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Sep 19, 2008 07:27 AM

You don't like that?!

Recently a conversation with my friends centered around widely loved foods that I just don't like. They were giving me a hard time(in good fun) because a lot of the food I love, they find weird, but some foods I dislike, they thought EVERYONE enjoyed.

The list includes
-parmigiano reggiano(I stil use it in recipes that call for it, but don't find it special)
-bacon and/or cheese on burgers
-french fries
-potato chips
-chicken noodle soup

Ever had the experience of not loving a widely accepted food and being the odd (wo)man out?


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  1. I don't like a lot of fruits. I find they taste like perfume. So when everyone is excited about peach season, they don't understand why I'm not. My mom has trouble remembering and keeps offering me peach pie to take home.

    Soft drinks. I don't like anything carbonated.

    1. I agree with most things on your list. I don't see the allure of french fries unless they are prepared like the ones I have had in France and Belguim.
      My additions to the list:
      Brussel sprouts
      Lima beans
      Mangos and Papayas

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      1. re: Pampatz

        Mangos? When you can buy them "para hoy" in Michoacan? I'm surprised..

        1. re: Pampatz

          I doubt that everyone supposedly loves brussels sprouts, and Lima beans.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            Yeah, you were right, Sam, IMHO. I love roasted Brussels sprouts and pureed Limas, but my family won't touch either.

          2. re: Pampatz

            mangos and papayas - here, here - i think they taste like dirt

            1. re: Emme

              I get that dirt flavor from a mango every once in a blue moon. I've never had an ataulfo (called champagne, too?) taste that way, though.

                1. re: moonmau

                  thank you for the correction. in fact, i likely meant, here here -- me here doesn't like it.

                  1. re: Emme


                    I don't think you did, but it's a rather common mistake people make '-)

                2. re: Emme

                  I don't mind papaya, but the mangos taste like pine trees. :/ I like them in smoothies with other fruits, but not alone.

              1. Ketchup. I hate ketchup. I'll put anything but ketchup on my fries (mayo, malt vinegar, ranch dressing, honey, brown gravy).

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                1. re: CeeBee

                  that's hilarious. i'll put ketchup on anything.

                  1. re: CeeBee

                    i totally agree. i hate ketchup and think it ruins a perfectly delicious french fry. Now mayonnaise on the other hand i think is a perfect fried spud condiment

                    1. re: asiansensation007

                      Third here. I cannot stand it. I once bought some in the early 2000s, you know, just in case I need it, and then discovered the un-opened bottle 7 years later. It was maroon in color, and even more scarier than its natural state.

                    2. re: CeeBee

                      Agree. Ketchup is my most reviled condiment. I can't help but look down on it. The only thing I use it for is to put a glaze on a meatloaf.

                      1. re: vorpal

                        While I don't put ketchup ON anything I will put it in. Hard to make a good bbq sauce without it.

                    3. I don't like most sweets, especially chocolate. Rarely have dessert.
                      Recently I added green papaya to my Do-Not-Like list.

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                      1. re: Gio

                        Gio, at least you tried green papaya. Kudos for bravery. :)

                      2. Hmm..I agree about the potato chips, for the most part, though I did have ones that were freshly-made which were pretty good. Others on my list:
                        Olives (Olive oil is just fine though)
                        Strawberries (they are ok if really, really ripe)
                        Chicken Wings
                        Bananas (its a texture thing)
                        Orange, Apple and Grape juice
                        I am allergic to dairy products, so whenever people rave about great pizza/cheese/ice cream/milk chocolate I am automatically out of the conversation. If/when I explain that I can't eat dairy products their reaction is "But how do you LIVE?".

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                        1. re: pickledtink

                          pickledtink, I'm mostly with you on this one.

                          Olives and raisins gross me out, and while I *LOVE* dairy, it makes me sick. I have been known to damn the torpedos and eat ice cream now and then and just suffer the consequences.

