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Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 02:28 PM

fava beans
Swiss chard
whole tomatoes
Brussels sprouts
miso soup

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    vandan RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 02:33 PM

    ketchup, bbq sauce

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      Just Visiting RE: vandan Nov 17, 2010 03:07 PM

      My long lost....vandan! Clearly we were separated at birth. As I also dislike ice cream, I am a weirdo right out of the box according to my friends.

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        kubasd23 RE: Just Visiting Nov 2, 2011 06:15 PM

        I used to absolutely detest ketchup. When I was in the cafeteria for lunch in HS, I would have to move tables because the smell of it was so nauseating! Now I love it, odd!

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          IndyGirl RE: kubasd23 Feb 29, 2012 05:54 PM

          I also hated it at one time. I think that my hatred originated with fast-food burgers that were super greasy and had buns that seemed to be soaked in ketchup.... ugh, eating those as a little kid is one of the many reasons I am now a vegetarian. I still cannot imagine it on sandwiches but I love it with really good fries.

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        LN2008 RE: vandan Apr 6, 2012 02:58 PM

        ketchup for me too. i avoid it at all costs.

      3. Quine RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 02:34 PM

        sweet potatoes/yams


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          Antithesisofpop RE: Quine May 29, 2010 09:44 AM

          +1 for beets - they taste like dirt. Same with radishes, but I can handle them if chopped fine and mixed with something else.

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            cacruden RE: Antithesisofpop Apr 7, 2012 05:29 AM

            +2 for beets - one of the ones I detest the most

        2. cristina RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 02:40 PM

          Swiss chard
          Swiss chard
          Did I mention swiss chard?

          Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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            DiningDiva RE: cristina May 28, 2010 03:32 PM

            Ditto on the menudo and naches.

            I can take or leave swiss chard and actually like red chard. But kale...I'll substitute my dislike for kale for your swiss chard

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              c oliver RE: DiningDiva May 28, 2010 03:41 PM

              Have you and cristina actually had menudo? I love it and can't imagine anyone not.

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                DiningDiva RE: c oliver May 28, 2010 04:13 PM

                Ummm....yes on both counts. Cristina has lived in Mexico for about 30 years. Kinda hard to miss it when you live there ;-). I grew up and live in San Diego and have eaten and cooked Mexican food my entire life. Both of us have extensive background in Mexican cuisine. Menudo is not a foreign concept to either one of us. It's not so much the taste for me as it is a textural thing.

                I love posole and can't imagine anyone not like it, but there are. Different strokes...

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                  c oliver RE: DiningDiva May 28, 2010 04:23 PM

                  I got deleted but wanted to say that I wasn't being sarcastic towards you or cristina. I know so many people who say yuck to menudo but haven't eaten it. I guess with CHs thatwould never be the case. My apology.

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                    DiningDiva RE: c oliver May 28, 2010 04:37 PM

                    Don't worry I didn't take it that way, nor was I trying to be flippant in my response either.

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            bakersdelight RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 02:48 PM

            foie gras

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              vandan RE: bakersdelight May 28, 2010 02:49 PM

              most sweets

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                grayelf RE: bakersdelight May 28, 2010 05:33 PM

                Me too, bakersdelight. And bone marrow too. The former, too livery, the latter, I just don't get.

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                  EWSflash RE: grayelf May 28, 2010 09:13 PM

                  Oh jeez- I forgot bone marrow- not even food as far as I'm concerned. That's where leukemia comes from (okay, kidding about that being the reason to not to eat it)

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                    grayelf RE: EWSflash May 28, 2010 11:12 PM

                    I don't get the heebs from what bone marrow is, just that to me it doesn't taste like much. Sorta like eating half melted lard, which some may enjoy :-). I didn't get lardo when I was in Sicily either...

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                      heavysouldarlin RE: grayelf Dec 10, 2010 08:38 AM

                      lardo I can eat, bone marrow, not so much. It might have something to do with my sicilian roots on the lardo thing though.

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                  al b. darned RE: bakersdelight May 29, 2010 09:05 PM


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                    foiegras RE: bakersdelight Nov 29, 2011 08:20 PM

                    At least you know ;) Nothing worse than giving a taste of your foie gras / dark chocolate / etc. to someone who then doesn't like it! I want it back!!!

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                    occula RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 02:55 PM

                    Organs, feet, heads, faces, fins, ligaments, hooves, gristle, cartilage, etc. :)

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                      al b. darned RE: occula May 29, 2010 09:06 PM

                      Ditto again. The only exception here is chicken gizzards. I like them once in a while.

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                        mateo21 RE: occula Jun 3, 2010 07:13 AM

                        Who really enjoys a nice plate of gristle? I want to meet them...

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                          GTM RE: mateo21 Sep 26, 2011 01:25 AM

                          Hi Mateo,

                          Me. Seriously.

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                          1. EWSflash RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 03:02 PM

                            German chocolate cake
                            red apples
                            organ meats (except for menudo and chicken gizzards)
                            curry powder

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                              Perilagu Khan RE: EWSflash May 29, 2010 07:08 AM

                              No rum for me either, por favor. Took a nasty turn with rum back in my teen years.

                              Don't care for yogurt either.

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                                goodhealthgourmet RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 05:22 PM

                                i wasn't even thinking about liquor - i can't stand rum either.

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                                  invinotheresverde RE: goodhealthgourmet May 30, 2010 06:12 AM

                                  Rum is nasty.

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                                    thew RE: invinotheresverde Jun 3, 2010 04:27 PM

                                    thats like saying all vegetables are nasty.

                                    there are hundreds of rums, in dozens of different styles, none of which taste alike

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                                      invinotheresverde RE: thew Jun 8, 2010 07:23 PM

                                      I've tried at least fifty, in varying styles; possibly more. I assure you, I hate rum...and that's okay.

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                                        invinotheresasister RE: invinotheresverde Jun 8, 2010 07:29 PM

                                        And what about the mai tais at Yong Shing?

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                                          invinotheresverde RE: invinotheresasister Jun 9, 2010 06:02 AM

                                          I can drink rum if the flavor is masked by a bunch of other stuff, of course.

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                                          thew RE: invinotheresverde Jun 9, 2010 04:40 AM

                                          it is ok. just a very broad category to hate all of

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                                        ptrichmondmike RE: invinotheresverde Jul 24, 2011 08:04 PM

                                        Lol...rum is DELICIOUS!

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                                          Sarrastia RE: invinotheresverde Jul 27, 2012 06:30 AM

                                          I concur. Rum is def on my list. Rum flavored things as well. Honeymooned in the Bahamas and it was very hard to hide my disdain for Rum when everyone was buying as Rum drinks to celebrate...ugh my stomach.
                                          I am a vodka girl, through and through.
                                          Also, coffee. Hate it. Coffee flavored things. Espresso. Espresso flavored things, including Tiramisu.
                                          Fennel, Fennel seeds, Sausage with fennel seeds, Annise, anything licorice-y. I can't abide it. It makes me a bad Italian, I know this, but the taste makes me cringe and shiver.
                                          Ham. (I will eat it but I wont ever crave it)

                                          I am pretty great with trying anything and loving most of it. I don't knock things until I try them. But those are basically my Food Don'ts

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                                            Perilagu Khan RE: Sarrastia Jul 27, 2012 07:45 AM

                                            My rumophobia has one notable exception--a Caribbean drink called Ting with a Sting. It is a mixture of grapefruit soda (a brand called Ting) and Cane Spirit Rothschild poured over ice and then hit with a splash of Angostura Bitters. Now given that CSR is almost prohibitively expensive, I substitute white rum and it renders a nice approximation of a tremendous libation.

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                                              Sarrastia RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 27, 2012 08:32 AM

                                              That sounds yummy. I love Grapefruit soda. I'm not a sweet drink person, so, when I am craving something that is not savory (Dirty martini/Bloody mary) I go for Ruby Red Martinis or Lemon Drops sans the sugar rim. So, I think I might like that if I tried it.
                                              I have just been scarred by brown Rum. In college the only drink me and my friends knew how to order, aside from a pitcher of Honey Brown, was a Rum and Coke. So many Rum and cokes. A beach trip pouring warm rum into Diet Coke cans, and then for some reason on my Bachelorette party someone snuck a handle of Rum into the limo...add the multiple congratulatory shots of 151 I was forced to imbibe on my honeymoon and the gallons of Bahama Mamas...it cemented the deal. Ugh, Rum.

                                              Haha, now you know my whole Rum history.

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                                                Perilagu Khan RE: Sarrastia Jul 27, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                I know exactly where you're coming from.

                                                When I was 14, a couple of my older cousins and some of their buddies when to a fried seafood buffet in Ft. Worth, and capped off the evening by slamming rum-and-Coke and Grape Malt Duck. Suffice it to say that the night did not end well, and now, some 31 years on, rum gives me the serious heebie-jeebies.

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                                      sandylc RE: EWSflash Nov 2, 2011 07:22 PM

                                      I read your list to my husband and he thinks you are just listing random things to start the conversation-???

                                    3. onceadaylily RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 03:08 PM

                                      Raw onions, sauerkraut, raspberries, cole slaw and bleu cheese (and I am sorry, but if a bleu cheese stuffed olive is a bar's default olive for a martini, they should have tell a girl and avoid the ensuing scene).

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                                        plf515 RE: onceadaylily Sep 26, 2011 03:36 AM

                                        While I love bleu cheese, I can certainly agree that it's a weird default item. Very strong flavor that many dislike. And would overwhelm a vodka martini

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                                          cathodetube RE: plf515 Sep 26, 2011 03:48 AM

                                          Not all blue cheeses are strong as you probably know. What kind would be in a stuffed olive?

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                                            sandylc RE: cathodetube Nov 2, 2011 07:23 PM

                                            They all taste like mold scraped out of the shower in a cheap motel.

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                                              Perilagu Khan RE: sandylc Nov 22, 2011 11:18 AM

                                              Were you beaten by a lump of Stilton as a small child? ;)

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                                                sandylc RE: Perilagu Khan Nov 29, 2011 08:12 PM

                                                Thanks for solving that mystery! Ha.

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                                                  IndyGirl RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 29, 2012 05:55 PM

                                                  Hilarious mental image

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                                                  Hank Hanover RE: sandylc May 18, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                  Not exactly sure what shower mold tastes like but blue cheese is too strong for me.

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                                                    sandylc RE: Hank Hanover May 18, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                    Ha. I have a good imagination. :-)

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                                              Sarrastia RE: onceadaylily Jul 27, 2012 06:34 AM

                                              Mmmm, everything on your list made my mouth water! I am stinky food lover. The stinkier the better.
                                              I love, love, love Dirty Martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives. It's my go to Happy Hour drink when I am slurping back some raw oysters and munching on Bruschetta!
                                              But, I understand everyone has different taste buds. I love raw raspberries but if you put raspberry syrup or cooked raspberries on or in my dark chocolate cake dessert....ugh, it ruins it for me. I hate cooked fruit.

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                                              Mestralle RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 03:19 PM

                                              Cashews. I can't even smell them without feeling queasy. I can't eat mixed nuts that have had cashews in them.

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                                                sandylc RE: Mestralle Nov 2, 2011 07:24 PM

                                                Were you beaten by cashews as a small child?

                                              2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                actually, i learned from a similar thread a couple of years ago (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/558678) that Hounds have extremely varied tastes, so you should never assume ;


                                                having said that:
                                                - coconut
                                                - organ meats
                                                - lamb
                                                - most premium ice cream

                                                1. DiningDiva RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                  Bitter greens
                                                  Weeds that chefs insist on calling spring mix or salad
                                                  Tripe, lungs, kidney, stomach, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lips, feet, etc. (I actually like liver and am kinda neutral on heart)
                                                  oysters (stick in the throat about half way down)
                                                  Gelatinous textures

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                                                    southernitalian RE: DiningDiva Jun 1, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                    Agree with you almost completely DD although I've never eaten heart. Add basil to this list and I'm good.

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                                                      Nightsinge RE: DiningDiva Sep 25, 2011 09:54 PM

                                                      Yeah on bitter greens and lettuces. Why do people like them? Why?!

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                                                        buttertart RE: Nightsinge Sep 26, 2011 05:54 AM

                                                        Beyond me entirely too.

