                                                                                                  Agree with gummy bear decapitation, and for me any self-respecting choc Easter bunny must be eaten head first ;-).

                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                      Animal Crackers: Tail first, then head. Then each individual leg before eating the torso.

                                                                                                      Poor, poor animal crackers.

                                                                                                      1. re: TiaRaye

                                                                                                        Omg. I used to de-leg animal crackers, too! Though I was first a beheader, then a gail-chopper. This way, the animal can't see what's being done to them, and their brain is gone, so they can't feel pain. :)

                                                                                                        Perhaps you should try that to assuage your guilt. :)

                                                                                                        1. re: anzu

                                                                                                          I may do that. It WOULD be much more humane! ;-)

                                                                                                        2. re: TiaRaye

                                                                                                          When I eat those mini-pretzels I have to eat each section separately, so the pretzel takes 3 bites.

                                                                                                          1. re: ajs228

                                                                                                            I do that too.. well, I actually eat the 3 outside sections first and then eat the 3-pronged thing in the middle.

                                                                                                      2. re: anzu

                                                                                                        I really don't like eating apples without cutting them in wedges and seeding them first.

                                                                                                        1. re: DanaB

                                                                                                          oy, i wasn't even thinking about fruit for this thread. ok, here we go...

                                                                                                          i can't bite into an apple...or a pear. i slice pieces off with a knife and whittle my way around until there's nothing left but a skinny core...but i always reserve a piece with skin for the last bite.

                                                                                                          for stone fruits, i slice in half all the way around the pit, remove the pit, and then slice pieces off the halves as i eat them.

                                                                                                          citrus gets peeled, split in half, and sections are eaten one by one.

                                                                                                          melon & papaya are peeled, seeded & cubed.

                                                                                                          kiwi gets the top sliced off, then i scoop out the insides with a spoon.

                                                                                                          mango is sliced off the pit and put on a plate...then i clean off the pit first [by mouth, of course - leaning over the sink], before eating the reserved slices.

                                                                                                          i guess the only ones for which i don't have a particular process are berries...but extra-large strawberries get sliced.

                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                              you and i sister...

                                                                                                              i cut apples and pears into eight wedges, BUT i cut them so that there are larger ones, smaller ones, and one or two that are shard like... then eat from smallest to largest.

                                                                                                              when eating cubes of honeydew or canteloupe or cassava, i bit the rind side off first (in how many ever nibbles that takes), then take how many bites necessary to eat the juicier fleshier piece that would have come from the center portion of the fruit.

                                                                                                              the occasional pit fruit gets cut in half, pit removed, and cut into wedges, with similarly larger and smaller ones, eaten from smallest to largest.

                                                                                                              kiwi gets peel then sliced crossways.

                                                                                                              im allergic to strawberries, but those don't scream "eat me in a specific way" and don't like citrus fruits, but those too would get peeled, split in wedges and eaten smallest to largest if i were to eat one.

                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                i forgot banana...i never bite off pieces - can't stand it when the ends aren't flat! [except for the tips, obviously.] either peel as i go and eat with a knife, slicing off a piece at a time...or wash the outside. slice with the peel still on, then peel each slice as i eat it. and i can't stand really green [read: crunchy] or really ripe, mushy bananas. they have to be just right.

                                                                                                                my mother eats really ripe ones, biting right into them or breaking off uneven pieces with her fingers...but she usually doesn't eat the entire thing, and leaves the remains lying on the counter "in case she decides to finish it later." ugh.

                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                  bananas: I try to see if I can split them into the naturally occurring lengthwise thirds while eating.

                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                    I so do that, but I only eat the baby bananas

                                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                      It's so strange. I never knew until reading another thread earlier today and hearing it again from you that bananas have 3 lengthwise sections to them! I assume that when looking straight at one end of a banana (after the tip has been sliced off) the walls of the 3 sections form a Mercedes Benz like symbol?

                                                                                                                      1. re: saltnseltzer4me

                                                                                                                        saltznseltzer4me: sorry so late in reply, but that's exactly the case.

                                                                                                                        and a completely pointless observance, but then geometry was about the only piece of math I was halfway good at.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Emme

                                                                                                                    Bananas must have the peel completely removed and then the fruit cut or broken into pieces. I started having to eat them this way after I caught my husband watching me with a particular twinkle in his eye as I was eating a banana in the usual partially-peeled-fruit-in-hand way. I was so embarrassed (although complimented) that I had to find another method of eating bananas!

                                                                                                                    1. re: morwen

                                                                                                                      It's known as "monkey style" in our house.

                                                                                                                2. re: DanaB

                                                                                                                  Re: fruit:

                                                                                                                  I like to cut up oranges into wedges, but in a way that I've only seen in Korean circles (I'm sure others must do this too, but I just haven't seen it): Trim/slice off the stem end, and the opposite end. Then cut the orange in half, slicing in a direction parallel to the original cuts to trim the stem end off. Turn the orange onto the stem end, cut it in half using a cut perpendicular to the other two cuts. Then slice each quarter into eighths. There should be 4 pieces with the white central stalk running through them. They split easily in half because the ends were chopped off. These are eaten first. The remaining 4 quarters are perfect wedges of orange, no membranes, and these are eaten in ascending order of aesthetic beauty. Sometimes when I am feeling silly, I make an orange wedge smile of them.

                                                                                                                  Watermelon: I always pluck off the sweet frosty core and reserve it. I then remove all the seeds, eat the less tasty portion next to the rind, then go back to my reserved core piece and eat it with relish.

                                                                                                                  1. re: moh

                                                                                                                    "go back to my reserved core piece and eat it with relish."

                                                                                                                    That soooooo conjured up a picture in my head of watermelon with pickle relish on it.

                                                                                                                    Ooo, BTW, try grilled watermelon with grilled prawn, surprising combo but now a summer staple in my house.

                                                                                                                    1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                      Starlady, I can see how the confusion arose. Isn't language a fun thing?!

                                                                                                                      Grilled watermelon with prawn sounds awesome. Do you grill watermelon straight? Or do you season it with oil or something?

                                                                                                                      I am also a huge fan of watermelon rind pickle, so I guess I could see me eating watermelon with a relish on it...

                                                                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                                                                        When I grill the watermelon I crank up the heat, oil the grill then put the watermelon on. Basically you just want grill marks on the watermelon and some smoky flavour. I do toss the prawns with S&P and Chili flakes. The heat on the prawns is awesome with the juicy watermelon!

                                                                                                                  2. re: DanaB

                                                                                                                    Oh, the apple thing. I do that exactly with all pieces of fruit. Cut in half, cut in quarters, all seeds and core removed before serving. I cannot just bite into an apple. I hate having all that apple juice all over my face...not to mention what it does to the lipstick!

                                                                                                                  3. re: anzu

                                                                                                                    Animal crackers must be turned away from the person (so they can't see the teeth coming) prior to decapitation. Heads must be bit off before any other nibbles or it is just cruel....

                                                                                                                    Sometimes I can still channel my inner 7 year old! (Able to feel compassion but still greedy as hell!)

                                                                                                                  4. When eating See's raspberry creams, I will pick off every bit of chocolate starting with the bottom edges until I have a bright pink wad of raspberry goo and will cleanse my palate with water before eating the middle. Sometimes I pick off the edges of Reese's peanut butter cups before eating the middle.

                                                                                                                    1. The only sandwich I will eat with the heels of the loaf is PB&J. otherwise the bread slices must be consecutive in a sandwich.

                                                                                                                      I will put an M&M in between my front teeth and pop the candy shell off half. Keeping the chocolate face up with the remaining candy touching my tongue so as not to melt, I eat the candy part until all I have left is the chocolate, just moving it around with my tongue. Then I suck on it til its gone.

                                                                                                                      When I was a kid my dad would eat pretzel rods. I would bit one end off and suck on the pretzel until inch by inch it got mushy and I could swallow without chewing. I'd never do it now, at least not around other people.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                        wow, i i didn't think anyone else ate pretzel rods that way!!! i tried it with bavarian pretzel twists too, but the texture wasn't right - they never really disintegrated.

                                                                                                                        1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                          i have to eat m&ms four at a time. 2 tucked into each cheek until the chocolate inside melts. then i crunch them up to get that flow of warm chocolate liquor. i won't finish the bag if there's an odd number.

                                                                                                                          1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                            I used to eat pretzel rods the same way, and I find it hard to believe we eat M&Ms in exactly the same way! In addition I eat cereal by adding little amounts (about one spoonful at a time) to my milk ,so it will remain crunchy.

                                                                                                                          2. Ok, haven't heard my silly - when eating any meal on my plate, I like to go from one bite to another of the different things on my plate (each bite of food being different from the last) ALL THE WHILE, I'm thinking about what I really want my last bite to be - It's extremely important to me and I'm soo bummed if I mess it up when it's a tough decision. I'm really crazy like this with sushi - my last bite always has to be my best. A buffet is my nightmare, because I can get more on my plate if I wasn't satisfied with my choice for last bite.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                              Lexpatti, I call that "planning my exit strategy" and I do it most carefully when eating sushi. I always have to have a milder flavour to end off with, maybe something with a bit of avocado in it or a bite of inari roll :-).

                                                                                                                              1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                                Lexpatti, I do this, too! My mother claims that it's because this is how she fed me as a baby - one bite in turn of each food, then repeat. It's nice to know that I can blame one of my weirdnesses on my mother...

                                                                                                                                I'm also very picky on how I cut my bread for different types of sandwiches:


                                                                                                                                1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                                  Hahah me too.
                                                                                                                                  Once got into a huge fight when my girlfriend had to feed me in the car while I was driving.

                                                                                                                                2. I have many of the idiosyncrasies already mentioned. One no one has brought up yet is how to dress a baked potato! If in a restaurant I request all toppings on the side. First I sprinkle with pepper, then gently mash in the butter (must be the real thing) and chives, then sprinkle with salt. If the occasional yen for sour cream or cheese or bacon is being addressed they go on next, with cheese ('cos it melts) being first, sour cream next, bacon last. Faster to do it than type it!

                                                                                                                                  This must be finished before I can taste anything else on the plate...My ex was the same, there would be complete silence while we gussied up our baked potatoes! Actually I think I picked up this trait from him...

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                    ha ha, funny - I do quite the dance with potato as well. I particularly love potato skins as a nice little pocket with butter melted and salt and pepper - then mashing the insides into a nice pile with it's appropriate seasonings and............like you said "before I touch anything else". And the pocket is most likely my last bite!!!!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                      Oh- I forgot all about the baked potato rituals! I first take off the tin foil (if in a restaurant), open completely. Then make slices of about 60 degress on each potato- making sure not to pierce the skins. Then, make the same 60 degree slices the opposite way on each side. THEN- make vertical slices on each potoato. Next add the butter- and now the butter has lots of valleys to soak in to. Then lots and lots of pepper and some salt. Now I can mash it all up a bit and enjoy.Of course, nothing else gets tasted until this is done. My family thinks I am a freak about this.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: macca

                                                                                                                                        Take an intact baked potato in your hand, raise your arm to shoulder height, then with some force, thrown the potato onto the counter, and repeat 2-3 times. When you cut into the potato, the insides will have fluffed nicely, all ready for the butter to soak in. This works. I saw it on martha Stewart's show - wouldn't ya' like to know what HER food tics are?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                          (Re: another thread about restaurants with security cameras)

                                                                                                                                          They'll have called the police before I get to cut into my steak!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                            Will have to try it- then my family will really think I am a freak!

