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What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

Aside from the obvious things you might find on Fear Factor, what's the one basic food you just can't tolerate. It can't be because you are allergic to, or medically have to stay away from, just something your taste buds say - get out of my mouth when you try to eat it.
This is the kind of scale I'm talking about--- I don't like fresh corriander, but I would it if someone gave me $5.00, but I wouldn't eat a spoonful of goat cheese for $5.00, I'd need at least $25.00 to eat it.

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  1. Eggs. The smell alone makes me gag. I wish I liked them, because the idea of omlettes is appealing, but I haven't been able to since I was 6 years old. Not an allergy, just an aversion. It would take way more than $25 to get me to eat them. I could probably gag down creme brulee for $100 if there were enough caramel sauce.

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    1. re: BeeZee

      I'm in your camp. I even have trouble making hard boiled eggs for my wife

      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

        I love eggs, but only if they're prepared in one of the few ways that I like (particularly fried with the yolk still raw, i.e. over light). Soft boiled and hard boiled eggs make me gag, and I think I'd need about $100 to motivate me to eat one. The rubbery appearance of the white is sending my stomach into flip-flops just thinking about it.

        1. re: vorpal

          What about raw eggs? I used to have one for breakfast every morning, in the 60's before corporate salmonilla became so prevalent.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            I've never tried a raw egg just on its own (in mayo and ice cream, yes). Did you eat it on something or with any flavouring added to it?

            1. re: vorpal

              I was playing high school football and my dad and uncles told me to eat a raw eggs to bulk up. Duh, so I ate raw eggs mixed in milk or as shooters from the shell. The dumbness does not stop, in my twenties, I used to plop one in my beer for better nutrition. I still love soft "snotty" boiled eggs, but use local organic. Eat raw eggs on steak tartare too. Biut I'll still take a fresh raw egg over the powdered scrambled eggs or the scrambled eggs w/ ham in my C-rations packages 'Nam, any day!

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                My dad would crack an egg into a glass and drink it. I think he would out a dash of worsteshire sauce in it too. I tried it once, not so bad, nothing I want to do again.
                I thought of one more to add to my list. Chipped beef, $20.00 .

                1. re: michele cindy

                  In the military also called SOS! Still a lot better than C-rations, though.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    Ohh-Rah! I loved Sh** on a Shingle (cream chipped-beef on burnt toast), still kinda nostalgic for it. Though I think you have to have been in the military to truly look back on something like that with fondness.....

                    1. re: bwinter714

                      I love the stuff too! I never served in the military, but my WW II vet Dad used to make it every few weeks and we enjoyed it for breakfast.
                      Got me hooked on it.

                      1. re: bwinter714

                        I was raised Quaker, and I look back on it with fondness!

                        1. re: bwinter714

                          My mom alwas made that SH** on a Shingle..but don't remember my toast being burnt..hahaha. I loved the chipped beef with the cream sauce. Think I'll try it again soon.

                      2. re: Passadumkeg

                        "I still love soft "snotty" boiled eggs, but use local organic. Eat raw eggs on steak tartare too."
                        Ditto, ditto! Also like a raw egg broken onto freshly pan-fried skinny egg or rice noodles or wide flat rice noodles (with meats & veggies), e.g. "wat tan ngow yook cheen heong mai fun" :-)

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          I think a lot of us had the same idea thanks to the movie "Rocky" - when I was an underweight high-schooler, I used to whip some raw eggs into my morning orange juice. It did make it nice and frothy.
                          But I love eggs, I'll eat any kind of egg (especially runny)

                        2. re: vorpal

                          Hasn't anyone had egg nog made from scratch? Yes, before the chemical laden cartons of egg nog people would whip it up in a blender with, yes, raw eggs and drink it. Never killed me.

                          1. re: Googs

                            my sister made it, but it was cooked, and was like a custard-style. talk about decadent!!

                            1. re: Googs

                              Egg Nog was what my Mom made for us when we were sick. With a lovely dash of nutmeg on the top. Would be wonderful if I dared try that now. We also drank raw milk that had thick cream that rose to the top when it was super cold outside and it sat a while after the milkman delivered it. We were allowed to have it on our hot oatmeal. OH YUM!

                              1. re: Googs

                                My mom used to make it once in a great while- we went through tons of eggs and gallons of cream and buckets of nutmeg, never mind parrels of brandy.

                          2. re: vorpal

                            I love eggs, but only if they're cooked completely through! Fried eggs I always break the yolk and flip the egg, never soft-boil and I cook scrambled all the way through also.

                        3. re: BeeZee

                          I'm so happy to see other egg averse people here! I have a theory that my aversion is tied to the timing of breakfast stops for everyone else right about the time my motion sickness kicked in on family trips.

                          The only other food I will absolutely not eat is mayonnaise. The thought of getting a perfectly good sandwich with mayo by mistake almost makes me cry.

                          1. re: mpjmph

                            Thats how I am about anything with Miracle Whip. Just ruins it for me.

                            1. re: laliz

                              miracle whip ruins everything you put it on. real mayo is the only way to go, even better homemade...

                              1. re: heavysouldarlin

                                I could start a new topic, there are things I can't eat but only for a lot of money, then there are things that I am afraid to eat, Miracle Whip is one, the other is SPAM. They just give me the willies!

                                1. re: michele cindy

                                  Let me rock your world then, when I worked in a fish and chip shop, the owner's wife used to bring Spam, Miracle Whip, and sourdough bread to make sandwiches as a treat/break from the fried stuff. Pretty darn tasty, too.

                                  1. re: buttertart

                                    The Little Shop of Horrors Chippery? A horror film in the making.

                                    1. re: michele cindy

                                      Beaucoup fresh-made Colman's mustard was the icing on the cake. San Francisco sourdough. I could go for one right now.

                                  2. re: michele cindy

                                    I've gone through SPAM therapy; no joke.

                                    1. re: michele cindy

                                      Do you eat hotdogs, kielbasa, pork sausage of any kind? Or ham? Spam is spiced pork shoulder and ham. That's all it is. It's the same as pork hotdogs. Slice it and fry it and eat it as a breakfast meat and you might change your mind. Or not, but Spam is not mystery meat, at least not any more of a mystery than sausage and ham.

                                      1. re: John E.

                                        thats not exactly true. ham is a primal - sausage and spam are ground from various bits and pieces

                                        1. re: thew

                                          You are right however I was refering to the flavor and texture and the fact that Spam is made from ham.

                                          1. re: John E.

                                            but it isnt really just ham - its pork from all over the pig

                                            1. re: thew

                                              According to Hormel, it's from the ham (rear leg) and shoulder (front leg) also known as a picnic ham (uncured and smoked). My point is mostly about flavor abd the fact that Spam is not "mystery meat" or "Frankenmeat", it's pork shoulder and ham (rear leg).

                                              1. re: thew

                                                @thew-"... its pork from all over the pig..."

                                                Is that necessarily a bad thing? (other than the massive amounts of sodium added as far as SPAM is concerned).
                                                After all, the best hamburgers (for example) are made from cuts from 'all over the cow'. :-)

                                                I would agree with John E. that Spam is not mystery meat at all.
                                                Of course, Spam_ is_ nonetheless a great starting point for all kinds of jokes.
                                                It's really not all that bad, though.

                                          2. re: John E.

                                            I am not big on pork hot dogs, I prefer beef, so sam I am I will not eat that thing called spam!

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              SPAM is devil spelled backwards in Lavonian.

                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                Spam is no more evil than is any other pork sausage/ham product.

                                                1. re: John E.

                                                  Totally disagree....SPAM is EVIL!!! Just the look and smell of it would have me "running for the hills".....I have to admit I do love sausage, chorizo, saucisson....but SPAM is a totally different product. Would add scrapple to the "bad" list also. I know it's very hypocritical...but that's just the way it is!!!!

                                                  1. re: Phoebe

                                                    How many times have you had fried Spam?

                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                      Three meals a day for 3 weeks straight. Good morning Vietnam. Wounded there 44 years ago toay.

                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                        My father was a depression-era child who would eat anything my mom made - he was grateful to have food. There was only one thing he told my mom he never wanted to see on his plate - spam. That was because he had been forced to eat it so much in the Army (WWII).

                                                        1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                          Very true. We should be grateful to have so much food.
                                                          I also agree about the spam... My mother used to make it occasionally; with a brown sugar and mustard glaze. It was so unappetizing....

                                                        2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                          Thank you for your service. I have two cousins, brothers actually. The older brother somehow got into an army band and played that for 2 years in the mid '60s. His little brother by two years got the same exotic vacation that you had. I've never asked him about Spam, but I will sometime. I do know that he refused to go on a fishing trip with the rest of the younger cousins unless we rented a cabin. He said he wouldn't sleep on the ground even in tent because he did that too long for about a nickel a day.

                                                          (I think eating ANYTHING for 63 meals straight would put a person off that food forever).

                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                            (I think eating ANYTHING for 63 meals straight would put a person off that food forever).

                                                            Yes ... I ate dal bhaat twice a day for 2 years in the Peace Corps (Nepal). The only way I could get through it was to tell myself that once I was out I would never eat it again. I've made good on that promise except for a couple of times when Peace Corps friends invited me for dinner and cooked it.

                                                            1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                                              Rice and lentils, right? Did you ever tell those Peace Corps friends about your experience with that food? (Or perhaps were they with you and it was a joke for everyone?)

                                                              I have a nephew that spent a year in Costa Rica and I'm pretty sure he's given up black beans and rice, not that he has trouble avoiding it anyway, it's not really a staple in the northern latitudes of the U.S.

