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showthyme Mar 2, 2009 10:11 PM

I would like to think I have tasted everything but i haven't. I've never had:

-white truffles
-fresh porchini mushrooms
-a scotch older than me
-kobe beef

These are just off the top of my head, is there anything that you haven't tasted yet that you want to. I'm sure there are a hundred things i didn't think of.

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    Humbucker Mar 2, 2009 10:46 PM

    This thread might interest you:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559171

    1. Soop Mar 3, 2009 03:12 AM

      I've had a scotch older than me! Don't know enough to appreciate it though. You should get thee to a whisky tasting!

      I'd like Kobe and White truffles too.
      And I'd try caviar.
      Never had oysters.
      Had lobster once, but want it again
      Fresh made crab cakes a la Ruths Chris Steak House
      Fois Gras

      And completely unrelated, but I just realised I could have cooked rack of lamb for valentines. never mind.

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      1. re: Soop
        tatamagouche Mar 3, 2009 05:20 AM

        You've never had caviar or oysters? Oh Soop...the world that awaits you is bright and shiny indeed! I'm almost jealous, like when people are reading The Brothers Karamazov for the first time and have all that to look forward to.

        1. re: tatamagouche
          Soop Mar 3, 2009 05:24 AM

          I'm not a great fan of seafood, and both are said to be aquired tastes...

          1. re: Soop
            kchurchill5 Mar 3, 2009 03:20 PM

            I eat oysters, but broasted oysters are yummy and so are many different ways to make them. Lightly grilled with butter and some fresh herbs is great and I love my grilled with a little spinach and fresh gruyere, also some fresh small chopped shrimp with some butter and lemon.. Oysters raw too are just as good. Caviar, no thx. I've tried it just don't like it.

            White truffels, love to try also Fois Gras
            Tripe, just can't bring myself to try it

          2. re: tatamagouche
            danhole Mar 3, 2009 05:57 AM

            I have had oysters that were in a thanksgiving dressing, but I don't think that really counts. They were really small and I just swallowed them. I would like to try them either fried or roasted. Don't think I could ever eat one raw!

            I have had a high quality caviar once and did not care for it at all. The host of the party I was at was very proud to serve it, and I just took a dab, but I thought it was pretty nasty stuff, even though she kept telling me how much it cost!

            Had foie gras for the first time last year and loved it! Also had the crab cakes at Ruth's Chris and thought they were just okay. Not a big seafood fan myself.

            1. re: danhole
              tatamagouche Mar 3, 2009 06:02 AM

              Well, now, if you're not a big seafood fan, that might explain not liking caviar and the fear of raw oysters, right?

              Yes, the first foie gras experience is also a treasure.

          3. re: Soop
            Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 03:41 PM

            You, the best chef in the universe, have never had real tamales and refried beans. But you are invited to my house anytine.

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka
              Soop Mar 4, 2009 02:00 AM

              Damn Sam, I'd love to. I just might hold you to that if I ever get to the states!

              I have to say, some of my other frijoles were real nice, and I've eaten them out (years ago) but proper /proper/ frijoles? Maybe not. Tamales, definitely not.

              Oh, and the kicker? Donna "cleaned" the kitchen and threw out the remaining corn husks.

              1. re: Soop
                Sam Fujisaka Mar 4, 2009 02:33 AM

                I'd be upset. I have to bring husks back here (Colombia) from Mexico or the US.

            2. re: Soop
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              Loren3 Mar 5, 2009 01:43 PM

              Why on earth would you want crab caked from Ruth's Chris, a national steak house chain?

              If you want to try fresh made crab cakes, try someplace like this:

              http://www.cantlers.com/

              As for me: sushi in Japan. Unagi in Japan. "Indian" food in India. Street food in Taipei. The list goes on.

              1. re: Soop
                PotatoHouse Oct 30, 2011 07:48 AM

                If you have never had oysters you need to go to Key West! The BEST oysters I have ever had (and Lord knows I've eaten a LOT of oysters in my life) are the steamed oysters at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. HEAVEN!!!

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                filth Mar 3, 2009 03:33 AM

                Ortolan

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                  thinks too much Mar 3, 2009 12:00 PM

                  Complete with napkin over the head?

                2. Morganna Mar 3, 2009 03:51 AM

                  Ooo things I plan on having SOMEday:

                  real, expensive caviar
                  Italian food...in Italy
                  A "real" British breakfast maybe with beans, tomatoes, and kipper ;D (in a year and a half, we're planning on going to the Manchester, England (England, Across the Atlantic Sea....) area for a wedding, I hope I can get one then!)
                  Cream tea
                  Cockles and winkles
                  Colcannon made by someone who knows how it's "supposed" to taste. ;D
                  Hmmm I'm noticing a trend here...

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                  1. re: Morganna
                    Soop Mar 3, 2009 03:56 AM

                    Don't forget chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

                    1. re: Morganna
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                      smartie Mar 3, 2009 02:51 PM

                      you won't get a cream tea in Manchester - you need the West of England - Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset.