                                                                                                                                          2. re: macca

                                                                                                                                            not freakish at all, doing the butter, sour cream, etc. first gives everything a chance to melt and meld, I let that sit while I try other things and then go back once it's set a bit.

                                                                                                                                        2. I thought about this the other day- I can NOT eat my Mortadella with the peppercorns intact. I have to extract each one first. It must be sliced super, super thin and the outer casing removed. I buy it ONLY by the half pound. If I accidently miss even one peppercorn no matter how small, my snack is over.
                                                                                                                                          Bread (when I cave and enjoy it) has got to have proper alignment.
                                                                                                                                          I will not eat popcorn with my fingers. I use chopsticks. I actually don't eat much food with my fingers: I eat chicken wings with a fork and knife. Fries too.
                                                                                                                                          If there is excess water in my dish (like maybe the mushrooms are too wet and they leak all over the rest of the food) I have to get a dry one. I usually get an entire new dish.
                                                                                                                                          Not sure if it's considered a silly eating habit but I usually plate both my husband's and my dishes whenever I cook. actually I do it when we are at parties too as in "Baby can I fix you a plate?" (answer is always yes) I carefully choose the prettiest, most photogenic and delectable morsels for him. Any burt bits or ugly hunks go on my dish. I've never mentioned I do this, but he recently noticed when I set both plates down and he went to pick them up and bring them to the table to help out. I said "The dish on the right is yours" and he ignored me and put it at my chair. I said it again and he started to eat!! I fought panic and said "Please, I really wanted you to have this piece of tilapia, it came out nice and cruchy. The other one is a little mushad..."
                                                                                                                                          I guess it is silly.....

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                                            I'm glad this thread was resurrected because I had to respond to this (and many other) posts.

                                                                                                                                            Bocco: You are not silly or alone!!! I am the same way, my hubby is in no way a chauvanistic pig or anything and I don't even think he knows that I do this. If I pull out two plates and one has some schmutz on it that the dishwasher didn't get off, I will designate the clean plate as his. I also cut the best piece of meat for him or dole out the freshest looking romaine into his salad. I give him the least browned piece of garlic bread because he likes his less well-done, even if the other piece is more well done than I like it!

                                                                                                                                            I also just automatically make him a plate of food in any situation that isn't a sit-down meal. Eating out with my sister and BIL about a year ago, she laughed and said how funny she thought it was that I alway's am the one to box up both our leftover's if there are any. None of this behavior is in any way due to hubby, it's all me!!

                                                                                                                                            I wonder if it's a nurturing thing (we've been together 20 yrs. since our teens and don't have kids yet). I don't know, I just had to say you're not alone or silly!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                              My husband would really resent being treated like a toddler. He prefers to choose his own food, being an adult and all.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                mr. alka would definitely have issues with me if i did that. plus, my food "touches" and his does not, with the exception of biryani and the lamb curry at our saturday indian buffet.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                  Oh Pika and alka, pahleeeze.

                                                                                                                                                  jfood does this for mrs jfood all the time. mrs jfood does this for jfood all the time. They are both adults, know how to act like adults, know how to treat others like adults, have manners like adults, choose their food like adults, respect each others like adults, do not have control issues like adults.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                    jfood, do you eat the same foods as your wife from a buffet, or don't you do buffets?

                                                                                                                                                    here's my plate: green chutney, raita, chopped tomatoes/cukes
                                                                                                                                                    a little basmati, 5 chunks of chicken tikka plus the onions they are sitting on, a small spoonful of the lamb curry, a good size spoon of shahi paneer, and two whopper spoonfuls of the palak. all touching, in varying layers.

                                                                                                                                                    mr. alka: biryani, mixed veg curry, lamb. period.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like alka could do a great job of dishing up for mr alka :-). I know what to get the SO at a buffet for sure after nearly 20 years of watching him eat. But my favourite thing is getting him a plate of dessert at (usually his staff Christmas) dinner -- I deliberately get extra of the stuff I like on his plate so I can nab it back later -- fine duff 'Hound strategy!

                                                                                                                                          2. Corn, definitely eat across. I knew someone who used to "shave" the corn off the cob because he didn't like corn on the cob. Same corn off the cob was just fine. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                            Most of the time I eat foods in sequence, meaning I rarely mix them or go from one to another. Exceptions are breakfast and TG dinner. I usually save what I consider the best for last. Delayed gratification, I guess, although generally I'm not so good at that.

                                                                                                                                            I always, in private anyway, when eating toast or a sandwich, will eat the crust before I eat the bread. Don't do this in public because I suspect it makes me look like a 5 y/o.

                                                                                                                                            My ex used to spin his plate and then smell the food. Only at restaurants though because they couldn't be trusted, I guess.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: marcia

                                                                                                                                              i always thought there were only two schools of thought regarding corn-on-the-cob; in rows lenghtwise (my school) or in bands around the circumference (i guess it gets the job done, but it's a little bit wrong). then i met my wife. she takes random, yes random, bites. a bite here, a bite there. maybe she'll eat a strip around the cob, then another bite over there. maybe then she'll go down a row. if she sees me eyeballing her piebald cob, then she'll deliberatelty make it even more random, just because she knows it bugs me.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mark

                                                                                                                                                mark, you must reeeally love your wife. i don't know that i could sit there and watch someone do that to an ear of corn :)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                  i love her dearly, but when she sees me looking and really goes to town, i have to look away. it's just too disturbing, and i really don't want to think about what it says about her :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mark

                                                                                                                                                    As we were eating corn on the cob for dinner last night, and I observed my husband's pattern (across while mine is around), I said "there is the funniest thread on CH now about everyone's habits" and I specifically told him about your random-corn-eating wife. I told him of a few more things that I could think of off the top of my head.

                                                                                                                                                    He said "you people are a weird bunch"! Oh yeah, and his science fiction, dungeons & dragons "friends" are really normal!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                      funny!!! Hubby says he's a chowhound widow because I'm on it often enough.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                        valerie, tell DH to go play ADD with andrew from TC and leave you to chat with us :)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                          bahahaha my boy is the biggest dork with his card games (not poker) and scifi (not that i don't like scifi myself, but he's crazy with it) yet he talks about how weird i am to spend so much time on chowhound....

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mark

                                                                                                                                                          I think your wife must be the only sane one in this whole bunch. (I eat in rows; my husband eats the circumference.)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                            very unusual since it is usually males who eat in rows across and females that eat in cicumference by spinning. Jfood's totally unempirical research has borne this out for many years of picnics probably 90% of the time.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                              could this be because men tend to use linear logic, and women tend to argue in circles??lol......kidding, everyone!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                or...depending on your perspective (and which direction they're moving on the cob), women are arguing to higher levels of analysis (LOL!).

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: mark

                                                                                                                                                        I eat corn in a similar fashion, I'll go across a little then around a little. I try not to be too regimented in some things

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mark

                                                                                                                                                          Very funny Mark!! Never thought about it before but I guess it is a bit odd. Love how she reacts to your noticing. Go girl!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: marcia

                                                                                                                                                          I feel much better to know that I'm not the only one eating the crust first, but I go a step further. I don't put anything on the bread, but I put it in the microwave for about 12 seconds, take it out, and eat the crust. Then I squish the bread into a cylinder the length of one side, and as small in diameter as I can get it, and bite off small pieces. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: marcia

                                                                                                                                                            Oh God no - I tear the crusts off bread before I eat. Ick - even on toast and I don't care that I look like a five year old.

                                                                                                                                                          2. I have to have my morning bagel from the coffee shop 'as is'..not cut in half..toasted..anything on it at all. I like to tear pieces of plain multigrain bagel to eat with my coffee. If the bagel comes cut in half I can't eat it! I need the intact bagel or nothing!
                                                                                                                                                            Also, I like to drink my soup in a mug, not use a spoon..

                                                                                                                                                            1. I hate eating lumpy sandwiches! You know, those sandwiches which have all the filling in the middle of the bread or roll and nothing on the outside. I always have to deconstruct these sandwiches and remake them so that I get consistent distribution of sandwich innards across the transportation vehicle (bread).

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NE_Elaine

                                                                                                                                                                Definitely must have my cereal soggy - if it crunches ugh! Never eat the crust of the bread for sandwiches or anything really. Only eat the crust of the pizza if it is VERY crispy so usually discard. Put salt in my ketchup if I'm having fries that aren't presalted (putting salt on fries is soooo inefficient as it just falls on the plate whereas in the ketchup....). Have a bite of each bit of food on my plate in order but not mixed together eeew. BTW, here in Boca chopped salads are all the rage especially at country clubs but they usually perform the surgery for you after you pile in the ingredients. Hotdogs always have mustard first, relish next and then raw onions.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: NE_Elaine

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! I hate the blob plunked in the center! Also, my husband thinks it's odd that in the reconstruction phase, I usually omit a good portion of the innards. I need to have the proper meat/bread ratio.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: NE_Elaine

                                                                                                                                                                    When putting round meat on square bread I used to cut the rounds in half and arrange the cut sides to the outside of the bread to facilitate better alignment with the edges.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: NE_Elaine

                                                                                                                                                                      oh my god! I get made fun of daily at work for how i "fix" the sandwich the deli makes for me!! everything has to be even and have an equal amount in each bite!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I too am a burger turner, looking for the first bite.

                                                                                                                                                                      Eggs on Toast: The water has to be BOILING when you put the egg in, then cooked for 5.5 min. Dunked into cold water. The toast has to be a darker brown in colour then buttered edge to edge. Wehn you split the egg open the white go around the outside with the soft somewhat runny yolk in the center all sprinkled liberally with S&P. The you have to eat around the outside working towards the middle and the yolks. The last bite is yolk, toast, butter, S&P :)

                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like work but really it's not.

