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Nov 17, 2008 04:58 AM

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

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

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

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    1. re: BeeZee

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

      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

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

        1. re: vorpal

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

          1. re: Passadumkeg

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

            1. re: vorpal

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

              1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                1. re: michele cindy

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

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                    1. re: bwinter714

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

                      1. re: bwinter714

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

                        1. re: bwinter714

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

                      2. re: Passadumkeg

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

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                        2. re: vorpal

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

                          1. re: Googs

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

                            1. re: Googs

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

                              1. re: Googs

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

                          2. re: vorpal

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

                        3. re: BeeZee

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

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

                          1. re: mpjmph

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

                            1. re: laliz

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

                              1. re: heavysouldarlin

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

                                1. re: michele cindy

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

                                  1. re: buttertart

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

                                    1. re: michele cindy

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

                                  2. re: michele cindy

                                    I've gone through SPAM therapy; no joke.

                                    1. re: michele cindy

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

                                      1. re: John E.

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

                                        1. re: thew

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

                                          1. re: John E.

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

                                            1. re: thew

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

                                              1. re: thew

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

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

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

                                          2. re: John E.

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

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              SPAM is devil spelled backwards in Lavonian.

                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                1. re: John E.

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

                                                  1. re: Phoebe

                                                    How many times have you had fried Spam?

                                                    1. re: John E.

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

                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                                                        1. re: woodleyparkhound

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

                                                        2. re: Passadumkeg

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

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

                                                          1. re: John E.

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

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

                                                            1. re: woodleyparkhound

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

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

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

                                                              1. re: John E.

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

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

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

                                                                1. re: huiray

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

                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                    Thanks for the clarification.

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

                                                                    1. re: John E.

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

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

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

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

                                                                      1. re: krsyindove

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

                                                                      2. re: John E.

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

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

                                                                    2. re: John E.

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

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

                                                                2. re: Passadumkeg

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

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

                                                  2. re: laliz

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

                                                  3. re: mpjmph

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

                                                    1. re: mpjmph

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

                                                      1. re: iluvtennis

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

                                                        1. re: TampaAurora

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

                                                          1. re: cheetobrain

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

                                                            1. re: alkapal

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

                                                              1. re: cuccubear

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

                                                                1. re: alkapal

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

                                                                  1. re: cuccubear

                                                                    well, all-righty, then! **acknowledgements to one of my (very most) favorite films, "ace ventura, pet detective."

                                                                    hot artichoke dip sans mayo:
                                                                    with all:

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

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

                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                      Thanks for the links!

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

                                                                      1. re: cuccubear

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

                                                              2. re: alkapal

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

                                                                Please pass the hot mayo. LOL

                                                              3. re: TampaAurora

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

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

                                                                1. re: Orchid64

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

                                                                  1. re: Orchid64

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

                                                                    1. re: Orchid64

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

                                                                2. re: mpjmph

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

                                                                  1. re: mpjmph

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

                                                                    1. re: mpjmph

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

                                                                    2. re: BeeZee

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

                                                                      1. re: Local

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

                                                                        1. re: cresyd

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

                                                                        2. re: Local

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

                                                                          1. re: tvdxer

                                                                            I have to say banana and banana anything.

                                                                            1. re: BamiaWruz

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

                                                                              1. re: imprylfsh

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

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

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

                                                                                1. re: dtremit

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

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

                                                                                  1. re: The Professor

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

                                                                                    1. re: Cattie

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

                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                        sometimes a banana is just a banana

                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

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

                                                                                        2. re: Cattie

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

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

                                                                                        3. re: The Professor

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

                                                                                          1. re: kubasd

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

                                                                                          2. re: The Professor

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

                                                                                            1. re: kubasd

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

                                                                                          3. re: dtremit

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

                                                                                          4. re: imprylfsh

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

                                                                                      2. re: Local

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

                                                                                      3. re: BeeZee

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

                                                                                        1. re: dpan

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

                                                                                          1. re: dpan

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

                                                                                          2. re: BeeZee

                                                                                            Same here: eggs. Blue cheese as well.

                                                                                            1. re: BeeZee

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

                                                                                              1. re: BeeZee

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

                                                                                                1. re: BeeZee

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

                                                                                                  1. re: Eric in NJ

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

                                                                                                    1. re: Soop

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

                                                                                                      1. re: Soop

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

                                                                                                        1. re: Soop

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

                                                                                                        2. re: Eric in NJ

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

                                                                                                          1. re: msgenie516

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

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

                                                                                                            1. re: The Professor

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

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

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

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                                                                                                          1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                            I'm with Susan on the surprise there. And like her, I would eat them for a million dollars, or even one for a thousand....but I wouldn't go lower than that.
                                                                                                            I thought the stew last night looked ok too.....especially if there had been a little bit of bread to sop up some of the grease.....

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

                                                                                                            1. re: janetofreno

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

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

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                                                                                                            1. re: swsidejim

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

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


                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

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

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

                                                                                                                1. re: swsidejim

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: swsidejim

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

                                                                                                                      1. re: im_nomad

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

                                                                                                                        1. re: AndyGanil

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

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

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

                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: Eat_Nopal

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

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

                                                                                                                              2. re: AndyGanil

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

                                                                                                                    2. re: swsidejim

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

                                                                                                                      1. re: Caroline1

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

                                                                                                                        1. re: Caroline1

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

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

                                                                                                                          ~A "Real" Vegetarian

                                                                                                                          1. re: invinotheresverde

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

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

                                                                                                                          2. re: Caroline1

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

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

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: im_nomad

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

                                                                                                                                2. re: im_nomad

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: stricken

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


                                                                                                                                    1. re: stricken

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Scargod

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: im_nomad

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                      2. re: stricken

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: im_nomad

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Soop

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cycloneillini

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: cycloneillini

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: CoryKatherine

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: CoryKatherine

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: CoryKatherine

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

                                                                                                                                              2. re: cycloneillini

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

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