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Food that Most People Love and You Don't...

Hi my chowhound friends,

What are some food that most people love but you feel you really enjoy as much as they do? For me, chickpeas, lentils, and tamales are some that I can think of. The first two were food that I never even encountered until I came to the States. While most of my friends love them, and they will go out their ways to find really good falafels or lentil soups, put chickpeas and lentils in their salad, I just never really like them that much. I mean, I have had what they called the best falafel in Manhattan and I am sure there are even better ones out there, but I don't think I will ever go crazy about them (and I love fried food)

Same for tamales. I have friends that crave for them, but I never feel that I love them. I don't dislike them, but they will not be my choice if other alternatives are availalble.

I just think in these cases my personal taste doesn't agree with others, because most people love them like I love sushi or very good pasta.

So what about you? What are some of the food that are very commmonly loved by your friends but you don't?

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  1. Beets. I hate beets. Had to eat them as a kid, because we had to eat whatever came from our victory garden. Blecch!

    Foie gras, but mostly for ethical reasons.

    Not a food, but I'm one of only two adult Californians that don't lke wine.

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      I have to agree with beets for the same reason...the were forced on me as a kid. They also seem to grow a plenty in the organic farm that I have a share of. Yuck - it makes me popular with my coworkers who ask for them!

      1. re: Xiao Yang

        I hate beets too. My tastes have changed to where I love most vegetables, but beets are still gross.

        1. re: Xiao Yang

          Have to say I love beets, but I DONT think most people do. In fact I think they're often on people's 'hate them' lists, so not sure why they'd be included here ...

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            I live in California and I don't like wine either. Or avocados (though I will eat them if they are on the plate)

          2. SUSHI!! My friends tell me it's an "acquired taste," but I don't understand the need to try to acquire a taste for something when there are so many wonderful things to eat.
            BEER..would rather eat my calories than drink them.
            CHOCOLATE CAKE...give me a great carrot cake with cream cheese frosting or anything with lots of peanut butter anyday.

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            1. re: allieboy

              Oh Chocolate. I am ok with chocolate, but definitely not a huge fan. Usually I will go with other choices (savory first, then other sweets like fruity ones) before I go with chocolate cakes. Most of my girl friends said I am the only girl that they know who don't like chocolate!

              1. re: kobetobiko

                I thought I was the only girl like that!!!!! I'm the same as you, savoury first. Chocolate dead last.

                1. re: starlady

                  Cheese over chocolate any day of the week.

                  1. re: small h

                    Agreed. Chocolate does virtually nothing for me.

                    1. re: invinotheresverde

                      I'd love to be slathered in either, but not both together...

                    2. re: small h

                      I hate chocolate. I love cheese. small h, it's wonderful to find some solidarity!

                      1. re: small h

                        Not the slightest interested in chocolate (or most sweets). Cheese rules. Although unlike allieboy, I do drink some of my calories, as I love wine - with cheese of course.

                        1. re: lagatta

                          I am more of a savory person. I generally hate most cakes and sweet items e.g. yellow cakes, shortbread and other stuff. But I HATE chocolate, since I first tried it. I also hate alot of dairy items like cream, whipped cream, some cheeses.

                    3. re: kobetobiko

                      I will reach for fruity and savory over chocolate any day. Everyone thinks I am strange because I don't swoon over the thought of a chocolate cake.

                      1. re: kobetobiko

                        I'm with all of you on chocolate. I do like certain chocolate truffles/fine chocolates, but I haven't had chocolate ice cream since I was a kid (and I am an ice cream addict). I don't know how many times I have been disappointed after an otherwise marvelous meal in a restaurant because 3/4 of the dessert options are chocolatey (the molten chocolate cakes, the double chocolate this and that, etc).

                        1. re: racer x

                          There is a place near us that serves a chocolate cake that I once brought to a pot luck (no time to cook and feeling lazy.) Any serving beyond one the thickness of a knife is enough to send you into a coma.

                          1. re: racer x

                            Me too, Racer x. It seems to me that restaurants these days are offering more non-chocolate choices, and I'm glad. I'll get the chocolate dessert once in a blue moon, but usually either fruit or caramel for me! I know some people are at the opposite extreme, though--they will add chocolate chips to any non-chocolate dessert they make, for example, or will (when asked to bring dessert) bring both a chocolate and a non-chocolate one, as if the chocolate, for them, is in some way necessary. Sometimes I feel vaguely and fleetingly guilty when I don't offer chocolate.

                          2. re: kobetobiko

                            i'm also one of the few people who don't particularly like chocolate i'd go for other flavours such as fruity ones aswell, and definetly just prefer more savoury dishes rather than sweets.

                            1. re: kobetobiko

                              My boredom with any chocolate is sometimes an issue between my wife and me, since she thinks most chocolate is terrific. I think it goes back to all that acne that seemed to go along with teenage chocolate-eating.
                              On the other hand, give me anything caramel or butterscotch, and then give me more of it. And those two smells make my beloved spouse almost gag.
                              (BTW, caramel-filled chocolate bars are back in the first category- I'll pass on them, thanks.)
                              Florida Hound

                            2. re: allieboy

                              I'd really disagree with your friends who tell you it's an "acquired taste"
                              Most of the ppl I know are hooked on it after their first try. Anyone here go through the "Sushi Cravings" after they tried it a few times? LOL. Also, do not write it off because some of it has raw fish. There are PLENTY of options that contain cooked fish, or no fish at all.

                              Anyway - my short list:
                              Miracle Whip (of course.)

                              Sugary Tartar sauce. (who are the people that EAT that stuff? Sheesh! Oh, I LOVE tartar sauce made with real mayo, but spare me that sweet sugary stuff. Sugary fish? No Thank You!)

                              Roasted Red Peppers. Sorry. I just don't get it.

                              American Cheese. What could be worse? What's that SMELL?

                              Frosting on a cake. Very few and far between are the times I've had good frosting. I'd really rather just have plain cake.

                              Beer. Never been able to get into it. I do like Pacifico, Sol, and Newcastle - only because they have no flavor.

                              Chicken Breast.

                              Stew meat fake bbq pork ribs...hmmm, how long since there's been an outburst on this subject? J/K.

                              1. re: gordeaux

                                I was sure that my child was the only kid around that refuses to eat a grilled chesse-it is because she won't TOUCH american cheese. Now give her thin slices of parmigano reggiano, sharp cheddar or gruyere and she's all over it, but she won't have anything to do with american cheese!

                                1. re: Razorback

                                  People have tried to convince me that there are different grades of American Cheese (there's the good kind in the deli and then there's that other stuff...). Yuck. Molten yuck. Velveeta too, although telling someone that if it weren't dyed, it would be transparent, often turns their stomach enough to possibly turn them against it. Now if they actually sold clear velveeta, I might be interested in using it in one of those "looks like X but actually is Y" types of meals (mashed potatoes with gravy presented as a sundae....)

                                  1. re: Caralien

                                    American "cheese". Yecch indeed. I grew up thinking Velveeta = cheese, and Miracle Whip was mayonnaise; now I can't eat either! And I LOVE good cheese!!

                              2. re: allieboy

                                Nowadays, give me salt over chocolate. I think I ate too much of it growing up that I don't care for it much anymore. Once in a while, yes. But, I don't have the sudden urge for it like I used to.

                              3. Eggs.no way, no shape, no how. Fine in cakes and cookies, but not by themselves

                                You might also want to check this thread out:

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572886

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                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                  Sushi, I eat it but don't love it
                                  Ground Beef in any form other than between two buns with melty cheese.
                                  Salmon
                                  Offal
                                  Mussels
                                  Dolmas
                                  Fruit...other than lemons

                                  1. re: bubbles4me

                                    No sushi or salmon for me either.

                                    I'm not a big fan of ice cream either. Anything really sweet is foul to me. I'm much more of a savory person.

                                    Kale and swiss chard

                                    Chicken nuggets or any processed chicken thing

                                    turkey roll (you know, like the deli turkey - ick)

                                    squishy white bread (i.e. Wonder bread)

                                    jello

                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                      turkey roll - Good Call. What IS that suff anyway? Do ppl think that turkeys are rectangular animals? That is DEFINITELY not turkey. I had turkey at thanksgiving a few eeks ago, and it sure wasn't THAT stuff. How do stores SELL that stuff?

                                    2. re: bubbles4me

                                      Do most people love offal? I float it past my family and friends as a dinner idea, the only taker is my husband. The rest squinch up their noses and act like I just farted.

                                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                        LOL!!!!!!!

                                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                          It's definitely not something I would surprise friends or family with :)

                                          1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                            My parents spent their honeymoon in Quebec City. They drove there in a pink cadilac and our adventurous eating habits have their roots in their time there. Sweetbreads, liver, smelt, and on. The idea of expanding our notion of food was always present (even though we were in the middle of " the land of Iceburg.") Offal appeared every now and then. Polish duck's blood soup, pickled herring, and ham hocks all crossed the table.
                                            I might have hid the liver under the napkin once or twice, but I feel as if it made me more willing to try something new, and at times enjoy the experience.
                                            Take note of my nametag. We never ate spicy as kids, but their daring fed my daring. to me nothing is more bland as comfort food and nothing more comforting as something new.

                                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                              That probably depends on what you mean by "most people." Lots of people in many parts of the world like offal (eg China, with a population over 1 billion). But probably few USAers.

                                              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                A couple, my daughter, and I went for the walk along the Rio Cali last night to see the Christmas lights (really spectacular with lots and lots of lights and displays that stretch across the river - and for several km. Along the sidewalks are hundreds, maybe thousands of food and drink vendors. ONE vendor was selling what must have been crispy fried chicken intestine. I got a plate and it was really, really good! My friends (an American and a Colombian) and my daughter declined. I looked for more later along the stroll, but the guy was the only one!

                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                  Sounds great, Sam! Do the lights in Colombia look the same as elsewhere?

                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                    Hey, Clam. More Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the three Kings than Santa and Snow. Plus lots of local themes: cane trucks and tractors, whales, fish, birds, stars. Billions of lights big and small, all colors; strung across the river and the trees along both sides, which have walkways and roads. This was the best year yet. Quite something.

                                                2. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                  i love offal!

                                              2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                Eggsactly, cakes, cookies, pancakes, mixed with milk for fried fish, shrimp, chicken, all ok; the only reason I buy eggs. This might be because my older brother used to sit across from me at the breakfast table, mouth wide open, while he ate his eggs. Oh, I forgot to mention, they stink to high heaven.

                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                  I'm right there with ya. Pancakes make me gag. Not waffles, not french toast, not even Swedish pancakes or crepes. Just plain pancakes. It's the texture. Once when I was like six my parents entered me in a pancake eating contest (not how many, but how fast), and I won, even though I already didn't like them. Ack.

                                              3. Tomatos. Arrrggghh. It's such a curse to dislike them but I do. The ripe, ruby chunks or slices of tomato that make others orgasmic make me retch. My tomato sauce has to be silky smooth. No slices on sandwiches, salads, etc. Lol, I tell you..it really is a curse. And they are EVERYWHERE!! For example - I was at a very nice market the other day and was snooping around the hot entree counter for some tasty lunch and came upon a Shepard's Pie. COVERED with diced tomato. I thought it odd. And got some yogurt instead, LOL!

                                                Raw onion (cooked are fine)..burns my mouth and, imho, completely overwhelms any other flavor in the dish. Also, like tomatoes, people go nuts over them and put them in or on everything but dessert. Yuck.

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                                                1. re: shelly59

                                                  Totally with you on the maters. Hate it when a pizza place uses a chunky sauce instead of smooth.... nasty

                                                  1. re: shelly59

                                                    I'm the same with both of those. I can't stand the texture of raw onions or tomatoes, and I hate the taste of raw tomatoes, but cooked is fine as long as they are pureed nice and smooth so there are no chunks. I also LOVE onion soup.

                                                    1. re: Fromageball

                                                      Yup, my immersion blender is my friend! I recognize that veggies are necessary for some things, like soup. I just don't want to bite into them.

                                                    2. re: shelly59

                                                      i too am cursed with a dislike for raw tomatoes and oh how i wished i loved them! i have tried so hard to like them, but its something about a raw tomato makes me gag...it is the bane of my food existence.

