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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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    nikkib99 Nov 12, 2012 05:25 PM

    Caramelized onions...ugh!

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    1. re: nikkib99
      gaffk Nov 12, 2012 05:33 PM

      Caramelized onions . . . yum!

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        plasticanimal Nov 12, 2012 06:14 PM

        I've got a huge pot of them on the stove right now!

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          nikkib99 Nov 12, 2012 06:35 PM

          I have this things against cooked onions and caramelized onions are on the toppings platter from hell. Plus, they look like worms.

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            plasticanimal Nov 12, 2012 06:51 PM


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      plasticanimal Oct 31, 2012 06:14 PM

      "Artisan" pizza. Not because of the taste. It's just the opposite of what pizza is to me. And it makes me mad.

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      1. re: plasticanimal
        sandylc Oct 31, 2012 06:24 PM

        Plasticanimal, "artisan" pizza is like all other food - it can be good or bad, precious or real... you get the idea.

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          plasticanimal Oct 31, 2012 11:25 PM

          I put the word in quotes because it's the act of calling it artisan that bugs me. It's assumed that good pizza is handmade with skill.

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            cacruden Oct 31, 2012 11:37 PM

            To be quite honest -- never heard the term until you used it. Always heard it referred to as Italian style pizza. Crust usually very thin, a few ingredients (not a buffet of ingredients).... can finish eating it and not feel stuffed (but still as calorie rich as anything - the pizza in the picture below is likely around 1,400 calories....

            1. re: cacruden
              Perilagu Khan Nov 1, 2012 06:55 AM

              Oh I hear the term "artisan" all the time, and not just applied to pizza. What it is is a trendy shibboleth designed to lure in gullible types who believe things taste better because they're shaped irregularly.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan
                Jay F Nov 1, 2012 07:12 AM

                Domino's is even making "artisan" pizza now. I tried it. A complete joke.

                1. re: Jay F
                  Perilagu Khan Nov 1, 2012 08:35 AM

                  Let me guess--it's also "Tuscan."

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                    Jay F Nov 1, 2012 09:35 AM

                    OMG. It *does* say "Tuscan."


                    It was excrescently bad.

              2. re: cacruden
                lcool Nov 1, 2012 08:57 AM

                Here,the greater DC metro area we have many independent pizza places,good and bad.
                "Artisan" is turning up,over worked damn near everywhere. Perilagu Khan nailed it .Only leaving out,how far can they go with the trendy word and get away with it.

          2. re: plasticanimal
            cacruden Oct 31, 2012 06:32 PM

            I am not sure I know what you mean by artisan pizza. Are you talking about non-American (i.e. Italian/Sicilian style) or pizza with non-standard things on top?

            1. re: plasticanimal
              Chemicalkinetics Oct 31, 2012 06:39 PM

              It depends what you mean by artisan. If we mean individually (artisan) made pizza vs factory processed pizza, then I definitely prefer the idea of artisan pizza here. I also think in this case, artisan is what a pizza is about. If we are talking about high end expensive ingredients (like caviar) pizza vs regular common folk pizza, then I prefer the common ingredients pizza.

              Maybe you can spell out for us what you mean by artisan.

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                cathodetube Oct 31, 2012 11:00 PM

                Pizza made in a wood burning oven? Hand stretched dough? Would be interested to know as well.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                  plasticanimal Oct 31, 2012 11:14 PM

                  I definitely prefer fresh, handmade pizza (I can't actually think of a pizzeria that has factory made pizzas brought in). I'm referring to the term being thrown around by the thirty or so places that opened up in my town in the past year that make pizzas with no crust, no sauce, and no toppings and charge you the price of a steak. They're obsessed with what they call authenticity (they have pamphlets describing the history of the the village that the wood oven was shipped from and the names of the buffalos who provided the cheese) but to me, what in the world is less authentic than tatted-up trust fund hipsters in Toronto trying to replicate the work of a humble Napoli Nona and selling it to rich people?

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                    cacruden Oct 31, 2012 11:30 PM

                    I guess my favourite pizza is a artisan pizza then. Pizza is San Giorgio at Terroni's. Tomato based pizza with spicy calabrese, mushroom and buffalo mozzarella (I think it is buffalo mozzarella). Especially like it with the roasted chilies in oil.

                    Not a big fan of white pizza's though.....

                    1. re: cacruden
                      plasticanimal Oct 31, 2012 11:46 PM

                      To each his own! :^)
                      Danforth Pizza House is my favourite.

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                        cacruden Nov 1, 2012 12:08 AM

                        Yes, I have to admit I will eat frozen pizza (linked) "McCain's Sicilian Pizza" (which I do like) before I will order pizza from chains like 241, Pizza Pizza, etc.

                        I cannot find it here :p, but then my favourite food is Thai food so I don't really miss it that much.... and if I did have a craving -- there is an Italian style pizza place that is actually quite good a 5 minute walk from here.

                        I have found myself having a craving for Chicago Style pizza (I lived in Chicago for a year and it was ordered during meetings) -- but I don't see it anywhere but Chicago now-a-days....

                    2. re: plasticanimal
                      cacruden Oct 31, 2012 11:33 PM

                      Actually, it was funny -- I brought my nephew to the Terroni's in Toronto and he ordered the sausage pizza (forget the name). He was eating it and he said it tasted exactly like the pizza that he ate about an hour outside of Rome -- where he went to school. Service can sometimes be iffy, but the pizza... I love.

                      Now about 24 hour flight time from that pizza place :o (Italy closer).

                      1. re: plasticanimal
                        Perilagu Khan Nov 1, 2012 06:57 AM

                        Heh heh. Preach it, my man. (Or woman.)

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                    lcool Oct 31, 2012 03:47 PM

                    white chocolate,coconut,ketchup,most chocolate cakes-too much flour,nearly all cooked fish-I prefer raw,nearly raw,cured,smoked or pickled fish,peanuts and peanut butter

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                      vjb Oct 30, 2012 08:52 PM

                      The 'yuck' list:
                      Weird, unpleasant, non-food-like flavours: lychees, mangos, coriander leaves
                      Bitter-tasting: rapini, olives, coffee (love the smell of coffee, can't stomach it)
                      Odours & flavours reminiscent of regurgitated stomach contents: marzipan & almond extract -- they're the same taste/smell to me, emmental/swiss cheese, gruyere
                      But I looooooove chaumes, and it never smells nasty to me. Go figure!

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                      1. re: vjb
                        cacruden Oct 30, 2012 10:11 PM

                        Ah you hit me where it hurts :o

                        mangos: One of my snacks of choice.... green mango slices with a sugar/chili dip. Or green mango salad, or one of the only deserts I tend to order.... mango with sticky rice....

                        coriander leaves (and roots I suspect): Almost half my Thai recipes use either leaves or roots of the coriander plant (54 + 49 out of 160+ recipes).

                        lychees - always a good snack......

                        Although I don't "eat" olives -- I do like them on my sicilian style pizza and in chicken catatorie...

                        Coffee? Do you drink coke (American option) in the morning?

                        MMMM, to me it sounds like you grew up in Scarberia (just a local's joke) :o

                        1. re: cacruden
                          vjb Oct 31, 2012 08:18 PM

                          Daaaahhhhhling, I drink tea in the morning! And the afternoon. And often the evening. And none of that insipid Ceylon bilgewater, either! A luscious, malty Assam is best. Coffee.... feh!

                          See response to RetiredChef re mango and sticky rice ;-)

                        2. re: vjb
                          RetiredChef Oct 31, 2012 10:39 AM

                          Your list makes me scratch my head because some of your yucks are my ultimate yucks (olives, coffee) and regular yucks (marzipan & almond extract) are on my list but some of my all-time favorite foods you also have mentioned. Mango’s - fruit of the Gods. Coriander leaves - absolutely necessary in many of my dishes, very close 2nd to basil as my most used and loved herb. Swiss cheese, the best, and gruyere is the god of cheeses.

                          Funny how we are the same yet so different.


                          1. re: RetiredChef
                            vjb Oct 31, 2012 08:14 PM

                            I found this topic, and posted my list, because I was curious to find out whether there are correlations in other people's dislikes. Do mangos and coriander leaves appear on the same 'yum' or 'yuck' lists, I wondered. Does a dislike of marzipan correlate at all with a dislike of cilantro? If someone dislikes some bitter things, do they dislike all bitter things? It's certainly not a scientific approach or result, I know. But I have simply been wondering!

                            By the way, I'll eat a few slices of those yellowy-orange-coloured mangos as long as they're sitting in a big bowl of sweet, Thai sticky rice pudding (and lots of coconut milk!). Otherwise, forget it! And I'll eat semi-sweet chocolate, and even straight cocoa nibs, if they're combined with raspberries or raspberry spread (the way-more-fruit-than-sugar kind).
                            A fabulous feta is a deity among cheeses. And Iranian feta? My-o-my-o-my-o-my-o-my-o-my!

                            1. re: vjb
                              cathodetube Oct 31, 2012 10:58 PM

                              Some mangoes are a lot better than others. Have you tried Alphonse mangoes?

                              1. re: cathodetube
                                vjb Nov 1, 2012 05:55 AM

                                I've never noticed if the mangos in the supermarkets/fruit markets have, er, proper names. A country of origin, sometimes. But I'm in lowly Scarborough, the eastern suburb of lowly Toronto, in lowly Canada. And Monsieur Alphonse may not yet send his mangos my way. ..... Or do I need to look only in Middle Eastern grocery stores or Chinese grocery stores?

                                1. re: vjb
                                  CanadaGirl Nov 1, 2012 04:37 PM

                                  I'm in Halifax and have no problem finding Alphonso mangoes. Heck, even Costco usually has them. I can often find them at Superstore, which is owned by Loblaws. These mangoes are smaller, yellower, and way yummier.