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                                                          kubasd23 RE: buttertart Nov 2, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                          And see, I love bitter greens, and spring mix! I love the bite that the bitterness adds, especially when sautéed with red pepper flakes and garlic! The spring mix can, and I repeat CAN, when it's a good one, incorporate a nice variety of flavors and textures that adds complexity to a salad. But, to each his/her own, more for me!

                                                    2. bagelman01 RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 04:16 PM

                                                      Fish (not shell fish)
                                                      Raw Tomato
                                                      Green Peppers
                                                      white dairy-sour cream, cottage cheese, yoghurt

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                                                        smartie RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                        agree with weeds served as salad - bleh
                                                        peanut butter
                                                        sushi with raw fish - just can't stomach it ditto for cerviche or gravadlax
                                                        the look or smell of shellfish - never tasted them and don't plan to
                                                        the thought of calamari or squid/octopus
                                                        rare meat - sorry but my steak and burgers etc have to be cremated
                                                        raw meat - steak tartare
                                                        sweet potato casserole - it's just too much sugar with extra brown sugar and marshmallows
                                                        german chocolate cake - what is the point? Ditto red velvet cake

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                                                          alanbarnes RE: smartie May 28, 2010 06:16 PM

                                                          How about balut? You sound like someone who might really enjoy balut.

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                                                            smartie RE: alanbarnes May 28, 2010 08:24 PM

                                                            just looked that up - err no I don't think so!!

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                                                              EWSflash RE: alanbarnes May 28, 2010 09:14 PM

                                                              LOL smartie!

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                                                              jhopp217 RE: smartie May 29, 2010 09:42 AM

                                                              Sushi, Shellfish, Squid/Octopus, rare meat and peanut butter. Your Hound License has been revoked!

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                                                                smartie RE: jhopp217 May 30, 2010 05:57 AM

                                                                hey I can take it on the chin, you gotta be tough to be opinionated on CH.

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                                                                Paulustrious RE: smartie Jun 1, 2010 05:03 AM

                                                                I had to wikivestigate German chocolate cake. I've lived in Germany and Switzerland and you can get excellent Black Forest cakes. Now I know German was English. It's taken me 15 years to discover that.

                                                                It only took me two years to discover coffee cake had no coffee in it.

                                                                But I do know what balut is. You can get them fairly easily here in Toronto.

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                                                                  smartie RE: Paulustrious Jun 1, 2010 05:19 AM

                                                                  I had never heard of German Chocolate cake before moving to the US. It doesn't taste of chocolate so I don't get it (being a chocoholic). Ditto for red velvet cake - all that food coloring just looks so unappetizing.

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                                                                    invinotheresverde RE: smartie Jun 1, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                    Red Velvet is the worst. cake. ever.

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                                                                      Pzz RE: invinotheresverde Oct 31, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                                      Yep, one of my greater culinary disappointments.

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                                                                      CJPelfrey RE: smartie Jun 7, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                                      German Chocoloate Cake has nothing to do with the country of Germany. It was developed by people working at the "German Chocolate Factory" in the US as a recipe to use their chocolate in. (You probably found that in your wiki searches :)Agree with the lack of chocolate flavor, though. One would think a chocolate company recipe would want you to use more chocolate!

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                                                                        Paulustrious RE: CJPelfrey Jun 7, 2010 03:42 PM

                                                                        My search showed it was an Englishman called German in the USA.


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                                                                          cathodetube RE: CJPelfrey Feb 13, 2011 02:58 PM

                                                                          I think the point of German Chocolate Cake is that it is all about the frosting. That is the only part I used to like. I had a friend who would make it just for the frosting, then she graduated to just whipping up the frosting. The cake itself is quite meh.

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                                                                      vixen216 RE: smartie Jun 9, 2010 02:09 AM

                                                                      OMG! I hate red velvet cake too! What is that flavor? It's weird

                                                                    4. hotteacher1976 RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 06:33 PM

                                                                      Berries (except Strawberries and even then a little bit goes a long way)
                                                                      Red apples
                                                                      Clams (I like oysters and mussels)
                                                                      French toast
                                                                      Chocolate cake
                                                                      fruit pies (with the exception of Peach cobbler)

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                                                                        EWSflash RE: hotteacher1976 May 28, 2010 09:15 PM

                                                                        That reminds me- most apple pie- meh

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                                                                          jhopp217 RE: hotteacher1976 May 29, 2010 09:42 AM

                                                                          Aside from chocolate cake ---- blasphemy, haha!

                                                                        2. beekeroc RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 09:08 PM

                                                                          Only one thing..cooked turnip, the only thing I have picked out of a meal and hidden in my napkin , but I love raw turnip.??

                                                                          1. chef chicklet RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 09:21 PM

                                                                            Red apples, golden apples unless baking with them
                                                                            german chocolate cake
                                                                            menudo-tripe, chitlins, organ,meats with the exception of chicken hearts, gizzards. turducken
                                                                            Snails, escargot-no thanks
                                                                            Most strong smelling fish, especially sockeye salmon
                                                                            alligator or snake, no reptiles for that matter.

                                                                            1. rabidog RE: Perilagu Khan May 28, 2010 09:26 PM

                                                                              i can love almost any food cooked right. but... though i can tolerate it, i just never find myself loving any dish with chocolate in it. from a grilled peach with vanilla ice cream to a creme brulee bread pudding, just leave the chocolate sauce out of it, please! :)

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                                                                                crackerqueen RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 09:00 AM

                                                                                Oysters. I want to like them. I've tried to like them. I just can't.

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                                                                                  Antithesisofpop RE: crackerqueen May 29, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                                                  +1 for Oysters...and I don't really like mussels or clams, unless in chowder.

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                                                                                  jhopp217 RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                  Only two things come to mind that I just don't get the attraction. Salmon and Lobster. I love a bagel with Lox and I like salmon when done as sushi, but when it comes out hot, I can't get past the smell. As for lobster. I have told many people I will buy them a 3lb lobster, but they have to eat it without butter or lemon. Most people pass. It has absolutely no taste in comparison to crabmeat. I just don't understand why these two are so beloved.

                                                                                  Then again, I love blood, pudding, escargot & mutton and I know people who won't even try it.

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                                                                                    rabidog RE: jhopp217 May 29, 2010 10:50 PM

                                                                                    buy me a lobster!!!

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                                                                                      CJPelfrey RE: jhopp217 Jun 7, 2010 03:29 PM

                                                                                      Totally agree with lobster having no taste! Go straight to crab.

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                                                                                        Passadumkeg RE: CJPelfrey Jun 7, 2010 03:50 PM

                                                                                        You must be referring to the southern clawless lobster, Maine lobster is sweet!

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                                                                                          buttertart RE: Passadumkeg Jun 8, 2010 05:34 AM

                                                                                          I used to be a crab only person too until I came to my senses one day and dug into some loster knuckles. Sweet as a nut as my dad used to say. Haven't looked back since.

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                                                                                            c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 8, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                                                            I love crab but I love lobster WAY more. For me, some of it is the texture.

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                                                                                              Emme RE: c oliver Jun 8, 2010 09:02 PM

                                                                                              i like crab alright... freshly steamed claws please.

                                                                                              i LOVE lobster CLAWS... don't really care for the tail. this generally works out well for my dining companions.

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                                                                                                buttertart RE: Emme Jun 9, 2010 05:50 AM

                                                                                                I'm primarily a claw and knuckle girl too, my husband mostly gets the tail - doesn't mind, "more for me"!

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                                                                                                stuck in Hartford County RE: c oliver Jun 10, 2010 01:13 PM

                                                                                                I'm opposite here- really enjoy steamed lobster w/butter (the tail being my least favorite part) but would do embarassing things for a crab boil on MD's eastern shore. I'm counting the days till our summer trip there.

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                                                                                            thew RE: jhopp217 Jun 8, 2010 06:44 AM

                                                                                            it's a silly line of argument. i had a friend who used to say that i didnlt like coffee because i put cream and sugar in it. i pointed out that he butters his bread, and uses ketchup on his french fries.

                                                                                            i like lobster. the taste is subtle, but not non-existent. i could happily eat it w/out butter and lemon, but those things enhance the flavor, they do not hide it, or override it.

                                                                                            so i'm waiting for my 3-pounder

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                                                                                              Passadumkeg RE: thew Jun 8, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                                                              Lobster tacos and quesadillas!

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                                                                                                c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 8, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                                                                I truly cannot imagine the luxury of having that.

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                                                                                                  jfood RE: c oliver Jun 9, 2010 09:53 AM

                                                                                                  Here's the recipe


                                                                                                  ~25 years ago Chef Fearing brought a much younger jfood into his kitchen at the Mansion and showed him how it was done. It was a changing point in jfood's view on food.

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                                                                                                    buttertart RE: jfood Jun 9, 2010 10:16 AM

                                                                                                    Now that's a sexy recipe.

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                                                                                                      c oliver RE: jfood Jun 9, 2010 04:25 PM

                                                                                                      If I didn't already have a big,gorgeous rib steak and ahi tuna for my bday dinner tonight, I'd be heading to the store where they did have lobster tails. Live lobsters aren't available around here. But we're going to be staying at a friend's place in Sonoma next week. Younger daughter and SIL are coming up from SF. This sounds like something that needs makin'. Thanks, j.

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                                                                                                        nvcook RE: c oliver Jun 9, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                                                                        Happy Birthday c oliver!

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                                                                                                          Passadumkeg RE: c oliver Jun 9, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                                                          Happy Birthday, you old fart!!! Heh, heh.

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                                                                                                            c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 9, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                                                            Yeah, and you're what? Two days younger?

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                                                                                                            onceadaylily RE: c oliver Jun 9, 2010 05:37 PM

                                                                                                            Oh, more birthday wishes from here. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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                                                                                                              c oliver RE: onceadaylily Jun 9, 2010 05:52 PM

                                                                                                              I celebrate for a day and a week and a month. Thanks all.

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                                                                                                                Passadumkeg RE: c oliver Jun 9, 2010 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                OOOooo, touchy! On Fri we go to camp for lobbers steamers, crab & Champagne.

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                                                                                                                  c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 9, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                  Have a great one. That sounds incredible. The dearth of good seafood here pains me.

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                                                                                                              jfood RE: c oliver Jun 9, 2010 07:14 PM

                                                                                                              HBD Mom

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                                                                                                                c oliver RE: jfood Jun 9, 2010 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                TY Dear Boy

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                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: jhopp217 Aug 12, 2010 08:17 AM

                                                                                                      I had a bite of my friends grilled salmon last night....and then another. I'm down to only Lobster!

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                                                                                                        hypomyces RE: jhopp217 Mar 7, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                                                                        Take a 3 lbs lobster, eat the elbow joints, the series of small leg meat, and the inside of the carcass (the tenderest of flesh)- pure heaven!

                                                                                                      2. OCEllen RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 10:00 AM

                                                                                                        Mint...any form, flavor, even the smell makes me gag.

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                                                                                                          MikeB3542 RE: OCEllen May 29, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                          Flan. Ick!

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                                                                                                            jhopp217 RE: MikeB3542 May 29, 2010 10:29 AM

                                                                                                            This is one of those...eh, why? foods. I have had decent, but usually it's just puzzling why anyone would order or make this.

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                                                                                                              MikeB3542 RE: jhopp217 May 29, 2010 10:09 PM

                                                                                                              Yeah, the flavor is OK, just nothing special. The texture though is what makes me yak

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                                                                                                                grayelf RE: MikeB3542 May 30, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                You guys and my SO -- with him it extends to anything too custardy/eggy that is at the same time sorta gelatinous :-). Me I loves 'em.

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                                                                                                              vixen216 RE: MikeB3542 Jun 9, 2010 02:12 AM

                                                                                                              and forget dulce le leche cake! Wet cake ewwwww!

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                                                                                                                Jay F RE: vixen216 Oct 6, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                I love the Haagen-Dazs flavor, but the first time I tasted the cake, well, let's just say I'm glad the person who made it wasn't around. Wet, cold, rum-tasting...so many bad things.

                                                                                                            3. re: OCEllen
                                                                                                              EWSflash RE: OCEllen May 30, 2010 10:36 AM

                                                                                                              With you on that.