                                                      second on that list is mushrooms...although i am not nearly as upset about disliking them.

                                                      1. re: contessa15

                                                        raw mushrooms i do not like. i'm crazy about sauteed mushrooms.

                                                        i find a similar reaction to broccoli, raw -- not so much; cooked, love it.

                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                          i agree with both raw mushrooms and broccoli. i love both cooked, but sadly, can't have mushrooms anymore :( both mush and broc don't have the same yummy flavor raw... the broc tastes bitter to me raw, and the texture of raw mushrooms just isn't as good to me.

                                                        2. re: contessa15

                                                          I don't like plain raw tomatoes, but love raw tomato slices that have been sprinkled with salt. The salt seems to magically change the flavor.

                                                          And raw broccoli by itself tends to be too bitter. But with the right dipping sauce, it can be amazingly good.

                                                      2. Chocolate never really did it for me. I honestly would rather have a bowl of Fiber One over a Hershey's Kiss any day of the week.

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                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                          With all due respect, Hershey's is to chocolate what Velveeta is to cheese. I don't eat hershey's either. But dark or bittersweet choc, 70% and up, not too sweet - that is a dream...

                                                          1. re: sasha1

                                                            Or a total nightmare for those of us for whom dark chocolate induces migraines. I'd take a Hershey kiss anyday over 70% and up because I can continue with my day unscathed.

                                                            1. re: queencru

                                                              I'm sorry - I had no idea they were a migraine trigger. My husband gets them sometimes (not from choc) and he can be laid up for 2 days... Good thing there's much choc variety in the world, isn't it :)

                                                        2. Goat cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, watermelon, plain white milk to drink and saffron are all things I don't really care for that seem to be popular with nearly everyone else I know.

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                                                          1. re: ms. clicquot

                                                            Lavender, as in herbes de Provence. It tastes like potpourri to me. Also eggs. I've tried to like them. I've eaten them every way possible. The more disguised they are, the better. The smell of hard cooked eggs in my fridge makes me want to vomit, but my SO adores them, so I don't do any deep inhaling when rooting in a fridge that contains them. On the topic of eggs, I don't like tobiko (flying fish roe) at all, but I do like ikura (salmon roe) and good quality caviar (beluga, sevruga, osetra). I also dislike most meat. This comment will surely stop most people in their tracks. Even when I was more willing to eat meat or poultry, it had to be either stewed or tender and served with a sauce. For example, I'd sooner eat a lamb shank than a lamb chop, or a pan-fried pork dumpling at dim sum vs pork loin, chop or roast. Something about the dry chewiness of proteins is a turn-off to me (not to mention the dead animal angle). I guess the sauce masks the flavour of the meat and helps ease it down. Softer proteins appeal more to me, such as fish, seafood, legumes or tofu.

                                                            1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                              Actually I'll add lavender to my list as well. I had a lavender creme brulee in Provence a few years ago and it was like eating a dish of hand cream! I love how it smells but please keep it out of my food!

                                                              1. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                I agree about lavender. That creme brulee sounds repulsive!

                                                                1. re: irishnyc

                                                                  i third the lavender. it tastes like soap to me. there's a hard, lavender flavored candy that's the texture of those necco wafers and sold in the same size/shape package as the small packets of hall's cough drops you buy at the cash register. they make me mildly nauseous in a way that no other food i can think of right now does.

                                                                  1. re: cimui

                                                                    are you sure you're not thinking of Violet candy? I love the stuff, sounds exactly like what you are describing...I've never seen lavender flavored!

                                                                    1. re: cheetobrain

                                                                      There are lavender pastilles in the Victorian French tins. Violet too. Plus violet gum. I used to try to like it, but I prefer the mint versions.

                                                                      1. re: Caralien

                                                                        i recall a lavender scented creme brulee i had once in napa valley. nope. not for me!

                                                                        1. re: Caralien

                                                                          yum! next time you see them send some my way ;)

                                                                          I love anything flower flavored!

                                                                          1. re: Caralien

                                                                            Oh my, those are so good! I had to quit buying them because I overindulged- as long as I had them I COULDN'T NOT HAVE ONE IN MY MOUTH. Easier not to buy than not to eat, sadly.

                                                                  2. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                    I'm with you on the evil hard cooked eggs - for me it's hard-boiled ones...

                                                                    chowhound.chow.com/topics/549324

                                                                    Scroll down about two-thirds of the way down the thread. I feel like vomiting just thinking about it... :P

                                                                    1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                      I'm with you on the smell of eggs being so vile in many different combinations. I can't even walk into most breakfast restaurants because the egg smell makes me feel sick to my stomach. Though if they're hidden in bread pudding or you dump enough sugar in them to control the eggyness when you're talking mergengue then I can sometimes enjoy them.

                                                                      Not a huge fan of milk, but I suspect it's mostly because my Mom had a finish your milk before leaving the dinner table rule instead of some sort of clean plate club deal and only partly because of the mucousy feeling when it goes down my throat.

                                                                      1. re: beachmouse

                                                                        I was the same way with milk and I think I can blame it on those little milk cartons we got with school lunches. You HAD to drink it and it was always lukewarm. Nothing worse than lukewarm milk. Hot milk, for cocoa is fine, but not lukewarm. My milk aversion changed when I went to college in a small town in East Texas. They had a giant milk dispenser that kept the milk ice cold, and it was so good. You could get chocolate or white. I think I gained about 5 lbs because of that milk. So if it's really cold I like it, but not any other way. Now I like this Promised Land organic milk - especially the strawberry flavor.

                                                                        1. re: danhole

                                                                          oh danhole, my elementary school in sw florida had the same lukewarm milk in the little cartons. i can smell it now! fortunately, we had *cold* milk at home!

                                                                          1. re: danhole

                                                                            Mrs Hole,m that sounds fantastic. Business idea: attractive young people on roller blades with backpacks of dry-iced milk packs at Epcot or Disney.

                                                                            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                              Sam,

                                                                              I truly believe that more children would really like milk if it was super cold!

                                                                            2. re: danhole

                                                                              I can go one better. Lukewarm milk, flash back, somewhere between second and fourth grade, the kid across from me opened his chocolate milk and was savouring it, UNTIL, he realized it was curdled and spit the chunks out on his tray. Some 45 years or so later I still eyeball and sniff any, and all miik I drink. Yes Dani, that Promised Land milk is like liquid crack. I prefer the chocolate, in small quantities, but the strawberry is a close second.

                                                                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                mmm....where can i find this promised land? ;-).

                                                                                ah, here it is on algore's amazing internet: http://www.promisedlanddairy.com/OurP...

                                                                                i'm checking via email if they sell it here in arlington, virginia.

                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  unfortunately i'd never seen it in arlington, but then again, i moved a year ago... and damnit i looked!

                                                                                2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                  James,

                                                                                  I really like all the flavors of Promised Land! And you are right, not too much. Of course if you pour too much you run he risk of lukewarm ;-)

                                                                                  Nothing in the world more disgusting than curdled milk, for me anyway. After days of no power, after Ike, I finally gave up and opened the fridge to toss stuff. You can imagine what the milk was like! I had to sit down and catch my breath.

                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                    I can't stand the smell of any spoiled food, so I broke down and bought one of those standby generators that go on automatically when the power goes out. We live in an area where it seems we lose power rather frequently so it's working out well.

                                                                                3. re: danhole

                                                                                  Promised Land's midnight chocolate milk is what got me drinking milk again. That stuff is amazing, and local to me too!

                                                                                  1. re: katybz

                                                                                    i've had that choco-milk from promised land. it is really, really rich! they also make great eggnog!

                                                                              2. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                I'm TOTALLY with you on the chewiness of proteins thing. Gotta be tender and moist or no dice.

                                                                                1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                  As far as eggs go, I think we were seperated at birth. hard boiled eggs, just the smell alone wants to make be barf, let's not even go into deviled eggs. Holy crapola, just ewwww and gross. Hubby loves them though. I will hold my nose and make them for him, but I use a more "sophisticatd" recipe that uses champagne vinegar. Not sure that helps, but whatever.... sigh

                                                                                  1. re: cbauer

                                                                                    Only way I can eat an egg is in something like cookies, bread, cakes, etc I cook them for my wife and kids...........but you'd have to hold a gun to my head.preferably a big one...to get me to eat boiled, fried, scrambled, etc. eggs........I can stomach some "mixes" but they better have a lot of veggies or meat!

                                                                                    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                      How about fried clam batter?

                                                                              3. Celery. I think it's the strings.

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                                                                                1. re: sparkalina

                                                                                  I'm with you on raw celery sticks. My mother used to cut the strings out, which made it look as if it had been flayed. I was won over to stir-fried celery in Chinese restaurants. They tend to cut it on the diagonal, but in thin slices so that the strings aren't very long. It helps with the stringiness a great deal.

                                                                                  1. re: sparkalina

                                                                                    Celery tastes like soap to me, as does Earl Grey tea.

                                                                                    1. re: Caralien

                                                                                      Don't mind celery or Earl Grey tea.

                                                                                      What tastes like soap to me to cilantro. I once read that it's a genetic thing that has to do with enzimes.

                                                                                      1. re: chicgail

                                                                                        I wish you had not brought up cilantro. Now I have to go wash my mouth out with bourbon.

                                                                                    2. re: sparkalina

                                                                                      Yup, hate the strings. Won't touch raw celery, but it's great when it's cooked-- improves both texture and flavor.

                                                                                      1. re: CookieWeasel

                                                                                        yep, strings are what turn me off from celery.... i like the taste and dip-ability, but strings, ugh

                                                                                    3. Sweets in general. I live in a veritable sweet desert, without a gumdrop tree in sight. Even when it comes to pie I go towards tart or savory. Things like Southern Sweet Tea, moonpies, cotton candy and other ultra sweets make me nauseous.

                                                                                      1. mushrooms. Here in California they are everywhere.

                                                                                        Sushi - meh, I like the dragon rolls which everyone tells me is not sushi. :)
                                                                                        Chocolate - again meh, I prefer caramel flavors
                                                                                        Cilantro/coconut milk - just can't eat either of these
                                                                                        Fish - Most of it's OK but won't go out of my way to eat. Love shellfish though

                                                                                        1. FISH. leave em all in the ocean. were destroying them anyway, leave them alone. they all taste like they been cut from one giant fish. cod, scrod, haddock, sea bass, roughy, flounder, same stuff, different names, bluefish is different and disgusting in a whole different way. cant reheat it, expensive. "good for you"... bullshit . mercury, salmonella. people who love it seem to think they are superior somehow. best used as fertilizer.

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                                                                                          1. re: hyde

                                                                                            Yes yes yes! I hate fish too. I hate anything that grew in water. That means no crustaceans or mollusks either. People always tell me such and such a fish is good and isn't "fishy" but they're all fishy to me and I hate fishiness!

                                                                                            1. re: hyde

                                                                                              I used to hate Hate HATE fish, too. After a childhood spent choking down the bones of milkfish and abiding the briny smell of salted and fried fish, I rarely order fish when dining out. But now that I'm learning to cook fish on my own, I'm starting to get over my loathing and finding methods that prepare fish in ways I find not only palatable, but delicious.

                                                                                              1. re: hyde

                                                                                                I am not a fan of fish either and never ate them in my childhood. Then I started having salmon and these days I eat salmon and plain rainbow trout about once a month and I will even have hammour (a common white fish in the Middle East, where I currently live). But I cannot stomach other kinds of fish and I can only eat a certain amount of salmon or trout before my stomach starts protesting.

                                                                                                Love other seafoods, however. Shrimp, scampi, mussels, oysters and calamari are all foods of heaven to me.

                                                                                                1. re: hyde

                                                                                                  I'm with you. Fish is horrible, evil stuff. Not just fish, but all kinds of seafood: shrimp, prawns, oyster, eel, octopus, caviar, calamari, lobster, crab. Just say no.