                              2. re: vjb
                                jw615 Nov 1, 2012 05:13 PM

                                I don't know about anyone else, but I love cilantro, while I can't do mango at all. For some reason, all the mangoes that I have ever tried taste like pine needles to me. And I am not a fan of pine needles, either.

                                1. re: jw615
                                  tracylee Nov 1, 2012 08:18 PM

                                  That's a good description. The mangoes I had in Ecuador had that taste. Someone once described it as turpentine. People gave them to me all the time - my parrot loved them though!

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                                    cacruden Nov 1, 2012 08:20 PM

                                    Funny, they don't taste that way to me.... but they are usually fresh (i.e. within days).

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                                      tracylee Nov 1, 2012 08:38 PM

                                      Oh, these were right off the tree, but very ripe.

                          2. jw615 Oct 26, 2012 12:56 AM

                            Carrots (though I force myself to eat them sometimes to set a good example for my stepdaughter)
                            Most chocolate - though I can take it in small quantities, like a peanut butter cup
                            French fries

                            Perhaps most shockingly, at least to the people around me - Bacon. I can't even stand the smell of bacon cooking. More effective than ipecac.

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                            1. re: jw615
                              cacruden Oct 30, 2012 10:13 PM

                              I remember taking a cooking course 5+ years ago (Thai cooking) and they gave me a small carrot to use in a stir fry and then they came back and asked where it went..... I told them I ate it, they then were going to give me another one..... and I told them I would eat that one too.... I like raw carrots as a stack but never cooked (even if in a stir-fry) :o

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                              sandylc Oct 1, 2012 02:58 PM

                              My mother is constantly saying she doesn't like things. Upon further conversation, I sometimes discover that she has never tried the food in question.

                              I wonder if anyone here falls into that category? I do admit that there are a few foods that I would rather not try, but wow, my mom hasn't tried an awfully lot of the things that she "doesn't like" - !

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                              1. re: sandylc
                                cacruden Oct 2, 2012 12:57 AM

                                And sometimes it ends up just being the way something was prepared. I remember not liking eggplant at all, but then I was introduced to eggplant that I actually liked eating -- turned out that I just did not like soggy eggplant :o I also found I quite like thai eggplants (small bulb sized and green in color) the most of all the eggplants. It is good I like the thai eggplant since I like my thai curries as well and the cooking teacher told me that the eggplants were essential for curry since it balances (good for) the high cholesterol that is part of coconut milk/cream :o

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                                  ErnieD Oct 2, 2012 12:16 PM

                                  Eggplant is one of the few foods I just don't like (not yucking your yum, there's nothing inherently bad about it I'm sure, but I don't care for it). For some reason, eggplant evangelists are awfully aggressive. Any time I say I don't like it, which is fairly rare because I don't walk around announcing it, people fall all over themselves to convince me that I just haven't tried THEIR eggplant whatever. Which, maybe not, but I've tried any number of things and I don't like it. I always want to ask if they have anything they don't like, because I really think most people do and I don't know why it is so distressing. My dislikes are basically eggplant, canned water chestnuts, and head cheese. I'm not that picky so I'm not sure why these are unacceptable to some people.

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                                    foiegras Oct 9, 2012 02:56 PM

                                    Thank you ... I couldn't figure out what the heck that was in my Thai food! Striped, right?

                                    1. re: foiegras
                                      cacruden Oct 9, 2012 11:19 PM

                                      Sort of. Picture of thai eggplant before cooking. If it is old, then the seeds a black which means very poor quality. (photo broken so will try again)

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                                        cacruden Oct 9, 2012 11:27 PM

                                        thai eggplant

                                  2. re: sandylc
                                    Emme Oct 2, 2012 11:28 AM

                                    mine's the same bloody way! won't try a new thing unless i practically trick her into it! ...and then when she discovers she likes something, she always tries to resist saying, "um, it's okay." then later goes on about it. so frustrating!

                                    1. re: Emme
                                      sandylc Oct 2, 2012 12:24 PM

                                      I feel your pain!!! Will we be that way in another couple of decades?

                                  3. jo_jo_ba Sep 30, 2012 06:19 PM

                                    Cilantro, capers, avocado, olives, coconut, bacon on EVERYTHING, collards, porcini mushrooms, water chestnuts, nutritional yeast

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                                      sal_acid Aug 3, 2012 04:42 PM

                                      Hummus , guac, tahini, gyro meat,

                                      1. GraceW Aug 3, 2012 04:02 PM

                                        Almond milk (a new one for me... besides everything else I listed earlier)

                                        1. ocshooter Jul 30, 2012 01:52 PM


                                          1. RetiredChef Jul 29, 2012 12:39 PM

                                            #1 Coffee (They smell makes me nausea and the taste makes me gag)
                                            #2 Olives (They all taste like nasty dirt)
                                            #3 Brussel Sprouts (Belch)
                                            #4 Sauerkraut - seriously folks this is just yucky.
                                            #5 Pickles are pretty nasty but I can handle a little bit mixed in with other stuff.

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                                              ctfoodguy Jul 29, 2012 08:16 AM

                                              Ice cream wasabi & cucumbers. Hate 'em

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                                              1. re: ctfoodguy
                                                RetiredChef Jul 29, 2012 12:41 PM

                                                LOL - I had Wasabi Ice Cream for dessert last night and just ate a large cucumber salad for lunch 30 minutes ago.

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                                                TerryG Jul 28, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                innards of all types
                                                goat cheese (It's in virtually every interesting dish these days so I've really tried0
                                                blue cheese and esp. blue cheese dressing
                                                cantaloupe (love all other melons)
                                                bananas passed the green stage
                                                all tea and tea flavored stuff (pet peeve: most fruit sodas these days are ruined by adding tea)
                                                all coffee and coffee flavored stuff including tiramisu
                                                squid and octopus
                                                caraway seeds
                                                icing on anything -- especially cinnamon buns (I'm in the South and everything here is loaded with sugar)
                                                too sweet desserts
                                                yams with sweet stuff on top
                                                sugary cereals
                                                too much salt on stuff
                                                greens (of the turnip, mustard, and collards variety)
                                                pizza - yes, I'm a terrible person. I'll eat the vegie kind, but really would prefer almost anything else
                                                cottage cheese
                                                avocado -- although I like guacamole
                                                soft boiled eggs
                                                french fries unless they are thin and very, very crispy
                                                pork belly
                                                dark meat chicken
                                                melted cheese on top of a dish or sandwich -- don't mind the taste but seems like wasted calories that overwhelm the flavor of the main event so no cheeseburgers for me
                                                licorice and anise flavor
                                                root beer
                                                cream soda
                                                beer and ale
                                                scotch and bourbon

                                                hmmm. a much longer list than I would have thought

                                                But also there are some things I've learned to like like olives and lobster

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                                                1. re: TerryG
                                                  Dax Oct 1, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                  I don't mean to come off as patronizing, but this list makes me sad for you. Although I agree on cottage cheese and licorice. I don't hate either but they're not worth the calories to me.

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                                                    TerryG Oct 9, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                    Interesting. But I think there is a world of wonderful food to savor not on this list. Almost all vegies, fruits, dairy, condiments, and most meats. fish, and liquors. It's vegans I feel sorry for. Actually my family thinks I am an adventurous eater. You wouldn't believe the narrow palates of most of my relatives. Hard to share a meal with them. That makes me sad. And I will eat/drink much of the stuff on the list -- just don't enjoy it much.

                                                    1. re: TerryG
                                                      Dax Oct 9, 2012 01:07 PM

                                                      I did not mean to suggest you are not adventurous, at least you have tried those things to know you do not like them. I love most of them and tolerate some of those items.

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                                                  dsackton Jul 27, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                  I am a vegetarian because I don't like meat. In addition to not eating fish, I don't like other things from the ocean (seaweed).
                                                  Otherwise: mushrooms (a texture issue mostly, if completely puréed into soup or something, they are okay), tomatoes (tomato sauce is fine), and olives (love olive oil though).
                                                  Bananas, concord grapes, cooked cherries (I don't adore them raw, but can eat them)

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                                                    Sparklebright Jul 19, 2012 07:13 PM

                                                    Top of my list; GARLIC!!!
                                                    And it seems that everybody else has to put it in everything savory!
                                                    My husband teases me about being a vampire!

                                                    The rest of my dislikes have already been presented here.
                                                    Olives, olive oil
                                                    Shellfish except crab and imitation crab.
                                                    Stinky cheeses

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                                                    1. re: Sparklebright
                                                      staughton Jul 19, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                      I'm like your Jack Sprat because I love everything you hate! But, as much as I like garlic, I have to concede your point that far too many people dump it into ANYTHING that is not dessert. In the past 30 years, it has really made its way into everything, from Alfredo sauce to chain pizza crusts to diner food such as home fries--and even in granulated form on some fast food french fries. I'm lucky I don't really like most of those things, but enough already!

                                                    2. JerryMe Jul 17, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                      Bummer on the pineapple, cuz' fresh pineapple is DIVINE!

                                                      I can barely tolerate onions and sometimes (most times garlic). Oh! Blue cheese (or what ever cheese is spelled like that including feta) is just too, too much for me.

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                                                        SparklingSugar Jul 16, 2012 11:20 PM

                                                        - Cilantro
                                                        - RAW sushi
                                                        - Anchovies
                                                        - White and red onions (yellow are okay, but never raw)
                                                        - Mushrooms that aren't piping hot and heavily seasoned/coated with sauce or butter or EVOO
                                                        - Sweet breads
                                                        - Relish
                                                        - Pickles
                                                        - Black coffee

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                                                        1. re: SparklingSugar
                                                          Hank Hanover Jul 17, 2012 07:43 PM

                                                          Yeah... I'm not much for blue cheese or cilantro. I do have to admit that quacamole is just not the same without a little cilantro.

