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

michele cindy Nov 17, 2008 04:58 AM

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.

  1. michele cindy Nov 27, 2013 04:03 AM

    Add you price to your reply, that's part of the fun of this topic to see what how much money you think it would take for you to eat your least desirable "normal" food.

    1. weezieduzzit Nov 26, 2013 12:37 PM

      White meat pork (I can tolerate small amounts of specific kinds of cured pork... sometimes.) I guess I might be one of those people with 2 copies of the OR7D4 gene that can smell and taste the androstenone in it because pork smells and tastes rancid to me. I couldn't even be paid to eat it.

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        losen Nov 26, 2013 12:28 PM

        Price: $50 for --- burger buns, most meat, especially sausages, cottage cheese, swiss omg swiss so disgusting, american cheese, raw collard and kale (but i munch on them like crazy when baked!), most fried food (I gag if I can feel greasy in my throat), walnuts, potato, milk (my mom used to force me drink it but yuk no), beer, chocolate, apple, banana and pineapple. cakey stuff because they taste too soft and greasy for some reason.
        No amount of money would make me eat vegetarian meat. THEY ARE GROSS. They taste like poison. I'd rather fast than having to smell those meaatless patty things.

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          fldhkybnva Nov 26, 2013 01:55 PM

          Can I inquire about burger buns? Not hot dog buns? Not bread in general? What is it about burger buns?

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            losen Nov 27, 2013 04:02 PM

            Sure. Burgers bun are really flaky, it's like chewing on saw-dust, very unpleasant. I don't like hot dog buns or italian either, but the denser bread---sandwich buns, bagels, sourdough, french bread are better. I guess the lighter buns just lack consistency...

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          middleagedfoodie Nov 25, 2013 03:26 AM

          Any hot dog, but especially boiled hot dogs. Thinking about the smell and texture is literally making me queasy as I write this.

          1. tehmeena Nov 24, 2013 03:30 PM

            Beef.. got some Allergy :(

            1. michele cindy Nov 24, 2013 07:11 AM

              Thought of another one. Vegemite. I'd do it for $25.00.

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                patgal56 May 2, 2013 07:02 PM

                Mayonnaise! I would starve to death before I would eat it. Second on that list would be raisins, or any type of dried fruit. I can't even stand sun-dried tomatoes! That texture- ick. <shudder>

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                  cantbeatgoodfood May 2, 2013 08:22 PM

                  Thank You ! Someone out there feels the same way about that Gross stuff! I Honestly would starve to death,Rather touch it.

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                  nowhereonearth Apr 24, 2013 01:01 AM

                  Liverwurst. And Gatorade. And once I tried making a Southeast Asian salad of some kind out of a banana flower-- awful! Like trying to eat something that kept leaking Elmer's Glue.

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                    khh1138 Nov 26, 2013 04:42 PM

                    I'm with you on the Gatorade. The flavour and texture just make me want to gag. It reminds me most unpleasantly of the drink you have to drink a large quantity of to prep for a colonoscopy. But even before I had one of those, I still hated Gatorade. I'd have to be desperate in the desert before I would willingly drink any more.

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                      John E. Nov 26, 2013 06:48 PM

                      The textur of Gatorade? It is a complete liquid like water. It has no 'texture'.

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                    BuildingMyBento Apr 23, 2013 09:04 PM

                    I might eat that Corsican cheese before trying again mayonnaise on anything in rural China. Mayonnaise on a blt- sure. But on a locally washed salad or sandwiched between slices of American cheese, nO.

                    I also wouldn't accept an all-expenses paid trip to eat at local restaurants in Taiwan, Hong Kong or anywhere Kejia. Gorss.

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                      Querencia Apr 23, 2013 12:25 AM

                      This is sort of semi-Fear Factor but it's also real. On the Chicago board posts come along from time to time wanting to know where to go for some esoteric kind of Mexican food that has cow or goat eyeballs in it. I have not made a note of the address.

                      1. globocity Apr 22, 2013 11:04 PM

                        Scrapple

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                          TX_Mommy Apr 22, 2013 05:50 PM

                          5 spice powder. I WANT to like it...I really do. I've even given it a few chances. But I can't figure out what is appealing about cinnamon in savory dishes. It just doesn't work for me...am I doing something wrong? It makes me wretch.

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                            cheesecake17 Apr 22, 2013 06:03 PM

                            I can't tolerate it either. I gag from the smell! I have no problem with each spice separately, but together....ugh

                            Also, I won't eat chicken that has a bone attached. Only boneless and skinless for me.

                            I have a hard time eating meat that I've prepared. Totally crazy?

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                              TX_Mommy Apr 22, 2013 06:24 PM

                              NOT crazy. I make dinner for my family almost every night, but I never eat the meat. Not sure why...I think there is a slight fear that I've undercooked it, maybe? I can eat meat that someone else makes easily.

                              BTW, so glad to know another Chowhound hates 5 spice...blech!

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                                cheesecake17 Apr 23, 2013 09:16 AM

                                It's not a fear of undercooking for me, I just don't like it. I'm not much of a meat eater to begin with.

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                                  linguafood Apr 23, 2013 10:50 AM

                                  Um. Buy thee a meat thermometer? It's not rocket science.

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                                linguafood Apr 22, 2013 11:37 PM

                                I've always been on the fence with 5 spice powder. I'm not too fond of overly sweet notes in my food unless other flavors balance them out.

                                The NYT magazine "Trini-Chinese Chicken" (http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101463...) has you use 2 tbs of 5 spice powder which kinda freaked me out - I find it to be on the xmassy kinda spectrum.

                                But the dipping sauce which adds salty, sour & spicy to the mix makes it all come together, but I didn't even find the 5 spice powder to be too overpowering w/out the sauce.

                              3. fldhkybnva Apr 15, 2013 12:39 PM

                                Funnel cake. I've never had it but the sight and smell of it has always made me quite nauseous for some reason.

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                                  sanb4542 Apr 12, 2013 11:50 AM

                                  Any Campbell's, Progresso soups

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                                    Christina D Nov 14, 2012 06:19 AM

                                    Bananas.

                                    Just. Can't. Do. It.

                                    1. michele cindy Nov 14, 2012 05:54 AM

                                      I just thought of a new one. Buttermilk! The thought of drinking it makes me, well I won't get into it. It would take $50.00 minimum for me to drink it.

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                                        venushakti Apr 29, 2012 10:58 AM

                                        anything Chef Boyardee
                                        blue cheese
                                        canned mushrooms

                                        I love good, funky charcuterie, I've had pate and some other processed meat product on a banh mi, I think kim chee and lots of other fermented foods are delicious. Those three things above send me running to the bathroom. I'd eat them for a few thousand, but no guarantees how long they will stay down.

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                                          LN2008 Apr 14, 2012 01:54 PM

                                          Cooked broccoli. The smell makes me sick.

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                                            John E. Apr 14, 2012 02:05 PM

                                            That's what happens to me with cabbage and cauliflower.

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                                              huiray Apr 14, 2012 02:28 PM

                                              It's interesting, the variance amongst all us folks. :-)

                                              For myself I like both cabbage and cauliflower in many variations. However, I really dislike over-cooked cauliflower (when it is just mush) more than with over-cooked cabbage.

                                              Cooked broccoli when it is at the mush stage is disgusting to me too! Or in soups, when reheated - ick. But freshly steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, something like that, YUM! Has to do with "decomposition" and transition of the sulfur-containing compounds in it too, I imagine.

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                                            chefdara Apr 6, 2012 11:52 AM

                                            carsu marzu - the nastiest food i've ever heard of. it's cheese with maggots and people actually eat it. You would have to pay me at least $10,000 to eat it and even then I would have to close my eyes and pinch my nose, i'd probably lose it right after swallowing. ick factor off the scale.

                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

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                                              krsyindove Mar 25, 2012 10:54 PM

                                              It would take a lot for me to eat blood or casu marzu, like at least $1000, but one thing I would just never eat, for any amount, is brain. Especially raw. Especially from a squirrel or something like that. Couldn't do it. Nope.

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                                                Sally LaRhette Mar 16, 2012 08:06 PM

                                                There are plenty of things I could not or would not eat...like Anthone Bourdain does on some of his shows so he is a good guest that would not insult the host, usually it seems to be a manly thing he faces...though there are family dishes with ingredients that make me go weak at the knees...On the local level, brains do not show up on my shopping list.

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                                                  eksophia Mar 9, 2012 05:20 PM

                                                  Bok choy, radishes, and black licorice! Gag!!

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                                                    cantbeatgoodfood Mar 9, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                    Eggs,The Smell,the texture,the taste,what they're actually are,no money is enough,same goes for that reeking smelly mayonaise,Never....Liver,Any seafood[including fishsticks,tunafish]cottage cheese,ricotta cheese,sour cream,yogurt,Have not missed these foods in over 45 years now.Just stick to what i like...

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                                                      Blythe spirit Feb 12, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                      Organ meats ( though I'll eat a pate that has lots of cream cheese mixed in
                                                      Escargot
                                                      Rabbit
                                                      Pale flabby chicken skin
                                                      Any soup with unidentified bits of mystery meat
                                                      Papaya ( the smell does me in)
                                                      Uni - a college boyfriend offered me $200 in cash to eat some and I said 'no'
                                                      Eggnog
                                                      It's funny how tastes change though. As I child, I loathed raw tomatoes and cilantro ( which I thought tasted like burned plastic) - now I love both.
                                                      Any banana 'flavored' candy etc.

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                                                        John E. Feb 12, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                        If someone offered you $200 cash to eat a banana popsicle, would you eat it?

                                                        I would eat everything on your list for some amount of money. But I loathe cilantro, don't often eat raw tomatoes, never had the opportunity to eat uni (I would), have often eaten soup as you described, try to avoid flabby skin, chicken or otherwise, I eat rabbit and if I had any gumption I would go shoot some snowshoe hares in the winter and have never eaten escargot, but in the right French restaurant, I would try themas well.

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                                                          huiray Feb 12, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                          Have you (and Blythe spirit) ever had Hainanese Chicken Rice? :-)

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                                                            John E. Feb 12, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                            Is this a trick question because it is a great dish that has flabby chicken skin? If so, I'd try it and would likely enjoy it.

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                                                              huiray Feb 13, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                              Yes, it's a poached/boiled chicken with flabby skin. When properly done, it would also have a thin layer of gelatin between the skin and the flesh, with the skin separated from the flesh. The chicken is accompanied by rice cooked using chicken broth and chicken fat, as well as various specific sauces. A popular dish in SE Asia. Considered by some as the 'National Dish' of Singapore. Available in various Malaysian/Singaporean/"SE Asian" or "SE Asian"-influenced restaurants in the USA and the UK amongst various Western countries. Decent/reasonable versions readily achievable by home cooks anywhere.

                                                              Google "Hainanese chicken rice" for more.

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                                                                John E. Feb 14, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                I did the search before I wrote my reply. I would still likely enjoy the dish better if after the preparation the skin is removed from the chicken and put onto the flat top with a back press to make it crispy and then returned to the dish. Of course, that would be violating all kinds of rules and traditions in Singapore. A restauranteur in Singapore would probably get 50 lashes with a cane for cooking such a dish however.

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                                                                  huiray Feb 14, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                                  Yes, that restauranteur would get raked over the coals. Still, one of the Malay versions makes it into roast chicken, which you probably would like better. (Note: "Malay" refers to one of the ethnic groups in the region; and is not the same as "Malaysian") Hainanese chicken rice within the Chinese communities in Malaysia and Singapore and elsewhere would expect the chicken to have the rubbery/flabby skin and the gelatin layer. If you had the chance to eat this dish, it might be an idea to try it as-is - you might find you like it after all, and find the totality of all the parts including said flabby skin to be the appropriate combination.

                                                                  Oh, if you did what you proposed with the chicken skin you would get a flavorful dish too, but it is no longer "Hainanese Chicken Rice" (and the chicken also could not be alternatively thought of as "pak chit kai" or "pak cham kai")

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                                                              Blythe spirit Feb 12, 2012 09:37 PM

                                                              Never even heard of that..

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                                                                huiray Feb 13, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                See above.

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                                                              Blythe spirit Feb 12, 2012 09:41 PM

                                                              I could probably tolerate a banana Popsicle for $200. But that would be the least objectionable thing on the list. I wouldn't eat Uni for $2000.

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                                                                John E. Feb 12, 2012 09:59 PM

                                                                Is it because uni is often eaten raw or because it is gonads?

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                                                                  Blythe spirit Feb 12, 2012 10:11 PM

                                                                  Because of the unappetizing yellow brown color, , the sqiggly gelatinous and slimy quality -AND the fact that it is a weird, raw sea creature.

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                                                                    John E. Feb 14, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                    I have never eaten uni but I have seen so many TV chefs eat it and rave about it on television that if I were in the right location, meaning where it is harvested, I would like to try it at least twice, once raw with just lemon and then sauteed with scrambled eggs.

                                                                    (I thought maybe the fact that uni is actually gonads and not roe as most everyone assumes is what skeeved you out).

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                                                                      RUK Feb 14, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                      Re uni - I had picked up some uni at the Sushi counter ( Hmart) and didn't care that much for the texture. Then we were on vacation in Iceland last Summer and took a Dinner cruise to see Puffins. At one point a basket was lowered into the water and scraped over the bottom. The whole stuff was dumped on a table- unedible/not suitable creatures were thrown back into the water and then mainly Scallops and Urchins were opened and cleaned on the spot. Never mind Dinner later, these Appetizers were the most delicious seafood bites. ( Dinner was yummy too...)I include some pictures - the red Urchins were thrown back and we ate the greyish ones.
                                                                      There is no comparison between that stuff one can pick up at a Sushi place and this incredibly delicious uni fresh out of the cool waters. (And the raw scallops were the best I have ever eaten, truly.)

                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                       
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                                                            dianne0712 Feb 10, 2012 05:56 PM

                                                            Any kind of fish or seafood and- even worse- raw tomatoes! I once spat a taco over a out 7 rows of people in a movie theater because my friend forgot Ihate them and I couldn't see in the dark.

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                                                              huiray Feb 10, 2012 10:18 PM

                                                              Even if you detested raw tomatoes, I find it somewhat disturbing you had to spew your taco bits out over 7 rows worth of folks in a movie theater.