                          1. re: pickledtink

                            some similarities here...
                            hate olives *and* olive oil
                            hate bananas - taste not texture
                            strawberries (and i'm allergic)
                            avocadoes and guacamole (people don't seem to get that *their* guacamole will taste no better than anyone else's because it's still made from avocadoes)
                            mangos, papayas
                            bell peppers
                            black beans, actually most beans are not yummy to me
                            blue cheeses
                            white potatoes (love the skin though)
                            nuts (except pistachios)

                            gosh, i sound impossible to feed.

                            1. re: Emme

                              Oooh, finally someone else who doesn't like black beans! I do love every other kind I've tried, but something about the black beans just turns me off. Not the appearance, it's the flavor.

                              1. re: Emme

                                I like Emme's comment about the guacamole. I like guacamole, but can also understand that some people don't. Why do people continue to advocate for a food choice even when they know the person they are talking to/eating with doesn't like that food choice? Is it a rejection thing? Example: I like avocados. You don't like avocados. That must mean you don't like me, or I am not worthy.

                                I also get annoyed when my husband gets into this "come on, try it" war with me or with one of the kids. Why can't people accept that sometimes you just don't want to "try it"? It's not that you are rejecting THEM, you are just rejecting that particular food at that particular time.

                                Food I don't like:

                                eggs that looke like eggs, with a separate yolk and white. Scrambled or in an omlette are just fine. Not egg salad. I know, weird.

                                Fish, if I have to prepare it. If it's prepared by & served to me by someone else, that's OK.

                                There are also a bunch of things I HATED as a kid, but now like:

                                brussel sprouts
                                lima beans

                                1. re: PattiCakes

                                  The way your husband asks you to try something is completely between the two of you, but you just answered your own question about why people may ask you to try something: things you hated in the past you may like now. Tastes change.

                                  1. re: gini

                                    Gini, I'm sorry if I hit a nerve with you; it's possible you did not grasp my point. It's not the initial offering of "come on, try it", it's the 3rd, 4th 5th or 6th insistance when it has become patently obvious thay the potential "trier" really doesn't to try it at that point. It's the "you really don't understand what' you like or not so I am going to force you to be educated in order to raise you tastes to the lofty level of my tastes". It's also the underlying attitude that someone else's tastes are better than yours. And it's not just my husband. Here's a sample conversation: "What! You don't like cheese? How can you not like cheese? Come on, try a bite. No, come on try some. I know you'll like it if you just try it. Hey Joe, can you believe she doesn't like cheese? Aw, come on try it. You won't even try it? You may like it, you know. Well, I guess you'll just never know what you are missing."

                                    Yes, our tastes change, but they should be allowed to change in their own good time. Maybe it's me, but I tend to appreciate something more if I have some ownership or control in the discovery and the process.

                                    1. re: PattiCakes

                                      You don't like cheese?!?! :P J/K.

                                      1. re: gini

                                        wow this conversation really struck a nerve with me. There are thousands of different cheeses in the world all with different tastes and textures all completely different from one another. I hate gouda ,ok. I hate american cheese, fine. I hate swiss, I will accept. I hate all cheese, no way now you have crossed a line. That is like me not liking a chair and saying "i hate furniture." Just silly unless you are lactose intolerant in which case you should still love cheese but hate the cramping.

                                        1. re: keith2000

                                          Exactly. I spoke below about 2 coworkers of mine who hate all cheese. Just doesn't make sense to me!

                                          1. re: keith2000

                                            I am not lactose intolerant and I hate ALL cheese. Why is that hard to believe? And yes, I have tried numerous kinds over many many years. Just the smell of parm makes me queasy and the bagel guys know to make mine with lox, NO cream cheese or there will be wrath to pay! :} The only exception is possibly ricotta, but only in cake form, and only if made so sweet that I cannot tell there is any cheese in there:} How is my dislike of cheese silly when I am an adult and clearly know that I simply do not like it?

                                            1. re: NicoleFriedman

                                              I guess the reason why I find it hard to believe is that it's sort of like someone saying they hate all fruit, or all vegetables, or all meat. Just like parmesan cheese is totally different from cheddar, and has a totally different flavor and texture, an apple is totally different than a banana. I guess in my experience people don't tend to hate entire groups of something like that. I guess that's why it doesn't make sense to me. I'm sorry if I offended!