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                                                          calmossimo Jul 16, 2012 10:27 PM

                                                          fish -- almost all types and preparations (i will eat canned tuna/sardines, salmon sashimi, shellfish, and a fish taco about once per year)
                                                          cheesecake -- i don't hate it, but i really don't care for it and would not order it/make it for myself
                                                          blue cheese
                                                          fresh tomatoes
                                                          scrambled eggs, and sometimes eggs any way make me want to vomit, but other times i crave them... it's weird
                                                          bell peppers -- i recently tried those baby sweet peppers and they were decent when dipped in ranch dressing
                                                          avocado, not even as guacamole, not even in a choco-avocado shake, not even with lime and hot sauce, not even with milk and sugar -- i'm working on this -- i think this is the one that appalls people the most, for some reason

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                                                          1. re: calmossimo
                                                            Emme Jul 17, 2012 09:14 PM

                                                            i totally get the avocado thing...
                                                            "i don't like guacamole. or avocados."
                                                            "oh but you haven't *my* guacamole!"
                                                            "is it made from avocado?"
                                                            "of course!"
                                                            "...then i won't like it."

                                                            i'm with you on lemongrass (tastes soapy to me), bell peppers, salmon, blue cheese, liver (ayayay), beer, and papaya. i wouldn't say "most hounds probably love" liver though.

                                                            1. re: Emme
                                                              Perilagu Khan Jul 18, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                              A little lemongrass goes a long way. Much like cilantro in that regard.

                                                              1. re: Emme
                                                                CanadaGirl Jul 19, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                Oddly enough, my BIL loves guacamole, but can't stand avocado. Yes, he realizes they're the same (basically). It does give us all something to mock though :)

                                                                1. re: CanadaGirl
                                                                  Emme Jul 19, 2012 08:37 PM

                                                                  that's interesting, as i think they taste one and the same...
                                                                  similar contradiction for those who don't like tomatoes but like ketchup... however, in that circumstance, i'd say the latter doesn't really taste like the former.

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                                                              staughton Jul 9, 2012 07:41 PM

                                                              I love all those things you listed! hahaha. With me, it's not so much a "what" but "how". My pet peeve in the foodie/hound world today is that holier-than-thou junk food churned out in snooty little upscale, low-profile restaurants run by hip, expensive cooking school graduates who all seem to hail from America's 20 wealthiest suburbs. Oh, you know what I'm talking about: the "4-cheese, 'house-made' mac&cheese" that is a complete waste of the likes of Stilton and Morbier and Emmenthaler,etc. and combines them in some ramekin for $13.00 as a side-dish. The homemade potato chips, the local & organic catsup, the Paris-interned pastry chef's housemade Snickers bar, etc., etc., etc. I'm soooooooo over it. If you want junk food, just go eat the real thing.

                                                              While I love asparagus, I really can't stand them grilled. All that's left after they've been on the grill is the charred soot from the grill and the smell that I most associate with going to the bathroom not long after I've eaten asparagus.... Their green freshness is obliterated.

                                                              And chocolate is TERRIBLE with fruit, I don't care what anyone says. The chocolate makes the fruit taste sour and watery and the fruit makes the chocolate taste chalky. Silly combination invented by some hotel maitre d' or concierge, I have no doubt.

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                                                              1. re: staughton
                                                                Perilagu Khan Jul 10, 2012 10:04 AM

                                                                I agree wholeheartedly with your first paragraph. Foodie culture in the US has gotten so prissy, precious, pretentious and preachy that it makes me...well...lose my appetite.

                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan
                                                                  cacruden Oct 30, 2012 10:22 PM

                                                                  I have seen that but then I also realize that not all those that say they are foodies are actually foodies but food snobs. A foodie loves food, wants to learn more about it... will try almost anything once (hiso right to street food; or "regular folks" food.

                                                                  Then there are food snobs which are driven by their insecurities to put some people/food down because that is the only way they can figure out how to make themselves feel above others.

                                                                  There is really nothing much in common between the two groups.

                                                                  There is a difference between not liking something and putting down others that have different tastes.

                                                                  1. re: cacruden
                                                                    EWSflash Oct 31, 2012 08:47 PM

                                                                    I think you nailed it, cacruden.

                                                                2. re: staughton
                                                                  TexSquared Jul 12, 2012 08:38 AM

                                                                  Best CH post I've seen in awhile. Agree with EVERYTHING you said.

                                                                  I'm not sold on this "upscale diner" craze. Junk food and "DDD" type food are meant to be cheap and fun. I think it started when celebrity chefs started making $100+ hamburgers with Kobe beef... now everybody is doing it.

                                                                  1. re: TexSquared
                                                                    staughton Jul 12, 2012 09:29 AM

                                                                    Yes, I do believe the celeb variety of chefs who lack true innovation or inspiration are to blame for a lot of this nonsense. I don't like when these types of chefs Euro-fy other ethnic foods, either. I don't need my spring rolls sauteed in Plugra butter and already cut-up (fork-ready) and then arfully drizzled with what should be the dipping sauce. And Korean food (among other ethnic foods) is meant to be served in big communal portions--not on stingy, waspy individual plates that won't be shared.

                                                                    1. re: staughton
                                                                      TexSquared Jul 12, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                      Preaching to the choir with me, buddy...

                                                                      I'm a big fan of "traditionalism " and "authenticity", which means I abhor "fusion". When I walk into a Japanese restaurant I do not want to be served all those Monster Truck Rolls from Hell, just like you don't want Euro-style spring rolls.

                                                                      Maybe that's the thing with those snooty diner food variants. Japanese food is about the highest quality ingredients and allowing them to shine, and that's part of what makes it special. But that mantra just doesn't translate well to junk food, fast food, street food, diner food, food trucks (another craze I'm not sold on either).... those are all about getting cheap ingredients to taste great in combination. It is a waste to use top ingredients to make such dishes.

                                                                      A Big Mac clone made from Kobe beef patties and certified-organic 100-mile special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and sesame seed bun won't taste significantly different from the genuine article made from cheap ingredients picked up at the drive-thru. So what's the point doing it? Other than giving a talentless chef an excuse to charge $50 for it :-)

                                                                      1. re: TexSquared
                                                                        staughton Jul 12, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                        LOL. Ugh! I forgot about those monster sushi rolls. That is EXACTLY the sort of thing I'm talking about, but at the other end of the spectrum. Macho, kitchen-sink, "dare you to eat it all" rolls of sushi COMPLETELY miss the point of Japanese food. Good one.

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                                                                  discombobulated May 22, 2012 11:23 PM

                                                                  Mushrooms. I kind of like the taste but I can't with the texture.

                                                                  Most cheeses, when eaten alone. I will devour the hell out of hard, sharp Italian cheeses, and I'll eat almost any cheese if it's melted. But the texture of, say, cheddar makes me gag, and many many many cheeses have a texture like that. I also don't like the taste of brie or any blue cheese. I'm trying to get better! I really am!

                                                                  Do Chowhounds like tofu? If so, this goes on the list. My family loves it and I can't eat their food because I can't fucking stand the stuff. The taste is mediocre and the texture makes me gag. (I did have a delicious pesto/silken tofu spread a few weeks ago, which had neither tofu's taste nor its texture, so it was okay.)

                                                                  Haven't had many organ meats. I'm a bit wary of trying them.

                                                                  Smoked salmon. Actually, most smoked things that aren't bacon.

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                                                                  1. re: discombobulated
                                                                    Hank Hanover May 22, 2012 11:52 PM

                                                                    I tried some tofu once when I went out for lunch with a vegetarian. This was a spicy chinese dish and it needed to be. The tofu didn't seem to taste like much of anything except the sauce. In fact, I had to check with my tongue to make sure the tofu had gotten into my mouth. I mean this stuff had a very light texture. I have to assume tofu is eaten for the protein and it is typically heavily spiced so you can, at least, taste something.
                                                                    I understand that there are two different textures of Tofu .. a very light version and a heavier version.

                                                                    1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                      discombobulated May 23, 2012 12:10 AM

                                                                      Maybe you had silken tofu? That's the lighter stuff. I find firm tofu revolting, but silken tofu I can stand in some contexts. I agree that neither one is very flavorful. I think silken tofu might be a little hard to work with because it falls apart so easily, but I could be wrong -- I've never tried it.

                                                                      If I were vegetarian and needed protein, I'd eat beans every day for decades rather than touch firm tofu -- I really hate it.

                                                                    2. re: discombobulated
                                                                      EWSflash Jun 30, 2012 04:55 PM

                                                                      I really like tofu, and I'm not vegetarian, either- I just love the taste and texture

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                                                                        SparklingSugar Jul 16, 2012 11:22 PM

                                                                        I easily could have written this post. Let's be friends! :D

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                                                                        HouseSparrow May 18, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                        Straight honey. Unless it's hidden, used as a sweetener in recipes, even just the smell makes me recoil in disgust.

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                                                                        1. re: HouseSparrow
                                                                          Emme May 18, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                                          i don't like honey straight at all at all, nor do i like "honey flavored" X. hidden away in something more complex, it's fine.

                                                                          years and years ago, i thought i'd try the honey and peanut butter combo so many love. i spread some PB on some bread (oh those were the days) and drizzled on some honey. i took a bite and spit it out. i looked at whomever i was with and said, "ugh, it tastes just like honey." the eyes rolled. i'll stick with a much better, IMO, combo -- peanut butter and brown sugar.