                                                            2. visciole Feb 6, 2012 05:50 PM

                                                              People.

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                                                                Munkipawse Feb 7, 2012 07:57 PM

                                                                Ha-ha Viscole. Took me a minute to comprehend your answer.... I totally agree. I dont think i'd ever be that hungry. When i watched the movie ALIVE thats all i could think about... Having to make such a bleak choice in a horrific situation.

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                                                                  michele cindy Feb 8, 2012 03:15 AM

                                                                  Have you tried soylent green?

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                                                                  vestalis Feb 5, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                  Potted meat. My mother used to eat it smeared on white bread with miracle whip, ugh. Smells like cat food, looks like cat food, comes out of a can like cat food. No can do.

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                                                                    pine time Apr 23, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                    We used to gussy it up with diced dill pickles and mayonaisse. And, it's then gussied up cat food. Just awful.

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                                                                    MoxieLouise Jan 31, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                    I used to work at a deli counter in a grocery store...souse (ugh!). I don't know what it's made of but every time I had to slice it for customers (usually senior citizens) I would get ill. Even the name is gross. Souse.

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                                                                      kristina_kim Jan 30, 2012 11:58 PM

                                                                      Fish and almost all seafood. I can't stand the taste, the smell, or the texture. Whenever I smell raw fish it makes me want to gag, and cooked fish is just as bad, which is a real shame because I love fishing. I can stand being in the sun all day, the salty sea air, and I don't get seasick, but the smell is wretched. Any time I try to eat it I gag really hard.

                                                                      I never eat mayonnaise and almost every single cream sauce. The last time I had mayo on a sandwich I felt sick for a week.

                                                                      The worst part about not liking certain foods is that everyone around you is always poking at you and trying to get you to eat it, which I hate.

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                                                                        Puffin3 Jan 29, 2012 07:39 PM

                                                                        cottage ch....................................... sorry I had to go throw up even typing out the words.

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                                                                          Munkipawse Jan 29, 2012 08:18 PM

                                                                          I'm right there with you Puffin3. My Mom would eat bowls of that stuff whenever she'd kick off a new diet... I used to gag when i'd see it on the dinner table. :-P

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                                                                            michele cindy Jan 30, 2012 05:52 AM

                                                                            That brought back a ton of memories. "My Mom would eat bowls of that stuff whenever she'd kick off a new diet" - mine did the same!

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                                                                              John E. Feb 6, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                              My mother used to say only overweight people ate cottage cheese (occasionally she was one of them, although as a kid I never thought she was heavy).

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                                                                              The Professor Jan 30, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                              I felt the same way about it...until my college years, when a raging case of the "munchies" prompted me to actually _taste_ the stuff. ;-)

                                                                              Been hooked on it ever since! (especially Friendship brand)

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                                                                              pine time Apr 23, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                              I still laugh remembering a Mary Tyler Moore show where Mr. Grant said he didn't even like to say "cottage ch......" much less eat it!

                                                                            4. Pzz Oct 5, 2011 02:15 AM

                                                                              Raw squid - absolutely disgusting, sort of like fish flavored chewing gum. And it seems like such a waste since cooked squid can be so good.
                                                                              Tomato Soup - I'll eat tomatoes any other way happily, but tomato soup nauseates me. Sickly sweet with a repellant textural "feel".
                                                                              Tequiza - yes it's a beverage, but it deserves a mention for being the only alcoholic drink I threw away half-finished. Offensive in so many ways & tastes like really bad, stale beer served from an old tequila bottle.

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                                                                                Passadumkeg Oct 5, 2011 05:28 AM

                                                                                Pulque!

                                                                              2. Delucacheesemonger Sep 30, 2011 02:31 AM

                                                                                natto!

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                                                                                  PantryandFridge Sep 6, 2011 12:48 AM

                                                                                  I haven't really found anything that repulses me yet. Although I have not traveled a lot, so that might be the reason.... I can think of things I would not want to eat, but given the opportunity for money??? Who knows.... a lot of fun things to read on this topic.
                                                                                  Thanks for the post.

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                                                                                    Acantha Sep 6, 2011 12:43 AM

                                                                                    It's a toss-up between chipped beef and that awful sausage gravy people eat on biscuits. *gag*

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                                                                                      pamelak52 Jul 24, 2011 06:52 PM

                                                                                      Applesauce. Revolting.

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                                                                                        John E. Jul 24, 2011 07:20 PM

                                                                                        I understand your distaste for applesauce out of a jar such as Mussleman's, but what abkut homemade applesauce? Do you dislike that as well? My mother made the best applesauce. It was chunky with cinammon and nutmeg and not too sweet.

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                                                                                          pamelak52 Aug 17, 2011 12:08 PM

                                                                                          Good question - I made applesauce for my daughter sometimes and I find it to be alright. Perhaps it's the canning process that does something - part of the reason I made her baby food is that I find the smell of canned/jarred pureed food revolting. None of this crunchy "no processed food past my baby's lips" stuff...

                                                                                      2. woodleyparkhound Jun 3, 2011 11:19 AM

                                                                                        The question is "What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money." There are lots of things I'd rather not eat and a few that would gag me to eat, but if someone was seriously going to pay me to eat something, there is nothing I wouldn't eat! I would just hold my nose so I wouldn't taste it, then drink a lot afterward.

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                                                                                          crowmuncher Jul 24, 2011 05:11 PM

                                                                                          me too... i was just going to ask- How much money are we talking here? Many of the foods in this thread seem quite negotiable.

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                                                                                            mickie44 Jul 24, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                                                            Reminds me of the old joke -- we've already established you're a (Chowhound), now we're just negotiating.

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                                                                                              crowmuncher Jul 24, 2011 06:30 PM

                                                                                              are you calling me a food whore mickie? ;)

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                                                                                                mickie44 Jul 24, 2011 06:34 PM

                                                                                                After thinking of many polite answers in denial of that fact, my final answer is...yup.

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                                                                                                  mickie44 Jul 24, 2011 06:58 PM

                                                                                                  And I can say that in all innocence because I am one too. There isn't anything I wouldn't do...for food.

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                                                                                          Ned_Detroit May 22, 2011 07:48 PM

                                                                                          Almost any organ meats but especially brains and sweetbreads, tried sweetbreads once and the tast and texture were both horribly gag inducing. I also LOATHE most fungus and especially hate portabello mushrooms. Runny eggs aren't too appetizing nor are oversized beefsteak tomatoes which taste like rot to me. I would enjoy a salad with fresh coriander and goat cheese about now though;)

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                                                                                            SeaotterJr May 20, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                                                            Raw onions, cilantro, buttercream icing and edamame!

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                                                                                              loveballet101 Mar 30, 2011 10:11 AM

                                                                                              tuna. the smell of tuna, especially a tuna salad sandwich (since i hate mayo as well) makes me gag...maybe i'd take a bit for $100, but it would probably depend on my mood at the time

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                                                                                                caseygirl Apr 18, 2011 12:47 PM

                                                                                                skim milk powder - that was our milk when we were kids... still remember mixing it up for breakfast cereal...i think mom could have just bought regular milk, and saved on the sugar...us kids added so much - to kill the taste... the smell even. gack...!

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                                                                                                Japanecdote Mar 23, 2011 06:52 PM

                                                                                                I'm a pretty picky eater, but I'm usually able to at least eat a bite of thing before declaring it inedible. There's probably a lot of things that I wouldn't even be able to get close to my mouth without gagging, but one in particular comes to mind...

                                                                                                In Japan it's called Shirako, according to Wikipedia it's also known as milt. It's basically fish sperm. I've never had it, but according to some lady friends, and trying not to be too vulgur... it isn't dissimilar from the human version.

                                                                                                Ugh. I think that would be grounds for vomiting on the spot.

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                                                                                                  Sensuous Mar 24, 2011 05:00 AM

                                                                                                  My sister-in-law would love Shirako. Trying not to be too vulgar, she's quite fishy herself.

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                                                                                                  Isobel_A Mar 23, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                                  Mushrooms. I can't stand them. It's not the taste, it's the texture - if I'm fed them at a dinner party or something I always cut them up small enough to swallow without chewing and try and do it unotrusively. Ick.

                                                                                                  1. LorenM Mar 22, 2011 08:16 PM

                                                                                                    Some of these answers aren't very CHish. There is NOTHING I wouldn't eat. Especially if I hadn't tried it before, was safe and something people actually ate as food somewhere. There are some things I really choose not to eat because I don't care for them very much (black licorice, for one) but nothing so awful I absolutely refuse to eat it even for free (like if someone said "I have this really good black licorice", I would want to taste it.). I really like almost everything- some things I just like more than others. I would even try that weird maggot cheese and balut if I had the opportunity, some seal blubber- no problem. I have also been known to buy really cheap off-brands of canned gunk from the dollar store at certain times in my life and never really come across anything I wouldn't eat if I was starving.

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                                                                                                      jvanderh Mar 23, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                                      I think the question was meant sort of tongue-in-cheek, the OP asked what you wouldn't eat for $25. I think we'd all eat a lot of things if we were starving.

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                                                                                                        michele cindy Mar 23, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                                                        Thanks jvanderh, you are correct. I wasn't looking for anything that would be challenging or fear factorish, that would be a whole other post.

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                                                                                                        Phoebe Feb 10, 2012 02:58 PM

                                                                                                        I could NEVER eat veal. Not even for $10,000!!! I know many love it, but just can't get past the "ethical" personal issue for me. Not judging...just saying....

                                                                                                      3. michele cindy Mar 22, 2011 02:43 PM

                                                                                                        Another one, venison - $35.00 to taste it.

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                                                                                                          Basiorana Jan 1, 2011 01:56 PM

                                                                                                          I would eat most things for money, except for human flesh. It would take a lot of money for me to eat otoro because I know how horribly endangered it is and I know that when bluefins go extinct I would feel personally responsible for that bite-- and then all the money I got would probably go to conservation to feel better about it. Same thing for something like tiger or another endangered species, but otoro is the only one I would practically be offered.

                                                                                                          I strongly dislike octopus (erasers! erasers with suckers!), raw oysters (love them cooked), extremely hot peppers like ghost peppers (painful even in small doses), and truffles (yes I have had really high quality truffles when I was in Tuscany, they taste like pig shit smells), but I could be paid to do it. Ghost peppers, though, I would need a pint of plain unsweetened yogurt to chase it. It HURTS to eat those.

                                                                                                          I would be grossed out by brains, eyeballs, and anything that was served to me live, like drunken shrimp, live mice, or fish that are cut up in front of me, but would eat them if I was being paid a LOT. And honestly the aversion to brains has to do with prion diseases and the aversion to eyeballs is because I had to dissect sheep eyeballs in school and I can still smell the formaldehyde when I think of them. And the vitreous humor squirting on my lab coat. Ew. Those are the only things I wouldn't try without money or threat of international incident though.

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                                                                                                            kaleokahu Dec 18, 2010 11:22 PM

                                                                                                            My dad had a slaughterhouse and a packing plant when I was growing up, so I ate just about everything that makes a cow--or bull--bovine. But the one thing I could never eat was kidney. Something about the texture makes it squeak against your teeth when you bite down. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

                                                                                                            1. wrldsworstcook Dec 18, 2010 10:46 PM

                                                                                                              I'd have to jump aboard the "egg train" too! I'm right there with BeeZee on the gag factor...especially the yolks of hard boiled eggs! (Although it's a close call between eggs and creamy/dairy-based products like pudding, cream cheese, yogurt, etc.)

                                                                                                              1. chefathome Dec 14, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                I can think of very few things I wouldn't try - sure, there are things I would prefer not to eat again (i.e. Spam, wieners, mortadella, pickled pig's feet, leutefisk, durian, eyeballs) but I am very adventurous and love to learn more about various cultures through their food. Not too keen on trying rotten shark but would take a bite. I would try Argan oil (goat dung oil), edible bird's nests, and plump grubs (likely just once!). There is one thing that would give me difficulty - Casu Frazigu or rotten maggot cheese - it literally teems with maggots. You can actually hear them moving from several feet away. But back to regular fare - I seem to dislike mainly processed "meat".

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                                                                                                                  michele cindy Dec 15, 2010 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                  So glad I didn't eat breakfast before that one!

                                                                                                                2. Pzz Nov 25, 2010 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                  Cloves. The smell and taste are both repulsive to the point of being extremely nauseating. And those nasty little things are in almost everything during the Thanksgiving to Christmas season. They're in everything from incense to potpourri to herbal tea to pumpkin pie and on and on. I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate clove.

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                                                                                                                    Oran Tarlin Nov 20, 2010 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                    Marmite. Vegemite. Whatever you want to call it... Never again. NEVER AGAIN.

                                                                                                                    I actually have a list of five of these, because I normally think all food is infallible, and you have to like everything, but I leave 5 exceptions:

                                                                                                                    Marmite, obviously
                                                                                                                    Manicotti
                                                                                                                    Macaroons (the coconut variety, not the French sandwich cookies)
                                                                                                                    Paella (Which even I know I should love, there's nothing there to make me less than adore it... but god... it's horrible, nothing makes me sicker, no clue why, it's not the saffron)
                                                                                                                    I'm leaving this fifth one open in case I go on my long speal about food being infallible and someone is able to prove me wrong with something I can't stomach.

                                                                                                                    In what I think must be some kind of masochistic self torture, I've eaten all of these foods multiple times, at the insistance of people saying "it's the best" and they have failed. Other foods I've hated, but found their good qualities, this remain damned forever.

                                                                                                                    1. alliegator Nov 17, 2010 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                      Tuna from a can. That smell just absolutely makes me sick. You can't disguise that crap in any salad or casserole. Just, words fail me....
                                                                                                                      And you'd have to threaten me with bodily harm to taste dog meat. While I repect that it is okay in some cultures, for me personally, it's just way wrong.

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                                                                                                                        buttertart Nov 17, 2010 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                        Hooray hooray hooray, I am completely with you on this one.

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                                                                                                                          linguafood Nov 17, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                          When I recently made tuna salad for my man. I threw away the first can b/c I thought it had gone bad. The smell was just awful. When I opened the second can and it smelled the same, I realized that's what it's 'supposed' to smell like. Ugh.

                                                                                                                          Quickly mashed it up with Duke's mayo, lemon juice, celery salt, fresh chopped celery, s&p, and voilá - pretty damn edible.