                                              1. re: Solstice444

                                                No offence taken:} I must admit though it can be frustrating even though I understand where you are coming from- because I've had to explain numerous times "Yes I've tried gouda, cheddar, ricotta, parm, soft cheese, semi hard cheese, hard cheese, french cheese, cheese from antarctica..." Admittedly I've never tried Sardinian maggot cheese, but then again I doubt most people have either:} At some point, they do get it! :}

                                              2. re: NicoleFriedman

                                                I'm with you Nicole, I DON'T like cheese. I think it's so overrated. The only one I can kind of handle is parm on occasion (only sprinkled).

                                              3. re: keith2000

                                                My adult son loathes dairy, including cheese. Didn't get it from me, but he's been like that from birth.

                                              4. re: PattiCakes

                                                Research suggests that many people have to try a new food 10 times before they come to like it.

                                            2. re: PattiCakes

                                              it's so weird how pedantic and righteous people get about certain foods and getting people to love them/their food... my grandmother is notorious for this conversation:
                                              Me: I don't like _____.
                                              Her: Yes you do. You love it.
                                              Me: No, I really don't.
                                              Her: You love it; you ate it all the time with me as a kid. Don't be stupid.
                                              Me: No, I really don't like it. I don't think I ate it as a kid, and if I did, I didn't like it.
                                              Her: What the hell is the matter with you? With a mouth like that, you're not gonna have any friends.
                                              Me: You're probably right.

                                              "Come on, try it" is so irritating... I'll try anything once, unless it's made of inredients I'm allergic too and/or don't like... smothered in blue cheese? Not gonna like it. Filled w/ bananas? I'm sure, thanks. Made w/ gluten? Yes, yours too will upset my stomach, I'm certain.

                                              1. re: Emme

                                                I'm going to argue the other side of this. My boyfriend has some pretty particular tastes, and there are some things he just doesn't like. I respect that.

                                                BUT there are tons of things he hasn't tried and just assumes he won't like - like, say, pesto or Indian food. I know he likes similar things (ie, basil for the pesto) but he just doesn't want to try something unfamiliar.

                                                It's really hard for me when we eat together if he won't even give new foods a chance before ruling them out. If he tries something and still doesn't like it, fair enough - but at least try a bite off my plate.

                                                1. re: piccola

                                                  piccola, i feel your pain on this one. my sister is the same way. she insists that she just *knows* she won't like certain things, so she refuses to try them. i just don't get that. HOW can you know what something will taste like if you've never tried it?? it drives me nuts.

                                                  she's never tasted shellfish of any kind - says she thinks she just won't like the taste & that it doesn't appeal to her...yet she'll eat tuna salad made with canned tuna, which is some of the fishiest stuff on the planet.

                                                  and she thinks I'M insane because i love herbs & spicy food, and i don't like most of the stuff she lives on, like ice cream, milk chocolate, sugared cereals, bottled salad dressing, & ketchup.

                                                  people are weird.

                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                    I'm the same way with my boyfriend!!! It drives me nuts! He just won't try anything, and thinks I'm weird for eating what I do.

                                                  2. re: piccola

                                                    I'm with both PattiCakes and Piccola. Regarding Piccola's point, I get frustrated when someone refuses to try something just once -- how can you assume you won't like something before you know what it tastes like?

                                                    On the other hand (PattiCakes' point), if it's the third or fourth time someone's tried something and they really don't like it, it's rude to keep trying. I may not be picky with my food, but it's no personal insult to me if other people are.

                                                    1. re: amtriska

                                                      Late reply, but yes -- after a couple tries, don't push it. Nobody likes being nagged.

                                                    2. re: piccola

                                                      I'll try to get my kids to sample new foods and expand their horizons, but I don't push. If they see me enjoying it they'll get curious eventually. :)

                                                      1. re: piccola

                                                        The problem is that people become picky, picky, picky with perfectly good food, and then they expect me to respect their pickiness! Why on earth would I respect that? I may acknowledge it, but I don't think pickiness in food is any more worthy of respect than pickiness in anything else. There are about three foods that I really don't like, and I don't eat them, but I also don't expect anyone to give me respect for my choices. Somehow it seems weird to me that the whole thing gets mixed with "respect." Then what about the respect that picky eaters should give those of us who eat nearly anything?