                                                                          1. re: Emme
                                                                            Hank Hanover May 22, 2012 11:46 PM

                                                                            My wife loves peanut butter and light Karo syrup

                                                                        2. biondanonima May 13, 2012 01:18 PM

                                                                          Most of my major dislikes (ketchup, beets, cooked carrots, broccoli rabe, lima beans) are pretty common and have already been mentioned, but here are a few that no one has yet mentioned:

                                                                          Breakfast cereal (Yes, I know it is a broad category. Yes, I hate them all. Even as a baby, my mother swears she could not get a single spoonful of cereal past my lips. However, I will eat Chex Mix. I think the butter and salt disguise the cereal taste.)
                                                                          Any sort of cola-flavored beverage (Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper - if it even resembles cola, it's out)
                                                                          IPA (I like other beers well enough, but IPA tastes like vomit/bile to me)

                                                                          Hopefully the fact that I happily eat foie gras, sweetbreads and stinky cheese will keep me from getting my Chowhound card revoked!

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                                                                          1. re: biondanonima
                                                                            bonefreakchef May 14, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                            +1 on breakfast cereal. I can't stand almost any of it. Probably a result of eating it every single day as a kid.

                                                                            Other items:
                                                                            -ketchup (I won't scrape it off a burger, but don't you dare put it on fries we're splitting)
                                                                            -turkey (awful, boring buzzard that's a pain to cook. Only redeeming feature is the gravy)
                                                                            -pumpkin/squash of all kinds
                                                                            -maple syrup (I may have my Canadian citizenship revoked for admitting that)
                                                                            -sea urchin
                                                                            -octopus (I keep trying, but I can't make myself like it)

                                                                            1. re: bonefreakchef
                                                                              cacruden May 14, 2012 11:04 AM

                                                                              Turkeys are great for making stuffing! The rest might be boring but I have made some wonderful stuffing in turkeys.

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                                                                                EWSflash Jun 30, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                                                Oh man- I LOVE turkey!

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                                                                            cacruden Apr 7, 2012 05:40 AM

                                                                            I am not fussy and have a relatively short list:

                                                                            mashed or baked or boiled potatoes (french fries with salt and vinegar I will happily eat).
                                                                            beef liver
                                                                            blue cheese

                                                                            That is basically all I can really think of that I go YUKKKKK!

                                                                            On a different note, I will eat and have eaten recently:
                                                                            - crickets or grasshoppers (thai snack).
                                                                            - duck tongue or beak (tongue with serving attachment :p)
                                                                            - ox tongue
                                                                            - most offal meats
                                                                            - love deep fried shrimp heads

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                                                                              foiegras Apr 6, 2012 07:53 PM

                                                                              Interesting list. I absolutely love whole tomatoes (well, I cut them at least in half ;), but I too dislike tofu, miso, hummus, and brie. Are you a supertaster?

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                                                                                pepperjam Apr 7, 2012 02:56 AM

                                                                                Organ meat
                                                                                Squid ink - but I like Squid
                                                                                Pork belly - too fatty for me to digest
                                                                                Gingerbread/Ginger Snaps

                                                                                1. re: pepperjam
                                                                                  cookmyassoff Apr 7, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                                  ya pork belly is pretty dang fatty....its basically bacon steak! (which is why i love it but dont have it often)

                                                                                2. re: foiegras
                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Apr 7, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                                                  I'm no supertaster. Pretty damned finicky compared to most of this lot.

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                                                                                    foiegras May 14, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                                    I ask because I am ;) It's a technical term ... basically supertasters have abundant tastebuds. So a supertaster child is very sensitive. I could never understand how other people could stand to drink grapefruit juice (the kind you'd get in little cans when I was a child) ...

                                                                                    I think I forgot to mention beer. I don't like beer of any kind. Even the fruity Belgian stuff is still beer--no tank you.

                                                                                    1. re: foiegras
                                                                                      Perilagu Khan May 14, 2012 07:40 PM

                                                                                      Well, live and learn. I rather doubt I have superabundant buds. If I did, some of the foods I eat would positively blow my cranium through the ceiling.

                                                                                3. GraceW Apr 6, 2012 02:47 PM

                                                                                  The smell of curry makes me feel like I am going to vomit. I am sorry, I have nothing against it; my body just feels very ill when I smell it.

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                                                                                  1. re: GraceW
                                                                                    cookmyassoff Apr 6, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                    thai curry or indian type curry? they are quite different.

                                                                                    1. re: GraceW
                                                                                      cookmyassoff Apr 6, 2012 03:21 PM

                                                                                      curry one of my favorites! wow...

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                                                                                        GraceW Apr 7, 2012 06:11 AM

                                                                                        I think it's the smell of anything with curry powder.

                                                                                        1. re: GraceW
                                                                                          cookmyassoff Apr 7, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                                                          gotcha. so since curry powder is actually a combination of different spices, there must be something about that combo that just doesnt work for u. the reason i asked about thai vs. indian is usually indian curries are made with curry powder, while thai curries use curry paste, which is red chiles, shrimp paste, lemongrass, garlic and some other jazz. and then there are caribbean-style curries....fugetaboutit!

                                                                                          1. re: cookmyassoff
                                                                                            cacruden Apr 7, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                                                            There are sooo many different curries - generalizing just gets you into trouble. There is curry powder which is a blend of spices (as stated) - usually yellow curry powder, then there are pastes (Thai and some regions of India), an instant curry mix which makes up Japanese curries. I know that most Thai's cannot eat Indian food (generally speaking) because of the strong smell (Thai people have the most acute sense of smell).

                                                                                            Hope your aversion is not all curries - I actually find them very comforting (especially Thai curries).

                                                                                    2. cookmyassoff Apr 6, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                      oh, i forgot durian....i love fruit and i love strong cheese but i dont like fruit that tastes like strong cheese....that just creeps me the hell out!

                                                                                      1. cookmyassoff Apr 6, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                                                        im one of those people who will eat most things.....u put it on a plate and i will pretty much give it a shot. but heres my list:

                                                                                        over ripe bananas....i like em pretty green
                                                                                        canned/pickled beets, although i like them fresh, steamed, etc
                                                                                        rum. blech
                                                                                        not real huge into the organ meats but i love tongue, foie gras and fried chicken liver
                                                                                        not a huge fan of pomegranate...its just sorta bitter

                                                                                        but heres the one that usually gets people:
                                                                                        dill pickles.

                                                                                        do NOT let that horrid thing touch my burger. and its weird cuz i like other pickled things like those purple pickle things that are in middle eastern food, sauerkraut, pepproncini....and i like sweet pickles in tuna salad. but dill pickles can get lost.... its funny, the original poster's list? thats like half my diet...

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                                                                                          StringerBell Mar 22, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                                          There isn't much I don't like, and I have no food allergies that I know of. I don't really care for shrimp but I'll eat them. The texture grosses me out a little, but if they're cooked really well they're ok. Mostly though I just don't like highly processed grains and really sweet food. I don't like any type of dessert at all, ice cream included. Eating ice cream, pie, cake, etc. to me is like eating a stick of butter, just glutenous and nasty. I don't like juice, too syrupy and sweet. I hate highly processed or sugary breakfast foods (waffles, pancakes, pastries, donuts). I don't like pasta very much but I eat occasionally.

                                                                                          When it comes to normal ingredients fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, meats, nuts, grains, cheeses, etc. there is hardly anything I don't like. The only fruit or vegetable I've had that I don't like is nanches. These were in a jar, so maybe fresh nanches are better, but these tasted like rotting carcass. I can't think of any herb or spice I don't like. I hate tobasco sauce, too sour and harsh, it gives me bitter beer face. I'm not sure I like organ meats but I've never really eaten them so I can't say for sure.

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                                                                                            stloochew Mar 20, 2012 06:18 PM

                                                                                            Goat cheese . . . which makes it very difficult to order salad in an upscale restaurant. C'mon, chefs, quit being so tribal and expand your cheese repertoire!

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                                                                                              Perilagu Khan Mar 21, 2012 07:13 AM

                                                                                              Hear hear.

                                                                                            2. stecworld Mar 4, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                              cooked carrots--love raw
                                                                                              beets--can't stand the smell either
                                                                                              all root vegetables except potatoes

                                                                                              I know I'm forgetting a bunch

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                                                                                              1. re: stecworld
                                                                                                Bill Hunt Mar 20, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                                                                Now, I am the same with spinach. Raw is delightful, but when cooked, it smells like grass clippings from a week ago, moldering in a black plastic bag, waiting to be thrown out. From what I can recall, it tastes, like it smells.

                                                                                                Now, root veggies are a different story for me - in most cases.


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                                                                                                Maggiethecat Feb 29, 2012 11:19 PM

                                                                                                I guess I am not too picky, most of the items listed so far are fine to me. But there are a few:

                                                                                                Cilantro - hate, hate, hate the flavor. It overpowers everything it touches.
                                                                                                Shredded coconut - it's a texture thing for me. The flavor is fine, and in fact I use coconut milk in a lot of dishes.
                                                                                                Liver & onions - I haven't had this in years but hated it as a kid. But I would be willing to try it as an adult.

                                                                                                Now, there are a lot of things I CAN'T eat due to food allergies. Bananas, cherries, apples, peaches, pears, carrots, celery, avocado, peanuts -- just to name a few. That's not to say I don't like them; I would love to snack on carrot and celery sticks or make a smoothie with bananas and peaches, but it just can't happen. And it makes me a sad cat.