                                                              I have noticed that many cultures outside of the U.S. eat like dogs, meaning they are willing to eat the same thing everyday like our pets do. My mother used to say that about my father. When he liked a particular dish, and if there were a ton of leftovers, he was willing to eat the same thing for days on end, like a dog, while my mother was not willing to eat like that.

                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                Well, dal bhat is a STAPLE food, ditto beans & rice in many countries. They are eaten with differing complements of vegetables, meats (if the diners are not vegetarian) &etc. Rice is also the STAPLE food of many societies and cuisines around the world, complemented with many different vegetables, meats, dairy (more in Western cuisines) etc etc. These people *could* eat boiled white rice - or rice & beans - *every day*. So all these people eat like dogs? Well, I could also say that *many* folks in the US also eat like dogs because they eat the same thing, potatoes, every day. Certainly folks who eat bread every day and feel lost if they don't have bread for even one day are even more extreme in their dog-ness. :-)

                                                                Let's distinguish between staple foods and exact replicates (such as fried spam and nothing else) everyday.

                                                                p.s. Careful about calling entire swaths of people "like dogs", especially when combined with identifying them as folks outside the US. :-)

                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                  My intent was not to insult anyone. I should have phrased my post better. What my mother actually said was that my father would be willing to eat like a dog, that is to eat the same food every single day. When she said that she was referencing leftovers. My other point was that it seems like most Americans do not necessarily eat the same thing for 2 or more meals per day every day of the year. You focused on the reference to the eating habits of dogs rather than the point I was poorly attempting to make. I did not actually make a comparison of dogs to the people of other countries. I was referencing the fact that we feed our canines the same thing every day and yet we don't seem to eat the same thing every day. I'm sorry if you chose to be offended.

                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                    Thanks for the clarification.

                                                                    I wasn't choosing to be offended, I was startled by the comparison you were making.

                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                      Is there any particular food you like enough that you could eat it every day, day in and day out?

                                                                      The Cajun branch of my family tends to eat white rice day in and day out, at multiple meals per day, for years, without getting tired of it. What goes with the rice varies but the rice is also eaten by itself pretty regularly, maybe with a bit of butter for flavor.

                                                                      That is sort of like my dogs being happy to eat the same dog food every day. My cats want variety and cry for different stuff even when their kibble bowls are full.

                                                                      I think I'm more cat but there are a couple of foods I could eat day in and day out. Jasmine rice is one, natto is another, but I'd surely never get tired of my favorite breakfast food, toast with vegemite-extra virgin olive oil-peanut butter mixture on it. Everyone around here thinks it's weird but I do have jags of eating it day in and day out, happy as a clam, just like my dogs I guess! LOL

                                                                      1. re: krsyindove

                                                                        I don't think there are many, if any, foods I could eat multiple times a day, every day. I do eat a banana for breakfast but even that is not every day, mostly because the bananas we have are not always ripe to my liking every day. While I realize there are probably 3 billion people on Earth who eat rice several times a day I am not one of them. An interesting observation to be made is that it seems Americans have a more varied diet than people of most other countries. The obvious reason for this is we have the most varied ethnicity of our citizens. My original post to on this subject has taught me to explain my points a bit better than I did with this one, I hope so anyway.

                                                                      2. re: John E.

                                                                        <<most Americans do not necessarily eat the same thing for 2 or more meals per day every day of the year>>

                                                                        when i worked in a restaurant near my college, i had half the engineering department coming in and ordering the exact same thing for lunch EVERY DAY.
                                                                        i bet that if the restaurant were closer to the art department, it would have been an ENTIRELY different experience. . . .

                                                                    2. re: John E.

                                                                      Yes, lentils and rice, with some tarkari (vegetable(s) and achar ("chutney" - to put a kind spin on it). On rare, special, lucky days, a fried egg, ghee, raksi or water buffalo yogurt might be included. It can be horrible or delicious - depending on the talent of the cook and what they have available to them.

                                                                      And yes, they went through the experience with me so it was kind of a joke - and besides, if someone else is cooking, I'll eat what is put in front of me. But if I was in on the "what shall we make for dinner" conversation, I would argue against dal bhaat, pointing out that it takes hours to make and when you're finished, you have dal bhaat! Most of my friends in Nepal cooked for themselves so they had it only occasionally while there. I ate with a family, so I had it day in and day out. My friends thought my vow to never eat it again was rather amusing. When we did eat it though, we used our right hand to really make it a blast from the past!

                                                                2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                  I woke up in a Hospital in Subic Bay Navy Hospital 44 years ago today. I just remember regaining consciousness in a bright whiteholpital, w/ bright white sheets, and a beautiful nurse in a tight white uniform bending over the bed to my right. I sincerely thought I was in heaven. Then after the feeding tubes were removed, a nurse tried to feed me SPAM and I threw up on her. After months of C-rations, however, the hospital food tasted wonderful!

                                                                  Happy Valentines Day everyone! I have a heart on for you!

                                                  2. re: laliz

                                                    Miracle Whip just plain oogs me out. It just doesn't appeal to me at all.

                                                  3. re: mpjmph

                                                    Mayo makes me gag. Mustard too. I used to love tuna salad sandwiches as a kid (toasted english muffin, cheddar cheese), but now... yick.

                                                    1. re: mpjmph

                                                      I feel the same way about mayo...it is one of the few things i can't work with if they accidentally put it on my sandwich. I'll go ahead and eat almost any mistake, but not a mayo mistake.

                                                      1. re: iluvtennis

                                                        Why do they ruin good sandwiches and good sushi rolls with mayo?

                                                        1. re: TampaAurora

                                                          I don't mind chilled mayo, but hot mayo makes me ill. like, when a shop slathers a sandwich in mayo, then puts it through the toaster oven. yuck!

                                                          1. re: cheetobrain

                                                            hot artichoke dip made with mayo, mozz and parm is delicious to me -- esp. with added garlic and spinach!

                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                              OMG, alkapal - I love that stuff too! I had forgotten all about it, but now that the holidays are here...I think it's time to whip up a fresh batch!

                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                i've got a couple of chow threads on that topic in my favorites folder that i'd direct you to, if you wanted me too. i'd give you the links. but, it was only a day or two ago that i realized not anyone but i can "see" my list of favorites.

                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                  Thanks - "If you post them, I will go"...Looking for variations as well.

                                                                  1. re: cuccubear

                                                                    well, all-righty, then! **acknowledgements to one of my (very most) favorite films, "ace ventura, pet detective." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66UUgH...

                                                                    hot artichoke dip sans mayo: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/455704
                                                                    with all: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/523862

                                                                    ok, i just had an epiphany: combine knorr's veg soup/dip mix with all the spinach dip components (and i add extra scallions -- with the nice green parts) and THEN add the hot artichoke dip combo (parm, mozz, garlic, mayo, etc.). AWESOME (i'm thinkin').

                                                                    ps. sometimes it is easier for one to google one's screen name (e.g., alkapal) and the topic (hot artichoke dip), rather than slogging through chowhound stuff -- cause their search engines stink. there is a quite simple recipe that i relate (therein) from a friend in a club. so simple, and so delish. but, hey, let's GO FOR THE GUSTO!!!

                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                      Thanks for the links!

                                                                      The mayo recipe is quite familiar to me, but I like your idea of combining it with a spinach dip...just thinking about it makes my arteries spasm, but my mouth water.

                                                                      1. re: cuccubear

                                                                        Mushrooms and smoked salmon. It's a texture thing x

                                                              2. re: alkapal

                                                                I like to dip salty Santita chips into it. I have been accused of making oinking sounds when eating it.

                                                                Please pass the hot mayo. LOL

                                                              3. re: TampaAurora

                                                                I don't know who "they" are (who are ruining your sushi rolls), but the Japanese adore mayonnaise. I recently bought mayonnaise potato chips (http://japanesesnackreviews.blogspot....) and they taste like eating mayonnaise from the jar. There's also a Japanese "we love mayo" fan club and they put it on everything including pizza. One of my students tells me that she has a piece of toast with salad slathered with mayonnaise every morning for breakfast.

                                                                I've never known a country to be as bonkers about mayo as Japan, so I'm guessing that's where the idea of ruining your sushi rolls came from since there's no place they won't put it.

                                                                1. re: Orchid64

                                                                  I just thought of something: Mayo is to Japan what Bacon is to the US.

                                                                  1. re: Orchid64

                                                                    "They" was very general - meaning anyone who uses mayo. Period. I just honestly and truly dislike mayo. I'm not against it for the sake of "authenticity" or anything like that, just against the taste, texture and smell of mayo. It doesn't matter what it is a part of, sushi and sandwiches are just the examples I came up with for posting purposes.

                                                                    1. re: Orchid64

                                                                      Does anyone know if they sell these in the States? maybe a trip to Japantown in SF is in order..... i want these NOW!

                                                                2. re: mpjmph

                                                                  I actually have cried after getting a sandwich with mayo on it.; I have never liked mayonaisse. I gag if it is on a sandwich. I can taste it if it is mixed in with stuff. I just don't like it. I dislike mustard about equally as I do mayo. I recently read a thread on here dedicated to how much people like mayo. I would never insult someone by saying something about them eating mustard or mayonaisse, just don't make me eat it.

                                                                  1. re: mpjmph

                                                                    mpjmph, I feel your pain re mayo on an otherwise good sandwich. I always specify NO MAYO and yet have had to send back many sandwiches and burgers tainted by it. My dining mates always get very annoyed with me for making a fuss, but it's so nauseating, I just can't relent.

                                                                    1. re: mpjmph

                                                                      Me too! Just smelling it makes me want to vomit!

                                                                    2. re: BeeZee

                                                                      love scrambled eggs, a good omelet... but you will not get me near egg salad. permanent damage from childhood, when i liked them and my mom made them again, and again, and again...along with that other purveyor of nausea, mayonnaise...well, the combination sends me into a tailspin.