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                                                                                                                southernitalian RE: OCEllen Jun 1, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                Oh I hate mint. I can't be in a car with anyone chewing any kind of mint gum. Makes me instantly carsick. Along with basil, it does not belong in food.

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                                                                                                                  OCEllen RE: southernitalian Jun 2, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                  Yes! ....Hmmm...I like basil....

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                                                                                                                    Jay F RE: southernitalian Oct 6, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                    Basil doesn't belong in food? JMFCOTC. I've never heard anyone say that about basil (I'm assuming you mean fresh basil, as I'd agree with you on the dried stuff).

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                                                                                                                      lyden RE: Jay F Feb 29, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                      JMFCOTC? What's that?

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                                                                                                                        Jay F RE: lyden Oct 25, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                        JMFCOTC = Jesus Mother F***ing Christ on the Cross

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                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: Jay F Oct 25, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                          Hey! A new one for me!

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                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan RE: Jay F Oct 25, 2012 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                            A perhaps not so old adage spring to mind here: the more people I "meet," the more I appreciate my dog.

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                                                                                                                              Jay F RE: Perilagu Khan Oct 25, 2012 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                              I like dogs more than most people, too.

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                                                                                                                                kubasd RE: Jay F Oct 31, 2012 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                second... lol

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                                                                                                                          EWSflash RE: Jay F Oct 31, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                          +1- I just had a ton of fresh-picked basil pesto made with avoicado oil and walnut oil on some perciatelli and feel beter than I have in a while. It's a comfort thing. Plus I grew the basil myself in the community garden at work.

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                                                                                                                          CanadaGirl RE: southernitalian Feb 6, 2011 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                          I have to disagree on the basil, and be speciifc on the mint. I love peppermint and wintergreen, but can not be in teh room with spearminy. Yuck!

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                                                                                                                            pinehurst RE: southernitalian Mar 4, 2011 03:13 AM

                                                                                                                            AGREED. Can stand basil only if dried. Also I hate, hate hate cilantro.

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                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan RE: pinehurst Nov 22, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                              I, too, am suspicious of cilantro, but can handle it in minute doses.

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                                                                                                                                Hank Hanover RE: pinehurst May 18, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                I generally don't care for cilantro. However, guacamole just isn't right without a little.

                                                                                                                          2. Perilagu Khan RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                            A couple more:

                                                                                                                            lima beans
                                                                                                                            kidney beans

                                                                                                                            Not much of a bean fan in general, although I love my pintos and like basic green beans quite well.

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                                                                                                                              Peachie RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                              I can't stand lima beans either. However, for some reason I was brave and tried a sample of Lima Bean hummus and loved it. i found out it's because they use baby lima beans. Found the recipe:


                                                                                                                              And before you say you'd never eat it, make it and try it. I have a friend who hates beans of any type and tried this dip without knowing what it was and loved it.

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                                                                                                                                grayelf RE: Peachie Jun 4, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                Age of bean can be a huge factor, no? I recently tried fresh fava beans served "in the shell" and was transported to a happy, green and beany place.

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                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                Here's what we called the ham and Lima bean c-rats in 'Nam:

                                                                                                                                Ham n motherfuckers--Ham and Lima Beans, the most reviled of all c-ration meals. Also known as "ham n chokers."

                                                                                                                                I still like Lima beans.

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                                                                                                                                  junescook RE: Passadumkeg Jun 5, 2010 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                  I actually like the ham and lima bean Cs. They were salty but filling, but they came with that cinnamon roll thing in a can.

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                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg RE: junescook Jun 5, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                    ey, I was the platoon dump for Ham mothas, I liked 'em too. I grew up on succotash, corn & limas. The scrambled eggs and the chocolate cork! But man dem fruit tails ruled!
                                                                                                                                    What years? '67-8.

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                                                                                                                                      junescook RE: Passadumkeg Aug 12, 2010 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                      67-69. Wound up with the 82nd Abn.

                                                                                                                                      Actually I think it was a pecan roll. Of course can't forget the other necessities like the tp and cigs that came in there too.

                                                                                                                              3. al b. darned RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                Anything "blood." Sausage, cake, pudding or anything blood is added to. Just the thought of it grosses me out.

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                                                                                                                                  rabidog RE: al b. darned May 29, 2010 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                                  even a blood orange mimosa?

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                                                                                                                                    al b. darned RE: rabidog Jun 4, 2010 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                    I'm not much of a drinker, and have never had one. I don't think I've ever seen a blood orange, let alone tried one.

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                                                                                                                                      BKK Brendan RE: al b. darned Jun 9, 2010 01:25 AM

                                                                                                                                      Blood oranges are my favorite oranges. Basically they're just oranges with a reddish color inside(hence the name).

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                                                                                                                                        Tripeler RE: BKK Brendan Jun 9, 2010 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                                        Yes, but the flavor is delightfully different, as I recall.

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                                                                                                                                          stuck in Hartford County RE: Tripeler Jun 10, 2010 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                          Not as sweet (at least in my opinion) as other oranges. But they are visually more interesting.

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                                                                                                                                            Tripeler RE: stuck in Hartford County Jun 11, 2010 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                            ...unless you are color blind...wink.


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                                                                                                                                          JerryMe RE: BKK Brendan Jul 17, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                          Blood oranges are sweeter than sweet and one of my favorites but I agree - the name alone sounds grievous.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: al b. darned
                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: al b. darned Jun 1, 2010 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                      Have you tried it or just disgusted by the name? I know so many people who refuse to try it because it's called that, but then have tried it when it's called black pudding and loved it.

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                                                                                                                                        al b. darned RE: jhopp217 Jun 4, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        No, I have never eaten any of those things. Just the thought of eating blood grosses me out. And Zimmern's description of the taste of it doesn't help. I think I'll pass.

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                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: al b. darned Jun 4, 2010 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                          Not trying to be annoying but isn't there blood in most meat? I was just watching a No Reservations in Sardegna where they were eating a local specialty that is kinda like haggis and when they cut it open, gory liquid came pouring out and everybody grabbed a bowl. I was getting a bit queasy till I remembered how rare I have learned to like my steak :-).

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                                                                                                                                            jhopp217 RE: al b. darned Jun 6, 2010 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                            Do you like sausage in general? If you knew what went into most sausages, hot dogs, etc, you'd probably shy away from them too.

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                                                                                                                                          melpy RE: al b. darned Jun 2, 2010 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                          I've tried it! The thought didn't bother me but I had to eat it really fast to keep from getting sick form the taste! :(

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                                                                                                                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: al b. darned Jun 2, 2010 07:17 AM


                                                                                                                                            I like those blood things. That being said, I think it is normal for many people dislike these products, so I won't say you dislike something that "most" Chowhounds love.

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                                                                                                                                              southernitalian RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 2, 2010 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                              I love black and white pudding. I first had them in Ireland. I knew from the first bite that I loved the taste but I also instantly knew that I was better off not knowing how they were made. I had them every morning for 10 days and by then I was hooked and couldn't have cared less. Then I got back to the states and CRAVED them!

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                                                                                                                                                Paulustrious RE: southernitalian Jun 2, 2010 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                Look for a Latin American grocery shop of some type. They should have something. Argentinian, Brazillian morcillaI / morcella.

                                                                                                                                                I came from Lancashire and grew up with black pudding - normally the horseshoe shape. The flavour varies depending on whether it is Latin, UK, or various places in Europe. If you can get locally made stuff I think it is better, as I don't think it improves with age, transport or freezing.

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                                                                                                                                            Rene Erm RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                            catsup, majo, mustard, kraut, fruit pies or any fruit dessert except apple or pear, cashews

                                                                                                                                            1. corneygirl RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                              Whole sausage in a casing. Braut patties fine, sliced chorizo fine, hot dog in a bun skeeves me out - all about the texture.

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                                                                                                                                                onceadaylily RE: corneygirl May 29, 2010 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                . . . which made me look twice, because I thought your tag was 'coneygirl', and I had read your posts with a feeling of kinship, for the dogs and the Emily avatar. But one for two isn't so bad, in such a diverse group.

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                                                                                                                                                  corneygirl RE: corneygirl Jul 23, 2011 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I have to rescind this, I have begun to come around on sausages. Beer brats with onions - YUM! Hot dog at a ball game is awesome (although I've never eaten one not at a baseball game).

                                                                                                                                                2. ipsedixit RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Artisan cheeses

                                                                                                                                                  1. Emme RE: Perilagu Khan May 29, 2010 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                    i sound horride but...
                                                                                                                                                    strawberries (allergic anyway)
                                                                                                                                                    coconut (allergic anyway)
                                                                                                                                                    bell peppers
                                                                                                                                                    cilantro (learning to tolerate in salsa or roasted and cooked til sweet)
                                                                                                                                                    rosemary (learning to tolerate in cooked dishes where other flavors mellow it out)
                                                                                                                                                    nuts in general (do like pistachios tho)
                                                                                                                                                    blue cheese
                                                                                                                                                    pasta (don't hate just don't like it... merely a vehicle for sauce)
                                                                                                                                                    peas and corn
                                                                                                                                                    mango and papaya

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                                                                                                                                                      onceadaylily RE: Emme May 29, 2010 11:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                      That is quite a list. (Roasted rosemary, with root vegetables, was an eye-opener for me. "I *like* rosemary?" I thought. "Really?") Mainly, though, I am impressed that someone with that many dislikes is here. What you love, you must be truly passionate about.

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                                                                                                                                                        Emme RE: onceadaylily May 29, 2010 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Ah but thts pretty much my entire list... I love seafood, all veggies, fruits, eggs, herbs, spices... I eat well, and so do those around me! I also happily cook that which I don't eat, knowing what ingredients may pair well even if I don't personally care for them!

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                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan RE: Emme May 30, 2010 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Forgot all about cilantro. Can tolerate that stuff in low doses only.

                                                                                                                                                        I also don't care for dawgs in the natural casing.

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                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Emme May 31, 2010 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                          wow, Emme, i never knew! didn't you also say at some point that you don't like mustard? (or maybe it was balsamic vinegar?) i could be making that up.

                                                                                                                                                          do you ever eat & enjoy anything baked with almond flour despite your distaste for nuts?

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                                                                                                                                                            Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet May 31, 2010 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                            love mustard but cant have it...nor balsamic anymore... yeast/fermented foods allergy :( it was truly devastating, but also life-altering when i omitted the offending foods...

                                                                                                                                                            but YES, i do some awesome baked goods with almond meal... made some amazing muffin tops last week, as well as some little chocolate moist coin cookies on friday...... good way to get healthy fats in :)

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                                                                                                                                                            c oliver RE: Emme May 31, 2010 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                            All bell peppers or just green?

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                                                                                                                                                              al b. darned RE: Emme Jun 4, 2010 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I agree with you about cilantro. Can't stand the stuff!!

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                                                                                                                                                                sandylc RE: Emme Nov 2, 2011 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Wouldn't it be easier to list the things you DO like?: )

                                                                                                                                                              2. nofunlatte RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Olives (olive oil is fine, though)
                                                                                                                                                                -small amounts of black olives are tolerable, but green ones are patently disgusting. I do keep trying, though!
                                                                                                                                                                Anything aspic

                                                                                                                                                                There are certainly foods that I find merely Blah, but this is my "intensely dislike/hate" list.

                                                                                                                                                                1. jfood RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  a couple that jfood has not seen yet.

                                                                                                                                                                  Spicy food (i.e. what is the attraction of 5* heat?)

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                                                                                                                                                                    nofunlatte RE: jfood May 30, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I don't hate lobster, but it is really overrated.

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                                                                                                                                                                      al b. darned RE: nofunlatte Jun 4, 2010 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      My sentiments exactly! It didn't help when someone described a lobster as "the cockroach of the ocean."

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                                                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: jfood Jun 1, 2010 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Lobster was one of my two. I think it's the silliest thing to pay lots of money for. You can dip a piece of cardboard in butter and squeeze it with lemon and it would taste the same as lobster.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg RE: jhopp217 Jun 1, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Lobster was fed to the prisoners in the Maine State Penn, a hundred years ago. Irish maids put it in their contracts that they could not be fed lobster more than 3 days a week. And the half the Pilgrims starved because they wouldn't eat it. (A bit extreme.)