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                                                                                                  PotatoHouse Apr 6, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                                                  The thing about liver and onions is that the cook has to really know what they are doing because it is so simple to cook and so easy to mess up. Literally one minute of overcooking turns it from a tender and flavorful piece of meat into a chewy piece of shoe leather.In order to give yourself a fair chance, make sure you find a good cook.

                                                                                                2. IndyGirl Feb 29, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                                  I'm not much of a mustard fan. Maybe because of my early greasy fast-food hamburger experiences (see above, under ketchup)!

                                                                                                  1. JReichert Nov 30, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                                                    Also - and this is weird - but I had a pear a few years back and it tasted EXACTLY like chlorinated pool water. Exactly. My husband said I was nuts and ate the rest of it. I tried a pear again some months back - still a hint of that damn chlorine.

                                                                                                    Don't know what it is . . . . . regardless, pears are on my do-not-consume list. : ( And they always tasted great in Pac-Man! ; )

                                                                                                    1. JReichert Nov 30, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                                                                      Onions, onions, onions. I've just now gotten to the point where I can use minute amounts of onion powder. But the real thing? Not in a million years. There's something about the taste and crunch that revulses me, to the chagrin of my parents whilst growing up. : /

                                                                                                      The only veggies I can really eat are green beans, red pepper (sautèd) pickles, and raw carrots, and in a miscategorized sense potatoes, fresh corn and tomatoes. I'm sure I've all kinds of nutritional deficiencies.

                                                                                                      Don't like bleu cheese, feta, brie.

                                                                                                      Hate mushy cereals - hubby loves.

                                                                                                      Hate brownies - who wants to eat heavy burnt chocolate? That's all it tastes like.

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                                                                                                        foiegras Nov 29, 2011 08:18 PM

                                                                                                        Great topic ... I really dislike Brie and cauliflower. Also tofu and miso. Since Brie is so widely loved, it's like people can't hear me when we're ordering a cheese platter as a group and I'm trying to make sure it will have something I can eat ... it's like it's considered an aberration rather than a legitimate preference ;)

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                                                                                                          CapeCodBob Nov 12, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                                                          I wish I could tolerate meat gristle, cartilage and fat. Hating them means I am missing some wonderful foods especially Asian. I can't imagine my being able to even put tendons in my mouth Pictures current fad of braised and fried pork belly lookd delicious, but I know I will not be able to swallow that much fan. Cut thinly,ike bacon, is a whole other story. Has anyone been able to train themselve sto eat these foods that "bounce" back?.

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                                                                                                          1. re: CapeCodBob
                                                                                                            Rodzilla Mar 5, 2012 12:09 AM

                                                                                                            some very fatty pieces of meat/fish aren't gristle or cartilaginous (salmon, short ribs) can you tolerate those?

                                                                                                            I have trouble with gristle and cartilage as well, I just had it conditioned as something I'm not supposed to be eating. Maybe you could transition with something midway/ softer - like marrow or lardo.

                                                                                                            1. re: CapeCodBob
                                                                                                              Bill Hunt Mar 20, 2012 08:02 PM


                                                                                                              I am with you completely on those various beef (and other meats) connective tissue. They do zero for me.


                                                                                                              1. re: CapeCodBob
                                                                                                                foiegras Mar 22, 2012 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                Braising renders a lot of fat, of course, but I also use my knife to remove remaining fat on short ribs or pork belly. Some remains, of course, but a little time with the knife can take care of the worst of it. I like rich food, but prefer not to encounter large chunks of fat (and I'm sure my waistline feels the same).

                                                                                                                1. re: CapeCodBob
                                                                                                                  Hank Hanover May 18, 2012 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                  I don't know about gristle. I mean... I just toss it aside. Now fat.. especially the fat on the edge of a nice steak. That's good stuff. I don't eat it all but I make sure I get a mouthful or three. In fact, now that I mention it, I remember eating a piece of fat that had the blue ink from the grading process on it. Not sure why but that is a rather vivid memory.

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                                                                                                                    foiegras Jul 25, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                    It's like you were marked by it.

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                                                                                                                  sandylc Nov 2, 2011 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                  Anything that tastes fishy.

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                                                                                                                    aynrandgirl Nov 2, 2011 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                    I'm with you!

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                                                                                                                    sandylc Nov 2, 2011 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                    Bleu cheese.
                                                                                                                    Mayonnaise (although I will enjoy it in dishes that really require it)
                                                                                                                    Raw fish.

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                                                                                                                      Bill Hunt Mar 20, 2012 08:00 PM


                                                                                                                      Just pass the Bleu Cheese, horseradish, sauerkraut and good raw fish done to my end of the bar. I will relieve you of the problems.


                                                                                                                    2. charles_sills Nov 2, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                      i dont like sushi.

                                                                                                                      "but, maybe youve never had really good (which we all know means expensive) sushi."
                                                                                                                      actually, i dont care for vinegared rice, and i dont care for plankton. so thats why i dont really like sushi.

                                                                                                                      also, i hate coffee. with the exception of chili/coffee marinated short ribs, i cant even stand the flavor off coffee in things. im sure if i drink coffee every day i would learn to like it, but why? why would i want to?

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                                                                                                                      1. re: charles_sills
                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jun 2, 2012 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                        i don't like coffee either. don't like the smell of it, even!

                                                                                                                      2. Bill Hunt Nov 1, 2011 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                        Asparagus - whether green, white or otherwise. They also make all of my wines taste really "off."


                                                                                                                        1. Pzz Oct 31, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                          Caviar - even the really good stuff. Completely overrated, IMHO.
                                                                                                                          Brains - on principle and out of a medically-based fear of eating central nervous system stuff.
                                                                                                                          Chitterlings - maybe they weren't cooked right, but the smell almost made me puke. Nasty.
                                                                                                                          Truffles - the smell is repulsive (yet I like every other fungus I've tried).
                                                                                                                          Raw bivalves - hard to admit this one, as I'm from the Chesapeake region, but they're creepy.
                                                                                                                          Cloves - really repulsive taste/smell unless they're way, way in the background.

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                                                                                                                            danany Sep 26, 2011 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                            Bitter greens. Pick a bitter green...any one!

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                                                                                                                              Christina D Sep 26, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                              Bananas, but I love plantains. Go figure.

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                                                                                                                                jagostino Sep 26, 2011 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                I think the list of what I will eat is much sorter than what I won't eat. Even the things I will eat have limits, like chicken. I could eat it just about every day of the week, but only boneless skinless breast. I can't even cook it in the same dish as the dark meat my husband likes because I gag on the taste that has made it's way to my piece. One thing is for sure, without a doubt is my distaste for anything seafood related or including lima beans (I can smell them hiding in a pot of soup) Just the thought of putting any of that in my mouth or watching someone else eat it makes my throat feel like it's closing. I feel my blood start to boil when someone say's, "Oh, but if you tried it this way you would like it." Someone always says something like that not realizing how close they have come to just ketting the crap kicked out of them for that simple statement. NO I will not like it!!!

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                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Nov 22, 2011 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                  Heh heh. Hilarious post.

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                                                                                                                                  ptrichmondmike Jul 24, 2011 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  any offal (yecccccch!), lamb, venison, other game (i.e. aurochs, brontosaurus); slimy things.

                                                                                                                                  1. crowmuncher Jul 24, 2011 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                    Don't care for most animal parts really. I do appreciate people eating the entire animal and not letting it go to waste, but I think it's gross (including skin). I gave up eating meat and poultry but I must say I do love a bloody steak and some fried chicken. I'm a total wuss when it comes to cartilage, liver, heart, etc. These were never my first choice even as a meat eater. And salmon skin (or any fish skin)? I hate the flavor. I've tried to like it since I love sushi and there are so many combos that include it. Hopefully one day I'll grow out of it...

                                                                                                                                    1. BananaBirkLarsen Jul 21, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                      cooked carrots
                                                                                                                                      black pudding
                                                                                                                                      sweet pickles
                                                                                                                                      whole cardamom pods

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: BananaBirkLarsen
                                                                                                                                        S_K Jul 22, 2011 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        With you on the cardamom especially if I'm expected to just eat them..with a smile on my face. Adds a new level of torture. (It's okay in tea though because it's the essence not the thing I'm eating.)

                                                                                                                                        My other thing is okra. I'm not sure okra and I will ever be friends.

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                                                                                                                                          BananaBirkLarsen Jul 23, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                          I even like the ground stuff and I'm okay when the seeds have been removed from the pods. But as soon as I see the pod floating in my curry, I just can't take it.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: BananaBirkLarsen
                                                                                                                                            S_K Jul 24, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                            Yeah, I don't mind the ground stuff too, but I got the pods in a fruit salad once. It was pretty bad because it was yogourt, cardamom pods and fruit. And I wasn't expecting it because I was eating in the dark...yuck. So I would feel the same way about seeing it my curry, I'm sure.

                                                                                                                                      2. Cynamar Jul 21, 2011 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        Sushi, soy anything, bread & butter pickles, and hotdogs. Yuck!

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                                                                                                                                          1. mamachef Mar 12, 2011 01:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            Shad Roe
                                                                                                                                            Turtle Soup
                                                                                                                                            Anchovies, but I love the paste
                                                                                                                                            Bourbon, whether good, bad or indifferent
                                                                                                                                            Tequila, the same

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                                                                                                                                              buttertart Mar 13, 2011 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                              No skate, mc? I lurve it. With you on the other things except tequila (in margaritas), 100%.

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                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan Nov 22, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                Bearish on tendons? Dear, oh dear, oh dear... ;)

                                                                                                                                              2. Passadumkeg Mar 4, 2011 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                I love this thread. It reminds how many delicious foods there are out there!