                                                                      1. re: Local

                                                                        Hard boiled eggs, egg salad, deviled eggs - all egg products along that variety would require serious financial compensation.

                                                                        1. re: cresyd

                                                                          Me too. I only like eggs that are slick, slippery smoothe (not runny, though) and mobile--or baked beyond recognition in a cake.

                                                                        2. re: Local

                                                                          That's really interesting. I can't stand mayo, and the idea of egg salad simply disgusts me - even though I love eggs (scrambled, fried, or hard boiled), egg yolk on my toast, etc. And mayonnaise is made from eggs and oil as far as I know - neither of which I find offensive, as I do mayonnaise.

                                                                          1. re: tvdxer

                                                                            I have to say banana and banana anything.

                                                                            1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                              raw bananas - i can't stand them... fried or otherwise cooked are fine, but raw just makes me nauseous

                                                                              1. re: imprylfsh

                                                                                Ding! Raw and *ripe* bananas, specifically, for me. I can eat plain bananas if they're at least a little green, and no one slices them. I know, that's odd, but bananas get slimy when you slice them. I try to eat them by breaking off chunks instead of biting them so the ends don't get slimed.

                                                                                I consider it a personal affront that something like 92% of smoothies contain banana.

                                                                                Grandma's Jell-O with cut up banana in it was my childhood horror. She eventually started making me a separate dish.

                                                                                1. re: dtremit

                                                                                  Interesting... and for me, a banana with even the slightest bit of green on it makes me gag.

                                                                                  For me it's got to be yellow and fairly speckled before I consider it edible.

                                                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                                                    I have a friend who is absolutely disgusted by the sight of a grown man eating a banana. Women and kids are fine, it's just the men. Funny, isn't it? Wonder what Freud would have to say about that one.

                                                                                    1. re: Cattie

                                                                                      freud would be laughing his a$$ off -- that is, if he laughed! i just wonder how your friend (male or female friend -- just curious) even came to observe this disgust! obviously there are some deep-seated childhood issues..... LOL!

                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                        sometimes a banana is just a banana

                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                          ...or some suppression issues... Heh. Wonder what it reminds him/her of... <rolleyes>

                                                                                        2. re: Cattie

                                                                                          I can't watch my mother eat a banana. It bothers me so much...I feel like vomiting just by talking about it.

                                                                                          I can't eat fois gras. I don't know why! I mean, I eat EVEYRTHING. I've tried it at least 3 times (once actually IN PARIS!!) and I still can't stand it. The second time I had it, I was in a very expensive restaurant and I ended up spitting it out on my plate and tried to cover it up with the salad on the side. I don't know what it is about fois gras, but you'd have to pay me a lot to eat it again.

                                                                                        3. re: The Professor

                                                                                          and i refuse to eat a banana if it has speckles on it at all, even one!

                                                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                                                            I won't bananas period. We parted ways when I was 3 and ate 2 in a row.

                                                                                          2. re: The Professor

                                                                                            and i just saw the date of this post.... damnit, sorry

                                                                                            1. re: kubasd

                                                                                              I'm the OP and I add things as I think of them. I don't think the date matters since the discussion really isn't time relative. Like now, I just thought of another one, Spam. I'd need about $20.00 to eat it.

                                                                                          3. re: dtremit

                                                                                            I like bananas that are a little green, also. Don't taste so much like bananas!

                                                                                          4. re: imprylfsh

                                                                                            I'm just the opposite. Except for bananas sauted in butter and drenched in lemon juice just as the butter is browning.. Otherwise they must be raw.l

                                                                                      2. re: Local

                                                                                        +1 -- grade school trauma = egg salad bleah. Oddly, I like deviled eggs.

                                                                                      3. re: BeeZee

                                                                                        I have the same gagging reflex problem with cucumbers. Just the smell of raw cucumbers (and I can smell them a mile away) makes me want to gag.

                                                                                        1. re: dpan

                                                                                          RAW CUCUMBERS. I have a cast iron stomach, but cucumbers give me chills...I love pickles however.

                                                                                          1. re: dpan

                                                                                            How do you feel about the soaps and lotions they claim smell of cucumber? Do you get the same feeling with zucchini?

                                                                                          2. re: BeeZee

                                                                                            Same here: eggs. Blue cheese as well.

                                                                                            1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                              I am glad to see I'm not the only egg-fearing chowhounder. I can't even be near them when they are cooking or smell someone else eating them. My theory is that some people's sense of smell is very sensitive to the sulfer odor eggs emit and simply can't eat them. For $500, I would eat a forkfull, but only if I could swallow them without smelling them or chewing them. I would also need something strong as a chaser- maybe a Bloody Mary.

                                                                                              1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                i thought i was the only one who hated eggs!
                                                                                                ive not eaten them for about 9 years now,
                                                                                                the thought of them makes me SICK!
                                                                                                I don't mind them in ice cream,or cake..or in something that wouldnt automatically make me think of egg.
                                                                                                the thought of runny egg yolk makes my tummy churn :(

                                                                                                1. re: BeeZee

                                                                                                  I totally agree to an extent. For me it's the yolk, especially in hard boiled eggs. Even the smell of the egg yolk makes me want to throw up.

                                                                                                  1. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                    I used to hate the smell of parmesan - smells like sick. Tastes great though, fresh and shaved onto the right pasta/pizza.

                                                                                                    1. re: Soop

                                                                                                      interesting I have the same problem with romano cheese, although I'd eat it even without $. Funny to see the many things listed here that I find wonderful. I have yet to find somthing that I would have to be paid to eat but I have never had durian.

                                                                                                      1. re: Soop

                                                                                                        We call parmesan "stinky feet cheese" at our house because that's what it sometimes smells like. I think bleu cheese smells like vomit. But I consume both of these cheeses.

                                                                                                        1. re: Soop

                                                                                                          Parmesan - shudder. Smells and taste like vomit to me. Odd because I love many other stinky cheeses, but I cannot abide Parmesan.

                                                                                                        2. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                          Love both Limburger and Liederkranz. They're both stinky!

                                                                                                          1. re: msgenie516

                                                                                                            Oh yeah!!! Hands down, two of my very favorite cheeses. They taste best after their labeled "end" date as well.
                                                                                                            After hearing jokes for years about limburger I finally tried it, and it became "King Cheese" for me. Liederkranz has only recently made a re-entry to the marketplace and is also very good. A slightly mellower version of the limburger from which it derives.

                                                                                                            There's nothing like limburger & onions on rye and a glass of Fuller's London Pride to wash it down. Pure heaven.

                                                                                                            1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                              That sounds absolutely delicious..... lunch at your place? haha

                                                                                                        3. Did you happen to watch Amazing Race last night? One couple was eliminated, basically because he couldn't eat sheep's rump (he was a vegetarian and hadn't eaten meat in years, and had to get through the dish quickly). The entire time, I was thinking to myself. 'that actually looks pretty good'. (it was in a stew with onions and such, was very fatty) :-)

                                                                                                          for me, it's bananas. No allergy, just an extremely strong aversion. I'd eat them for a chance at a million dollar game prize though. For $25 though: forget it. Goat cheese, on the other hand, I happy pay others to eat. :-)

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                                                                                                          1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                            I'm with Susan on the bananas...no surprise there. And like her, I would eat them for a million dollars, or even one for a thousand....but I wouldn't go lower than that.
                                                                                                            I thought the stew last night looked ok too.....especially if there had been a little bit of bread to sop up some of the grease.....

                                                                                                            Its funny about the goat cheese: last week I learned after almost twenty four years of marriage to the guy that DH hates goat cheese almost as much as I hate bananas....he just isn't vocal about it. Who knew????

                                                                                                            1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                              bananas are my kryptonite... i'd probably do it for a million... no less - worst fruit ever.

                                                                                                          2. - veggie burger
                                                                                                            - veggie bacon
                                                                                                            - any fake meat

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                                                                                                            1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                              Yes to the fake. I feel the same way towards "Krab," with a "K," especially if they list it as "crab," but that is fodder for another thread, or two.

                                                                                                              There are enough evil natural products on this Earth, that we do not need artificial bad ones.


                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                I agree. Lab meat/fish, etc is not something I caret to eat.

                                                                                                                I'll also add tofu to my list of things I will not eat for $$$

                                                                                                                1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                  I'm just curious, what don't you like about tofu?

                                                                                                                    1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                      i used to feel the same way until i learned how to cook it properly.

                                                                                                                      1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                        for a quick real chinese meal, a loaf of soft tofu drizzled with soy sauce and topped off with chopped green onions on rice.

                                                                                                                        1. re: AndyGanil

                                                                                                                          oh yessss! that's what i'm having tonight. and then drizzle some hot oil over it. sesam oil is good. i used to freaking hate tofu, too. found it bland, boring, stupid texture. but i've had very flavorful (or well-flavored, I guess) firm tofu stir-fried that was really almost like chicken.

                                                                                                                          and that soft stuff???? oh my! nobody said you can't add piles of ground pork, hot peppers and other yummy stuff to make ma po tofu.

                                                                                                                          i truly am a tofu convert, albeit just for a couple dishes --

                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                            One of my most pleasant finds here in Hawaii is a Chinese steam table place that lightly simmers soft tofu cubes in vietnamese chili garlic sauce & lots of added chopped garlic. Its so damned good... I would choose a thick burger.. that I have to laugh at poor souls who've never had a good Tofu experience... and don't have the Chowisdom to know where to look for one.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                              You maybe go become good kine way now, Brudda! Can change name to Eat Poi and be defender all ting Hawai'i.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                Probably not... Nopales are such food of the soul for me... but I have to say 2 day fermented Poi tastes kind of like Fage.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                    I'm wondering if your nom de plume is bigtuna27?