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                                                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: Passadumkeg Jun 2, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I recall reading that in the Maritimes, lobster rolls were an embarassing thing to eat at one point in history, cheap "poor folk" food even. Boggles the mind a bit now...

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                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg RE: grayelf Jun 2, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yup, a lot of the elderly want no part of it; "Depression Food" & venison too. I used to trade my ham sandwiches for lobster sandwiches all the time and each party felt they took advantage of the other.

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                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash RE: Passadumkeg Jun 7, 2010 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, and the Arizona prisons were teaching some of the prisoners a trade by intructing them how to butcher ostrich- they're eatng ostrich and I'm paying $10/lb for it. I'd slap the first prisoner that complained about that. Really hard.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Chemicalkinetics RE: EWSflash Jun 7, 2010 05:12 PM


                                                                                                                                                                              Well, I guess our choices come down to "teach them how to butcher an ostrich and feed them with one" or "run the risk of them slapping us silly when they get out". Yes, I don't think you will be slapping them. I think it will be the other way around. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                            Peachie RE: jhopp217 Jun 4, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Totally agree!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Quine RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, I thought I was bad when I listed 3 --- yellow, orange and purple thing than grow underground. (Carrot, beets sweet potatoes and yams)
                                                                                                                                                                          Even with that I can't make a soup without carrots, never could; I just make them a size I can swallow with a *ahem* response.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. alanbarnes RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            There's nothing I dislike. There are just some things I haven't yet learned to appreciate.

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                                                                                                                                                                              c oliver RE: alanbarnes May 30, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              +1. I tasted liver and onions the other night after about a 40 year hiatus. I don't hate it anymore. Yay. If Sam had lived, I would probably have eventually eaten balut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                susancinsf RE: c oliver May 30, 2010 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                There are definitely some foods, and IMO liver and onions would be one of them, where how the food is prepared, and/or its quality, would make all the difference. It could be that the liver and onions you had previously wasn't prepared properly (it's a tricky dish, I think).

                                                                                                                                                                                While I never hated falafel, I never liked it either, until I tasted it at a little stand in Jordan. It was an 'aha: so THIS is what falafel should taste like!' moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                Similarly, I always thought I HATED feta cheese: until I tasted some that was of very, very good quality. Turns out that what I hated was cheap, low quality feta.

                                                                                                                                                                                Growing up, hubby hated steak because his mother would cook steaks way beyond death, and it wasn't something he was allowed to order in restaurants. So, after he moved away from home and some friends suggested going out for a steak dinner, his reaction was, 'WHY would anyone want to do that?'...(its a favorite now).

                                                                                                                                                                                Thus, my personal philosophy is that if one hasn't had a hated food in 40 years or so, it is time to try it again, preferably from a different provider/cook. Based on this philosophy, I have discovered that there are very few foods I truly dislike, although yes, I do indeed hate dill (but not dill pickles :-)) and tarragon (but love cilantro).

                                                                                                                                                                                I used to think I hate gin, but am getting over that aversion now too, thanks to a friend who knows how to make an outstanding gin and tonic...

                                                                                                                                                                                OTOH, even with this philosophy, you can't get me to taste my true nemesis food: bananas. But that's another story....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  c oliver RE: susancinsf May 30, 2010 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think *I* changed rather than the prep or quality of the liver. People would just KNOW that I was going to like THEIR liver and I didn't. I'm going to try chicken livers (MY other nemesis) next. I had some really tasty chopped liver (with an insane amount of butter in it) a few months ago and like it. But with those, I'm going to hedge my bet and cook them with gizzards and hearts which I love. Go figure on that one :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: c oliver May 31, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    "I think *I* changed rather than the prep or quality of the liver. "
                                                                                                                                                                                    i'm with you on that. i "hated" cilantro and ginger well into my early 20's...now they're two of my favorite things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      c oliver RE: goodhealthgourmet May 31, 2010 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, and I don't think it's a dimunition (?) of taste buds. For me I think it's the more things I eat, the more things I'm willing to eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay F RE: c oliver Oct 6, 2010 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      c oliver said: "People would just KNOW that I was going to like THEIR liver and I didn't."

                                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly my problem with pumpkin pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash RE: Jay F Nov 19, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh no- pumpkin pie?

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's okay, more for m e.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          onceadaylily RE: EWSflash Nov 19, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          The boyfriend and I do Thanksgiving alone (in exchange for the wheel of craziness that is the rest of the Midwestern holiday year), and every year he says, "I don't like pumpkin pie like *you* like pumpkin pie." And every year, I look innocent as I say, "Really? You don't? Huh."

                                                                                                                                                                                          We both pretend not to know what I eat for breakfast the day after.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      grayelf RE: susancinsf May 30, 2010 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't believe I forgot bananas -- BLORG! Just today my two-year-old niece was eating one for lunch next to me and I had to repress the urge to revile the evil thing, all squidgy and chalky with browny bits that it was :-). I used to love the bananas in Mexico, though, so I suspect it has to do with them being picked underripe and shipped a gazillion miles.

                                                                                                                                                                                      And susan, so glad you are getting over the gin hatred. When you are next in Vancouver, you must allow the SO to make you a Gibson's. Drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tarragon is a nasty weed masquerading as an herb. Except in cauliflower soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        DiningDiva RE: grayelf May 30, 2010 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ditto bananas and tarragon

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan RE: DiningDiva May 31, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          How odd. I just prepared a scruptious banana and tarragon veloute'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            grayelf RE: Perilagu Khan May 31, 2010 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Runs screaming from the room ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              DiningDiva RE: grayelf May 31, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ditto on runs screaming from the room :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        janetofreno RE: susancinsf May 31, 2010 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Not like gin? Are you sure we're related? :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        But your comment about feta was interesting. I've always disliked feta as well. Can you recommend a good brand so that I can give it a chance again?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: janetofreno Jun 1, 2010 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey janet, I know you were talking to susan but I can't help myself. Not a brand but a style -- if you can find Dodoni(s), give it a whirl. Sheep's milk, smoother, creamier and less salty than a lot of feta but still crumble-able, so good I sometimes serve it on a cheese plate. I also like Barrel for same reasons but less so. If you have a Greek deli, you can go and get them to just hack you off a piece (or even better, give you a taste on the spot) from the giant slabs that will be lurking by the olives. I'm not a fan of the prepackaged fetas of any description... or the fish your own out pans that some stores keep smaller pieces in.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a suspicion that people get turned off by cheap feta that is too harsh, kind of like only tasting Danish blue and then eschewing blue cheese in general (with due respect to intrepid 'Hounds who have plowed their way through all kinds of blue cheeses and just don't love 'em).

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                                                                                                                                                                                            janetofreno RE: grayelf Jun 1, 2010 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks, I will try it. I do find feta too salty and sharp....but I like Danish blue...go figure! In fact, feta is probably the only kind of cheese I DON'T like....

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                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf RE: janetofreno Jun 2, 2010 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I had the good fortune to work in a cheese store when I was in high school and got exposure to so many amazing and unusual cheeses that I can be a bit of an evangelist if I don't watch it :-). There are still some cheeses that I really can't get my head (or teeth) around though -- get thee behind me, aged tilsit, for example. We used to have to close the store when the rounds would arrive for preliminary cutting as the smell would stop people from entering the establishment till they were safely saraned. I learned early, however, that cheese is never stinky or smelly, it is "pungent" ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sandylc RE: susancinsf Nov 2, 2011 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          How true. I grew up VERY picky. Then I discovered that most things could be prepared much better or be of better quality than I had thus far experienced. My food loves list expanded dramatically after this revelation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg RE: c oliver Jun 8, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I love liver & onions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 9, 2010 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            It was on my short list of things to start appreciating and I'm pleased so far.

                                                                                                                                                                                        4. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg RE: alanbarnes Jun 3, 2010 03:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          a good stint of c-rations does wonders for one's palate. I eat everything and too much of it though. Funny, I have not eaten a pb&j in over 40 years. the peanut butter was so oily, we could light up a can of it to heat our "rats" if no heat tabs, c-4 or gasoline was around. The bread was canned and called John Wayne bread and the jam was meh. The hamm and Limas with a layer of grease on top were universally despised and known simply as ham motherfu#$ers.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Carpe chow, all of it!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Blood pancakes and pea soup are served every Thursday in Finnish school cafeterias.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            invinotheresverde RE: Passadumkeg Jun 3, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank God for Tobasco or those c-rats never would've gone down.
                                                                                                                                                                                            American chopped suey. <shudder>

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg RE: invinotheresverde Jun 3, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Man, the Tobasco was worth more than the ciggs or beer rations, to some Feed thes folks some Ham Motherf&^kers, stew appricots or canned scrambled eggs and ham and they's love their Brussel sprouts and liver!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                                                                                                                            banjoman2375 RE: alanbarnes Jun 4, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            You sir, have a very good perspective.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Almost everything that I used to hate as a child I have tried/cooked and liked now. They were pretty much all vegetables... Peas, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Tomatoes... The only thing that I didn't like that I have not had a good run at now is turnips.

                                                                                                                                                                                            But I think we share a philosophy. Every food is likable if it is prepared well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf RE: banjoman2375 Jun 4, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Every food is likable if it is prepared well."

                                                                                                                                                                                              Now THAT should be the Chowhound motto :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                alanbarnes RE: banjoman2375 Jun 4, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                As a philosophy, it's a good 'un. Its application does, however, present some challenges. I'm not optimistic about finding a well-prepared spleen dish and am very, very far from learning to appreciate it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  thew RE: alanbarnes Jun 4, 2010 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ...and it ignores personal taste. I don;t like calves liver, eg. I've had it well prepared. tried more than once. just not my cuppa. and i'm k with that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    c oliver RE: thew Jun 4, 2010 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In my 20s and 30s, I tried calves liver any number of times and didn't like it. But had a few bites recently and it was pretty good. I'm going to try more of it soon and maybe build up to chicken liver. Eeekkkk :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      alanbarnes RE: thew Jun 4, 2010 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, that's kind of my point. Even with an open mind, there are some things you may never enjoy. The key is the open mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm never going to order spleen off a menu, but if somebody offers me a bite and claims it will be wonderfully different than any spleen I've ever eaten, I'll try it. Odds are it will still be unpleasant, but the worst-case scenario is spitting it into my napkin. I can live with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      On the other hand, I was pretty well convinced that I'd never enjoy sea urchin when I sat down in front of a great sushi chef and ordered omakase. He was extremely proud of some uni he'd just gotten in, and served it with a flourish. My face must have given away my misgivings, but he tried not to be offended. Instead, he talked me through the experience, and I actually enjoyed it. I still don't like most urchin I've had, but at least now I know it has potential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tripe, chicken feet, intestines, tendon, jellied pork blood - there are all kinds of things that don't have much immediate appeal to the typical American diner. Most folks have to have them a few times before they "get" it, and some people will never enjoy certain dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not saying they need to keep beating their heads against that wall. But IMO it's a good thing to be open to the possibility that maybe you can actually enjoy a food you thought you hated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Still and all, you're going to have to be very convincing before I try spleen again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Veggo RE: alanbarnes Jun 4, 2010 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I of late opened my mind to sweetbreads, and I can't get enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          c oliver RE: Veggo Jun 4, 2010 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And *I* want to know how Rick cooks them. I love 'em.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            alanbarnes RE: c oliver Jun 4, 2010 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick Mahan cooks them very well indeed. Drive down the hill one of these days and we'll have dinner at the Waterboy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              c oliver RE: alanbarnes Jun 5, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Different Rick but yes, definitely. Can we sleep on the rollaway?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                alanbarnes RE: c oliver Jun 5, 2010 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You got it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Veggo RE: c oliver Jun 4, 2010 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beyond my capability. He has a bag of them with a Montreal dry rub, for tomorrow, sliced in half inches, he smokes them for some unknown interval of time and finishes them to a light crisp in a skillet. I bring a killer chimichurri, they don't need it. Wow they are good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: Veggo Jun 5, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Take notes :) One more reason to get a smoker. But so far I've only been able to get them when we go to SF.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            thew RE: alanbarnes Jun 5, 2010 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            i agree. i've said before that every few decades i try things i haven't liked for years to see it its a dislike or a habit. some things, for me, are not likable, even if well prepared. thankfully very very very few

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            grayelf RE: thew Jun 5, 2010 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            To me, likable is different than good. If the motto was every food is good if it is prepared well, I couldn't get on board. I make a mean liver and onions for the English SO, but if you try to get me to eat it I will be forced to beat you about the head with the cast iron frypan in which it was prepared :-). I can appreciate a well prepared foie gras and tell the difference between quality and crappy liverwurst, but I don't want to eat any of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. junescook RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      milk, cream, sour cream, etc, Salmon and other smelly fish. Rare meat, I have to eat steak from the outside in. Melon except for watermelon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      On the other hand, somebody here made me think about Swiss chard. Ours is not quite ready to b picked so I think I'm going to go out to the market to get some and make swiss chard with white beans and penne topped with some good parm reg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        cheesemaestro RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        raw celery (OK cooked)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        raw carrots (OK cooked)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Scotch whisky
                                                                                                                                                                                                        peanut butter when cooked into things (but love it by itself)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        pineapple when cooked (but like it raw)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        mayo--can't even look at it without feeling like gagging

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Babyducks RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salmon in any form.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            TexSquared RE: Perilagu Khan May 30, 2010 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looks like a revival of this old thread:


                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll just paste in what I said in that thread with some updates! Here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Green tea (give me black tea, especially Earl Grey, over that green hype


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beer, especially lagers (Guinness I enjoy)

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            pho (the foodies go ga-ga over this "soap soup"... if I wanted to drink warm soapy water I could get it in the shower for free!) Pho rhymes with bleh, makes perfect sense to me....

