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May 28, 2009 07:47 AM

I always wanted to try **** but have never worked up the nerve because I am afraid I won't like it.

This was on another thread and it shocked me.

If I see something I've never eaten before I can not resist trying it. even if, and I'm ashamed to say this, even if it is meat (which I don't eat as part of my 'normal' diet). Heck, I tried frogs legs in France once because how could I not? (It was nauseating, but I had to try it). Put me in an 'ethnic' market and I want one of everything, even if I can't tell from the label whether it's crunchy squid entrails or floor polish.

Does the 'I'm afraid to try it' frame of mind shock you too? Or am I wierd in my quest for strange new tastes, new experiences, flavours I have never tried before....

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  1. Head Cheese...

    One of the funniest things my dear old grandpa said to me once about my fear was...

    'They sure don't make Head Cheese like they used too".

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    1. re: JanPrimus

      I promise I will go ahead and bite the bullet this week on it. I am going to hit up Zingermann's for some. I just need to get past this....

      1. re: JanPrimus

        Nothing to be afraid..... well I shouldn't assume.... at least the Mexican version of Head Cheese is great not any different than a good quality Mortadella

    2. There's only one reason for me to be 'afraid' to try a new food... and that is because it is so very expensive. It feels like it would be criminal for me to spend (large sum) of dollars trying some exotic new dish only to find out that it tasted like catfood to me. I'd love to try all sorts of things, if only I could try them in a suitably small, cheap portion.

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      1. re: Kajikit

        I agree with you Kajikit - don't want to spend $$$ on something I'm unsure of.
        also - I've wanted to try uni, but I have a shellfish allergy and I'm just not sure if that's in the category of allergens or not.
        SO. when it comes to big bucks, potential anaphalaxis I do not always try. :)

        Oh and things that skeeve me out... bugs, some offal, eyeballs!

      2. Even worse - someone who declares they "hate" something they've never tried!

        I'm with you. Try it all - let the intestines sort it out!

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        1. re: MGZ

          Yeah...tell my 6-year old that one!

        2. No, it doesn't shock me at all. Just watching Andrew Zimmern wolf down live food on his TV show makes me barf, while even the dead stuff he eats is disturbing. I discriminate first by visual appeal, then smell. If it passes those tests, it might pass my lips. Otherwise, I need to be drunk.

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          1. re: ptrichmondmike

            I might add that I've had frog's legs at Thai restaurants, and they are delicious.

          2. Peg, how can that be? Frog legs taste more like chicken than chicken!

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Frog Legs with a nice white wine butter lemon sauce, oh yeah!

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                Ah Firtanga de Ancas de Rana... one of the great Mexico City specialities... I can't imagine anyone not liking them (if they don't know what they are)