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                                                                                                                                                  02putt Mar 11, 2011 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Radicchio, raw mushrooms or mushrooms on pizza, raw red onion (unless soaked in cold water first), eggplant (except in Baba Ghanoush) dragon fruit, star fruit (both tasteless), pears, red apples other than Courtland, white flesh peaches, venison, head cheese, bologna, organs (brains, liver, etc), spam in a can (don't ask), cod or any other "fishy" fish, sushi, cooked tuna but love it from a can, milk other than skim (unless cooking with it), ice cream. Top three things that want to make me sick just by the smell, Olives, Blue Cheese, and Cilantro (not technically a food but revolting just the same).

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 02putt
                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Mar 11, 2011 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I am also not a fan of raw mushrooms or extremely strong red onion (though I love red onions that have been soaked in vinegar).

                                                                                                                                                    OTOH I love cilantro, blue cheese and olives!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: IndyGirl
                                                                                                                                                      02putt Mar 11, 2011 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Never thought of the vinegar angle. Do you use Balsamic or another type? Must try.

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                                                                                                                                                        Emme Mar 12, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                        i'm not a big red onion fan either, but diced red onions and diced tomatoes soaked in a balsamic vinegarette is lovely.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: 02putt
                                                                                                                                                          IndyGirl Mar 12, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I use red wine vinegar.

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                                                                                                                                                    mshenna Mar 4, 2011 02:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Old thread but why not ...

                                                                                                                                                    Plums. They look beautiful at the farmers' market every year. I even make plum jam sometimes (for other people to eat). And I try eating one every year & ... no.

                                                                                                                                                    Grapes & raisins (can just about stand a decently dry chewy raisin, but large squishy sultanas & any raisins cooked to pulpy awfulness in things, please no). I liked grapes as a child but somewhere in adolescence my tastes changed.

                                                                                                                                                    It occurs to me now that I stopped liking grapes when I started liking wine. Maybe I just felt they were not living up to their potential?

                                                                                                                                                    Tobiko & ikura. (But I like osetra & sevruga caviar now & again.)

                                                                                                                                                    Until last month, I'd have said dried apricots, but then I encountered a Greek/Middle Eastern/Eastern European deli that sells squares of pistachio nougat sandwiched (or rather bookended) in dried apricot (about 4 or 5 parts nougat to 1 part apricot), & the combination is amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mshenna
                                                                                                                                                      pinehurst Mar 4, 2011 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                      White grapes are a no-go for me, too, now. Always hated them in the "fruit cocktail" my mom would give us during childhood when the only "fresh" fruits available were apples/bananas.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mshenna
                                                                                                                                                        thew Mar 4, 2011 03:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                        there are many different varieties of plums. some i don't care for. others i anxiously await summertime for

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mshenna
                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Mar 4, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Holy cow spill on where you get the apricot/nougat thing, please.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mshenna
                                                                                                                                                            cathodetube Mar 4, 2011 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I hear you on the plums. It is so disappointing each year to buy some and find they are tasteless. I have stopped buying supermarket ones. The only ones I like (over here in UK) are greengages and sometimes the Victoria plums are good. I always ask to taste a plum if I am in a market or at an old fashioned greengrocers before buying and 9 times out of 10 they are tasteless. I have now started to do that with strawberries as I have been disappointed too many times.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cathodetube
                                                                                                                                                              02putt Mar 11, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Being from Canada you can imagine we have to go by the season to get the really delicious stuff. I love my fruit to be very sour. People look at me strange but their nothing better than a really tart apple or plums so sour and juicy you make a face. When in season though the berries especially blueberries are to die for. Same with peaches. I am lucky in that I have a little market (25 farmers maybe) very near where I live. You actually buy off the farmer. We don't eat breakfast before we go because you can sample all you want. That's how I found out I love the little purple oval shaped plums. I am hesitant to buy some items at the grocery store because of the price. Nothing worse than getting home and it is tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mshenna
                                                                                                                                                              loveballet101 Mar 15, 2011 11:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                              haha i find this post incredibly funny because

                                                                                                                                                              I'd have to say grapes are my favorite food, I LOVE ikura and tobiko, I can down tons and tons of raisins in one sitting, and I really enjoy plums

                                                                                                                                                            3. mdalloway Mar 2, 2011 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Oh boy. Here we go!

                                                                                                                                                              Condiments -- yes, pretty well all of them. Ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, bbq sauce, aioli, salad creams... The list goes on. Only recently made the connection between most of them: vinegar. Horrible stuff!

                                                                                                                                                              Red Wine
                                                                                                                                                              Turnip, Squash, Rutabaga, et cetera
                                                                                                                                                              Raw Tomato
                                                                                                                                                              Raw Onion
                                                                                                                                                              Cream Cheese
                                                                                                                                                              Cottage Cheese
                                                                                                                                                              Blue Cheese

                                                                                                                                                              But I swear, I don't just eat bread and potatoes! I make lots of fun meals full of neat spices, herbs and veggies. And surprisingly, I'm quite adventurous: if I haven't had it before (or heard of it!), I need to try.

                                                                                                                                                              1. j
                                                                                                                                                                J.Dish Feb 21, 2011 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Cake. I can't stand cake. Maybe yellow cake fresh out of the oven, with nothing on it... even then, doubtful. Cake is awful. I can sometimes eat a cupcake...

                                                                                                                                                                Chicken breast. Boring. Give me the thighs.


                                                                                                                                                                1. Greg B Feb 20, 2011 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I don't have a long list, but I absolutely cannot eat:

                                                                                                                                                                  Raw onions of any sort, especially the now-ubiquitous raw red onion, which has become to restaurant plates what a sprig of parsley was in the 1950s. And like the parsley, most of the time I see it sent back, untouched. I hate them with the heat of a thousand suns.

                                                                                                                                                                  Eggs of any sort (as opposed to eggs that are an ingredient, like in a cake). Apparently as a tyke I would eat eggs, but at some point I developed a strong aversion to them. They make me quite nauseous. The current fad of putting a fried or poached egg on top of a dish that would normally not have one baffles me. I hope it is a fad that doesn't last long.

                                                                                                                                                                  Liver, foie gras, offal or organ meats in general. Same nauseous reaction.

                                                                                                                                                                  I wonder why I get such a physical reaction to these items? There are lots of things I don't like, but which I can eat. But my reaction to these items is far more than dislike.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Ann0927 Feb 12, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    chili, cilantro, pesto, ham, sausages, bacons, raspberries, walnuts etc....

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                                                                                                                                                                      SIMIHOUND Feb 19, 2011 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Fennel in anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                      david t. Feb 7, 2011 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      any bacon/maple syrup combination flavor on food.

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                                                                                                                                                                        EileenPearl Jan 6, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on beans: fava, and add lima and kidney beans!
                                                                                                                                                                        deviled, hard/soft boiled,or fried eggs
                                                                                                                                                                        things that contain gelatin
                                                                                                                                                                        cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                                        liver and other organ meats


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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EileenPearl
                                                                                                                                                                          LorenM Feb 1, 2011 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Kind of an old thread but fun. I like almost every form of food and drink or can at least appreciate it (caviar comes to mind). Some of the things I don't really care for seem to be pretty common dislikes like beets. I never let the idea of what something is deter me from trying it and I am not afraid of strong, funky flavors and weird textures, however as a CH I must admit I do not like drinking wine (however I do like to cook with it sometimes). I like me all sorts of alcohol but am just not a wine guy and especially do not like to pair it with food. I actually don't like to drink alcohol of any kind with food but definitely do not drink wine on it's own. Weird, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LorenM
                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Feb 2, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Whatever floats your boat. My father had an excellent palate and loved to drink but did NOT care for wine at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator Feb 14, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I also dislike wine. I've tried so, so many on the insistence of friends and I just can not warm up to it.. Give me a great beer or a nice liquor any day!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. HillJ Jan 6, 2011 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I dislike headcheese, offal and most grinder meats and I have tried them all. Hounds describe some remarkable experiences and dishes using these delights but I am not a fan. Something about gelatin & meat makes me timid.

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                                                                                                                                                                            mlgb Jan 6, 2011 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            blue cheeses, especially with an iceberg wedge
                                                                                                                                                                            sea squirts
                                                                                                                                                                            gristly breakfast sausages

                                                                                                                                                                            1. AndrewPF Jan 3, 2011 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              All nuts and nut products (life-threatening allergy)
                                                                                                                                                                              Mushrooms (allergy)
                                                                                                                                                                              Lettuce hearts
                                                                                                                                                                              Whole tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                              Most fresh fruit (allergy)
                                                                                                                                                                              Pork chops

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                                                                                                                                                                                highforpie Dec 30, 2010 12:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I dislike: olives, mayo, ketchup, plain pistachios ( but love them in baked goods and ice cream!), super dark chocolate, most marinara/red sauces, mashed potatoes, most chips (tortilla, potato), dill in most recipes, seafood salads, most beer. However I do notice as I get older my tastes are changing. I used to hate all nuts but now eat nuts and peanut butter almost daily. I WISH I disliked sweets/baked goods but that will probably never happen ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                                  rHairing Dec 29, 2010 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Organ meats
                                                                                                                                                                                  Apples...glad I'm not the only one
                                                                                                                                                                                  Strong cheeses~blue,gorgonzola
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cilantro...OK..this is weird but it tastes like dish soap
                                                                                                                                                                                  Tomatoes..OK....I can only eat them homegrown in the summer..Other than that they taste like the smell of formaldehyde??? Except the grape tomatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    fala125 Dec 29, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    white truffle oil
                                                                                                                                                                                    when black truffles are put on everything in a restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                    kidneys of any kind

                                                                                                                                                                                    octopus isn't my favorite, but I'll eat it, as well as cottage cheese. other than that, i'm not a picky eater. i just don't like it when people overuse truffles, and i hate the smell of white truffle oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fala125
                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Dec 29, 2010 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Golly Gee, I wish some one would overuse truffles on me. I've never had them. They are on my bucket list.
                                                                                                                                                                                      "Please sir, I want some more."