                                                        Sorry -- it's late and it's possible this is just a rant.

                                                        1. re: piccola

                                                          The problem is that people become picky, picky, picky with perfectly good food, and then they expect me to respect their pickiness! Why on earth would I respect that? I may acknowledge it, but I don't think pickiness in food is any more worthy of respect than pickiness in anything else. There are about three foods that I really don't like, and I don't eat them, but I also don't expect anyone to give me respect for my choices. Somehow it seems weird to me that the whole thing gets mixed with "respect." Then what about the respect that picky eaters should give those of us who eat nearly anything?

                                                          Sorry -- it's late and it's possible this is just a rant. (Now this isn't a duplicate post -- the other one isn't saving!)

                                                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                            Damn- I feel the exact same way! Thanks for pointing that out. It seems to me that picky people tend to think of us nonpicky types as being not very discriminating, or even gluttonous, for reasons I don't understand. To let themselves feel superior, perhaps?

                                                            I usually try to keep it to myself, but I will say that I never would have married a picky eater, though. Life's too short.

                                                            One more thing- I wouldn't dream of looking at your meal and saying "ewwwww- how can you eat that?"- and I expect the exact same courtesy from you. "Respect", my eye.

                                                      2. re: PattiCakes

                                                        It isn't always a rejection thing Patti. Understand that there is a ton of otherwise deliscious food that is prepared very badly. You gave the example of guacamole. Guac is one of those blank canvas foods (much like potatoes). It can taste like pretty much anything depending on how the cook makes it. I have had a lot of very bad guac in my day but I still love it because I know it's potential. I simply hate definitive statements. To say that "I hate all guac!" is such a closed minded statement to me. This is when I advocate for a food. If I feed a person the best guac on the planet and they still don't like it then fine i accept that. If someone has only eaten that garbage in the plastic tub then I simply can't accept that as a catalyst to hate the food forever. Also, kudos to your husband. Kids should have to try new things otherwise you get young adults who won't eat anything but fried chicken fingers.

                                                        1. re: keith2000

                                                          I hate all guac. How would you prepare guac to change my mind? What is the best guac on the planet?

                                                          1. re: stephanieh

                                                            you'll never get consensus on the best guac on the planet

                                                            1. re: stephanieh

                                                              Nevermind. Not the point of my post.

                                                              1. re: keith2000

                                                                Your point seemed to be that if someone said they didn't like something, you became a "food advocate" (in your own words). Yet, you refuse to help me like guac, which was the example you chose. So, instead, can you provide any example where your food advocacy worked and you brought someone over from the dark side?

                                                                1. re: stephanieh

                                                                  ok steph you win. I can't help you. I could say a lot more but I am sure that you would only see the parts that make you right and me wrong. This conversation makes me both bored and sad.

                                                                  1. re: keith2000

                                                                    Nope, you're neither bored nor sad. You just don't want to invest the brain power in an argument.

                                                            2. re: keith2000

                                                              I didn't like guac until I was in my 30s, and it had nothing to do with how it was prepared. It was just the texture of mashed avacado itself that turned me off on it- didn't like the mouth feel at all. Tried it again after a couple year gap, and I didn't have the same texture issues about it that I used to.

                                                              And you can find some decent grocery store guac these days. Our preferred brand brags that it is 97% avacado, and has a minimal but nice mix of spices added to it. (And oddly enough, it costs the same per tub as the stuff next to it that is like 60% sour cream)

                                                              1. re: beachmouse

                                                                Thanks beachmouse! I may be ready to give guac another shot, if I can find one that's mostly avocado. I think my issues were mostly with texture as well, but I don't remember liking the flavor either. I'll admit, it's been awhile, but we eat Mexican food out all the time, and every now and then they sneak some on my plate (which used to gross me out). It's one of the only things I can think of that I have an issue with the actual color, as well as texture and taste. We recently went out with friends who ordered some as an appetizer and they were enjoying it so much, I was a little curious. But, I didn't want to try it in front of them (in case I made a weird face). They weren't exactly offering to share, either. (And, contrary to what a lot of CHs believe, I wasn't screaming at them "OMG I can't believe you're eating that foul disgusting stuff". I wasn't even thinking it. I was thinking, "maybe that's better than what I remembered".) It did look different than what I've seen before. It kind of had a fresher more homemade look. I'll see if I can get past my issues.