                                                                                                                          But yeah, that odor from the can is really, really, really bad.

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                                                                                                                            alliegator Nov 17, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                            Haha, I got home a few hours early from a trip a while back and walked into the place to find my man trying to like dry fry a can of the stuff. I think I would have been less angry to catch him with another woman, the smell was that bad.
                                                                                                                            There is now a strict "no canned tuna" policy in place.

                                                                                                                      2. liangcha Oct 30, 2010 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                        There are very few things that I cannot eat or will not eat. I believe in the simple: "if someone made it with their very own hands then I must at least try it once" and yes I have tried some weird things once but never thought that I disliked them just never thought anything about it. cover it with soy sauce or some other sauce and I will bet you that you could not tell the difference between rabbit and chicken or dog and beef.

                                                                                                                        1. Passadumkeg Oct 29, 2010 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                          Isn't it funny? We seem to fall into 2 general categories.. Those who refuse to eat historical, real food, no matter how "offal" and those who refuse to eat modern American processed "ersatz" food, because it isn't "real food". What is the divide? Age? Demography? Regionalism? Economics?
                                                                                                                          Ethnicity? Political party affiliation? Musical tastes?

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                                                                                                                            mamachef Oct 29, 2010 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                            for me, the only "politicking" comes in when I'm deciding; is that going into Mama's mouth, or not? I'll try pretty much anything. I do prefer an informed decision. Which is why I'm sitting her forking up some of my neighbor Nanny's deep-fried chitlins. I'm glad she made them at HER house instead of mine of mine, but they shore are mighty tasty!!Frank's Hot Sauce!! Yeah!!

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                                                                                                                              michele cindy Nov 5, 2010 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                              I'd eat anything fried. Well except goat cheese, That would cost someone about $40.00 to get me to do it.

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                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg Nov 5, 2010 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                I just found a place w/ chciharone (chitlin?) burritos w/ a real spicy green chile sauce. Yum, heart-stoppingly good.

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                                                                                                                                onceadaylily Oct 29, 2010 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                36
                                                                                                                                Middle child of the working parent with 2.5 in tow fame, who fled the homestead with the bloom of youth making of the world a rosy glow
                                                                                                                                Midwest
                                                                                                                                Unemployed, but yet still safe
                                                                                                                                American mongrel, French/Native/a bit of English/German
                                                                                                                                Undeclared
                                                                                                                                I can't imagine the one music I would not listen to, even for money. Okay, I don't like raw onions, but I *would* eat them for a fiver.

                                                                                                                                Upon examination, I think raw onions are equate how I fell about polka. Which does call into play many of the factors you have listed.

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                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg Oct 29, 2010 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                  "Beer Barrel Polka"? "In Heaven There Is No Beer", "Who Stole the Kishka", "Sunrise Over the Tavern"?
                                                                                                                                  I eat for a lot of old 1 9 friends and I eat it all.

                                                                                                                                  Carpe chow!

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                                                                                                                                jvanderh Oct 29, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                Blue cheese!! Just NO. I gag just walking through the cheese section of whole foods. It is absolutely beyond me that people pay for that stuff. I eat pretty much anything, but NOT blue cheese. It tastes like vomit.

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                                                                                                                                  lizabu Oct 27, 2010 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                  I would eat anything that was considered a food. I might have a little trouble with an eye ball but I'd still eat it to see what it was like.

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                                                                                                                                    michele cindy Oct 28, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                    When in Thailand years ago, my husband ordered a bowl of soup. Upon stirring it, a huge cow eye ball popped up and was stared straight at him. He is not too adventurous, couldn't eat it.

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                                                                                                                                      ZenSojourner Oct 29, 2010 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                      Tongue is the one I have considered and then rejected eating. The thought of tasting something that was tasting me back kept running through my mind . . .

                                                                                                                                      I wouldn't eat an eyeball either. I figure that just leaves more for the folks who like it. >:D

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                                                                                                                                    Phoebe Oct 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                    Spam! It looks nasty...smells nasty...and tastes nasty!!! When I was a kid, my Mom used to make a macaroni casserole with it. Just the way it looked was enough to send me running. Thank goodness I was never forced to eat the stuff. I still remember the blue can with yellow lettering to this day. :O

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                                                                                                                                      michele cindy Oct 26, 2010 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'd add that to my list too. Never tasted it, never plan to.

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                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Oct 26, 2010 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                        Thank goodness I was never forced to eat the stuff. I still remember the blue can with yellow lettering to this day. :O
                                                                                                                                        Refer above and you will see that I was "forced to eat the stuff", 3 meals a day, in jungle conditions, for nearly 3 weeks. Never again

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                                                                                                                                        SherBel Oct 24, 2010 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        Kidneys. Can't do it.

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                                                                                                                                          erikschwarz Oct 25, 2010 01:07 AM

                                                                                                                                          "Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods' roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine." From James Joyce's Ulysses, an otherwise largely indigestible book.

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                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg Oct 25, 2010 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            Bloomin' Hell, a man after my own heart; especially the fried hencods' roe.

                                                                                                                                            Erik, you are a better man than I. I never finished Ulysses.

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                                                                                                                                              buttertart Oct 25, 2010 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                              Now's the time to do it.

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                                                                                                                                                erikschwarz Oct 25, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                Neither did I. I would have a better chance of working my way through Joyce's punch list of offal than of finishing his book.

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                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Oct 25, 2010 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                  The Wake, yes. Ulysses is nothing like Finnegan's Wake in terms of readability. Rather a lot about food in it too. C'mon, P-k!

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                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg Oct 25, 2010 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I am now teaching 5 novels concurrently and teaching how to write research papers. Gimme a 36 hour day, will ya?

                                                                                                                                                    Gimme 20 bucks and I consider Kraft Mac & Cheese, if I can doctor it up.
                                                                                                                                                    The same goes for Hamburger Helper.
                                                                                                                                                    I'm just an offal kind of guy.

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                                                                                                                                                    onceadaylily Oct 29, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Lightly paraphrasing a quote from James Joyce's wife, "Why don't you write a book people can read?"

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                                                                                                                                              marlynn Oct 6, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                              I think a lot of the input forgot the main question. MC was specifically asking about "regular" not fear factor foods. That said, one person's regular is another person's "never tasted it". Some people have implied that taste aversions can be simply overcome by trying. Not true. Many [for all I know, maybe most] food aversions are based in the brain. They've written about that in newspapers and research journals. For instance, one such is Cilantro, which I love but was surprised to find that some people HATE. So, I don't serve it them. As for me, I have a list of strong dislikes, headed by sweet potatoes or yams. I loathe the taste and the stringiness. As a child, they were served by a mother who demanded they be eaten, because she liked them, and she couldn't understand my total aversion. I grew up to realize that I disliked any vegetable that turns sweet when cooked... beets, peas [love them raw], carrots, etc. I tried eating cooked veggies till I hit 50. Half a century was enuf. Some of the stories here are funny - DH grinning [though he lost a bit of his finger] at the thought he would never have to make breakfast again. Personally, I'd rather have a whole finger. Each to his or her own. But, some of us really suffer from feeling the need to eat something we hate, just to be polite. I don't do that. I, politely ignore the food I don't like. My equally polite hosts usually, also, ignore the food I don't eat. No scene. I don't like cheese cake. One hostess insisted I would like her particular cheese cake. It really wasn't bad. But, if it had been, I wouldn't have eaten more than 2 bites. That's not good manners, it's a form of subtle torture. I also have recently given up eating fish. Not because I don't enjoy good, well prepared fish, but because so many times, part of the fish has been "fishy". Nobody else mentioned that fishy fish is awful. It's disgusting. Yet, often my husband doesn't mind it. Though, he has his limits, too. My sons take after their Dad. But, one bite of "fishiness" can ruin an entire entree, for me. Does anyone else feel that way? And, how about sweet, cooked veggies? I know most people love them. By the way, I've tasted blood sausage - not my thing but doesn't make me gag like sweet potatoes do. And, I'm not concerned with exotic fried bugs or eyeballs, etc, as that wasn't the question.

                                                                                                                                              The only post I had a problem with was the one where the writer tries to "battle" his niece into eating something she really dislikes. I found that troubling, even more because this child wasn't his own. But, that's my personal opinion. Children don't need bullying by the people who are supposed to love them. There are other ways. I found that serving everything and not making a fuss one way or another was helpful in raising children with open minds. Sorry, if this is preachy. Those who disagree, will undoubtedly let me know. Meanwhile, we can all find lots of foods we love to eat. Yum!!!!!

                                                                                                                                              1. erikschwarz Oct 5, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                Close relatives. Don't know what it is - maybe the memory of holidays and family occasions - but I just can't choke them down. Strangers, on the other hand, especially small tender ones...

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                                                                                                                                                  braisinhussy Oct 5, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Although I enjoy omelets and crisp-edged fried eggs, and I also like mayonnaise, egg salad makes my skin crawl. Always has. (Deviled eggs, too.) I can't say I won't eat it under any circumstance, ever, because I did have to consume 1 egg salad sandwich as part of a sadistic GI test. I wished for Versed, a sedative that makes you forget what transpired just before dosing. I don't think I could replicate the experience without significant compensation. As in, write-it-on-a-slip-of-paper-with-a-studied-nonchalance compensation.

                                                                                                                                                  "Cream of" soups. And creamy white sauces - apologies, bechamel et al. I don't know if I can put a price on this aversion. I think I'd have to ask family and friends how much they'd pay to see me take a bite.

                                                                                                                                                  Hot oatmeal. I have no idea why. I love it in all baked goods. But a hot bowl of it fills my nose and eyes with panic. I'm not sure how much it would take for me to eat it. I'm thinking $50. Or enough to cover an hour's massage.

                                                                                                                                                  Molasses. Another item I like as a (ligthly used!) flavoring in baking, but I have to hold my breath around an uncapped bottle of it. That said, $15 would likely encourage a spoonful. A small one.

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                                                                                                                                                    FBing Oct 4, 2010 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Cocunut anything. I will eat raw from the shell, also grape candy, and strawberries

                                                                                                                                                    1. natewrites Sep 7, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Liver and onions

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                                                                                                                                                        twj Aug 22, 2010 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                        For me it's masago, or any kind of fish roe. The crunchiness and *pop* of liquid is so repulsing and vile. Even a few inadvertant specks of orange on my sushi will make me want to stop eating it altogether. I've never tried sturgeon caviar, but can imagine that it is similar.

                                                                                                                                                        1. lisaress Aug 22, 2010 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I can't think of anything that I have tried that I wouldn't eat for any amount of money. I like money! You might have to pay me $10 to drink coffee or eat broccoli and maybe $50 to eat raw oysters which my grandpa would get by the pound container already shucked for Christmas and slurp one after the other. Other than that, with the exception of organ meats I haven't tried and insects, I'm a cheap date. Even if I haven't tried it, if I see someone else eat it, I will try for free - maybe only once though.

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                                                                                                                                                            condie Aug 22, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Blood sausage!
                                                                                                                                                            In my youth, when in other parts of the world, I made a standard practice of ordering those things on a menu that were not familiar to me. I've tried it all and liked most of it, but even if I didn't particularly like it, I considered it a shame not to eat it.
                                                                                                                                                            The day I ordered blood sausage in Germany put me to shame. It totally repulsed me and I simply could not get it down. I bowed my head humbly when I had to admit that fact to the friendly proprietor.

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                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Aug 24, 2010 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Raw or pan-fried? Pan-fried, it is absolutely delish, but needs mashed potatoes and apple sauce to offset the, umm, chalkiness & richness. But it certainly is an acquired taste, and as a child, I hated it.

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                                                                                                                                                                lisaress Aug 24, 2010 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I have never had it, but imagine that it tastes like beef heart. Is that right or wrong? I only had heart as a child and I was an extremely picky child, but did not mind it. Every once in a while, I get a taste of beef that I think "heart", and that is not a taste I really want to repeat. Can you describe the taste of blood sausage? What is it made of?

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                                                                                                                                                                  condie Aug 28, 2010 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Blood sausage. I think it was boiled. I did not eat enough of it to be able to make a description of the taste, and the experience was years ago. It definitely did not have the consistancy of heart, but ran somewhat over the plate when cut into. The proprieter was somewhat surprised that I would not eat it. He knew that I would eat anything, and this was apparently a local favorite at that time in that local.

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                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Sep 18, 2010 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    As far as I know, it's made of coagulated blood, fat, and assorted 'Other Things.'

                                                                                                                                                                    You can have it as a cold cut, sliced thinly, or, as mentioned previously, pan-fried. Boiled, it sounds kinda icky, and I understand that a plate running over with blood would be detrimental to someone's appetite...

                                                                                                                                                                    It is really delicous pan-fried, though.

                                                                                                                                                              2. masha bousha Aug 12, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Nuts in brownies, cookies, salads or ice creams.
                                                                                                                                                                Miracle Whip which always smells like wall paper paste to me and lastly, the huge amounts of fat surrounding every piece of prime rib that my inlaws love to serve.

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                                                                                                                                                                  The Professor Aug 15, 2010 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Well there you go...and this is what makes the world go round. For me, nuts are good anywhere (especially in brownies and cookies) and I like the fat on the prime rib better than the meat itself.

                                                                                                                                                                  I agree wtih you wholeheartedly on Miracle Whip though...it is an evil, vile substance.

                                                                                                                                                                2. ChrisOC Aug 6, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Last night, on the Travel Channel, they guy that eats all the wierd stuff had cod fish with a sauce made from cod sperm. No way, no how!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                    lusfolgena Aug 3, 2010 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Green bell peppers. Just smelling them makes me gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                      cgarner Jul 30, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Lima beans, had a bad experience with them as a kid, I can't even smell them now without gagging!
                                                                                                                                                                      (see what parents do to their kids?)
                                                                                                                                                                      also sea urchin... it's not a 'regular' thing to most (it's a regular at sushi bars) I had it once and it was like putting a big cold snot in my mouth, texturally... can't do it!