                      English brekkies are everywhere.

                      1. re: smartie
                        Soop Mar 4, 2009 02:04 AM

                        Hey you might do. Never been to Manchester, but although cream teas are ubiquitous down south, you might get a version elsewhere.

                        1. re: smartie
                          Morganna Mar 4, 2009 02:47 AM

                          Oh I know that (I'm SUCH an Anglophile). If it weren't for the wedding we're attending, our first trip to the UK would be down in the Cotswolds and Cornwall. :)

                          Still, I'll be researching Manchester, too. Do you know if there's an Indian community in Manchester so there might be good Indian food available up there?

                          1. re: Morganna
                            Soop Mar 4, 2009 02:56 AM

                            I think you'll be able to find something ;)

                            1. re: Morganna
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                              Densible Mar 4, 2009 08:26 PM

                              You can get cream tea in Manchester. Huge Indian/Pakastani restaurant district. Like the Vegas of Indian food.

                              1. re: Densible
                                Morganna Mar 5, 2009 04:15 AM

                                Suh-weet ;D It's a year and a half off, and I'm already getting excited about this trip. *giggle*

                                Though the "Vegas of Indian Food" sounds a bit weird to me. Do you mean there's loads of buffets? :)

                        2. tatamagouche Mar 3, 2009 05:25 AM

                          Orangequats. I'd never heard of them until yesterday. Guess they're an orange-kumquat hybrid.

                          Scorpion soup.

                          Yak butter tea.

                          Part of me really really wants to try stuff like lutefisk, casu marzu, and balut. And, of course, part of me really really doesn't.

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                          1. re: tatamagouche
                            Rubee Mar 3, 2009 03:10 PM

                            Hey, I thought we had the same taste buds ; ) I have to draw the line at balut. Gack.

                            But would join you in trying all the others, even casu marzu.

                            1. re: Rubee
                              Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 03:43 PM

                              Balut = good!
                              Yak butter tea = foul

                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                Rubee Mar 3, 2009 03:48 PM

                                I trust you, so I'm crossing yak butter tea off my list!

                                With balut, I guess it's because mom says she's never been crazy about it (hột vịt lộn in Vietnam), but I think it's mainly because I've seen too many pictures.

                                1. re: Rubee
                                  Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 04:58 PM

                                  Vietnam and the Philippines - just the same: some people really enjoy balut, others do not. All Tibetans and most Bhutanese (except the Nepali in the Terai) enjoy yak butter tea. It is on my list that includes pulque.

                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                    Passadumkeg Mar 3, 2009 05:03 PM

                                    Remind me to tell you sometime what pulque (Pull Kay) means in Norwegian.

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                                      hangrygirl Mar 7, 2009 02:20 PM

                                      Pulque doesn't mean anything in Norwegian.

                                      1. re: hangrygirl
                                        Passadumkeg Mar 7, 2009 03:13 PM

                                        Pul meg?

                                        1. re: Passadumkeg
                                          hangrygirl Mar 9, 2009 02:50 PM

                                          Haha, I wasn't trying to be difficult - but "pul meg" (or pul deg, for that matter) sounds a lot different from pulque...

                                          1. re: hangrygirl
                                            Passadumkeg Mar 10, 2009 01:59 AM

                                            Bergens pike? Savanger gutt. Just playing w/ the name "Kay". Go eat a polser med rekker salad for me will you, please? We had a rekker fest last night w/ rekker smorbrod and hvit vin.

                                    2. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                      kirinraj Mar 3, 2009 07:11 PM

                                      pulque is bad? i still wanna try it sometime though, just for the experience.

                                      1. re: kirinraj
                                        Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 07:27 PM

                                        One long continuous strand of mucously disgusting foul regurgitate slightly fermented in the worst way imaginable at room temperature usually served in brightly colored plastic pitchers that have never been washed - oh, yes, be my guest!

                                      2. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                        Prav Mar 3, 2009 07:27 PM

                                        I'm Nepali and I find that yak butter tea tastes like liquid popcorn. In a bad way.

                                      3. re: Rubee
                                        tatamagouche Mar 4, 2009 09:26 AM

                                        I too trust Sam, but I'm willing to taste something foul just to taste it for myself! Come on, Rubee, our reward can be, like, a bottle of Amarone immediately afterward.

                                        1. re: tatamagouche
                                          Rubee Mar 4, 2009 10:28 AM

                                          You know me too well! Okay, for a nice bottle of Amarone, I will.

                                          I've had pufferfish/fugu - just a bit of numbing sensation. For live, I once had witchetty grubs in Australia. Not awful, but no need to revisit.

                                    3. re: Rubee
                                      tatamagouche Mar 4, 2009 06:36 AM

                                      Yay, Rubee! What about pufferfish?

                                      Oh, I've never eaten anything live. I might do that, though I think I'd regret it afterward.

