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Dec 19, 2009 03:05 PM

Foods that you are embarrassed to tell people you actually eat (a.k.a. foods you only eat when alone).

OK, let's face it - most of us in Chowhound would consider ourselves "foodies".
Otherwise, why would we care about a food site/blog, right?

And as a foodie, I basically know what is, and what is not, considered "normal" foods, authentic foods, specialty foods, organic foods, expensive foods, healthy foods, 5 star gourmet foods, etc. And so do you (again, why would you be here otherwise).
But, most of us (dare I say all of us) have a secret... we really like to eat something(s) that the rest of the world, or at least our foodie friends, would consider, well, kind of gross.

For me it's the following things that I secretly eat at home, alone, and then immediately cover the evidence when I'm done:
* Hot dogs
* Smokey links
* Cream Chipped Beef on toast (aka SOS)
* Burger King's regular chicken sandwich, loaded with mayo, cut in half of course (I generally HATE fast food, and even been known to shed tears when I have to eat it on the run)
* A piece of toast with a piece of american cheese on top
* Taco Bell's Nachos Bellgrande (see above re: fast food)
* I can actually eat a dozen deviled eggs in one sitting

I'm sure there is more, but that's all that comes to mind right now.

What about you? Are there any foods you eat that you would never, ever tell any of your friends that have an appreciation for food?

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  1. I like your topic; but NOTHING I eat embarasses me - from gas station heater box corn dogs to CBrD ravioli to a Big Mac to foods found the world over from street to "gourmet"!

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    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

      Oh, and mayo. I find that I just can't eat a sandwich without it. I have a few friends that would rather die than eat it. One friend in particular comes to mind... well, maybe more than a friend since I dated him for 12 years. But anyhoo, he absolutely hates mayo - every sandwich he eats has to have Italian Salad Dressing on it (yawn), which I hate on most sandwiches.
      We actually lived together for a year, and I didn't even keep mayo in the house because he looked down on it so much. He called it "gelatinous globs of white fat".
      Needless to say, I didn't enjoy eating any sandwiches all year long - they all sucked since we had no mayo to put on them!

      1. re: aces551

        These threads have surprised me- REALLY surprised me in that so many people hate mayonnaise! Miracle whip grosses me out personally, but mayo's one of those (I thought) ubiquitous things that's usually better when homemade but not bad at all if it's Best Foods/Hellman's.
        Aces, the thought that you have to hide your affinity for mayo because your SO hates it so much- makes me sad.

        1. re: EWSflash

          Don't be sad... I could have stamped my foot and brought some mayo into the house anyway. I was just trying to play his way for awhile, thinking I might be doing myself a favor by not eating white fatty things like mayo, ranch dressing, sour cream, etc. (read: lose some weight), all of which he hated.

          But alas, it was not to be.

          No more worries, I now live on my own and I have mayo, ranch dressing, AND sour cream in my fridge RIGHT NOW!

      2. re: Sam Fujisaka

        i agree, sam, no embarrassment required. on my unapproved-by-many-foodies list are sausage egg mcmuffins, fishsticks, and boloney and american cheese on white bread with mayo.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka


          If I like it, I eat it and/or talk about it publicly- no reason to be embarrassed!

          1. hehehe great topic.

            here are a few of mine

            cold spagetti with toast for breakfast

            I pride myself on not eating fast food but occasionally on a road trip I'll have a wendy's bacon cheese burger or a spicy chicken sandwich.

            I like my hotdogs almost burnt

            I like mixing my guacamole, sour cream, queso dip and salsa alltogether so it looks like one big pile of vomit, its so delicious though.

            I like to drink really crappy canned beer sometimes, it reminds me of college

            Five Guys burger and fries is probably the only other fast food place I've been to in a year. It's the only thing I can eat all day after that, but I'm sure one burger there is 1500 or more calories.

            My brother eats deviled ham sandwiches, we make fun of him and call them cat food sandwiches because that is what it looks like.

            and on the flip side, there is a secret society of people who put mayo on their meatball subs. I used to work at a subshop when I was in college and we'd get several of these orders a month.

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            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              Oh yeah, how could I forget? Sandwich Sister, your post mentioning your brother reminded me... I love a ham salad sandwich too. That's probably similar to the deviled ham your brother eats.
              Ham salad is probably not actually a food. It's minced up ham (is it really? We don't know for sure. It's a meat product of some sort, like baloney - who really knows what's in there?), relish, mayo, and has about 1,000 calories and 35 grams of fat per serving. Yum! Yet kind of gross at the same time...

              1. re: aces551

                I love ham salad. I used to call it ''shower sandwich'' because that what was usually served at bridal showers in the 50's. I occasionally make it today when I have leftover baked ham.

                1. re: Babyducks

                  The recipe for ham salad (if you can really call it a recipe...) has been passed from my great great grandmother, on down to me. We still have great grandma's hand crank grinder, and every time we bake a ham, we screw it on to the counter, and grind away, making a delicious ham salad. Mayo and sweet relish are all that are needed, but I think the decades old hand grinder adds to the flavor :D

                  1. re: milkyway4679

                    I've had that too, done the same way. There is no substitute, as far as I've found.

                    When my mother (who had no impulse control whatsoever) moved to a smaller house- which she eventually decided was too small and moved back into a bigger house- she got rid of the hand grinder and just about everything else that I wanted to inherit from her, but around the same time DH's great aunt passed away and we got her aluminum grinder, which has maybe been used once, but I'm glad to have it.