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                                                                                                                                                                        grlwhoeats Jul 30, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Red pickled hardboiled eggs. The smell and texture make me gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                          The Professor Aug 8, 2010 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          good...more for me.
                                                                                                                                                                          These have been a favorite of mine since childhood!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. woodleyparkhound Jul 25, 2010 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          When I was in the Peace Corps I got invited to a wedding, which was a real honor. Everyone was drinking glasses of pink liquid. I was very intrigued. When I got my glass and tasted it, I realized what it was - rose water... in a very concentrated form. It was one of the most nauseating things I've ever tasted (and really, there are VERY few foods I refuse to eat). So, since I was the Peace Corps volunteer, everyone was looking at me. (In every situation I was in I got as much attention as Mick Jagger!) Even though I KNEW I was being rude by not drinking it, I just couldn't do it. It was really a horribly embarrassing and uncomfortable moment.

                                                                                                                                                                          I still will never order a dessert in an Indian restaurant that contains rose water (or cardamom, which I can force myself to eat, but would rather not). Needless to say, I almost never eat Indian desserts!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Firegoat Jul 5, 2010 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I tried some Zevia diet soda recently.... I got about 2 swallows down. That's about a $500 to drink the whole can.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Glam Foodie Jun 28, 2010 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              A Swanson's turkey dinner. I mean, I COULD DO IT, for a large fee and a ton of water, salt, and pepper to help me out. Otherwise, I just can't handle it.

                                                                                                                                                                              Also, pate - ick! I could probably handle HOT chicken livers cooked with butter, wine, and herbs. I could do that. And foie gras is absolute heaven. But cold, mashed up liver? No, thank you. I think I'd need at least a grand before I'd even consider it.

                                                                                                                                                                              And while we're discussing organs, aside from liver I have to shout: NO BRAINS/TESTICLES/KIDNEYS/etc etc etc! Ever. I mean it, there would have to be some serious, reality gross-out game show money on the line for me to even go there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                thew Jun 28, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                just curious - have you tried pate/chopped liver? have you tried these BRAINS/TESTICLES/KIDNEYS/etc etc etc?

                                                                                                                                                                                or is the dislike purely conceptual?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Glam Foodie Jun 28, 2010 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Purely conceptual. I CAN'T. I'll try anything else, seriously, but that's where I draw the line.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember being 16, and someone brought over a large plate of pate to my parents' open house Christmas party. The smell of it was enough to make me literally gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg Jul 5, 2010 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Glam, remember ham ham is a pig's ass and who knows what evil offal lies in the hearts of hot dogs, sausage and chicken McNuggets?
                                                                                                                                                                                    Gimme 20 bucks and I might try a Mc Nugget, a Taco bell taco, Denny's, Appleby's or Olive Garden. I've never eaten any of the above, it is purely conceptual. Chains hurt my teeth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Panini Guy Jul 23, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Not suggesting Denny's is CH-worthy, but unlike a McNugget at least if you order bacon and eggs you get actual bacon and actual eggs. You might only get there because of a hangover, but it won't hurt your teeth if you stick with basics.

                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the best pizzas I had in Bulgaria was brains and peppers. But if that were on the menu at Denny's I'd probably turn several shades of green, lol.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Jul 23, 2010 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I am mistaken. After a Super Bowel (sic), I took advantage of the Denny's Super Whoopie free breakfast. My wife refused to go. The bacon was ok the pancakes tasted meh, the butter unlike any butter I've ever eaten and the fried eggs, plasticy. The atmosphere was plastic oppressive. Even for free, it was not pleasurable and not worth it. I do not like chains, Sam I am.
                                                                                                                                                                                        In Norway I liked the reindeer pizza (no maraschino cherries, please) and the asparagus and mussel pizza as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          michele cindy Jul 25, 2010 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Do they really put cherries on it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg Jul 25, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Marichino cherries? At Xmas on time I serve a large reindeer roast w/ a marichino stuck on the top end singing.....
                                                                                                                                                                                            But no, not on pizzas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                fara Jun 17, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                peanut butter cookies make me gag, or any dessert with peanut butter. i love pb in savory items, but shudder at a "pb and chocolate chip cake with pb mousee and caramel."ugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  foodarts56 Jun 21, 2010 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  number one on my list is cooked raisins....those, weirdly wrinkled and plump things that make me shudder when I discover one buried in rice pudding. Like raisins the way they were intended, dry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    michele cindy Jun 22, 2010 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    reminds me of my friends aversion to peas. He looks at them and envisions tiny green aliens popping out of them. Something must have happened during his childhood...:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jul 10, 2010 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      a cooked fat raisin looks just like a fat tick (sans those sexy little jagged legs, though). eeeeuuuuw!
                                                                                                                                                                                      WARNING will robinson, this visual aid is not for the squeamish: http://www.dypyx.com/wp-content/uploa...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        cuccubear Jul 21, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Mmmm, raisins

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                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jul 23, 2010 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL cuccs! i couldn't even go back and click on the photo link because i couldn't bear to see that lovely "raisin."

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Passadumkeg Jun 17, 2010 02:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    For decades, no amount of money on earth could get me to eat any Vietnamese food. A trigger. Now I pay to eat it. What the pho? Time heals....

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                                                                                                                                                                                      MVNYC Jun 17, 2010 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I think yours might be the only real reason to have an aversion to anything here. I think everyone here needs to open their minds as you clearly have. This is chowhound have some open minds. Pretty much anything can taste good if it is treated the right way

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                                                                                                                                                                                        thew Jun 18, 2010 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        anything can, but some things do not, to some people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          MVNYC Jun 18, 2010 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I battle with my five year old niece to try things, I think adults should be a little more open minded. It sort of goes against the original Chowhound ethos if you limit yourself to broad groups of foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Jun 18, 2010 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think most people here are extremely catholic in their tastes, but there are some experiences/factors that can cause aversions to certain foods that are difficult if not impossibleto overcome. Another VN vet I know won't eat ANY Asian food whatsoever, I'm glad to hear that P doesn't suffer from that phobia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Jun 18, 2010 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank ya ma'm, just no Spam or c-rations. A warm Bud is still ok, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jun 18, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                A warm Bud is better than no Bud, buddy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              thew Jun 18, 2010 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              i have a 5 year old son. i get the battle. and i eat almost everything. but e.g. i don't like calves liver. i've had it prepared very well, and i've tried multiple times. I know people who love it. but, to me, it just doesn't taste good. it has nothing to do with a closed mind. just the opposite, as every few years i try again, because i don;t want to dislike it just out of habit. but the end result every time (and i'm almost 50, so it has be more than a few tries) is that i don't like the taste of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              this has nothing to do with limiting myself, it has to with the simple fact that some people don't like some things. and that's ok. if everyone had the same tastes then there would be no need for creativity, no delight in getting to know someone new, and the world would be a dull dull place

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                                                                                                                                                                                                MVNYC Jun 18, 2010 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Not liking calves liver or one particular item like that is not what I was referring to. I am referring to the people who broadly state that they won't eat seafood, or a particular cuisine. It is the people who say blanket statements such as this who are clearly not into trying things again. I get that you don't like calves liver, I mean there are foods I don't like despite trying multiple times. So again this was not aimed at you, it is at the picky eaters who make snap decisions based on one or two encounters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  michele cindy Jun 18, 2010 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  op here.. just to clarify by "aversion" I mean something you've tasted before and just can't stomach no matter how much you've tried.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    nooyawka Jun 18, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    hey, op, wazzup?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    sea urchin, 'nuff said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    thew Jun 19, 2010 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    that's avery different statement than "Pretty much anything can taste good if it is treated the right way"

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                                                                                                                                                                                            nooyawka Jun 18, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            New acronym: wtp :)
                                                                                                                                                                                            I was like that with sushi. Slowly acquired a taste for it. Now I crave it. Go figure.
                                                                                                                                                                                            I know people that still refer to it as "bait" and I'm obsessed with trying to convert them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            nooyawka Jun 16, 2010 09:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Colored sprinkles, on anything (donuts, ice cream, etc.). Chocolate sprinkles, I tolerate. Chocolate shell (dipped) I love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              michele cindy Jun 17, 2010 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think that's the most odd one here. I could kind of understand many of the other aversions, but this one "takes the cake". :).
                                                                                                                                                                                              Where do you think that comes from? How much money would it take for you to eat them? I love them and to me they are a bit on the tasteless side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                nooyawka Jun 18, 2010 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                You think that's strange? I work with a girl who doesn't eat anything that's blue: blueberries, blue snow cone, blue icing on cake...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Isoldamay Jun 11, 2010 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Blood sausage, most organ meats (liver is okay in a pate or if it's foie gras), and white chocolate. I cannot even put that in my mouth without gagging.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                nooyawka Jun 16, 2010 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ooh! Blood sausage. I just recently developed a fondness for that. I repeatedly returned to an Argentinian restaurant b/c it was a part of their parillada (mixed grill). Especially with the little bits of pork fat in there....mmmm....

                                                                                                                                                                                                Organ meats?! I live for tripe, beef stomach, sauteed liver and onions, ...

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. missmar79 Jun 6, 2010 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                any mayo based salad or store brand mayo plain on anything
                                                                                                                                                                                                (but i love aioli, and flavored mayo- go figure)

                                                                                                                                                                                                tuna fish salad - kill me now

                                                                                                                                                                                                bologna/head cheese/olive loaf etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                cooked carrots

                                                                                                                                                                                                sardines/anchovies/herring/mackeral (any "fishy fish")

                                                                                                                                                                                                black licorice

                                                                                                                                                                                                chardonnay (the oaked kind is like poison)

                                                                                                                                                                                                scotch/brandy/burbon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  swampwitch Jun 10, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  deep fried anything but especially brain. yuk! used to work in a place that I had to make em gives me the chills. Also tripe; my hubby , rest in peace, used to love it but he had the courtesy to cook it out side on the burner so not to smell up the house.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    DomesticDizziness Aug 24, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. At first I thought this was my post (seriously)!
                                                                                                                                                                                                    missmar, we could cook together! Your list is *exactly* all the things I hate. Ewww. Tuna & cooked carrots......washed down with an oaky chardonnay.....It's all God-awful, vile stuff.........gag.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Writeher May 31, 2010 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had food poisoning, once..... The real deal, 3 days in the hospital on an I.V. after eating lasagna. There is nothing wrong with lasagna but my body, my brain or something deep within (much bigger than me) causes a visceral reaction and, I simply cannot eat it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lefty21 May 31, 2010 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      mayo

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. eviemichael May 5, 2010 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I cannot eat ketchup or baby corn. At all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember the first day I met my college roommate freshman year she dipped baby corn into ketchup at the school cafeteria. I was afraid it was a bad omen, but she turned out to be a wonderful person. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. bermudagourmetgoddess May 4, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peanut butter on CORN!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            cuccubear May 5, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Odd combination...Has anyone ever asked you to eat that for money? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              bermudagourmetgoddess May 5, 2010 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not really is was a thread on the site!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            sourgirl May 3, 2010 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            couldn't pay me to eat meat, tomatoes (and I have had extremely fresh, home-grown ones), avocados, french onion soup, and goat cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              stuck in Hartford County May 4, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like all your "yuck" foods. Send the tomatoes to me, please!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                michele cindy May 5, 2010 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Goat cheese was what inspired me to ask the question.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                DomesticDizziness Apr 29, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Barring the uncommon or bizarre etc. My list of foods are things I wouldn't take a bite of without monetary compensation. Eating an entire meal....not sure I could choke it down for any amount.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1) Offal (Organ meats, entrails, testicles - anything other than muscle or bones) $5,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2) Bologna = Vile It would take well over $2,000+.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Bologna is my arch nemesis. I won't allow it in the house. But most pressed, formed meat is repugnant)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3) Lamb $300

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  guygirl94 Apr 23, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Easy Cheese. I use it to give pills to my dogs. It is not fit for human consumption. $50. Eating the ultimate raw fish - priceless: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwTH7b....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg Apr 23, 2010 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An octopus bar was the setting of my eldest son's bachelor party in Seoul and I was the guest of honor (age). I've eaten a lot of bizarre stuff in my life, but this one set me back. I drank a lot of So Ju before I'd even attempt it. I think that is the perfect setting for this food foolishness. A bunch of drunk 20 something males. I avoided it last trip. Wonderful wedding though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Passadumkeg Mar 25, 2010 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lean Cuisine type diet frozen meals. Frozen, expensive, tasteless crap! Can't these folks make a salad? Frozen pizza, only for the taste bud deprived. Have Americans forgotten how to cook. I'm too busy is an excuse, not a reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. weewah Mar 25, 2010 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liver. Why do people insist on eating an organ that exists to filter toxins from the human body? GAK. Mineraly, mealy, dense, dry Oh, that blood taste makes me want to hurl!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And blood sausage is an invention of the devil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tripeler Mar 25, 2010 03:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think many people eat "an organ that exists to filter toxins from the human body." Of course, many eat organs which exist to filter toxins from other kinds of bodies, but few people eat human organs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        southern_expat Mar 17, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bananas (I shudder to even type that word). I've eaten crickets, ants, durian, Guinea pig, horsemeat, all kinds of offal, etc. I'd do it all again just for the experience. Put me in a room with a banana, I go nuts. I really have a hard time even looking at one (hard to buy fruit, but I manage.) I should really call the Maury Povitch show.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cgfan Mar 23, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You must have seen this one, then:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NSFPP (Not safe for pickle phobes) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSCotd...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            malibumike Mar 27, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My wifie loves Bananas but I almost throw up when I try to eat one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. stuck in Hartford County Mar 13, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's a good one a la Anthony Bourdain (AKA "everything goes better w/cigarettes and alcohol") Definitely grosser than my issues w/eel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the Iceland episode, AB goes to this crazy VFW/dining hall place where he eats raw shark that has been buried in the ground for, like, a year or something. Yup. They just dig it up and eat it. It's rotted. It's the only thing I've ever seen him eat that ISN"T better w/alcohol. Especially the gross Icelandic alcohol they give him. And these guys are singing really, really bad music at the mic the whole time. Man o man o man. It's bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Mar 13, 2010 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The shark is like strong lutefisk and the drink is like aquavit, called Svarte Dodde, The Black Death. Gimme both over Pop Tarts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stuck in Hartford County Mar 13, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like, NO WAY! I'd rather eat eel and shad. What, no rotting shark in 'Nam? " I think I just threw up a little bit into my mouth"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg Mar 13, 2010 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No, but I lived in Norway and traveled in Iceland. I'd rather eat Hakarl and drink Svarte Dodde that the C-rats I had to eat in Nam any day. All a matter of perspective, dearie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't believe everything you watch on TV. And remember, AB is from New Jersey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    michele cindy Mar 17, 2010 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg - I'm originally from NJ too! Watch it bud. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Mar 17, 2010 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bon Jovi and I went to the same high school. Were you from the land of panzerotti (south) or the land of the Italian hot dog (north)? Nj sloppy Joe and The Scarlet Knights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Proof enough?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MandalayVA Mar 17, 2010 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your list is made of fail without pork roll. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        /Jersey native