                                    4. re: tatamagouche
                                      JungMann Mar 4, 2009 06:36 AM

                                      Balut isn't that bad. A lot of what's sold around here is very immature so, unless you're looking, you can miss the embryo. You want to try something really challenging, try fresh game birds. Biting into the skull of a fully developed bird is a lot different than trying to slurp down a 7-day embryo.

                                      1. re: JungMann
                                        Sam Fujisaka Mar 4, 2009 07:04 AM

                                        14 - 15 days are best.

                                    5. Demented Mar 3, 2009 07:57 AM

                                      I've never had scotch older then myself. At $600+ a bottle it's not likely I will.

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                                        thinks too much Mar 3, 2009 12:06 PM

                                        Fois gras
                                        Soup dumplings
                                        Rattlesnake
                                        Tripe
                                        Schezuan food (at least a good stab at it)
                                        Humbolt Fog Cheese
                                        White truffles
                                        An In and Out Burger

                                        All of which I'd like to eat some day.

                                        Though I have had scotch older than my grandmother, fresh porcini mushrooms, raw oysters and caviar.

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                                          jumpingmonk Mar 3, 2009 01:42 PM

                                          Tea from the One trunk tea tree (dont remember eactly where it is but its a tea plant that has been growing, completely untrimmed for about 1500 years next to a monastery, its supposed to be something like eighty feet tall by now)

                                          Saucisson d' Ane (a kind of salami made from donkey meat, popular in Arles france)

                                          My namesake dish, Monk Jumping over the Wall a.k.a. Budda Jumped over the Fence (said to be the most costly (in terms of ingrediants) dish in all of Chinese Cusine

                                          Keppel fruit (a fruit that's grown in Indonesia, that is said to make your sweat and other bodily excretions smell like violets)

                                          Mauritanian Camel cheese

                                          that's enough for now

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                                          laliz Mar 3, 2009 01:44 PM

                                          poutine

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                                            TAGcaves4me Mar 3, 2009 02:17 PM

                                            Here is a link you might be interested in....I have tried 57 of the 100 things....I need to try more. It is very interesting and made me laugh.

                                            http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncate...

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                                            1. re: TAGcaves4me
                                              Rubee Mar 3, 2009 03:03 PM

                                              I've had 89, and no, not all of them were good ; )

                                              Link to one Chowhound discussion:
                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/551180

                                              1. re: TAGcaves4me
                                                alanbarnes Mar 4, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                The list is fun, and has a few things I've never tried. But the OP's question was "is there anything that you haven't tasted yet that you want to." Roadkill? Kaolin? Not so much.

                                                The two things that jump out are currywurst and poutine. Those are definitely on the "try it if you get there" list (there being Berlin and Quebec, respectively).

                                                There are a couple of other entries that seem inevitable; now that absinthe is available, it's just a matter of time before it ends up in my gullet. And one of these days we'll probably get over to The French Laundry and I can cross the three-star tasting menu off the list. Just not this weekend.

                                                As for phall, fugu, horse, and baijiu? Sure, why not, but I'm not inspired to search them out. Same with epoisses and a cream tea. I think once I've had 90 of the 100 things on the list I'll be good to go.

                                                1. re: alanbarnes
                                                  tatamagouche Mar 4, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                  Absinthe, to me, is basically like drinking 2 or 3 drinks in one. Which, you know, is pretty sweet.

                                                  I actually like horsemeat, at least as I've had it in Italy.

                                                  1. re: alanbarnes
                                                    Rubee Mar 4, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                    And I love epoisses, I order it everytime I see it offered on a cheese plate. ES in Boston used to make a delicious appetizer of braised pork belly over epoisses grits. mmmmmm.

                                                    Isn't cream tea the same as Devonshire tea? Now, what's wrong with tea, scones, clotted cream, and jam? Yum. Somes places do a wonderful job with this, and I enjoy experiencing local customs when traveling. After a trip to London, I actually missed this relaxing afternoon tradition, and had to hone my scone-making skills and send away for Devonshire cream to have it at home. What a nerd. Yep, when it comes to food, I'm overboard. That's why I'm a Chowhound ; )

                                                    Ha - I guess I'm a bit food-obsessed, I'm intrigued and always want to try everything! Especially when traveling; a lot of the items listed I've tried in different countries. I actually find it lots of fun to search out things I haven't tried before. Now, where can I find some baijiu? ; )

                                                    1. re: Rubee
                                                      alanbarnes Mar 4, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                      As far as I can tell, cream tea is a light meal as opposed to a specific dish. And you can get scones and clotted cream all over the place, but apparently it's only called a "cream tea" in certain areas. I'm with you - what's not to like? - but am not planning to travel out of my way to eat relatively common (and commonly-paired) ingredients with a regional name.

                                                      1. re: Rubee
                                                        tatamagouche Mar 4, 2009 03:11 PM

                                                        Ooh, I love epoisses too.