                                                                                                                              2. re: AndyGanil

                                                                                                                                I really love the Frugal Gourmet's recipe for bean curd with hot meat sauce. It is in the first book under the international section. I hate tofu that is fried too much. It remindes me of way overcooked eggs.

                                                                                                                    2. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                      Have you ever wondered why carnivores/omnivores never try to make a fake carrot out of meat the way that vegetarians try to make fake bacon and hamburgers out of veggies? Seems to me that if you're *really* a vegetarian, you wouldn't want anything remotely reminiscent of meat. Curious.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                        Nothing is stopping a carnivore from eating a carrot, while something (themselves) IS stopping vegetarians from eating meat.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                          "Seems to me that if you're *really* a vegetarian, you wouldn't want anything remotely reminiscent of meat."

                                                                                                                          Many vegetarians love meat but don't want to kill animals. Fake meat is the next best thing.

                                                                                                                          ~A "Real" Vegetarian

                                                                                                                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                            Bless your heart. I sincerely hope that you and all vegetarians who love meat find it more satisfying than I find diet mayonnaise!

                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                              I think ANYTHING is more satisying than diet mayo! :)

                                                                                                                          2. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                            I have stopped trying to figure vegetarians out. But I do agree with your post.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                              Caroline, it's also because it's an easy, and appealing way to get a good jolt of protein without, say, having to eat five cups of beans :)

                                                                                                                              I've had a couple of experiences though when something was too "meat-like" for me...cooked portobella mushrooms are in this category.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                no worries ! I fired that response off without saying more...oops. I too, regularly throw out all sorts of otherwise offensive names to my closest friends, and vice versa. Also in the interest of self-deprication, I occasionally call myself a few, lol.

                                                                                                                                On a side note, I forget that i've been around here long enough to be known. Coolness.

                                                                                                                                as for the mushrooms...i can't explain it...and it's only an occasional thing, i still eat portabellas. Just occasionally i get that reaction.

                                                                                                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                  I am an omnivore and yet there has been a few times when the odor of beef cooking has been offensive.
                                                                                                                                  Dr. Spin

                                                                                                                                2. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                  I eat pretty much everything, and people (the vegitarians) have been lying to me for years telling me that grilled portabella has a "meaty" texture. It does not. It has a "mushroomy" texture. I know the difference between a tenderloin and a shroom. Stop the propoganda.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: stricken

                                                                                                                                    I am not a Vegetarian but once we had a portabella that we marinated in italian dressing( oil and vinegar) and threw it on a hot grill and it was pretty good, probably the closest thing to meat for a Vegetarian


                                                                                                                                    1. re: stricken

                                                                                                                                      You eat vegetarians, too? Perhaps, only those that lie to you?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                        If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, is the vegetarian still wrong?
                                                                                                                                        Or if a vegetarian had never eaten meat how would they know what it it tastes like?
                                                                                                                                        Or if God had meant for Texans to ski, would he have given them mountains?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg...in my world, the vegetarian (me) is NEVER wrong, XD
                                                                                                                                          ...I jest.

                                                                                                                                          Actually on the whole mushroom debate that seems to be ruffling feathers, it's not simply a taste thing, it's also a texture thing, and I can't explain it. Perhaps it's the umami thing.

                                                                                                                                          Who knows....if i ever get around to figuring myself out...i'll let you know.

                                                                                                                                          btw, I haven't eaten meat in ten years, so i kinda remember what it tastes, like, HOWEVER, having once accidentally eaten a bite of chicken a couple of years ago hidden in a burrito, I can tell you that it tasted NOTHING like I remembered....and it was not pleasant . Now i'm not one of the veg's who gets nauseated at the smell of cooking meat (roast chicken and bacon smells still smell good to me), and i'll actually cook it for you if you ask nicely, but that piece of chicken (incoming weirdness), tasted to me, like what wet feathers smell like.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                            oh goodness, i-m nomad, WHAT DOESN"t ruffle feathers on chowhound?!?!

                                                                                                                                            "my nostrils are too large to appreciate foie gras!"

                                                                                                                                            "oh, well, nostrils have nothing to do whatsoever in the vastest universe with the appreciation of foie gras!"

                                                                                                                                            "oh well, i had an aunt who had the largest nose and she only liked authentic fried skunk fritters, and nothing else! -- and she was an expert epicure, no doubt about it!"

                                                                                                                                      2. re: stricken

                                                                                                                                        just a thought stricken....but perhaps it's NOT meaty to you because you're not a vegetarian.....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                          This reminds me of sexuality and homophobia, but I won't go there...
                                                                                                                                          It's not about food!

                                                                                                                                  2. AFAIC, Dishes are down to preparation. I like most foods, but here's my price list:

                                                                                                                                    $1 Pesto
                                                                                                                                    $5 Raw carrot, very gamey meats (pigeon), Peas, lukewarm full-fat milk
                                                                                                                                    $10 fruit in anything savoury (rasins in curry, pineapple on pizza etc), Turnips, Parsnips, tiramasu
                                                                                                                                    $25 a teabag, 10 jacobs crackers w/out water
                                                                                                                                    $50 an unpeeled whole lemon/lime
                                                                                                                                    $100 Eyeballs, Brains, Heart, Lung of stuff

                                                                                                                                    *PS, I hate raw corriander too, it smells like milk to me.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Soop

                                                                                                                                      I had to get this far down the list before I could think of a single thing I won't eat, but I am at least in the $100 range on the sweet/savory thing. Whoever thought Hawaiian pizza was a good idea has to be out of their mind. YUK! That's why I can stand jelly/jam/preserves on anything that doesn't resemble a danish or a cookie, and even then I'll pass. My mother always told me I was the only kid in the world that hated PBJ sandwiches. I'll take my PB plain thank you very much.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                        I like the sweet savory combo in some respects but i'm with you on hawaiian pizza. pineapple does not belong on a pizza....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                          haha this is good. my mom and i debate all the time. she thinks sweet with savory is the devil's work. I literally got in trouble as a kid for trying to put syrup on my bacon/sausage as well as my pancakes. I still love sweet and savory together almost 100% of the time. And i like Hawaiian pizza!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                            a recurring disagreement in our house was what to eat with scrapple...ketchup or maple syrup? I actually like both (either, i suppose, not both together) but thescrapple must be well done/crispy!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                              When I make the big family breakfast for the holidays, I warm the syrup and keep the bacon warm in it. I also drizzle some on the sausages. ha ha I wouldn't eat eggplant or lamb for a million bucks.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                And I just thought of the Simpson's episode where Lisa becomes a vegetarian and won't pass the syrup to Homer unless he promises not to use it on any meat products.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                I get the aversion to sweet/savory. I can eat coconut. I can eat shrimp. But coconut shrimp? *gags*

                                                                                                                                                I think people with an aversion to sweet/savory far prefer savory.

                                                                                                                                            2. at any price: mayo...nightmarish and evil.... i barely let my wife keep it in the house...

                                                                                                                                              1. Hard boiled or deviled egg
                                                                                                                                                Cottage cheese

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                                                                  As a child i used to eat cottage cheese on bread everyday until one day i got the stomach flu after having eaten some. Now i only tolerate it in lasagna.

                                                                                                                                                2. Milk. I have to keep it in the house to add to certain dishes and the occassional glass that my husband will have, but I can't stand it. According to my mom, I wouldn't even drink it as a baby. It makes me want to vomit. I would need to get upwards of $100 just to even THINK about taking a sip.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                                    I used to have that. I can now drink skimmed ice cold milk, but I think it was because of the awful-smelling cartons in school - invariably full fat.

                                                                                                                                                    Gosh, the reek of that ... stuff .. in summer was enough to put you off for life.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                                      me, too...never ever ever drank milk! milk is cow formula, to make baby cows big & strong...I will never understand how it got OK for humans to drink the stuff

                                                                                                                                                      it would take some big money for me to drink an 8 ounce glass- I'm in the mid 4 figure range off the top of my head

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nolapark

                                                                                                                                                        agreed, ...in college someone in a biology class said it was essentially cow sweat (and in checking this out, it appears they were close - see wikipedia) ...have never been able to rid myself of that concept, and stopped drinking it then...no problem w/ sour cream, cream, butter, ice cream...but a glass of milk- not gonna happen.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Local

                                                                                                                                                          That's similar to my DH's issues with tomatoes. He loves fresh tomatoes, tomato soup, tomato sauces, but can barely look at a glass of tomato juice.
                                                                                                                                                          I drink several glasses of tomato juice a day and he's horrified to see it in the glass.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                                        yep I HATE milk. It also doesn't help that my mom forced me to drink it as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                        However I will add it to cereal, but I usually add about 1/2 a cup of milk to 2 cups of cereal...just to get it moist. Then I have to sprinkle cinnamon on it so I can't taste the milk.

                                                                                                                                                        I can't even drink it while holding my nose (yes I have tried this and it STILL takes like shit).