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg Mar 17, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taylor's Pork Roll or Taylor's Ham. Jfood uses Taylor ham, I grew up w/ pork roll. More North vs South?I bring it back each visit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ps Tasty Kakes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MandalayVA Mar 17, 2010 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm central Jersey so we called it pork roll and believe it or not you can get Taylor's here in VA. I went to college in south Jersey and was introduced to the joys of panzarottis. Can't get those here. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Mar 17, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or a butter roll, Kaiser, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          michele cindy Mar 17, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          union - exit 138 gsp. Italian Hot Dog land. What is a panzerotti?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg Mar 18, 2010 02:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzarotti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Exit 124, Sayreville, "Where Industry Prospers".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              michele cindy Mar 18, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you call "calzones" calzones? They seem so close.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --"Union the home of the world's largest water tower."--

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg Mar 18, 2010 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Five corners hot dogs in Union, Jan's Ice Cream Shop on Springfield Ave, in the 60's. Jfood is a Union boy, my uncle lived there as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  michele cindy Mar 18, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hotdoglover too. I found out he was a neighbor of my parents way back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                firemyars Mar 9, 2010 11:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm vegetarian, but there is nothing that could make me eat celery. It's poison.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sensuous Mar 10, 2010 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  make sure the stalk is fresh and cold and tender and clean of any strings, then smear it with cream cheese and give it a try again i promise you will like it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. meatnveg Feb 19, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  KRAB - i.e. the fake crab thing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  potato - from french fries to aloo gobi; all failed at getting my taste-buds going

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Licorice - blech..is all i can say

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Foie Gras - felt like I was eating plain butter. maybe pan seared would be better

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sensuous Mar 10, 2010 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you don't like french fries?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    runwestierun Feb 15, 2010 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spaghetti-o's. I can't even smell them. Gak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stuck in Hartford County Feb 18, 2010 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uh, westie, is this a result of an ARI? (alcohol related incident)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I mean, Spaghetti-o's are great. Unless you've partaken of the grain-jungle-juice libation...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      commander77 Jan 24, 2010 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You couldn't pay me to eat tongue. The thought just about makes me gag. Head cheese is another one. I agree with Jerry Seinfeld , those two words shouldn't be anywhere near each other in a sentence. I have a hard time with cooked broccoli. I think it smells like dirty socks, ones that have been worn through a walk in a swamp. Yuck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Jan 24, 2010 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Commander, have you thought about enlisting in the real meat batallion?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You just listed listed 3 of my faves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pfc. Keg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ps welcome to chowhound

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          michele cindy Jan 25, 2010 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm with the commander, head cheese, just the name alone is repellent enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Professor Jan 25, 2010 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's just silly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's meat. (and some gelatin) Meat from a different part of the animal, but it's meat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My god...if you've ever eaten a hot dog, I can't imagine what you're squeamish about.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course I'm just being facetious ... you likes what you likes, and stay away from the rest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's ok by me. We all have our quirks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But still...good head cheese really _is_ a tasty treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              michele cindy Jan 26, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's just something about the name and the look of it. I love marrow bones and they look awful so it's just the bad rep head cheese gets I guess, whoever named it needs to be questioned. I've eaten mortadella too but headcheese ewwww.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jan 26, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I eat pretty much everything and the source of the meat in any sausage or cold cut doesn't bother me in the least but the gelatin in head cheese does - really don't like savory gelatin anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jan 26, 2010 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                just the other day, i was watching eric ripert ("artisanal" episode, of "avec eric" on createtv.com http://aveceric.com/14-episode-7--Art...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                swoon over a local purveyor's head cheese at the farmer's market. he was in tuscany.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Jan 26, 2010 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK, I wouldn't turn my nose up at it in Tuscany.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jan 26, 2010 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i thought the same thing. it didn't look like what i've seen as "head cheese" growing up -- but i really didn't see it much at all growing up, to be fair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my mom, who grew up in poor, rural north florida during the depression speaks highly of head cheese. it's funny how being frugal is now de rigueur, and using snout to tail is trendy (thanks to fergus making it more mainstream -- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whole-Beast-Nose-Tail-Eating/dp/0060585366/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b ).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    what's old is new again. or to quote solomon, "there is nothing new under the sun."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and now for something completely different..... http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/h/head_cheese.asp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and.... here is a comment to a foodie blog with photos of making head cheese: "I dont think there is anything more grotesque you could cook is there? Any food you need to shave in preparation is off the menu for me!" (dan). http://www.blogjam.com/2006/10/11/hea...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jan 26, 2010 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The shaving part IS amusing. We're of the same generation, my mother would occasionally buy head cheese but my father (a proud Englishman) would have nothing to do with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jan 26, 2010 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i don't recall which thread it was on, but there was a quip about okra:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "i don't want to eat any vegetable that needs a kleenex and a shave."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Jan 26, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good one. I always think okra tastes vaguely of cigarette butts (but I like it, slimy or no). Not overfond of gel/slime in general - a terrifying appetizer on JAL: a cold fish ball coated in one slimy substance slipping around on a slightly denser jellied base.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Jan 26, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i like okra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i cannot connect with the asian "jelly" thing, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              michele cindy Jan 26, 2010 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd prefer to eat a cigarette butt over head cheese any day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jan 26, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd have to come down on the side of the head cheese, if put to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  michele cindy Feb 7, 2010 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We went to Lupa (NYC) on Friday for lunch, We ordered the piccolo asst meats, and what was on it? Head Cheese! And I got all my wits together and tasted it. It wasn't awful, but I wouldn't eat it again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Feb 7, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've eaten it occasionally too, it just doesn't float my boat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      michele cindy Feb 8, 2010 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reminds me a dish my mom liked, Pecha - jellied calves feet... I tried to like it, but never could. I did like the garlic part, but the consistancy just couldn't get over it. However, I love marrow bones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Feb 8, 2010 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love marrow. There was a particularly memorable headcheese we had in Paris - had a lot of pig's ear in it. The combo of jellied and crunchy cartilage...no...please!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg Jan 26, 2010 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll eat a cigarette butt over slimy okra, but give me head cheese, any day! Just another form of meat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny food attitudes. My grandmother used to make head cheese and I actively seek it out as a specialty food, along w/ jellied pig's feet. But okra is not part of my history/culture and what I have had is ghastly. It out to be kicked out of the vegetable category (and placed w/ Spam, cheap corn dogs and pop tarts).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jan 26, 2010 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've made some very nice vegetable curries with it (a Madhur Jaffrey recipe). Have also had it stewed southern-style and in Greek briami veg stew. Not bad in a sort of a limited way for an off night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Jan 26, 2010 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Damn, sounds good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Jan 27, 2010 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just about everything is, treated right. I've noticed that's your philosohpy too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. kubasd Jan 21, 2010 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ok, I've thought about this one for about a year. I would not eat dog or cat. For any money. It'd take some money to eat waldorf salad, eyeballs, or brains. And i've eaten gator, shark, rabbit, goat, grasshopper tacos, foie gras, many organ meats, durian, sea cucumber, uni, sweetbreads, and ants, so i'm not picky. but pets, sweet mixed with mayo, and those previously mentioned head items..... ew, just the idea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stuck in Hartford County Jan 22, 2010 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Same here- I forgot about the ghastly concoction called "Waldorf Salad" that my mom used to make. I just can't stand the mayo/apple/grapes/nuts thing. Oddly, I do like that combo in curried turkey/chick salad, but I hate regular chick salad... I think it's the sweet w/mayo- bleeech. Anyway, waldorf salad sucks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                StephanieZink Jan 21, 2010 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheesecake. I love regular cake and generally any kind of baked sweets, but you couldn't pay me to swallow a bite of cheesecake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. shaogo Jan 20, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Taiwanese "Chou Tofu" (Stinky tofu). I will not put anything in my mouth that smells like a dead pig that's been in the sun for a few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't get blood pudding past my lips for love nor money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I committed a major faux pas by refusing to drink snake-blood wine with a Cantonese friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No sea cucumbers nor dried shrimp. None.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eyes, brains (except sweetbreads at the Belgian or French restaurant).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love a good Margarita, but go figure I can't help but throw up even the costliest tequila when done as a shot. And I can do shots of almost anything else just fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please don't serve me a dessert which combines mint and chocolate. I'll have one spoonful but guarantee you someone else's going to eat the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. buttertart Jan 20, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Family law: eat nothing we've had as pets. Extends to rabbit from the usual feline and canine contenders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stuck in Hartford County Jan 20, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oooh- I love that family "law"! Thank the gods we've just had a dog...a beautiful, sweet black lab who I could NEVER think of eating. NEVER. Except my son did keep a lobster for a couple of days at the beach house...and my old classroom had a pet turtle (and chicks!) and I do love the turtle soup at Commanders in New Orleans... I never really liked cats...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh never mind. Just no eating of dog "products?". The very idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On the other hand, my one food I can't eat was/is eel. I feel secure in adding "dogs" as my second. Do they even consume our canine friends anywhere? Yuck. The OP did say "basic food" so pets probably don't count (unless you are my son or one of my students).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Jan 20, 2010 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I suppose you're right re their not being exactly basic food - but yes, dog is still consumed in China and Korea among other places (I passed up a chance to buy a dog cookbook in Shanghai in 2007) and cat in the south of China - and rabbit is prevalent on restaurants these days. (re being your student - "san ren xing": When three men walk together, surely one of them must be my teacher. Confucius)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BobbyG Nov 5, 2010 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a Korean friend that has no problem eating dog (if it's cooked right...LMAO) but refuses to eat lamb. When I started quizzing her on how she can eat dog but not lamb, she told me that in Korea, they keep lambs as pets, but dogs are rarely kept as pets. Her thing was "they are too cute to eat". I've never been to Korea so I have no idea if they really keep lambs as pets. (don't lambs eventually become sheep? Isn't that a lot like keeping catapillers as pets only to see them turn into moths?) Anyway, that's what she told me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ZenSojourner Nov 5, 2010 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            People here occasionally try to keep lambs as pet, right around Easter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then they come to me about 6 months down the road with their full-grown Ram who wants to climb into your lap and be petted and want me to give it a "home" on my farm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Nov 5, 2010 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dog meat in Korean is Don Kay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: BobbyG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. Jun 16, 2011 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There was a whole MASH episode once about a lamb being too cute to eat. Radar shipped it home to be his little brother. They had a Spam lamb for easter instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. michele cindy Jan 12, 2010 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just reviewed a brunch menu from a local restaurant. I can ad this to the list. "Goat cheese foam" sounds like the liquid essence of a petting zoo musk smell - Yuck! .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          zoona Jan 10, 2010 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not for a million dollars:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          natto beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          natural-casinged anything, or natural casings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tripe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          blood (inc puddings)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          those ridiculous canned desserts in the uk--spotted dick, etc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mushy peas (wtf!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goat cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          anything with bone marrow in it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          okra (unless its how the sudanese do it with the dried small ones..)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          garden mallow (buggers basically!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rabbit

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            michele cindy Jan 11, 2010 04:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am SO happy you said goat cheese! I don't feel so alone anymore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sensuous Jan 11, 2010 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buggers? ew

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. stuck in Hartford County Jan 10, 2010 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OK, I've go a new one: eel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Why? I know it's not a "normal food" but recently I've seen it mentioned WAY TOO OFTEN in various cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, bleeeeeeech! Freaks me out. Like the big, black snakes that emerged from the Chesapeake Bay in the early eve and am to slither up towards the house... aaaaaaaah! Truly the stuff of bad, southern dreams. OMG. Worse than an Aint's NFL playoff collapse. Maybe. I'll throw away the paper bag I used to wear to their games...Just let them please get to the Super Bowl! But I digress, again...and again...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Panini Guy Jan 10, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Get real! I've had eel in my creel. A well-peeled eel has more appeal than veal While you reveal you squeal when ee's your meal. I eat eel with zeal using forks of steel. Can you deal?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg Jan 10, 2010 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eat it raw, NOLA Dude!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo 1, before. Photo2, after.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yum! Better than shad roe. Relax, just do it when you want to...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Freddie Goes to Hollywood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stuck in Hartford County Jan 11, 2010 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love the tie-in lyrics and the new avatar. Ran screaming from the snake-like images, though. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Panini Guy, check out the "advanced poetry" in the New England posts about the demise of CT restaurants- you belong w/us!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Jan 11, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like eels,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But not as meals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or the way they feels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ogden Nash

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jan 12, 2010 03:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hey wassup wid all the finger-pointin' avatars? first alanbarnes, now you, passa!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and if y'all really wanna go off eels, watch one of the first scenes of the movie, "the tin drum"! squeamish-alert! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW03z8...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Panini Guy Jan 12, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, I did live in Ffld Cty for a long time and in Quincy, MA for a bit... so I actually do fit in there!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Couldn't find that particular post though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stuck in Hartford County Jan 18, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677228