                                                                                                                                                                      Corn on the cobb, across from left to right (ya I'm a lefty)
                                                                                                                                                                      TG dinner - the last bite has to have a little of everything on the fork.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm also a burger spinner. It really bothers me to watch someone eat a burger upside down. Also, the insides of a burger need to be stacked so that the wettest ingredients dont touch the bottom bun.
                                                                                                                                                                        Corn left to right.
                                                                                                                                                                        I eat one item at a time on my plate and would be happy with compartmentalized trays. I love the round stainless trays some indian restaurants use.
                                                                                                                                                                        I like my beverage glasses - water, cocktail, wine in a straight line, left to right and hate it when a waiter moves them.
                                                                                                                                                                        I hate cold hard foil wrapped butter pats, but have learned to warm them in my hands before applying them to bread
                                                                                                                                                                        I hate to eat outdoors unless near the beach or a cute foreign city.
                                                                                                                                                                        I cant stand eating with sunglasses on
                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sure there's more.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rednyellow

                                                                                                                                                                          I eat my burgers upside-down because the top half of the bun is usually bigger, so it supports the burger better.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rednyellow

                                                                                                                                                                              I agree with miss_bennet. Most burger buns are built such that the bottom bun disintegrates quickly... made even worse if the person has an underbite. I generally flip the burger over every once in a while to maintain equilibrium.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rednyellow

                                                                                                                                                                            Many party supply stores carry compartmentalized plates with lids. When my hubby was first diagnosed with diabetes I would cook like a maniac on weekends, put together lots of meals in these plates, cover and freeze. This way I had a whole freezer of healthful meals with portions weighed out, all labelled and ready for oven or microwave. I loved them because I could freeze beef or chicken with gravy or sauce, and it wouldn't slop over into the veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Excellent thread!
                                                                                                                                                                            Like others here, I'm a bit obsessive about spreading butter across every millimeter of toast. Similarly, cream cheese coast-to-coast across my bagel -- gotta be a spread, not a mere schmear -- and mayo on a sandwich. Hot dogs get mustard on both sides of the bun.
                                                                                                                                                                            When enjoying cold cuts, I prefer my sandwiches to contain either meat or cheese, not both, with veggie garnishes on either... always distributed evenly.
                                                                                                                                                                            Corn chomped across, wide end to narrow.
                                                                                                                                                                            My DH concludes a repast with one bite of each item on his plate. If I wait too long to request a taste of something, I can really throw his evening-up process out of whack, so I'm careful not to do this -- but sometimes tease him by asking for a late morsel just to observe his alarm (and relief when I demur).
                                                                                                                                                                            Our daughter has an extremely silly food-related OCD trait. She must have at least two entrée options in the fridge before preparing dinner, so she can have a choice. This is not much of a problem for me now that she is grown and living independently, but it sure can be exasperating when she visits for a holiday and every bit of fridge space is filled with turkey (or whatever) and fixings! (And no, cereal or a sandwich will not do. Sigh!)

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: WendyBinCT

                                                                                                                                                                              LOL at your husband! In a kind, caring way of course. LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. For me it's the following:

                                                                                                                                                                              1, 95% of the time I eat one thing at a time on my plate until it's competely done, before moving on to the next thing. I don't mind food touching. Heck I'll even plate my dishes with meat on top of rice and veggies stacked on top and still eat one thing at a time. I start with Veggies and always save the best for last, whether it be meat, potatoes whatever. I remember being at a potluck and my best friend noticed I hadn't touched her spareribs yet. She had a little bit of a pout on her face. I looked down at them on my plate, then looked up and smiled, "you should feel proud. I always save the best for last." Apparently I do this subconsciously. I didn't even know I was doing it until she commented. She smiled when I told her this.

                                                                                                                                                                              2, My plate is usually completely clean when I'm done eating. I'll sop up sauces/juices with bread, meat, noodles...whatever. I could almost put it back in the cupboard, it's that clean. We learned this from our Dad. In fact my brother is so OCD about it that he will actually move his food methodically from one side to the other as he eats, cleaning the plate as he goes. It's interesting to watch. He's so gentle about it. He always eats like he savours ever little morsel too.

                                                                                                                                                                              3, I always eat my corn on the cob by shaving it off. I can't stand anything getting stuck in my teeth. Eating directly off the cob is the worst for that.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: livetocook

                                                                                                                                                                                wow...are you my husband? Except for #3, he's exactly the same. There's no end of times I've turned to ask him how he liked something I fixed, and he hasn't gotten there yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                My ex would always eat the entree first when we went out, and then work on the potatoes or sides. He said his dad told him when he was a kid to do it that way, so if he got full he didn't waste the entree, which is what you're paying for. Whatever.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. a little bit of my weirdness:

                                                                                                                                                                                -single slices of bread/toast with butter/peanut butter etc...I eat it upside down (aka the tongue gets hit with the topping first).evidently i've been doing this since I was a child.

                                                                                                                                                                                -any "little" things i eat, like jelly beans, peanuts etc...I have to have one in each molar or i feel uneven/lopsided. If i have one half peanut i have to split it with my teeth and send it to the corners before chewing. Consequently, my favorite number is two :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                  ok nomad, we may be distantly related...i do the same balancing act. both sides of the mouth/jaw have to get equal chewing time or i feel uneven.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                    I do the balancing thing with small items for snacking such as chocolate covered raisins (must match in size too), nuts, and most devotedly with caramel corn. If the bowl is getting empty and the situation becomes stressful I might allow 2 little bits to balance one large bit..I become vaguely disturbed if the process becomes unbalanced. (I obsessed about stepping on cracks on the sidewalk as a child - I sense a connection for me.)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure why this doesn't carry over to chips, dried fruit, chocolate without fruit or regular popcorn.

                                                                                                                                                                                    My SO gets such a kick out of catching me completely engrossed in these moments of freakdom. Lucky for me SO has decided this is endearing rather than alarming!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                      i think it IS somehow related to the sidewalk thing - i was thinking about the very same relationship as i typed my reply last night...i'm better about it now, but when i was younger i *had* to step over even numbers of cracks/grout lines and make sure my feet landed in equal numbers of squares along the sidewalk...otherwise i felt physically off-kilter [of course, we already know i'm mentally so ;)]

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I have to eat everything in even numbers...yes, I even count out goldfish crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Unlike most of you, soggy cereal grosses me out...must be crunchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I will not use the heel end of bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. When I eat the flesh of pomelos I'll pick at each vesicle individually, popping the tiny thing in my mouth, enjoying that quick burst of juice

                                                                                                                                                                                      I like to peel the outer rind of the lychee before peeling the paper thin like membrane surrounding the flesh

                                                                                                                                                                                      When I eat spekkoek, I have to slice it very thinly and then eat it layer by layer.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Whenever I eat crab, I have to pick out all the meat of every single piece of crab I'm about to consume, pile it all on a plate and then sit down to enjoy eating it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: daeira

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. My brother from age 3 to 24 had to remove the seed from cooked green beans before eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. My husband cannot have mayonnaise touch lunch meat on his sandwich--lettuce must separate the two. (But mustard can touch.)

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. At least in the comfort of my home I eat salads with my fingers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        4. I squish my sandwich (or burger) flat after it's made before I can eat it. I eat my brownies squished, too--but never cake squished!

                                                                                                                                                                                        5. If there is something on my plate I'm not crazy about but is healthy for me I make myself eat it all before I can touch anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Undercover

                                                                                                                                                                                          When I was little, I had to remove the spines from sardines before I could eat them. Now I eat the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: daeira

                                                                                                                                                                                          When I eat peel and eat shrimp I peel all the shrimp before I eat the first one.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm the opposite, love to work and eat at each shrimp (one at a time) like eating pistachios or crawfish

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                                                                                              pistachios are always shelled one at a time. i love the process, so i won't even bother eating ones that have *all* been shelled...but when i have a new bag, i have to rescue the loose ones that have fallen out of their shells & eat those before the others. go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                well of course, or else they feel left out when you are shelling the others, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh wow, i do this too. Damn I have a lot of "silly eating habits" i never realized.....

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. This is a great thread! Now I don't feel so weird about how my rice has to be arranged on the plate!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I agree with a lot here...

                                                                                                                                                                                            I would never eat a burger upside down. And, speaking of burgers, when I put the top half on to complete the burger, I always make sure it lines up with how it was originally cut. I do the same with a bagel sandwich or any other sandwich, I guess. I hate mismatched or uneven tops and bottoms!

                                                                                                                                                                                            I eat my corn around, never across.

                                                                                                                                                                                            And I, too, hate a sandwich that's too bulky in the center. I will definitely re-distribute the insides to make it all nice and even.

                                                                                                                                                                                            When I was a kid, I hated anything touching. So instead of 1 large dinner plate, I always had a few small plates or bowls. Got over that a long time ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                              I know -- good thing bagels have those flat side areas which help to line things up properly, whew!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Wonder if anyone else has this habit. Haven't found anyone else yet! It developed later in my life (30s), but when I'm at home, I eat almost everything with a spoon. I have a bamboo spoon that I use because I dislike the sound of metal scraping on ceramic. I eat my meals in a bowl. One of my favorite breakfasts is to make some home fries or tater tots, which go in the bottom of a bowl, and on top I put black refried beans with a ton of hot salsa and two over medium eggs. I eat this with the spoon.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, due to many years of not having enough food, I clean my plate very well, even in restaurants, wiping it with bread or tortilla or scraping with spoon or fork until it almost appears to not need washing. This habit has stuck with me even though I am not in such poverty any longer. Musing on bread eating habits, I eat every bit of bread, ends and all, so as not to waste it. I am not ashamed!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I used to sit in amazement as I watched my daughter order her favorite breakfast. An English muffin, poached eggs on the side. Then she carefully puts the egg on top of the muffin, and chops her eggs inot tiny pieces. She also is expert at ordering all kind of side sauces and carefully adding them in bite by bite after she reassembles her sandwiches precisely. I thought, "Where did she devlop such silly habits." Then I ordered my breakfast, which was eggs benedict. I instruct the waiter that I like my English muffins extra crispy. In fact, my son-in-law now refers to this as Kur-RISPEE. I then carefully chop the egg on top until it's in uniformly small pieces, mixed evenly with the hollandaise sauce. As for potatoes, I always order them with extra sour cream, no butter, when I order steak. Then I take off foil, if there is some, which I hope there is not. I mush the sour cream with the potato until it's evenly distributed. I also order straight ground horseradish, along with horseradish sauce. Then I work from the outside in on my meat because I really like the crispy fatty pieces on the edges of the steak the best. Each bite has to balance the potato with the steak with the horseradish. And planning the last bite takes all kinds of effort because it always has to be the best, last flavor. I can spend an entire meal obsessing about what the Last Bite should be. Then I wonder where my daughter got all her weird habits;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. No offense intended jfood, but you are my soulmate as I agree with all 5 of your list. My quirk is that when making a bagel with nova and cream cheese, the cream cheese goes on first, then onions, capers, etc so they are firmly held in place by the cream cheese. Then the tomato, finally, the nova draped on top to hold the rest in place. Not as aesthetic but oh so practical. Of course this is open faced as all nova and bagel should be ( in my universe).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finally, I do not feel that demanding bread alignment is a "silly eating habit." On other Forums this comment would be followed by a "smiley" emoticon to indicate that the opiner is pleasingly self-deprecating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sinicle