                                                    2. re: TAGcaves4me
                                                      bayoucook Mar 4, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                      56 for me - gonna save it and do more!

                                                      1. re: TAGcaves4me
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                                                        dmd_kc Mar 4, 2009 12:52 PM

                                                        I've had 90. Would not try fugu or kaolin in a million years.

                                                        Is crocodile even legal in North America? The author is a Brit, so I wonder if that's more common there. I've had alligator many times (folks live in eastern Florida).

                                                        My raw Scotch Bonnet was by accident when I was a teenager. A friend helped her mom pick out "pretty" crudites for a party, and none of us had any idea what they were. They are, of course, one of the prettiest chilies available. I can still almost feel it today when I think back.

                                                        They didn't go well with the ranch dip.

                                                      2. Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 03:53 PM

                                                        Matzoh balls, In an Out Burger, egg cream,

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                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                          pikawicca Mar 3, 2009 04:01 PM

                                                          Egg cream, the burger, you can live without. You would love a great matzoh ball soup.

                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
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                                                            adamshoe Mar 3, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                            Oh, Sam-I-Am....so disappointed that you've never had matzoh balls! Now, maybe in Colombia it might be a tad bit hard to find matzoh meal (or not...), but if you follow the recipe on the box, they couldn't be easier. 1/2 c. meal, 2 eggs, oil and stock or H2O, chill, roll and boil, then into the soup. You're invited anytime you're in Cali (the state, not the city) to drop by for a bowl. Just call first, God forbid ;) adam

                                                            1. re: adamshoe
                                                              Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                              If I could get it I could make it but it would be just like soop making tamales never having had any!!! I'll wait till I get to your place! Where in "Cali"? I was born in Fresno!

                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                cassoulady Mar 3, 2009 05:38 PM

                                                                Sam, You could make an egg cream, its choc syrup, milk and seltzer- yum

                                                                1. re: cassoulady
                                                                  Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2009 07:29 PM

                                                                  but, c lady, where is the egg? Where is the cream?

                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                    Morganna Mar 4, 2009 02:49 AM

                                                                    A real egg cream has neither. :) Though I have been known to substitute heavy cream in place of the milk just to be a maverick. ;D

                                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                      cassoulady Mar 4, 2009 05:22 AM

                                                                      I dont know why they call it that, I think it might be diner lingo or something. its good, you will like it. Have you had a root beer float- rootbeer with vanilla ice cream on top- another drink to try if you havent.

                                                                      1. re: cassoulady
                                                                        Sam Fujisaka Mar 4, 2009 06:04 AM

                                                                        Yes, I grew up with root beer floats (and a burger). A treat at a diner in the 50s on Saturdays after we did the requisite four hours of yardwork.

                                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                          cassoulady Mar 4, 2009 06:08 AM

                                                                          I havent had one in so long, but it sounds good right now.... a little chilly for one since it is 15F.

                                                                  2. re: Sam Fujisaka
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                                                                    adamshoe Mar 3, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                                    Sam, I'm in Oakland for the past 24 years. New Jersey for the preceding 22. Soup's on. (or soupcon: if only I'd read that thread about typing accents, I'd put that little cedille thingy under the c..) adam

                                                                    1. re: adamshoe
                                                                      Passadumkeg Mar 4, 2009 01:33 AM

                                                                      Italian hot dog or panzarotti? ie north or south Jersey?

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                                                                        adamshoe Mar 4, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                                        More like bagels and pizza. Central Jersey; Highland Park. adam

                                                              2. Jennalynn Mar 3, 2009 04:13 PM

                                                                Durian.

                                                                But I'm not gonna! ; )

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                                                                1. re: Jennalynn
                                                                  Gio Mar 3, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                  Me too!
                                                                  "Durian.
                                                                  But not gonna"....

                                                                  Also never going to even look at balut.....

                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                    showthyme Mar 3, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                    Wow, durian. I mean really! Can it really be that bad? Has anyone tried it? Saw Anthony Bourdain eating it on "No reservations" and he was loving it. Sometimes the effort is worth the rewards.

                                                                    1. re: showthyme
                                                                      Morganna Mar 4, 2009 02:50 AM

                                                                      From what I've heard (and it could be apocryphal), in the places where durian is available, you can't carry it around on public transportation, because it smells THAT BAD. Keep in mind these are places that allow chickens and other farm animals on their transport, but they won't let you carry this fruit. ;D

                                                                      1. re: Morganna
                                                                        Gio Mar 4, 2009 03:00 AM

                                                                        Believe it or not, durian is available right here north of Boston at a local Asian market! I see it everytime I shop there. Doesn't look that menacing. It looks like a large round brown melon. I never the noticed the smell. I think the inside flesh smells when exposed.