                                                                1. re: stephanieh

                                                                  Sometimes the guac has a high proportion of what I would think of as salsa ingredients, chopped tomato etc. So mixing some salsa into the guac might help, or then, you might decide you'd ruined some perfectly good salsa.

                                                                  I understand about it being a texture thing, that's my problem too with most foods I don't like. Don't get me started about raw celery.

                                                                  1. re: Louise

                                                                    Louise - i'm always curious about people's texture issues [i have a couple of my own]. what is it specifically about the texture of celery that turns you off? stringiness?

                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                      The strings!! ugh... I shudder just to think of it, it sends shivers down my spine, seriously.... And the same with the pith of oranges... Removing it has become such a chore that I've abandoned eating oranges entirely... solely clementines for me :(

                                                                    2. re: Louise

                                                                      Hmmm. Weird. I don't mind raw celery, but am not a fan of cooked. Same with green peppers. And texture has nothing to do with it. Jello on the other hand... <shudders>

                                                                      1. re: Louise

                                                                        I also hate raw celery...and bok choy for the same reason. Not only is it the stringiness and smell, it's the sound in my head it makes when I crunch on it.

                                                                        Now I feel crazy. :P

                                                                        1. re: silleehillee

                                                                          i, for one, don't think you're crazy, silleehillee. the mere thought of dried coconut of squeaking between my teeth makes me shudder.

                                                                        2. re: Louise

                                                                          I don't like raw celery either, but really just b/c of the taste...I feel like it tastes like nothing. I think it's b/c my mom craved celery when she was pregnant with me. I must've gotten sick of it in the womb!

                                                                          1. re: Louise

                                                                            As a follow up... we ate at a Mexican restaurant today, and my meal came with guac on the side. I tasted it... just a really tiny bite... and then another... and it wasn't as disagreeable as I'd thought it would be. I can't say I like it yet. There's still a bit of a texture issue. Not to mention that this particular guac seemed to have the high ratio of sour cream that beachmouse noted. (And I love sour cream, so can't figure out why that's a turn off when it's in guac, but it is). Baby steps.

                                                                      2. re: keith2000

                                                                        I'm with Keith. My wife is free to choose whatever she likes to satisfy her tastes, but the kids are required to try things that they've never had before. That's no problem for my daughter - she understands that if she tries it and doesn't like it, I'm OK with that and she never has to try it again. My son, on the other hand, is a much more difficult case - he has Asperger's Syndrome and has an extremely limited list of things he'll eat. When he was 6 that list included about 10 things, and 2 years later we've got it up to about 20. But he still knows he has to try it, and eventually he does. And he is one of those kids that used to love something and now will refuse to eat it, until he's made to try it again, then he loves it again...go figure.

                                                                        And thanks to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution I was able to show my kids how chicken nuggets are made - they won't touch them now, and I'm grateful. One more processed garbage item that they don't ask for.

                                                                      3. re: PattiCakes

                                                                        Ditto on the fish...I love most kinds but for some reason have trouble eating it when I prepare it.

                                                                        1. re: Fromageball

                                                                          I didn't realize there were others like this! Imagine catching fresh pickerel on a fly-in fishing trip but having to find someone to cook it for you!

                                                                      4. re: Emme

                                                                        To some, cilantro takes like soap, it is thought to be genetic. I love it, but you may want to visit

                                                                        1. re: dvsndvs

                                                                          I hate cilantro. It does taste like soap. It's foul and nasty!!! I can eat it in small amounts in salsa or guac, but if I can smell it, or see large pieces, then it probably tastes way too strong.

                                                                          1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                            That's how I feel bout dill, but I could eat my way through a field of cilantro and love every bite.

                                                                      5. re: pickledtink

                                                                        +1 on strawberries. Most berries, really. I love them once they've been macerated or are IN something. A fresh, naked berry just doesn't really do it for me.