                                                                                                                                                        funny how someone above said that milk is similar in composition to sweat, bc I remember someone telling me that it's basically cow puss ):

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                                          yeah milk for me is one of those things that i've drank a few times because I knew it was good for me , but white milk is gaggish for me, as well as milky cereal. I can handle chocolate milk, but have of late gone over to soy milk. Oddly I love yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                          my mother can not drink milk at ALL, due in part to the fact that she couldn't keep it down while pregnant. I figure this is where I got it from.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                                            I cannot drink milk without some kind of syrup, like chocolate or strawberry. Plain white milk is disgusting to me. I really think it's the smell.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hotteacher1976

                                                                                                                                                              What smell?
                                                                                                                                                              I drink milk (Broguiere's) and there is no smell.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                                I agree, I don't notice any smell to milk unless it's bad. But lets remember that lactose tolerance is a genetic mutation. Most of the world's population is milk intolerant and maybe that is why so many people are averse.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                                  when i used to drink regular milk, i thought there was no smell.
                                                                                                                                                                  i've been drinking soy milk for years now.
                                                                                                                                                                  now i know that regular milk has a smell.
                                                                                                                                                                  i can smell it as soon as someone walks in the room with a glass of milk.
                                                                                                                                                                  (can't smell it if it's in someone's coffee, though)

                                                                                                                                                                  maybe the soy milk has a smell, but if it does i can't smell it.

                                                                                                                                                            2. hot dogs, sausage, and pomegranates...don't ask, but all based on traumatic birthday party experiences occuring before the age of 7. for years i could not even think about pomegranates without my stomach flipping.

                                                                                                                                                              1. There's no amount of money that could make me eat calves' liver. Every once in a while, when dining with someone else who has ordered it, I'll be subjected to something like this: "Oh, I know you think you don't care for calves' liver but you probably just haven't had it done right. This is just spectactular. I know you'll change your mind if you give this a try!" And I'll be a good sport and take a tiny bite, always with high hopes. I inevitably end up wishing I could just spit it into my napkin, but I politely swallow and then rinse my mouth out with wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes to liver. I was not a fan, and then in my youth, I read "Portnoy's Complaint." That did it for liver (except foie gras) for me. I usually start reciting the "liver incident," and no one offers me anything...


                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto on the calves' liver - blech. I just say no to chicken liver too. Now, foie gras is a whole other ballgame - my absolute favorite! I had a rabbit kidney at Per Se a couple of years ago too... I don't remember it to have had that iron/blood taste that completely freaks me out.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                      Wow - of all the common foods I've seen listed, this one blows my mind only because I love it so much. Well, maybe it's not that common, but you can at least buy it in larger grocery stores.

                                                                                                                                                                      I still love to pile it on French bread or brioche for breakfast. Truly one of the best delicacies I've ever eaten. Sorry you don't enjoy it. It really sucks that we all have foods that we can't tolerate.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bomberman760

                                                                                                                                                                        We eat a lot of liverwurst on French toast. We enjoy liver onions and potatoes. Northern European soul food.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of folks love pate, wurst and all sorts of chicken liver fixups - but when you fry or saute a calf or pig liver.... ACK! I have to go......

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                            As Frank Zappa sang, " "It's in your mind, in your mind, in you mind...."

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps! I smell it cooking and literally - I gag. Like I have to concentrate not to barf. The only other things that can do that to me are things I have had to clean up that are definitely inedible (but maybe - at one time_were).

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                        I feel that you like one of my sisters is leaving more for the rest of us.It' ok

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                          I feel the same way about calves liver, Deenso, but oddly, I love chicken liver pate and foie gras... and what is it with people who keep insisting you will convert on the spot if you just try something you hate their way?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                                                                                                                            I can't believe you like chicken liver but not calf. I bet if you bought it where I buy mine, you would love it!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                              I too prefer fowl livers to those of mammals. I don't know beans about whether birds have bile ducts or not, but I've long suspected that the strong flavor of mammal livers may come from the bile content. Or maybe it's a simple matter of mammals (like me) not having much in the way of taste receptors for fowl (as opposed to foul) bile content in their livers?

                                                                                                                                                                              However, if calf's liver is "clean" tasting and prepared well (as opposed to being tanned in a frying pan like a sheet of leather), then toss in some caramelized onions with pan fried potatoes and I'm there! I don't know what the difference is, but for me calf's liver only comes in two flavors. Edible and inedible!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                Edible and inedible. You're right. Proberly cooked and overdone shoe leather. Love them onions and spuds too.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                  Besides filtering nutrients from the blood, the liver filters impurities and toxins as well. While these are broken down into compounds the body can get rid of, the older the animal, the longer this organ has been in use, and accumulations of toxins has to be higher.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I really don't know, but it's probably a safe bet that cattle are exposed to pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and who knows what else.

                                                                                                                                                                                  As to food I wouldn't eat on a bet, there's only one thing that comes to mind... Balut. Was served this while in the Philippines in the early 80's, the sight and smell brought me the closest I've ever been to vomiting at the table.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Demented

                                                                                                                                                                                    Exactly... that is why I say... eat Blood Sausages instead.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                                                                                                                                Dragonchowmein, I, too, adore chopped chicken liver (not whole livers), pork and duck liver pate and foie gras in all forms. But I swear to heaven, every time I've tried calves' liver - and, over the past 60+ years, I really have tried - it makes me gag. I don't care where it comes from, how it's prepared... But I'll still taste it anytime a dining companion orders it and offers me a bite because, hey! you never know.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                                                It has takin me reading all the above to here to get me to reply, but I have to reply to this one. Liver is the only thing I have ever tried to eat that I could not swallow. Just getting it past my nose was a fight to keep from vomitting. Just the smell of it cooking makes me leave the house or vomit. The only thing I have ever smelled that was more rancid than liver was a corpse of a sheep that had been in the field rotting for many days if not weeks. Even then I think it is a toss up as to which smell is worse. I love cow brains, or tonge, and several other organs, but liver... NO THX It'd take 7 figures, maybe more to make me even think about trying to swallow some.

                                                                                                                                                                              4. Brains are delicate and tasty. Liver and limburger both have that strong flavor I like. Milk and mayo might be bad for me, but I still eat them anyway. But if there is a spider anywhere in the vicinity of my plate, I am not eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Someone might come up with something, but I can't think of one thing (that is considered food) that I would not eat. There are things I choose not to eat, but am always willing to try things, and nothing comes to mind that is so off putting that I would refuse it, especially for money. My view is that if it is considered food to some, it is food, and though you might no be used to it, it isn't going to kill you.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The scale doesn't work for me, as I tend to have cravings at particular times. So one day, If I want chicken, you might have to pay me to eat fish. Another day, the opposite might be true. Sometimes I want black coffee, and sometimes I prefer sugar, and/or cream/bailey's, etc. I don't put much faith in my preferences, because they're dynamic. It keeps things interesting. I am intrigued by people who don't even try certain foods, or are too stubborn to try something again that they didn't like 20 years ago. It seems childish to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: madgreek

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, I try to be like you, but I'm full of admiration. I still have certain stigmas ( although less than many people, I'd say). I hate doing a weekly shop, as I invariably end up with something that needs to be eaten, but I want to eat something else instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Soop

                                                                                                                                                                                      I am so with you on this one. I've had to stop weekly shopping because what I buy on Monday I no longer want on Friday. I thought I was alone on this.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: madgreek

                                                                                                                                                                                      Once on a business trip to Japan, as the "honored Guest" at a dinner I was offered raw Sea Urchin(insides only) on a little wooden platter. I won't describe what it looked like. Needless to say, I ate it, - followed by copious amounts of sake to wash it downquickly - but NEVER NEVER Again!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                        I would have eaten your uni for free!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                            i hope tjr will share...free uni works for me, and you can even keep the sake all to yourself!

                                                                                                                                                                                            my #1 "pay to play" food is definitely dried, shredded coconut. i've posted about this before...the mere *thought* of those nasty, waxy strands squeaking between my teeth as i chew is enough to make me shudder & gag simultaneously.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: madgreek

                                                                                                                                                                                          El Greco! Just the way I feel. I would never choose Spam ( A Viet Nam thing.), but if served, I'd eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                            Good lord man, have you lost your senses? Wouldn't you, at least, have to shoot it first?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                              No in Maine! I love live bear meat. Most exciting dish I know.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                I used to use full Spam can for target practice w/ a colt .45 in country. But if it really meant something to somebody, I wouldn't take their money, I just smile and eat it. I guess I'm growing up. My son and his wife were afraid to take me to restaurants that serve Spam in Seoul. Rather eat Spam w/ Sam than eat a Pop Tart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                A Pop Tart: $25.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never eaten Spam, it's really revolting to me, so I am putting it on this list too. For about $30.00 I'd try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. No money in the world will make me eat a hot dog with ketchup, quiche, or drink a light beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: 1stand3rd

                                                                                                                                                                                              I am so with you on the hot dog. I love a good hot dog, but would gag if I had to eat ketchup on it - or sweet relish. It's back to the sweet/savory thing I posted earlier.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                                                                something about ketchup on a hot dog makes me sick as well. i don't mind relish, cheese, onions, kraut, or anything else that i can think of though. ketchup just makes the hot dog taste rancid somehow. sweet and rancid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Relish on a hot dog makes me ralph in technicolour. You may wish to give me money for the floor show.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    no dough for a show where i have to mop up!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I have always said that I will try anything at least once, but when I read about the maggot filled cheese here on Chow . . . no amount of money would get me to try that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, okay, I didn't think I'd think of anything reading this that I wouldn't eat for more than a couple of dollars, but you win. It would take a looooot for this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another "aphrodisiac" that can potentially kill you. If the maggots are dead, then the cheese is toxic. If the maggots are alive you must kill them or they start boring through your body...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    How much is someone willing to pay??

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boy, Am I sorry I read that................