                                                                        1. re: Gio
                                                                          Morganna Mar 4, 2009 04:12 AM

                                                                          Yeah, all I know from durian is what I've seen on that wacky TeeVee thingie. ;D Love the travel channel, and Love No Reservations. I'm so GLAD Bourdain's gone back the format where he's showing the FOOD of a region. Last season there were so many non-food things (like that whole ninja film sequence, what the heck was THAT?) that took away too much screen time from the foooood. :)

                                                                          1. re: Gio
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                                                                            dmd_kc Mar 4, 2009 11:09 AM

                                                                            Durian's pretty widely available at a lot of variety produce shops and Asian markets.

                                                                            You'd also probably be surprised how many Vietnamese restaurants sell "shakes" made with it. It's extremely mild in that form. You may have to ask about it, because I've found several places I go to have off-menu items that regulars know to ask for.

                                                                            1. re: dmd_kc
                                                                              Ruth Lafler Mar 8, 2009 04:05 PM

                                                                              Durian sold in the US has been frozen, which I understand reduces its potency significantly. I've been offered it, but I can't get it (or stuff made from it) past my nose into my mouth.

                                                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler
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                                                                                jumpingmonk Mar 8, 2009 04:19 PM

                                                                                are you sure ALL of the Durians that are sold in the US are frozen. I only ask becuse once after eating one I on a larck stuck a few of the pits in a pot of soil in my room and several of them actually grew which they wouldn't if the fruit had been frozen. No wait, that was a Jackfruit, never mind.

                                                                          2. re: Morganna
                                                                            mogo Mar 9, 2009 09:11 PM

                                                                            It's true. In Singapore, all the transit and many buildings will have signs saying things like "No smoking. No spitting. No durian." But an unopened durian doesn't smell *that* much. You can buy frozen durian already cut up into sections at most Asian markets. These are much less stinky. I really like durian.

                                                                            For me, the king of stinky is petai:
                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkia_s...

                                                                            It's deadly stinky but good.

                                                                          3. re: showthyme
                                                                            alanbarnes Mar 4, 2009 11:10 AM

                                                                            A couple of years back I bought a very fresh durian from a produce vendor at the Maui swap meet in Kahului. Popped it in the trunk of the car while we finished up some other stuff. Upon our return, the car smelled as though someone had emptied a port-a-potty into the back seat, added a large quantity of roadkill, and left the car closed up in the sun for a couple of weeks while the mixture ripened.

                                                                            We drove home with the windows open and the kids hanging their heads out like dogs, took the thing out on the lanai, and cut into it. It wasn't terrible - very sweet and custardy - but DW was underwhelmed with the flavor, the kids wouldn't touch it (see attached photo for their reaction), and I stopped after a couple of bites because my throat started to itch (maybe it was under-ripe?).

                                                                            Anyhow, we grabbed a cooler with some beer and snacks and headed down to the beach. And that's when it started. Durian may not be that bad going down, but a durian-scented beer belch is one of the most appalling things I've ever experienced. Everybody downwind concurred.

                                                                            Been there, done that, not going back.

                                                                             
                                                                            1. re: alanbarnes
                                                                              NellyNel Mar 4, 2009 11:20 AM

                                                                              LOL Alan!

                                                                              I applaud you for eating it after the smell you described!
                                                                              Well I can add Durian to my list of "never had's".....but
                                                                              I must say your description left me no desire to ever try one!

                                                                              1. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                Sam Fujisaka Mar 4, 2009 12:23 PM

                                                                                Hilarious...and great photo!

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                                                                                  Passadumkeg Mar 4, 2009 02:47 PM

                                                                                  Thanks for the belly laugh!

                                                                                2. re: showthyme
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                                                                                  Kelli2006 Mar 4, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                  I discovered that I can get Durian at the Chinese grocery and I love it.

                                                                                  Ive never had phall, caviar, a Big Mac, raw oysters,a In-and-Out burger, or a egg cream.

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                                                                                    nothingswrong Mar 9, 2011 04:58 AM

                                                                                    a family member brought some back from asia a few years ago. it was wrapped several times in plastic wrap, then quadruple-wrapped in ziploc bags inside a paper bag. i have a brother who happens to love the stuff. he's resorted thus far to eating durian-flavored things (candies, shakes, specialty asian-market items) but never raw durian. he had some when visiting singapore and has craved it since.

                                                                                    anyway, above-mentioned smuggler whipped it out in the family living room and i had to high tail it back home to shower. it doesn't smell so much until the fruit is exposed inside. i have no idea how anyone can get past the smell to go ahead and EAT it. i was willing to try, but prefer the fresh air of los angeles, thank you very much.

                                                                                3. re: Jennalynn
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                                                                                  moh Mar 4, 2009 06:29 AM

                                                                                  Durian, very interesting fruit. I found it easier to appreciate the second time I tried it. The first time, the smell was so overwhelming, it took me some time to get over the experience. But once I knew what to expect, it was much easier to appreciate the good qualities of the fruit.

                                                                                  Best to try durian outdoors, or in someone else's home.