            2. "S.O.S."

              Hah hah! My dad used to make us his old favourites, from growing up in the fifties to crap from a can from his days at war in Vietnam. S.O.S. just happened to be one of those rare specialties from both places. We loved it even though I don't think I could eat it now. I loved and still love anything my dad makes.

              Where was I? Yes, although I'd like to think I have nothing to hide, I was food-traumatized as a child while in grade school. Natsy old mean teacher! Too bad I never said anything to my parents when I was young. One of my most traumatic experiences was being forced to eat Everything in my lunch bag including orange peels, apple cores, bread crusts (this was a big deal when I was six!) AND she would take the deserts from our lunches and put them in the trash bin. Mrs. Smith.

              I like to sneak my deserts every now and then. My favourite is sneaking chocolate covered almonds. My mom would put some in my lunches because she figured it was better to have the almonds with the chocolate than just plain old candy that was sold at school.

              What I like to do is to sneak a little bag of about ten. Later, I'll change it up and tell my partner that I had such yummy chocolate almonds. Somehow it is more fun to do the sneaking first then to "get over it" and take away the sneakiness at the end. Makes me feel like I've overcome the old trauma.

              I'm not sure that is the same thing you are talking about but that is what I get embarrassed about.

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              1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                That's funny about your teacher from way back when making you eat orange peels and apple cores. I had a teacher in 1st grade who would sit with us to eat lunch, and she always ate the entire fruit, whatever it was that she had packed that day, skin, core, seeds, and all. She said that is where all the vitamins and nutrients are. And she was right!
                To me, fruit and veggies can never be gross, therefore, I could never be traumatized by them. I've eaten orange peels and apple cores - not pleasant, but not traumatic. Meats on the other hand, well, that's a whole different category. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was raised a vegetarian - ate meat for the first time when I was about 6 yrs old. But that's a topic for a whole other post.

                1. re: aces551

                  How odd! I wonder if it was a generational thing? It wouldn't have been so traumatic but she was so mean in other ways to (used to lock us up one by one in a dark room all alone) that Everything she did made me cringe. I kinda thought she was just angry at kids in general.

                  I do like peel sometimes, especially tangerine peel or candied peel.

                  1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                    Yes, eating fruit peels, skins, cores, etc. probably is a generational thing. I am 39, so my 1st grade teacher, who was already pretty old-ish at the time, probably lived through the last days of The Depression in the '30's.
                    Then she lived through World War II, obviously. So that generation of folks really learned to never waste anything, especially food.

                    And your former teacher, Mrs. Smith? Sounds like everything she did was basically illegal. Can you imagine a teacher getting away with things like that now days? She'd be crucified.

                    1. re: aces551

                      Yeah, she was a real peach and in the wrong profession! Certainly would not make it in today's schools! At least, I hope not! Wonder why she stole our desserts? Maybe she had never had that luxury?

                      Funny, my grands would eat the throw-away parts of veggies and I thought it was gross. My gran ate the stems and peelings and my gramp ate the cores of cabbages. They were depression era too.

                      Silliest thing is that I accidentally ate cabbage core in stew and fell in love with it. Why would anyone throw that part away?? It is my favourite part now...hah, time changes tastes I guess!

                      Same age over here!

                      1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                        the core IS the best part of the cabbage! by far!

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  You really do like fruit cake? I can't say that I've actually ever had it - isn't that funny? For my entire life, I have avoided it. It has such a bad reputation. It's the victim of so many bad jokes.

                  I would really like to try a fresh, home made fruit cake made by someone who loves it and knows what they are doing. Maybe I would like it after all?

                  I never say I don't like something until I've tried it, cooked properly!

                  1. re: aces551

                    Don't listen to anyone else when it comes to food. Try it (whatever it is) out yourself!

                    1. re: aces551

                      It can be so delicious. Do you like dried fruit? My friend makes a kind of fruit cake using only high quality dried fruit and nuts: figs, cherries, dates, you get the idea. None of the bright red candied stuff. OMG it is heaven. So good.

                      1. re: aces551

                        I love good fruitcake. Not the Hostess stuff they put on the shelves for a few weeks at Christmas, but really dense, fruity, nutty fruitcake. There's one local brand that I can only find during the holidays and I watch for it to make sure I can snag at least a couple. Sometimes after the season they're on sale for just a buck or two, so I get some more, and they last until summer!

                        1. re: scubadoo97

                          I like fruitcake. Not embarrassed about it either, unlike my occasional craving for Kraft Mac & Cheese. I've even bought the cheese stuff separately when I've found it, it's usually near the green-can parmesan (which, by the way, is the only way to make my garlic toast)

                          1. re: EWSflash

                            I love a good fruitcake ...AND Kraft mac & cheese....the cheap one - not "Delux"!!!

                            I also love Underwood Deviled Ham (Cat food) on Wonder bread.... though I haven't had it in YEARS because I cringe when I look at the fat content...
                            Same thing with Spam - I only have had it once - I tried it last year for the first time - and I really liked it! (Yikes!!) - but I can't bring myself to buy it because of the fat content...

                            I am a bit embarrassed of my love of Oreo's with sour cream on top .... but not enough to stop doing it...
                            (havent had THAT in a while though either....
                            I'm allot skinnier than i used to be!! lol