                                                                                                2. Okay, leaving off things that I don't like, because I've named those before many times- these are all things that I do like or at least will eat, but don't LOVE with the passion that other people seem to:

                                                                                                  oysters
                                                                                                  apricots, plums, nectarines (though I LOVE peaches)
                                                                                                  strawberries
                                                                                                  carrots
                                                                                                  feta
                                                                                                  beets
                                                                                                  balsamic viniagrette
                                                                                                  eggs

                                                                                                  Like I said, I enjoy all of the above, but don't understand when people go into that rapturous kind of trance when thinking about them.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Olallieberry

                                                                                                    I'm with you on the strawberries, Ol. Can't stand the smell. Likewise (in my case) peaches, pineapple, and most melons (watermelon's OK).

                                                                                                    Am I the only one who picks raisins out of my food?

                                                                                                    And I dislike anything with a vinegar taste. Sushi's fine if the vinegar was applied with a very cautious hand, but even sushi vinegar is unpleasant if there's too much. I dress my salads with lemon, lime, or wine.

                                                                                                    Also, I guess most people like sweet peppers, but I know I'm not the only one who doesn't. Hot peppers are fine, don't ask me why.

                                                                                                    1. re: chowfox

                                                                                                      Raisins are the bane of my existence!!! They ruin everything delicious like oatmeal cookies and cinnamon bread.

                                                                                                      Also hate raw broccoli, hershey's chocolate.... and especially licorice (or anything vaguely tasting like it)!

                                                                                                      1. re: EllyK

                                                                                                        Hmmm, I think I just might bake some gluten-free cinnamon bread, with raisin, tomorrow so I can have some peanut butter and raisin sandwiches;)

                                                                                                  2. Lobster. Most people I know at least enjoy it, if not out-and-out love it. It doesn't repulse me, and I can eat it in a pinch, but I'd rather not. Its flavors are lost on me.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Cachetes

                                                                                                      my take on lobster, too, cachetes. i don't hate it, but i don't go into tizzies of delight, either. i think it's from being force fed the stuff as a kid.

                                                                                                      1. re: cimui

                                                                                                        This reminds me- I do not see the thrill of crab at all. Every time I try it, I think "Are you serious?" I am fine with in a warm format, but it just grosses me out cold.

                                                                                                        1. re: queencru

                                                                                                          so true. what a difference a few degrees makes!

                                                                                                          1. re: queencru

                                                                                                            Yes! Crab dip is okay, but that's pretty much it. When I was about 8, I remember fishing with my father and siblings off the Jersey shore. This was a particularly exciting trip b/c I surprisingly caught a crab on my fishing line. That evening, as my father and uncle cooked up the catch of the day, they ceremoniously cooked the crab and placed it in front of me. Imagine my disappointment as I took my first bite and, well, blech. My brother was thrilled to receive my castoffs.

                                                                                                            1. re: queencru

                                                                                                              Crab meat that has already been shelled, I like, a lot. As does my husband. But when we ordered of steamed bluecrabs, we did our best to eat them (removing the skirt, etc.), but kept seeing giant bugs on the table. I love eating whole, fried, soft shell crabs too. But in the shell it's simply a huge bug. I don't mind knowing where my food comes from and what it looks like naturally, and certainly eat a lot of food which some find questionable, but we've sworn off steamed/boiled whole crabs for now.

                                                                                                              1. re: Caralien

                                                                                                                I know exactly what you mean, I'm the same way and once I bought some fresh ones at the fish market (though they were dead) I had a hard time actually picking them up to cook because they looked like huge bugs in my kitchen.. freaky!

                                                                                                          2. re: Cachetes

                                                                                                            I agree with lobster, although I LOVE crab. Hot, cold, dip - doesn't matter.

                                                                                                            1. re: Cachetes

                                                                                                              Hey, when lobster's 2 bucks a pound, it's no big deal; makes pretty good tacos, fajitas ands quesadillas I think taking the lowly bottom feeder out of context and raising it's allure is bound to disappoint. A hundred years ago, it was fed to the prisoners in the Maine State Pen.

                                                                                                            2. Balsamic vinegar- I cannot wait for this trend of sticking it on everything to go out!

                                                                                                              Risotto- I just can't get into it, but most of my friends love it. I am pretty picky about the types of rice I like, and don't like anything particularly soggy unless it is a rice soup.

                                                                                                              Sushi- I will eat it, but I will not go out of my way to eat it. I lived in Japan for two years and at some work parties, sashimi was one of the few edible items ordered, and I think it really lost its allure at that point.

                                                                                                              As someone farther down the thread pointed out- frosting. I am one of those people who always waits until the pieces are coming out of the middle of the cake because I want as little frosting as possible. Typically I eat the cake around it and leave a wall of frosting.

                                                                                                              Onions- ugh- can't stand them. I hate how it's often left out in a description of the item. I always ask to make sure there are no onions and whether they can be removed if there are onions.

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                                                                                                              1. re: queencru

                                                                                                                I'm so with you so on the balsamic vinegar and frosting. I also wait for a piece with as little frosting as possible then scrape the rest off. It;s just a waste of good strawberries when they're glazed with balsamic.

                                                                                                                1. re: queencru

                                                                                                                  I've made risotto numerous times and it NEVER turned out soggy.

                                                                                                                2. Apples. I can tolerate them cooked, but do not like them raw.

                                                                                                                  I'm not wild about cinnamon, either.

                                                                                                                  1. there have been some recent threads in this same vein, but these topics are always fun.

                                                                                                                    common things others love that really hold no appeal for me [but i can keep it down if necessary to be polite]:
                                                                                                                    milk chocolate
                                                                                                                    super-sweet or sugary foods - candy, very sweet cakes/pastries
                                                                                                                    frosting - i like some cakes as long as they aren't to sweet [or dry!], but frosting rarely enhances the experience
                                                                                                                    full-fat ice cream [i don't like the heavy mouthfeel]
                                                                                                                    iceberg lettuce - it's like chewing water, and if i'm gonna do that i'd rather have ice cubes!

                                                                                                                    and while it's not necessarily the most popular food on the planet...coconut. it's the one flavor [and aroma] that will automatically make me gag. i'm slowly learning to tolerate small amounts of lite coconut milk in certain recipes, but i still shudder at the thought of eating actual coconut meat [due to both taste & texture].

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                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                      Yeh, I'm with you on the coconut thing. A little goes a long way. I was once in Barbados years ago and a guy was selling coconut milk (water) cut out of fresh coconuts. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Uhh, that was so bad, lukewarm coconut water. Yuck.

                                                                                                                      1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                        that isn't coconut milk.

                                                                                                                        and i love that stuff - used to drink it on the beaches of goa quite often

                                                                                                                    2. The food that others love that I find completely vile - Pancakes, big fluffy, syrupy pancakes. the thought makes me shudder, all that mushy sweet...ugh! I have no problem with nice thin swedish panackes or crepes.

                                                                                                                      Milk chocolate - too sickly sweet. Love dark chocolate.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: llinza

                                                                                                                        I hate the fluffy pancakes too, when I cook them I squash them down and get crispy.

                                                                                                                        1. re: llinza

                                                                                                                          I like all pancakes, but not with syrup, especially that grotesque aboination that tries to pass itself off as maple flavored syrup. Real maple I might dip my pancakes in every so often, but I NEVER pour it over pancakes. I like pancakes plain, and eaten with my hands

                                                                                                                          Couldn't agree more about the chocolate.

                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                            i'm with you on this.
                                                                                                                            have you tried dollar-sized sourdough pancakes?
                                                                                                                            the yeastiness changes both the texture and the flavor and makes them terrific for eating with your hands.

                                                                                                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                              My mother used to make sourdough buckwheat pancakes. She was so proud of them I never told her how disgusting they tasted. I'm not sure I've had regular sourdough pancakes, though, I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

                                                                                                                        2. People are always kind of puzzled when I tell them I do not really like chocolate.

                                                                                                                          Or cake of any sort. Something about the texture. It's so ... fluffy. Except tiramisu. I like that. Is that cake?

                                                                                                                          Also, do not like licorice. Yuck! Tastes like floor cleaner -- what I think floor cleaner might taste like.

                                                                                                                          I would rather have a root canal than eat olives. Any of the gazillion varieties.

                                                                                                                          And don't even get me started on mayonnaise. I'm gagging writing about it. Do not understand the appeal, though I do like all the ingredients that go into mayonnaise. Interesting.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: taos

                                                                                                                            All breakfast foods. Eggs, bacon and mayonnaise. Makes "breakfast for dinner" difficult in the meremere clan..

                                                                                                                          2. Bananas. I remember eating these as a child, but now.... And what's worse is all the fruit smoothies that seem like they would be so good have banana in them. I can't take anything with banana or banana flavored. I don't know too many people who don't like these.

                                                                                                                            Raisins. I don't know when I stopped eating these either, sometime in my teens I think, but yuck. I can duck around them sometimes in a cake or such, but I've grown less and less tolerant.

                                                                                                                            Celery. I can tolerate some things made with cut up bits or flavored with it but I can't eat it as celery sticks whether alone or with any possible accompaniment.

                                                                                                                            Jelly/jam/preserves/whatever. You know, the fruit stuff people put on toast, or worse, use to ruin a perfectly good peanut butter sandwich. Argh! Those do not go together. Even as a young child I knew this.

                                                                                                                            Gum: Maybe not strictly food, but somehow I never enjoyed this despite some trying. Couldn't figure out the appeal. Was the only kid and now seem like the only adult who doesn't want gum. I do believe it's partly why I have no cavities in my teeth, though. ;-) But then again, if chewing gum would help me eat less.... ;-)

                                                                                                                            Pancake syrup. That fake stuff, far as I can tell most people like this. Took me longer, but now I essentially can't eat it at all. If I eat out and get pancakes, french toast or a waffle, I generally just put butter on it. This preference has caused me to stick more to omelets when eating out for breakfast.

                                                                                                                            Beer. That's a good one, I see someone else used it. There are times when I'd really like to enjoy a beer, but so far it has baffled me. I have tried a number of styles and haven't found one that does anything for me.

                                                                                                                            Water. Okay, a bit silly, but on typical average work and home days I struggle to drink plain still water, even if it's bottled from a spring in Fiji or wherever.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                              OMG I hate gum. It's not food, why put it in your mouth?

                                                                                                                              1. re: babette feasts

                                                                                                                                YES!! I hate gum, the idea of gum, the smell of gum, the whole thing. Seeing someone chew gum (let alone HEARING someone chew gum!) can leave me gagging.

                                                                                                                                Why anyone puts this crap in their mouth I can't imagine.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Kinnexa

                                                                                                                                  I grew up with a proper Southern mother and gum chewing was considering one of THE rudest things to do. I NEVER had it and I too detest mouths opening and closing and the sound - blech.

                                                                                                                              2. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                                I'm the same with water. What helps for me is if its reeaallly cold.

                                                                                                                                1. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                                  I'm with you on the water too. Everyone I've ever met thinks it's SO weird...which I guess it is, but I can't help it!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                                    Water is ok if it is thinned down a bit. Bourbon or rye seem to cut the bland taste :)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: billieboy

                                                                                                                                      ha! I prefer mine thinned down with diet coke mix and bubbles!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: CrazyOne

                                                                                                                                    I hate listening to other people chewing gum. I only chew it occasionally as a quick breath freshener because it gives me a headache(another reason I don't understand how some people can endlessly chew gum like a cow...I would have migraine-level headaches from doing that.).

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                                      look at their eyes when they're mindlessly smacking away. they are channeling THE ARCHETYPAL COW.

                                                                                                                                  3. Jerk chicken - I had a client in Jamaica, and I spent a couple months over the course of a year there. The firm I was working for was located in downtown Kingston, and they picked me up every morning in an armoured car, with a driver and a guard holding a machine gun. Since going out for lunch was out of the question, the firm brought a buffet lunch in every day, and jerk chicken was the least exotic of the menu items. So I got really sick of jerk chicken. And now I can't even smell jerk seasoning without gagging.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                      This reminds me, I can't stand creole seasoning. Went to a creole restaurant with my parents when I was young. Everything we got tasted exactly the same. What we didn't eat at the restaurant we took home for take out. On the drive home the smell of it permeated everything, and it also gave all of us horrible food poisoning. Needless to say, the leftovers were tossed out the next morning.