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think this is the link. It's called "Departed CT Restaurants...Don't look back in anger"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, I wish more folks had added their poems!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ironhand Jan 8, 2010 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, Anchovies, spam, Shampagne and anything like morningstar or boca or any of that soy protien. Meat is goood meat comes from creatures NOM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jan 9, 2010 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i guess champipple (champagne + ripple) is out?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        michele cindy Jan 9, 2010 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        champipple what a cute name. I would try a sip just based on that. & no money needs to change hands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jan 12, 2010 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ba ba BA duh, ba ba BA duh....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to get your champipple, you gotta go to mr. sanford's place up in new york: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5DnqW...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          do they still sell ripple?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bushwickgirl Jan 11, 2010 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stripple is good, so said Fred Sanford.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. junescook Dec 31, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Milk, cream, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. Even the smell, even thinking of the smell makes me nauseated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cuccubear Jan 21, 2010 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm guessing you're not a baker...;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is it just the "straight up" consumption of these products you can't abide or are they OK when used in specific dishes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Panini Guy Dec 31, 2009 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Been working on a consulting project for a major retailer involving mass-market coffee. As part of this I had to take tasting notes of top brands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would rather be waterboarded than ever again have the experience of trying to hold a mouthful of Folgers Instant Decaf long enough to take notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not that any of the CPG coffees were good. But Folgers Instant has a special place in food hell. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend why anyone would ever drink that crap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stuck in Hartford County Dec 31, 2009 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny! I use the Folgers instant stuff (or Sanka) in some chocolate recipes. I'll switch to another brand now that I know that it's the worst of the worst!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            marneybrown Dec 31, 2009 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Black licorice...the smell makes me gag. Don't think I could even eat it for money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. MinkeyMonkey Dec 19, 2009 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eggs. I've been going through odd phases of hating any and all aspects of eggs then liking overly cooked, non shiny, cooked MY way eggs. Right now I just stepped out of the I hate you phase into the "the recipe calls for lemon curd and I don't feel like making my own with starch right now" phase.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two days ago I would not have eaten eggs for $500. $5000, well, yes, I would have done it. Today, I just had another fruit tart (with lemon curd in the filling).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love, love love all aspects of tofu, sometimes referred to as bean curd. I once tried a friend's home made Korean bean curd, which looked Nothing like tofu. I will never forget that taste (1995 or 96?). I have no idea what was in it but it was unbelievably dreadful. It looked like a fruit gel, cut into a rectangle. One piece was orange/red and one was more of a green-ish colour. I would not eat that again for even $700. $7000, yeah, I'd eat one bite but be newly haunted for another billion years!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And now I'll have to entertain myself reading the other posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How could I forget mayo? I hate it, period. I avoid it like the plague but if I were offered $20 bucks, I'd eat a bit but only because a dare is tough to turn down!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. stuck in Hartford County Dec 13, 2009 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maytag Blue Cheese (yuckky taste, chalky, unpleasant texture)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                white rice (the texture, the taste, the look...like maggots)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pears (grainy texture like sand)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rice cakes (?) I just hate them. I don't know why.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                white meat from a grocery store chicken (like chewing sawdust)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Aramek Nov 29, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raw tomatoes. I like them fried, and stewed, but, raw is just terrible to me. I remove them from burgers/subs, but, the gross flavour is still on the bun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    margaretelise Jun 3, 2011 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Completely agree! I detest raw tomatoes. It's funny because whenever I tell someone that I am immediately asked to justify it, like "Why? Is it the texture?" "Maybe you've just never had a fresh, ripe blah blah" and I tell them I don't like them because they taste disgusting. I (half jokingly) also feel discriminated against because of this! At least 50% of the time (I've kept track before) I order something without tomatoes it comes with them anyway, or I can see traces of tomato slime where someone had forgotten, then taken them off . That lingering taste is still disgusting!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jvanderh Jun 3, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why?? Is it the texture? Maybe you've just never had a fresh, ripe, heirloom tomato.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Jun 3, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not if margaretelise is like my husband, who also dislikes tomatoes strongly. He's had some of the best and just doesn't see what the hoo-hah is all about. More for me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jvanderh Jun 3, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whenever I find people who hate tomatoes, I feel torn between relief that I won't have to share and worry that there might be something seriously wrong with them. . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I kid, I kid.Tomatoes do seem to be a polarizing taste. They're my favorite food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Jun 3, 2011 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of mine, too. This dislike covers every kind you can imagine, he has told me he can't tell what's good about even the ones that make me swoon. And he's otherwise a virtually complete omnivore with a great palate. "Oh well, nobody's perfect!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: margaretelise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Jun 16, 2011 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I too am not a huge fan of raw tomatoes and will remove them from most food. I will eat pico de gallo if it's in a taco or other Mexican food. Sometimes people will challenge me about the whole tomato thing because I eat ketchup, tomato sauce, etc. I'm also not a big fan of avocados.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mkir Nov 29, 2009 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Waldorf salad. Mayo + apples + celery + etc all mixed together. Eeewwwwww. All ingredients in separate piles on my plate? Fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        michele cindy Nov 29, 2009 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd eat it for $10.00, prefer them separate as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MNLisaB Nov 15, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here in MN we frequently get called for focus groups to test new products. I was once offered $75 to taste test a new flavor of oatmeal- had to turn it down flat, no hot cereals shall pass my lips. A textural thing, along with the smell- no thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CouplesCooking Nov 14, 2009 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Organ meats of any kind. I did eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster one time, but it took more than money, it took a lot of alcohol!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jerry pittman Nov 14, 2009 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree. And LIVER is the worst food memory of my childhood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cweaver90 Nov 9, 2009 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't like eggs of any kind except hardboiled, but I'll eat them occasionally. What I REFUSE to eat is a soft shell crab. The idea of it makes me want to convulse.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thew Nov 9, 2009 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              but the hard shelled ones are ok>???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                njmarshall55 Jan 31, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed. I was in a MD crab house enjoying oysters and crab cakes when I saw my first SSC sandwich. As the diner picked it up, the legs fell out the back of the bread...I knew then I'd NEVER even try it. Although, I DO enjoy raw oysters alot. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. michele cindy Nov 3, 2009 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                minced meat pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. jAmbre Nov 3, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The genitals of any animal, any type of blood-related dish (e.g., blood sausage) or insects, partially due to religious reasons, partially because it's gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KristieB Oct 31, 2009 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canned creamed corn is the one thing I cannot abide. I'm not a huge fan of canned corn the regular way as it smells overcooked as is. But that creamed corn is just vile. It appears already consummed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cuccubear Nov 2, 2009 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is nasty, isn't it...blech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crawfish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Journey Oct 9, 2009 04:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Raw sea urchin is one of the few foods I don't care for, at any price. To my palate, it tastes like green oak wood that's been coated, shellac and dirt. Weird. Don't even get me going on the texture...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg Oct 9, 2009 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How about sea cucumber? Slime eels? Oscar Meir Wieners?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          donlat3 Oct 7, 2009 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          black licorice. Makes me gag just thinking of it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            latindancer Oct 7, 2009 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Double salt black licorice picked up and eaten in Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            O M G repulsive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is no amount of money.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              olia Oct 13, 2009 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have tried doing that thing of having something 5 (or is it 10?) times but w/licorice every time made me shudder, gag, and wash my mouth

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                im_nomad Nov 11, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lol, I recently tried these for the first time, and despite the fact that I dislike regular licorice, I actually quite liked this stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  detune Jun 29, 2010 11:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Piratos Salt Licorice is the worst "candy" ever. I keep a bag around to play tricks on unsuspecting guests. I'd still eat it for money though. You can sort of tell it might taste good if it weren't for the insane amount of salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. michele cindy Oct 6, 2009 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Add huitlacoche to the $15.00 list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. bushwickgirl Sep 7, 2009 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a fairly hilarious thread. Who knew how many people don't like mayo. I thought it was the great American all purposes condiment (or is that ketchup?).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used to be a very adventurous eater, as a chef, I tried it all. Heart, gizzards, racoon, wild boar, bear, venizon, bison, tongue, sweetbreads, organ whatever, although tripe is not my favorite. Now my food issues are more politcal, no goat, lamb, veal or rabbit. I like the creatures too much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have no vegetable or fruit issues. I like stinky cheeses,milk, eggs and ketchup. I eat eel, shark and pickled herring. I like okra, bananas and cauliflower. Asparagus is heaven and Limberger is too die for. I feel blessed that I have an open mind (or mouth.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, I saw A. Bourdain eating roasted armadillo recently and I have to say it would be a no go for me, not even for the big money. No eyeballs either. I have to draw the line somewhere. Or Zimmern with the sea slugs from the bottle, described as brackish and crunchy. Dear god.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh and no pulque.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      emmaleeb Jul 21, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There isn't alot I wouldn't at least try or eat, but once on Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern ate these intestines that hadn't been cleaned out, and were stuffed with other veggies and stuff, but he said he could still taste the "last meal" if you know what I mean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That, I absolutely could not eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cgfan Jul 21, 2009 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Actually I can picture eating that, depending on the situation. Context is everything!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a favorite scene of mine from the movie "Tampopo", (a must, by the way, for every Foodie), where the Yakuza character is assasinated on the street by several gunshots as her girlfriend runs to his side. In the ensuing dying breaths the Yakuza character tries to calm her down describing a dish that he'd like to have with her someday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From the sound of the dish and the entire "logic" of it I don't think I'll have any qualms about eating such a thing, at least how it was described in Tampopo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I won't reveal the "secret logic" of it, but it'll be clear in this YouTube clip subtitled in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvu_2p...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          emmaleeb Jul 21, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ha, by "the last meal" he meant he tasted the last meal that the ANIMAL had eaten, aka he was basically eating half-digested almost-excrement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But yes! I must see that film. It seems so eloquent and lovely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MinkeyMonkey Dec 19, 2009 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of my all time most favourite movies ever! The scene with the squiggly on her tummy...eek! And the hero is my favourite movie cowboy ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sam Fujisaka Jul 21, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course they had been cleaned. There are times when ruminant intestines are cleaned and cleaned, but retain just a bit of that grassy taste. Its not really bad if you don't think about it too much. Perfectly clean and those types of dishes are really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. michele cindy Jul 21, 2009 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd like to add Spam to my list. It would take at least $15.00 for me to try it. Never had it and without someone paying me I doubt I ever will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Jul 21, 2009 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              michele, i had to laugh at your "at least $15.00" figure for spam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you have a $25 price for goat cheese, yet you have a goat kid as your screen avatar. hmmmm. (or is it a lamb; i saw fur and not wool, right?).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                michele cindy Jul 21, 2009 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i created a group on FB called "Goat Cheese Stinks". The photo I used was just one of the cutest goats I ever saw. So I thought I would use it here too. My own cats were getting tired looking...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I won't say I would not eat them for, say $5,000, but I greatly dislike uncooked spinach, uncooked mushrooms, buttermilk (as a beverage), borscht, tempeh, and papaya.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goldendawn7 Mar 25, 2009 11:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cazu Marzu. If you dont know, look it up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  michele cindy Mar 26, 2009 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I will not eat for the remainder of the day after reading that one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goldendog Mar 25, 2009 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My in-laws--born and bred in the Hamburg area of Germany, came to Michigan in the mid-50's. A Christmas tradition they made every year and took great pride in was "Herring Salat" It was a mix of finely chopped salted herring, apples,, raisins,hard boiled eggs, cranberries, and some sort of sweet & sour sauce they always kept secret. The concoction--especially when it was heavy with the chopped raw fish--was the most disgusting looking thing I've ever seen. I tried it a couple of years just to fit in and it was disgusting....& I'm a foodie who likes about anything but you can't pay me enough to scarf down a bowl of this crap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cakegirl Mar 24, 2009 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I pride myself on being an omnivore--willing and able to eat and enjoy nearly any fairly conventional food--but I can't abide anything that tastes like anise/black licorice/fennel. Makes me gag...I must have had a bad experience with it as a child. You couldn't pay me to eat anything in that family.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Babyducks Mar 24, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pickled herring

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Mar 24, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I could never see the appeal, either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thunderduck Mar 24, 2009 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm unable to choose just one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even the thought of the following foods makes me feel ill, mayonnaise, coleslaw, parmesan and papaya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. cuccubear Mar 24, 2009 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now that I see this thread revived, I thought of one more thing:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would not eat any part of the human body or by-product thereof.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I guess I should sell my stock in Soylent Green, hunh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hungrystudent257 Mar 22, 2009 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Truffles! Which I know, to most, is a complete and total sacrilege. The taste, the texture, especially the smell, the way it permeated everything. I have tried and tried to love them the way the rest of the world does, but no luck. They make me retch. Some people feel bad for me, but just think of the money I save!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. litchick Mar 21, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've got three. I discovered they wouldn't stay in my mouth (independent of one another by the way) in most unfortunate fashion. I am an otherwise quite adventurous eater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. chitlins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. rocky mountain oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. orange roughy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. mcsheridan Feb 22, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cilantro (what you call fresh coriander) ihatecilantro.com - $10 to eat it and another $10 of hard cider to wash it down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Head Cheese or Black Pudding - $50.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oysters - As the VISA commercial used to say : Priceless -- I wouldn't eat 'em, not even for money. I don't even like seeing them shucked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. thew Feb 22, 2009 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  well i try to revist things i think i dislike every now and then to make sure it just isn;t a habit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  so i was out by myself for a bit of dinner, while working on some writing, and i decided to throw caution to the wind and order calves liver, which i hated since childhood - and have not eaten since childhood. There are so many thing i like now that i may not have liked then - so i ordered liver and onion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i could tell it was well prepared, very tender and flavorful. I'm glad i ordered it. now i know my dislike of it is not a habit. i don;t like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. CoryKatherine Feb 22, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my list is short-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raw carrots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    avocados
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raw cucumbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pickles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and i'd eat any of them for $20. Probably $10. or $5. Then again I'm pretty broke. So If anyone is looking for some entertainment, I'll do a lot of things (nonsexual) for a price

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chaz Feb 17, 2009 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rare to medium poultry

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Feb 22, 2009 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ewwwwww, ditto that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. michele cindy Feb 17, 2009 04:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought of one more over the weekend. I was watching a cooking show and the recipe called for buttermilk. I might be able to cook with it, but as for drinking it, you'd have to pay me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chimayo Joe Jan 14, 2009 01:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Too many things to even mention them all. Common things like mayo, milk as a beverage, salad dressings, anything with too much vinegar in it(I hated the smell of vinegar so much as a child that my older siblings would torment me with it), pimento cheese, lots of cheeses--the list goes on and on. It's a problem trying not to eat things in certain situations. Eating them then throwing up would also be a problem though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Odd thing is that I'm not squeamish. I'd eat a well-cooked rat or fried grasshoppers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Jan 14, 2009 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hmmmm......likes rats but not cheese. very interesting! ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Feb 17, 2009 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Joe, the important question is do you eat Chimayo chile & where do you get it; better than Hatch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Avalondaughter Jan 12, 2009 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Things you would have to pay me a lot of money to eat:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mayo straight from the jar (I don't like the stuff on sandwiches either, but it's almost tolerable in a sandwich if there isn't too much and its flavor is hidden)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most seafoods (more on that later)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most organ meats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scotch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blue cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Olives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Things you would have to pay me A WHOLE LOT of money to eat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salmon (the worst fish ever)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peas (just the smell makes me gag)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brains or eyeballs (and I don't know if I could do eyeballs even if I were paid)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bugs