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And WHY would anyone eat this ...ever?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                                                                                                          the zimmern factor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          and the lady currently in the news had a worm in her brain. she named it "dawn." it probably got there from some cruddy cheese. ;-) nah, docs said undercooked pork or bad washroom habits by folks.... <warning, graphic photo> http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,4...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          eew, a worm in the brain from a pork taco! http://www.rense.com/general9/brain.htm

                                                                                                                                                                                                          especially look out in tejas: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/01/15/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWW. But lesson learned (((o__o)))

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I cannot eat ginger. Ginger makes my stomach turn as I find the taste so unbelievably foul. Also, Menudo or anything else containing tripe. There is absolutely no way!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad to see others with egg issues. I can gladly say I've never eaten a fried or boiled egg. I love the yolks, but can't deal with the texture of the whites. That being said, I'd still choke them down for the right price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Ginger makes my stomach turn"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          that's ironic, considering that it's traditionally used to promote digestion and alleviate nausea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          does it taste like soap to you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I guess soap would be close, it seems to have an overly perfumed taste and odor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                                                                                                            interesting, i can deal with the whites, but please please please do not ask me to eat the runny yellow yolk of a sunny side up egg. I was raised to eat what is put in front of you, and many years ago when a friends mom plopped a fried egg down on my plate i dutifully managed to get the white down, but figured that was all manners demanded of me. Friend's mom was stunned that there was anyone who didn't like fried eggs. From then on she was kind enough to scramble them for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can eat them scrambled, but there cannot be even the slightest hint of white. The eggs must be completely blended and a dash of milk or cream must be included. I've sent eggs back at restauants when they were scrambled on the grill and the whites showed up in the scramble. Just seeing it makes me gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                HA! Me too! I don't usually admit this to anyone. I will eat a scramble egg if you can't see the whites AT ALL. And I will eat the yolk of a hard cooked egg. But I will give the whites to my husband (or the dog). No fried or soft boiled eggs, though - it's too easy to accidentally contaminate the yolk with white.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Makes it hard to eat a devilled egg, though, doesn't it? I'll suck the filling out and dispose of the white (behind a bush at a picnic, or down the toilet at someone's house).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nyleve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LMAO! That's exactly what I do with deviled eggs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another think I do is separate the egg yolk from the white and just poach the yolk or fry it until it's just medium. Then you can use a fork to peel away the small bits of white and smear the yolk on toast and add a bit of S&P....delicousness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My DH watches this and just shakes his head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Its the total opposite for me....I am totally averse to the yolk...if I can see it or smell it, I will not eat it. I dont usually eat eggs that much, but if there is any presence of the yolk, its a BIG No No for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Other things on my list are tuna and bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fatema

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fatema, i was like that for years, and would only eat an egg over hard and well dispersed over the whole egg. I never could eat a runny yolk...but can now appreciate a semi cooked one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i once choked down an egg with runny whites while a guest at someones home ...it was horrible, my eyes were watering the entire time. Plus i had a raging hangover...it wasn't pretty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm the same way, as is the bf. I order mine scrambled or in an omelet. He likes fried eggs but orders them over hard. hard. hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: FoodChic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've just started using ginger (sparingly) in dishes again after a lifelong hatred of the smell and taste. My stepdad used to cook with it a LOT (like, all you could taste was ginger) and as a kid I just couldn't take it. Ever since then- yuck. I shudder. My mom uses ginger body lotion and I can't even stand near her after she's put it on. I'm glad i'm not the only one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Honey - unspeakably vile. Even the smell is nauseating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cooked root vegetables (carrots, swedes etc) - simply make me retch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yeah, I hate honey. Nasty stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't mind the taste of honey, but the smell of honey drives me nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I'm really surprised at how varied the responses are. From a scientific side, I wonder what causes these reactions. Can it all be psychological, or is it a biological reaction? Are there any scientists, neurologists, or psychologists out there to answer? For me the goat cheese reminds me of the way a petting zoo smells, really musky, but is it just something in my head that forces me to gag, or is it a biological reaction?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: michele cindy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      could've been a traumatising experience... instinctive reaction to avoiding "poison"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      even though it's a rather innocuous substance, i won't have orange juice. ESPECIALLY the frozen concentrate!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: michele cindy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find many of them odd, too, but when I was young I was sickened by some rancid potato chips. Took me years before I could stand the smell of them and then a while longer before I could eat them again. Now, I only really like to eat sea salt and vinegar style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's been at least one stinky, slimy cheese that I would have to be paid to eat again...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had the same reaction to Tequilla on my 25th birthday. But a tequilla oyster shooter sounds good about now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any cheese other than parmesan and mozz makes me gag just to smell it. I've had a very mild cheddar on bruschetta that was delicious, but then again it was a good stand-in for mozz, so....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So I live for pizza and lasagna, but if you put any of the "stinky" cheeses anywhere near me I will flee the room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. There isn't much that I wouldn't eat (save those things that you see on those 'reality' shows - raw intestines, etc.).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other than that, someone would need to pay me $5 to eat Kimchee (I got sick from it once and haven't eaten it since)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lastly, I think my price for eating a stick of butter would be $3,000

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL- I just had some homemade Kimchee with brown rice, shitakes, and roasted onion and pumpkin for lunch. It really hit the spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: madgreek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh wow...that sounds nothing like the Kimchee that made me sick - yours sounds delicious. Forget paying me...I'll pay you for that one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cucumber pickles (the olive green variety). Absolutely NASTY in my opinion. But if you pay me at least $500, I may reconsider.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Both of you sure know how to taunt a lady with picklephobia! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my list is short but the first thing on it is pickles. any kind. kill me first. no- i'd eat some for $20, but I'm a broke college student. also on the $20 list are raw carrots (mealy- disgusting). And I think that is about it. I really don't think that there is anything (other than the obvious reality-tv stuff we've covered) that I wouldn't eat for $20.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      corykatherine, have you ever had fresh carrots right out of the garden? they're like crispy candy goodness! ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't explain it! It's the texture they break down to in your mouth. I can't swallow them. I love the flavor- give me cooked carrots all day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          so many people have different food texture preferences or dislikes. probably worth a thread of its own. ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i prefer not to eat beets of any kind....although might try them again for $25 or more

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Mint! Anything that has the least hint of mint smell or flavor is revolting to me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't ever come to the South Willamette Valley in Oregon in August. We have lots of acres of mint growing everywhere. After harvest they distill the leaves to get peppermint oil, the smell is everywhere and smells wonderful. I actually buy pickup loads of blended mint compost for my garden and flower beds, it is the part left behind after the oil is taken out, smells wonderful and everything loves it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When my boyfriend and I, ages 17 and 18, were in Venice he ordered some very garlicky pasta for dinner. The next day he HAD to have mint. We walked all over Venice, bridges and alleys, looking for mint. Finally we found some candy in a tiny market. That was when he told me that he loathes mint in any form. I almost threw him in the canal. It's not as though the mint was going to make his breath less stinky -- just minty AND stinky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No one else with a mint aversion? Must be why it is such a ubiquitous 'flavoring'!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like it sweets, but I'm not fond of it in savory dishes, and mint tea will never grace my cupboards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't care for mint. It is fine in gum or the occasional peppermint patty, but in general, keep it away from my meats and veggies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hey there, firegoat! i'm with you on the anti-"mint-jelly-with-roast-lamb" bandwagon, but i do enjoy some thai salads with mint and poultry, like duck or chicken. but, typically, mint is "outweighed" flavor-wise by the thai basil or cilantro in the same salad. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5740...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  one combo of an aromatic that i don't care for is lavender in any dish. i always think i'm eating soap from my grandma's house!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With you on the soap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where did the "mint" flavored apple jelly thing originate?I never encountered it before 10 years or so ago.I know it isn't recent,but don't know where or when.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My father always served a jelly like citrus/rosemary/quince concoction cold with lamb and mutton.I still do,foils the fat without changing the meat.It is ok with poultry if you bump the acid a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lcool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i think the mint jelly with lamb is an english concoction. i like your dad's concoction, so long as it is not heavy-handed with the fresh rosemary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it's just a half note to dress up the quince,you still need a little citrus for the complex notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: lcool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        England is to blame. SO likes mint jelly with lamb. I love mint in salads; especially those with meat in them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mint jelly- so unnecessary. i mean, i'll eat it, but WHY?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I cant stand mint, for the most part. And don't even mention mint jelly in the same hour as roast lamb, or I might have to smack you. Might as well just tie that leg of lamb to your bumper and drag it behind your car through a corral while you're at it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Although lamb isn't something I would choose to eat, I'm not averse to it - until you put mint jelly on it! But for me it's not the mint - it's back to the sweet/savory aversion again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I dislike mint throroughly but love roast lamb (cooked medium rare without the mint)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        if its not gum or toothpaste, i hate mint..... can't stand it! Peppermint patties, andes mints, mint jelly, mint with dessert.... ugh ew!!!! gross!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hate mint things too, though I love mint itself, in a black tea with sugar or with yogurt or in a salad with tomatoes and in middle eastern cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't dislike mint so much that i wouldn't eat it, even if offered money, but for some reason, i tend to get a headache when i eat things that are mint flavored. I actually have to get the cinnamon toothpaste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. There is only one thing in the would I will not try (again). Black Licorice. I rather live on snails, sea cucumber and tripe than to have that taste in my mouth!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dcdavis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same here. I absolutely hate black licorice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dcdavis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep, me to. I could tear through a bag of red twizzlers (I know they aren't really licorice), but even the smell of black licorice makes me gag. Reminds me of the catfish bait we used when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Count me number five. Black licorice is the only thing you would have to pay me big bucks to take a bite of ever again. Or anything flavored with it - anise, ouzo, saltimbucco, etc. Don't like tripe or brains either, but could eat them if I had to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only other foods I absolutely can't stand are yams and sweet potatoes. I read years ago about Francis Marion's men mainly living on sweet potatoes during the Revolutionary War... a captured British officer was brought into their camp, took one bite of a sweet potato and gagged. When told it was their staple food and had been for years he said, "We are going to lose this war."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. * Oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Sausages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * White non-crusty bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Donuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Key lime pie or any lemony desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ... I'm weird, I know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hey you did tripe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I bet I could get you to do some crisp-chicharronesque tripitas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I doubt it. I once had to clean 30# of chittlins. That did it for me, couldn't get the smell out of my hands for 3 days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tuna Salad.... Chicken Salad is barely okay.... I might consider it for $25k.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Persimmons... I don't think I could eat a whole one... but I might consider it for $1k