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oliver Keg

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                                                                                                                        gaffk Dec 29, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Good earthy truffles, black or white, are like good mushrooms on steroids--just great company on the dish when used sparingly.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Have to agree on the truffle oil, though; it's like perfume on a pig.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk
                                                                                                                                                                                          somervilleoldtimer Dec 29, 2010 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, man, I had truffles for the first time recently, and I HATED them! I kept tasting the food they were in, because I was sure that the next bite would be delicious. Right? Of course! I'm a chowhound and I love food, and of course I would love truffles. Right?! Did I mention that I HATED them? I really, really don't get it. Clearly it's me, but the dots are totally not connected.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer
                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk Dec 30, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Question: Do you like mushrooms? If not, you won't like truffles. If you like mushrooms and truffles, the truffle oil is unappetizing. It's just a matter of taste; I happen to like earthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: gaffk
                                                                                                                                                                                            thew Dec 30, 2010 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            i disagree. there are places where truffle oil really work wonderfully. like on a salad. and it doesn;t matter if they are "real" or not - i don;t like them because they are truffled, but because of the flavor they have, regardless of what they are made of

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk
                                                                                                                                                                                              fala125 Feb 2, 2011 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I really like mushrooms, and totally dig truffles in pates, delicately shaved on whatever dish I'm served and so on. That stupid truffle oil. Ugh. I work in the pastry department of a restaurant once a week, and I swear they wait until I arrive to make the truffle oil salad dressing. That smell is just awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I must withdraw the cottage cheese statement as I've been eating it lately.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 29, 2010 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              MORE? MOOOOORE??? OLIVAH! OLIVAH! NEVER BEFORE HAS A KEG WANTED MORE!

                                                                                                                                                                                              i would be clad in them, buried in them, stuffed with them, and even bathed in the oil, despite its not being "the real deal". Yeah, I've never been lucky enough to have been over-truffled. give me something to bitch about, will ya?

                                                                                                                                                                                              A local high-end market used to sell truffle butter (tiny little pieces in unsalted butter) and i would buy a little tub of it and just every now and then take a little buttery scoop and let it melt on my tongue. heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                tracylee Dec 31, 2010 02:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I just got two 8-oz tubs of truffle butter from wine.woot. I also got a pair for my folks. Unfortunately, to keep them for any length of time, freezing works best. I tried chunking off a bit of white truffle butter for my pumpkin ravioli, but it clearly wasn't enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            sisterfunkhaus Dec 19, 2010 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I've never had a fava bean, but I love all of the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not sure I've tasted a food I really disliked except for fried liver and pate'. I will no longer even consider organ meats or nervous tissue. I will say sardines and anchovies aren't my favorites. I don't hate them, but don't love them either.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. IndyGirl Dec 18, 2010 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm pretty adventurous, except for meat...I'm veg, which I know slams a lot of doors shut..

                                                                                                                                                                                              Also I hate sardines -- I have tried, as I know they are healthy and that a lot of people like them, but I just can't get over my problem with them

                                                                                                                                                                                              cooked carrots
                                                                                                                                                                                              most cake (though I used to love to bake)
                                                                                                                                                                                              pickles (except for excellent homemade dills)

                                                                                                                                                                                              agree with whomever said red apples--ew, mush city!

                                                                                                                                                                                              all mustard (again, I keep trying--I just can't do it)
                                                                                                                                                                                              ketchup on eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                              GREEN PEPPERS! I swear they are only used because they are so cheap! Why are they in every vegetarian entree? YUCK!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                              wet bread (I don't mind vinegar-soaked bread , as in pan bagna, but cannot abide greasy bread--early fast food experience is probably why I am vegetarian now)
                                                                                                                                                                                              freshwater fish

                                                                                                                                                                                              But I swear, I am not that picky :) :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: IndyGirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                alanbarnes Dec 18, 2010 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Okay, we'll ignore the whole fish-eating vegetarian thing as semantics. And we'll give you a pass assuming that "green peppers" are limited to mass-market bell peppers. But still...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Pickles? All the varieties of pickled cucumbers are a broad enough category, but what about pickled carrots, pickled cabbage, pickled onions, or kimchi? Pickled herring may be an acquired tasted, but nobody doesn't like pickled lemon as an ingredient. And that's without going so far as pickled mango. Don't give up on pickles yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ditto with red apples. Don't judge them all by grocery store Red Delicious. Sure some are mushy and bland, but try a good Winesap or Braeburn some time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                And freshwater fish - where to start? Never mind all the various species available, rainbow trout can run the gamut from bland farm-raised mush to some of the finest fish you'll ever eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                It's good to be picky, but don't shut down your options. Expanding your horizons is a hit-or-miss proposition, but it's a whole lot more fun than keeping a closed mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: IndyGirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                  sisterfunkhaus Dec 19, 2010 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Try a crunchy honey crisp within a short time after harvest. They are only available for a short window, but are so sweet and crunchy. Mmmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sisterfunkhaus
                                                                                                                                                                                                    IndyGirl Dec 19, 2010 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow! I must have come off as some sort of weirdo who only likes nilla wafers and tapioca.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Allow me to further clarify:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I started to clarify my preferences as lacto-ovo-pescetarian, but I find that sort of thing tiresome. Though I'm aware that the terminology is more strictly interpreted elsewhere, in my part of the country, EVERYONE considers how I eat to be vegetarian--for many people I know around here, not eating meat is weird enough. I love sushi and sashimi way too much to give it up, though, and I'm a midwestern girl-how could I give up eggs or dairy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Apples: I love a good honeycrisp or braeburn. I'm talking about your "garden variety" (har har!) red apples. The kind included in the horrid pre-packed brown bag lunches at conferences. The kind served on middle-school hot lunch trays. you know the ones. They practically turn into applesauce if you look at them funny. I'm a fan of local apple orchards and have never missed my annual autumnal orchard visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Pickles: I have never had pickled lemon (I don't think), but I'm just not the world's biggest pickle fan in general. Exception: fabulous homemade dill pickles at a place like Zingerman's. I also pickle red onions for certain applications and love those. And, in case you might think I don't know what it is, I keep trying kimchi, and I REALLY want to like it, but I haven't been able to make it happen yet. I wish I could! I'm due for another try soon. (I've never made my own, but buy a jar occasionally at a local Korean market where they make it fresh.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Freshwater fish: I've actually caught my own rainbow trout, thank you very much. I've baited the hook with a worm that I actually dug out of the ground myself, caught the fish, removed it from the hook, participated in the preparation (not my favorite part) and then cooked and eaten it. I freely admit that, if freshly caught and prepared well (either minimally steamed or grilled and dressed with lemon, or deep-fried and then sprinkled with a little salt and lemon juice), it is fabulous-nothing better. It's just that, in general, I don't prefer freshwater fish over ocean-caught fish, especially as prepared in most restaurants (including supposed upscale places). They taste muddy to me if they are not very fresh and I'm usually disappointed. I am the daughter of a fisherman, and am intimately acquainted with the various species (crappie, bluegill, bass, and yes, rainbow trout!); I have nothing against them personally ,but they usually aren't handled well and I no longer fish (unfortunately). So I usually don't bother ordering them. I suppose it's more like I am extremely picky about the quality of freshwater fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Almost forgot! Peppers. I can do jalapenos, but green peppers make me sick. It's happened since i was a teenager. I taste them for days after eating them; I'd almost classify it as an allergy at this point, though I've not been tested. I also usually try to avoid yellow/orange varieties, but raw red peppers can be ok as they are sweeter. I do love good chiles rellenos, but doubt I could handle the poblano raw. Ironically , I love spicy food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm quite adventurous, I swear! Perhaps I was too pithy, as the original post seemed to set that standard. (I'm terse to a fault sometimes, owing to the fact that I'm struggling with carpal tunnel and write for a living-I usually save the polished prose for work! Overly pithy mails have gotten me into similar trouble.) Have I convinced you yet? :) :) :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: IndyGirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                      alanbarnes Dec 19, 2010 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, dang, IndyGirl, it's not that you dislike any particular food. You just don't like **bad** food. More power to you!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Passadumkeg Nov 20, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As stated above, I'm not a fussy eater in the least, but I avoid almost anything in cans (sardines excepted), especially little cans and #10 cans. Corn? If not fresh, frozen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ZenSojourner Nov 20, 2010 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love corn so much I'll eat it any way. I actually prefer the canned to frozen. I'll even eat field corn that other people tell me is too tough for anything but livestock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fresh on the ear is of course best, but you know, some of the new supersweets barely taste like corn to me. I'd rather the field corn!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Nov 20, 2010 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's a c-ration legacy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. GraceW Nov 19, 2010 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I HATE bacon, pork, and all meat--especially burgers. (Hence: I'm a veg.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate anything with corn syrup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn't eat anything with mayo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate cheesecake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do not even really care for cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I dislike milk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I dislike juice. All juices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would rather starve than touch a doughnut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I dislike bagels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unless it is deep-dish, I think pizza is nasty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not to be absurd, but I dislike alcoholic beverages of all kinds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and if that isn't snobby enough: I avoid oil at all costs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      gaffk Nov 20, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, may be easier to list what you *do* like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GraceW
                                                                                                                                                                                                        fredster1 Dec 15, 2010 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So..... what do you eat????? or drink?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          GraceW Dec 18, 2010 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I eat fish and also tofu. I love eggplant; I eat quinoa, rice, noodles, pilaf, sweet potatoes, and all vegetables. I eat a lot of dessert too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I drink tea, coffee, more coffee, diet pop, and water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. chefmindy Nov 18, 2010 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Let's see...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        All sweets, especially chocolate, cake and ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        most fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                        mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        pork chops
                                                                                                                                                                                                        PEANUT BUTTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                        green pepper