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            frozen yogurt (give me real ice cream or gelato)



                                                                                                                                                                                                            "premium" vodka that has been quintuple distilled and quadruple charcoal filtered... for a lot less I can buy Everclear, tastes the same

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "premium" cocktails made with the above

                                                                                                                                                                                                            gelatinous meat products (if I wanted jello I'd get jello, and not in meat flavors)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Filipino food in general (ugh... balut, "chocolate meat", watery stinky goat stew, need I say more)


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TexSquared
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emme RE: TexSquared May 30, 2010 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              ooh green tea! forgot that one... it actually makes me nauseous, and sometimes gives me a headache//migraine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                limster RE: Emme May 31, 2010 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not trying to argue or anything, just want to be clear, as there are many different types of green tea (may be >100 different types or more), and they can be very different from one another. Are both of you referring to a specific type of green tea or to all of them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, how were the green teas brewed? They tend to be very finicky and difficult to brew and if the water temperature is off, they taste horrible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quine RE: limster May 31, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I really really hate beets and carrots. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the argument (in the purest logical form, as you suggest) you present for those. And I do keep an open kind, since over 57 years ago I spit those baby foods out as far as I could. But inspite of parental, you must eat it to CH well have you tried it "this" way. sometimes we just plain don't like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Remember not liking the taste of something to a TRUE CH is not a value statement of that item, just a taste statement of that CH :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TexSquared RE: Quine Jun 1, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree totally (I like carrots, hate beets).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If it tastes good to me, I'll eat it. If it tastes bad to me, I won't. Regardless of whether it's "un-cool" or "un-foodie" or "un-Chowhound" to eat or not eat that item.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Which was the whole point of this thread!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emme RE: TexSquared Jun 1, 2010 11:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      +1 on love carrots, hate beets. sweet and lovely are the former, ruddy and horrid are the latter, and i've prepared the latter numerous times for others (including tonight) to the acclaim of 'OMg these are the best beets i've ever eaten,' and i still hate em... oh well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      limster RE: Quine Jun 1, 2010 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Again, want to bend over backwards to emphasize that I'm not trying argue, but in some cases, the category mentioned can be pretty broad. If you didn't like beets and carrots, would it make sense to say that you didn't like vegetables? Maybe you're not going to try more beets and carrots, but I hope it won't stop you from trying spinach or potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: TexSquared May 31, 2010 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tex, you just reminded me - chamomile and Earl Grey. gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    smartie RE: goodhealthgourmet May 31, 2010 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    +1 with Camomile tea - I don't know if it's a slight allergy or just an aversion but the smell makes me nauseous and it makes my mouth itch. But Earl Grey is nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mokie RE: smartie Nov 29, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very late, but in case it pops up on anyone else's search results:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chamomile is in the same family as ragweed, and is likely to cause allergic reactions in folks who suffer from hay-fever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 1, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I forgot about chamomile, yuck... and most of those wacky non-tea "teas" they sell (I think the snooty word is "tisane"). I do like Earl Grey though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      al b. darned RE: TexSquared Jun 4, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can pass me your rubber bands, I mean calamari. That is one of those things I *must* have if I see it on a menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TexSquared RE: al b. darned Jun 4, 2010 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If I'm out for dinner with my family, my father and 2 brothers are like you, if it's on the menu they gotta have it (while my wife and I can't stand breaded and fried rubber bands)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So we intentionally pick restaurants that DON'T have it on the menu! In Toronto that's hard to find.... seems every place has it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c oliver RE: al b. darned Jun 4, 2010 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We went to Babbo a couple of years ago and one of the things we had was grilled octopus and loved it. After that and because of that, I bought some baby ones and sauteed and they were terrif also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          aurora50 RE: TexSquared Dec 29, 2010 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agree with the kimchi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smelling it makes me want to throw up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lefty21 RE: Perilagu Khan May 31, 2010 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mayo, brusells sprouts, turnip greens and anything that even vaguely resembles either

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. woodleyparkhound RE: Perilagu Khan May 31, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cucumbers, rose water, watermelon, camomile tea, cardamom, pancakes/french toast/doughnuts in the morning, barely-cooked green beans

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              anakalia RE: woodleyparkhound May 31, 2010 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other than the fact that I don't eat meat, I think I enjoy eating just about everything (ingredient-wise, that is) other than these few items I see CHs enjoy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Okra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Blue cheeses (i'm trying, but it's taking a looonnngg time)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hate going to "nice" beer places because I have to choose the "beer for people who don't like beer" choice, usually something fruit-flavored. I hate the little smirk I get, which reminds me of the same look given to girl who order a glass of white zin at a wine bar. But I've tried and I just really can't like any beer, at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                grayelf RE: anakalia May 31, 2010 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Even though some people have mentioned alcoholic beverage dislikes, I didn't think to mention beer. I really don't love it either, anakalia. I've even gone to beer tastings at really good brew pubs trying to find a style I'll enjoy but no dice. For me it's partly the carbonation -- which I suppose leads to another thing I don't go for that many CHs would like, and that is carbonated anything (even champagne and especially soft drinks). I just find they make me thirstier :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. amyzan RE: Perilagu Khan May 31, 2010 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ankimo and foie gras make me gag, or supress a gag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't like the smell of tripe and chitlins, to the point I can't bring myself to take a bite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I cannot yet eat tongue, though I'm determined to try one of these days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't care for tempeh unless you slice it thinly and fry the hell out of it, which is funny because I love mushrooms and other foods with similar textures.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't much like oysters and clams, though I suspect I haven't yet had them well prepared. I keep meaning to try whenever I'm on the coasts, and somehow haven't yet. Too many rubbery clams on childhood beach vacations will do that to a person.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, and flavored tea, thank you, no, I'll pass. No Earl Grey, no Christmas tea, no jasmine even. Bleh. If it's camellia sinensis, I'd prefer it without flowers and flavorings. You can flavor herbal tisanes and I'll give them a go, but leave my tea alone, please.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Paulustrious RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 1, 2010 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cinnamon rolls with frosting (should be banned from shopping malls)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Okra (keep trying it though)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sprouts (probably some psychological childhood trauma)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Most wedding cakes (with a thick sludge coating)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not had natto yet, but I'll eat everything else people have mentioned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf RE: Paulustrious Jun 1, 2010 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Forgive me, Paulustrious, but since you say you'll "keep trying" on the okra I thought I'd venture a suggestion: if you have a Japanese resto nearby that does good tempura, ask it they have okra when it is in season. There is one place in Vancouver that does a killer okura tempura... drool. Seems to keep the slime factor at bay so you just taste the lovely "greenness" instead, with a crunchy coating of course. And I always get a side of gyoza dipping sauce to dunk it in :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tripeler RE: grayelf Jun 1, 2010 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Both okra and natto are GREAT ingredients in Tempura. When raw, okra finely sliced pairs very nicely with natto. Okra and natto are two of my favorite foods. Fortunately, they are regularly available where I live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      janetofreno RE: grayelf Jun 1, 2010 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frying helps okra in general. I have had East Indian and southernUS versions that I love. The Gujaratis manage to make it crispy and not slimy by panfrying the heck out of it....love okra that way..and my husband does a great job with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan RE: janetofreno Jun 2, 2010 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Slice okra thinly, fry until very crisp, sprinkle with turmeric, cayenne and just a dusting of garam masala. Some of the best okra you'll pop into your mouf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: janetofreno Jun 2, 2010 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Waaah, I used to love okra done that way at the late lamented Gujrati resto here. I guess it must be something about frying (pan or deep) that helps. I can tell you from horrifying experience that stewing is about the worst thing to do to okra. I had a friend in university who could two kinds of stew: slime and non-slime (he is Palestinian and they were both family recipes). Care to guess what was in the first one and how many times I ate it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Emme RE: Paulustrious Jun 1, 2010 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        more frosting for the rest of us, i say ;) cinnamon rolls are mere vehicles for cream cheese frosting bliss. mmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: Paulustrious Jun 2, 2010 12:18 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey, I like most of the things you mentioned. I like cinnamon, but not too much frost. For example, I think cinnabon can use less frost, but I won't eliminate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Okra. I used to hate okra, that stupid slimy texture, but it grew on me. I especially like fried okra (which is not slimy at all) and I enjoy okra in gumbo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sprouts. Ok, I like it ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wedding cakes. I don't like wedding cake, but I think it is the wedding part.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 2, 2010 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now that we mentioned this. I am thinking about the fried okra coated with cornmeal and fried in bacon fat and serve with bacon bits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Passadumkeg RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 1, 2010 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gourmet, especially Japanese renditions of Spam (Sorry, Sam).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shann RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 1, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Foie gras; any type of organ meat; fancy sweets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              laliz RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 1, 2010 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Miracle Whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pickled beets, I like beets, just not pickled (I don’t like pickled anything) (except pickles, I like pickles)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pork Rinds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fresh water fish (trout, pike, perch, etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black licorice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kidney beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black eyed peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Liver (although I do like chicken livers)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Old Bay Seasoning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smoked meats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smoked poultry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smoked cheeses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smoked nuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smoked fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indian Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Manhattan Clam Chowder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pearl Onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Goat Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Feta Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jalapenos, stuffed poppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Orange/chocolate combination
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Milk (whole or low fat)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ranch Dressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pepperjack Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anything cooked with or containing wine and/or alcohol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Buffalo wings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cajun spiced anything

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: laliz Jun 1, 2010 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My word, it might have been a shorter list to just have what you DO like. Do you get invited to people's homes for dinner very often? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TexSquared RE: c oliver Jun 1, 2010 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He could easily eat at McDonald's, since I didn't see french fries, Big Mac ingredients (beef, lettuce, onion, regular pickles, normal bun), or Coca-Cola listed :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    c oliver RE: TexSquared Jun 1, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What about the "special sauce"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      laliz RE: TexSquared Jun 3, 2010 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      no, I don't care much for McDonald's except for a DIET coke. However, your extreme snarkiness is duly noted. tsk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        reelection RE: laliz Jun 5, 2010 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wonder what kind of reaction exactly you were expecting with an encylopedic list like that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan RE: laliz Jun 1, 2010 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This looks like a comprehensive list of foods you dislike rather than foods you dislike that Chowhounds are likely to love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crowmuncher RE: laliz Jul 24, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Miracle Whip? Ouch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      restless RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 1, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meat. Yes, I'm a vegetarian. But not for the "usual" moral reasons. I don't like meat or fish. Never have. I was the toddler who ate asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and beets but not hot dogs or chicken nuggets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like undercooked or runny eggs. Hard fried, scrambled well, or hard boiled are fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Any kind of vegetable or any vegetarian thing I will eat. I will eat corn, but only cut off the cob. That is the only vegetarian item I am picky about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 1, 2010 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I dislike Chinese Sichuan cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smileelisa RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          organ meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know, picky eater at best