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree with your bagel making policy, except I like the tomato to go on top of the nova so that when I hold the thing, my hands get a little less nova-y.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and the tomato slice will be the perfect size of the bagel half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm with valerie - tomato on top to avoid fishy fingers...and tomato gets surgically nipped & tucked to ensure a perfect fit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Sinicle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      no onion for jfood, can; stand raw onion. but try dpping the bagel/shmear/noey into the cream sauce from the herring. Yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I'm totally OCD about the temperatures of my food..I need my soup on the verge of boiling and my white wine very cold, usually even with ice cubes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't take a bite of dessert until my coffee arrives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have to eat peanut butter sandwiches open (spread on a single piece of bread). if a piece of bread is placed on top, I feel I can't smell and taste the peanut butter at the same time, (which is key!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah I totally forgot about that for myself. My food too must be pretty hot. I definately agree with the soup temp for sure. (This can actually be a pretty big pet peeve of mine in a restaurant. Luke warm food is a turn off.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The silly thing is, since I eat my vegetables first for dinner at least half the time I have to put my plate into the microwave to heat my carb/meat because it's gotten too cold. I've now figured out that at work, when I'm eating my salad (of course first) and I'm almost done that, I'll heat up my left overs. I use to heat it up and then sit to eat my salad. Once I got to the left overs, it'd be cold. Took me a few times to figure this out! duh

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. burger twirler here.. you have to look for juuuuust the right spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        burgers and egg n bacon rolls HAVE to have the runny-yolked egg on the top, so when you bite into it, the yolk runs down and coats everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Horizontal corn eater, left to right

                                                                                                                                                                                                        any spread must be uniform over the bread and right to the edges

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I plan my exit strategy from a meal, saving the best bite for last. (and oh, the myriad of possibilities!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        pasta and curries MUST be served in bowls, never plates. I don't care what hubs says, they taste weird served on plates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        sammies, especially toasted ones must come for consecutive slices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And in Oz, there are biscuits called Choc Royals.. they're a disc of shortbread, a shmear of jam, topped with a pillow of marshmellow and coated with chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is only one possible way to eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You smack the biscuit against your forehead, cracking the chocolate shell, which you then peel off and eat. You then suck the marshmellow off and consume. You lick the jam off the shortbread, and THEN pop the base in your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: purple goddess

                                                                                                                                                                                                          OK, you win. Why smack the cookie against your forehead? Wouldn't a counter or desk do?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm absolutely loving this thread - hooray, I'm not so weird after all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have no idea... It's just how you eat them. Pretty much everyone I know eats them like this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, and I like to break easter eggs by smacking them on my forehead, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            But that's just me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: purple goddess

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am completely entranced by the idea of smacking food on your forehead to break the shell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't wait for my next dinner party. I'll serve chocolate-dipped rapsberry ice cream truffles for dessert (I will call them Austalian Purple Goddess Truffles) and I will eat them in the manner you have described. How much you want to bet at least one of my more polite or adventurous guests follows my lead? I'm looking forward to hearing the after dinner conversation!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: purple goddess

                                                                                                                                                                                                            choc royals sound like the aussie version of mallowmars/pinwheels - ours just didn't have jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            i could never have smacked it like that - the cookie base had to remain in one piece. if it cracked or crumbled while i was disassembling it, i couldn't eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                              but the key is to only crack the chocolate coating, so you can peel that off the marsh mellow with your tongue, then suck of the mellow, leaving the shortbread base, in one piece, to scoff!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: purple goddess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                got it - i misunderstood your OP. when you said you smack the "biscuit" against your head, i assumed you meant the base.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ok, i can work with that :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. i have one more that i haven't seen anyone mention yet. whenever i eat an omelette, frittata, or scrambled eggs, i always have to have a tomato product with it - either fresh tomato slices, or salsa [e.g. with a mexican scramble] - AND hot sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            my methods are ridiculously OCD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            before i start eating, pour a pool of hot sauce on the side of the plate, making sure not to let it run into the eggs or the tomato. then drizzle a little hot sauce directly on the eggs, and using my knife, spread into a super-thin layer over the entire surface of the eggs. if having sliced tomatoes, cut them into bite-sized pieces and keep in a pile on the side [or preferably on a separate plate]. cut a bite-sized piece of the eggs, stick the tines of my fork in the hot sauce & use the fork to dab the extra hot sauce onto the piece of egg. if having fresh tomato, spear the egg with the fork, then pick up a piece of tomato underneath, and eat [fresh tomato always has to be on the bottom]. if having salsa, put a dollop of salsa on the piece of egg, spear, and eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and if there are vegetables in the eggs, there has to be a piece of each vegetable in every bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            i've had more than one dining companion raise an eyebrow in amusement at my process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I put my vegetables in a separate bowl so that they do not water down the meat and starch
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salad must come after the main course
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Corn is eaten across from left to right. My first row is height of my bite. The next rows are consumed individually
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat the shell of jellybeans first
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can only eat spaghetti if it is mixed with the sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat candy bars with caramel in separate layers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I only eat ice cream in my art deco Mickey Mouse mug I bought in Disney World when I was there for my 14th birthday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always eat my french fries first
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't eat fried chicken or fried fish without hot sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I cannot eat eggs that are not cooked so hard they bounce
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat my candy corn in layers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I cannot watch a movie in the theatre without junior mints
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I might need therapy...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: amethiste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I truly believe there are slight flavor variations between the differing layers of candy corn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                One area of complete failure in my life is that I was never able to learn just how many lick does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop. No matter how much I try to just lick or suck on hard candy there reaches a point where I just have to crunch it to bits. The crunching is very satisfying!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "I truly believe there are slight flavor variations between the differing layers of candy corn."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I beleive the same. To me the yellow part is the most buttery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: amethiste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I eat M&M candies one color at a time. The blue ones are best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. When I was a kid, we were never allowed to eat fries until we had eaten half of our burger. So now I always start on the fries first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When we had porkchops with mushrooms, my sister would always count the number of mushrooms she had, then cut up her porkchop so she had a mushroom for each piece of pork. She refused to cut the mushrooms. If she had too many pieces of pork, my mom would have to give her another mushroom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When my mom eats Licorice Goodies, she pours some into a small bowl then ties up the bag. She then eats all of one colour, then another colour until she has pink and white. Pink she eats second to last, and at the end she has a bowl full of white ones. If I try to take a goodie at the beginning of this odyssey, and I take a pink or white one, she yells. I don't try anymore...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm kind of the opposite. If I eat a coloured candy, like Skittles or Smarties, I line them up in their colours. Then I eat whichever one has the most. My goal is to make it so I have the same number of each colour. Then I eat the across the rainbow one by one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other than that, I am an obsessive Exit Strategist. It's so disappointing when you choose wrong!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do the same thing with colored candy, dump them out and arrange by color then eat whichever has the most, so there is an even number. Then I eat one by one by color leaving the "best" color or flavor until last - usually the red or purple depending on the candy and flavor combination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The funny part is, I work for a candy company so I am very careful to hide this obsession when eating candy at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Other than that, I am an obsessive Exit Strategist. It's so disappointing when you choose wrong!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL, isn't it though? Wasted opportunity for the final taste to linger satisfyingly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. As jfood waits to go for a tee-off time some more:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - M&Ms are eaten by color. worst to best; dark bown, light brown, green, yellow, orange, red, blue, in that order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - those dinkin donuts coffee rolls that look like a swilr. He unswirls then instead of eating like a regular donut. Then the last bite is the center "circle" with all the sweet powdered suga/water combo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - unlike what most people state here. In a good restaurant, he takes a bite of the potato, then a bite of the protein. then he combines all the flavors in bite number 3 to see if the chef did a good-great balance on the various elements his tongue is looking ofr. About 3/4 through the meal he starts planning for the last bite so it contains all the essential elements of the dish for that final AHHHHH!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - raw onions are verbotten on salads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - after eating ice cream he has to have some milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - baked potato gets fully prepared before any food is eaten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - a bag of cookies is a single serving

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ice cream or frozen yogurt has to be eaten at a very specific temperature - the stage where it's softened and juuust beginning to drip or look melted. anything more frozen is too hard & cold & doesn't realize its full flavor potential, and anything softer is too mushy - if i wanted "ice cream soup" i'd mix it all up & stick it in my easy bake oven or the toaster oven [turned off, of course], and let it sit until it was *done.* anyone else do that as a kid?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have to eat it with a spoon - was never a licker, and don't eat cones anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      once it reaches the right temperature, i work my way around the outside, scraping from bottom to top, to make sure the exterior surface is always smooth & even. when the point at the top gets too narrow & begins to wilt, i slice off a spoonful a few centimeters underneath it across the top to flatten it out, and then go back to the bottom to work my way around again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm also very particular about my toppings. i can't stand biting into something hard & frozen, ever since i had sensitive teeth when i was little. if i have chunky mix-ins [which is rare], i hold the bite in my mouth & let the surrounding ice cream melt, then suck on the chunk to soften it before chewing. every bite has to have a piece of the mix-ins, and i *have* to make sure i save at least one piece of each mix-in to go with the last bite...preferably two pieces if i can manage it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sprinkles & sauces NEVER get poured onto the entire serving. they're always in a separate cup on the side. take a bit of ice cream on the spoon, dip it into the topping, then eat. always save a little fudge or a spoonful of sprinkles to be eaten last, by itself, as "dessert." ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and it's always eaten with the spoon upside-down, so the ice cream - never the spoon - hits my tongue first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes. i know. i need SERIOUS help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Fun topic :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Only silly eating habits I can think of at the moment are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haribo Gummi Bears have to be chilled in the fridge to get the hard chewy-ness I love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When eating a banana, I never eat the ends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When visiting an ice cream or frozen yogurt shop, the only toppings I like are Gummi Bears

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hot dogs have to be Nathans and only Dijon mustard on a toasted bun - that's it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ice cream/frozen yogurt is never scooped out and placed in a bowl. I eat it right out of the tub.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: paris221966