                                                                                                                                    2. I eat almost natural food w/o complaint, but do not like processed foods (Think POP Tarts) and chain restaurants.
                                                                                                                                      Is this another Chowhound whiney list?

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                        ooh, that reminds me...peanut butter that contains anything other than peanuts [and perhaps a little salt]. i don't get the appeal of Jif, Skippy, or any of those other beloved mass-market brands of PB. they're much too sweet for my taste, and the emulsifiers lend an unpleasant texture to them. i'll take natural, crunchy PB over that stuff any day.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                          We eat Teddy low salt or no salt; cheap & good.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                            so far in this thread, I agree with goodhealthgourmet about everything but coconut! (Not that I'm mad about it, but it is an essential part of some Southeast Asian dishes I love).

                                                                                                                                        2. Beer.

                                                                                                                                          vinegar. Not because it's sour. I love lemons but vinegar just smells rotten to me. Yuck.

                                                                                                                                          Hershey's chocolate. tastes like someone puked in it.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: hala

                                                                                                                                            Hershey's uses soured milk, that's why it has that awful flavor.

                                                                                                                                          2. Soymilk. It makes me gag.
                                                                                                                                            Thankfully my doctor told me to stay away from it.

                                                                                                                                            1. i don't really consider myself a picky eater at all. i like durian, natto, stinky tofu and a lot of other unmentionables. but i really don't have all that much fondness for:

                                                                                                                                              pizza
                                                                                                                                              pasta
                                                                                                                                              chocolate
                                                                                                                                              peanut butter
                                                                                                                                              cinammon

                                                                                                                                              1. I think it's very interesting that many of us have some of the same items on our lists.

                                                                                                                                                For me:

                                                                                                                                                green peas
                                                                                                                                                eggs
                                                                                                                                                beets
                                                                                                                                                beer
                                                                                                                                                apricots
                                                                                                                                                olives
                                                                                                                                                roast beef
                                                                                                                                                baked potatoes (but love them done any other way)

                                                                                                                                                and MAC & CHEESE!!!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                  Second on the mac and cheese. Yuck. Only crossed my lips once, and that was enough.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                    yes, it is pretty interesting how some foods seem to 'group'. a person who dislikes x often also seems to dislike a, b, and c. wonder if there are inherent biological reasons why we prefer some of the foods and avoid some of the foods we do.

                                                                                                                                                    perhaps some of the reason has to do with digestibility for a particular person? that might explain cheese and eggs in any case.

                                                                                                                                                  2. I second the motion for beets and beer. Also, it seems very fashionable these days to add coriander to anything and I cannot stomach the stuff (unless ground and mixed in curries). I think that after my teens which, as you'd expect, were inundated by junk food, I can't even tolerate the sight of any of these places or what they serve.

                                                                                                                                                    I can eat sushi but don't get much excitement from it; it is a bit like having leftover rice with bits in it for me (sacrilege for many, I know!).

                                                                                                                                                    Another thing Brits tend to love is cucumber with anything which I find disgusting in whichever form it comes. And as for baked beans...not for me.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Hamburgers. Never liked them, except as a kid I did like fast food hamburgers, especially at the local place with the condiment bar where you could really load up on the pickles. Beef in general is something I never order in a restaurant or cook for myself, but will eat if served at a party or something.

                                                                                                                                                      Mac & cheese. It can be good, but I just don't have the nostalgia/cravings. Mom never made it.

                                                                                                                                                      PB&J. I think I had my first one at girl scout camp, maybe only one. I was the one in school grossing out my friends with blue cheese or liverwurst sandwiches in my lunchbox.

                                                                                                                                                      Lobster/crab. Too sweet, and hate the stringy texture of crab. Lobster is better, but pretty much wasted on me.

                                                                                                                                                      Ketchup. Too sweet. French fries get dijon.

                                                                                                                                                      Honey mustard anything. Again, too sweet. I like sweet things, but as dessert, not on my salad.

                                                                                                                                                      Fried rice. People I work with seem to go crazy for it, but I don't really get why.

                                                                                                                                                      Creme brulee. Can be good in small quantities, but otherwise falls into what I consider the 'pile of goo' family of desserts that are so popular. I prefer more textural intrigue.

                                                                                                                                                      Mascarpone. It's not cheese, it's just thick cream, and tastes only like cream. Bland, boring.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I read through this entire thread, waiting to see if uni was mentioned so that I could just add my "I second that!", but no. So I guess I really am in the minority when it comes to sea urchin. Not only do I not get it, while others are oohing and aahing over uni and extolling its "pure essence of the sea," it makes me gag.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                          Deenso, there are many people who don't like uni [i'm not one of them, i love the stuff...but i digress]. this thread is about foods you dislike that "Most" people love...and uni isn't exactly common fare to most people, nor is it beloved among all sushi & sashimi lovers.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Deenso

                                                                                                                                                            You're not the only one. I simply cannot tolerate uni. It's like eating a briney, softened human tongue. The thought makes me gag.

                                                                                                                                                          2. I might have mentioned these before:
                                                                                                                                                            * Peanut butter and any variation of peanut butter sweets - did not grow up with it, do not associate it with any comforting childhood memories..The combination of peanut butter and chocolate gives me nightmares.I do love almond butter, though.
                                                                                                                                                            * Chocolate - I am slowly learning to like dark chocolate. On the same vein, any desserts that are too sweet. Will take a croissant over chocolate cake any time.
                                                                                                                                                            * Key lime pie or any lemony desserts - I love sour (sour cream, yogurt, kefir....), but lemon coulis on cheesecake just ruins the cake.....
                                                                                                                                                            * TJ's stir fries - they all taste too sweet or too salty.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Coffee or anything coffee flavored. This includes tiramisu. I've been to so many banquets where tiramisu is the dessert, I've lost count. If it's a banquet near home I can take it home to my husband, but out of town it goes in the trash.

                                                                                                                                                              Raw onion. Why do people chop them up tiny and put them in innocent salads (tuna, chicken, potato, cole slaw, etc.)? They are nasty! They overwhelm the taste of whatever they're added to, and give me indigestion for about 2 days afterward.

                                                                                                                                                              Tarragon. There's something about that herb that I just can't stand. Tastes like soap to me. But I love cilantro. Go figure. I won't make any recipe where tarragon is the major flavor. For small amounts I'll leave it out or substitute something inoffensive like parsley.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                I'll second your vote for coffee.
                                                                                                                                                                I like the smell of some kinds of coffee. But the taste of coffee ruins an otherwise good dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                  Regular coffee smells like raw sewage to me. Those fancy hazelnut and vanilla flavors do smell good to me, but I can't abide the taste of them. Unfortunately, my husband loves, loves, loves coffee. He grinds his beans fresh each morning and brews it up in some special contraption. The smell of it makes me gag and I have to stay out of the kitchen. He can't understand what the problem is.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                  I don't often like coffee flavoured things (or things made with coffee, like tiramisu), but I do like coffee as a beverage (or at least did when I used to be able to drink it but I'm not allowed to have any coffee at all any more, not even decaf, because of possible ulcer worries with my new stomach pouch).

                                                                                                                                                                  I also don't like peanut butter in things but I like peanut butter. For instance, I like PB&J but I don't like peanut butter cookies (but I do like Reeses peanut butter cups...). :)

                                                                                                                                                                  I don't like tarragon but it has a vaguely licorice flavour I don't care for. I don't like licorice anything in general. I do like Green Goddess dressing though, in spite of the tarragon in it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                    I feel the same way about dried tarragon, but it's a whole different animal - er, herb - when it's fresh, it's much more subtle and I actually like it. Or do you dislike both fresh and dried.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                      I don't care for either, but maybe I should try it again. Maybe my tastes have changed. But it's one of the few herbs that I don't grow, and paying several $ for a bunch of it would be painful. I'll have to think about this...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not a fan of tarragon either, but had one roommate who loved using it. I know it's traditional in sauces for fish, but it's tastes like soapy licorice to me.

                                                                                                                                                                        If you're at a farmer's market or nursery, break off a leaf and try it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Star anise I will only use when making asian soups--they don't taste correct otherwise--but in nothing else. The jar I have is primarily used to supply part of a wedding gift--I found one with mostly whole pieces (the fragility and rarity of finding an unbroken star is used to represent the fragility of relationships, as a reminder to take care and keep what's precious intact).

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                        I didn' t know fresh and dried would be so different. :) I'll have to give fresh a go. I've only ever had dried. :)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Morganna

                                                                                                                                                                          They really are - dried tastes soapy and weird, but fresh has more like a very mild anise flavor (to my taste buds, at least).

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't tried dried tarragon, but the fresh version has a very off taste that I don't like at all. Marjoram is even worse. It tastes like Palmolive to me.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                              I wonder of this is related to the well-known phenomenon that makes cilantro taste like soap to many people?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                That would be an interesting; I'd be interested to hear some confirmatory evidence as I've never heard of this before. Perhaps the marjoram phenomenon is less widely discussed because it occurs in fewer cuisines than cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                  Could be. I'm in the "cilantro tastes fine" camp, and marjoram tastes quite mild to me - I'm not sure I could even pinpoint its flavor in a dish. It's only dried tarragon that sets me off.

                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                        AmyH, I echo you exactly on the tarragon! I've always wondered why I liked cilantro and hated tarragon. I still remember a tarragon roast chicken my mother made when I was maybe 12 years old, and it still makes my stomach a little queasy.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Vetter

                                                                                                                                                                          I think for me it's the memory of a chicken dish I had in a fancy restaurant somewhere. So it must have been fresh tarragon. Then again, I seem to recall not liking something my mother made with tarragon, and she never used fresh herbs, so it's possible I don't like fresh or dried. But I'll be a good chowhound and give it another try one of these days, just to make sure.

                                                                                                                                                                      4. Salmon - with a qualifier. I LOVE lox. But I (and husband too, thank goodness) may be the only people on the West Coast who don't swoon over it. It's alright, I don't spit it out or refuse to go to someone's house if they're serving it, but it does less than nothing for me. If done on the grille, I like it better cause you get the little crunchies and blackened bits. Just thinking about it - prebreakfast - makes me icky :)

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                          I used to be quite the same about salmon, but then I spent awhile living in the Pacific N.E. and was introduced to Copper River Salmon...which has of course then ruined me for life when it comes to Atlantic Salmon.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chilihead

                                                                                                                                                                            To me, Copper River is no different than others. Live in Oregon and NoCal and it just doesn't sing to me.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                              If I have to eat salmon (and have a choice), Copper River always wins. But if I really, really have a choice? I don't choose salmon, I just don't think it's great and some of types (King) are just too overpowering for me - it's too rich and I always feel a little queasy after eating it. I'll stick with Halibut, thank you very much.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                            me too!

                                                                                                                                                                            I love smoked salmon and lox, raw salmon is fine with sushi, but a piece of cooked salmon makes me gag. I may be able to swallow a mouthful if it's covered in bernaise or hollandaise.

                                                                                                                                                                            I really thought I was the only one.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                              You're not the only one... I can't stand salmon... or lox...I find it very fishy, and that's not a result of having had poor quality or poor preparations. The only salmon preparation I can choke down is my mom's Salmon Croquettes, and that's really because you don't taste the salmon as much.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                Even weirder in a way, I love canned sockeye salmon (makes very good sandwiches, especially on firm buttered white bread with some cucumber soaked in vinegar), lox, smoked salmon, salmon tartare, but cannot abide fresh salmon filets or steaks.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Milk - Makes me vomit, never drank it as a baby and I refuse to drink it now.

                                                                                                                                                                              Syrup - Too sweet and sticky. Actually, I have to be completely honest, I have a syrup-phobia. I can't have it anywhere near me for fear of spilling it and getting the stickiness all over me.

                                                                                                                                                                              Ketchup - It's not that I outright hate it, I just don't see the need for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, ketchup. Why would anyone put ketchup on anything? First of all it reminds me of a rotten tomato, and second, it covers up the taste of things.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AngelSanctuary

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not a big fan of ketchup either, or for that matter, mustard. I like my hamburgers and hotdogs plain (the latter MAYBE with some chopped onion & Sririacha). No lettuce, tomato, etc. No Cheese! And i drink my coffee black, no sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I figure over the years, I have foregone over $15,000 worth of "extras" that the rest of you folks got for free. So if you'd like to send a check, Email me and I"ll give you a snail-mail address! Better still, let me make this my holiday present to you all! Happy Holidays!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Chocolate. Maybe on top of some candy, but alone or in cake...nope.