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have you had the fuyu - you eat like an apple? I can eat 4 in a sitting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kare_raisu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yup... my mouth starts feeling puckery & tingles.... and people look at me strange as I am the only spitting it out... yelling the KGB got me, the KGB got me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Check zapote negro, IIRC it's variety of persimmon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. food that is the wrong temperature really squicks me. cold soup or lasagna - could not do it. well, maybe, for $50. but it would be difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            organ meats of any type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dairy milk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I must be a whore, as I'm willing to eat just about anything for money. Except excrement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Then I guess I'm a prude! I won't eat anything for money (non-obscene amounts anyway) that I don't already like enough to eat on my own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That includes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beer - just don't like the taste, no good stories or bad memories beyond every time I try to like beer and end up just laughing or gagging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mayo, or anything creamy really
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Organ Meats - bad experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork & Shellfish - religious reasons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do I even belong here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course we belong here! What amount of $$$ would make you eat traif?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though, even without the religious restriction, I could never eat a lobster or a crab.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My top two self-imposed food restrictions:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  olives (olive oil is not a prohibited food)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mustard that has not been incorporated into potato salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I forgot about the mustard, olives and balsamic vinegar. Olive oil is ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, thank God, somebody mentioned olives...I began to think I was the only one. And, for me too, olive oil, is jut fine, but the actual 'fruit' or whatever the heck that thing is...gross!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LJS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Olives are a waste of good oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        your list is my fantasy. lobster, asparagus, olives... it would be a sad sad world for cory without those things

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No, because you think you eat beer......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can remove beer from the list. I have found several beers that I really enjoy. I even tried my hand at beer bread today just to revel in my new found like of beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @mojoeater, @CoryKatherine, I agree. Then again, I grew up in a bicultural household. Kimchi is, to me, a glorious comfort food, best when made by a patient aunt around the holidays. Foie gras, paté, raw uni (never had it cooked): superb delicacies. With a Japanese friend recently, had surf clam sashimi so fresh that the ends of a piece would wave slowly in the air if you poked it with chopsticks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My boyfriend cannot eat fresh tomatoes, only cooked. He used to work in the produce department of an organic co-op, and will never forget the experience of handling spoiled raw tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm a card-carrying chile head, but I may have to draw the line at eating, say, a whole raw habañero. I think that can be classified as cruel and unusual punishment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: grinninggourmand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My ex's family (from S India) used to polish off a meal by eating, with great gusto, a raw green Indian chili. They said it aided digestion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I guess - if that didn't get the old gastric juices flowing, NOTHING will!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Mine would definitely have to be any products from the goat and sheep family - lamb or goat meat, goat cheese (especially chevre!) Goat and sheep feta are sometimes okay, if they are not too strongly flavored, since the salt masks the sheepy/goaty flavor. Once when I was cooking a bunch of lamb sausages in school I accidentally spilled a tray of hot lamby grease all over my boots and pant legs (luckily I wasn't burned!) Unluckily, I smelled like lamb for the remainder of my 12-hour day...Yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. i'm pretty sure i have no self respect when it comes to food and can be bribed at the right price to eat just about anything. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            heck, i'd even eat soap for a (hefty) fee, not just coriander that tastes (to some people) like soap!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Uh, I'd say eel booties. No, really, there is one thing that I would not even get near.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some decades ago, we stayed in Honolulu at a friend's high-rise condo. Just as we returned, his Korean neighbor uncorked the kim chee. OMG, this had to be the ultimate bad smell. I have had some really, really "stinky" FR cheese, and this was the ultimate. Our eyes were burning. We were getting physically ill. We fled to the lanai and closed the door. It took a half-hour to get to a point that we could breath. Tears were flooding down our cheeks, and we were gasping. I would have called 911, but the phone was inside and the door was securely shut. We sat outside for about three hours (no wine!), before we could even open the door. This was 100 year-old "death in a jar." I'd rather face a rabid Balrog, than get near that jar of kim chee. Now, I've had kim chee, usually the packaged variety, but nothing like this batch. I'll rub fresh habaneros into my eyes, before I'd be in the same block, as that jar of kim chee. Yeah, that's it.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This reminds me of a childhood friend whose Korean mother used to let her know from time to time that she was "in deep kim chee." Apparently, the reference was rather accurate. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Miracle Whip for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sickly sweet. Adds no other flavor than sugar. Not really sure how ppl add it to canned tuna. Sugar flavored tuna is not for me. Honestly, it's even hard for me to think about it. The stuff is just so wrong, and all of the cheap, sweet, sugary fake mayo imitators out there as well. Nothing worse than ordering a sandwich, and getting sweet mayo instead of real mayo. Who are these people that like sugary sandwiches?? Sugary potato salad? Sugary Cole slaw? What gives?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree 100% on the Miracle Whip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll add eggplant and any mushroom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with you 100%.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is nothing worse than biting into a salad or sandwich and tasting "sweet" where sweet should never be. Just awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes! I hate Miracle Whip! Tastes like corn syrup. Just ...grrrrr. We can't even be friends if you like Miracle Whip. Deal breaker!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sweetmaggie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny, Miracle Whip and margarine are my Achille's heel. Why bother? Some places up here sell lobster rolls made w/ the whip. Oughtta be illegal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Deal breaker for me too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: gordeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I always hated Miracle Whip. I was never sure what I disliked about it but maybe it's the sweetness, although I think there's something else that makes me hate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Thanks to CH, there are animal parts I never ever even considered edible: Head (brain, eyes), throat, genitalia, among other things, oh my. We are talking mortgage payoff amounts here for me to partake! And I love chicken and pigs feet, tripe and oxtails... go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. mayonnaise, absolutely disgusting. since i won't eat it, that makes me avoid potato salad, macaroni salad, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: marietinn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You should try real german potato salad - never any mayo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, there are many ways to enjoy mayo type things without having mayo. German potato salad is one. You can also try replacing mayo in salad with sour cream or plain yoghurt. I just use tons of dijon mustard, but I'm a mustard fanatic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Imitation abalone sucks, but I would have some for $$.It's found at far too many Mexican mariscos places north of the border.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Turkey burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sandwiches with wonder bread and packaged lunch meat, arrrgggh, child abuse!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The smell of canned peas literally makes me retch every single time. I can tolerate young fresh baby peas, but I certainly won't seek them out. My mom is the same way. She told me that when I was three, she had made us chicken pot pies (frozen) and she was choking down the peas as to not impart her dislike on me. She looked over and I was diligently picking out my peas and so she did the same....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mattkn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I was a kid I felt that way about onions. I would pick out every tiny speck of onion from a sauce or casserole. I went a month without dairy because my parents told me cows sometimes eat wild onions. Eventually I matured to a point where I would eat a dish that "contained" onions (like ice cream, according to the parents) as long as I didn't taste the onions. Now I'll happily use onions in cooking, but in general won't order things like onion rings or onion soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mattkn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I, too, removed peas from my chicken pot pies. I don't now, but when I was a kid I removed them because they were powdery inside and I didn't like that texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am so with you on the peas. Absolutely disgusting. I won't touch anything that has peas in it. Even the smell turns my stomach. Couldn't pay me enough to eat them. Sad thing is, this is my hubby's favorite veggie, and every so often he likes to have fresh baby peas. UUGGHH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: catrn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a friend who feels this way about peas too. I asked him why his aversion was so intense, all he could tell me was that when he was a young boy, he was served peas, and all he kept thinking about was little aliens popping out of them. No clue as to why, but he could never eat peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: michele cindy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's too funny. I think I am going to have that image in my head now everytime I have to cook them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was forced to eat them as a kid. Found all kind of imaginative ways to get rid of them (putting them on my fork then tipping it at it went in my mouth so they would fall and the dog would get them). Parents figured out quickly what I was doing. I would then have to sit at the table until they were gone. Still couldn't do it, went to bed early a lot. So this has been a life long aversion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Mattkn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was a kid, my mom would make Tuna cassarole with canned cream of mushroom soup. Itty, bitty chopped mushrooms. I picked out every single piece. And if I missed one, I could tell right away and would gag. The texture was NASTY.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, that brings back many BAD memories. I have been able to eat a few mushrooms as an adult, but not if they have been cooked too much. But those dang canned mushrooms make me gag, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They don't resemble food at all. Cheap musrooms, badly prepared. Yeah, never going to sell me on those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. fish, shellfish, anything that has eyes and comes from the sea basically. i wish i liked it, it would be nice a nice, grown-up thing to get over it, but i can't. seaweed is yummy, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I am shocked by the food aversions I'm seeing here!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Someone somewhere has to do a study on this...why does one person hate Limburger or other ripe cheese (which is something I enjoy immensly) and another person love Miracle Whip (a product that proves conclusively Satan is alive and well and living at Kraft Foods)? It just goes to show that everyone is different, and for a million different reasons. That's what makes the word go round I guess, and it is certainly one of the things that I enjoy most about these boards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I'm vegetarian...so meat, poultry, fish. Also:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            White Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plain tofu...gag!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lentils....just to spare myself the intestinal distress :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. No realistic amount of money for mammal eye balls or okra. Not even to be on my plate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              uneaten,sacrifice polite and REFUSE,firmly!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Frozen peas. I do like fresh ones staight from the garden, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I've been thinking about this topic, trying to remember what have I eaten that I will never put back in my mouth. 2 things come to mind. Smoked salmon that comes in the vacuum sealed package. You would have to pay me more than $20 if I had to take a full bite of it. Tastes like cat food to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, one year my MIL made some canned asparagus for Thanksgiving. I think she just dumped it in a pan and warmed it up. I was pregnant, but being polite. Took one bite and all I could think of was that this is what urine must taste like. I had to excuse myself, so I could spit it out and rinse my mouth. I have had asparagus since, steamed, and I like it, but that stuff was vile. Maybe for more that $50 I may take a bite, if I've had a drink first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Money, whatever. What would push me more than money is the host/guest relation. That is, what would I decline to eat that my host put in front of me? I wasn't certain there is much of anything ... until I thought of a piece of butter thickly spread with margerine. *gag*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: thinks too much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a thread on "obligatory eating" a while back, and I pointed out that it will offend your host more if you gag on the food than if you politely refuse it. I was referring in that post to dog (served to some by her Korean in-laws to-be), which you couldn't pay me enough to eat -- it would be like being a cannibal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've got one that I haven't seen mentioned: avocado. Hate, hate, hate. The last time I missed a chunk in my Mexican food I reflexively spit it out the second I realized it was in my mouth. On the other hand, if I managed to choke it down, I don't think it would make me feel icky in retrospect, like eating eyeballs would. I don't have an aversion to avocados in principle, just in practice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hmmm, good point about the host/guest relation. In that case, for any host/ess I would not eat the mayo or eggs if they already knew I did not like them. For my grannie, I ate it because she could not understand my aversion and I loved her too much. when I was about fifteen, I had to ask her why she put so much mayo on my tuna and crackers so that it was dripping when she knew I hated mayo. "Oh, I thought you might like it, that's the way I like it". I actually ate about half the serving. I can't forget that though, too yucky! And, no, I did not charge grannie for the mayo eating ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I've been trying to think of what I wouldn't eat under any circumstances and probably eyeballs and that dammmm rat Sam the Man likes to fool his guests with are the two I'd avoid at all costs. On the other hand, no one has ever offered me any money to eat anything. Untill someone out there pays me in the neighborhood of Warren Buttet's last year's bank acount, I'm quite satisfied with my current foods of choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Raisins- ick! Tilapia b/c I saw a show where they were used to clean the water in a Hippo enclosure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried to like foie gras and toro but the consistency makes me gag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          White asparagus, Miracle Whip, Ham salad, tripe or anything organy probably wouldn't suit me well... eels or anything worm like- NO WAY.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not a huge fan of marshmallow fluff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For Money, I'd try certain bugs like a grasshopper or ant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'd be a terrible fear factor contestant but generally don't consider myself a picky eater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Anise. Anything in that realm, including fennel, makes me run promptly in the other direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, put me in with the mayo-haters. Ick!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chloe103