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sam Fujisaka Mar 21, 2009 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love everything on your list except the jarred mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Mar 24, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have no problem with jarred mayo unless it's Miracle Whip, but draw the line at bugs, eyes, brains, and most of the organ meats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stay_classy Jan 10, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cilantro. It absolutely kills me that I can't eat it. Can't even get it down--I just gag!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Did I mention that I used to live in Mexico? Talk about painful...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mshenna Jan 13, 2009 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IIRC, there is a compound in cilantro that tastes very different to some people, & Cilantro Horror is an inherited trait. DH cannot tolerate fresh cilantro at all, swearing that it tastes like cheap soap; I have (generally) a better sense of smell/taste than he does, but can't pick up any soapiness. And we live near a bunch of terrific Mexican and South Asian restaurants, so it's either screen the menu carefully or cook it at home ... . Judging from the look on his face when he has tasted any, the flavor must be awful. (But coriander seed seems to be fine -- it's just the leaves, apparently -- is that also true for you?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EWSflash Feb 22, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very interesting, mshenna. I could graze my way through a field of fresh cilantro and had no idea about Cilantro Horror.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That said, my nearly-nonexistent gag reflex surges to the forefront when smelling or tasting epazote. I wonder if that affects some people similarly- other than me. I can't imagine that people even consider it to be a "flavoring:.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      detune Jun 29, 2010 11:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cilantro was an acquired taste for me and I still think it smells like cheap aftershave. I grew some before I'd ever tasted it, and when I first caught a whiff, I thought someone had vandalized my garden. Now I love it and can eat the straight leaves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BobbyG Nov 5, 2010 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not sure if I have the Cilantro Horror. I can eat it but to me it tastes like I'm licking a tin can. It tastes very metallic to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hungryungry Jan 1, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is very little I won't eat, I'm definittely an omnivore; I love eggs, organ meas, goat/sheep cheese, blue cheese,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    blowfish: I'm just not that gutsy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Banana compound: you couldn't pay me, I'll spit out a dessert onto my plate in a fine dining restaurant if it's made with fake banana. I really like real bananas though
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frozen Shellfish: not all frozen shellfish, but some, even expensive stuff, will make me gag for hours, especially crab and lobster. Again though, I love the real, fresh stuff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. RI Swampyankee Jan 1, 2009 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tofurkey. The nastiest thing next to Jell-O.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. EWSflash Jan 1, 2009 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Re- organ meats- I had me two big old bowls of menudo this morning, with tripe, voluntarily, so I guess tripe's not on my list of -not-for-love-or-money food, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. EWSflash Jan 1, 2009 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It appears that a lot of people are averse to eating a lot of things! I thought I was being overly picky with my aversion to organ meats (except for gizzards and the odd natural-casing sausages). Especially brains. I think working as a biomedical photographer for 36+ years and the smells encountered in the OR during that time has had something to do with it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Otherwise, I really hate dill. And banana-flavored foods (I like bananas plain, though, usually). And as much as I've truly enjoyed many Asian and Indian homemade curries, the smell and taste of commercially prepared "curry powder" makes me flat-out gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hotteacher1976 Jan 1, 2009 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried chicken gizzards are so good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ligature Dec 21, 2008 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A few Christmasses ago a British friend came over with a traditional English Christmas treat, canned smoked oysters. Of course we had to eat them or offend our friend. It was one of the most disgusting things I've ever put in my mouth. My poor wife wound up gagging them up in the toilet. Never again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Jan 1, 2009 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              if you are ever "stuck" with a can of smoked oysters, try this dip: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,161,1...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it is mysteriously addictive, and you would not suspect it had smoked oysters in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i've also seen the recipe made with a touch of worcestershire, and made into a log, then rolled in fresh, chopped parsley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                michele cindy Jan 1, 2009 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                this sounds really tasty. I think I'll try it. Do you prefer the chives or olives?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jan 1, 2009 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i like both (but i'm a sensory-overload hog!). make it into the log and roll in the parsley (use waxed paper to help). festive!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it really is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Caralien Dec 18, 2008 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I forgot about smoked birds. Why anyone would take any delicious bird and make it taste like dried out and chewy ham mixed with rubber is beyond me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Dec 18, 2008 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                poor caralien, obviously you have not had the opportunity to enjoy the delectably juicy and tender smoked chicken of the south!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caralien Dec 18, 2008 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had it, and gagged (we go to SC regularly to visit with family). Ditto with smoked duck and turkey. I don't mind smoked pork and beef, but birds? Absolutely disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sal Vanilla Dec 18, 2008 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you like smoked turkey from the deli (sliced for sandwiches).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caralien Dec 19, 2008 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      no.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg Dec 18, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr Alkie, Waaaait a minute! Mr Weber, Mr Brinker and I make foul smoke, I mean wicked good smoked fowl (including wild eiderduck grouse and turkey).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Princeton U was the place to go for learnin' in the first half of the 19th century. There were riots at the beginning of The War of Succession and according to some The Stars and Bars were even raised over the campus. (Princeton was also one of the 4 capitol cities of the US of A.). A lot of fine dining in Princeton too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ps But don't eat BBQ or okra north of the Mason Dixon Line.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Dec 18, 2008 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      whoooaaaa there, mrs. passie, i meant no affront to the yankees who smoke!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caralien Dec 19, 2008 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        collards, by the way, are really good at Je's in Newark and Last Legg's in New Brunswick. Haven't found any decent okra from anyone except my mother-in-law from South Carolina up North.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sal Vanilla Dec 18, 2008 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caralien -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You have not had a properly smoked bird. It is neither dried out or chewy. the exact succulent opposite in fact.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caralien Dec 19, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sal, I don't like smoked birds. Period. Even if the texture were not like a tire (like the smoked turkey I had from Texas 2 years ago, which was moist), the smell is rather offensive to me. I have relatives who know how to BBQ and smoke meats and poultry properly. The birds--blech. Pig, cow--yum! Bird--I'll pass. If it's put on my plate and the dog isn't around, I'm happy that paper napkins exist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More for you, and I'll politely decline.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sal Vanilla Dec 17, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I cannot eat giant clam or urchin egg sacs. Honestly I involuntarily upchuck them. Very embarrassing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sauteed liver (brings on the gag reflex). Maybe for 10K I would eat it, but I could not guarantee I could keep it from revisiting my plate. The texture and the look of it is absolutely revolting! There are not enough exclamation points for that. I would rather eat my shoe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soy nuts. I have to wash my mouth out if one sneaks in disguised with chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sturgeon. It fills my nasal cavity (the smell) and I feel ill. That coupled with the texture. GAGOLA!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have an acute sense of smell. Sometimes a curse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Caralien Dec 17, 2008 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For me, it's split among:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cooked Vitamin A vegetables--sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut or acorn squash. The texture as well as the flavour. Exceptions: adding so much sugar and spice and making it into a pie or pureeing and adding a very strong stock to mask the flavour. I can't even eat the slices/chunks of carrots in chicken noodle soup unless I hold my breath.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Banh Xeo--the Vietnamese omelet made with cornstarch, shrimp, and bean sprouts. I used to be forced to eat this, and through this monstrosity discovered the "hold your breath and swallow without chewing" eating technique. I believe that my hatred for cornstarch and refined corn products began here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Papaya--smells like arm pits and tastes worse. Passionfruit. Durian--smells like rotting flesh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Artificial banana flavouring. Yuck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Basically, if I have to hold my breath to consume it, it's not worth eating. At any price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. cuccubear Dec 16, 2008 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As I re-read this thread, I realized my previous post included things I disliked to eat and not things I would not eat for money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, to answer the question: I would not eat brains (which they sell in buckets at the grocery stores here) or other kinds of popular, edible offal. I just feel that there are so many others things I'd rather eat that probably look and smell a heck-of-a-lot better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          brrrrr!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ndelson Dec 16, 2008 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Passionfruit and Cheetos. Also banana "flavor" (like in Runts candy).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These are the only two things I can think of off hand that I wasn't able to acquire a taste for as I got older.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BamiaWruz Dec 16, 2008 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Banana flavoured anything is the worst in my opinion, the taste lingers, it's awful. I remember this from my childhood in gums and candies.. Sickening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sal Vanilla Dec 17, 2008 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is a nasty smell. I wonder why it has to be so strong. I smell it (or overripe bananas) and get immediate heartburn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CoryKatherine Feb 22, 2009 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the bananas are the best runts!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TampaAurora Jul 22, 2009 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I OD'd on Runts as a kid and can't stand them now. After my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, I saw a punch bowl filled with the candy and mentioned to my grandmother how much I liked them. Half an hour later, I ended up with a grocery bag full of them. As everyone left the party, they took a small handful of the candy and passed it along to me. Nanny decided to stop playing games and just emptied the bowl into her purse which was lined with the bag. Somehow she decided the payment for the party included the bowl of candy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jelly71 Mar 23, 2011 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh, one the worst flavors that was ever in my mouth was the day i had a gyro for lunch, then a few banana Runts a little bit later. then i burped. it was a gyro/banana party in my mouth. no one wants to be invited to that party.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jelly71 Mar 23, 2011 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i am shocked that so many people are anti-egg and/or mayo. that's just so foreign to me. i could eat egg salad by the bucketful and there is nothing you can do to an egg that would make me not eat it. but, more for me, so YAY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the food that i would have to be paid to eat is sushi. and yes, i have tried it. i hated everything about it. the smell (i have a very attuned sense of smell, so much so that it is sometimes hard to be in a large crowd of people because the smells become overpowering), the taste, the mouthfeel, all of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for $5K i might be able to choke down 2 pieces. maybe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Dec 16, 2008 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh. yeah. the "brains sold in buckets" place. maybe they should open a franchise here in d.c. we could sure use some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cuccubear Dec 17, 2008 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HA! There must be an import ban on them in the District, that's why you can only get them here in the sticks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ndelson, speaking of artificial flavoring - it's artificial strawberry flavoring that I can't stomach, especially in one of those box-mix cakes everyone loves to bring to picnics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Paula76 Dec 16, 2008 12:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with fresh coriander...and the same goes for cucumber and beetroot for me (although if the money was right...I'd grin and bear it, as most would) Making me drink hot milk would cost considerably more as would those fluorescent, processed Kraft 'cheese' slices, frozen ready-meals, sausages (excluding good Spanish or Argentinian chorizo), margarine, black pudding and kidneys. As for the many bugs and animal body parts I have not tried yet, my philosophy is that ignorance is bliss...if you don't tell me what it is beforehand, I'll happilly gobble it down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kate is always hungry Dec 16, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Paula, I just thought of two more to add to my list: cilantro (okay in salsa, though) and raw cucumbers (will eat tzatziki sauce).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      taos Dec 15, 2008 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My going rate to eat a spoonful of mayonnaise would be $30. And I'd need to wash it down immediately with a martini. Shaken, not stirred. Very dry, no olive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BamiaWruz Dec 15, 2008 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm just curious since so many people mentioned mayo and myself too I dislike it. Are we talking any mayo (real deal, home made..fancy to miracle whip) or?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          massgirl Dec 16, 2008 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For me, it's mayonnaise in ANY form. Homemade, generic, gourmet, Miracle Whip, etc. I cannot stomach it all. The very smell of it makes me sick to my stomach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On a positive note, when my family has spring and summer parties it's pretty easy to watch what I eat because so many things have mayo in them. And those things don't tempt me in the least bit. I'd rather go hungry, actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BamiaWruz Dec 16, 2008 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ohh ok I see. Good to know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Personally I only hate mayo with certain things (eggs, tuna..most sandwiches) , but I understand where you're coming from and I've met people who hate it, the smell and all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tyrone Slothrop Dec 15, 2008 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A long while ago I was in New Orleans on a business trip when my host took me to a family restaurant which he obviously knew well. After chatting with the family he didn't even order but just instructed the owner (?) that we would have whatever the family was having. It was something unidentifiable, white-ish and sitting on top of pasta. Everyone (owner included) looked at me (the big shot down from NYC) to see if I approved of this special dish. I had know idea what it was but smiled, stabbed it with a fork and gingerly put it in my mouth and swallowed. Never have I eaten something that I strained to swallow, hit my stomach, and returned so quickly and with so much vigor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had had my first and last taste of tripe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          brendastarlet Dec 13, 2008 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brats. Can't stand the taste, smell, or texture, and hate the way they look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Terrieltr Jan 1, 2009 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If only they're parents would discipline them... Then there might be hope. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mshenna Dec 12, 2008 01:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scrapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haven't eaten red meat or chicken since age 13, but always loved the taste of meat, other than some organ meats, & will cook it for other people. Bacon frying still smells like heaven & the first lab that can clone pork will have me at the door begging for a bite. After decades, I still miss sausage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And then there is scrapple, the vilest food on the planet (except maybe Pop-Tarts, but are they really food?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now I eat kimchee -- hell, I make kimchee, several varieties. I like natto. I love durian. Bring on the stinky cheese (no maggots, please) & the fermented shrimp paste. Will it reek out the room? I'll have seconds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But DH -- formerly a pathologically picky eater (lived on microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, ramen noodles & fast food when we met) & still fussy about strong flavors -- is hopelessly addicted to scrapple, & has been since childhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DH does not cook, & won't be learning anytime soon, since he managed to lop off a fingertip (no bone, at least) while slicing bread by holding his very own special imported left-handed bread knife in his *right* hand [why?], up in the air several inches above the cutting board [why??], & attacking the loaf, which he held in his left hand, also up in the air [why???]. During the subsequent hours in the emergency room, he was never able to explain this, but it's not worth risking a repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So we buy scrapple at the farmers' market, or during trips back to his parents' house, & I cook it, trying not to breathe & fully aware that the smell will be in my nose for hours. Greater love hath no woman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best diet aid ever = one whiff of scrapple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Dec 12, 2008 03:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mshenna, you say "slicing bread by holding his very own special imported left-handed bread knife in his *right* hand [why?], up in the air several inches above the cutting board [why??], & attacking the loaf, which he held in his left hand, also up in the air [why???]"
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i feel compelled to inquire, after re-running that mental video: "were any pharmaceutical products perhaps involved?" {;^D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mshenna Dec 22, 2008 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aside from the Valium I gulped down dry once he'd been stitched up (hint: do not watch)? No.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When he explained to the ER staff how he had cut himself, his story sounded so improbable that they had a social worker come by to ask him if he'd been a victim of domestic violence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the next cubicle was a man who had put a fillet knife through the palm of his hand. Saturday morning: not a good time for men in kitchens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DH was quite chipper, of course -- I have photos of him sitting there grinning -- since he knew perfectly well he would never again have to get up early & make breakfast. Or do anything else requiring knife use at any time of day, which is why I get scrapple-cooking duties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For those who love the stuff, slicing it & putting it on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees until crispy (you can turn it once, in my case while wearing a noseclip) is the simplest way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ginael Dec 15, 2008 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What is scrapple?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meann Dec 16, 2008 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scrapple id a thrifty dish made with scraps left over from the butchering bound with corn meal and seasoned with a lot of black pepper. Very popular in southeastern Pennsylvania. It's boiled like porridge and then allowed to set in a loaf shape, sliced and fried up, especially for breakfast. I like it, but a lot of people don't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me, now, I will pretty much eat anything, even things I don't actually like, if they're put in front of me by my host.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I literally cannot imagine putting a canned sardine in my mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Professor Dec 16, 2008 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOVE scrapple...and also especially the Cincinnati version made with oats, "Goetta". Great stuff...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Dec 16, 2008 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ditto, bring scrapple and apple butter back to Maine every visit to NJ/Pa.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sdsometimes Dec 17, 2008 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey ginael, you should look up "Philadelphia Scrapple" at wikipedia.com... noticed another post from you where you said you spend time there with a significant other. You could surprise your sig. other with a ~ tasty ~ plate of Philadelphia Scrapple! They might not be your sig. other very long after though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shallots Dec 11, 2008 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whole sea cucumber- cooked- just lying there on the plate. Waiting for chopsticks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eggs (except for omelets and quiches--but the other ingredients need to overpower the eggy taste)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mayonnaise/Miracle Whip--disgusting disgusting disgusting in any incarnation. I am throwing up a little in my mouth just thinking about it. Bleccch!!! I can't even eat any kind of salad (i.e. chicken salad) if it has even the tiniest bit of mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vanilla flavored foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    White chocolate (it's not even chocolate--what's the point?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gamey meat (venison, rabbit, etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Goat cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fast food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you paid me enough I would eat of any of the above things. But it would take a WHOLE LOT. I'd probably eat goat cheese for the least amount--the rest I would really have to consider :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brendastarlet Dec 13, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't stand eggs, either, but I will eat them in a fritatta, an omelette or a quiche. Go figure. I couldn't eat a poached egg or a fried egg or scrambled eggs if you paid me. And Egg Salad literally makes me queasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree on white chocolate, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not a pork eater, except bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's a goat cheese trick for you. It's wonderful rolled in breadcrumbs or chopped nuts and then microwaved for about 10-15 seconds, then served on a salad. Make sure you have a nice dressing. It's also great stirred into a tomato sauce: it just makes it creamy with a little bite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      michelle in laguna Dec 10, 2008 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Venison
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Coleslaw (traditional type)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Rabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not for $5 . . . Not for $500