                                                                                  1. re: moh
                                                                                    Rubee Mar 4, 2009 10:13 AM

                                                                                    I like durian too. I lived in Thailand for a few years as a tot, and the first time I had a durian milkshake in my adult years, it instantly reminded me somehow of living in Thailand (as do a lot of those Thai desserts with coconut jelly/mung bean/pandan). Food memories are pretty strong.

                                                                                  2. re: Jennalynn
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                                                                                    akq Mar 4, 2009 04:59 PM

                                                                                    Most people seem to either love durian or hate it, just like stinky cheeses. I love it. If you love it, it doesn't smell that bad - just strong.

                                                                                    If you're really worried about the smell, try to find it frozen - no smell, but you get the taste and the texture as it melts.

                                                                                  3. Passadumkeg Mar 3, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                    In-n-Out Burger

                                                                                    Animal Style

                                                                                    1. ms. clicquot Mar 3, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                                                      All of these posts are reminding me of things I'd like to try as well:

                                                                                      White truffles
                                                                                      In-and-Out burger
                                                                                      Durian (once, because I'm curious)
                                                                                      Zeppole
                                                                                      Congee
                                                                                      Ramen
                                                                                      Bahn mi

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                                                                                      1. re: ms. clicquot
                                                                                        Gio Mar 4, 2009 03:05 AM

                                                                                        You must try Zeppole. St. Joseph's Day is 19 March and Zeppole is known as St. Joseph's bread. A round fried sweet dough delight....

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                                                                                          ms. clicquot Mar 4, 2009 04:08 AM

                                                                                          Yes, it was reading some other threads about zeppole that got me thinking about it. I'll have to seek it out soon!

                                                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                                                            ms. clicquot Mar 14, 2009 03:32 PM

                                                                                            Update: I tried zeppole today! I had to travel quite a distance to get them but it was worth the drive. Now to try the other things on my list...

                                                                                        2. purple goddess Mar 3, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                                                          sliders
                                                                                          po'boys
                                                                                          key lime pie
                                                                                          buffalo wings
                                                                                          chowder
                                                                                          poutine
                                                                                          tamales
                                                                                          gumbo

                                                                                          1. Soop Mar 4, 2009 02:07 AM

                                                                                            Oh, I want an oyster po'boy.

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                                                                                            1. re: Soop
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                                                                                              moh Mar 4, 2009 06:27 AM

                                                                                              I want a soft shell crab po'boy, from the now defunct Uglesich's. I am so sad.

                                                                                            2. Passadumkeg Mar 4, 2009 02:15 AM

                                                                                              All the above (almost) & more! So much food, so little time.

                                                                                              1. billieboy Mar 4, 2009 07:05 AM

                                                                                                Never had

                                                                                                Frim-fram sauce with the ausen fay
                                                                                                With chafafah on the side.

                                                                                                A favourite of Nat King Cole.

                                                                                                1. NellyNel Mar 4, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                                                                  Cassoulet.
                                                                                                  I am 42 years old and I have still not had real Cassoulet.

                                                                                                  BTW - What is an In n Out burger???
                                                                                                  never had one of those either!!

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                                                                                                  1. re: NellyNel
                                                                                                    tatamagouche Mar 4, 2009 09:25 AM

                                                                                                    Famed LA chain. http://www.in-n-out.com/

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                                                                                                      dmd_kc Mar 4, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                                                      NellyNel, make yourself that cassoulet then! It takes time, but it's easy as can be.

                                                                                                      The full-time one in the Gourmet cookbook is amazing (actually, the quick one's more than good, too), as is Anthony Bourdain's. Jacques Pepin's sausage-and-ham only recipe is great, obviously. It's wonderful with duck, and it's even wonderful with chicken.

                                                                                                      And don't let anyone bully you into thinking one version is "real" or not. Pick a good recipe and go with it. They are extremely different dishes from one cook to another.

                                                                                                      1. re: dmd_kc
                                                                                                        NellyNel Mar 4, 2009 11:49 AM

                                                                                                        Thanks for the encouragement dmd kc!

                                                                                                        I needed that because YEARS ago when I had just returned from France, I was recalling to a dear friend that I hadnt had cassoulet.
                                                                                                        She decided to make it as a surprise for me.
                                                                                                        however we ended up ordering a pizza that night because her attempt was a real disaster!
                                                                                                        This woman is a much better cook than myself, and she always said "I will never attempt that again!"
                                                                                                        So I guess it has never entered my head to cook it myself!

                                                                                                        It certainly is a fantasy of mine!
                                                                                                        Thanks again, I shall look for some recipes!
                                                                                                        Cheers

                                                                                                        1. re: NellyNel
                                                                                                          ms. clicquot Mar 4, 2009 12:24 PM

                                                                                                          I just tried cassoulet for the first time a few weeks ago (at a restaurant) and it was as good as I'd imagined. I'm also going to attempt it at home before the winter is over. Good luck!

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                                                                                                            dmd_kc Mar 4, 2009 12:32 PM

                                                                                                            Ha ha -- I once had to order pizza because I made pizza myself and burned it to a crisp.

