I always enjoy _____, no matter how bad it is.
- RealMenJulienne Oct 20, 2008 10:25 AM
Keep in mind I am not talking about trashy or junk foods here. I am talking about good foods which you love regardless of quality of preparation.
I have eaten probably thousands of gyros in my life, most of which must objectively be considered terrible. These gyros were bought from seedy shacks, state fair booths, and Chicago Gyro at 38th and Meridian in Indianapolis. With one glaring exception - where some joker had dumped Spanish rice in it - I have enjoyed every bite of processed lamb loaf, limp onions, mealy tomatoes, pale cucumbers, and "tzatziki" made with sour cream that I have ever had.
Chicken wings are the same way. If a chicken wing is cooked and is covered in some sort of sauce, it immediately bypasses all the critical mechanisms I apply to other foods. Is the skin soggy and gummy? Does the sauce taste like something in which you might dip a Mcnugget? Is the meat bone-dry? In many cases, yes, yes, and yes. Did any of these things lessen my enjoyment one bit? NO.
The last one - and this one I am actually somewhat ashamed of - is sushi. I will happily eat any combination of vinegar rice, sesame seeds, and nori. Been sitting in the supermarket case all day? Mix up enough soy sauce and wasabi and I'll eat it with a smile. This makes me popular when I go out for sushi with friends, since I never fight over the expensive stuff like the tuna.
Good question. Though you say no trashy/junk foods, I think for something to achieve this status it has to be reasonably simple enough that poor ingredients or preparation are not enough to ruin the concept.
For me it's
1.) pizza- I love really good pizza and will pay ridiculous amounts for what most people get for $5 but if I have pennies to my name and have to feed myself out of a grocery store freezer case, or choke down TGIFriday's with coworkers, I'll go for pizza.
2.) chili - Homemade chili is so good and easy, I'll never understand how people mess this up, but even when they do, I'll eat it. If forced to do fast food, I usually end up with Wendy's chili, and don't even mind that much.
Bagels. Living in New York I have developed a true appreciation for the real thing, but I could still eat a Lender's frozen bagel and like it.
Can't decide whether I agree with pizza or not. On the one hand, yes, I would (and do) eat crappy pizza...on the other hand, good pizza is so $#*$ing good.
I have to say, I'd eat any quality tacos, as well.