                                                                                                                                                                                And COOKED (or smoked or seared or steamed) salmon. I LOVE raw salmon - could eat plates of it - but bring it near heat or smoke and I just can't do it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: RosemaryHoney

                                                                                                                                                                                  I second salmon. I love every fish but that one..and I've tried it on several different occasions because it looked good, but I hate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Eggplant. I think they're truly lovely to look at, but don't care for the taste and especially don't like the texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                    OH! Here's one! Eggplant for me, too. HATE the stuff. Also I hate zucchiiininisndfidni (or however you spell it)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Morganna

                                                                                                                                                                                      That's funny - I used to hate zucchini too, but somewhere along the way I've learned to tolerate it, though I don't actually seek it out. Eggplant I actively avoid. They both share an unpleasant kind of mushiness somehow.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                        BobB, question about the eggplant texture - do you just dislike it as a cooked veg, or in all incarnations? it can be transformed into a completely different experience in something like baba ghannouj...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't like baba gannoush either. I suppose if I were literally starving I could eat it, but I don't enjoy it so why bother?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                            Weird, I like eggplant except as baba gannoush.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                              Me too. I love eggplant in almost all forms but, I'm not really a fan of baba gannoush. I think it might be the tahini. Hummus that has a lot of tahini in it I'm not a fan of, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, what's really interesting is that eggplant itself doesn't have much of a flavor. It takes up the flavors you cook it with. And you have to cook the shit out of it so it gets that velvety, creamy texture. Nothing worse than underdone eggplant, and I suspect that is what a alot of eggplant haters here had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Deep-fried eggplant & zucchini slices with tzatziki or skordalia.... delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                  or a very bitter taste it can have sometimes (preventable)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lcool

                                                                                                                                                                                                    thats why i buy fairy tale eggplant . they are amazing. Think, the size of your thumb (i have small thumbs) and i just slice and saute in olive oil with salt and pepper. They get ridiculously creamy and delicious, and are too small to have annoying and bitter seeds. one of my favorite things to cook with

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The foods that are at the bottom of my go-to list are:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Kim Chee – no. No. NO!
                                                                                                                                                                                    Arroz con Gandules – can and will eat it, but far from my favorite
                                                                                                                                                                                    Red Velvet Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tofu
                                                                                                                                                                                    and, believe it or not...
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ice Cream – I like it, but meh...I usually leave it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                      I almost never eat ice cream.... but once or twice a year I get a craving for hot fudge sauce on soft serve ice cream.... and nothing else will do. At least I stop short of getting the Peanut Buster Parfait at Dairy Queen......

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                        I get those cravings too, but when I want ice cream I usually want plain vanilla, smooth and creamy. The more "things" in the ice cream, or the more "fancy", the less I want it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I will however, augment my ice cream with a few pretzel sticks.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                          I thought I was the only one...ice cream leaves me cold (pun intended). Once in a great while I like a bite or two of something loaded with crunchies, like Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk, but generally I just don't like the stuff. Same goes for most candy, except small chocolate bars once in a while. Also whipped topping, marshmallows (oh, dear: fluff! Blecch!), soft-serve, yogurt, all that sweet creamy stuff. No thanks!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                        Just an update: I'm coming around to the Arroz con Gandules. The SO makes it every once in a while and I'm enjoying it more and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. peanuts/peanut butter just aren't tasty,I have tried countless brands.Ketchup,I have yet to
                                                                                                                                                                                        find it "good" with anything.Plain baked ham (not country cured or smoked) I even get requests for it from friends who like mine a lot.There is not a thing wrong with it.However
                                                                                                                                                                                        there is nothing about it to miss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lcool

                                                                                                                                                                                          i'm another one who doesn't understand why people love ketchup i don't even want it on my burger. the only food on the planet i think it even remotely enhances is a hot plate of extra-crisp, peppery, Jersey diner home fries...and even then a little goes a very long way.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. For me, it's boozy desserts, esp. tiramisu and trifle, and anything with Grand Marnier in it. And, you guessed it, sweet liquors like Grand Marnier (which is only logical, isn't it?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pâté chinois

                                                                                                                                                                                            gack. ditto on the boozy desserts [i'm not big on dessert anyway], or sweet liquor of any kind - either as a beverage or in noticeable quantities in food.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pâté chinois

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm the same, I nearly vomited eating liquor-filled chocolates. I can't do chocolate martinis either.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Offal = awful in my book.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Bell peppers (green, red, yellow, orange, purple...can't stand any of them).
                                                                                                                                                                                              Onions - unless they're cooked to oblivion or encased in batter and deep fried. Even then, I tend to pull out the offending onion and just eat the fried batter.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Celery - stringy...yuck.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Liver.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Licorice/anise/fennel...tastes like cough syrup to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TripChick

                                                                                                                                                                                                ditto to all of the above

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TripChick

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I kinda figured offal went without saying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Cornbread
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mint
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marshmallows
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cilantro
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pepsi
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Curry
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goat Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feta Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chipotle
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catfish
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Orange/chocolate combination
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Milk (whole or low fat)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ranch Dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pepperjack Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anything cooked with or containing wine and/or alcohol
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buffalo wings

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wonder if you'd like my "buffalo" wings. They're not the typical sort of wings prepared the typical way. Though I've had too many people say "Oh you'd LOVE the way *I* make XYZ" to be so arrogant as to be certain you'd love it the way I do it. ;D

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't even really call them buffalo wings, I call them cracklin' wings. :) Still, I'm not especially fond of wings overall myself. They're awfully fatty. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    steak (or any slab-o-meat)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    salmon (or any cooked fish, for that matter)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    most vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                                    watermelon
                                                                                                                                                                                                    plain milk chocolate (without nuts, or crunchies, or something)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    sweet lime anything (save the lime for vodka/tonics)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    curry

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cumin...Esp on beef. It reminds me of the fried burrito grossness of elementary school lunches...blech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. --Flavored coffee...can't even stand to have it made in our coffee maker, as I can still taste the "amaretto" or whatever in the next pot. Gag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ---Lobster. It's okay, but not the end all and be all of seafood. Give me fresh Florida Gulf shrimp anyday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ---Crab. Except in a crab cake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ---Chocolate. Okay, but that''s it
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ---I second the sweet tartar sauce. Use Duke's Mayo, available in the SE United States or online. Has no sugare whatsoever. Just add some capers, onion, dill pickle etc
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ---Honey mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ---Sweet cornbread. Real southern cornbread does not contain sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Many of the foods on my list have been covered here, so I guess they aren't really commonly loved. Flavored coffee, salmon (because I am just so bored by it, Copper River excepted), zucchini, risotto, balsamic vinegar. I will branch out a little to include cocktails and say Cosmopolitans, which yes, some of my friends still drink. I think it's the triple sec. Vile stuff, that. I'm not too thrilled by pizza. Or relish. Three bean salad is kind of gross. Halvah is too intensely greasy, although I like sesame seeds, otherwise. Oh, and kasha, which tastes like sand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Marshmallows, hate the stuff, don't understand why everyone drools over those gummy white things. On the other hand I like burnt marshmallow! (I mean very toasted that it's almost burnt, then I squeeze out the squishy part and just eat the toasted jacket)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate and sweets, I'm not crazy about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheese cake, can't tolerate it, most people I know love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken breasts (so dry..) I prefer the legs and more fatty/juicy parts between the bones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            White bread, ewe! (except for french toast I can tolerate it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lobster and crab (love seafood but not crazy about lobster, esp when the shell gets in between the meat, gag)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Risotto, I don't want soggy rice, I like long grain varieties most.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apples-Oranges-Bananas: Very common and loved fruits, but I don't like them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ice cream-Caramel-Toffee-fudge: While people drool over it I run away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Celery (the strings, I peel mine)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Bananas: tried them every which way - as is, in bread, in smoothies - and I hate them all

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eggplant: has an odd aftertaste to me

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheesecake: I understand the fascination, but I'm just not into it

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cantelope and Honeydew: yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Veal: memories of my mother's bone-dry, gray shoe leather veal cutlets

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lawgirl3278

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Finally someone said cantaloupe. Everyone tells me, "but, they're so sweet and juicy." And I always say, "you know that taste, that cantaloupe taste that you love. That's the taste I hate."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never liked it, not even as a kid. Used to like Honeydew but, now it just taste like a milder version of cantaloupe. Bleech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                And will eat, pretty much, anything...(well, cooked right! ;-) )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: livetocook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my god, that's exactly it. Even just the smell of cantaloupe makes me shudder. Actually, any melon except watermelon. The rest of them all have that ... whatever that factor is. ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Here are the food that I see everywhere and I just don't like them at all, and I know at lot of them have been mentioned already:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mac & cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                mushrooms when cooked, especially if mushy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                oysters, although the only ones I have ever had were in my mom's thanksgiving dressing and seem like little balls of snot, to me anyway. Never chewed one, just swallowed quickly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                horseradish, and I have tried it many times - bleech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dijon mustard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Pie. I like a good chocolate mousse pie with graham cracker crust but that's about it. It's the pastry I don't care for. I don't like meat pies either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goat Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fish/Seafood/Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mayonnaise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jello
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Watermelon; actually any kind of melon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fruity alcohol drinks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coconut