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome to the mayo-haters, lol. I agree with the fennel, eww.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. lemons and anything that lemon has lemon in it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cantelope and Cranberries for me....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Brains, most obviously cow brains. I got into a kick reading science books on prion diseases and boy, I wholeheartedly reject that part of my family's ranching tradition. Not even for money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Liver, miracle whip, tarragon and very ripe bananas are tied as distant seconds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Vetter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Going back a few years, we had a wine dinner with a well-known Napa vintner at our country club. The day before, mad-cow disease had just made the headlines in the US. Cows were being disposed of and beef-trade with Canada was being halted. Guess what the third-course was. Yes, you got it. The entire room gasped in unison. I believe that I was the only one, out of 200+, who even tasted it. Let's just say that it was not MY thing, regardless of the wine pairing. Still, as they say in the comedy world, "timing is everything."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Margarine. Is it even food? Visiting relatives went to Denny's for breakfast one time and as I don't like typical breakfast foods and wasn't particularly hungry (after all, we were in a Denny's), I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich. Eeuew! Coated with margarine...AND they garnished it with a slice of pinkish no-flavour tomato that probably travelled a thousand miles in a truck which is my second no-can-eat (the tomato, not the truck). I love a real tomato though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Food chic and Nyleve - we must have been separated at birth!!! Ditto with the egg thing - can eat scrambled IF the egg is whipped to death with an egg beater and a littl milk, but if ONE HINT of white is showing, whole thing is down the disposal. As for the deviled egg dilemma - will only admit this in anonymity: I lick out the middle and my niece eats the white...we have to hide to do this. We are ashamed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lindsley


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOL! I can just see you two hiding behind the house sharing your deviled eggs! Thank heaven you have a partner in crime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, no, danhole....you've seen us!? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I married my partner in crime. My husband will eat both yolk or white, but I tell myself I'm looking out for his cholesterol count when I give him the hollowed-out devilled egg white.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I've not yet been able to make myself eat beef tongue. I'm sure it's delicious, but I cannot deal with it. I've even had it deliciously grilled in front of me when other diners were enjoying it, and not tried even a little bite. I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater, excepting that there are apparently some parts I cannot eat, as of yet. Here's the thing: every time I see beef tongue, I somehow involuntarily think of a cow licking me. I don't even remember when this happened, or if it did, but that image and feeling just WON'T leave my mind whenever I see it. I know, it's odd. Latent vegetarian inclinations, which clearly need to be psychoanalysed. <wink>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: amyzan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, you probably wouldn't have enjoyed eating at my place a couple of weeks ago when I made tongue. I was acting childish, sticking the big tongue by my mouth and acting really stupidly in front of DH pretending I had some super power mega tongue. Luckily, he's very tolerant of my warped sense of humor. I'm sure a psychoanalyst would have a field day figuring that one out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the divine miss n, that made me laugh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the only suggested augmentation: a heartfelt "mooooooooo.!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hilarious. Going to have to do that for my five year old daughter. Problem will be after both playing with the tongue chasing each other around the house, having to then cook and eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fried egg must. be. cooked. in. bacon. grease. (and whites cooked, yolks runny. (serve with good stone ground buttered grits. or nice buttered toast. or good corn pone. ps, i do not have a cardiologist....yet. ;-))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In some circles that would be a REAL turn on =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, that was my intention with him! : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think what you were missing was a Blood Sausage in your hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          holy moly!!! here on chowhound?!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: amyzan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Latent vegetarian inclinations, which clearly need to be psychoanalysed."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are having issues with sexual intimacy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not even!!! Indicated is deep-seated sub-cutaneous confusion between his/her father and a squash brought about unfulfilled yet much criticized by peers childhood longings for zucchini and guilt as to vegetable identities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oresteian zucchini complex? aeschylus meets freud? only on CHOWHOUND!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: amyzan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tongue - the only food that tastes you back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ima Wurdibitsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOL, yep, that's the aversion in a nutshell!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: amyzan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was younger, I went skiing with a friend whose family was from Russia. We were having thanksgiving dinner with traditional russian cuisine and she somehow coaxed me into trying a piece of meat that looked very unappetizing. As soon as I started chewing I immediately knew it was tongue. The toughness/texture/sight of it was extremely awful...that and the bathroom trip soon after...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. undercooked egg whites. a ga-ron-teed trip to the ... well, you know..... (TMI, i know...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on a lighter note, offal. i pronounce it awful. <alright, chowhounds,-singin'-the-praises-of -offal, don't jump on me, ok?> and andrew zimmern is, well, a little perverse, if i do say so: "i just LOVE grubs!!" ok, buddy, go for it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <i repeat, no "grub-eatin'-offal-lovin'-hounds need apply to bash me here....as if that will forestall some of you who "love, love, love" this type of food).>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Kidney! Other organ meats are fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This thread is cracking me up! Love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Raclette cheese--smells like a combo of dirty underwear, BO and rotting feet. I've tried it twice in the last 5 yeears and just can't do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Milk--I tried really hard to drink it when I was a teenager, but the taste just gags me. It's fine in coffee, but not on its own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried eggs--actually, I've never had a fried egg. I am going to try one, I really am. Hopefully soon. I'm trying to decide if I should make my own at home where I can retch and gag in privacy, or if I should go to my favorite farmers breakfast cafe where I could at least chase it with a huge fluffy biscuit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Petrichor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, here's one; I can't drink coffee with milk. It's so natural to me that I don't even think about it, but some years ago I had a capuccino and it made me gag. Couldn't finish it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When I was a kid and my parents made fresh coffee, I'd aways ask for a cup and never drink it, but it smelt so good. When I finally tried it black, it all made sense :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Soop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I thought I was the only one. I have no idea why anyone would do such a thing, unless they're used to really bad coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aklein

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, white coffee doesn't taste of coffee - it tastes like milk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Coconut. Coconut. Coconut!



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. -Organ meats - including and especially foie gras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Diet salad dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Coke or Pepsi (though I like a diet soda on rare occasion)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh and I hate ginseng. Anything with ginseng tastes like metal to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I've eaten a lot of stuff, that makes people sick, from all over the world. I mean regular Andrew Zimmer (Bizarre Foods) stuff. In my 34 years of eating, the only thing that has ever caused me to regurgitate is yogurt. Plain old yogurt. But, for money I'd eat it. I've tossed cookies before, and I'll do it again. Might as well get paid for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do want to try durain. And not the genetically altered stink-less durain. From what I've seen, it is wretched smelling (even by Asian standards). But if Bourdain can eat it, then there's hope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The other is putrid shark form Iceland (frequent viewers of the travel channel now know where I get my list of things to try). If there's anything prepared for human dining that is that bad, I expect that would be it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But to date, there is nothing I've tried that I would not eat for money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Beets. Even the smell makes me gag!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Tuna noodle casserole, especially with embedded peas, makes me wish I had no tongue, nose or soul.

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