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Hot dogs have to be Nathans and only Dijon mustard on a toasted bun - that's it."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but chinese mustard on a half-smoke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on another note it was a contest as children to see who could eat/peel ALL the icing off a DingDong or HoHo before eating the cake (DingDongs were easier).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          amazing I still have my teeth considering what junk we ate as kids.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "amazing I still have my teeth considering what junk we ate as kids."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my best friend's father was our dentist, and ironically, i was introduced to junk food at their house. mom didn't buy it or give it to us when we were little, but at *their* house they had an entire pantry-sized kitchen cabinet dedicated to the stuff. devil dogs, twinkies, ring dings, yodels, oreos, chps ahoy, doritos, ruffles, pringles...you name it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we always found a reason tho play over there after school :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. My sister used to like to drink coffee in a strange way. When it was served to her she would take a sip to see if it was hot. If not hot enough she would have it replaced. When served hot enough to pass inspection she would wait for it to cool before drinking. It had to get cold in front of her, not somewhere else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I stop on the way to work to pick up a large cup of coffee. We have milk and half & half at my office, so I just get a large, black hazelnut coffee. It's always piping hot. When I get here (maybe 2 or 3 minutes later), I pour out a bit, and add my sweet & low and milk to make it just the way I like it. It has cooled off a bit by now with the addition of the milk. So then I stick it in the microwave and make it super-hot, so much so that I can't drink it. And then it sits on my desk for a few minutes while I eat my breakfast and by that time, it has cooled off to the perfect temperature, still hot, but not scorching hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hate being served coffee (or soup) that is not piping hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am exactly the same!! Except, I ask for my Starbucks drink at 195 degrees (really, REALLY undrinkable, especially when walking down the financial district at rush hour...unless you like burns) and let it sit for a bit before i drink it. i will ask them to remake it if it is not undrinkably hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              they must hate me?? lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just out of curiosity... Why does it need to be 195 degrees, then left to sit? Why not just get it at the drinkable temperature and drink it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The sensation of having a warm drink is so gross...i dont know why! I just like to supervise it while it comes down to drinkable temperature...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I almost always leave the last bite of food on the plate, definitely always with a sandwich or pizza. I think this comes from growing up in a family where you always had to "clean your plate", now that I am an adult I am being defiant. When I get near the last bite, I carefully plan my exit strategy to have the best bite last. Then declare that I am full and leave exactly one bite. I don't usually notice that I do it, but apparently people that I eat with often do.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night I had dinner at a family party with my fairly new boyfriend. We have been seeing each other for about three months and this was the first time I was meeting all of his family at once. It was a casual gathering with lots of homemade Italian food. I fixed my plate and ate the whole thing - even the last bite. When I finished, he looked down at my plate and said, wow, you must have been hungry. Then I noticed I had eaten it all and felt overly full for the rest of the evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On another topic, I am surprised that the coffee ritual did not come up. I always pour my coffee first, add sugar, stir a bit and then add milk or cream then stir again. It kind of annoys me when somebody does it in a different order. To me it is the only way to get the sugar dissolved properly and the right balance of coffee to cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat my eggs over easy. First I eat all of the egg white, then I strategically place a small slit on the yoke and squish out all of the yoke, salt lightly and dip with toast. A fork is no longer needed at this point. Then I go on to the second egg and repeat the process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jfood I do the same with baked potato. Potato has to be prepared first before I touch the rest of the food on my plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jesoda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When I was young, my eldest brother would eat the egg white of a fried egg first, then put the entire soft cooked egg yolk into his mouth and 'pop' the yolk inside his mouth. Every time he did this our mother would tell him he was gross (or something to that effect, I don't think 'gross' was part of our vocabularly back then). Our mother has been gone now for five years and my 54 year old big brother still eats fried eggs in this manner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It has taken me years to eat something other than scrambled or omelet but that story may have just ruined all my progress for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Three years, since this thread was started (BTW - where the heck is JFood?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With anything, but scrambled, I will pierce the yolk with my bread (or if with grits, with my fork), and mix that into the other elements - like the grits, or my toast.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was wondering that, too- haven't heard from him in a long time. I hope he's well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He seems to have dropped off the face of the "culinary world," or at least CH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I miss JFood.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I fix my coffee the same way. And can't stand to watch others do it "wrong". It just makes sense to dissolve the sugar in the hot coffee, then cool it with cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Whereas my sugar goes into the mug first (sometimes with the half-and-half, sometimes without), then hot coffee, and add the half and half right after.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm with you, I put sugar and creamer in first - then pour the coffee (doesn't need to be stirred so it's more efficient in my mind). I'm not into extra steps when it comes to coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was actually thinking about this thread when I poured my morning coffee at home - both cream and sugar went into the mug first, then coffee. But I still have to stir to make sure the sugar melts and sweetens all sips of coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate those little stirrer sticks and having utensils to clean that were used for 2 seconds only -so I always put my cream/milk in the mug and then pour in the hot coffee. I don't use sweetener so I understand the opposite method for others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I almost always leave the last bite of food on the plate, definitely always with a sandwich or pizza... Then declare that I am full and leave exactly one bite."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me, too, whether I'm full or not. Never thought of it as defiance, but come to think of it, I wasn't allowed to leave the table until my plate was clean. I spent many evenings sitting at the table with a cold plate of food in front of me. Maybe it is defiance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember that too!! And, if I finally fell asleep at table, the food was put into the fridge and served to me at breakfast the next morning. (I wouldn't eat it THEN, either. My parents assumed I would eat rather than go hungry, but I would always rather go hungry than eat something I hated!) I learnt to cook in self-defense, BTW. And, I STILL won't eat something I dislike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FibroLady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mmmm, cold calf's liver for brekky. Been there, had that done to me :-). I went hungry a few times too but it didn't seem to hurt me, judging by my current girth!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't put sugar in my coffee, but I always put the cream in the cup before the coffee. even on a refill. (At restaurants I don't generally have this option, however.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. I'm with you on #2 and #5 (end of bread loaf to make a sandwich and eating COTC - *always* across!) At times I’m a burger twirler, but see a bit below – often I just go for the corners if I’ve cut it in half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also always go with two consecutive pieces of bread for a grilled cheese. And English muffins are ALWAYS fork-split, never cut in half with a knife like a saw. Gotta have those nooks and crannies, ya know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And whenever I have fried eggs, the whites get cut off and the intact yolks get put on top of the buttered halves of the English muffin. I then cut into the yolk so the yolk goes into the nooks and crannies, and then the entire thing is eaten that way. I get English muffin and egg in one bite, with dripping yummy yolk running down my fingers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Burgers are almost always (now) cut in half for easier handling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And finally, this is a given (as it's the ONLY way to eat them) - I separate an Oreo, scraping off the vanilla cream, putting the two chocolate cookies back together, and popping the entire thing into my mouth...none of this biting the cookie pieces in half! And God forbid - absolutely NO dunking in milk - Oreos need to be crisp, not mushy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I take two Oreo cookies, separate them, scrape the icing from one cookie to the other and then throw away the three useless, icingless cookie and eat the one chocolate cookie with double icing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ESNY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Save those extra cookie halves and send 'em to me! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ESNY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i used to do that...until someone at nabisco finally figured it out & did it for us with double stuf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and then, of course, the novelty was gone, and i got sick of the filling & started eating only the cookies :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Apparently weird favorite part of edible item department: I like the blossom end slice of the tomato much more than any other part, and always slice them off for myself when preparing tomatoes. (The second-best part is the stem-end slice.) I have never met anyone else who expressed such a preference.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Mentioned this before: I never pile a lot of stuff on a plate at breakfast buffets. Instead I carefully plate several small courses in sequence--for example, juice and a fruit plate (maybe a bite of cheese), go back and plate a simple egg, sausage, and bit of potato course, and finally maybe a pancake and bacon w/maple syrup course. Clean plate for each course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I never, ever eat while driving or walking down the street.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sam, I don't think that's being silly at all. It's smart and strategic. I don't do what you do but just take a taste of what looks good on the first round and go back for seconds on what I liked. And not eating while driving or walking down the street is also incredibly wise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ok. To answer the question, I deconstruct candy bars. I also have a particular way of eating a slice of pizza. I eat about a third of it, then cut the crusts off. If I'm particularly hungry, I'll eat the crusts. If not, I just throw it away. Then I cut the remaining slice in two pieces lengthwise and eat the pieces one at a time. The pizza tastes much better that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am a candy bar deconstructor as well. I have a way of eating every different type of candy bar. My SO once quizzed me on it and was shocked that there was a way for every type.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I usually eat my veggies first. Because there were a lot of veggies I didn't like as a child and eating them first got them out of the way. And of course I always save a bite of my favourite thing for last. That includes in a box of chocolates. Eat the less favoured ones first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't eat junk food in public, such as on the bus or subway. Comes having been overweight. Never wanted someone to be thinking, 'why is she eating that?'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow! Different method for every time of candy bar! I generally deconstruct candy bars with layers and components like Snickers, Kit Kats and Ferrer Rocher. But I would first take one bite whole to appreciate it together before I took it apart. And sometimes I like to eat the shell of the M&Ms before eating the chocolate. How do you handle bars like Nestle's Crunch? I really haven't found any other way but just to eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That one is a tough one!! The deconstruction happens in my mouth on that one. I take a small bite and suck on it until the crispy bits start to get sharp against the inside of my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I must say, I rarely eat candy bars in public. No one needs to see me take apart my food that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i used to eat nestlé crunch the same way...and mr. goodbar as well - let the chocolate melt until you really feel those peanut chunks in your mouth. i also had to nibble the raised edges off the crunch bars first [and plain hershey bars] before eating the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I leave the best chocolates for last too...unfortunately, my husband prefers to eat his favourite ones first. So the ideal chocolate box is one where we have different favourites...or I get to it first and hide one or two of my favourites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't read down the whole thread yet, but no one so far has mentioned the tear vs. bite issue yet. My orthodontist told me that in his experience, people who have had braces tend to tear their food into bites and eat those rather than take a bite out of something, which is what people who have never had braces tend to do. Until I forced myself to do otherwise, I always tore my food due to my three and a half years in braces. Even in three michelin star restaurants, I still tear my bread into pieces before eating it. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: guster4lovers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think that with bread, that's how you're supposed to do it - tear off a bit, butter, eat, repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when it comes to bread, yes, I don't care and wouldn't think less of you, but bread is properly torn gradually and the pieces individually buttered. also slows you down, so you maintain your appetite for the entree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AND you can get more butter that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      needle, this is scary - i used to eat pizza exactly the same way! except i always had room to eat the crust...i'd sacrifice the other part instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ditto on the candy bar deconstruction as well...if it had layers or a coating, i was separating it. i used to get so pissed off when the layers of a kit kat or twix didn't cooperate & broke instead of coming apart in one piece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ha! That is pretty eerie! I also got pissed when the layers didn't break off in one piece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Munching while driving is not my first choice, but I've done it. I think it's mostly because I don't like eating with my hands and in the car I don't have access to hot soapy water right when I need it. But walking around eating an apple (cut into pretty skin-on slices of course) or any other type of non-messy fruit is great fun. Is it a fear of choking, Sam? No running with salami?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are no real enforced speed limits here in Colombia. I used to race SCCA in the US. Even my passengers don't seem to want to eat whan I'm at the wheel. AutoBanh speeds on the freeway on the way to work. Sabastian Loeb on the way to the finca.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love street food, but always eat it standing around in front of the cart or whatever. Part of the joy is talking to the cook/vendor or other customers When I walk, I want to see stuff... I'll eat that sliced apple at home or in the office.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Running with salami? Now you've got me. ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ok now I get it Mr. Speedracer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Running with salami- you know the phrase "No running with scissors" like from kindergarten rules?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Guess it may have only been funny in my head. That happens to me all the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry to be slow! Now, that is hilarious! And I'm going to put a salami in my car in your honor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The not eating while walking thing is a Japanese thing! They have a term for it, too, and as a student, you're banned from doing this. Every time I visit, I have to be very surreptitious if I'm eating while walking (which I sometimes do out of necessity). Actually, most of the times, I end up not doing it, b/c I'm afraid people will give me mean stares. Amazing what social pressure does to you in a country you've never really lived in, just because your parents raised you to think that something is uncouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for driving, I won't eat anything that will create a mess. But if I'm really hungry, I might have a cracker or something. I'll either eat the whole thing in one bite to avoid crumbs, or during a stop light, I'll carefully cup it in a tissue/napkin to not drop crumbs--which actually, is the way I eat food in my apt., too, if I'm walking around eating a cookie. Again, another silly parent thing, but now that I've had battles with all sorts of bugs, I will never just stand and eat a cookie, cracker, etc., unless I have a napkin to catch the crumbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So when people try to eat in my car, I object, but then people think I'm being hypocritical, b/c I "eat" sometimes eat in my car. However, I don't mean to sound double-standardish, but 1. I don't like crumbs in my car/house/bed (this is why I will never do bed in breakfast), 2. I can eat in such a way to not make a mess, b/c I am aware of my neuroses with 1., whereas 3. most passengers in my car do not bother to contain/catch their crumbs with a napkin the way I do. If they did, I'd also let them eat only certain foods in my car, but for most of the people who want to eat a messy stinky sandwich in my car, it's easier to tell them NO FOOD IN MY CAR than to explain as I just did, all the little minute qualifications to the rule. However, as the car gets older, I've become more lax about the no crumbs in my car rule.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. I am not much of a sandwich eater. I especially never liked bologna or ham and cheese. I don't like the meat and cheese together, I always needed something in between, I usally put chips in between if there was no lettuce or pickle. Then I got a job at a deli and the boss said to always have something in between, so I knew it wasn't just me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also eat my fries first and I just got into cutting my burger in half and saving the toher half for later, especially in restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. jfood, I share every item on your original list. Here's a new kink, learned from my DH. When pouring coffee from our drip pot in the a.m., we first pour out any condensed water that has collected on the pot lip --that way our coffee is full strength. I thought it was weird the first time I saw him do it, but now I do it, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This thread is liberating and worrisome at the same time :) I'll share:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *I eat the entire apple, core included
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            * Sandwiches are typically dissected - it's a volume thing (I get to eat 2 instead of one)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            * Absolutely hate dry breads/muffins/cakes/etc.: on the rare occasions that I eat them, my desserts are always soaked in alcohol (wine, champagne, whatever is available), my bread needs some kind of moist add-on, muffins always come with milk, waffles & pancakes with yogurt, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            * Hate fruit + milk + cereal (except bananas): I always use kefir or yogurt with my cereal if I want to add fruit to the same bowl (otherwise, the fruit gets eaten separately). Cannot stand soggy cereal, so I'm a speed cereal eater, too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            * I decapitate Haribo Gummi bears (always eat the head first) - something my sister and I used to do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jeni1002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also used to eat the entire apple, core included, until I read somewhere that apple seeds have high levels of cyanide. (though apparently it would take more apples than I would eat to harm one):