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: Smileelisa Jun 2, 2010 09:29 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. MandalayVA RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Raw mushrooms (love them cooked though)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Olives (olive oil is fine)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are a lot of foods for me that used to be on the "hate" list but got off when I had them prepared decently (asparagus and shrimp for example).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jhopp217 RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I forgot Marzipan & cherries. The first I can't stomach. The second, I just don't get.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. shaogo RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yet another vote for foie gras. It's too much like baby-poop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Go figure I can eat calf's liver or chicken liver all day long...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Barbecue sauce, that sickly-sweet "BBQ" taste that seems to be over-running restaurant menus (particularly the appetizers). I never "got" it. I put olive oil and garlic on most grilled meats... now, dry, smoked "barbecue" is another thing altogether.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not a fan of licorice at all but love anisette in strong coffee. Cannot abide, however, the combination of chocolate and mint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan RE: shaogo Jun 2, 2010 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm no respecter of sweet BBQ sauces either, but not all BBQ sauces are sweet. In Texas the sauces tend to be somewhat on the thin side, quite spicy and occasionally hot. There are also places in the South where thin, vinegary sauces are the rule.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shaogo RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vinegary's okay. It's just that dumb "Kraft" Barbecue Sauce - kinda flavor that I can't abide.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chemicalkinetics RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don't forget the mustard based sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: shaogo Jun 3, 2010 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm actually with you on this one for the most part. I think most restaurants, even BBQ joints have gotten to into that realy sweet, very sticky sauce. I prefer a lighter sauce with some heat to balance the sweet. I am not a big fan of the dripping sauce ribs because of this, I much prefer dry rubbed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan RE: jhopp217 Jun 3, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I prefer my ribs with a dry rub as well, although a quick douse of vinegar mop sauce to finish sure doesn't hurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do like sauce on every other BBQ meat though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: shaogo Jun 3, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I strongly dislike sweet bbq sauces too. Give me my Memphis ribs dry, please. Hot+vinegary/ketchupy, unh unh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. stuck in Hartford County RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 2, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chicken breast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        baked goods (cake, pastries, cookies)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tomato based sauces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tempura battered anything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fancy lettuce salads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oil-n-vinegar dressings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maytag blue cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goat cheeses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mediterranean foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rice (except rice and beans and some risottos)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iced tea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pikawicca RE: stuck in Hartford County Jun 5, 2010 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Mediterranean foods" covers a huge number of foods and cuisines of many countries. You don't like Moroccan? Lebanese? Greek? Spanish? Italian...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Bryan Pepperseed RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sun dried tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cold soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jhopp217 RE: Bryan Pepperseed Jun 3, 2010 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you're bashing gazpacho, there will be repercussions, haha!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bryan Pepperseed RE: jhopp217 Jun 4, 2010 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure I'd use the word bashing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the time of my reply I was thinking of pureed gazpacho, borscht, and vichyssoise - but even then, I was leaning more towards "dislike" than "hate".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, further deliberation on the matter has (along with proving once again that I'm full of contradictions) forced me to clarify:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I still think "soup" should at the very least be warm if not hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That said, pureed gazpacho served in a glass instead of a bowl and properly called something like V-8 would be okay - especially if it had vodka added.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for "chunky" gazpacho, I have no problem with it - as long as it's served with honesty and someone says something along the lines of, "It's our leftover salsa, but we ran out of chips."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now, as to the newly discovered contradiction......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Below the "cold soup" line in my original list, please add ...... "warm salsa"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: Bryan Pepperseed Jun 4, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With all due respect, your two descriptions of Gazpacho (pureed and chunky) lead me to believe you have never had good gazpacho, which is a shame, but understandable, being most restaurant versions are awful. Good gazpacho should not be 100% pureed. I think about 50/50 works. And it should be served ice cold. It's as refreshing, if not more than, watermelon on a hot summers day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bryan Pepperseed RE: jhopp217 Jun 5, 2010 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure you're right about about my never having good gazpacho, and I will make it a point to either find or create a good 50/50 version as soon as the local farmers start selling this years fresh crops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That said, I must admit that for some strange reason this thread got me thinking about tomato aspic and how I'd probably rather have ANY form of gazpacho if given a choice between the two. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grayelf RE: Bryan Pepperseed Jun 5, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL! I forgot about aspic. My mum makes it every year at Christmas, pretty simple with just tomato juice, gelatin, minced onions and into the antique bunny shaped mold (why bunnies? she actually has two of them, in different poses, so not like my mum). Anyway, I've hated it all my life but every year I try a tiny taste to see if things have changed, and damned if I don't like it a wee bit more every year. Not eating a bowlful any time soon though :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isolda RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Right there with you on the Brussels sprouts! I had a neighbor who tried to convince me that it I fried those bitter little balls in bacon grease, then soaked them in vinaigrette, I'd like them. No, thanks, I'd rather just eat the bacon grease and vinaigrette by themselves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chemicalkinetics RE: Isolda Jun 3, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey, I love brussels sprouts and the bitterness does not bother me. However, you can always boil or blanch them before the pan frying. It removes some levels of bitterness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 3, 2010 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eat the B.S.raw right out of the garden. (No BS puns, please)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chemicalkinetics RE: Passadumkeg Jun 3, 2010 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :) Ha ha ha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Isolda RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And here's my list:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              soft scrambled eggs (if they don't bounce, I won't eat 'em)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WHITE CHOCOLATE (can't even put it in my mouth--nasty, nasty, nasty)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              scallops, clams and lobster (all other seafood is great)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chicken (yeah, I'll eat it, but I don't really like it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              blood sausage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              caviar (Beluga, Sevruga--have tried them several times--I give up)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              truffles (taste and smell like a barnyard to me)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All of this would make me a cheap date, except that I love foie gras and order it whenever I see it on the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: Isolda Jun 3, 2010 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's funny, the first thing that dawned on me was scrambled eggs. I have no problem eating them, but honestly don't think I have in over five years. There's something about a yolk I just need when I have eggs. I actually prefer white chiocolate to dark or milk. I'm with you on lobster, but can't live without clams and especially scallops. How can anyone not like chicken? I'm eating chicken francaise right and I'm in heaven. Blood sausage is the best. I kinda see the point on caviar and truffles to be honest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. c oliver RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm really surprised at the number of CHs who have long lists of disliked foods. Not critical of them, but surprised.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TexSquared RE: c oliver Jun 3, 2010 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do believe that what people list here are items they have tried and didn't like (or in my case, something that smelled so off there's no way I could convince myself to eat it). As opposed to, things they saw on Bizarre Foods or No Reservations and decided, no way I could eat that....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, they were CHish in that they did try those items and can file them in their list of personal experiences... just that they weren't good experiences!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: TexSquared Jun 3, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Everything on my list I have tried many, many times. Where is it writ that someone must love everything edible?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No argument from me on that one! The stuff on my list, some I've tried once, some I've given numerous chances, but in the end, just didn't work for me so I'll just give up now and not eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Plenty of other edibles to choose from in the world. Even if your list is ridiculously long like some of the posters here....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c oliver RE: TexSquared Jun 3, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What I mean is not any single item but that there are some who have a lot of items that they "hate/dislike." There are foods that I don't care much for but almost none that I feel that strongly about. And a couple of those are old dislikes that I'm going to try to revisit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Emme RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the lists may seem "long," but of all the foods out there, no one's is *that* long... for me, i've tried most of mine many or at least multiple times and tried to like the majority.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that said, for all these that "most love" that i don't love, there exists a long list of "i love" that others don't, and that i won't understand :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan RE: c oliver Jun 3, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This thread is a confessional. I've performed the service of allowing guilt-stricken CHs to unburden themselves. Send checks to P.O. Box 847, Lubbock, Texas 79418 c/o P. Khan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All those foolish enough to have posted will be excoriated, scourged, shunned and forced to leave the CH community! ;-) Hand in your badge at the door.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you a priest? Can we have a private moment with you and ask for forgiveness? (Maybe then I will donate to your church of Khan)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 3, 2010 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Absolution is automatic if you are sincere in your confession. Monetary indulgences never hurt, however. So give, GIVE, when the pie plate, I mean collection plate comes your way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser RE: c oliver Jun 3, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carpe totum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. buttertart RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 3, 2010 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Liver (except foie gras, fresh sautéed or as mousse/pâté)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tripe (unless in Chinese prep with hot oil)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oxtails (except as soup and the meat extracted from the bones and cleaned up - no thanks glutinous fat and those toenaily things that separate the vertebrae, too much quiddity for me)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Feet avian and mammalian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken thighs (especially cut up as the meat in Chinese dishes)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lima beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canned tuna, all types (canned salmon instead please)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fresh cooked salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cooked cereals (oatmeal cookies yes, cooked oatmeal no, and have a particular horror of cream of wheat)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most smoked things (bacon an exception, and especially cheeses)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Black walnuts

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No Italian tuna packed in olive oil? No lox? More for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: c oliver Jun 3, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I said cooked fresh salmon. Only. Raw, ceviche, tartare, smoked (one of the exceptions to the smoked foods thing), lox, gravlax, I love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah. I was focussing on the smoked not salmon. So less lox for me. Dang.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: c oliver Jun 3, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I imagine there's enough to go around. We're not fishing in the same geographic pond after all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stuck in Hartford County RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do not like cooked salmon. I do not like it baked. I do not like it fried. I do not like it grilled. I do not like it poached. I don not like it here or there. Not in a house...or w/a mouse...or on a train! I do not like it ANYWHERE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I like it raw and smoked and in dips and on bagels. Go figure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: stuck in Hartford County Jun 3, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hurray, a fellow traveller!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: stuck in Hartford County Jun 3, 2010 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My wife and I are polar opposites on that one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love salmon. Any way it's prepared -- raw, broiled, smoked. poached, grilled -- I'll eat it and enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She hates it and won't touch it. She can't even sit at the table with me if I'm having it because the smell makes her sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That polar love/hate of salmon even extends to our cats. 3 of our cats love it and will wolf it down. The picky Siamese... will shake his feet in disgust and storm away if we try to serve it to him. And that includes salmon cat food, not just table scraps from me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        onceadaylily RE: TexSquared Jun 3, 2010 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My SO and cat are the same way (actually, the boyfriend just points out that for the price of the salmon, we could have damn fine steaks instead). When I cook salmon, the cat comes running. She cries and cries until I give her some. She takes one sniff of the offering, and then glares at me, as if betrayed, and goes to sit in the kitchen door, with her back to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes, I just have to take the heat from both of them. A perfectly grilled salmon is lovely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: onceadaylily Jun 3, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            onceadaylily RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed, not lovely if it makes one gag, instead of doing an impatient and joyful dance next to the grill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: onceadaylily Jun 3, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have my friends trained to give me just about any other fish but!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        emmafab RE: stuck in Hartford County Jun 4, 2010 01:37 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emme RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2010 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i don't agree on lima beans, but the rest are reasonable :) i wouldn't think *most* hounds lover feet, tripe, liver, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i soooo want to like salmon, and no matter the prep, i just don't... and it's so good for you, but i am a grown-up and i won't force myself to like or eat things just because they're good for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: Emme Jun 4, 2010 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are some things that seem to be a badge of doctrinaire "Chowishness" and offal seems to be prime among them. A little holier than thou gets into these discussions quite often. (I love sweetbreads, have eaten Chinese intestine preparations with pleasure, and love brains au beurre noir, but some innards seem to me to be better suited to their previous function than to my taste. May be a result of having a liver-loving stuffed heart-boiling mama.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c oliver RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2010 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No to holier than thou. I've been eating more and more offal and other "parts" the last few years. I generally have it the first time in a resto that I know will prepare it well. And tripe? I started eating menudo decades ago so it was a breeze to try other preps. No snobbery at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: c oliver Jun 4, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I did not have you in particular in mind when I wrote that. As we learned in Latin class, suum cuique.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Passadumkeg RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Siempre ubi sub ubi !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: Passadumkeg Jun 4, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or go commando.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am actually in the process of asking "Perilagu Khan " for forgivenss (read above), so I don't think I am holier than you. Well, actually that only proves I don't think I am holier than Perilagu Khan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 4, 2010 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No one is holier than anybody else as far as I'm concerned - love of food is not exactly Eagle Scout badge material - as my mom used to say, "if everybody were the same and liked the same things, it'd be a pretty boring world, wouldn't it?".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chemicalkinetics RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boring maybe, but peaceful :) DIfference creates conflicts. :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Island RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2010 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ewe forgot about feet, head, neck, tongue, gizzards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tuna packed in oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        anything embedded in gelatatinous material.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wouldn't be able to eat insects, covered in chocolate or not. Just the thought of insects, organ meet innards, dog or cat makes my stomach turn!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alanbarnes RE: Island Jun 4, 2010 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let's play with a hypothetical here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          First, let's assume that you ate something that you didn't know what was. Either you failed to ask, or there was a mistake, or somebody just lied to you about what you were eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Second, let's assume that the thing you ate was on the list of things that make your stomach turn. Say, a spread that actually consists mostly of liver. Or insects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Finally, let's assume that you thought the stuff tasted really great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you found out that the good-tasting stuff had an ingredient on your "makes my stomach turn" list, would you eat it again?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thew RE: alanbarnes Jun 5, 2010 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in my wandering years i had a policy of always tasting 1st and asking what it was after for just that reason