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not in a box . . . Not with a fox

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Dec 10, 2008 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        michelle, might i interest you in some green eggs and ham? ;-). http://thatotherpaper.com/austin/dr_s...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          michelle in laguna Dec 20, 2008 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very cute!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I could actually do the green eggs and ham. But the others . . . uh; No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You know you cannot tolerate it when you were raised by the :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "If you throw it up; you have to eat it anyway DAD".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is how I knew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Put me down for the sea Urchin as well; nothing to prove here. For those that do; Wasa in Tustin Ca not so harsh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Read your posts here . . . what part of Missouri are you from? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Jan 3, 2009 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            who? me? i'm from florida.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Potrezebie Dec 10, 2008 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What I can't eat? Clowns. They taste funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg Dec 10, 2008 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like eating Brownies, ooooo, touche.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do believe that I will win with mine. I like almost everything, and can uncomplainingly eat everything else....Except for coffee WITH SUGAR!! Can't figure out why. Truth is that I prefer iced coffee WITH sugar, but I find the hot stuff genuinely undrinkable when sugar has been added. I cannot figure out if it is simply something psychological, or if there is a biochemical thing going on here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LJS Dec 10, 2008 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now, that is interesting to me because a huge turn-off to me is to be in a room (or, way worse, a car) with a cup of stale, cold coffee with milk and sugar in it...black coffee no problem...but a half a cup of leftovers can nmake me feel quite queasy and if I had to drink, well lets not go there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I LOVE hot 'regular' or even 'double/double' Tim Hortons coffee (a sort of Dunkin' Donuts version of coffee up here north of the border).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steady Habits Dec 11, 2008 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Completely with you on that anti-coffee-with-sugar deal. Ugh. Blech.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                im_nomad Dec 13, 2008 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                count my vote for that one...however I once got a mixed up freebie from a coworker and drank it in the interest of staying awake at work ;) Sometimes one must sacrifice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To me, coffee is meant to be bitter. IMHO people who load 4 cream and sugar into a coffee, don't really like coffee. Can you even taste coffee in there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tea on the other hand, was something I was allowed to have when I was little, with lots of milk and sugar (and probably not a whole lot of tea). To this day, I still prefer my tea milky and sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to each their own i suppose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scargod Dec 13, 2008 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would disagree with "all" coffee being bitter. I just ground up some Starbuck's whole bean Gold Coast, and to me, it was anything but bitter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    latindancer Dec 13, 2008 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think Starbuck's (any bean they roast) tastes like burnt rubber....and you're right, not bitter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Dec 13, 2008 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What's a Starbuck? Can ya hunt 'em?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Panini Guy Dec 13, 2008 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A lot of coffee is brewed bitterly - far too much of what's consumed (and thrown away). It's a sad story.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However,. specialty coffee (beans graded at 80+ according to SCAA standards) shouldn't be. Just the same,II can show you how to make even a 95+ rated coffee sour or bitter. It's pretty easy. And there are multiple avenues. First, you can underextract the flavor compounds by not having a long enough immersion/steep time or overextract by letting the beans sit too long in water . This can also be done by brewing with water that's either too hot or not hot enough enough for the selected brewing method. To some extent it can even be achieved by screwing up the grind. Voila, three ways to ruin your coffee if you're not paying attention.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We often wonder why so many othewise good restaurants have bad coffee - simple answer is that it's generally not somebody's primary job. So they're not paying attention.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      im_nomad Dec 13, 2008 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I guess I should explain what I meant a bit more, I don't necessarily mean bitter in the true sense, that makes it sound unpleasant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Dec 14, 2008 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      " I still prefer my tea milky and sweet."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i m nomad, you must not really like tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        im_nomad Dec 14, 2008 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ah but there is a difference between having a bit of milk and sugar in tea, and the example I gave, 4 cream and sugar....which is drowning in the stuff. I didn't say there was anything wrong with sugar in coffee, I commented on those who are essentially having coffee flavored cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        there are occasions when I like the tea without anything in it, say in an appropriate restaurant setting. But then again, I also love chai, steeped in milk. Regular run of the mill tea, I have with a bit of milk and sugar. I don't have my spoon standing up in tea flavored syrup however.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          szmeterling Jan 1, 2009 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I, for one, love tea. I often buy very high grade teas and drink them straight, as they must be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But a teabag of Orange Pekoe or Earl Gray - sweet and milky is a mighty fine way to drink it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          szmeterling Jan 1, 2009 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do not get me wrong, I do not just dislike coffee with sugar. I simply CANNOT drink it. I once got the wrong take away coffee, with sugar...tried to drink it and actually could not. It was akin to drinking a cup of my own spittle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and just like imnomad, I love my tea sweet and milky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Jan 2, 2009 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When slipped a "sweet tea" my mouth tries to spit it out before my mind has registered that it's sweet. I just despise the taste, feel, whatever the trigger- of sweet ANY KIND of tea. Green tea's almost worse- why would you want to eff up a refreshing, healthy, lovely tasting glass of iced tea by adding sweetener??? I'll never understand it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jan 3, 2009 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          well, if you grew up in the south, you'd understand, embrace it and rave about it in online food discussion groups. like me! ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and i can also sip the finest ceylon dimbula or nuwara eliya b.o.p. tea. http://www.angelfire.com/wi/SriLanka/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash Jan 3, 2009 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mebbe so, Alkapal, but I did spend four years growing up in Millington, Tennessee- does that count?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Jan 3, 2009 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ewsflash, perhaps! let's just love on our tea the way we love on it, for sure! ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steady Habits Dec 9, 2008 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beets, liver, giblets and any protein that not's cooked well-done (raw cookie dough being the exception)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lcool Dec 10, 2008 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ......Beef well done ?????????? or fish the same seems so?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steady Habits Dec 11, 2008 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, beef well-done, LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now...what about the fish?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          caitlinh Dec 8, 2008 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This reminds me of Jeffrey Steingarten and his quest to eliminate all his food phobias...as someone who used to dislike (to the point of being nauseated) cream cheese, egg yolk, peppers, strawberries, raw onion, oatmeal and guacamole and now loves all of those things, food aversions can mostly be overcome. I don't think I've seen anything on here that I wouldn't eat prepared the right way (including balut!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As to all the Miracle Whip people...I totally agree with you that it's repulsive, but couldn't you see someone like Grant Achatz doing something amazing with it? Never say never.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            im_nomad Dec 8, 2008 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Miracle Whip has it's place IMO....even though i'm more of a mayo gal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just one point on the above...re: raw onions. I love onions, but despite the fact that I can eat my weight in hot peppers with little (knock wood) consequence, raw onions and raw garlic feel like they are burning holes in my stomach. It's not a food phobia , and i'm known to ignore it and eat them anyway. I eat them like they're going out of style cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not ALL food aversions are just of the "ewww icky" variety....some i'm guessing (not mine necessarily) do have their roots in physical problems, and I wouldn't necessarily say "food aversions can MOSTLY be overcome"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            relizabeth Dec 7, 2008 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scotch eggs are the single most revolting thing I've ever heard of. Once I was offered at a party by 2 new classmates, and after hearing what it was, I said 'i'm a vegan.' I slowly had to pretend to fall off the vegan wagon over the next couple months. I'm not opposed to the ingredient: egg (although, I don';t eat hard boiled eggs) covered in ground sausage and breadcrumbs and deep fried.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              latindancer Dec 6, 2008 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Margarine and goat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The thought of either one of them makes me physically ill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg Dec 7, 2008 03:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey Latino Bailando, next time I'm in Walnut Creek, we can go out on a margarine and Miracle Whip rampage! Build a huge bonfire!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  latindancer Dec 7, 2008 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're on! :). I can just imagine the strange yellow/orange glow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We can dance around it while drinking shots of tequila.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a party.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg Dec 7, 2008 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With posole and tamales (red chile pork)! And pulque too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam, how much to drink a liter of pulque in one draught?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      latindancer Dec 7, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is getting better by the minute.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sacrficing margarine and Miracle Whip to the gods while dancing and drinking pulque.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where do we meet?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        latindancer Dec 7, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Of course with posole and red chile pork tamales...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm all in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg Dec 7, 2008 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Third week in June or the middle of July? Flyin' to see the kids in Korea and Thailand. Got a buddy in Belmont Shore who needs a visit and would probably join us. (In 1971, he, my bro and I stood lookin' down on The Truckee R, each w/ our own bottle of Almaden Mountain Red Burgandy and we broke into a rousing version of "Darcey Farrow".) I could use a stop "to prevent" jet lag and for a real taco truck fix.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yes, one more point of clarification. Do we dance to traditional Mexican folk, "La Curucucu Paloma", "De Colores", etc., cumbia, merengue, salsa or regaton?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or All the above?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gotta get back to my black bean soupstew.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam Fujisaka Dec 7, 2008 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Remember, you can or are always forced to win if you start drinking pulque - it always cones in a single (long, disgusting, slimy, vomit-tasting) strand! I love goat and would even eat it covered with MW before I'd have more pulque. ?Y que te pasa, latindancer? !Todos de nosotros latinos se comen la cabra con gusto!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            latindancer Dec 7, 2008 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Asado al palo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Patagonia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am trying to get over my dislike of beans. I can succeed in some cases. However I simply cannot eat baked beans or pork n beans. My mother served pork n beans and ground beef or pork n beans and hot dogs at least once a week. GAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eat_Nopal Dec 5, 2008 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don't feel bad, I love beans and I even I can't figure out what possessed anyone to brutally dismember the honorable bean in the form of baked beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Dec 6, 2008 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In '74 I made my first trip from New Mexico to Maine. We went to a Downeast baked bean public suppah. I thought the beans were dessert served first and the neon red "red snappah" hot dog accompanying the beans were a visual "treat". Took some gettin' used to, but after 20 years, they are edible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I propose a military time machine draft for fussy hounds. Two years of c-rations and Spam and afterwards, no complaints, mate (except maybe Pop Tarts.).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Huevos rancheros (w/ pinto beans) for breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Dec 6, 2008 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          passa, you crack me up with your writing: "baked bean public suppah" and "the neon red "red snappah" hot dog".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i got visions of william windom playing "dr. seth hazlitt" on "murder she wrote"!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          im_nomad Dec 6, 2008 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I imagine it has something to do with, in some cultures, an abundance of dry foodstuffs such as beans and also molasses....to form a high energy, cheap, stick to your ribs food. Molasses has iron and such, it's not all bad. Fat back pork for a bit of flavor. Makes for a good in-between meal when all you have is fish and potatoes, and the game meats are running out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not all cultures had a strong agricultural base (my own in particular back in it's very early days), so no tomatoes and i'd imagine spices were very few and far between. Molasses (and rum :) ) was regularly traded for salt fish back in it's day. This pre-dates me, however molasses was everywhere when i was growing up, and I still have a love for the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love my father's baked beans, although i've had some from a couple of other kitchens that were way too syrupy. Canned doesn't even come close. Salt codfish cakes and a side of baked beans.....mmmm......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg Dec 6, 2008 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            im, If ever down in Rockland, Me (great Blues Festival and ok lobster festival), get the fish cakes and beans at the Rockland Cafe for breakfast.