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've read the same thing, and I still eat the entire apple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And Candy Corn DEFINITELY has to be eaten one later at a time, in a single bite per layer, starting with the little white tip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, Susan - I didn't know...I still enjoyed two apple cores today ... :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    last night jfood went to the fridge for an apple, and the one he grabbed was a Fuji, great flavor but a thicker skin than he wanted. So jfood peeled the skin and returned to the couch. Mrs jfood just looked at him holding a naked apple. It was a great flavor in each bite and no tiugh skin and the pups really iked hers as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mrs jfood just shook her head. And no he did not eat the seeds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "and the pups really iked hers as well"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OK, what am I missing here? I'm baffled, sorry! I don't eat apple cores - I heard that arsenic thing when I was very young and who wants to take that chance? Like the poison that lives inside golf balls - why risk it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With the amount of arsenic in the seeds of apples you would have to eat about your body weight in order for it to do you harm. Same with Flax seeds. Sometimes I eat the cores, sometimes not. And I enjoy flax seeds in my yoghurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it's not arsenic, actually-- it's a cyanide compound. you'd have to eat several pounds of crushed apple seeds to have a nervous system effect-- the whole seeds will. . . *hem* pass through the system intact.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oops, wrong poison :) Still the generalization was correct, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wait!! Flax seeds have arsenic? I eat them almost every day! I NEVER heard that before. I wonder what else I eat that's lethal? And, although I don't eat the apple cores, I DO use the entire apple when making apple sauce, jelly and butter. (I strain the skins, cores, seeds, etc. out when the apples get super-soft.) I also heard that cherry pits are poisonous, but they add such great flavour to preserves when cooked entire. I wonder if that's really safe? Oh, oh. I WILL have to study up on flax seeds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FibroLady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Flax seeds have cyanide (not arsenic) in small amounts, but it is only exposed in ground flax. And you have to eat a lot for it to be dangerous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just a few quirks that drive my SO a little nuts as well as entertain others....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Shoestring fries--I put a thin strip of ketchup on each fry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Jellybeans--I only eat one at a time and I leave it in my mouth until the hard shell melts away. Depending on my mood, I will eat the chewy center or discard it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Corn--Always in a row, from left to right.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Eggs--Over easy, eat all the whites. Poke a hole in the center of the yolk with a chopstick, drop a couple drops of soy sauce in the hole (being careful not to pop the yolk), take the chopstick again and attempt to distribute the soy sauce, then eat the whole yolk in one bite! Broken yolks are quite the disappointment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Bread for sandwiches must always be consecutive!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Crab--remove all the meat and leave in a pile. Then eat! But I have to be careful....I always have a crowd of people staring at my pile of crab meat...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm glad I'm not the only one with quirky eating habits!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I put my salad dressing in a cup on the side and dip pieces of salad into it. (at home, that is!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I eat my sandwiches with a fork and knife. (at home, again!) This, I believe, is the result of a childhood experience involving a Wendy's chicken sandwich which had unfortunately been married to a Brillo pad.'nuff said

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Just a few:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Pho: When it arrives, I add the beansprouts, jalapeno slices, and basil (picking each leaf off) first. Then squeeze lime wedge and throw it in. Then squeeze brown sauce in a swirl pattern. Then Sriracha, also in a swirl pattern. Take an extra soup spoon and mix brown sauce & sriracha for dipping. When eating, I hold the soup spoon in my left and hand, and with chopsticks in my right hand, I put a a little nest of noodles in the spoon, top it w/ a few bean sprouts, a slice of onion, and a piece of meat that has been dipped in the aforementioned dipping sauce and placed on top of this little pile. Then dip the spoon carefully to get broth in the spoon. I eat this way while making sure there will be enough of each item until the last spoonful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Gardetto's - Must eat in a pattern of pretzel shaped pretzel, then sesame covered stick, then thin shaped pretzel stick, and brown flat thing (my favorite). I eat this rotation until I run out of one of the items and then it's just a free-for-all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Now and Laters & Mamba candies - Each flavor is packaged separately, so I must open all packages so I can have one of each flavor in succession.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Instant Ramen - I eat half a pack at a time...First put noodles and sauce pack in pot w/ cold water and then turn on burner. Add an egg about 15 seconds before noodles are done. Eating directly out of pot, break egg yolk and and eat a spoonful of broth mixed w/ yolk. Then try to coat noodles w/ egg yolk and commence eating all noodles and any vegetable add ins. Then add a spoonful of rice and using spoon eat the rest of the broth along w/ the rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know there are many more due to my slight OCD....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh good Lord, I hadn't even thought about pho-related food whackiness! I could write a treatise on the different pho behaviours in our immediate family. I think my SO's is my favourite because it is so precise: he puts a dab of sriracha on EVERY spoonful. I don't know how he avoids complete meltdown by the end of the bowl -- that sauce can really build up over time :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup- I have my "method". Most recent addition is to take a large basil leaf and wrap it around a bit of beef, then add one drop each of sriracha and hoisin and eat in a bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: torty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              torty - I do that too, not with pho but with small red leaf lettuce around sliced Morning Star vegetarian patties with the Sriracha and hoisin, though I am not vegetarian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I put the jalapeno, sprouts, and basil in the soup. I put the shiracha and hoisin in a dish on the side to dip the meat into.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. When we have Friday night meals, I always dip my challah in my wine. Is that weird?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I sometimes take the cheese off my pizza and just eat the sauce and bread (depending on where it's from).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chew on That

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "When we have Friday night meals, I always dip my challah in my wine. Is that weird?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not at all...i used to do it all the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Chew on That