                                                                                                            I have been on a little bit of a cassoulet tear this winter because I've been cooking meals for a friend who's ill, and made a big batch to break down into single servings. I'd recently made some deep dark chicken stock and used that, and I swear, it turned out so delicious that I very nearly made a big batch of something else for my friend and kept the cassoulet all to myself!

                                                                                                            I made a lower-fat version over the weekend with skinless chicken thighs and turkey Polish sausage. Even with all the compromises, it turned out great.

                                                                                                        2. re: NellyNel
                                                                                                          EWSflash Mar 8, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                                                                          Don't waste your time on In-n-Out.

                                                                                                          I finally had an in-n-out burger a few months back. It was a real non-experience. I really can't see what all the fuss is about. Sometimes, even when you don't like something you can still see what all the fuss is about. Not In-n-Out- really blah, the place was mobbed, and not only that it was full of some of the weirdest-looking people I've ever seen.

                                                                                                        3. kpaumer Mar 4, 2009 10:25 AM

                                                                                                          Shepard's Pie
                                                                                                          Ethopian Food
                                                                                                          Seafood Gumbo
                                                                                                          Etouffee
                                                                                                          Cheese Souffle
                                                                                                          Ragu Bolognese
                                                                                                          Caramel Cake

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                                                                                                            laliz Mar 4, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                                            thought about this some more.

                                                                                                            A slaw dog at the Varsity

                                                                                                            A philly cheesestead at Pat's

                                                                                                            A beignet at Cafe Dumond

                                                                                                            1. The Professor Mar 4, 2009 02:57 PM

                                                                                                              Hmmm..I've never eaten insects. I could probably try fried grasshopper and that sort of thing, but I've seen folks on TV chomping down on fried tarantula and scorpions...I would need a bit of booze in me to do that I think. I'll never say never, though...

                                                                                                              I also have never had Scotch older than me, although I have had Rye Whiskey and beer older than me and both were outstanding (the beer was made six years before I was born and bottled when I was 8).

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                                                                                                              1. re: The Professor
                                                                                                                showthyme Mar 5, 2009 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                I guess I've never considered insects as food. I don't think I could do it!! Sure would solve the world hunger problem since they outnumber us a million to one!!

                                                                                                                1. re: showthyme
                                                                                                                  tatamagouche Mar 6, 2009 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                  It's done all over the world. There's a wonderful book by a photojournalist called Man Eating Bugs (the book, I mean; the author's name is Peter Menzel) I highly recommend.

                                                                                                                  http://www.amazon.com/Man-Eating-Bugs...

                                                                                                                  1. re: showthyme
                                                                                                                    danhole Mar 6, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                    What about the mexican delicacy of grasshoppers, chapulines? See this menu from a well known upscale restaurant in Houston:

                                                                                                                    http://www.hugosrestaurant.net/dinner...

                                                                                                                    Also what about escargot? They are snails, which aren't insects, but I consider them garden pests. Now that is something I have never tried and sure want to, but not the ones from my backyard! Going to try those grasshoppers, too, but I will NOT eat a tarantula! I have had chocolate covered ants before. Nice and crunchy. Like a nestle's crunch bar.

                                                                                                                    1. re: danhole
                                                                                                                      The Professor Mar 7, 2009 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                      I love escargot...you definitely should try them. The texture and flavor remind me a little but of a mushroom.

                                                                                                                      Prepared the classic way, in garlic butter, they are terrific. I have also had them baked with brie...the end result was much like the butter but with an even richer taste. Check any large supermarket...they will have the shells and the canned critters, and they are great and easy to prepare,.If you have to have fresh and have access to an Asian market. they would certainly have them.

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                                                                                                                        danhole Mar 7, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                        Professor,

                                                                                                                        I want to try them at a restaurant that is known for making a really good version of them before I would even begin to think of trying them at home! But I do have access to many Asian markets in this area. Thanks for the tip. I will try them this year.

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                                                                                                                  salsailsa Mar 7, 2009 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                  -Sweetbreads
                                                                                                                  -geoduck
                                                                                                                  -kobe beef
                                                                                                                  -black truffles
                                                                                                                  -durian
                                                                                                                  -austrailian lobster tail
                                                                                                                  -spotted dick
                                                                                                                  - the indonesian rice table
                                                                                                                  -rabbit

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                                                                                                                  1. re: salsailsa
                                                                                                                    tatamagouche Mar 7, 2009 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                    Sweetbreads, rabbit, and black truffles...none of those IMO are acquired tastes, easy to love from the first bite!

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                                                                                                                      danhole Mar 7, 2009 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                      Out of salsailsa's list I tried 3 of the things last year. The sweetbread, black truffles, and spotted dick. Liked them all. Now I also need to try rabbit!

                                                                                                                      I have a question - what is the difference between white truffles and black truffles?

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                                                                                                                        hangrygirl Mar 7, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                        I think white truffles are much more expensive?