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chefmindy
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Nov 19, 2010 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bacon and chocolate and coffee--oh my!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk Nov 19, 2010 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            There go my three favorite food groups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: chefmindy
                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator Nov 19, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bacon?! Hold on, I think I need to do so breathing exercises, lol.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is a cool thread, it's very interesting to see how widely peoples tastes differ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chefmindy
                                                                                                                                                                                                              cacruden Apr 7, 2012 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              +1 on mashed potatoes, baked potatoes with butter, about the only potatoes that I like are when they don't taste like potatoes .... greek potatoes oven roasted - taste more lemony and french fries (although I prefer vinegar with my fries).
                                                                                                                                                                                                              +1 on peanut butter

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Slowdive Nov 18, 2010 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sushi and tempura (and glad to see I'm the only one. I live in Vancouver so it was beginning to feel that way!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salad dressings and mayo-based/creamy sauces. And coleslaw, potato salad, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most dairy
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most fruits (oddly enough though, I LOVE vegetables, much more than most people seem to.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Slowdive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                gaffk Nov 18, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                No nuts, bacon, chocolate, dairy or fruits? I'd starve. But I do admit, nothing with mayo, despite the fact I am the designated deviled egg maker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am so glad we have so many choices!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Slowdive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan Nov 18, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bacon and chocolate?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dear, oh dear, oh dear...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Slowdive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Nov 18, 2010 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bacon.... it pains me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slowdive Nov 19, 2010 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heheheh. It's amazing how much tastes differ, I suppose. In my defense regarding dairy, I didn't used to dislike it so much, but now (at the ripe old age of 18!) most of it makes me feel absolutely awful, hence the aversion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cynamar Nov 18, 2010 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sushi. I love fish but just don't like sushi. I'll eat almost anything else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fredster1 Nov 17, 2010 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sushi of any kind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gefilte fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cantaloup Melon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Breadcrumbs Nov 17, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Foie gras


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Goat cheese and any other goat milk/cream product

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Organ meats and any other gnarly bits that should only be included in hot dogs (which I do enjoy!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cooked carrots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most nuts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Earl Grey Tea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dill pickles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dark Chocolate



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gaffk Nov 17, 2010 04:36 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cooked carrots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Earl Grey Tea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dill pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will not yuck another's yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 18, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'm with BT, i have to yum your yuks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ZenSojourner Nov 18, 2010 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Except for the Earl Grey, I'm with you. Carrots - well depends on how cooked. Plain cooked carrots by themselves, yuck. Cooked in a soup or something - that I like. Dill pickles - only on burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                c oliver Dec 19, 2010 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wait! Those are the things you DON'T like? Holey moley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RetiredChef Jul 29, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dump the dill pickles and you have a list of some of my favorite food items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. alliegator Nov 17, 2010 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  olives, blue cheese, and (as much as I hate to lump one whole cuisine together) I don't like a fair amount of Japanese dishes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan Nov 17, 2010 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You wouldn't like my martinis then, which include Roquefort-stuffed kalamatas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Nov 17, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      what time should i be there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan Nov 17, 2010 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Directly the sun approaches the yardarm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator Nov 17, 2010 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sorry to say it, but i'd have to give it a miss. But with your creativity, maybe you could mix me up something else?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan Nov 17, 2010 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I make a miso margarita that would bring tears to your eyes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ZenSojourner Nov 17, 2010 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The mere thought IS bringing tears to my eyes . . .


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gaffk Nov 17, 2010 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't like blue cheese, miso or tequilla . . . but I love a good cocktail. Anything in your repetoire for me?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Dec 19, 2010 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A seasoned, very professional bartender told me that anything other than a twist was simply wrong. I've agreed. Good gin and vermouth need little else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Jay F Oct 6, 2010 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eggs if I can distinguish the whites from the yolks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cooked cabbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tofu, including its many cutesy Frankenfood identities (Tofurkey? Oh, please)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          caviar (and I've had the good stuff)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          well-done meat; I'm not that fond of most meat, TTYTT, but nothing else I've actually eaten rises to the level of this thread's theme.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Andrew Weil/Gary Nunn vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, greens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          raw onion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          plain yogurt; the thought (I've never had any) of "homemade" yogurt is particularly disgusting: I don't think I could kiss someone who I knew eats homemade yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pumpkin pie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          warm mayonnaise

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          brussels sprouts (cooked cabbage by another name)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Earl Grey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          anything with "smoke flavoring" in the ingredient list; and by association, chipotle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lots of Asian sauces, esp. if I can't tell what's in them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          marzipan and fondant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          too much cumin; and it should only be used in meat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. aching Oct 4, 2010 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shellfish (including and especially oysters!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Foie Gras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I DO love a lot of the things on other people's lists above!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              electricfish Oct 4, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most goat cheeses. I tried to like them, but I finally gave myself permission not to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saffron. I find it incredibly unpleasant and acrid tasting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kookiegoddess 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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mimolette 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ZenSojourner 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ZenSojourner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan Aug 23, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I, also, am no respector of omelettes. Frittatas, yes. Omelettes, no.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paulustrious 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 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 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 Nov 20, 2010 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Add dice green chile to the scramble.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk Nov 20, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or green peppers and mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. lisaress 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. tcamp 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tcamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tcamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emme 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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tcamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tcamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    c oliver Dec 19, 2010 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I SO love menudo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Hank Hanover 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 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alanbarnes 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan 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 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alanbarnes 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              c oliver 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: c oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                aynrandgirl 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aynrandgirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood 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....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aynrandgirl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alanbarnes 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sandylc 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!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          limster 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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: limster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Chowhound Team Oct 6, 2010 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Folks, this sub-thread is getting needlessly testy. Please let it go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  c oliver 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf 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 :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jay F
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood 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. mariacarmen 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 Jul 29, 2012 12:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jennc Jul 30, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raw oysters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    blue cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    swiss cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. iluvcookies 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iluvcookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sinjawns Jul 30, 2010 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ditto on the white choc. An abomination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iluvcookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Oct 4, 2010 02:12 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Oct 4, 2010 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ditto to you, lingua food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: iluvcookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gaffk 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NicoleFriedman Jul 29, 2010 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CHEESE! :}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pairswellwithwine 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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. sinjawns 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 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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. tracylee 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 Jun 29, 2010 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chateauneuf de Pop Tart?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tracylee Jun 29, 2010 11:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like a great vintage to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. jax12479 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 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. mariacarmen 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 Jun 27, 2010 01:49 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jun 27, 2010 02:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THANK. YOU.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tripeler 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 Jun 28, 2010 01:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mangiadetroit Jun 26, 2010 11:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            aynrandgirl 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 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vixen216 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                synergy Jun 8, 2010 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foie gras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                organ meat

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catherine C in NYC 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. hala 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. mickie44 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 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 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 Jun 6, 2010 09:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mickie44 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 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 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. Passadumkeg 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 Jun 5, 2010 07:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg Jun 5, 2010 11:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  c oliver Jun 5, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You leave my dog alone :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Island 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 Jun 8, 2010 07:30 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. JenniferRoman 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 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 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Dansky 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 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 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 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 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 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. ( :

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        emmafab 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 Jun 4, 2010 09:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lawgirl3278 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 Jun 4, 2010 10:11 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jhopp217 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 Jun 4, 2010 10:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whosyerkitty 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 Jun 8, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Braised rabe is pure crack to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Peachie Jun 4, 2010 09:55 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. buttertart 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 Jun 3, 2010 10:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart 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 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 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 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 Jun 3, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hurray, a fellow traveller!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TexSquared 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 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 Jun 3, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    onceadaylily 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 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 Jun 4, 2010 01:37 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emme 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 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 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 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 Jun 4, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Siempre ubi sub ubi !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jun 4, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or go commando.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chemicalkinetics 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 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 Jun 4, 2010 08:43 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Island 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 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 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 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 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 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. c oliver 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jun 3, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carpe totum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isolda 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 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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Isolda 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 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 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 Jun 3, 2010 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :) Ha ha ha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bryan Pepperseed Jun 3, 2010 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sun dried tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cold soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jhopp217 Jun 3, 2010 06:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bryan Pepperseed 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 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 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 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 :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. stuck in Hartford County 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 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. shaogo 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 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 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 Jun 2, 2010 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't forget the mustard based sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jhopp217 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 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 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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jhopp217 Jun 2, 2010 10:17 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. MandalayVA 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smileelisa Jun 2, 2010 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                organ meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know, picky eater at best

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chemicalkinetics Jun 2, 2010 09:29 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Chemicalkinetics Jun 1, 2010 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I dislike Chinese Sichuan cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    restless 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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      laliz 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 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 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 Jun 1, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What about the "special sauce"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              laliz 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 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 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 Jul 24, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Miracle Whip? Ouch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shann Jun 1, 2010 09:46 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Passadumkeg Jun 1, 2010 07:31 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Paulustrious 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. amyzan 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. woodleyparkhound 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 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 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 :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lefty21 May 31, 2010 05:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TexSquared 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emme 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 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 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 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 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 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 May 31, 2010 05:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          smartie 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dec 29, 2010 11:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Babyducks May 30, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salmon in any form.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheesemaestro 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. junescook 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. alanbarnes 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Nov 19, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no- pumpkin pie?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's okay, more for m e.