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isn't it kinda like the italians (sorry for the generalization) dipping biscotti in Vin Santo?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love (when feeling decadent) dipping fresh croissant in Hot Chocolate. I recall being told that this was what they do in France in the morning when I was 11 and thinking "When I grow up I'm gonna do that!!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Great topic! Here are mine:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corn - definitely horizontal and row by row. It takes a long time for me to get through a cob of corn but I enjoy breaking one kernel off at a time and going row by row.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cupcake/Muffins - I always eat the bottom first. I may or may not eat the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fries - if ketchup is served in packages, I'll squeeze a line across each individual fry. For me, fries is really a vehicle for ketchup. Unless they're frites in which case, I don't use ketchup. I just eat them as is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mussels - I de-shell all of them first and then eat the mussels with a spoon so I can have it with it's broth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree with everyone about coating bread right to the edges.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fickle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PLEASE send me your muffin tops. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have to eat my (canned or frozen) corn on top of mashed potatoes, and it must be well-mixed, with just enough potato to coat the corn. If there’s too much potato left over, I must add more corn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don’t like to eat in front of someone else if I’m the only one eating. If someone walks in on me eating, I’ll wait until they leave the room before I finish eating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don’t like to eat the last bite of anything. As I have gotten older, I realize this is wasteful, but I still have a hard time eating the last bite, especially of sandwiches. Which is completely contrary to the rest of my list.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When eating a sandwich that I have made, I eat the bottom half first and eat my way to the top, leaving the center bite of the top crust with sesame seeds for last.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Muffins – I separate the bottom from the top, eat the bottom first, save the most tender part of the top for last.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I eat popsicles or other stick-based ice cream treats from the bottom to the top.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When eating potato chips, I eat the broken ones first and save the whole ones for last.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All of this saving the good bites for last works against me because, as I said, I have an aversion to eating the last bite of anything. I know it’s coming, but I just can’t help myself. I can’t eat the good bits first. Odd, sure, but I don't fight it. It's just how I am.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So you never ever get the very best bite of a meal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm so sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lisa, I posted too about leaving the last bite. I think it comes from always have to clean my plate as a child. Now as an adult I am being defiant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Funny, though how you leave the best for last than don't eat that. I plan my exit strategy that the last bite I eat is the best combination of flavors, not the last bite that I leave on my plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catskillgirl and Springhaze2, I've been working on it. I just never quite know which bite is going to be my last. It was always an unconscious thing until a few years ago when I realized what I was doing. Now I try to eat the best bites whenever I want them and not save them for last. It's funny how a habit can become so ingrained, you don't even realize you're doing it. I think I'll go to the candy box and eat my favorite candy now instead of saving it for last!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good for you! Break out of that box. LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Makes me think of the scene in Sideways where Paul Giamatti drinks a rare vintage wine in a fast food burger joint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that was a very sad scene. he'd saved it for a special occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But he enjoyed it sooooo much. Live for today message.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  he sure didn't look like he was happy, iirc; i saw no "enjoyment." maybe i need to re-view the scene. also, i want to read rex pickett's novel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  phantomdoc, in looking for that clip, i came across this excellent analysis/review of the film -- although, unfortunately, it doesn't address the scene in question. http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/con...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I remember that he was in rapture at each sip of the wine. I must re watch too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If I recall correctly, the scene in question follows one in which Giamatti's character learns that his ex-wife is pregnant by her current husband. He's so distraught that he goes to a fast food restaurant, pours the wine into a paper cup and drinks it through a straw. No rapture. He's in despair. You can see a (very brief) shot at 1:28 here:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I eat small chips first, too. I started this in college, a while back. Don't the small pieces add up to more flavor? And they're ugly detritus on the plate (or tray). It's sort of a playing with my food thing. Usually food that goes with chips is boring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Corn on top of mashed potatoes....................YUMMO!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dojemi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom liked creamed corn on top of fried potatoes. I think it was something her mother made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That reminds me of a gal I was partnered with in an Economics class in high school. We had to come up with a weekly budget and plan meals and one of her dinner suggestions was buttered corn on toast. I had never heard of such a thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I love this, I feel more normal now!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Cold, hard butter packets drive me nuts! I have resorted to warming them over the candle on the table at some restaurants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Coffee: Sugar, milk, stir, add coffee, stir again. And never with one of thos wood stir sticks, it makes my coffee taste like stick. Also, when drinking coffee from anything except a mug I will always use a straw. I think it's gross when my lipstick gets all cakey on the lid. And it stains your teeth less.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Butter, mayo, mustard, whatever MUST be spread evenly over the entire piece of bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Sandwiches: Consecutive pieces of bread, meat first, then cheese, then onions, tomatoes, lettuce in that order. I like to think it keeps the sandwich from falling apart when I do it this way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Burgers: After assembling the burger I have to cut it in half. I never put the ketchup and mustard on the burger, always in little piles touching each other on the plate so I can dip the burger into the condiments and get a little of both. And so the sauces don't drip out onto my shirt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Pasta: I try to get one vegetable, one meat, a few noodles, and sauce in every bite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          * I too, plan an exit strategy. Which is particularly difficult when you are sharing plates with a few other people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Stillwater Girl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another one here who saves the best bite for last.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And, with the exception of Chinese food or sometimes appetizers, I really don't like sharing food. I never go to tapas places since I must admit (maybe even for the first time!) that I find them stressful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You know, I used to save the best bite for last when I was younger. But I then realized how much I hate food that has cooled down (if it's supposed to be hot). So I eat the best part first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have that same problem of on the one hand food tasting best earlier (if it's supposed to be hot), and wanting to save the best for last. I usually "solve" this problem by starting the beginning and end of the meal with the "best" bite. Of course, if I'm trying different things, then I don't know which is going to be the best bite (e.g. Thanksgiving), so then I have to try little bites of everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though sometimes, as in the case of dok tol bibimbap (I don't know if I'm saying that right, but it's what we call ishiyaki bibimbap), depending on the veggies and seafood they put inside, I often spend the entire meal trying to decide whether the crunchy rice is the best part, or the seasoned seafood, or the bean sprouts w/ the very big heads is the best part. Then I literally spend the entire meal alternating bites and adjusting the crunchy rice/stuff ratio, b/c I can't make a decision!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: anzu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  About the bi bim bap, I think I have the same issue you do. I find the easiest thing to do is to try to get a balance by getting some crisped rice, seafood and vegetables on every spoonful. It gets easier when I share it with DH. I end up eating mostly the crispy rice as he doesn't like that part (there must be something wrong with him).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: anzu


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's what the long spoon is for - scrape the crispy rice from the bottom and rotate it to the top, then break up the crust and mix all those crunchy gems throughout the bowl. Takes some practice to be able to do it without food flying all over the table though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  too funny - i hate sharing too because i eat systematically, and order exactly what i expect to eat... picking from different dishes doesn't interest me generally. i also hate sharing because if i'm saving a bite that looks really good, no doubt someone else will snatch it up, unless of course you move it to your plate and hold it in reserve, but that just looks weird too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm laughing at this! Call me crazy, but when I go to a tapas or family style place with a group, most of the group (unless it's my family) is never paying attention to the menu and nobody wants to commit to what they want. So I get stressed that there won't be the right amount of food -- too much or too little. And then I'm always thinking that I really won't get to eat what I want anyway. You would think that it's my last meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My family is very into sharing food in a restaurant -- to the degree that there is a rule that no two people at the table can order the same thing unless they can make a good case for flaunting family convention. So the downside is that you may only get to eat a half or a third of your entree. The upside is that we are all unfailingly generous (almost competitive) in trying to put together a "perfect bite" for our dining companions from the meal that we've ordered. This involves a lot of extra bread plates and a certain amount of carving and plating and passing stuff around before you can really get down to eating (obviously, it would be totally unsuitable to take a bite of your food and then use that same fork to plate up your dinner companions' little taste).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another upside is the running commentary during the meal, as everyone has something to say about what they're eating (and certain family members are delightfully quick-witted). Yes, the meal devolves into an impromptu tasting -- and you are at the mercy of your dinner companions choices. Fortunately, we are all fairly onmivorous. But there have been times when I've looked at my plate when it was set before me (one simple but perfect meal of beautifully cooked lamb rack with scalloped potatoes and grilled asparagus comes to mind) and I've been tempted to snatch up the plate and run to the kitchen for sanctuary while I devour the entire thing myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edited to add: we always tip well for the extra bread plates -- even for a table of four we require at least twelve extra plates (each "perfect bite" needing it's own little presentation). My mom calls it "hush money" paid to the ever-patient waiter so that they won't tell other customers how weird we are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apparently, that "hush" factor doesn't always extend to the kitchen. At one restaurant where my parents are regular customers, the chef came out to the table and asked if we would like his kitchen to plate our meals so that everyone had a little bit of each entree ordered. I thought it was an incredibly thoughtful and generous offer on his part, but Mom was horrified that he knew of our odd habit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I love reading everyone's quirks. Here are mine - some of which has been covered already:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1) Burgers are always cut in half and depending on the circumstances I will eat it upside down

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2) If I have multiple items on my plate that are not mixed together, I make a decision after tasting everything for which one is going to be my end bite. It isn't consistent - one meal it will be the protein, another meal it might be the starch or vegetable. But I always plan it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3) Every single time I eat a banana I remind myself that one bite will make me gag a little, and usually it's the last bite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4) I am constantly worried about spilling something on myself so I will frequently look down at my shirt and pants/skirt to see if anything has dropped there by accident. When I am at home I am a little less concerned because I can soak the stain if need be and usually if it's just me and my boyfriend, I'm in an old tshirt anyways. When I eat my lunch at my desk at work I use a $5 pashmina scarf to wrap around my shirt and the upper part of my pants/skirt in case I drop anything. The office is always too cold so no one notices I'm basically wearing a bib.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5) Unless I'm at a slice place that only has plastic utensils, I use a fork and knife to eat the first 1/3 of my slice of pizza then the rest is using my hands. Crust is always the last and I make sure there is some edge of sauce and cheese attached so I can have the crust with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6) This only applies to chicken or turkey but if the slice or piece I get isn't 100% white meat, then I will cut off the usually miniscule offensive piece and hide it under a tiny pile of the potatoes or rice or whatever starch it's been served with. I push this pile off to the side and know I can't eat it. I think it was developed when I was growing up and had to watch my mom and brother eat all sorts of dark parts and I couldn't stand it. When their entire plates were filled with dark meat (and sometimes the neck - yuck) I would often get a box of cereal to block my view of their plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pellegrino31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  #4 made me giggle. I know someone who whips out a gold sequined BIB and puts it on during dinner out. I've only eaten one meal with her at a large table of 14, of course I'm the one stuck next to her. It was SO GOLD and shiny and SO OBVIOUSLY A bib.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, I used to spill every 3rd bite on my chest. ALWAYS on my chest. I hated it but even if I slowed down I would still spill. I could sto eating and something would fly out at me and land there. It was bad enough to have a "shelf" but a shelf with a big grease stain was way worse.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (I no longer have this problem but I remember it well!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Anyway, I used to spill every 3rd bite on my chest. ALWAYS on my chest."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still have this problem. I have stopped buying white shirts, and I prefer tops that hide the spills well. Paisley was great when it was fashionable. Patterns that resemble tomato sauce are ideal. Perhaps I should start a clothing company for those who spill food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh I'm crying here! This is just too funny. The bib over the shelf... OMG, too funny!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry. I spill things on occasion and have my own shelf, but this just tickles me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: pellegrino31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>3) Every single time I eat a banana I remind myself that one bite will make me gag a little, and usually it's the last bite<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's so funny! I love bananas and I eat one almost every day, but there are times when a banana can make me gag a little. I think it's when they are a little on the overripe side, but it's not really consistent or predictable. Weird!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pellegrino31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm soooo #2, although the whole time I'm eating I'm thinking about what will be my last bite (the best one of course). It's really tough if everything is fabulous on my plate, I have a hard time narrowing it down but in this case, I definately leave a bite of each and then decide the order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pellegrino31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I definitely follow your #2. My Mom typically makes dinners witha vegetable, a starch, and meat. Normally, I have to eat the vegetable first, then starch, then meat last. Unless it's a baked chicken with potatoes and carrots. In that case, I will eat that together with some cajun seasoning on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. My husband laughs at me mightily when we're out somewhere eating prime rib. I always take a bit of horseradish on my fork, cut a bite of meat, dip it into the jus, and then tap it on the piece of meat still on the plate--not to waste any of the jus, you see. He takes his horseradish and mixes it with the jus and dumps the whole mess over his meat. I think he's the weird one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When eating small, colored candy--M&Ms, Skittles, Sixlets, or whatever--I prefer to eat them in even numbers of matching colors. Two blue, two red, two orange, or whatever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't like most fresh fruit, although I will eat it if I have time to peel, cut up, or whatever's necessary, and then wash my hands--I can't stand to be sticky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I cannot stand to get tapioca pudding on my hands. Egg white, either. Must be washed off immediately. (I don't eat the tapioca, either, but at the cafeteria dishing it up was part of my job.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If I'm eating creamed corn I have to have it in a separate bowl. I don't want it running all over my other food. Any other vegetable with runny juice on it, I tilt my plate so all the juice stays with the vegetable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I always eat asparagus with my fingers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "If I'm eating creamed corn I have to have it in a separate bowl. I don't want it running all over my other food. Any other vegetable with runny juice on it, I tilt my plate so all the juice stays with the vegetable'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I thnk we're long-lost sisters. I could never eat creamed corn on a plate - it, along with baked beans, belongs in a separate bowl. And you should see some of the creative ways I've come up with to tilt my plate while eating! I've used napkins, spare silverware, small trivets... the challenge is to keep the plate tilted without moving while using fork and knife. And I generally have an open book in my lap - makes mealtimes exciting. LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. certain foods must be eaten with a plastic spoon (yogurt, cottage cheese, pudding cups)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chips or fries must last until the last bite of sandwich/burger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          salad is always dipped into the dressing- never dressed on the salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mashed potatoes must always have the veggies mixed in - I'm to the point with this one that I'm boiling and mashing together (carrots and yukon golds work beautifully- as do english peas and red bliss)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chef4hire