                                                                                                                        Rabbit's fantastic - I remember getting tricked by my dad to eat bbqed rabbit when I was 10. I loved it, but cried when he told me I had been eating bunny.

                                                                                                                        I've never tried frog legs - but would really like to. Had oysters when I was in France, but I guess I don't have a sophisticated enough palate - to me, the consistency was much too similar to snot and raw egg white and I almost gagged. But I did try.

                                                                                                                        1. re: hangrygirl
                                                                                                                          danhole Mar 8, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                          I'm guessing the oyster was raw, right?

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                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk Mar 8, 2009 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                          They're different species of fungus, white are Tuber magnatum (native to Piedmonte, Italy) black are Tuber melanospermum (native to Pergroid France) there are dozen of other species all around the world but those are the two big ones.

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                                                                                                                            danhole Mar 8, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                            But is the taste significantly different? Between the truffles?

                                                                                                                            1. re: danhole
                                                                                                                              pikawicca Mar 8, 2009 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                              Certainly truffles from the Pacific Northwest don't come close to packing the flavor of a French or Italian truffle, black or white. And yes, their is a difference in flavor between the white and the black.

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                                                                                                                          thinks too much Mar 9, 2009 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                          I thought that we started this thread listing things that we hadn't tried yet but would like to. Some people started down the rabbit hole of "what am I brave enough to try," but I don't think it's a requirement.

                                                                                                                          With curiosity rather than bravado in mind, chocolate covered ants and fried grasshoppers are still on my list, but not durian or balut. So is bistecca fiorentina.

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                                                                                                                            danhole Mar 9, 2009 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                            Which is exactly why I would put those on my list! No interest in trying durian, balut, or tarantulas!

                                                                                                                            Back to the escargot - I was watching an old episode of Gordon Ramsey's the F word and he showed how you could gather garden snails from your backyard and purge them so they would be safe to cook in your home. Above I had stated that I wouldn't think of eating them out of my backyard, but now I am reconsidering. He made them in a very interesting way, also. Looked really good.

                                                                                                                      2. EWSflash Mar 8, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                        Aside from the things I haven't tried because I don't want to-

                                                                                                                        beluga or osetra caviar
                                                                                                                        truffles- white or black :-(
                                                                                                                        Wild ostrich (LOVE the domestic, though!)
                                                                                                                        Australian wine in Australia
                                                                                                                        Sushi in Japan
                                                                                                                        Fresh crawfish

                                                                                                                        BTW- I don't think there IS a scotch older than me!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash
                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Mar 9, 2009 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                          The problem with Scotch older than you is that when you're really young you can't drink it, when you finally hit 21 you can't afford it, and as you get older, it gets keeps getting more expensive!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                                                            Melanie Mar 13, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                            well said, Ruth!

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                                                                                                                          umbushi plum Mar 9, 2009 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                          i've never had mcdonalds! my parents just never took us, i've traveled all over the world spent four years in the middle east two in scotland and at leat spent a week in pretty much everywhere but never tried fast food, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich which is mentioned here all the time as a childhood fav, its not as common here in Aus
                                                                                                                          i've recently left home because i entered uni early i think i should celebrate and go and get some mcdonalds fries.

                                                                                                                          1. Sam Fujisaka Mar 11, 2009 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                            Got these from the "Are you a ...?" thread.

                                                                                                                            chicken nuggets, Klondike Bar, Cheese Nips, Stax, Twizzlers, Red Vines

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                                                                                                                              umbushi plum Mar 11, 2009 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                              good one i've never eaten those either don't know what half of them are exxpet for the nuggets except my mum didn't make nuggets just chicken schnitzel with lemon rind and salt and pepper which is a bit different actually a lot different

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                                                                                                                              ylsf Oct 28, 2011 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                              I was curious if there was a thread like this on here because I saw a part of "Anderson" for the first time ever yesterday and Anderson Cooper was with a bunch of picky eaters/kids and he said he had NEVER had an olive! I was shocked.. How can someone his age, who seems to have traveled the world for work never eaten an olive before?? He ate one on tv with kids that didn't like olives and he did not look too impressed.... well, more for me!

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                                                                                                                                ceekskat Oct 28, 2011 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                I've always enjoyed olives but perhaps AC (or anyone else who doesn't like olives : ) should try what I recently discovered...

                                                                                                                                http://shop.silverpalate.com/Martini-...

                                                                                                                                And to answer the OP:

                                                                                                                                (lamb) brain masala - I love lamb cooked any which way

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                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Oct 28, 2011 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  yeah!

                                                                                                                                2. re: ylsf
                                                                                                                                  Jennalynn Oct 29, 2011 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                  I can't remember what I was watching... But someone gave peanut butter to kids in a country where peanut butter doesn't exist.

                                                                                                                                  The kids, for the most part, HATED it. They ate many things that U.S. kids would declare repulsive. Proving most pickiness is a learned response. Even insect eating.

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