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll second the watermelon. Every 4th of July picnic I feel like a communist because I pick the watermelon out of the fruit salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I dislike a lot of things most people really like/love:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheese: never been a fan, the only kind i like is parm (love cottage cheese and ricotta)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pancakes: too heavy but like waffles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burgers: don't get the big deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Potatoes: in any way, shape or form (same with rice--boring)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tiramisu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fruity Desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most pastas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lord! You must be very thin. And to think I get pissy with my mother in law for disliking onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just keep reading your list over and over in utter disbelief. I so wish I hated potatoes and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, I am thin and very happily so. I love eating and dining out, but choose (and like) foods that have more nutritional wholesomeness than the "crap" a lot of people enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          what's "crap" about potatoes or cheese?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LMAO. pretty much everything on your list would be on my "LOVE" list. Pancakes at the top!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Egg white omelets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        those hideous white asparagus!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am also no fan of truffle oil. It tastes like dirt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kahlua.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soy nuts. Absolute vomitus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That reminds me that I also hate truffles. They smell like pickled dead people. Don't ask...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seafood of any kind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Scotch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue cheeses of all sorts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not fond of potatoes that aren't fried or mashed with lots of other ingredients. I can handle Yukon Golds and some other waxy potatoes, but I really hate russets in any form that isn't mashed or fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have decided recently that I don't like coffee. To me it's just vile, bitter mud. I never wanted to be one of those people who depend on it anyway (and it's sad to see how many people are dependent on it. Don't drink coffee and you'll sleep better and you won't "need" it anymore). I like coffee flavored things like ice cream, but as a beverage it's just nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. love peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            love jelly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hate peanut butter and jelly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. yes i know i'm odd...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bananas (can't stand the taste)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              orange (don't like taste or the idea of peeling and the stench on your fingers)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              avocadoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              feta and blue cheese (allergic to dairy anyway, but i didn't eat these even when not allerg)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bell peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sandwiches - as a kid mom had to pack me a thermos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              beans esp black and garbanzo - if necessary will eat navy and maybe pinto but i just don't like the texture and like mealy-ness?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sesame (rules out hummus, baba ghanoush, tahini)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cilantro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...it looks like not much is left, but there's tons... i swear.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow - sandwiches - no matter what's in them, or what kind of bread they're made with? That sounds like more of a phobia than a taste issue. Perhaps you were bitten by a baguette as a baby? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My youngest daughter didn't eat sandwiches either, even though her sister, father and I did. It was a real pain to pack a lunch for her. It didn't matter what kind of bread you used, either. She would eat ham on crackers but not on bread. Now since she has a child packing a lunch she realizes how much trouble it is, so to set an example she has started eating plain old ham on wheat bread sandwiches so her son will eat them. She still isn't crazy about them but at least she will eat them. And an occasional grilled cheese. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I sympathize so much. My 6 y o is like that. No sandwiches. And I have to pack lunch. It used to be that homemade "lunchables," fried rice, pasta salad, couscous, meatballs were ok. But he is getting pickier. The child is like Kevorkian. He will go on a food strike before letting an offending morsel pass his lips. He recently sent home - untouched - a perfectly good pepperoni pizza that he had eaten the day before. His response - mommy, I wasn't sure it would taste good cold. Well, he didn't even try it! I can only hope that he will grow out of it. And have picky children of his own someday :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my daughters likes bread and rolls, likes meat, will tolerate cheese, but hates sandwiches. She'll take a sandwich apart and eat the components separately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At least she will eat the bread. Mine wouldn't even eat the bread. The only way I could get fiber in her was through whole grain crackers, because she wouldn't eat beans either. Needless to say she had some real issues with constipation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thinking further about this - I used to be the kind of kid who wouldn't eat any of the corn that had touched the mashed potatoes, so maybe it's not a phobia (as I only half-jokingly suggested earlier) so much as a dislike of foods mixed together,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        no i never liked things together. i classify the world into "separate eaters" and "mix-em eaters" - those who eat everything separately and those who like to mingle bites. i don't like the taste of all the sandwich components together. now being allergic to gluten, i don't miss sandwiches :) as a kid, my nanny used to slice up the different componenets of sandwiches, like cheese, tomatoes, sometimes some sliced turkey and drizzle with Italian with Cheese dressing... that still sounds so good to this day... alas, i can no longer eat dairy or gluten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        but no never bitten by a baguette or any sort of sandwich type vehicle. i was never much of a bread eater anyway, which i think baffled and made jealous my mother who constantly tried to avoid the forboden starch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Bacon and--regional BIG favorite--country ham.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't detest bacon, but I don't like it. I like a tissue-thin piece of country ham occasionally, but only on if it's accompanied by a sweet potato biscuit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mamaciita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG........while i repspect your choices, based on the number of "Bacon with Anything" type posts on here and elsewhere, you might be the only person in America (or wherever) that doesn't like bacon. Good on you for sticking up for it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Sorry, personally I adore Bacon)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, there are at least two - my wife doesn't care for bacon either. Leaves more for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Um, I know a ton of people who don't like it and those who choose not to eat it for religious and health reasons. It is one of the most naturally salty/fatty foods around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not eating for religious reasons has zero relationship to liking it or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed - the number of people who don't like the idea of it greatly exceeds the number who don't like the taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe that's why it was so easy for me to give it up, I like the smoky taste, but could never figure out what the fuss was about. Watching someone eat a fatty piece of bacon made me gag as a kid. I would peel the fat off and just eat the pork pieces that were left. Before I gave up pork products completely, I was always much happier with turkey bacon. Now I'm on a search for turkey bacon like I had from an Amish restaurant that was actually turkey!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Huh? What is turkey bacon that's NOT actually turkey?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overprocessed turkey parts in "light" and "dark" with more ingredients than I can identify.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I don't like caviar, which is probably a good thing. I mean, if you're going to hate something, make it something really expensive! My DH detests bananas, and will not eat raw tomatoes, though he will eat things made from tomatoes like spaghetti sauce and occasionally bruscetta if there are other ingredients and the tomatoes are fairly finely cut up. He will not eat ketchup, though he uses it for the base for his BBQ sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am picky with tomato, I can't eat just any sauce out there but just to make it clear I adore the flavour of tomato and I can't live without it though I'm kind of allergict to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Call it a phobia but my throat is extremely sensitive to the peels, those tiny tiny little rolled up peels that are ground up in the sauce, I know a strained sauce from a regular one and that's just looking at it through the jar or if it's something like ketchup or tomato pasta testing it on a white plate. If you try it yourself you'll find little tiny dark coloured "rolls" which are the peels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pepper peels on the other hand I can tolerate, just not tomato and this is why I can't eat tomato dishes when I'm out, at restaurants, invited somewhere, or just pick up a pizza because if the sauce isn't "strained" (tomatoes peeled before hand) I won't eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The frustrating part is that when I explain my situation to people they often say "oh no there is none in the sauce" but when I test it the sauce is not tomato peel free.. or they just don't believe/"get" it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I didn't see one mention of this in this long thread: pumpkin pie or any dessert that has all those cinnamon/nutmegy spices in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Similarly I hate cloves in anything, including ham and can just barely tolerate allspice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicgail, I am only faced with the pumpkin pie peer pressure once or twice a year, so it is never on my mind, but now that you mention it, I must agree. I didn't grow up eating it. When I finally had an opportunity to taste it I was horrified. I do not like pumpkin or the spicing with the sweetness. I like each spice in savoury cooking, but there's something about the chemistry with the pumpkin, the spices, the sugar and the dairy that turns my stomach. My SOs family doesn't believe me. They think I just don't want to eat it because of the calories and fat. They're wrong. I'm not a dessert eater, but I'd reach for many other dessert items before submitting to pumpkin pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I'd starve to death before I ate pumpkin pie. Maybe I'd eat the crust. I'm always thrilled when someone says they're bringing apple pie or something chocolate for T-G.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ew, I hate pumpkin pie. It's a taste/texture one-two of yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. I've decided after reading all these, I'm a fussier eater than I thought! Folks keep mentioning things and I say, "Yeah, you know, I don't really like that either!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Golly gee FCF, I feel just the opposite, I'm very surprised at how fussy so many "chowhounds" are. These negative food threads always get a lot of responses. There must be something about modern American urban/suburban culture that elicits this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would like to believe that most people here have at least tried a lot of things and decided for themselves that something wasn't to their taste, rather than discounting something outright. It's been interesting to see what people adore which others don't, what they find over-rated, what they can't live without, and what is considered disgusting. My guess is that if someone compared the lists, they would mirror one another.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      keg, I'm with you. So many hounds don't like houndish foods. Has always been a surprise. I've always been hard pressed to find something I didn't like: finally settled on brown rice sushi!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chacun se gout, as they say<G>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm the same way, I don't really consider myself picky(because I will try anything once...and don't generally hate very much), the stuff I love changes all the time though. But there are plenty of things I am "meh" on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Ketchup - if a tomato were stabbed and left to rot...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Pasta in general
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Casseroles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hot dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mac & cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken soup/chicken noodle soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most sandwich incarnations (grilled cheese, ham and cheese, chicken parm, etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Meatloaf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mealy apples (cough, Red *not*Delicious, cough)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frozen/"add water and heat" entrees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most kinds of salad dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chocolate chip, shortbread, store-bought packaged cookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frosting on cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whipped cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To summarize: the majority of "American comfort foods," I suppose. I don't actively dislike them but I don't get intense cravings, either. I figure it's a function of my cultural background more than anything, though it does make for an annoyingly abbreviated list of options for lunch when I'm at work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sukekiyo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought I was the only one to avoid red and golden apples of the non-delicious varieties. They taste bad, mealy potatoes which have been sitting around too long.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cookies. They totally turn me off..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Gin - blech! Everyone around me wants a "refreshing" gin & tonic, and the smell just makes me gag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Miracle Whip - gross
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Green Bell Peppers - especially cooked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roasted Red Bell Peppers - why are these so popular?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Earl Grey Tea - maybe a similar flavor to the gin?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anything with a Smoked flavor - it makes me feel like I've been standing in a smoke pit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Just One Bite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's interesting re roasted red peppers. I was just thinking about that the other day. We'd had a nice arugula salad in SF last week to which they'd added mushrooms (fine) and roasted red peppers. I think they were novel a number of years ago but I find the flavor pretty overwhelming most of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Just One Bite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh gosh pepper (i did list them above) repeat on me for days...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and i forgot to mention smoked flavor! i don't like that either or BBQ! yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Flan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Ketchup (defined during Reagan's era as a vegetable????)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. White Bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mayo (except in tuna salad or cole slaw)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ranch or Thousand Island dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apple pie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Coriander is the devil's herb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Straight milk is yucky.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pre-packaged and frozen meals will kill you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anything with msg, high fructose corn syrup, soy bean and/or hydrogenated oils will kill you and your family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Ranch dressing. I just don't get it. I think it is the scurge of the American dining scene. I especially dislike people who sub it on a Caesar or Greek salad - what gives with that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: StuartRebDonald

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A real, homemade ranch dressing is wonderful to my palate. I have only had that a few times in my life, when my Gramma was feeling especially generous in the kitchen (as opposed to her normal way of just stuffing us silly, she would spoil us with her homemade ranch dressing). It's like green goddess dressing. Any version in a bottle sucks, but once you've had it freshly made with real tarragon and shallots... mmmm :) But yes, ranch on a caesar or greek salad is sacrilege. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: StuartRebDonald