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver RE: Island Jun 5, 2010 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you ever had Italian tuna packed olive oil? It made a believer out of me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Island RE: c oliver Jun 5, 2010 11:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes husband loves it and SIL who lives in Italy, packs some of her favorite things for him when she visits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: Island Jun 6, 2010 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can buy it in a regular grocery here in NoCal. Had it for lunch yesterday with capers, red onions, cilantro, a tiny bit of sherry vinegar and additional evoo. I was making mmmm noises for a while there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Peachie RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Chicken Marbella recipe you all rave about. It was awful and a waste of money and time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lawgirl3278 RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            broccoli rabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In my town (Philly), it's practically a crime for an Italian to dislike it. It's just too bitter for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chemicalkinetics RE: lawgirl3278 Jun 4, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              try boiling/blanching it first and then do whatever you need to afterward.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: Chemicalkinetics Jun 4, 2010 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You're right, people that don't like it are usually those who tried it at home and didn't know to boil/blanch first. If you don't it is unbearably bitter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: lawgirl3278 Jun 4, 2010 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh yeah, me too, forgot that one. Also turnips/rutabagas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whosyerkitty RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Olives and people think you're crazy or haven't "really had a good one"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ditto capers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yellow mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  organ meats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gin and scotch. And I've "good ones" of those too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  invinotheresverde RE: lawgirl3278 Jun 8, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Braised rabe is pure crack to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  emmafab RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i hate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just read a great article that validated my distaste for it. says i am bioligically inclined to dislike stuff that tastes like soap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emme RE: emmafab Jun 4, 2010 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    do you dislike ginger too? they're on the same 'soap' palate spectrum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Dansky RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I stomped on too many cicadas as a young boy, and it just grosses me out to look at the stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      amyzan RE: Dansky Jun 4, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm confused. Guacamole reminds you of squashed cicadas because of the color? That's interesting. Did your mom serve some guacamole the same day you stomped on a bunch, or is this an association you made years later? I have a friend who won't eat dates because they remind her of "palmetto bugs" where she grew up in Texas. (We all know that palmetto bugs are really a variety of cockroach, but don't use that word with her or she'll leave the room.) They swarmed screens where a light was left on inside at night, which terrified her, and somehow she associates the two. I don't think they look that much alike...but dates are squishy like insects with their exoskeletons. I suppose avocados are similar, eh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dansky RE: amyzan Jun 5, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep. The similarities in color and texture are remarkable. Throw a few insect legs and/or wings in there, and it would look pretty close.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          amyzan RE: Dansky Jun 6, 2010 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you eat avocados sliced or cubed in dishes like burritos or on sandwiches? Or is just avocado dip?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          occula RE: amyzan Jul 29, 2010 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I find dates offputting for very similar reasons - they just look like a kind of bug I can't stand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Husband, who doesn't like eggplant, often picks one up and uses it in an "Alien (the movie) alien's head" impression, but I never before considered he might not like them because he thinks they look like the alien! That doesn't explain why he still likes kiwis despite the joke he always makes about *them*.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: occula Jul 29, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i TOTALLY agree with you about the dates, and tell your hubby to get a doctor to check that out. ( :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. JenniferRoman RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mayonnaise, mustard, dill, caraway and essentially anything that contains those four ingredients. (pickles, rye bread, tartar sauce... bleh)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i think parsley tastes like dirt. (but i love cilantro. go figure, right?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i try blue cheese every time it's offered to me and i still can't stand it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i also don't care for beer or watermelon and i feel so un-american every time i say it :(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        but they're just not for me

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whosyerkitty RE: JenniferRoman Jun 4, 2010 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WATERMELON. No no no no. So I'm with you on that one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do like beer though. It just doesn't always like ME.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emme RE: JenniferRoman Jun 4, 2010 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            agree with watermelon and beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            someone said i should drink beer to "develop an affinity," but why would i need another vice? i feel the same about coffee. don't like it, don't need to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my ex-stepfather, as well as my current one, and my mother love watermelon. it's flavor, texture, everything. it may be low-calorie, but it's not nutrient-dense, and i'm not missing out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Island RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 4, 2010 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Liver and any organ meats, marrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            duck, goose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            venision and other wild game meats.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            salami and similar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oysters and mussels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sardines, anchovies, salmon, trout, bass, most fresh water fish. smoked fish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cilantro. Soap!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            shots of any alcohol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fried eggs with yolks alone or served on top of something else.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cheesecake, but I love making them!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Like basic cheeses melted in Mexican and Italian dishes, mac n cheese, a little blue and feta in a salad, but can't toterate eating a cube of cheese on it's own or expensive soft or hard cheeses on a cracker, baguette. It's dislike of texture more than taste I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              invinotheresverde RE: Island Jun 8, 2010 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, the joys of a well-made Plymouth martini...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Passadumkeg RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 5, 2010 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Again, although, I hated it my tour in 'Nam it has had the benefit of making me one of the least fussy and most appreciative eaters in the world, just give me quality to celebrate life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Find out what a ham mutha is:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kiss a vet and bring 'em home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carpe diem!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 5, 2010 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And that attitude of yours, IMO, makes you the ultimate Chowhound. Sieze indeed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: c oliver Jun 5, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, your dog looks delicious! Donk kai in Korean.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Jun 5, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You leave my dog alone :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mickie44 RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 5, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love everything...except mangoes. I keep trying them but in spite of everyone's help in picking a good one, they all taste of turpentine. Any advice? Other than stop trying?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, white chocolate too. Instant headache.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paulustrious RE: mickie44 Jun 5, 2010 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like mangos, but I understand what you mean by turpentine. They have a chemical smell that grows the more they ripen. A sort of ester-ketone mix. You may find you are OK with green mangoes in a stir-fry. Then again, why bother finding out. Compared to some other people your list is mercifully small.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Passadumkeg RE: mickie44 Jun 5, 2010 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Funny! We bought some mangoes on Fri. and the women at the cash register asked what they tasted like and I shot back, "Like citrus pine needles." Turpentine is made from pine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OCEllen RE: mickie44 Jun 6, 2010 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If they are well chilled, really cold, the turpentine flavor is lessened.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mickie44 RE: OCEllen Jun 6, 2010 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That might be the secret since I do eat most fruit unrefrigerated. It's good for one more try anyway. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OCEllen RE: mickie44 Jun 6, 2010 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What are called Champagne mangos or Arfalo (sp. may be wrong) tend to have less of the turpentine flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Paulustrious RE: OCEllen Jun 7, 2010 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe Ataulfo. There is also a very expensive short-seasoned mango called Alphonso which comes from India Here in Toronto they an only be found in Indian supermarkets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. hala RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 6, 2010 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I dislike vinegar. It just tasts like rotten fruit to me. I have no problem with its sour taste, in fact i love eating slices of lemon with just a bit of salt on them. I can eat small amounts of cooked vinegar if the taste of the rotten fruit is cooked out. But the dislike for vinegar carries out to some foods like most pickles and olives that are preserved in it. Thankfully, i have recently found a place that sells tons of different olives preserved in brine and in olive oil. mmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catherine C in NYC RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 7, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Goat cheese. I hate it with every fiber of my being. Just the thought makes me shudder. And normally I will eat just about anything--tripe, blood sausage, I'd even try balut. But I can't even force myself to swallow goat cheese. No one who knows me believes how much I hate it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          synergy RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 8, 2010 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foie gras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          organ meat

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vixen216 RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 9, 2010 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rice Pudding, Coconut, Bananas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's a texture thing, I like the flavors off them but....rice puding makes me GAG, coconut feels like TRASH in my mouth and I just do not like to chewing bananas......go figure....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also: Red velvet cake, eggs cooked hard or that have brown on them (they smell), more to come as I think about it......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aynrandgirl RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 10, 2010 11:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              organ meats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              seafood of every kind (except, oddly, tuna sandwiches)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              root vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              brussels sprouts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              super strong cheeses like Stilton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              liquors and mixed drinks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jhopp217 RE: aynrandgirl Jun 29, 2010 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I find it so funny that so many people who don't eat seafood love canned tunafish. I rank it up there with all my friends who hate whole tomatoes but love tomato sauce, ketchup and pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mangiadetroit RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 26, 2010 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cilantro (vile weed!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bleu cheese, stilton, gorgonzola, et all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                liver (or any internal organ)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                milk - to drink

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. mariacarmen RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 27, 2010 12:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Green bell peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Lima beans (except in a Persian dilled rice dish usually served with lamb shanks)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and i LOVE fava beans, tho some say they are the same as lima beans. i don't believe it for a second.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tripeler RE: mariacarmen Jun 27, 2010 01:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I second that. Lima beans and Fava beans are entirely different.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Tripeler Jun 27, 2010 02:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THANK. YOU.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tripeler RE: mariacarmen Jun 27, 2010 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Different as they are, I like them both quite a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In fact, I've never met a bean I didn't like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emme RE: mariacarmen Jun 28, 2010 01:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bell peppers blech. they always repeat on my too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. jax12479 RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 28, 2010 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      everything else pales in comparison to my hatred/revulsion towards mayonnaise, but I'd add:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuna fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dark meat chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Organ meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Raw clams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wasabe paste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      White chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whipped cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boston cream donuts

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jhopp217 RE: jax12479 Jun 29, 2010 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on Tofu (because I don't consider it food), Flan and Licorice. But youu have some of my all-time favorite things on your list. I love mayo, tuna fish, some organ meat is the best...have you ever had beef hearts? Raw Clams - had about 40 this saturday. I don't love chocolate, but like white chocolate, and I love cottage cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. tracylee RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 29, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cooked fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        most veggies (winter squash is fine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        liver (liked it one time when it was very thinly cut and well-seasoned)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        green olives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I've always been picky and joke that I can live on sushi and pepperoni pizza. My ex was always into "complete" meals for dinner and one of our first nights together asked what I'd have for dinner if I was alone: "Pop-tarts and wine".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan RE: tracylee Jun 29, 2010 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chateauneuf de Pop Tart?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tracylee RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 29, 2010 11:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a great vintage to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. sinjawns RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 29, 2010 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i have had a recent conversion to licorice/anise/fennel flavours, which I have DESPISED my entire life but now adore. Go figure. I like that I am getting more flexible on food while getting less flexible in every other way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still have a hate on for cauliflower, a useless and tasteless vegetable (the lobster of the vegetable world?); not a fan of foie gras, and despite repeated attempts can not take a liking to lamb, except when it is bouncing around in a green field...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: sinjawns Dec 19, 2010 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "I still have a hate on for cauliflower, a useless and tasteless vegetable"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i know this post is pretty old, but just in case...have you ever tried super-crispy roasted cauliflower?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pairswellwithwine RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 29, 2010 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any organ meat except for liver in pate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OYSTERS (have tried several times but just can't abide them in any form)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NicoleFriedman RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 29, 2010 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CHEESE! :}