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            peas, spinach, broccoli, even corn - sure, but carrots? what are you some kind of miscreant? roots mixed with roots? (except garlic, onion, shallot and/or parsnips)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bottlecaps candies must be eaten in order if they come wrapped in a roll. But if they come in a box or package where they are loose, I shake out a handfull, no high-grading (can't put back ones I like least), and eat from least to most favorite. So cherry first, cola second, grape and orange are interchangeable, and rootbeer for last. I was doing this last night. My root beers were all that were left on the coffee table and my husband reached over to grab one and I said, "NOO, you have to take them out of the box, those root beers are MINE!" The box was 3/4 full. I turned 40 last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                miscreant seems the perfect adjective-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                seriously- the carrots are my fave right now- not mashed too finely- nice and chunky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whoa now, h_f, are you saying my sunchokes and spuds mashup ain't on? Them's fightin' words...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Funny how many people hate for their foods to mix on the plate, or eat starch/veggie/protein first and then the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For me, I need a bite of everything on my plate assembled together. For example, with roast beef, mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and some horseradish cream, I MUST somehow manage to fit all this on a fork, and if stuff falls on the plate before it gets to my mouth, I can get quite pissy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Which is why I almost always try to save a bit of everything on my plate for that one last bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Same with my breakfast sandwich, which I eat with fork & knife: crusty bread slice, topped with roast beef or ham or turkey, topped with cheese, and then an over-easy egg. I like the cheese melting, and the yolk running all over. But as with the above example -- loose part of the the egg or cheese or turkey on the way to my mouth, anger ensues '-). What can I say, I'm a freak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agree with all who have to have their bread slices well-covered with whatever they put on. I used to cut cheese (no laughing) in a way that I could assemble it almost mosaic-like on my slice of bread, so that no empty space would be left. Then nuke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Toast HAS to be toasted, most breads as well unless it is fresh, and of crusty German descent. No floppy bread for me, no way. I eat the end of a loaf, too, but not in a sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coffee procedure: sweetener, then add some coffee. Once the sweetener is dissolved, add some cream, and more coffee. Voilá.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am a fast eater, and love my food hot. So hot, that is, that I often burn my mouth, roof or tongue. However, I will absolutely NOT drink whatever it is that I am drinking to cool my mouth (lest it be water), because it would screw with the flavors of my food. I will take blisters over compromised flavor anytime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I clean my plate, even when I am full. Never used to as a kid, of course, when everyone wanted me to finish. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't eat and drive, or eat and walk. When I'm on the road & have to stop at BK's or some grease trap, I'd much rather sit down than find shredded iceberg under the driver's seat weeks later ....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mine involves milk drinking. I have a tall glass every morning. Here it is:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. It has to be in a clear thick glass, one that is glass and not plastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. It must be ice cold and freshly poured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. I have to drink it all down at once - not sip it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JenBoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes! no milk sipping! I cannot taste or smell spoiled milk (never have been able to - my college roommate once caught me eating raisin bran with curdled milk because no one else was up yet so I hadn't turned on the kitchen light...); so in my head I must drink it while it's still fridge cold or it MIGHT spoil and I wouldn't know it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Skittles must be eaten in pairs or triples of different colors, M&M's individually. Lunch of sandwich and potato/corn chips or burger & fries should have 1/3 of chips fries eaten, then 1/2 sandwich, 1/3 fries, 1/2 sandwich then remaining fries. Usually somewhere in here DH starts eating my fries because he thinks I'm finished with them and he is an "all fries first" person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Potato Chips - I love putting as many in my mouth as possible, chewing it up without swallowing any and just feel the wonderful mushy salty potato flavor in my mouth. (not in public of course), although I'm the same with cheese puffs and once while at my business - stuffed a bunch in my mouth and a customer came around the corner and asked me a question. I must have looked like a chipmunk who started storing for the winter - I was embarrassed and had to wait several minutes to shrink the mass in my mouth before I could talk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hadn't thought about cheese puffs...I like the full-sized ones that are curved almost into a half-circle. I put them between my upper and lower teeth like some sort of dental appliance, and if I give a small smile, it looks like I have orange teeth. Then I just sit there until they melt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I never, ever eat them in front of other humans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lexpatti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When my husband called me for the first time ever (8 years ago), I was in my apartment, alone of course, on a Wednesday evening with a FULL mouth stuffed with Wheat Thins. Low fat, of course!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I could barely even say "hello". Played it cool, had a great conversation, got married, have 2 kids and never told him about that incident!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL! There are certain things our husband need never know! It is imperative that we retain some mysteries!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. On a dinner plate - I eat what I like least first and save the best for last.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hot Dogs - Mustard on the bun, then the hot dog, then the onion and sauerkraut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spinning the Hamburger is exactly what I do - the part with the lettuce hanging out is the first bite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If a meat sandwich has cheese - it must be on the meat, not on the bread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I must always bite the blossom end of a dill pickle first, never the stem end. Even if the pickle is in (lengthwise) slices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Like so many others, I'm definitely an exit strategist. My last bite is always one of my favourite things, and I always finish my least favourite thing all at once at the beginning, to get it out of the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Broth based soups must be served really piping hot, then allowed to cool in front of me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ramen noodles must never be cut or bitten off when being eaten - I twirl each long noodle around a fork, then deposit the little noodle package on my spoon and then dip some broth onto the spoon. If I accidentally break one, I push it to the bottom of the bowl, and it gets sucked up with the last of the broth, with any other broken bits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I eat all around the outside of a sandwich, leaving a yummy centre piece with the most stuff in it and no crust, to be relished in a couple of bites (after spinning around looking for the best bit).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Little candies (skittles, smarties, and the like) are eaten only one at a time so the flavours don't get mixed up, and I have to look at it first to see what colour/flavour it is. Drives me crazy to see someone pop a handful into their mouth without even looking at them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Skittles, M & M's and the like all eaten individually and IN ORDER. Yellows or browns, the oranges, then greens then reds, pinks/purples, blues. And in my heart of hearts I do believe that M&M's taste differently, and blue is the best. Frankly I can't watch the disorganized eat those candies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We should get together -- you can have all my nasty blue M&Ms! My color preference, in order of least to most favorite: blue, red, brown, orange, yellow, green. I eat the blue M&M's normally to get them out of the way, and then eat each other M&M individually, cracking the candy between my teeth and then eating the chocolate last.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JennS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                emme & jenn, re: M&Ms....have you two seen the movie "the wedding planner?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: MrsCris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is my sandwich strategy as well. And if my sandwich is cut into two uneven halves, I'll eat the smaller one first, unless I plan on saving one half for later (like at a restaurant), in which case it's the reverse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sub sandwiches usually get dissected when I start to feel full, and I'll just eat the cheese and veggies, sometimes bread if it has sauce, but never the meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also like to crush snack foods like potato chips or a bag of cookies into little bits before I eat them, both because I think they taste better that way and so that I can snack for longer without eating as much (or so I tell myself).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When eating peanut butter with a spoon, I like to stick it straight down into the jar and pull it out, so that it comes up coated. I lick the bottom first and then the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ice cream must be eaten from the carton only, and straight across so that there is an even level at all times (until the sides start to melt, then those get eaten away faster).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I never drink the last sip of anything, except maybe water if I'm very thirsty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Olallieberry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                funny about the ice cream, I'm the opposite. I like melted ice cream therefore I'm eating around the edges because it melts faster. Hubby finishes ice cream so much faster then me because I'm fearful of brain freeze so I eat as it melts. I take out ice cream from the freezer several minutes before serving to get it nice a soft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Olallieberry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ooh, ooh, peanut butter, the silliest of all, when starting a new jar, I try to leave intact as much of the smooth top part as I can for as long as possible. I'll dig deep into the jar time after time just to leave that little bit of smooth on top. DH hardly ever eats PB, but when he does, inevitably he just scoops right across the top without a thought. But hey, it's just PB, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lisavf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    interesting, when i open a jar of whatever (be it mayo or jams), i scrape off the top layer first, i think in a weird way not to offend any of the layer? (i have a fear of hurting my food's feelings)... however, PB gets opened and an "S" gets drawn in the top first because that's what my mom did (and she did that growing up as the S for Skippy.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Okay here's my contribution to this incredibly entertaining thread:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I find that once I pour milk into a bowl for cereal, that the temperature of the milk is not cold enough because the bowl was room temp. So I started freezing my cereal bowl with a little milk and leave it in for about 15 minutes and voila! Slightly frozen milk on the edges with really cold milk in the center. I like to mix the icy bits and the cereal all together so I get like a cereal slushy with every bite. It's delicious. My sister used to think I was crazy, but then she tried it once and does the same now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: baloney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, no...now I'm going to have to try that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TiaRaye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Same, darn, now adding 15 min to my morning. hmmmm put the bowl in the freezer while I'm in the shower......I gotta try this, as it is I refuse to drink milk that's not cold enough, also why I drink skim. No proof, but I maintain that because there is less fat it gets colder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please report back, TR and starlady! I hope it works out well. I really can't eat my cereal without doing this now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: baloney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, I did it, LOVE IT! but I didn't add enough milk to the bowl before it was put in the freezer. Next time I'll know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yummy cereal slushy on a hot summers day!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hoorah! Another convert. We shall take over the world!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: baloney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did it! It was almost like eating Mini-Wheat ice cream!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you so much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. A few years ago when my then-girlfriend, now fiancée, used to order chicken with broccoli from a Chinese takeout place near her dorm, before eating anything she would proceed to pick out each individual piece of broccoli and place it on the side of her plate. She would do this with great focus, eyes wide open, nostrils flaring to take in the aroma of the food while working. Then she would only eat the smaller pieces of broccoli, leaving the larger ones to throw away (or give to me).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the summer of that year, we were at her house in Queens with her brother and ordered delivery from a nearby "Panda House", both of them choosing chicken with broccoli. Whe