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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

                                          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: 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 :)