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. iluvcookies RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 29, 2010 10:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MAYO... ugh that is the worst stuff on earth!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                liver/foie gras/offal/organ meats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                anything really spicy like hellfire hot wings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                creamy salad dressings (especially ranch)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                white chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                red velvet cake made with food coloring instead of the "real" way with cocoa powder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And for the record, I have tried all of the above except for offal/organ meats which I just don't have the stomach for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sinjawns RE: iluvcookies Jul 30, 2010 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ditto on the white choc. An abomination.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: iluvcookies Oct 4, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    save for the white chocolate, those are probably some of my favorite foods. excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: linguafood Oct 4, 2010 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ditto to you, lingua food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gaffk RE: iluvcookies Oct 4, 2010 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With you on everything (esp the mayo) except really spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I must say, I really don't get the recent trend of offal as the height of gourmet. I understand in the past, when there was a lot of subsistence farming everything needed to be used. In fact, my uncle who grew up on a farm in Depression-era Missouri said the organ meat was his favorite because that's all the fresh meat they had--after butchering the animal (cow, pig, etc), all the meat was cured for use throughout the year, but the organs were eaten immediately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, that said, I love scrapple?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jennc RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 30, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      raw oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      blue cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      swiss cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. mariacarmen RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 30, 2010 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have i said coffee? i don't even like the SMELL of coffee. i know, i know.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RetiredChef RE: mariacarmen Jul 29, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am with you - it's disgusting stuff and the smell makes me nauseous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hank Hanover RE: Perilagu Khan Jul 31, 2010 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hands down.... Curry and Indian cuisine in general.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just can not get to like that cuisine and I have been served what I was told was pretty decent Indian food. A couple I worked with were Indian and were celebrating so they served us all lunch and they were very proud of the meal they set before us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was pretty bad. It all had this overriding flavor that I assume was the curry spices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, I just don't like it and life is way to short to purposely go about developing a taste for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan RE: Hank Hanover Aug 1, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Indian food seems to be a love-it or hate-it thing. Those of us who love it are generally quite fanatical about the stuff. But I've known perfectly intelligent, normal and reasonably open-minded individuals who won't set foot in an Indian restaurant. And the aversion seems to be the spice combinations because the main ingredients are not particuarly alien to the Western palate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alanbarnes RE: Hank Hanover Aug 1, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Indian cuisine in general" is a whole lot of food to dislike. The subcontinent is a couple of million square miles, and has at least five major cuisines. Each uses spices, but different spices are more prevalent in different places. And there's nothing mysterious about "curry spices" - they're mostly things like cumin, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, etc. that can be found in the typical American cupboard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not to say you should seek it out, but don't assume you'll dislike all Indian food based on the samples you've had. You might find something you really like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan RE: Hank Hanover Aug 1, 2010 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you have any interest whatsoever in learning to appreciate Indian food you might try the various kebabs and tandoori dishes (chicken, fish, etc.). These tend to be very straightforward and are not spiced intensely. Additionally, pakoras and samosas are so harmless and unintimidating that I cannot imagine anybody not liking them reasonably well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hank Hanover RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 1, 2010 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perhaps I will keep trying. Unfortunately, I don't think I care for the spices that seem to be the core of Indian cuisine. I don't like cumin. I don't like turmuric. I have tasted them right out of the spice jar.I like cinnamon but I don't think it has ANY place in rice. I haven't tasted coriander out of the jar yet so I will withhold judgment on that one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perhaps a kebob. I ate a kebob at an Iranian restaurant once. A coworker wanted me to try it. It was good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alanbarnes RE: Hank Hanover Aug 2, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not many people enjoy cumin right out of the spice jar. But according to some of your other posts, you like Mexican food. And cumin is one of the most commonly-used spices in Mexican cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seriously, if you try new things on a food-by-food basis instead of making categorical assumptions about what you don't like, you're more likely to eat well in the long run.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      c oliver RE: alanbarnes Aug 2, 2010 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good point, AB. You hear people say "I don't like sushi." Well, that simply can't be true. And I'm betting the range of sushi dishes is a fraction of Indian cuisines.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        aynrandgirl RE: c oliver Oct 6, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I assume "simply can't be true" is sarcasm. Not only do I not like sushi, I don't like seafood at all, of any species in any cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't generally like Indian food either, probably due to the all too frequent use of cardamom and yogurt in that cuisine's cooking. I've had non-Indian curry dishes that I liked, and the one time I tried vindaloo I like it too, probably because both were spicy hot and I love anything with heat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: aynrandgirl Oct 6, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You may not be aware of the fact that there is, indeed, lots of sushi (which, btw, refers to the RICE part) made without seafood - cukes, carrots, peppers, pumpkin (yuk), avocado....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alanbarnes RE: aynrandgirl Oct 6, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I won't speak to CO's intent when she made her post, but I agree wholeheartedly - and unsarcastically - with her statement. Generally speaking, those who make sweeping statements such as "I don't like Indian food" or "I don't like sushi" do so because they have misperceptions about the food they claim not to like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Using your post as an example, just because you don't care for seafood doesn't mean you can't enjoy sushi. Tamago nigri, inarizushi, and rolls made with umeshiso, kampyo, oshinko, and kappa are just a few of the traditional Japanese sushi preparations that don't have any seafood in them. And if you're willing to break with tradition, most American sushi bars serve all kinds of creative rolls, plenty of which are fish-free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Until you had vindaloo, maybe you'd never tasted an Indian dish you cared for. But that didn't mean that no such dish existed. India is a such a big place with so many people and so many wildly different culinary traditions that I'd be willing to bet every person on earth could find at least some (and more likely a whole lot) of Indian dishes to enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Similarly, unless you can't stand rice, I'd be willing to bet you could find sushi that's to your liking. Whether you want to do so is, of course, up to you. But sweeping generalizations such as "I don't like sushi" generally stem from false assumptions. As such, it's a fair bet that any such statement is incorrect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: alanbarnes Oct 6, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ugh. I have a good friend who doesn't like "Chinese food." Makes me want to slap her over the head. Hard. Repeatedly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But she's happy living on white bread with mayo and hard-boiled eggs, or the occasional scrapple. Waste o' time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc RE: linguafood Nov 2, 2011 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recently my mother said, "I've never had Asian food before! I've only had Chinese food!" After, she said, "I don't like Asian food!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan RE: alanbarnes Oct 6, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the case of Indian food, one or two exceptions doesn't vitiate a rule. If somebody tastes 1,000 Indian dishes and dislikes 998, it's safe to say they don't like Indian food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  limster RE: Perilagu Khan Oct 6, 2010 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If someone tastes 1,000 Indian dishes, it's undersampling. Think of the diversity of the various cuisines, the number of dishes for each, the range of interpretations of given dishes etc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Chowhound Team RE: limster Oct 6, 2010 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Folks, this sub-thread is getting needlessly testy. Please let it go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c oliver RE: Hank Hanover Aug 2, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't bought spices in jars in years and years. They're too expensive - ridiculously so. You're paying for the glass, the lid, the label. Also they're generally old and the flavor isn't nearly as good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hank Hanover RE: Hank Hanover Aug 22, 2010 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your points are all well taken but I don't see any reason to seek the cuisine out. What I have tried was repulsive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Based on my experience so far, I can't imagine a circumstance where I would enter an Indian restaurant. I suppose if a dear friend wanted me to go out to lunch with him and he was really looking forward to Indian cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think I am curious enough about it to make it myself. There are a lot of other dishes and cuisines I am curious about. Perhaps, an opportunity will come up but it is unlikely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: Hank Hanover Aug 22, 2010 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey Hank, I have a similar thing going on with "Indian" food myself. I don't like cumin either, although I adore Mexican food, and haven't found it a problem in that regard. What I have noticed is that the kind of Indian food I don't get on with so well tends to be Punjabi -- it is a combo of the spicing and the fact that I often get an upset stomach after eating it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We had a great Gujerati resto in Vancouver for many years that had wonderful dishes that I would happily devour, no sign of the spicing I dislike or gastrointestinal sequelae. So maybe it would be worth seeking out Indian food from other parts of the subcontinent. Or not :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: Jay F Oct 6, 2010 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            'all Asian food' covers A LOT of ground, i.e. cuisines. Which ones have you tried and disliked?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. tcamp RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 1, 2010 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fascinating thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't hate/dislike many thing but I'm not a fan of most frosting, most bottled salad dressing (esp. creamy ones), anything caramel, and sweet, fruity alcoholic beverages. Not a big fan of poultry feet either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't appreciate crab cakes so I avoid, even though everyone here in the mid-Atlantic region seems to love 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can't think of a cheese, bean, chile-related product, fruit, veggie, or fermented food that I don't like. Menudo, yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan RE: tcamp Aug 1, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back when I ate shellfish, crab cakes were among my favorite dishes, bar none. Those, fried clams, and crab legs were my mainstays.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emme RE: tcamp Aug 1, 2010 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we're cake compatible... i really just like the frosting (not whipped cream, but real frosting), so we can share :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash RE: tcamp Nov 19, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow- you really do have specific likes and dislikes, glad to hear you like menudo, though. I'm a fan myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg RE: tcamp Nov 20, 2010 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Menudo, my Sunday morning breakfast choice; w/ raw onions and lots of fresh lime juice w/ a buttery flour tortilla on the side. Starts the day! We hike every Sunday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Dec 19, 2010 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I SO love menudo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. lisaress RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 22, 2010 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I see I am much delayed in posting...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. anything sweeter than a blueberry with the exception of very moist chocolate cake or brownie - very hard too find to my expectations and since I am a cook, not a baker, I never try to make them myself
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. ice cream - I know that is addressed above, but it seems every restaurant plops ice cream on every dessert - so when everyone else is having dessert, I am having an after-dinner drink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. coffee and anything that tastes like it - I kind of wished I did - coffee drinkers seem to love it so much, but glad I don't have the addiction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. anything sour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. seaweed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. tea that has any fruit flavoring or sweetener of any kind - I like my tea naked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. broccoli - but I love cauliflower and brussel sprouts - I wish someone else in my house did

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love salty, sweet/salty, and sweet/sour - I like when the sweet or sour is off-set by a contrasting flavor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ZenSojourner RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 22, 2010 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any meat that is not cooked all the way through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steak, no matter how it's cooked, except for filet mignon which I don't try to buy out anymore because the cook invariably throws a hissy fit when I order it cooked well done, then burns it on purpose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Omelets. I do not see the attraction at all. I like eggs, but not eggs full of stuff that isn't more eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coffee, like the smell, hate the taste, don't want coffee flavored anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ANd I like my tea nekkid too, except for masala chai - REAL masala chai, not the yuppy Starbuck's idea of masala chai.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan RE: ZenSojourner Aug 23, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I, also, am no respector of omelettes. Frittatas, yes. Omelettes, no.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paulustrious RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 23, 2010 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We must agree to disagree. I live with Italians and believe that frittatistas are failed omeletteurs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emme RE: Paulustrious Aug 23, 2010 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          concur! i hate when i order an omelette, and what arrives is a flat piece of egg with all the fixings mixed in like a pancake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash RE: ZenSojourner Nov 19, 2010 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I see no reason for scrambled eggs. Omelets, whatever filling, yes, scrambled eggs, no. But my guys love them. I remain incredulous. They are handy for picking up a piece of when they aren't looking, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Passadumkeg RE: EWSflash Nov 20, 2010 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Add dice green chile to the scramble.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk RE: Passadumkeg Nov 20, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or green peppers and mushrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mimolette RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 23, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't like fish belly and I absolutely cannot stand mackerel sashimi.... once I smell mackerel sashimi I cannot even eat anything else on that same plate, it literally makes me want to puke immediately. I also hate frosting, that super sweet oilly something is repulsive. And in general mayo is just so so, I don't hate it unless there is too much of it but I certainly don't ever have an urge to apply it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kookiegoddess RE: Perilagu Khan Oct 4, 2010 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          truffles (a little truffle oil I can bear but generally, just not my thing and irritating when it's just flung on any old dish and then made to seem expensive and special)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          omelettes - I hate the way the bottom of the omelette gets all leathery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CHEESE omelettes especially, makes me want to gag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          artichokes. They smell and taste like pee to me (or how I would expect pee to taste). Also they are a total PITA to prepare and I remember working as a commis chef and cutting my finger in exactly the same place each week when I prepped them. Grr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I generally don't like other people cakes. They always taste pretty bad to me. I am always very quick to offer to make desserts! But it's a rare delight when they are good.