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't stand Ranch, either. I'm so disappointed when a salad shows up with Ranch unannounced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. can't stand rosemary, nutmeg, basil, five spice powder, and shredded lettuce on sandwiches---what's up with that? always a stain waiting to happen! I do like cilantro, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ever since I was little, I would do anything to avoid a steak dinner. I just never liked steak. I'm okay with hamburgers, though. Oh, and I'm fine with a roast beef sandwich - especially when the roast beef is barely cooked. Go figure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I despise feta cheese and olives. Greek salad is out of the question here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I never much liked beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Just thought of another one...Green Bean Casserole. Yuck.!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was a staple at holiday time for years when I was growing up, but I could never stand the taste. I don't know why - I love green beans and I love fried onions, but for some reason I hate this food/dish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This may be weird, but I finally figured out that what I hate is cream of mushroom soup! I make green bean casserole with cream of onion and I love it now. Some of the other 'cream of' soups have a similar whang that tastes off to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Polish (or any other smoked variety) sausage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Raw tuna, raw salmon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cooked spinach.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hard boiled eggs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. For me it's anything in the jelly/jam/preserve family. Especially on toast. YUK! And I'll take my PB without the J.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. - Meat - any type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Sun dried tomatoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Creme Brulee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vanilla ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whipped cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roast beef/ Prime Rib
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grilled Chicken Breast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheap sushi. I suspect many chowhounds wouldn't love cheap sushi, but most of my non-chowhound friends seem to love cheap sushi, food court sushi, airport sushi, grocery store sushi, etc. I used to grin and bear it, but I'm so turned off when I detect ammonia in a bite of fish, or when when I start to think of the living conditions of imported softshell crab that was inside the spider roll that I ate. So, for peace of mind and tastebuds, no cheap sushi under any conditions is one of my resolutions for 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crab cakes made from canned/pasteurized/frozen crab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Surimi/krab in hot dishes like enchiladas, especially when I don't expect it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and add to the cheap sushi list..."All you can eat" sushi (shudder.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am not a lover of sushi, nor do I have a lot of experience with it, but I do enjoy a few bites of it when I go out with friends who love it. (I tend to order the soups at Japanese restaurants - I adore the mix of flavors and textures.) I agree that the foodcourt sushi (and its ilk) are pretty bad for the most part. For me, it is generally that the flavors all seem kind of mushed together, and they are either very bland or overly sharp, with one agressive flavor overriding everything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ditto on cheap sushi, a lot of my friends seem to think quantity = quality, I try to resist the urge to roll my eyes at one of them when she said how much she loved white tuna. And then she asked me what good places have good california rolls, I just told her how oxymoronic it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AngelSanctuary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i know good sushi - and i like white tuna, whatever fish it happens to be. ANd if someone likes california rolls, well, good for them - i hope they find the best ones they can, and friends who appreciate friendship enough to share them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I enjoyed reading your opinion about cheap sushi, because I am the opposite. I'll happily eat cheap California rolls from a supermarket or mall. I think it's because of the homemade "sushi" my Taiwanese parents would make for us when we were kids, which had all kinds of inauthentic stuff like carrot, cucumber, fried egg and sesame paste thrown in there, which we enjoyed the hell out of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steamed carrot, fresh cucumber, and Japanese omelette are very traditional ingredients in traditional nori maki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If I haven't had too much to eat already at a sushi bar I'll order a nice tamago for "dessert" as long as the egg is made in-house. The premade stuff is pretty horrible compared to when everybod used to make their own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mmmm, love tamago as dessert. My sushi chef used to tease me and offer it to me first to "try to get me to leave".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Everyone seems to love (or at least tolerate) parsley!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i cannot stand it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Hallie_ray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Milk - I love cheese, ice cream, and most dairy products, but raw milk makes me nauseous, I've never been able to drink it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beef/steak - it always tastes really boring after the first few bites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Roasted Red Peppers (ditto to whoever mentioned this above)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beer - just don't get it - I normally enjoy bitter flavors, but hops don't appeal to me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      White bread/most pastries like muffins - I really like nutty flavors and enjoy whole grain bread, so perhaps I don't enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sausage/hot dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB&J - Kids used to always bring squished PB&J sandwiches to school and it grossed. me out. To this day, I've never had one. Actually, sandwiches in general don't appeal - like the person's daughter above, I take them apart!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mayonnaise - can't stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No idea why people go nuts for BBQ. I will eat it, it's not bad, but...don't crave it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Milk Chocolate - blech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chinese food - I'll eat it, but I really don't enjoy it the way that some of my friends do . I've really tried, and have the good fortune of friends who have taken me to great places (i.e. not suburban "Chinese food") and invited me to dine at their houses...but I've just never gotten to the point where I'd chose it over Vietnamese or Thai or anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: firni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never really thought about what I didn't eat that other people loved ...Here is goes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Milk - Never ever liked it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        White Bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lamb - I will still try it, but will never order it out or say Oh man I just got to have some lamb...that will never happen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate or anything sweet - would rahter have cheese ;) Love cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Indian Food (curry's) they all taste the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carrots - I hate them...Save a carrot, let them grow!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With everyone on the Jello
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ranch Dressing (any creamy dressing for that matter)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gum - I am from the South also and this was a BIG NO NO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah yes and Beer, never understood the big attraction to cold barley soup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Olives. I hate them. And I have had 'gourmet, imported' and those crappy pimento stuffed ones. I do like and use olive oil though. People think I'm a weirdo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Whosyerkitty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Olives make me gag, as do all kinds of pickles. There's something about the brining I guess.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ketchup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mustard, but only as a condiment. I'll cook with it, no problem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As you can probably guess, I usually eat my hog dogs plain, or with chili and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. So interesting, I started a thread with the same question with virtually the same title when I joined Chowhound about two years ago. It got immediate responses (which thrilled me as a newbie). It also got immediately deleted. Which has always puzzled me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, I have an issue with sushi, which is greatly popular in Toronto. It's funny because I really liked it when I was introduced to it in Japan many years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also getting sick of gourmet poutines -- you know, the ones with great fries but covered in duck confit and jus or foie gras, etc and mozarella and whatnot. I like poutine, mind you, but some of these are getting too precious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also with others on the thread who don't like coconut or cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, can't stand marzipan. Although that may not be in the category of "food that most people love".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hate licorice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i am with you here. Yikes, on Marzipan and cilantro. I know, not a good thing in the same sentence. Sorry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There must be some chemistry involved.Fresh !! right now from the coconut ,the meat is lovely.Muck with it in ANY way ,as far I am concerned it becomes ?,just awful as a cooked or raw component.NO MATTER WHAT .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Almonds are fine ,as is almond paste ,marzipan is gaggy ,gluey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cilantro is mostly a personal chemistry thing.I try to be very careful how I use/serve it.A large no-no with those affected and wine.As a chef and wine educator I never let it slip below the radar when teaching or serving socially.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Asparagus. I feel deeply ashamed about it because I pride myself on eating everything. There are a few other foods I dislike, but to despise something so widely adored just makes me feel like I'm missing something. And I try to like it, I honestly do, and I just HATE it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: smittys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            now that is truly sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: smittys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't care for green asparagus, but I don't mind white asparagus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also don't care for green peppers, but I like red, yellow and orange bell peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: smittys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hated the mushy (overcooked?) asparagus I would always be served as a child, but I've come to appreciate crisp asparagus as an adult (although I never have a taste for asparagus and never seek it out on menus).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Okra, on the other hand, I have always loved in stews (gumbo is one of my favorite dishes) or if cooked just enough to still be crispy, but have always detested when served mushy and slimy by itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since writing that about the asparagus 2 1/2 yrs ago, I've come to really like asparagus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I cook with it now whenever I can find it at a reasonable price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: smittys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Smitty--

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is no shame in not eating asparagus. There are biological reasons for some of us not to eat it. More for everyone else! Right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Miracle Whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Risotto or any rice dessert (love it steamed or in pilaf, though)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tabasco, or any hot pepper sauce that has vinegar as an ingredient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Store-bought cookies (Pepperidge Farms excepted)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Milk chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Store-bought tortilla chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any apples besides Granny Smiths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cinnamon ( It's fine in its place, it just ends up in far too many places it shouldn't, like in coffee, tea, and potpourris that people put in bathrooms)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Banana flavored desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chamomile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bottled Ranch Dressing! HATE IT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Most organ meats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't know there was so much stuff I hated....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chamomile makes me gag (and I;m a pretty good eater)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I can tolerate these foods, but don't neccessarily like them:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coconut- like the flavor but hate the texture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ketchup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lobster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frosting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Balsamic Vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pumpkin Pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apples-I like apples but hate the peels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Miracle whip-only in mac salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tarragon-fresh only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love Creme' Brulee' but hate the crunchy sugary topping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Foods I've tried but do not like at all:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black Licorice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sweet Pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caviar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meatloaf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Green Bean Casserole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shrimp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fois Gras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are many foods that I haven't tried but would be willing to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Keeping in mind that I no longer eat any meat at all.......I used to, until ten years ago, so I know what it tastes like. I eat just about everything else under the sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The most common response to people finding out that I don't eat meat is "OMG don't you ever just crave a good STEAK!?!?!?!", usually followed by them telling me how much they love steak and would never be able to give it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My answer: No, I don't, never really did... and it's most definitely not something I crave, or miss one bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To this list, I also add milk. I know plenty of people who just love a tall glass of white milk, the thought of which makes my stomach flutter a bit, in a not so nice way. I love all other dairy products, I just really really don't like milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also one of those women who doesn't go all out nuts at the thoughts of chocolate, even though it's not something I dislike, and i'll partake from time to time..... but most of my friend's eye's glaze over when they see the stuff...lol. Not something I crave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unlike the OP however, I love chick peas, and could eat them straight out of the can.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My condolences- if I didn't eat meat, the last thing i'd crave is a big juicy steak, and can't imagine myself asking that of a noncarnivore. On the other hand, if I order a big juicy steak, I don't expect to get any grief about it, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on the chocolate, especially milk chocolate. a nice rich bittersweet occasionally, maybe, but I almost resent the inference that because I'm female and weigh too much it's because I can't keep away from chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nah, I don't dole out grief about meat.....indulge away. Heck, i've even cooked it for others. I've just got zero desire to eat it. The only thing that even remotely bothers me in the area of meat is watching someone gnaw relentlessly on a bone, but that could be for many reasons !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't like getting grief about what I eat either....be it the "WTH kind of freak food is THAT!?" kind of people....the "ewwww" types...right.down to the flipside when other vegetarian / vegan types feel the need to tell me that I'm not a "real" vegetarian, or that egg i'm eating is etc etc etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL to the Narnivore ! If that means i'd gladly share a meal with James McAvoy or Liam Neeson....i'm in !!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "right on" to the narnivore dining mates!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I eat meat and never crave or order steak in restaurants. I'll eat it if someone prepares it, but I never seek it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm in the same boat for steak. I just don't get the appeal. If someone is serving it at a party I'll eat it, but I would much rather have chicken or fish. I usually order fish or tuna tatar at steakhouses...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to be the same about steak until I started to grill them myself. Now I don't eat them so often not because I don't like them - I still do as much as ever - I'm cutting back to maybe four times a year because I'm trying to reduce red meat consumption as a whole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tamales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. pasta, potatoes and white bread! i do not like those things. they are bland and unsatisfying to me. weird, eh?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (on the other hand, i cant seem to find a vegetable that i dislike...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: elenoise

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm with you on both ends. I'm not the hugest fan of corn, but then again, that's more of a starchy "white" food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                french fries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I don't love: caviar, raw oysters, truffles, pate, or any of those extra gourmet things. Never have and I don't get it! That's my true confession. Although I do love escargot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Crab -- meh on all counts, but especially when cooked whole and I have to hammer through the autopsy to get a bit of meat and a whole lot of unmentionables. it's okay cold in a light salad, but don't really miss it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lobster -- I like it okay, but the boring boiled lobster, especially when served with boring boiled potatoes and corn... what the heck?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A glass of milk --- I can deal with chocolate milk, but I can't remember the last time I grabbed a glass of plain white milk. I know, I know, you can't have layer cake or pancakes without it... yes I can!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anything with the word "casserole" attached to it; worse if it says surprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dill --- actually, this should be in the HATE category
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mayo --- a category unto itself... hate, fear, dread, evil, sinister and nauseating

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I hate canned peas and creamed corn. The peas smell like feet or body odor and cream corn looks as if someone ate it once already. Blech and double blech.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KristieB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most people love canned peas and creamed corn??? WTF???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Spam and frozen pizza, 2 threads going on right now. Stuff in a can.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My last Pop Tart was eaten in 1972.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breakfast cereals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        'Nuff whining, back to work!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. lobster - i don't get it. nice enough, i guess. but not a flavor i would bother with.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          POP-TARTS. blech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ketchup/Catsup call it what you may, but I loathe the stuff. Funnily enough, I like barbecue sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hate Miracle Whip but looove mayo but it MUST be Kraft or Hellmans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really don't care for savory and sweet foods mixed together. For instance I like shrimp and I like coconut, but coconut shrimp? Bleh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peanut butter and/or jelly. No matter what my mother did she could never get me to eat one of those sandwiches. The only way I can tolerate peanut butter is in a Reese's Cup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grape jelly is vile. I might have a berry preserve once in a very great while (as in I can't even recall the last time I did).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really not a fan of pasta or red sauce, probably because I ate it each Sunday without fail for the first 16 years of my life. I don't care if I ever see it or eat it again. Meanwhile my older brother loves and and can eat it every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Cheese. I cannot stand cheese (and no I am not lactose intolerant). I do not have a phobia of it like my dad (I kid you not- he's freaked out in restaurants before!) and I keep on tasting it on occasion... my friend insisted I try some in Paris because "the cheese in Paris is superior to what we have".... blech. I cannot even eat mozzy on pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NicoleFriedman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How fascinating! Are you relatively young, if you don't me asking? I actually hated (or at least disliked) cheese for many years, too, up until past college graduation. A few years ago, around the same time I started liking cooked fish, I also suddenly started liking cheese. I think in part, it was because I'd grown up with lower grade mass produced cheeses and associated it with that sweaty, giant chunk of softening cheddar we used to take with us on camping trips. For the first time, I had raw milk cheese and wonderful cheese / wine / other pairings that helped me understand the nuance of really good cheese. Partly, too, my tastebuds just changed. Give it time, keep trying occasionally, and someday you might discover that it tastes delicious to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Sorry... hope that didn't sound (p/m)atronizing, since I don't mean it that way at all!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was exactly the same way. I looooove cheese now...all kinds, but as a kid, i couldn't stand it. When my family would order pizza, i would pick off all the cheese. One time, my older brother tried to force me to eat a slice with cheese b/c he was convinced i would like it, and i could not stop gagging. I have no idea what changed, but some time around college, i started loving the stuff. I still don't like a ton of it on one dish, though. If a dish has too much cheese on it, i still take some of it off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. YOGURT(sp?). Yuck, hate it. Bad smell, bad texture, just plain bad! Of course, my favorite scones from ym favorite bakery use yogurt in thier rec- but I WILL NOT be seen tucking into a large(or small) serving of this yucky dairy product...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also- sour cream, bleu cheese dressing, ranch dressing(ok, yes, dressings and dips in general).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dried Fruit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oatmeal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Edammame
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trendy food cooked in duck fat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sandwiches... Deli Meats, blech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mock Meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ranch Dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cantaloupe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vodka (not a food, but as pointless as chewing gum)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tarragon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Banana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mexican Pastries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pasta--never really been a fan of it. I don't like the consistency of it, and yes, I've had well-prepared pasta. I lived in Tuscany for a year and ate my way through all of Italy, and still have the same feelings about pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Steak and Scallops! Everybody else LOOOOVES these! I find steak too hard to chew and swallow (and no, I'm not 90 years old with dentures!). And to me, scallops taste like rotting flotsam and smell like a floater-bloater crime scene.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CookieWeasel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is one of the most vivid food descriptions I've ever seen (yours on scallops). I like them and will try not to let this color my appreciation! (Sort of like having heard that you can sing all of Emily Dickinson's poems to the tune of the Yellow Rose of Texas, rather takes away from them.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. #1 Coffee – Cannot understand how anyone can drink this stuff, I don’t even like the smell, makes me nauseous to smell it and I have vomited after tasting it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #2 Olives – Terrible, hideously horrendous and disgusting, almost as bad as coffee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #3 Black Licorice – My dad loved the stuff, ewww.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #4 Mustard as a condiment – yuck, it ruins everything.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #5 Pickles – gross

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RetiredChef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #1 - i agree i can't stand the taste of coffee, but i do love the smell of the beans being ground!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #2 - yup. taste metallic to me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #3 - yuck. along the same palate lines to me of ginger and cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: RetiredChef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can agree with #1-3 (although do like the smell of some coffee).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to also feel similarly about mustard until I discovered that there is so much more to mustard than that sour French's brand-style mustard and Dijon mustard. Certain sweet mustards can be the perfect accompaniment to hot dogs or hot sausages, or make for a delicious barbecue sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And same with pickles. There are so many different kinds. Some are truly vile (certain pickled beets, for example). But others delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. i have found my people and feel i won't be judged here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i hate:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lobster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mushrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coconut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              seafood, except for shrimp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. A lengthy but incomplete list, I'm sure I could think of more! Here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Green tea (I prefer black tea)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beer, especially lagers (Guinness I enjoy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tim Horton's coffee (the unofficial crack cocaine of Canadians, but not this one!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Starbucks coffee and its variants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (I do like coffee, I just can't stand "Timmies" and the overrated Starbucks type coffees)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phony sushi (California roll and its variants made by non-Japanese line cooks)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Falafel... tried it, didn't "get it". Go figure I actually love hummus....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pho (the foodies go ga-ga over this "soap soup"... if I wanted to drink warm soapy water I could get it in the shower for free!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thin crust so-called "gourmet"pizza especially when made with stupid toppings (give me a soft thick crust, a New York pizza, or a Chicago deep dish over these "pizza crackers")

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                unflavored sparkling water of any kind (regardless of price point or where it came from)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fried calamari appetizer (my family must love to eat deep fried rubber bands)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                plain milk (except with cereal, otherwise I need chocolate syrup!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tomato juice/V-8/bloody mary mix/Clamato (gross! and I'm from Canada, home of the "Caesar" cocktail)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *fresh-fresh* calamari is tender -- even when deep-fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yah. If you overcook calamari, they taste like rubber. If you cook them right, they are delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But when I look at Tex's list, there are too many things on it that I love, I wouldn't know where to start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's what you'd expect. The thread is "Food that MOST People Love and You Don't"... I also see a lot of items elsewhere that I love (chocolate, cheese and lobster being three of them, and I don't mean have them TOGETHER!!!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What -- not even chocolate-covered lobster in cheese sauce? '-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, puree that and serve it on top of steak (which I also like but some have posted here)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since you said "I wouldn't know where to start", what did you mean by that? Did you mean I'm wrong to dislike those things, or that it's a challenge to you to convince me to like them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neither. As you will find out (if you haven't already on this site or in life, for that matter), taste and taste preferences are HIGHly personal. If you hate calf's liver or tongue, like most people I know, there is nothing I can say to convince you to like it. I'm not invested enough to even try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Having said that, I like most of what's on your list: lager (much preferred over ale, but perhaps that's my inner German '-)), falafel, pho, thin-crust pizza -- sans the crazy toppings, sparkling water (LOVE S. Pellegrino and Gerolsteiner), and Bloody Mary or Caesar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're just different in what we like. And that's cool by me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood, I share in your love of Gerolsteiner. It is very rich in calcium and magnesium, and has a lovely taste, and just enough effervescence. I do like San Pelligrino better than Perrier, but not nearly as much as Gerlosteiner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know if it's a sign of age (haha, hope not!), but I've moved on from the original Gerolsteiner to the medium one. It's got a bit less gas, and since it tends to be my bed stand drink, too much carbonation isn't all that great. But it is probably the best mineral water in Germany.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love it too - haven't seen the less-carbonated one, must have a look. Very fond of Badoit original too, the fizzier one you might just as well drink seltzer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, linguafood, for reminding me to add carbonated beverages in general. I'll drink a cola soda once in a blue moon, but generally avoid all heavily-carbonated beverages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're welcome '-). One reason I dislike Apollinaris ("the queen of table waters") is b/c it's waaaaay overcarbonated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tho I cannot abide flat soda. Gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I got attacked on another post about Pho - in Vietnam it is many times served with a small additional bowl of MSG so the diner can increase the already high MSG content to what they like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sure there are some places that serve non-msg pho but they do not taste like the true stuff because pho is mostly msg in a bowl. Ironically many of those who claim to not add msg actually do through the use of products already have it in it. Msg is most likely that soapy taste you a getting –for me MSG tastes like aluminum and to those of us who have a msg taste bud most pho tastes bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        green tea makes me nauseous... most people find it soothing.. go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pho - haha, soap soup... must be the lemongrass... i have similar feeling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some say it's the lemongrass, some say it's the cilantro, and RetiredChef above says it's the excess MSG. Regardless of where it comes from, it smells and tastes like soap. Maybe it was invented when someone made a beef noodle soup but poured it into bowls that weren't rinsed enough when last washed, so the residual dishwashing soap mixed in.... someone liked it so much, so the chefs had to figure out how to make it without soap.... :-) after much experimentation (Todd Wilbur style) they figured out MSG + cilantro + lemongrass = soap. Yum....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Green tea I don't get. Just doesn't taste right to me. I have the same opinion on camomile (yuck!)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or it could be the star anise, which is used in the pho broth but not in meat or chicken broths in other ethnic cuisines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Many people rave about lamb chops...I've tried to like them several times but just can't appreciate them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kemi5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i never cared for roast lamb or lamb chops, but i do like some lamb curries and especially tandoori lamb chops. the marinade transforms them into something sublime, in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kemi5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I like them best if well trimmed of all visible fat and cooked just beyond rare. It's the fat that gives them the stronger taste. You have to like rare meat however.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 1. Chili Relleno - kept hearing about it, finally tried it, and YUK. With the cream cheese stuffed into a huge bitter pepper? I mean.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Prime Rib - I like my steak overcooked by most people's standards - if it bleeds all over my plate, it's outta here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Chicken Breast filet sandwiches - so popular, everbody eats freakin' chicken sandwiches. Enough now. There is zero flavor in a chicken breast. It only tastes like what you put ON it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Beets - good God I hate beets. Except for ONE kind: If you have ever had a slice of crisp beet that is on the side of your plate in some Arabic restaurants, lucky you. Those beets are fabulous. Did I mention they were crisp? Not soft or soggy or mealy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Sweet potatoes - I actually got sick on them once when I was young, and haven't looked back since. And by the way, why do people put marshmellows and brown sugar on them? Why? It's a bloomin' potato, not a pastry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. I used to hate beer too - my high school days were very frustrating - everywhere I went, there was beer - and I hated it. Now I love a few kinds, like Sam Adam's Boston Lager and Hacker-Pschorr. Yum! Must be icy cold, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You need to try a traditional chile relleno - not one filled with cream cheese and not one with the bitter skin of the chile included..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OMG, that wasn't an actual chile relleno you had. Sounds more like a popper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a chile relleno should NOT have cream cheese inside it. queso oaxacana (is that the name?) maybe queso fresco of some sort, or perhaps a spiced ground meat mixture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Acces

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many of the items you mentioned seemed to be dilikes in the way they were prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>1. Chili Relleno - kept hearing about it, finally tried it, and YUK. With the cream cheese stuffed into a huge bitter pepper?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enough has been said about that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>2. Prime Rib - I like my steak overcooked by most people's standards - if it bleeds all over my plate, it's outta here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Order it or cook it MW or W done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>3. Chicken Breast filet sandwiches - so popular, everbody eats freakin' chicken sandwiches. Enough now. There is zero flavor in a chicken breast. It only tastes like what you put ON it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That’s mostly true and that is why it is a blank canvas that allows you to create whatever taste sensation you want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Beets - good God I hate beets. Except for ONE kind: If you have ever had a slice of crisp beet that is on the side of your plate in some Arabic restaurants, lucky you. Those beets are fabulous. Did I mention they were crisp? Not soft or soggy or mealy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have never had mealy beets- EVER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soft and soggy is over-cooked, try cooking them al dante, or baking them if you want them slighty crisp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>5. Sweet potatoes - I actually got sick on them once when I was young, and haven't looked back since. And by the way, why do people put marshmellows and brown sugar on them? Why? It's a bloomin' potato, not a pastry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I’m hearing you on this one, but I have NEVER had sweet potatoes with marshmallows and brown sugar on them, probably wouldn’t like that either. They are a wonderful vegetable that you can do so much with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>>6. I used to hate beer too - my high school days were very frustrating - everywhere I went, there was beer - and I hated it. Now I love a few kinds, like Sam Adam's Boston Lager and Hacker-Pschorr. Yum! Must be icy cold, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I’m not a big beer fan myself, especially lager’s they are disgusting give me a bitter out the barrel and I am happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: RetiredChef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree, probably most of things I don't like were not made properly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always thought that about folks that said they didn't like tomatoes, in particular. I think some people who think they don't like them have never had a fresh, juicy, flavorful tomato straight from the garden before. They have only had the terrible, pale pink, mealy ones from the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have an open food mind, so all of these things I will no doubt eat again, giving them another shot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My husband (who has almost no food prejudices and an excellent palate) just doesn't "get" fresh tomatoes. He doesn't particularly like them and says he sees very little difference between the kind I make groaning noises and fall about with delight about and the plain old supermarket type. Poor him!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My brother is the same way, absolutely hates fresh tomatoes. And my parents grew them in the back yard every year when we were growing up so we definitely had them ripe straight from the garden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He's perfectly fine with tomatoes cooked in other dishes, loves red sauce on pasta, uses ketchup when needed, etc. Just don't serve him fresh tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm with your brother. Tomatoes must be processed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: aces551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any beer that is icy-cold won't taste much like beer. Might as well stick to Bud Ice, then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I see where you're going with the icy beer - and I'll pass on the Bud Ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BUT, I do know that the German beer Hacker-Pschorr has got to be served really cold, spun a certain way, poured a certain way, and is served with a lemon on a hot summer day (I dated a beer guy for over a decade). It's like a ritual. And it is very, very good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i love very cold grolsch on tap. i think it tastes great as i glug it down. ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just as long as I don't have to drink beer from a frosted glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i used to date a guy whose brother was a distributor for j&b scotch. i got from him several scotch drinking "rules" (including drinking it neat *only*); maybe this is a similar situation as the one with you and your beer aficionado boyfriend. ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we also have a friend who is a real beer connoisseur. he takes meticulous notes whenever he drinks any beer. he has tasted probably a couple thousand, i'd venture.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i was thinking whether he ever served us beer in a frosted mug. i think that happened on occasion, depending on the style of the brew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 1. Rye Bread - the rye is just too much taste for me to handle, it over powers everything to me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pop tarts - I've never liked these, they are gummy and after you chew a few times the stuff sticks in your mouth like glue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree with the pop tarts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Even when I was a wee little tyke, I knew they were just not right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I have never had a sweet tooth, so maybe that contributed to my aversion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not sure that most people love Pop Tarts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed. Tastes like bad jam on cardboard, I didn't even like it as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am 100% with you on rye bread. i want to like it. .... but I just can't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. American Italian restaurants classics. Not that I really don't like the food but I'm bored with it and just don't see why everyone loves it so much.